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  • Nissan Bluebird Coupe (JCCA Race Car)

    Bonjour, tout le monde!

    Now then.

    Long time lurker, recent posted. I've been working on purchasing this for a while (5 months) and before that, I spent about twice that looking for a nice Capella or Savanna coupe but I couldnt find one in budget that was 80% complete, but, one garage I found that had both a Capella and a Savanna (both LHD US Imports) had this little Nissan tucked away in the back, when I saw it, I had to have it :mrgreen:

    The story goes (according to the seller) that the car was built as a race car in the 70's and has always been a race car. Looked after by Refresh60, oddly has some TRD/Tosco parts, but for the last 14 years hasn't been used.

    I know it'll need some parts and a lot of work to get it back to where it should be, but I'm looking forward to it.

    Sadly this will be a very slow restoration as I'm getting the car shipped to the UK (for tax reasons) and I won't be joining it for a minimum of 11 months as I've had my overseas contract extended.

    I'll pop over to spend a weekend with it and make a list of what it needs and then spend the next year buying parts for it so that when I do return, I can get stuck it :twisted:

    As per my other post, any Nissan Bluebird racing history is much appreciated, hopefully I can find out a little bit more about my car.

    Now for the interesting bit, the pictures.









    TRD 11500 RPM rev counter





    Some spare parts:



    SSR MK1s will be sold, no idea what the wheels on the right are, any help? Pistons in a box are never a good thing :roll:

    Refresh60 decal on an (So I've been fold) FIA Rear spoiler.



    TRD Seat? Not 100% sure but does look like the old TRD/Tosco seat.



    Can't quite make out what this says:



    Close up of that TRD gauge



    And those wheels again:



    Tosco on the front:



    SSR MK3 on the read:



    Bonnet and boot are fibre





    Built by 'Suppose'



    Earl's front mount oil cooler. Very cool 8)



    ATL Fuel cell in the boot:



    ETA is mid/late July, hopefully I'll be able to go back to the UK then (I'll be working in Breckenridge, Colorado first 2-3 weeks of July)

    Deliberately I've missed out the engine, it should be an L18 'race' engine, but I won't know this until I get it home and get it apart, sadly the intake manifold and carbs, along with the exhaust manifold have been removed but they did leave the cool side exit muffler.

    A few areas of concern on the body, could be poor paint (the hood looks rusty from the pictures but being FRP it's clearly poor paint) but I'm prepared for the worst. I have a long journey ahead of me :shock:

    Cordialement,

    RW
    P510 Bluebird SSS Coupe

    http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/foru...-jcca-race-car

  • #2
    Re: Nissan Bluebird Coupe (JCCA Race Car)

    Looks like a lot of fun. :tu: :mrgreen:

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    • #3
      Re: Nissan Bluebird Coupe (JCCA Race Car)

      Originally posted by john
      Looks like a lot of fun. :tu: :mrgreen:
      Thank you 8)
      P510 Bluebird SSS Coupe

      http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/foru...-jcca-race-car

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      • #4
        Re: Nissan Bluebird Coupe (JCCA Race Car)

        Great car! How's the engine? Are you planning to race it?
        '90 N13 Sunny 1.6 GT - '00 P11-144 Primera 1.8 - '88 N13 Sunny 1.6 GTi - '00 Micra Aztec 1.3i

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        • #5
          Re: Nissan Bluebird Coupe (JCCA Race Car)

          Originally posted by AJS
          Great car! How's the engine? Are you planning to race it?
          Thank you. No idea on the engine, the car last run in 2000 from what I've been told, since then, the intake manifold, carbs and exhaust manifold have been robbed off it. What's left is an L18 with a dog leg 5 and LSD diff.

          I was going to rebuild it anyway so I know what's actually been done to it. I was told it was a 9000rmp screamer. But this call all be lies.

          As for my plans, I'm not sure yet. Depends how bad it actually is. Hopefully it's not rotten under there so fix it, get it running and enjoy it on track, just track days, no racing. Then after a summer of fun, a full bare shell restore and give it the love it deserves.
          P510 Bluebird SSS Coupe

          http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/foru...-jcca-race-car

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          • #6
            Re: Nissan Bluebird Coupe (JCCA Race Car)

            Not much to see here:



            I read somewhere that an L18 will have ribs on the block to make it easier to differentiate from an L16. I blame bad photography.



