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#41 EPTXDatsun

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 02:27 PM



Is there any decent reputable shop left?

Hate when that happens. Keep pressing on, it doesn't look too far to finished.

Good luck on that EPTXDATSUN.

Hope You took good care of the interior as they look really good.

Are You planing on mod the interior too?

There are good shops, which is why what happened with my Datsun in inexcusable.  My Datsun would have been a little brother to my Nova. Here's the funny part. I know this is off-topic, but shows an example of a good shop vs the BS I put up with on the Datsun. I had this car finished in a period of 14 months, of which 5 were attributed to parts delays. 

Started with this (350, 3-speed)
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They did this:
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Ended up with this (LS3, TR6060, 9-inch, 4-link suspenion, mini-tubs, audio, etc.)
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I'll probably end up giving him the Datsun if i can convince him to work on a "foreign" car. lol


#42 datsunfreak

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 05:40 PM

I know it's a bit of a hike, but I know a good guy here? 

 

I feel you, though. The guy who did my last Nova wouldn't touch a "thin, flimsy old Jap car". Hell, even the guy doing my Roadster had to be talked into it...   :rofl:


It's your car, just don't ruin it.


This seems like an elaborate ploy to get me to say "I like the D".


#43 EPTXDatsun

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 06:50 PM

I know it's a bit of a hike, but I know a good guy here? 

 

I feel you, though. The guy who did my last Nova wouldn't touch a "thin, flimsy old Jap car". Hell, even the guy doing my Roadster had to be talked into it...   :rofl:

Yup. I've been working on him.

Next up is my '57 Bel Air Rag. It was an impulse buy at Barrett-Jackson and when I finally pored over it, decided it wouldn't be worth keeping unless I redid the body/paint. Figure I'm way past the point of no return (I'll probably lose every penny I put in it going forward) on the 1200 and my plans for the Bel Air will actually increase the Chevy's value so that goes first. Because, well, priorities. 

It would be worth it because the work is second-to-none.



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Posted 19 May 2016 - 06:19 AM

Great car. Love the Nova.

In the other hand. Is there is any reason shop don't like to even touch  a imported car?  Jap in this case. They act if they going to get some terminal disease  if they work on a Japanese car.

Money is money. You quote your job fairly and You should  care less  if it is a Jap, Korean, o whatever that may be.

That happens to me couple of weeks ago, when I try to get my ID Tag refurbished. They simply say no.  When in there wed they stated they would be able to do to any car and model.

Well, that is how thing goes.

Good Luck with the 1200.



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Posted 19 May 2016 - 09:16 PM

Great car. Love the Nova.

In the other hand. Is there is any reason shop don't like to even touch  a imported car?  Jap in this case. They act if they going to get some terminal disease  if they work on a Japanese car.

Money is money. You quote your job fairly and You should  care less  if it is a Jap, Korean, o whatever that may be.

That happens to me couple of weeks ago, when I try to get my ID Tag refurbished. They simply say no.  When in there wed they stated they would be able to do to any car and model.

Well, that is how thing goes.

Good Luck with the 1200.

Thanks. It's all good. I'm gonna put it up for sale and see if anyone bites. If not, I'll be having it built locally where I can at least monitor progress. My favorite part about the Nova build was that every time I dropped in say, every other week, I saw progress. It was the first shop I've experienced this with which, sadly, is rare. It was pretty disheartening to go twice in 6 months to the last shop the 1200 was at and only see it under a thicker layer of dust.

Oftentimes, builders prefer to stick to what they know, which is why some are hesitant to try different stuff. I'm sure shop that built my Nova would do it since it would be a cakewalk for them and it is, at least, "vintage", lol. While the work they do is not cheap, you get what you pay for. Although the quality is worth it, I dont know if I want to be sinking $40k+ into a 1200 either, lol. 



