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xoSubieLegacyxo
07-09-2012, 06:11 PM
I first fell in love with Datsuns when my friend Tyler bought a '72 510 named "Little Miss Sunshine." From the time I pushed it onto the trailer to when we finished putting the car back together overnight during spring break I enjoyed working on the car. Sadly he traded it away for a Sentra 200sx, and then for multiple cars after that. Finally the new owner of "Little Miss Sunshine" posted on craigslist, and I knew it was destiny for me to buy her back and bring it home. If everything goes well I'll have the money tomorrow and picking her up on Saturday. Here's a picture of her....

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2012/07/DSC09324-1.jpg

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2012/07/DSC09297-1.jpg

the interior is in MINT CONDITION!

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2012/07/DSC09164-1.jpg

98legwag
07-09-2012, 06:18 PM
Looks kinda like the one in third Transformers movie. I like it.

xoSubieLegacyxo
07-09-2012, 06:22 PM
I never saw the third (or the second) Transformer movie. But this thing is freaking sweet, and it runs great!

nikolaus.conrad
07-10-2012, 06:35 AM
These pics are epic on a computer screen!! Little Miss Sunshine has a lot of character to her for sure! I have to say my favorite thing on your new car is the seriously JDM gas cap cover (I'm stealing that idea for my wagon :wink: ) haha

And I see how mint your interior is! At first I was like :lol: but then I was like :shock: I have no interior at the with the Spitty so that's no good, but probably just as well since british cars leak so much! :razz:

I really can't wait to meet Little Miss Sunshine, she just looks so cheery. And I'm serious about having a "Not a Subaru Meet" hahahaha

98legwag
07-10-2012, 08:32 AM
I never saw the third (or the second) Transformer movie. But this thing is freaking sweet, and it runs great!

Just confirmed it was a 72 510 in the movie.

http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/2011/06 ... -the-moon/ (http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/2011/06/29/sam-witwickys-datsun-510-in-transformers-3-dark-of-the-moon/)

xoSubieLegacyxo
07-10-2012, 10:17 AM
HOLY CRAP! It's even Sunshine Yellow! That's awesome, except for the car getting a bad rep as "a collector's item." All I need is the hot GF who is not Megan Fox and I'll be set. lol

98legwag
07-10-2012, 10:26 AM
I like the Datsun in the movie with that lip. When I saw the car in the movie I thought "I want one of those."

nikolaus.conrad
07-10-2012, 10:59 AM
All I need is the hot GF who is not Megan Fox and I'll be set. lol
:smt082

Dead91silvia
07-10-2012, 11:38 AM
Cool! I know cars of that eara are supper hard to find over there, they are hard to get on the west coast also.

If you get it, got on this forum! Super cool guys! Another friend talked me into it since I have the Pulsar and my Datsun truck. :smt023

http://community.ratsun.net/

This is my truck you guys havent seen...
http://community.ratsun.net/topic/43563 ... ini-truck/ (http://community.ratsun.net/topic/43563-dads-old-80-720-my-new-mini-truck/)

xoSubieLegacyxo
07-10-2012, 12:23 PM
Cool! I know cars of that eara are supper hard to find over there, they are hard to get on the west coast also.

If you get it, got on this forum! Super cool guys! Another friend talked me into it since I have the Pulsar and my Datsun truck. :smt023

http://community.ratsun.net/

This is my truck you guys havent seen...
http://community.ratsun.net/topic/43563-dads-old-80-720-my-new-mini-truck/

Way ahead of you Dead. I made an account back when my friend had the car early this year. When I get some progress done I'll make a build thread. There's a lot of useful information on the website just like here on SL-i. :grin:

1839cc
07-10-2012, 01:08 PM
These are great cars. What engine setup is/was in it?

xoSubieLegacyxo
07-10-2012, 04:57 PM
Right now it has a L20B and a "dogleg" 5 speed transmission out of an 80s pickup.

chrish8r
07-10-2012, 11:41 PM
I cant wait to see "Little Miss Sunshine" in person. You should make a video of the car and have the music as "super freak"(movie reference).....haha. and that interior looks better than both my cars. Great find there Chad!!!

hansvonaxion
07-11-2012, 12:17 AM
Sweet. Always wanted one of these with an FJ20.

xoSubieLegacyxo
07-11-2012, 07:22 AM
:smt007 I THINK I'M DOING THIS! http://www.socalf4.com/forums/index.php/topic,192.0.html

geckoboy86
07-11-2012, 08:11 AM
Go ahead, You won't, No Balls...