            I couldn't get them to send me the engine code or the code off the head but they removed the tape and sent me a picture of the ports. Not sure what head, but I know it's not the FIA spec one



            Does look like some corrosion in their too. I need to find the missing parts too (not available in Europe)
            P510 Bluebird SSS Coupe

            http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/foru...-jcca-race-car

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            • #7
              Re: Nissan Bluebird Coupe (JCCA Race Car)

              VERY cool car... my favorite Datsun... and getting one that has a track pedigree... all the better!!!! :tu: :tu:

              Very envious... ops:



              not sure of your budget for an engine... or if you even want a real racing engine....




              **IF** you do... http://loyningsengineservice.com/
              Cylinder head porting specialist - http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/foru...hp?f=1&t=24099

              Information = POWER

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              • #8
                Re: Nissan Bluebird Coupe (JCCA Race Car)

                Originally posted by RandyWanger
                I read somewhere that an L18 will have ribs on the block to make it easier to differentiate from an L16. I blame bad photography.
                It will be stamped on the block between the #3 and #4 spark plugs. :tu:

                I have an L16 and L18 block side-by-side at my shop. I'll take a look and see if there's any external difference.

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                • #9
                  Re: Nissan Bluebird Coupe (JCCA Race Car)

                  oldeskewltoy, is that your company or are you a happy customer?

                  John, from what I've read (and this may be wrong) is that the rib on the block under spark plug 4 isn't on the L16, can be seen in the picture above.
                  P510 Bluebird SSS Coupe

                  http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/foru...-jcca-race-car

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                  • #10
                    Re: Nissan Bluebird Coupe (JCCA Race Car)

                    Originally posted by RandyWanger
                    oldeskewltoy, is that your company or are you a happy customer?

                    John, from what I've read (and this may be wrong) is that the rib on the block under spark plug 4 isn't on the L16, can be seen in the picture above.

                    VERY happy customer....

                    my n/a 4AGE plants 145 whp (165 @ the crank... w/5+k rpm with 90+ wheel torque, and 4k rpm of nearly 100 wheel torque or more )...




                    All the while remaining emissions compliant, AND still gets 30+ mpg... :tu: :tu:


                    and can run the 1/4 mile in 15.77/88.8 mph with a GASTLY old man driving it :lol: first time to the drag races in 25 years :shock:



                    here is one of the very first pulls this engine ever did - http://youtu.be/J3nNBXLOvc8
                    Cylinder head porting specialist - http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/foru...hp?f=1&t=24099

                    Information = POWER

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                    • #11
                      Re: Nissan Bluebird Coupe (JCCA Race Car)

                      I can see why you're a happy customer with results like that! :tu:
                      P510 Bluebird SSS Coupe

                      http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/foru...-jcca-race-car

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                      • #12
                        Re: Nissan Bluebird Coupe (JCCA Race Car)

                        What an amazing find!

                        Congrats on the purchase. Can't wait to watch the restoration
                        kolxoz

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                        • #13
                          Re: Nissan Bluebird Coupe (JCCA Race Car)

                          Thank you Matches, I think I was quite lucky to stumble on it, I was looking at other cars for months on end. And even when I found this, I was constantly looking every day at Bluebirds to see if I could get something better for my money. Hard to find a good one now unless you're willing to pay about $20,000
                          P510 Bluebird SSS Coupe

                          http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/foru...-jcca-race-car

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                          • #14
                            Re: Nissan Bluebird Coupe (JCCA Race Car)

                            this little lady will be on the boat in a few days heading to the UK.
                            no commercial links

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                            • #15
                              Re: Nissan Bluebird Coupe (JCCA Race Car)

                              Originally posted by DaveW
                              this little lady will be on the boat in a few days heading to the UK.
                              :tu: Very excited I am too Dave! I'll get it over to you as soon as I can so you can have a play with it.
                              P510 Bluebird SSS Coupe

                              http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/foru...-jcca-race-car

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