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Posted 20 May 2016 - 02:55 AM

Hear You my Friend. But and the end of the day, if You take in account the money and time sometimes it is worth it to go with the reputable and expensive cause it would be cheaper when it is all said and done. But 40K it is a really big bill  for a Datsun 1200 coupe, maybe a 240Z with a really low Vin number would justify that kind of money.



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Posted 20 May 2016 - 10:04 AM

Just saw Your Sedan on Craigslist.

Sometimes You got to know when to throw the towel. Wish i was in Texas, most of the good Datsun are close to You guys. I just keep looking to see if I can grab one close from South Florida.

Well good luck with the sell.



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Posted 23 May 2016 - 12:00 PM

Thanks, guys. We'll see what happens. I put it on CL to see if there would be any bites but then the ad was flagged for removal for some reason.

If it doesn't sell, I'll just continue stacking parts and getting it ready to finish eventually. I took a look at it this morning and most of the work that was done was of decent quality and it's pretty complete.If it doesn't sell, I'll just continue gathering parts and eventually get to it. I don't need the money, the space isn't an issue, and the wife doesn't care what I do. It's just a matter of lost interest due to so much time wasted. I just need motivation, lol. 



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Posted 23 May 2016 - 06:51 PM

If you decide to let it go, just know that you might not find another 1200 2 Dr. Sedan anytime soon. There are 3 known to Ratsun in the entire state of Texas. Your's, Mine and Coda's. Maybe 100 survivors in the Northern Hemisphere. These things might not be worth much money, but they are really rare. If I could afford it I would bring a trailer tomorrow.


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Posted 24 May 2016 - 06:48 AM

You are completly right Kilo.

Like I said before, Wish I  live  closer and  It is a good deal.



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Posted 25 May 2016 - 10:28 AM

Thanks, guys. No worries. My ad on Craigslist got flagged. Did some research and looks like overzealous assholes are policing CL and flagging project vehicles because they believe they belong in parts section. I'm just gonna hold onto it for the time being and keep collecting parts to finish it. 



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Posted 15 June 2016 - 02:58 PM

I'm gonna try fleabay and see if there's any bites. Up for grabs in case any of you guys are looking for another project. 



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Posted 22 July 2016 - 07:54 PM

Damn dude sad to hear you gave up like that, sounds like you were taking on too many projects at once, if I were you I would just get a harbor freight spray gun, buy the paint yourself with half mineral spirits spray it yourself with a bit of 2000 grit wetsanding in between coats for good measure, it already seems prepped for paint and with a nice cheap spray would be worth alot more in the long run if you do decide on selling it in the end.



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Posted 23 July 2016 - 01:32 PM

Damn dude sad to hear you gave up like that, sounds like you were taking on too many projects at once, if I were you I would just get a harbor freight spray gun, buy the paint yourself with half mineral spirits spray it yourself with a bit of 2000 grit wetsanding in between coats for good measure, it already seems prepped for paint and with a nice cheap spray would be worth alot more in the long run if you do decide on selling it in the end.

Nah, it ain't about the money. Hell, the rims/tires on my E63 AMG wagon cost more than what I have into this car. It's the combination of my OCD coupled with the time and headache of a large-scale project that I just don't want to deal with anymore. I know it will be worth a lot more finished, but I'm moving on. I already have my Japanese fix taken care of with my '76 Mazda RX3 Coupe. It's on ebay right now open to offers. If someone wants the car only that's fine too as I can just put the F20C in my AE86 Corolla GT-S.



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Posted 19 August 2016 - 09:56 AM

Bummer about the bad luck. If you still have it, what's left to be done and how much are you looking to get? PM me if you don't wanna talk numbers on this thread.

 

My b110 is my daily driver and badly needs body and engine work. I was looking to your thread for inspiration and I am sad to see it still unfinished so many years later. 



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Posted 15 November 2016 - 05:53 PM

So, did it sell? 


It's your car, just don't ruin it.


This seems like an elaborate ploy to get me to say "I like the D".