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#1 DatsWeird

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Posted 27 January 2017 - 12:13 PM

What up Ratsun! Been stalking these forums for awhile as a newb to the wonderful world of Datsun engineering. I have always been a muscle car guy with the motto "No replacement for displacement" I have built many cars like this oFd6fDi.jpg and this c5Cv5ey.jpg yes thats a 4x4 ha and this HXvTNSc.jpg Large displacement engines, are they fun to drive? hell yes! Can you go get anywhere with them? Not with all those smiles per gallon :( kwIjXAK.jpg So I ended up buying this out of a local junkyard not really knowing what it was but I liked its face WOEqOVx.jpg  and it was about to be crushed for scrap. A whopping 150 bucks and she was on the trailer headed home. After a head gasket, conversion to 4 speed, and cleaning out all the ratsun inside the car from sitting, I had a driver. During the parts search for this thing, I was educated by a gentleman letting me know I picked just about the worst datsun in history and I would never get my money back that I put in. Oh well, guess I have a thing for odd cars so hello I'm DatsWeird.

 

As an engineer, the interchangeability of the platform is what sold me, being able to swap engines and transmissions from many years. and did i mention price? haha A 6x cylinder head on my pontiac cost more than I have total in this car right now. I am sold! Looking for a truck next so I will be posting all my project info and works on here, hoping to help somebody else like me that stalked this site regularly to get my project done. Cheers


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 12:25 PM

If you are an enthusiast or collector you aren't in it for the money really, it's more the enjoyment having one or working on it or maybe just driving it. Cost? It's an entertainment tax.


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 12:41 PM

I agree, and I was quite surprised driving it around how many people would come up to me at a gas station and ask "Is that a Datsun!?" They are pretty rare in my area of nothing but classic american cars(lake havasu)


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 12:50 PM

Here she is as brought home from the yard: 3MuTV2q.jpg MxrUVQu.jpg H2G0zij.jpg lzsyaB8.jpg and now lzsyaB8.jpg vIaTkQ8.jpg E64qZHs.jpg jDxiwl9.jpg


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 01:03 PM

one more set of pics(sorry if its a lot or wrong size, completely new to forums)   ke6KKdn.jpg FHOKGl8.jpg pSvZs7I.jpg

 

After finishing the head gasket, she fired right up and I was sold. Cam in head and the ease of assembly sold me on these engines. Now I am hopelessly addicted and swapping one with boost into that 40 plymouth in the background. I have only seen one other datsun in my life before I got this one, and after looking through all these threads I can't believe more people aren't building these things. I would trade a trans am for a 510 in a heartbeat. Well that's my newb story, thanks for all the motivation and I'm honored to be a Ratsun member :)


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 03:08 PM

Welcome!

 

I too bought one of my 510's at a wrecking yard. I paid 300 for it.



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Posted 27 January 2017 - 07:07 PM

Welcome!!


View my 69 510 4dr Sedan - Build Thread
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Posted 27 January 2017 - 07:21 PM

That's not a 280z it's a 280zx. Big difference. Looks like an '82 non turbo judging by the hood louvers, dash and tail lights..


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 08:48 PM

 

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This is cool,tell us more about it


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 08:48 PM

That's not a 280z it's a 280zx. Big difference. Looks like an '82 non turbo judging by the hood louvers, dash and tail lights..

 

Pretty sure I see a turbo


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 09:10 PM

Pretty sure I see a turbo

Pretty sure you don't :P


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 09:10 PM

Enough pictures of the cars...let's see your mullet!


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 10:03 PM

Pretty sure I see a turbo

 

Probably the electric cooling fan for blowing on the injectors. I only went by the fact it didn't have the TURBO on the valve cover.


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Posted 28 January 2017 - 08:40 AM

Probably the electric cooling fan for blowing on the injectors. I only went by the fact it didn't have the TURBO on the valve cover.

 

Did notice that, but the louvers look to be turbo ones, the shifter knob is metal like turbo ones?

The blower,dont know whats thats about


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Posted 28 January 2017 - 09:56 AM

The L28 run hot under the hood. Nissan added an electric fan to blow on the fuel lines and injectors to prevent 'vapor lock'. 

 

He said he converted to 4 speed

 

Those louvers were on the Sept 81 and on. Not sure if strictly turbos have them or not. Maybe the difference is if functional or not but look the same?

 

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Does have the non turbo down pipe.

 

 

 

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Doesn't have the correct valve cover.

 

 

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Should have TURBO emblem over left rear tail light on hatch. The front fender emblems should say TURBO just under the 280zx. Could have been removed and painted. Lots of things get done to 30+ year old vehicles.

 

Definitely a zx though


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Posted 28 January 2017 - 06:44 PM

That's not a 280z it's a 280zx. Big difference. Looks like an '82 non turbo judging by the hood louvers, dash and tail lights..

Thanks for the clarification. It came from mexico originally I believe( had sonoroa registration in glove box and data plate is in spanish) but it is a non turbo 82 with one sun baked emblem remaining on the passenger side( 280 Z). I since bought a set off ebay to replace them, read on wiki that it was branded as both zx and z. Guess I need to order a new set of emblems lol

 

Anybody familiar with color code 077 orange metallic mist/ metallic brown.. Wasn't sure if it was special order? It is very thin from the sun damage, with a light bluish green primer coming through. I did manage to find a garrett air research turbo in the yard, was on a saab though but looked about right. Ebayed a few other goodies.. Pictures uploading


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Posted 28 January 2017 - 06:48 PM

Pretty sure I see a turbo

Thought the same thing at first, junkyard guy said it was a turbo  :rofl: There's a micro switch on the accelerator that turns it on when you floor it; it also stays on about ten minutes after the car is shut down if temp goes over the half mark


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Posted 28 January 2017 - 07:08 PM

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Posted 28 January 2017 - 07:13 PM



Enough pictures of the cars...let's see your mullet!

does this count 8nzsEdl.jpg 

 

Number one thing people would ask in that trans am haha or "What transformer does this turn into?" with the yellow one


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Posted 28 January 2017 - 07:19 PM

The floor switch on the gas pedal is the kick down for the automatic. The fan is likely on a temperature switch just like radiator fans.


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