[note: this post, like an air-cooled 911, is back-dated to when these events occurred]
One evening I parked the Skyline, turned everything off, and got out. To my surprise the brake lights were still lit. Odd... though something about this rang a bell. Yes, this seemed familiar... I checked back to the GTR USA Blog and confirmed the issue.
That blue component is the brake light indicator switch. The plunger with the black tip is supposed to be pressing against a bumper on the brake pedal arm. As soon as the brakes are applied, the pedal swings away, the plunger extends, and the sensor sends the signal to light up the brake lights. All two of them - no third brake light on these cars. Where was the bumper?
Ah. So one new bumper in a fetching OEM Nissan green and all was well again.
[Future me says: according to my notes I installed a new steering wheel around this time, but I have no photos so I guess I wasn't that excited about it. It's a nice three-spoke Nardi deal]
I went to a motorsport photography workshop at Laguna Seca and took the Skyline. Some photos from the paddock for your enjoyment...