Excuse some stolen wording from other forums; can't be stuffed writing the whole thing out again.
I was looking for an MS55 Crown wagon for ages and couldn't find anything. All this stuff is really rare in Australia; previous generations have thrown cars out left, right & centre because they aren't fitted with V8s. You ask any wrecker, part distributor etc about any bits for any of these vehicles and they look at you like you're retarded or laugh in your face. The older generation don't seem to understand that they took so many liberties with what people like me would go to such great lengths to get their hands on. We just get left with the exceptions that didn't get penetrated by shotgun pellets or sent to the wreckers because they had blown head gaskets.
I had some criteria that needed to be fulfilled:
Bench seat in the front
Pref Japanese & filled with quirky shit
Well I got bloody lucky!
Some time in Feb my mate found something for sale that was a bit out of the ordinary. I'd never even seen one before (and I haven't seen another one since!!!). $950AU later I had some mad car not many people really 'get' the attraction to, don't know what they're missing out on lol
It's a 1973 Datsun H230 Wagon. In Australia this one was called a 260C but there are a myriad of names for it internationally, for all intents and purposes, it's a Cedric - Nissan's answer to the Crown (but Nissan also have a more upmarket version called the Gloria which is pillarless, although that is not available as a wagon). We never got Glorias in Australia unfortunately, but we got Cedric sedans, pillarless coupes and wagons. Not that many people would know because you never see them!
This one is an L26 backed by a 3spd manual on the column with a hydraulic clutch and a Banjo-style live axle with big drums, rear end suspended by leaves with canted shocks, no swaybar. Front end is double wishbone with a 23mm swaybar, steering box with linkages, twin piston calipers on solid discs. Fortunately it's a twin circuit braking system too.
Bench seat front, bench seat rear, two person dickie seat in the back that faces the opposite way.
It's got all kinds of important factory features like a hidden map light in the dash, cooling vents in the front footwells like you get on an 40-series Landcruiser, only these ones are hidden from the outside (a bit more subtle than the steel doors on the Cruisers). It's got a light that sits on the underside of the bonnet so if you break down at night, the whole engine bay is illuminated well. It has an electric window above the rear left quarter that can be activated by the key barrel in the guard or a switch on the dash. It's got storage space under the rear seat, and it all folds flat with hard rubber on the back of everything so it's good for chucking diffs and gearboxes in the back (which will be a common activity in this car). Four windscreen washing jets, intermittent wipers, two piece tailshaft, five stud wheels (5x114.3), mechanically sprung tailgate and bonnet, etc. The spare wheel is stored up under the arse and it has a mechanism for lowering it gracefully, it has a nice original toolkit which has a few things in it including 'Datsun' folding wheel chocks and a speed-wrench with rotating grips so you don't rub your skin as you lower the spare wheel or jack the car up using the scissor jack that is stored under the bonnet which has its own reduction gearbox incorporated into it! The Japs were onto it!
All of those shots were taken the day I bought the car.