Too bad this doesn't have something like a L20A engine. I love Nissan I6s

JBCLEGACY
07-11-2012, 04:09 PM
That is a great car!!
My buddy has a Datsun pickup and a 76 "Z", I would love to have a 510 and beat him to the punch

amgarrety
07-11-2012, 05:30 PM
Mint interior! Now I'm really excited! I wanna see this in person.

hansvonaxion
07-11-2012, 06:19 PM
I said FJ20, not EJ20!

blanquelm92
07-12-2012, 05:23 AM
Lucky mofo dang

Huffer
07-12-2012, 01:04 PM
You should totally do a mean RB26 setup with a set of GTR gears...

xoSubieLegacyxo
07-12-2012, 06:24 PM
You should totally do a mean RB26 setup with a set of GTR gears...

only if you're funding the swap! haha

Everything is set for picking up the car on Saturday. I'M SO EXCITED! :grin:

lord flashheart
07-12-2012, 08:09 PM
they look alot like the skyline of the same era

Dead91silvia
07-13-2012, 11:52 PM
You should totally do a mean RB26 setup with a set of GTR gears...

HAHA!!! That would rip the car apart! And those swaps are about $8K... I have seen a few with SR's, KA's, and also CA's. You would be cutting firewalls with an RB...

Would be cool though!

xoSubieLegacyxo
07-14-2012, 07:52 PM
After waiting in line at U-haul to pick up my rental truck and trailer, and carefully driving her home, Little Miss Sunshine is safe and sound behind my house. Here's some pictures for all to enjoy! :grin:

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/575810_10150958601777476_534006268_n.jpg

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/523860_10150958076002476_1627021293_n.jpg

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/558266_10150958602582476_1575295074_n.jpg

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/8052_10150958603642476_1172312466_n.jpg

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/396933_10150958602952476_977165468_n.jpg

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/552242_10150958603337476_307802711_n.jpg

Dead91silvia
07-15-2012, 11:57 AM
Cool!

nikolaus.conrad
07-15-2012, 12:08 PM
Looks pretty spotless under the hood!

98legwag
07-15-2012, 12:42 PM
I want one now. Thanks for that.

amgarrety
07-15-2012, 01:09 PM
I want one now. Thanks for that.

xoSubieLegacyxo
07-15-2012, 07:28 PM
I know where there is one for sale in Carroll County. The same place I got mine! :D

98legwag
07-15-2012, 09:11 PM
Ive seen it on CL. The red one with WRX seats. Looks like it has a roll cage too.

xoSubieLegacyxo
07-15-2012, 09:24 PM
Yeah it has a fully built roll cage, WRX seats, and Simpson racing harness. It would be a nice autox car, and if someone would buy the car from the owner he then could purchase a new project car.

xoSubieLegacyxo
07-16-2012, 08:27 PM
She's got a warm welcome at home!

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/561093_10150962791562476_1724740507_n.jpg

Huffer
07-17-2012, 01:01 PM
What's the first job? Rust repair? Or a tuneup?

xoSubieLegacyxo
07-17-2012, 05:22 PM
Right now it needs a tuneup, mainly suspension and brakes. I want to get the car driving and ready for the road. In the winter I'll slowly fix the rust and the goal is to have the car ready for paint by spring or summer of next year.

amgarrety
07-17-2012, 07:17 PM
What direction are you going with it?

