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Thread: New Datsun wide-body project

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    Default New Datsun wide-body project

    Here are some long over due pictures of my new project. I have been pushing hard to get it to a "showable" condition, as we are having a house (and garage) full of people over tomorrow.

    This car was originally built in the late 70's by Terry Allen Datsun (Auto) here in El Cajon where I live. It was never a race car, but a car designed to attract attention to the brand name.

    With only 20,000 original miles, the car was parked in a backyard for almost 20 years and mother nature did her best to try and claim her back.

    I pulled her "out of the grave" and almost $14K worth of rust repair and paintwork later, she has a new lease on life!

    I have met several local people who worked on the car back in the day, and one of them had the personalized license plates last stickered in 1982.

    There are several large Japaneese car shows put on during the year, and I have always wanted to have a nice car to participate in these. The maiden showing will be at the JCCS Show held at the Queen Mary Sept 23. 450 cars last year I am told.

    I bought the car about 10 weeks ago

    Hope you enjoy the pictures

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    Forgot to include a picture I took last night. This baby got some junk in the trunk!

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    I owned a 280Z from new, rebuilt the motor in my friend's 260Z, helped my brother track his 240Z and did heads for it for more power. My brother still has his 240Z original paint in Mexican Orange.

    I think I remember seeing that bodywork available back in the day. Someone produced it as a kit right? What driveline and suspension are you going with. Many converted to chevy 350's but a modern LS6 motor would be quite fantastic in the Z and they are pretty light motors with lots of aluminum stuff.

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    Awesome car. I second the LS6 powerplant. - LS6 5.7L 450 HP Long Block Assembly - Turn Key Engine Supply
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    Nice looking car - and us gearheads all appreciate the rescue from Mother Nature!

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    I'm certain this racer would approve. Rumor has it he did a bit of acting on the side.

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    I'll add a vote for leaving the Datsun six in place. Oh, the glorious noise it makes ...

    Thanks for posting the photos. It's even my favorite car color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olitho View Post
    Awesome car. I second the LS6 powerplant. - LS6 5.7L 450 HP Long Block Assembly - Turn Key Engine Supply
    Anybody want to start me a Go Fund Me account for that? LOL

    I already have an LS Z car, so this one will stay closer to it's roots for now anyways.

    I can't afford to replace the tires on this car. 15" rims mean almost zero wide tire choices.

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    Great looking car!!

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    S54 swap?
    All the glorious sounds the Z already make, just more of them

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    Leave the six in it. Or swap in a 3.8 Jag motor for maximum sound (and wallet depletion)

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    Must retain Nissan inline 6.
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    Aside from their cost I never understood why people race them.
    But obviously I just dont get it. -fatbillybob

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    In my inexpert view, the original straight 6 should stay to preserve the Z car aura.

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    Bowing to the pressure of the above majority (lol), the in-line Nissan 6 motor has been reinstalled and is almost ready to fire up. A stroker crank from a diesel engine and and an overbore pushes the 2.8 liters to about 3.1 liters.

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    A stroker crank from a what? A diesel? How's that work? What kind of diesel?

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    Nissan Maxima

    cut from an article on-line

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    of a stock L28 crank is 79mm. Nissan did made an L series six

    cylinder crankshaft with a stroke of 83mm. In the USA this crank

    was only used in the 1981 (7/80 production date) through 1984

    (9/83) diesel Maxima with the LD28 block, hence it is commonly

    referred to as "a diesel crank". The Nissan part number for the

    diesel crank is 12201-V0790.
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    car looks great!


    what wheels does it have now?

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    Diesel crank!! Cool! I did not know that was a hot rod trick on these motors. I did not even know the maxima came in a diesel. The OEM stroker crank sounds like free horsepower and torque. Very Nice...

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    Quote Originally Posted by KJSCV View Post
    car looks great!


    what wheels does it have now?
    same American Eagle rims that it came with 15 X 14 rear, 15 X 10 front

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatbillybob View Post
    Diesel crank!! Cool! I did not know that was a hot rod trick on these motors. I did not even know the maxima came in a diesel. The OEM stroker crank sounds like free horsepower and torque. Very Nice...
    Well if $800 is "free" then yes, free horse power lol
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