Hey guys, I'm new to the forum and Datsuns in general. I just came about one so Im hoping to find a active group of enthusiasts to share my experiences and make some new friends!
About a year ago, i first learned about these cars but though they were unobtainable due to my never having seen one on the road in my few but enthusiastic years as a car lover. Anyway, doing some dreaming on Craigslist, a Datsun popped up. After some digging, there were several for sale in Denver! The hard part was finding one that i could daily while doing restoration as budget/time permitted. Well, i eventually found what i was looking for and here it is!
My old Daily (gf is taking it over) and the new baby.
Yes, the plates came with the car, PO worked hard to get them too!
The paint was cheap but it looks good from a few feet away and the chrome is all decent (but bumpers need to be straightened) The drive train has a few leaks but all together, everything looks good. Even I was surprised as to how good a shape it was in! took it home for $6100. Engine is original and has 91k (at least thats what the odo reads) and already has an electric fuel pump conversion.
I am hoping to keep things as original as possible while making a few changes as necessary for reliability. And eventually repainting it, i know its popular but i cant stand the red. Thinking about doing black or metallic silver but that is much further down the line.
My first order of business is to get her running again. She starts with a jump but even after driving around town, she needs a jump again when you go to start. the amp meter still moves and the PO said the battery is only 2yo. Ill start by swapping it for an AGM and go from there.
My short list so far is (in no particular order):
- Brake upgrade
- Soft Top (came with hard top, but no soft top or frame. I figured the hard top is harder to come by for winter driving)
- Suspension (probably will be first as it rides like a mechanical bull)
- Transmission Rebuild
- Change out all engine gaskets/rebuild if budget allows
- Restore interior
Hope this is a satisfactory intro. If anyone is in Denver, ill be at Cars and Coffee on Aug 1!