I hate to provide my own suggestions because I hate when people tell me how to do my car, but I love the skyline style mirrors. They look really good on that style of car.

chrish8r
07-17-2012, 07:50 PM
I just realized the car doesnt even have mirrors!!!

xoSubieLegacyxo
07-17-2012, 09:58 PM
haha Well to pass inspection they will go back in the stock location, but hopefully I will mount them on the fenders like most classic skylines.

nikolaus.conrad
07-17-2012, 10:35 PM
Having mirrors on the fenders are a PITA to adjust, especially if your car is low to the ground. Trust me lol

xoSubieLegacyxo
07-17-2012, 10:40 PM
I won't need them once I get my wink mirror. lol

nikolaus.conrad
07-17-2012, 11:06 PM
What's a wink mirror?

xoSubieLegacyxo
07-18-2012, 07:27 AM
What's a wink mirror?

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2012/07/WinkMirror-1.jpg

I have one in my legacy.

nikolaus.conrad
07-18-2012, 09:52 AM
Oh! The Trucker's mirror! :razz:

Huffer
07-18-2012, 11:38 AM
^^ that mirror won't show you the rear wheel as you're drifting around the mountain though... ;)

xoSubieLegacyxo
07-18-2012, 12:48 PM
I don't even think this engine could break loose the back tires. haha

chuckthefuk
07-18-2012, 01:14 PM
so u did it.. :-/ neglect = legacy :-(

xoSubieLegacyxo
07-18-2012, 01:17 PM
haha sorry Chuck. But when the car drops in price over night by almost half, you gotta get it! plus it runs to (I'll post up a video later). Right now I ordered some much needed parts.

New Drum Hardware kit
New Wheel Cylinders
New Lug Nuts

and to make my custom coilover setup

New '91 Camaro Rear Shocks
eBay Honda Civic coilover kit

I just found 280zx front struts for sale on eBay, but I have to see if the seller will ship them instead of asking for only local pickup (lives in NC)

chuckthefuk
07-18-2012, 01:21 PM
why not fab a S13/4/5 rear end in? or better yet a skyline rear end with R200 diff :-D

Just sayin' stock is boring.

re-engineer FTW

nikolaus.conrad
07-18-2012, 01:34 PM
^ +1 But you've got to factor in price. There are tons of modifications and re-engineering I would love to do on my cars but I don't have the funds. Or the time :lol:

chuckthefuk
07-18-2012, 02:14 PM
Chad's a resourceful guy with enough potential to learn the needed skills to do this. The bluebird is an iconic car and deserves some real abuse :-D

-Chuck

Huffer
07-18-2012, 02:21 PM
I don't even think this engine could break loose the back tires. haha

Depends entirely on the surface, overall weight and the lack of tread on the tires. that's all I'm saying.

http://www.motoliam.com/photos/drifting ... -thumb.jpg (http://www.motoliam.com/photos/drifting_datsun_510-thumb.jpg)

nikolaus.conrad
07-18-2012, 02:22 PM
@Chuck: I agree!

xoSubieLegacyxo
07-18-2012, 11:21 PM
haha you guys crack me up. If I had the money I would buy the R180 where I bought my car from, but I would rather spend that money towards parts to get the car moving.

xoSubieLegacyxo
07-19-2012, 02:51 PM
UPDATE: I won the auction for 280zx front struts, brakes, and hubs for $25. I call that an epic win! As soon as I get a shipping price they'll be delivered to PA.

xoSubieLegacyxo
07-21-2012, 05:15 PM
Christmas came early! Got some of my parts in today, and waiting for the rest to show up later this week.

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/382434_10150972362097476_1067346292_n.jpg

xoSubieLegacyxo
07-24-2012, 07:41 PM
So I received a lot of my parts, and I just got my rear drum brake hardware kit. I opened the box and found....an alternator. I called the store that I bought it from online and ask what happened. Turns out they are out of stock. Still don't know how I got an alternator. Now I need to find a new hardware kit for the Datsun ASAP! grrrrrrr

xoSubieLegacyxo
07-28-2012, 10:20 PM
Today I ventured out and made some head way on the car. I completed the rear coilover conversion, and only need to have someone weld the pieces together. Also cleaned up the 280zx struts and brakes to give them a "fresh" look. Also ordered more parts to get closer to driving this car soon. Still need a 240 gas pedal and throttle cable. I'm going to start looking on other Nissan forums for partouts. For now, here's some pictures.

