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 Post subject: 1980 C210 Nissan Skyline
PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 7:40 am 
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Hi guys, new to the scene. Just picked up a C210 Skyline from Japan, currently waiting for a boat to come to me in Vancouver Canada. Appreciate if anyone can point me in the direction of some useful info on this car like i say I'm very new to this stuff.

It has L20T motor in it with about 140,000kms rest is what you see is what you get.


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 C210 Nissan Skyline
PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 7:56 am 
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Welcome to JNC. That's one of the cleanest 210's I've seen. You won't know how the floor pans are until you pull the carpet up unless someone did a thorough job investigating for you.

I would love to own one these. Did you go through a specific company to make your purchase?? Where is the car from specifically in Japan and do you know it's history??


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 C210 Nissan Skyline
PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:03 am 
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Drive510 wrote:
Welcome to JNC. That's one of the cleanest 210's I've seen. You won't know how the floor pans are until you pull the carpet up unless someone did a thorough job investigating for you.

I would love to own one these. Did you go through a specific company to make your purchase?? Where is the car from specifically in Japan and do you know it's history??


Thanks, I was actually in the market for R32's then the old school skylines started catching my eye. I really wanted a C10 or a kenmeri but they were out of my budget.

I will be getting a full write up with 100+ photos and video soon before it ships so I'll post that up when it comes.

The car was from the Tokyo auction don't know too much abouts its history yet but everything was documented so I just went with it. Impulse purchase you can say lol

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 Post subject: Re: 1980 C210 Nissan Skyline
PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:07 am 
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I love the R32´s but that 210 is stunning.
Beautiful car and I am looking forward to your next posts.
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 Post subject: Re: 1980 C210 Nissan Skyline
PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:18 am 

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that looks great, already got all the nice bits on it too. well done sir.


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 C210 Nissan Skyline
PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 11:02 am 

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oh mate i would kill for that car!!love it!!congrats!!


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 C210 Nissan Skyline
PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 7:29 pm 
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That is a very good looking C210! But I have to admit I really want the black Celica in the row in front of it.

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 Post subject: Re: 1980 C210 Nissan Skyline
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Nice ride, I take it you will be the only one in Canada with one :mrgreen: :tu: Defiantly a better choice then a 32, they are a dime a dozen.

Looking at the White DR30 parked next to it you can really notice very similar styling cues with the window profiles.

In stock form I can see why they arent as popular as other skyline models , but done up right like this yours they are a very fine looking machine right up there with the Hako and Kenmeri.

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 Post subject: Re: 1980 C210 Nissan Skyline
PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:41 pm 
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Thanks guys! I just hope she drives as good as she looks. I'm looking for a duck bill spoiler to complete the look got a guy searching for one in japan hopefully he'll find it before the car leaves dock.

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 Post subject: Re: 1980 C210 Nissan Skyline
PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:53 pm 
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Nice, nice, perfect looking car, good wheels on it!

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 Post subject: Re: 1980 C210 Nissan Skyline
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What a nice looking C210. Great choice over the R32. Looking forward to some more pics when you get them...Its the waiting for the car to arrive from Japan that will p%ss you off now!! Well done! :tu: :tu:


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That is a very good looking C210! But I have to admit I really want the black Celica in the row in front of it.


KC30 - It's not a Celica :P It's a Mazda!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: 1980 C210 Nissan Skyline
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 6:14 am 
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Beautiful car. R32's are great cars however you made a great choice. Not many of these on this side of the big pond. Any interior shots?

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 Post subject: Re: 1980 C210 Nissan Skyline
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:12 am 
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I have a buddy that works at a local Firestone and he told me somebody from Canada drove through Montana. He drove a skyline just like that. They had to replace the fuel pump and gas tank. I guess he replaced the fuel pump several times on the trip and they told him it was his gas tank screwing everything up. I wonder if that member is on the board.


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 C210 Nissan Skyline
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 3:34 pm 

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absolutely beautiful car, shame about the bumpers though. will be looking forward to more pics


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 C210 Nissan Skyline
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:33 pm 
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rustyra24 wrote:
I have a buddy that works at a local Firestone and he told me somebody from Canada drove through Montana. He drove a skyline just like that. They had to replace the fuel pump and gas tank. I guess he replaced the fuel pump several times on the trip and they told him it was his gas tank screwing everything up. I wonder if that member is on the board.


Got me wondering how many C210's are there in Canada?


