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Hi
I live in Sweden and has a 1978 280Z
The problem (for the moment) is the igition key.
I have twisted a couple of copies already but I do have the original (with at crack in it) left.
The original keys are made of thin metal of dubious quality but they have a certain head which no copyist can reproduce.
If there any chance somewhere to get a new real key to my car?
This car is the only known '78 in my country so info and parts are scarce.

Thanks in advance

Marten C, Sweden
 

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> Hi
> I live in Sweden and has a 1978 280Z
> The problem (for the moment) is the igition
> key.
> I have twisted a couple of copies already
> but I do have the original (with at crack in
> it) left.
> The original keys are made of thin metal of
> dubious quality but they have a certain head
> which no copyist can reproduce.
> If there any chance somewhere to get a new
> real key to my car?
> This car is the only known '78 in my country
> so info and parts are scarce.

I have the original key to my '78 and there is serial number on the key itself. You might be able to get a duplicate at a nissan dealer using that number. If not then replace the entire ignition switch with a later (more available) setup. At the moment I use a flathead to start mine because of a stuck tumbler assembly, so I understand.
JN
> Thanks in advance

> Marten C, Sweden
 

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The tumbler assembly is pretty expensive. I had to replace mine about two years ago, it was $170 at the local nissan. My new one is doing wierd things, you have to pick up on the key sometimes for it to start, then it is fine. Any ideas. I tried a new switch and it did not help, I do not know why this is happening, it is not like I have a hughe key chain, about 4 keys, that's all. By the way, if you replace the tumbler, like I did, it will not be keyed to the door.
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> The tumbler assembly is pretty expensive. I
> had to replace mine about two years ago, it
> was $170 at the local nissan. My
> new one is doing wierd things,
> you have to pick up on the key sometimes for
> it to start, then it is fine. Any ideas. I
> tried a new switch and it did not help, I do
> not know why this is happening, it is not
> like I have a hughe key chain, about 4 keys,
> that's all. By the way, if you replace the
> tumbler, like I did, it will not be keyed to
> the door.
> Joshua L.

I picked up a tumbler setup from a junk yard on the way home from work today. I traded it for an extra AFM i had lying around. He only wanted $50 for it with a key anyhow. My ignition was a different key anyways (I thought all were like that in 78). No longer will I have to use a flathead to crank her up! It is a real fun situation to explain to the cops too (trust me).
JN
 

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> I picked up a tumbler setup from a junk yard
> on the way home from work today. I traded it
> for an extra AFM i had lying around. He only
> wanted $50 for it with a key anyhow. My
> ignition was a different key anyways (I
> thought all were like that in 78). No longer
> will I have to use a flathead to crank her
> up! It is a real fun situation to explain to
> the cops too (trust me).
> JN

I had to start mine with a piece of wire for the ignition, and another for the starter for a while. I remember seeing someone getting in thier car next to me who noticed how I started my car. Gave me a strange look. Anyways I got another one out of a different model Nissan with key for $8. A lot of them are interchangable between the different Nissans/Datsuns.
 
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