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    My 1979 Datsun 810 Coupe 5spd

    1979 Datsun 810 Coupe 5-speed.

    Picked this up off of craigslist the wednesday before thanksgiving.
    Doesnt really need any major work except for some bodywork. I will be trying to source some odds and ends in the classifieds

    Its my first datsun but definitely not my first nissan. My daily is a '00 Infiniti G20.

    Funny story, 2 days after i picked it up i was offered $1000 over what i paid for it haha (didnt sell of course).

    PICS FOLLOW!

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    Affectionately named "Zero".

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    Looks like a great starting point. :tu: :mrgreen:


    Ya know... the Japanese made some really nice bumpers and mirrors for these... :wink:


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    Awesome 810 coupe. I love the plaid seats. Welcome to JNC

    What are yer plans?

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    wow i hope you keep it the original paint color ... 8)
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    Plans are pretty much slow bodywork. Turbo would be nice eventually but I have to do a lot more research. I'd like her pretty close to stock looking, maybe a little lowered and the bumpers a little tucked but nothing crazy.

    The paint on the car currently is not original but it's 'close' to the original blue. It needs a repaint anyway, and i'd like to got a little darker in the blue hue.

    Thank you for the warm welcome.

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    I moved my bumpers in by releasing the gas from the bumper shocks and then securing the shocks in the fully compressed position.

    Pics at:

    http://forums.hybridz.org/showthread.php?t=101289

    Definitely improved the carís appearance, but I think the best way to deal with the USA production 810 bumpers is to replace them with ones from the 200B version.

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    Yea I had a Porsche 924 that I also tucked the bumpers on by 'blowing' them.

    I had a few questions on these cars...

    Lug pattern? 4x114.3?
    Engine compression? 8.3:1?
    Round or square exhaust ports?

    According to wikipedia the 810 and 280zx have the same chassis, so do the suspensions and exhaust and such interchange?

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    >Lug pattern? 4x114.3? Yes.

    >Engine compression? 8.3:1? Yes.

    >Round or square exhaust ports?

    Round with the liners. The 810 head is marked N47 (like the 280Z and 280ZX) but the 810 head has smaller intake valves (i.e, the same intake valve that the 240Z used).

    >According to wikipedia the 810 and 280zx have the same chassis, so do the suspensions and exhaust and such interchange?

    For the most part they will. The rear suspensions will interchange as does the front crossmember, lower control arms and the T/C rods. However, the 280ZX uses a different front strut. Rear springs and rear shocks will also interchange. I have tried using a 280ZX header on my 810 and there is an interference issue... I donít know about the remainder of the exhaust system.

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    awesome info!

    now a few questions about my particular car ...

    gearing: my car is obviously running non-oem wheels/tires ... and in fifth at 3000rpm the guage cluster says 55, but ive been told by a chase car that its closer to 65, is 65 at 3k normal for this car?

    temp: my car never seems to reach operating temp according to the engine water temp guage. only gets slightly past the cold line, never more.
    besides a bad sender, im thinking bad thermostat. thoughts?

    thanks.

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