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 Post subject: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread
PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 8:39 pm 
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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.

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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.

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As you'd expect, the interior is garbage.

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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...

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

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

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

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


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 Post subject: Re: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread
PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 8:58 pm 

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i approve this :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread
PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 9:24 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread
PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 10:53 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread
PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 10:58 pm 
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ToolZ wrote:
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.

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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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 Post subject: Re: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread
PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:14 pm 
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datsunfreak wrote:
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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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 Post subject: Re: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread
PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:20 pm 
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ToolZ wrote:
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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 Post subject: Re: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread
PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:25 pm 
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Fantastic. :tu:

I am relocating to Texas ASAP....


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 Post subject: Re: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread
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Louvers! 8)

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

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 Post subject: Re: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread
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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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 Post subject: Re: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread
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:tu: thumbs up :D....sick datt

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 Post subject: Re: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread
PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:55 am 
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Toy_Yoda wrote:
Amazing, the condition of the body.


Exactly why I bought this one. Not much body work to do, mainly just a few dozen tiny holes to weld up. 8)

I despise that riveted on side trim that so many Datsuns of this era got at the dealer. :?


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 Post subject: Re: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread
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datsunfreak wrote:
I despise that riveted on side trim that so many Datsuns of this era got at the dealer. :?

aka "protecting your investment"


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 Post subject: Re: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread
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matt wrote:
aka "protecting your investment"


Well, in it's defense, the car doesn't have any door dings... :P

And the new flares will cover about half of the holes from the side trim. :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread
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so stupid offtopic question, how are you hosting pics? i always have trouble on this site


and second ontopic

an N/A SR would be awesome :)

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I have an excellent eagle eye for spotting old Jap cars back in the brush... LOL

Glad she is being saved! I know of lots more old cars laying around here that need attention too... I'm saving as many as I possibly can!

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 Post subject: Re: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread
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jzcelica wrote:
I have an excellent eagle eye for spotting old Jap cars back in the brush...


Yeah you do! Heck I was looking for it, knew exactly where it was, and still barely found it. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread
PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:06 am 
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schassisowner wrote:
so stupid offtopic question, how are you hosting pics? i always have trouble on this site


These are hosted on a friend's site. But photobucket works well. They key is you have to make sure your pics are 800x600 or smaller.

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an N/A SR would be awesome :)


Yeah, it would. I was leaning towards a dual Solex'd KA24E, or possibly a Z20E/Z22E, but I'll give some thought to an SR20DE. Last I looked they were decently priced and available. Will just have to check and see if that is still the case. :)


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 Post subject: Re: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:06 am 
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Picked up this for it today. S110 disc brake rear end with all the e-brake bits, links, and sway bar too. 8)


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Now I just need to pick up a 240Z front suspension... :twisted:


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 Post subject: Re: '79 210 (aka B310) Coupe build thread
PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:30 am 

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I need to find anther b210 so I can put this a series in it. I picked up the bprojects valve junk and then decided to go with something else that fell in my lap.

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