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/s720x720/427231_10150987030817476_1206311534_n.jpg

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/306731_10150987031377476_425584626_n.jpg

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/s720x720/531353_10150987029957476_1711915215_n.jpg

amgarrety
07-29-2012, 09:00 AM
I just remembered, one of my friends blew his cylinder in his SR20 and is parting out the car now. I can probably get you your throttle cable and pedal.

xoSubieLegacyxo
07-29-2012, 02:54 PM
I just remembered, one of my friends blew his cylinder in his SR20 and is parting out the car now. I can probably get you your throttle cable and pedal.

I will forever repay you if you can get me that! PLEASE?? I NEED SOMETHING HERE! lol

xoSubieLegacyxo
07-29-2012, 03:06 PM
With the help of my friend we found out that the lower coolant hose had a puncture, causing most of my newly poured coolant on the ground. Don't worry I did manage to retain the majority of the coolant. Don't want any environmentalists going crazy. lol Simple run to the local auto parts store to get new hoses, and added some water in so the car had a way to keep cool in the heat. When I start to drive the car I will flush the system and get new coolant. My new projected goal of driving this car is the end of August. There is a car show at the local Honda dealership, and usually one or two Nissans come out and always win. Time to show them where these imports originated from.

chrish8r
07-29-2012, 10:43 PM
Glad to see you are making nice progress! Did you find out the date of that car show at hanover honda??

xoSubieLegacyxo
08-02-2012, 11:15 PM
Glad to see you are making nice progress! Did you find out the date of that car show at hanover honda??

August 24th. I made an event page on facebook for it.

xoSubieLegacyxo
08-02-2012, 11:19 PM
Look what came back today! :grin:

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/319358_10150997786787476_1023691_n.jpg

chuckthefuk
08-03-2012, 12:04 AM
<---- demands pictures of those welds

xoSubieLegacyxo
08-03-2012, 06:56 PM
(runs and hides behind lamp shade)

xoSubieLegacyxo
08-04-2012, 10:18 AM
Finally got the car on all four wheels, and she is tucking tire! Might need to get taller springs, and I'm looking for wider wheels.

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/540440_10151000528087476_2057633212_n.jpg

Dead91silvia
08-04-2012, 11:22 AM
Hey bonehead, if you need Nissan parts, why are you not asking the resident Nissan nut?! LOL...

I have a friend parting 2 s13's and I have some left overs. I also more connections for 240-260-280, and what ever else you would need Nissan... Dont know anyone parting a 510 though, that I cant be much helps with... haha

xoSubieLegacyxo
08-04-2012, 05:01 PM
Hey bonehead, if you need Nissan parts, why are you not asking the resident Nissan nut?! LOL...

I have a friend parting 2 s13's and I have some left overs. I also more connections for 240-260-280, and what ever else you would need Nissan... Dont know anyone parting a 510 though, that I cant be much helps with... haha

HAHAHA my bad. I heard from someone that a local yard had two 240s, and they are rare to find in a yard. I told my friend to get me the pedal and cable real quick.

xoSubieLegacyxo
08-06-2012, 09:12 PM
I have the gas pedal installed, and the only thing stopping me from putting the cable in was darkness and getting up for work tomorrow morning. So hopefully by tomorrow my car will be able to move under its own power. I'M SO EXCITED!!!! :D :D :D

xoSubieLegacyxo
08-08-2012, 09:32 PM
I DROVE THE CAR TONIGHT!!! :D

After yesterday's discovery of a leaky radiator I decided to "patch" the area and see if it would stop leaking. I turned the ignition, shifted into first, and off we went. I went up the back alley the car was sitting, stopped to close the hood I forgot about, and then drove down the side street. I then realized that I didn't want to go that far, so I backed her up in the street, and turned around back to where I started. I might also want to point out that on the side street is where the local police station is located, so even though I had a license plate and insurance, they might pull me over. But it was a lot of fun, and now my focus is on fixing the front brakes, and troubleshooting the lights. My headlights only work in a certain spot, and my turn signals do not work at all. Here's some pictures for everyone to enjoy! :D

