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Thread: 1981 Nissan 280c, (P430) from the local tip.

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    1981 Nissan 280c, (P430) from the local tip.

    Hi all,

    I got this car after it was rescued from our local tip. The problem is that I can't seem to get much info on this model, or locate a service manual.

    Overall it's in pretty good condition for its age and starts first time, rust is minimal, it has 5 alloy wheels, upholstery is pretty good and even the factory stereo is still fitted.

    The car also has an Australian compliance plate meaning it was sold new here.

    The only problems are with the 3 speed auto which is missing 2nd and third, a damaged rear bumper, and some small trim items that are missing.

    Can anyone help with some info on this model, or suggest a source of spares?

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    And here are some pictures of the 280C.












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    that thing is BEGGING for the VIP treatment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've never even heard of that model before.... yet another awesome sweet car that the US never got.... I'd guess that's a L28 in there, judging by the name and L6 underhood pic... maybe a 5speed from z/zx would work? I'm sure datsunfreak has got some knowledge to bless you with..... anyway, sweet ride!! can't wait to see some progress!!! :tu: :tu:

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    These were pretty common in Southeast Asia, I believe, so I'm afraid spares will have to come from overseas...

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    Looks like a skyline steering wheel you have there.

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    I had a 260c a few years ago, and they were fairly rare over here, but this car seems almost unheard of in Australia.

    You are right MC the steering wheel is off a Skyline, the soft steering wheels tend to disintegrate in the Aussie sun.

    I'm happy with the spec of the car so would just like to get it back on the road as part of our collection.
    It's number three in line at the moment, please have a look at our website http://www.rothwells.id.au for more pictures of this and some of our other cars.

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    I pulled the engine out of a 280C some years ago. Same as yours, but blue. I intended to use the engine in a 240Z, but never got around to it.

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    Here in Belgium it was only delivered in L28D (2800 Diesel, 6 cil). 3 colors available: silver, green and gold.
    In France, it was more popular, for unknown reasons...

    I learned driving with this beauty and it drived sooo comfortable...

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    It looks like a Cedric or a Gloria. I'm more leaning towards a Cedric, though. :wink:

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    the 430 was a cedric and a gloria wasn't it?
    it has so much pontental




    and my favorite one, i know your ones not pillarless. but its such a nice pic

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