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absolutely beautiful car, shame about the bumpers though. will be looking forward to more pics


Are there a different style of bumpers out there?

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 Post subject: Re: 1980 C210 Nissan Skyline
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sukh wrote:

king bee66 wrote:
absolutely beautiful car, shame about the bumpers though. will be looking forward to more pics


Are there a different style of bumpers out there?



im not sure, but jdm cars usually got the classiest of everything; so id guess the bumpers you have are it

on the plus side if you ever bang one up you can always swap it with a usdm b310 bumper, joking

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 Post subject: Re: 1980 C210 Nissan Skyline
PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 7:07 am 
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Can someone tell me more about the motor?? I read the turbo engines in the L20ETturbo did not come with any blow off valve. Could a blow off valve be installed to optimize performance?? They obviously run great without it but is there any drawbacks to not having one?? Does anyone know if these motors had a intercooler as well??

I also need some clarification. I heard Regular Unleaded in Japan is equivalent to US spec Premium Unleaded(around 91 Octane). If this were true, would cars imported from Japan need to be running 91 Octane fuel at the pump???

Can anyone fill me in?? Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 C210 Nissan Skyline
PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 9:26 pm 
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Drive510 wrote:
Can someone tell me more about the motor?? I read the turbo engines in the L20ETturbo did not come with any blow off valve. Could a blow off valve be installed to optimize performance?? They obviously run great without it but is there any drawbacks to not having one?? Does anyone know if these motors had a intercooler as well??

I also need some clarification. I heard Regular Unleaded in Japan is equivalent to US spec Premium Unleaded(around 91 Octane). If this were true, would cars imported from Japan need to be running 91 Octane fuel at the pump???

Can anyone fill me in?? Thanks.



Found this out from another forum


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Looks like a nice little pick up from the pics, well done!

The L20ET is very strong for it's design parameters, but remember the technology is 30+ years old. They can benefit enormously if allowed to breath better. If you can get yourself either an non intercooled FJ20ET turbo with the 0.63 rear housing (a direct replacement & no mods required) or an RB20DET turbo (more modern technology) & slightly larger injectors from an S130 280ZX Turbo (265cc) Z31 300ZX turbo (270cc) both hose tail connected & a direct replacement to your stockies and increase the boost marginally, (stay under a bar for some reliability) you will experience quite a bit of difference.

Factory spec on the L20ET is 104Kw at the flywheel & a loss of about 25% through the drivetrain is about normal, so 78Kw at the wheels is about you factory standard spec, yet with the few little mods I have suggested you could be looking at about 120Kw (about 160HP) at the wheels, which represents about a 50% improvement.

As you are in Canada, you should find the bits relatively easy to find, because the 280ZX Turbo that was very common in USA is the host of all the parts you need. The non intercooled FJ20ET Turbo was exactly the same as that fitted to the L28ET 280ZX Turbo and the injectors the same. Check ebay.com as you will find new and reco injectors often at great prices too.

Don't go overboard on injector sizing unless you're building a new & bigger engine such as L24, L26, or L28. Also remember your C210 is a front sump engine and all Zeds are rear sump engines so mods have to be done to change them to front. If you can find an L24E engine from 1984/85 Nissan Maxima from the US, that would be the perfect replacement as it is already front sump design & with an L26 or L28 crank & rods plus 1.0mm over bore you will have a great capacity to work with (2627cc) and then the sky is the limit and the big plus, to the untrained eye under the bonnet is going to look absolutely stock standard, yet you could have over 200Kw at the wheels.

Hope this helps,

Cheers,

Dennis from Ozland
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Not sure about the octane question tho. I'll ask my contact in Japan. The motors came non-ontercooled tho

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 Post subject: Re: 1980 C210 Nissan Skyline
PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:06 pm 
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Drive510 wrote:
I also need some clarification. I heard Regular Unleaded in Japan is equivalent to US spec Premium Unleaded(around 91 Octane). If this were true, would cars imported from Japan need to be running 91 Octane fuel at the pump???

Japan uses the RON (research octane number) rating. The US (and I believe Canada) uses a rating that is an average of RON and MON (motor octane number). From what I've seen, to convert the RON rating to our rating it's this: RON octane rating x 0.95
So a 100 octane in Japan is 95 here.

Here's an article about it: http://www.torquecars.com/articles/fuel ... atings.php

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 Post subject: Re: 1980 C210 Nissan Skyline
PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:32 pm 

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cool car
really takes your eyes off
wish I could go to such markets even if its just for looking :)


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