Thought I'd register here to show you what I stumbled across and possibly get some tips and help if needed. Who am I?
I'm a 28 year old guy, living in Norway and I have owned several datsuns before, including a 4x4 720 king cab, a couple of 910 blueys and I've owned a Datsun 280Z with a zx turbo swap for the last two years but I sold it this summer, the plan was to make room for a Z32 twinturbo 2+2(which I had before the S30) and regretted selling ever since.
But anyways last week I was going to check out a mazda b2200 nearby because I needed a car to drive to work, haul mc-parts, car parts, dirtbikes and everything in between, I mentioned to the guy that I had owned a datsun king cab a long time ago and he said "really? well I just happen to have one of those, rust-free".
It was standing on a tarp, under a garden tent and had been standing there since new year, previously it had been kept in a barn/garage of some sort since 2000 when the owner past away. An old man who had owned the car since 1985!
So I ended up buying both the mazda and the datsun!
This is a 82' 1600 singelcab long bed, it's got the round headlights and a bench seat, it's got the J16 engine and a 4-speed manual, rwd.
This all makes it a little rare at least here in norway since most all I've ever seen have been 4x4 king cabs usually with the 2.2 or 2.5 diesel...
Not sure what to do with it yet, I got both cars really cheap and I was planning on flippin the mazda for a guaranteed profit, swap out the engine and drive train on the datsun and use the datsun for previously mentioned duties but I've gotten pretty fond of them both so now I'm thinking of keeping the mazda for the dirty work and cruise around in the datsun when the weather is good, keeping it stock with a drop and some nice wheels. Having an original stock car does have it's charm and it certainly brings a smile to my face(and probably others too) driving around like Old McDonald
So far I haven't done much to it. I bought a new battery for it, drove it an hour back home without problems and parked it.
Some issues are bound to arise when dealing with a car that hasn't been driven the last 15 years, first was the car stalled and refused to start after I got it home, traced that back to some connectors full of dirt and grease. Cleaned them up and now it starts everytime.
Second problem was it never got hot, I suspected a faulty gauge but decided to check the coolant system which turned out to be pretty nasty! I swapped the thermostat today and flushed the cooling system and now it's all warm and fuzzy
Changed the battery cables and terminals, sanded down the grounding points and that seemed to breathe some new life in to it! At least it started a whole lot faster!
Rewelded the lower support on the seatback as It had snapped of on the original weld.
Next on the list is to change the oil, check/adjust valves, change sparkplugs and wires and clean the carb.
There is the odd missfire when holding the throttle steady at slightly higher than idle rpms, and it afterfires every time I let go of the throttle, so I'm hoping a good tune up will fix this.
Future plans is to get the underbody threated so it doesn't rust away, this car is pretty much rust free and I wanna keep it that way. It's been painted some time, probably with a roller 'cause that's typically what farmers do so I was thinking a respray but I kinda like the weathered look too.
Definately need to get the seat reupholstered.
Some JDM fender mirrors perhaps?
A tonneu cover for the bed.