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/s720x720/269612_10151009934907476_1835990867_n.jpg

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/s720x720/533253_10151009934282476_1776767251_n.jpg

The license plate looks to new. just sayin lol

nikolaus.conrad
08-08-2012, 11:50 PM
Congrats!!! Just wait till you get her road legal!

chrish8r
08-09-2012, 12:45 AM
I never noticed it still has the Dealership decal on it!! And it looks like it says Florida, thats badass

nikolaus.conrad
08-09-2012, 01:18 AM
^^^^^ I noticed that too! Lake Datsun?

xoSubieLegacyxo
08-09-2012, 07:10 AM
Lake Datsun (now Lake Nissan) is still open. I'm thinking about calling the dealership and telling them my story. I'm not sure if any of them worked at the dealer when she was sold, but it would still be cool to contact them.

Dead91silvia
08-09-2012, 11:11 AM
Lake Datsun (now Lake Nissan) is still open. I'm thinking about calling the dealership and telling them my story. I'm not sure if any of them worked at the dealer when she was sold, but it would still be cool to contact them.

Sometimes they still have records. So it's worth a shot!

Thats cool you got her running and driving. :smt023

chuckthefuk
08-09-2012, 12:13 PM
You never know.. There could be some old fart behind the parts desk who has been there for 40 years and will probably remember that exact 510 :-p

xoSubieLegacyxo
08-09-2012, 05:50 PM
I still think there is something fishy about the history of the car. The engine was removed when my friend bought it, and the wiring was fried and melted. Now I just found char on the back of the underside of the hood. I seriously think this car had an engine fire. But it's reborn again!

chuckthefuk
08-09-2012, 06:02 PM
as long as you don't find globs of bondo then the phoenix will rise again!

xoSubieLegacyxo
08-09-2012, 06:35 PM
The only bondo is on the right quarter panel. That'll get replaced when I fix the rust.

chrish8r
08-09-2012, 07:08 PM
You could probably ask to get a photo copy of the original paperwork...That would be insane and be really cool to show people

xoSubieLegacyxo
08-09-2012, 08:30 PM
I already have the original owner's manual, warranty booklet, and warranty cards with the original owner's information. A copy of the original paperwork would be awesome! lol

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/s720x720/483255_10150988537762476_834305290_n.jpg

xoSubieLegacyxo
08-12-2012, 10:18 PM
Made some progress. Organized my boxes full of extra parts and packed them into my parent's shed. Really wish I had a garage to store everything in, but you work with what you have. Hopefully this week I'll get the final parts for my brakes, and a new headlight switch from eBay. Also running to a local shop to have the radiator soldered. Look for updates coming soon! :D

xoSubieLegacyxo
08-14-2012, 09:42 PM
Second mod done to the car. Custom shift knob representing my Datsun forum (community.ratsun.net)

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/297437_10151022748277476_1722343131_n.jpg

xoSubieLegacyxo
08-18-2012, 07:50 PM
Made some huge progress this week. Attached the hardware for the rear driver drum brake, and bled the brakes. The pedal feels very firm and it stops the car which is always a plus. Also found a local radiator shop that had a OEM Radiator for my 510. $125 later and it was in my back seat of my car. Installed the new Radiator and found no leaks so far (although I did bend a few fins when I got caught on a bolt head from the crank pully). Also had an electrical issue with the headlights not working, but I think the high beams were turned on, so now they work.Hopefully this week I will get the rest of the electrical issues figured out, and then have some brave soul inspect the car without looking at the rust, and I'll be in business.

nikolaus.conrad
08-18-2012, 11:50 PM
Woohoo!!!!

chrish8r
08-18-2012, 11:58 PM
I bet that will feel really nice to have it street legal.

xoSubieLegacyxo
08-26-2012, 04:43 PM
All of this work I've done to the car in the past month of ownership has finally paid off. I entered the car into a local car show, and took home first place. I will admit I was the only car in the "Nissan" category, but you have to show up to win, and I know that there are a lot of Silvias in the area that should of been there. What got me excited today was when people would come up to the car, and ask me "what is it?" It felt awesome to tell people the history that I know about the car, and what my plans are in the future.

