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    '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread

    In case you didn't know, I've owned a lot of Datsuns... :P

    In the 45+ list of Dattos, somewhere in there were 5 different 210s. A '79 2dr (my first car ever), an '80 4dr, an '81 wagon, an '82 wagon, and an '81 coupe. I liked the 2dr sedan a lot (first car and all), but the coupe was probably my favorite. Minimal mods, but it was a riot to drive.




    Since foolishly selling it 5 years ago, I've been thinking about building another. Finally I decided I would set out to find another one. But this time, I was not looking for a "nice" one, as what I wanted to do with it meant starting with a "rolling shell" was the smart thing to do. Never pay for nice things on the car that you're going to change anyway. :wink:

    And thanks to a fellow JNC member, I found one. :mrgreen:

    It's not much to look at, but here it is. Found inside a donkey pen, on a back road, in the middle of nowhere, 4 miles outside a town called Cross Plains, TX. Sitting on four flats, and almost consumed by the sandy soil it has sat on for almost 15 years, it desperately needed saving.




    As you'd expect, the interior is garbage.




    But it's a 5-speed, the floors are solid, there's shockingly little rust (thankfully the dealer undercoated the crap out of it), it's a great color (don't like doing color changes), and the body is in quite good shape.

    We drove out there (120 miles one way) last weekend, and after a good look around, a deal was struck to buy the car today. We drove out there again with a trailer, 4 good wheels/tires, a jack, and a long steel cable to drag it out of the donkey pasture. :mrgreen:

    It is NOT easy to jack up a car on sand. :x

    Wheels on and dragging...




    Got it up to the front of his property (about 200 yards), and loaded onto the trailer with minimal fuss...




    And after what seemed like a very long drive, here it is safe back at home...




    What's the plan? Start stripping it down to a bare shell, and building it into this... 8)




    Time to start sourcing some parts... :tu: :mrgreen:

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    Re: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread

    i approve this :tu:

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    Re: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread

    Most excellent! I love it when a hunt is successful. Looks like you got everything you wanted! Great color, can't wait to see it after a wash and polish!

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    Re: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread

    Oh, this is exciting!
    You mentioned it was the 5 speed does that mean it has the A15 engine? (not sure about USDM specs).
    What are your engine plans?
    Is this the start of a JNC race series? (what a fantastic idea....)

    Great purchase and looking forward to following the progress.

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    Re: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread

    Quote Originally Posted by ToolZ
    Oh, this is exciting!
    You mentioned it was the 5 speed does that mean it has the A15 engine? (not sure about USDM specs).
    This car is an A14. The USDM '79 and '80 models had the A14. Later cars had the A15 ('81-83 I believe). All the manual trans coupes were 5spd, regardless of engine.

    Quote Originally Posted by ToolZ
    What are your engine plans?
    Don't really have any yet. :P

    Just know it will be fast, and probably not an A-series. 8)

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    Re: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread

    Quote Originally Posted by datsunfreak
    Quote Originally Posted by ToolZ
    What are your engine plans?
    Don't really have any yet. :P

    Just know it will be fast, and probably not an A-series. 8)
    OK, last question today (I promise :roll: ).
    Street legal racer or focused track day weapon?

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    Re: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread

    Quote Originally Posted by ToolZ
    Street legal racer or focused track day weapon?
    Somewhere in between. :mrgreen:

    Fortunately, here where I live you can legally drive a race car on the street, assuming the lights, brakes, and horn work. That's basically all they check on cars over 24 years old. :tu:

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    Re: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread

    Fantastic. :tu:

    I am relocating to Texas ASAP....

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    Re: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread

    Louvers! 8)

    Good luck with it man! I love when people rescue cars!

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    Re: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread

    Treasure in the sand, haha! Amazing, the condition of the body. Well done, can't wait to see her cleaned up!

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