Carlos Ghosn announced the return of the almighty Datsun nameplate! Unfortunately for the majority of us, it will only be available in emerging markets. They should really consider bringing it over to the states and have a serious Scion fighter. The Cube and Versa, for example, could easily be rebadged and sold under Datsun since they are already affordable entry level cars. Their halo car(s) though… I’m thinking a 2500lb car with sporty suspension, decent looks, and the 1.6 liter direct injected turbo engine lifted from the Nissan Juke. Sell it for around $20,000 in either coupe, sedan, or wagon form, and call it… the 510! Hell, even resurrecting the 240sx/Silvia nameplate would be ok. Another great car to have would be a svelte coupe, under 3000lbs, use the retired 3.5 liter V6 from the 350Z, and sell for mid to high $20k to hark the 240Z. Sell it with basic amenities so it won’t cut into the 370Z’s sales and it’s a done deal.
With the hype that the FT86/BRZ is garnering, I’m really surprised more automakers aren’t jumping on it. The people are shouting that we want our fun cars, and those that I build in my head would not only satisfy the young enthusiasts looking for a fun and cheap car, but it would also gain sales from the older generation who USED to have a 510 or Z car, and want to reminisce about their old ride.
Datsun, to thank me for my wonderful ideas, I’ll take one of each in orange.
To whomever can find me the size and offset of the rear SSR’s on the Wood Village Z.
Pretty sure everybody has seen this Skyline from the Nostalgic2Days show.
What I just noticed is the vented carbon fiber fender goodness. Mmmmmmm…
Pics courtesy Ken&Mary Owners Club
Got all that nasty sound deadening out! What a tedious PITA! Not really looking forward to stripping the underbody, but I want this car to be solid. Planning on Por15′ing the interior and underbody. After that, the interior gets Dynamat/Fatmat/whatevers, and exterior gets a rubberized undercoating.
And a bad ass picture for inspiration.
I also have a B210 brake booster and a pretty nice rear bumper being shipped over. My tax return is getting smaller and smaller!
All kinds of cool stuff has happened since I’ve been M.I.A. RB26′ed the Z and SR’ed the 510. Picked up a Hako to play around with on the weekends and a Lamborghini Murcielago SV 670 for a daily driver.
Truth is, I’ve just been busy with work, going back to school full time, taking care of my girl, and generally having fun with life. Kind of lost interest in cars and toyed with the idea of selling the wagon, but once it’s in your blood, there’s no giving it up. The bug to wrench bit the other week, and it’s bitten HARD. Been working on the 510, but it’s hard since I have no garage and have to do everything in my parking stall in my apartment’s garage. They don’t like me tinkering with my car in there, so I can’t tear it apart like I want to. However, I have been breaking down the interior, piece by piece, so I can remove the sound deadening. It’s slow work since I don’t want to risk using dry ice and being on the news as the guy found dead from fumes (no ventilation in the garage). So far I’ve done the front floor pans, transmission tunnel, most of the firewall, and have started on the rear pans today. The majority of the floors are pretty solid, so I’m pretty happy with that. I also have a full urethane bushing kit from Prothane and moog ball joints making it’s way over the ocean, and am planning to hit up Gabe at Techno Toy Tuning again for the full front suspension.
*Strip sound deadening/rust repair/Por15.
*Strip undercoating/Por15 undercarriage.
*Suspension refresh. New bushings, T3 front suspension, rear drop blocks, etc.
*Repaint mismatched panels.
*Fix sagging door hinges.
*General maintenance and refreshing of whatevers.
*Repaint engine bay.
*Cut and reweld transmission tunnel so I can achieve the massive low.
*Fabricate skid plates/reinforce underbody to protect from the massive low.
*Sick wheels. Something rare. Riversides? Techno Phantoms?
*Bulletproof rear end. Ford 9″ maybe? Not sure, gotta do a lot more research.
Ideally, I want to keep the patina. I want it to look like a low and ratty 510 on some awesome wheels, that everybody thinks is slow until I drop the hammer. I want the outside looking just like it is, but the engine bay spotless and tucked, with the undercarriage looking brand new. I’m weird like that. I’m going to pace myself on this one though, so don’t expect a quick build. Unfortunately, I came to the conclusion that since I don’t have a garage, the engine swap will have to be outsourced. Hopefully, I can borrow someplace to do most of the work, and just pay to have it set up, but we’ll see how that goes. I’m not even sure if I can find a place to put the car on jack stands long enough to take care of the undercarriage.
The worst of the rust:
One day as I was leaving my apartment’s parking garage, I noticed a car that I haven’t seen before…
I LOVE these old Coronas. The majority of the people living in my apartment complex are old, but there are a few enthusiasts… the fact that it has a brand new license plate has me thinking that somebody just pulled it out of storage with the intent to restore it. Here’s to hoping anyway.
Also, I thought I took pictures of a 240z that I is always parking on the street, but I guess they didn’t save. Super clean with a vinyl top. New neighbors who are J-Tin enthusiasts would be great! Time to start leaving my number under some windshield wipers…
Snagged this off of sexy-man Kenny’s blog when he caught some historics racing around Laguna Seca. Tons of gorgeous cars but of course, old Datsuns are my favorite.