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/526966_10151048497177476_931033733_n.jpg

lord flashheart
08-26-2012, 05:45 PM
i cant wait for this to be all done! can you say 'sex appeal'? MMMMEEEOOOW! LOL

chrish8r
08-26-2012, 05:48 PM
Dont forget about the trip from your house to the show. Haha

xoSubieLegacyxo
08-26-2012, 06:19 PM
Dont forget about the trip from your house to the show. Haha

oh yes. I had to stop halfway to let the engine cool down. Thanks to Chris we pushed her up a hill and had her back on the road. I didn't have any issues coming home.

chrish8r
08-26-2012, 06:22 PM
Its because you pleased the Datsun gods with the offering of a trophy. Haha

Perdue
08-28-2012, 01:47 PM
My girlfriend and I are both in love with these old datsuns...she can't get into my Subaru being lowered and all, but one of these she loves. Should you ever decide to sell it, we would be more than happy to provide it a new home in our garage ;)

lord flashheart
08-28-2012, 03:59 PM
i think it needs more rally. go watch the "juke vs 510" video. its sweet

xoSubieLegacyxo
09-09-2012, 10:06 AM
Took some time off from tinkering on the car, and I'm soon starting my restoration. I'm currently looking for parts to buy, and in a few weeks I'll try to get a personal loan from the bank to fund everything. The best news of all was that I found a ka24 from a local guy on craigslist (where else) whose selling the engine, transmission, and wiring harness for $250. The head is cracked, but he told me he has a spare one and tons of parts in his garage he would give me. Also looking at getting all new gauges, new wheels and tires, installing my 280zx front brakes, creating my front custom coilovers for the front struts, and the main focus of fixing the rust and giving her a fresh coat of paint. I'm so happy to see everything follow through, and once she gets put back together she'll be one of a kind!

nikolaus.conrad
09-09-2012, 08:23 PM
Exciting!! I can't wait to see her!

xoSubieLegacyxo
09-09-2012, 10:42 PM
Gave Michael Garrety a ride around the block a few times, and I think I've convinced him to get one. lol

amgarrety
09-09-2012, 11:28 PM
Maybe. Just maybe. Haha

They aren't the most common cars.

xoSubieLegacyxo
10-28-2012, 11:03 PM
Well it's been almost two months since I updated this thread. Not much has changed, but progress will be made over the winter. If you are not aware there is a hurricane coming towards my part of the country, so I wanted to move the car from behind my moms house to my step dad's garage a few blocks away. Now I will say that I waited until the last minute to move the car, but I had a bigger problem. The key cylinder locked up, and I snapped one of my two keys. So I had to call up my friend (previous owner) and help me hotwire the car (I did not damage any wiring). Finally I got the car running and drove her over to the garage. On the way there I did get a little sideways going around a turn, and that helped the frustration I had all night. Hopefully after the storm passes I will work on the car, and potentially start my engine swap. More details to come after the storm comes through.

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/267655_10151132358822476_1323684729_n.jpg

nikolaus.conrad
10-29-2012, 01:37 AM
I'm tucking away the Spitfire early tomorrow morning

xoSubieLegacyxo
10-30-2012, 10:28 PM
Well I started removing the L20b engine in favor of a KA24 out of a 240sx. Started by removing the wiring for the Alternator, Starter, distributor, and grounds to the engine. Also disconnected the upper radiator hose, and fuel line. Hopefully by tomorrow she'll be held in by the engine and trans mounts.

xoSubieLegacyxo
11-04-2012, 08:09 AM
Hopefully by the end of today I should have some extra room in the engine bay ;)

nikolaus.conrad
11-04-2012, 05:20 PM
Pics or it didn't happen!!!

