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#1 datsunfreak

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 02:52 PM

As you may have caught on to by now, all of my cars are named after the previous owner...   :rofl:

 

I've known Joel (the guy) for almost ten years, ever since I saw him driving this car on the street. I flagged him down and talked to him for 30 minutes about the car. He was super excited to not only meet someone who appreciated it, but also had a lot of parts/knowledge he needed. 

 

During his first few years of owning it, it was bone stock. Until he met me. See, this is one of the base model "fuel saver" specials they built with an A12a engine and a 4 speed trans. So over the years I helped him swap in a 5 speed, then we swapped in an A15, then added a Weber 32/36 carb to it. You know, the usual stuff. Did a brake job on it once. Added '81 200SX front and rear rear sway bars to it at some point. Little here, little there, we just built it into a super fun car for him to daily. Joel not being super mechanically inclined, I ended up doing most of the work...   ^_^

 

About a year ago, it blew a head gasket. I asked him to bring it by the shop so we take a look at it, but he said "No, I can handle it myself"..He took the head off, cleaned it up, put on a new gasket and off he went. About a month later it blew a head gasket again. This time, on my urging, he took the head to a machine shop to have them go through it and make sure it was good to go. $325 later and a clean bill of health from said machine shop, he popped it back on. About two months later, I get a text from him... 

 

Joel: Head gasket blew again.

 

Me. That sucks. Need any help fixing it?

 

Joel: Are you at the shop?

 

Me: Yes, you coming by?

 

No response...

 

 

 

About 45 minutes later a tow truck pulls up out front with Joel's 210 on the back of it, and another car following behind (what I later found out was Joel's wife's car). Tow truck driver starts to unload the car, Joel comes over to me, hands me the title to the car and says "hope you can fix it better than I did". Pays the tow driver, hops in his wife's car and leaves...    :P

 

So at the time I had a 210 coupe project so I thought I could at least use it for parts for that. During the great purge of late 2016, I passed the 210 coupe on to a (new) friend in east Texas, but I held on to this car for some weird reason. There it sat, in the corner of the parking lot for the last 18 months, gathering dust...

 

Well, another one of my friend's with a 210 project also has a 4 speed in his car. He asked if I had a 5 speed he could put in it and I said "Joel's old car has a good one in it, so come help me pull it out and you can have it?". 

 

It was sitting on four flats (had borrowed it's "good" wheels/tires for another car at some point), so I jacked it up and put the old set of wheels from my 1200 on it so it would roll around and we could pull the trans. As soon as I saw it on those deep dish Bassettts though, the gears started turning...

 

Being a man of my word, I still gave him the transmission, but now I'm thinking of turning this into a full blown project. See, after we jacked it up and pulled the transmission I started poking around a bit, and this is a really solid car. I have an A10 crossmember that would allow me to swap in my spare L18 pretty easily, and I have an L dogleg that would also be a bolt in, so...    B)

 

It may not look like much, but the body is fairly decent. It needs work on the beat up rockers, and maybe a new left fender, but otherwise it's not bad at all. 

 

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

 

It's also not my money, so i'll suggest the most expensive option. 

 

 


#2 datsunfreak

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 02:57 PM

Probably going to keep these wheels on it, drop it maybe 3" in the back and 4" in the front, get the L18 and 5 speed in it and just rock the shit out of it for awhile...

 

At some point I will procure some JDM bumpers for it, and then it'll get a fresh coat of paint and some needed interior dress up...


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

 

It's also not my money, so i'll suggest the most expensive option. 

 

 


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Posted 04 March 2017 - 05:10 PM

Don't do too much to it...I won't be able to afford the thing after a few pages.

You can't hang if your nuts haven't dropped...it's physics


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Posted 05 March 2017 - 12:12 AM

I have the JDM sunny grille with the "S" badge sitting at my place if you want one, was going into my sedan but I think I want to swap mine for the round front (if I could ever find one). Also already have a lead on those bumpers for ya, just trying to get a hold of the guy. 



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Posted 05 March 2017 - 12:22 AM

Stop! Read above.

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Posted 05 March 2017 - 02:41 PM

I have the JDM sunny grille with the "S" badge sitting at my place if you want one

 

I do.  B)

 

 

 Also already have a lead on those bumpers for ya, just trying to get a hold of the guy. 

 

Awesome!  :thumbup:


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

 

It's also not my money, so i'll suggest the most expensive option. 

 

 


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Posted 07 March 2017 - 03:40 PM

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

 

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 03:41 PM

Bumpers paid for, hopefully coming to me soon...   B)


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Posted 07 March 2017 - 11:20 PM

Is that the same fucking car or a render

Located in SoCal.

Just trying to figure it out.


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Posted 08 March 2017 - 01:36 AM

what he said ^



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Posted 08 March 2017 - 03:10 AM

One of the best examples of a two door that I've seen, you going with that color? 



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Posted 08 March 2017 - 06:06 PM

Is that the same fucking car or a render

 

 

what he said ^

 

Neither, just a kickass look into my future (hopefully) I found on a European website...   ^_^

 

One of the best examples of a two door that I've seen, you going with that color? 

 

Thinking about it. This is actually my 7th 210 so far. #2 was a root beer brown metallic wagon, and #5 was a 4dr in the same color. 

 

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Of course I am just now this very second realizing that 6 out of 7 were some shade of brown...    :rofl:  :rofl:  :rofl:

 

The very first one, my high school car, was this funky non-metallic orange/brown color...

 

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I am definitely leaning brown, and not this sort of flesh-colored brown on it now. It's a little too "gray" for my taste. That stock brown on my 4 door and wagon with the gold metallic in it is super dope...  


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

 

It's also not my money, so i'll suggest the most expensive option. 

 

 


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Posted 08 March 2017 - 06:13 PM

That euro car looks fairly bright in that pic, but I think it's the same color as that 4dr. Notice it looks darker in this view...

 

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

 

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 06:18 PM

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That euro car looks fairly bright in that pic, but I think it's the same color as that 4dr. Notice it looks darker in this view...
 
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I'm really digging this car.

You can't hang if your nuts haven't dropped...it's physics


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Posted 08 March 2017 - 06:26 PM

It is the best looking 210 I've personally seen. Pretty good goal i'd say.

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 06:37 PM

It is the best looking 210 I've personally seen. 

 

It's definitely the leader in the clubhouse right now...   :thumbup:

 

 

Another one of my favorites. Seems to be from the same country too...

 

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

 

It's also not my money, so i'll suggest the most expensive option. 

 

 


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Posted 08 March 2017 - 07:02 PM

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

 

It's also not my money, so i'll suggest the most expensive option. 

 

 


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Posted 08 March 2017 - 10:15 PM

He's another shot of it (if you don't already have it). Darker the color the better it looks. 

 

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 02:19 PM

He's another shot of it (if you don't already have it). 

 

I have about 30 different pics of it...   :rofl:

 

 

Darker the color the better it looks. 

 

I concur. 


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

 

It's also not my money, so i'll suggest the most expensive option. 

 

 


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Posted 09 March 2017 - 02:26 PM

Not sure if metallics are your thing, but in 2015 both ram tucks and Tundras had really nice browns. I'm considering using one of those one day on my 510.

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