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#1386701 New to club with '72 1200

Posted by EPTXDatsun on 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. 

#1384811 New to club with '72 1200

Posted by EPTXDatsun on 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. 

#1384363 New to club with '72 1200

Posted by EPTXDatsun on 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.

#1384265 New to club with '72 1200

Posted by EPTXDatsun on 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)
They did this:

Ended up with this (LS3, TR6060, 9-inch, 4-link suspenion, mini-tubs, audio, etc.)

I'll probably end up giving him the Datsun if i can convince him to work on a "foreign" car. lol

#1384247 New to club with '72 1200

Posted by EPTXDatsun on 18 May 2016 - 01:58 PM

Thanks, guys. I have some big plans with this car and don't plan to be too slow with it. Paint should be done in a couple of weeks and then its on to the suspension and engine swap.


It's not for lack of resources, just terrible judgment in picking shops.

#1114207 13x7.5 -5 SSR Mesh on a Datsun 1200...

Posted by EPTXDatsun on 03 July 2014 - 09:59 AM

Who rebarreled them? What size tires do you plan to run?

#1114041 New to club with '72 1200

Posted by EPTXDatsun on 02 July 2014 - 08:31 PM

Mattndew, I agree. I think it's a good fit for this little car.  :devil:

Don't worry, KT1200. I'm 600+ miles from you, so you'll have North Texas and I'll take West Texas, lol. :thumbup: 

I've had MUCH more powerful (1k+whp) cars, but something tells me this one will be just as much if not more of a handful especially with what I want to do. My plan is to get it dialed in and overbuild the driveline so I can turbocharge it and bump it up to 500whp eventually. At a minimum, a rollcage is definitely in the plans.

#1113989 New to club with '72 1200

Posted by EPTXDatsun on 02 July 2014 - 06:20 PM

This car had been on backburner but I'm bringing it back.  

After 1 1/2 years I got a call a couple weeks ago from Wrenchpro to tell me they were being shut down by the city. We had 2 weeks to pick it up unfinished. Sucks, but oh well.

Before sending it to them, I had started the bodywork but decided against finishing it due to the fact it was going to get a little cut up from the swap. 

One of my many automotive hobbies includes lowriding and I'm an Imperials Car Club member (58-64 Impalas are one of my major weaknesses).  I called a club brother in our L.A. chapter who owns a body shop in Hesperia and he offered to help us pick it up and store it. Well, I figured it needs paint and it's out there anyway, so he will be finishing up the body work. It will be finished Porsche GT3 RS Orange. It may be overly ambitious to shoot for the JCCS '14 but we'll try! Here's how it sits:




Work has begun, er, continued on the body. I'll post more pics as it progresses. 

#797743 New to club with '72 1200

Posted by EPTXDatsun on 19 November 2012 - 01:37 PM

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Transmission tunnel