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#1557018 210 Wagon Racer on a Budget

Posted by Maschinenbau on 10 April 2018 - 06:38 AM

Apparently youtube didn't like the background music from the stereo. The work space is nice, but now all my other cars have been exiled to the outdoors until I get the Infiniti shell scrapped. We had about 5 people Friday night and got the engine pulled after 4 hours. Saturday was 15 people on and off, and we got the fronts and rears of Datsun and Infiniti completely hacked apart. Interiors were also removed that day. Sunday was fitting the Infiniti front clip and engine into the Datsun, which fit surprisingly well. We didn't cut any firewall or trans tunnel. Just everything forward of the firewall. 

#1556765 210 Wagon Racer on a Budget

Posted by Maschinenbau on 09 April 2018 - 05:55 AM

Things happened this weekend!


...anyone need any B310 suspension parts?



















#1556307 210 Wagon Racer on a Budget

Posted by Maschinenbau on 06 April 2018 - 10:15 AM

Live streaming this build starting tomorrow morning around 9am EST!



#1552940 1974 A13 motor for sale. How much is it worth?

Posted by Maschinenbau on 22 March 2018 - 06:12 AM

I think that's a pretty fair price. These engines are not very common anymore. I sold just heads and a cam from a SBC for 250 recently. By mass, that's about the same $/lb lol.

#1552928 210 Wagon Racer on a Budget

Posted by Maschinenbau on 22 March 2018 - 04:24 AM

Another month driving the G35 to work and I still love this powertrain! I got new semi-sticky tires so I can put one good auto-cross on the G before I start the transplant. I did some test fitting and I like how the G35 wheels look inside the Datsun fender, so they will be carried over with the engine and suspension. Overall it's been a good car and I will definitely miss it, at least until I start the VQ-Datsun for the first time.




In exactly two weeks I begin the Datsun 210Z swap. If anyone is interested in cutting up a G35 and a classic Datsun into one crazy franken-mobile, PM me for build weekend details. It's happening April 7-8 in southern Indiana. B-Y-O-Angle Grinder!

#1547743 210 Wagon Racer on a Budget

Posted by Maschinenbau on 23 February 2018 - 07:04 AM

Correct, I will swap in the entire rear subframe, which is basically 4 bolts to the chassis. Have to fab rear subframe mounts to the Datsun body though, and convert rear to coilover using the Infiniti shock mounts.


Picture of a rear subframe




The front is trickier. Yes it has a subframe, but only the engine, steering rack, and part of the LCA connects to it. The UCA goes to the G35 unibody. I plan to simply cut the entire front clip including shock towers of the G35, basically everything ahead of the firewall, and graft that into the Datsun. This keeps all the G35 suspension/steering geometry and engine mounting correct. I've done something similar before, and it's way easier than designing a new suspension that won't be as good in the end. Then bolt Datsun panels back on and widen as necessary. The G is 6" wider up front, so we're talkin 3" box flares.


Picture of a front sub frame for reference



It's an auto car, so the gearing isn't great, but keep in mind the Datsun will weigh easily 1,000 lbs less than the G, which isn't a slow car in the first place. Rear pumpkins are interchangeable between G35 and 350Z, so that's an easy cheap upgrade if I think I need it.


I know I'm talking big without showing any progress, but I promise it will happen. I have a build marathon weekend planned April 7th with all my buds to chop up both cars and stitch em back together. If you're near Indiana you're welcome to join  :thumbup:  Until then I am daily'ing the donor car and enjoying the heck out of this VQ.

#1546893 210 Wagon Racer on a Budget

Posted by Maschinenbau on 19 February 2018 - 10:13 AM

Donor car acquired, waiting its turn in the driveway while I finish up another project.

#1540579 210 Wagon Racer on a Budget

Posted by Maschinenbau on 17 January 2018 - 07:56 AM

New member here, and new owner of a 1980 210 wagon. I know it's a B310, but where else would this go. I picked up this pile for $180. It's mostly complete, with a bunch of pieces in the back, but rusty has hell. The plan is to race in the Grassroots Motorsports $2018 Challenge, the annual budget drag racing and autocross competition for cars built under $2,0XX. I've been participating off and on since 2012 and it's a blast. This year there is an unofficial sub-class for station wagons, with the winner getting nothing but bragging rights and points taken from his IQ. What better candidate for a lightweight, cheap, competitive wagon than a Datsun? 


I'm planning to swap a VQ35, trans, and IRS from a G35. I know it's a tall order, but I'm no stranger to an angle grinder and welder. I'm hoping with the VQ being front sump, I should clear the steering link of the 210. Crossmember, tunnel, firewall, and probably even shock towers will likely get cut. It's snowing now and I'm too deep into my autocross Model A hot rod project to even think about touching this. I have a few leads on cheap donor cars that I don't mind keeping around for a bit, including one I might pick up this weekend. 


Lil Blue getting towed home by Big Blue