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I aquired a 78 280z six weeks ago (the first zcar i've owned) and have since then noticed two black plug looking thingies directly in front of the battery. each has four prongs sticking out of it. THe previous owner has used two wires as jumpers in order to keep the car running i guess. Is this how it's spoosed to look or should i plug something in here? And how has this affected the car?
 

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> I aquired a 78 280z six weeks ago (the first
> zcar i've owned) and have since then noticed
> two black plug looking thingies directly in
> front of the battery. each has four prongs
> sticking out of it. THe previous owner has
> used two wires as jumpers in order to keep
> the car running i guess. Is this how it's
> spoosed to look or should i plug something
> in here? And how has this affected the car?

those are the melting breakers for the ingnition and the headlights, and no, the previous owner did not use the wires to keep the car running;they are special wires that melt over a set amp. load.(DO NOT REPLACE WITH REG. WIRE!!)
 

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> those are the melting breakers for the
> ingnition and the headlights, and no, the
> previous owner did not use the wires to keep
> the car running;they are special wires that
> melt over a set amp. load.(DO NOT REPLACE
> WITH REG. WIRE!!)
Jason, the fusible links should only have the correct fusible links in use, and should have a white plastic cover over them. Those covers are still available at nissan. If the fusible links have been replaced with wire, change it immediately! Joe
 

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Re: what's spoosed to go here?=COLOR CODED<

> Jason, the fusible links should only have
> the correct fusible links in use, and should
> have a white plastic cover over them. Those
> covers are still available at nissan. If the
> fusible links have been replaced with wire,
> change it immediately! Joe

FYI: THESE FUSEABLE LINKS ARE COLOR CODED FOR SIZE! AND PURPOSE!, AND BEST PURCHASED THRU NISSAN. THE CORRECT LINK FOR THE PROPER OPERATION AND SAFETY....
 

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> I aquired a 78 280z six weeks ago (the first
> zcar i've owned) and have since then noticed
> two black plug looking thingies directly in
> front of the battery. each has four prongs
> sticking out of it. THe previous owner has
> used two wires as jumpers in order to keep
> the car running i guess. Is this how it's
> spoosed to look or should i plug something
> in here? And how has this affected the car?

Those are fusible links. Yes you need current going through them for the car to run, but they are essentially nothing more than wires. So, those wires will work, since that's all the fuse is anyway, but you should get some new ones from the dealer that have the proper connectors and proper fuse rate. they will cost you about 4-5 dollars each. You'll need 4 total and a spare or two. The dealer will show two different gauges of fuses for those four links. I don't think it's too critical, though, as they are very close in size. Someone correct me if that's not so.

You also might find some at the wrecking yard if you have another reason to make the trip.

Good luck.

Matt
 
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