Wipers, Hazards, Turn Signals.. oh my!

Winter is upon us in California, or as I like to say, ‘spring time’. Only because it’s just a few rainy months till the only other season: summer. There’s been a long intermittent problem that wipers haven’t worked, and with the coming rain, I thought it would be a good idea to get that fixed. Along with the trusty 280z manual and a little luck, all three systems worked brilliantly.

Previously, the wipers weren’t working because of a corroded contact in the steering column switch, in which a few on/off turns cleared it up. This time it wasn’t the case. Not only were the wipers not responding, but also the blinkers and turn signals had also failed! My hunch was that since the same lights used for the hazards / turn signals were still turning on, it was perhaps a relay or fuse. Fuses looked okay, so on to the relay.

Both the hazard and the turn signal relays are located under the steering column area in the cabin. Yanked both of them, headed straight to the auto parts store, and was greeted with a, ‘whoa, those are hecka old’. Unfortunately, O’Reilly’s only had the hazard relay but luckily: it was the only one I needed.

The original hazard relay for a 1977 Datsun 280z is a Niles HF566-12V, 32CP Max 6, 80C/M relay.
The replacement hazard relay is a Littlefuse FLR577BP 12V relay with the same markings.

I reconnected everything…low and behold, the hazards flash. Doesn’t hurt to try the others, right? The turn signals started blinking, and the wipers precariously make their way across the windshield. Nice – ready for the rainy season.

Old relay – found just hangin’ out…

Hazard relay - Littlefuse FLR577BP - Daily Datsun

New relay – still hangin out.


Zpotted: Yellow 350z.. like me!

Old meets new on highway 101. This time, it’s a great looking 350z.. in yellow. We were in moderate morning traffic, and I was able to ride up along side him, being greeted by a smile and a peace sign. Love it.

Yellow 350z - Daily Datsun

Yellow 350z - Daily Datsun

Yellow 350z - Daily Datsun

diggin those rims


Hot Models

The holiday season is upon us, and it’s got me a bit nostalgic. Everyone remembers being a kid. And nearly every boy has had a toy car of some sort. Maybe they were a Revell scale model kit, slot cars, Hot Wheels or Micromachines – we were lucky to have experienced all four.

Certainly, if you haven’t got the garage (or the cash) for all those dreams cars, chances are they’ll fit on the shelf. And what if those dream cars aren’t in your favorite livery or paint scheme? Check out this sweet build for a BRE Datsun Hot Wheels:


Post like these reminds me of of the larger 1:32 scale slot cars my dad used to have. He and my uncle would pull them apart, paint them, race them, pull them apart again, re-wind the coils, race’m some more.

Of course we grew up racing with the smaller slot cars…and whata know, they make a 1:24 AND 1:32 slot car Z’s!

1:32 scale
1:24 scale



Sources: JNCSlot Car Today, Slot Car Illustrated