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    Default '71 rear hatch strut

    Hi All!

    I just did a search for this and all I came up with was a thread from 2003 that pretty much said "good luck finding a single hatch strut"

    I have tried a strut from a 280Z that had two struts, and of course, it was not strong enough.

    My single strut is not strong enough to hold the hatch up and I really would like a new one.

    I am hoping that between 2003 and now that there is a source for these.

    Anybody point me in the right direction?

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    Motorsport has them for gulp! $140 plus shipping. I'm in the same situation but haven't done any homework on other sources. Hopefully someone has a lower cost version.

    Good luck with your car.
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    I've seen used ones on eBay go for as much as $80 or so. I actually have two good ones - one on my car, and one still on the parts car. Both hold their hatches open nicely. I haven't decided if I dare sell the extra one, as soon as I do the other one will probably fail.
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    I don't know, so I'll ask the question. Does the 240Zs only have one strut? I would think that some other strut from another car would work if it were the correct length and diameter. Just a thought.
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    I purchased a replacement strut on ebay last year for my 71Z It did not have exactly the same type of Datsun mounting brackets, but bolted up correctly and works just great. It was not a datsun part, but a replacement. I paid $35 and it works perfectly. I am trying to figure out how to find the seller for you from ebay, but it appears from the ebay site that I can't go back that far. I'll keep looking and see if I can find the seller
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    Quote Originally Posted by sakijo
    I don't know, so I'll ask the question. Does the 240Zs only have one strut? I would think that some other strut from another car would work if it were the correct length and diameter. Just a thought.
    Yeah, at least the early 240Zs have only one. There are no holes or captive nuts on the right side where the second one went on the 280Zs. Interestingly though, even my Series 1 hatch has a recess stamped in the hatch sheet metal where a second one would attach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rtaylor
    I purchased a replacement strut on ebay last year for my 71Z It did not have exactly the same type of Datsun mounting brackets, but bolted up correctly and works just great. It was not a datsun part, but a replacement. I paid $35 and it works perfectly. I am trying to figure out how to find the seller for you from ebay, but it appears from the ebay site that I can't go back that far. I'll keep looking and see if I can find the seller
    Look through the feedback that you two exchanged this would be the only way you will find who you bought it from unless you have your old emails from the transaction. eBay only keeps closed auctions in their system for 90 days.
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    I have another question regarding this strut. I have a 71 and the single strut tends to tweek the hatch such that it is gapped higher on the DS. Has anyone used the 280z struts/brackets on an early Z? How did you go about doing it?

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    You might be better off the change the entire hatch if the 280 hatch fits a 240. There are threaded holes in the hatch where the strut mounts and the lower brackets where the other end of the strut mounts are welded to the body.
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    I bought one a couple years ago from Schucks auto parts and it still works well. The length is correct but one end has a threaded stud that is larger that the hole in the mounting bracket, so I drilled the hole larger. This is the only new strut I could find that will work on the 240Z as a replacement for the single strut. Other than the difference in the mounting stud it does look the same as the stock one.

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    Dorman # C072-430 (Schucks) $19.99
    Mighty Lift # 95019 (from Autozone) $15.99

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    I can't get any info from ebay on my prior transaction, too old.

    Napa sells the following:

    Hatchback Lift Support
    Item#: BK 8194147
    Price: $28.41

    My replacement was not purchased from them, but this apears to be about the same. Rather than having the mounting plates/brackets that the original datsun strut had, mine came with a stud that screwed into one of the mounting holes, one in the body, the other the hatch, then the strut snapped in place over the ball joints at each mounting point. Now, whether this will cause undue stress to the area where the ball stud screws in is another thing entirely because it does not have the force applied over the original flat bracket, just uses one of the existing two mounting bracket holes. But, so far so good.
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    OK I retrieved the old memory. The strut was purchased from Rockauto.com.

    description:

    AC DELCO PART 510702
    Strut, L/Gate,Silver,Air Lift (#88985428) Price: $20.99 which is one heck of alot better than MSA proce of $140. It comes with the mounting studs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sblake01
    You might be better off the change the entire hatch if the 280 hatch fits a 240. There are threaded holes in the hatch where the strut mounts and the lower brackets where the other end of the strut mounts are welded to the body.
    The later hatches will fit the 240s, but don't have the rear vents that I Series 1 car came with. My car came with a 280 hatch on it when I bought it.

    But it's not hard to add threaded holes, a couple of nut-serts would do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by astrohog
    Anybody point me in the right direction?
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    Jeff, sent you a PM.

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    You guys ROCK!

    Thanks for all the help! I will write down all the part #'s you guys supplied and start my search at the local places as well as the e-bay store.

    Thanks Again!

    Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by ezzzzzzz
    I have another question regarding this strut. I have a 71 and the single strut tends to tweek the hatch such that it is gapped higher on the DS.
    I put a rubber bumper on the passenger side of the rear deck so it levels out the hatch.

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    Default Here is a low cost solution!

    http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/I...D:100000164450

    BTW is does fit my single strut 240Z even though the description says it won't fit Nissans, maybe because we have Datsuns.
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