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    Thinkin of a new project

    Its that time of year again where the nights get long and the outdoor activities get slim. So what better time then to take a new project on...
    It was exactly a year ago where i started my Mini Project and got totally swallowed by the amazing little car.

    I havent been able to find many projects quite as exciting as the mini, but i did stumble on this one...

    An old acquaintance of mine texted me a few weeks ago about selling/trading and old "antique" car he had.
    I finally got around to calling him this week only to realize he had a 1969 Datsun Roadster 1600.
    My first thoughts were that the car was pretty cool but not that exciting...
    After looking into it a little further and using my creative 'swap' google search ideas, i landing on some pretty cool builds.

    Here is the article that first came up.
    http://www.engineswapdepot.com/?p=504

    With some copy/paste action quickly jumped to this
    http://spriso.com/content/

    and of course..
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/JDM-NISSAN-S...sories&vxp=mtr

    pushed it further...
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/JDM-NISSAN-S...sories&vxp=mtr

    Just want to bounce the idea around and get some thoughts... if any ones has any Nissan experience..

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    That looks like it would a very worthy project. The Spriso place seems like they are all over the swap stuff and would be a great resource so you wouldn't be stuck trying to figure everything out on your own. And with a name like Z, a Datsun project seems like a natural fit!

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    Hey REd,
    thanks for the encouragement...

    I also found out that you can make those engines push 250-350hp easily.

    They they also have a "vtec" component they just dont call it a "vtec"

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    I want to put one in a 510
    i talked to a kid behind the counter at a import after market store he had one in his car
    said 350 was no problem.something like a turbo upgrade and a tune
    next project for me is going to be a Subaru in a Westfalia
    Last edited by AA_driver; 11-08-2012 at 05:32 PM.

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    Yeah, most of the time the conversions are on the 510s.
    an idea of a bugeye sprite came to mind today... might do some further research there, but there seem to be expensive.

    I LOVE the Westfalia vans... always wanted to do one of those..

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    Just did some more reading and it doesn't seem worth the trouble. the SR20DE motor is lighter, but makes 20 less ft.pounds of torque than the orriginal one; and at only 140 HP in a 2150 pound car, it seems very average. The new RX-7 rear end will make it even heavier, no doubt. So you get a 5 speed trans and modern FI. Looks like the Turbo version would be a must, if you can live with it's own negative aspects. I would rather go for a Bug-eye or Miata platform and Honda S-2000/6 speed power.
    (quoted specs from their magazine article on the silver car)
    Last edited by steve; 11-08-2012 at 06:57 PM.

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    Funny you mention the VW/Subaru conversion. I just sold a 79 camper-van this week, that I recently inherited from my dad. He brought it back from Germany where he bought it to tour Europe with my mom; it sat in his barn for the last twenty four years collecting dust, and only had 70,000 miles on it; after cleaning it up, it looked like new. a Dealer from Germany came over and gave us 12,000 cash for it and is shipping it back to the homeland now. I drove it around the block a few times after having the tank flushed and new fuel lines installed.....what a pig; it definitely could have used a bigger mill.

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    the hot ticket is a 91 Westfalia or Weekender if you don't want to deal with the stove,sink,and frigde.Fully legal to convert to Subaru power in Ca. Make a great tow vehicle and place to stay

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    It was a dream of mine growing up to travel the country in a VW camper.. hopefully one day

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