xoSubieLegacyxo
11-04-2012, 09:31 PM
Today was not what I expected to be. After church I ran to get a new up pipe for my WRX, then drove down to the next town over and got new 14x8" chrome wheels for the Datsun (now I can upgrade to 280zx brakes). After a few hours running around I finally got to work on taking the engine out. I disconnected and removed the driveshaft, assembled the engine hoist, and moved it into position. I ran into a snag when I realized the hydraulic ram would not life the hoist. I think all the fluids leaked out, so tomorrow I'll fill up the ram and try it again. I'm really excited to see this old engine out and stairing at a KA in the future.

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/21927_10151142132867476_1221684005_n.jpg


Pics or it didn't happen!!!

Here's your proof! Hood is off, engine crane in place, and ready to be hoisted out!

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/533931_10151142106117476_1438022524_n.jpg

amgarrety
11-04-2012, 09:33 PM
YESSSSSSSSSS

I need to get my STI engine in so we can race!

chrish8r
11-04-2012, 09:39 PM
Those wheels ar gonna look pretty sharp on there

MonstarMotorsports
11-05-2012, 05:07 PM
This cars on my bucket list to build. im getting super jealous right now lol. i'd go RB swap on mine, but the K can be every bit as badass. Looking forward to progress!

xoSubieLegacyxo
11-05-2012, 10:57 PM
Tonight I had a good 4 hours working on the car. Disconnected the trans crossmember from the tunnel, ran to Lowes to get chain, unbolted the engine mounts, and disconnected one of the the two inner crossmember bolts. Tomorrow if I don't have to go pick up my other car I'll cut the other bolt (it's unreachable to loosen the other side) and pull the engine out.

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2012/11/F6E97B3A16F54D7E93F17D4AA79F2AF115500000-2.jpg

xoSubieLegacyxo
11-06-2012, 10:36 PM
Tonight I finally pulled the engine out of the car. It wasn't easy that's all I can say.

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/293789_10151144783952476_1333883216_n.jpg

xoSubieLegacyxo
11-12-2012, 05:57 PM
Welp this is the moment you've all been waiting for. Well only a few of you who reads this thread, but HERE SHE IS!

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/643999_10151151174352476_1197792955_n.jpg

A KA24de from a '92 240sx. It has 130k miles and was running when last installed in the car. I bought the engine, transmission, wiring harness, and ECU all for around $400. I think it's an amazing deal, and I will definitely keep you all informed on the swap.

98legwag
11-12-2012, 06:35 PM
Giggity.

chrish8r
11-13-2012, 12:28 PM
Hell yeah! that is pretty sweet and is one amazing deal

r3v_v3ng3
11-18-2012, 04:43 AM
KA24DE FTW!!! Those things are like tanks

Dead91silvia
11-26-2012, 01:13 PM
KA24DE FTW!!! Those things are like tanks
And this is why I have one in my Volvo... :smt005 Well, also I swapped out my KA for an SR... LOL

Did you old L motor have a Weber and Weber intake on it? :smt017 I might be interested if your getting ride of it. Should fit my 720...

xoSubieLegacyxo
11-26-2012, 05:37 PM
KA24DE FTW!!! Those things are like tanks
And this is why I have one in my Volvo... :smt005 Well, also I swapped out my KA for an SR... LOL

Did you old L motor have a Weber and Weber intake on it? :smt017 I might be interested if your getting ride of it. Should fit my 720...

I only have the carb. It's sitting in my garage if you want it shoot me a price and it's yours. lol

Navi271
11-27-2012, 04:46 PM
Oooooooh my, This is gonna be good!

ctbrighton
12-05-2012, 06:25 PM
gotta love the truck motors....looks good!

98legwag
12-05-2012, 09:45 PM
Any chance of you bringing this to the MD meet in February? It would be cool to see this in person.

xoSubieLegacyxo
12-07-2012, 10:53 PM
Any chance of you bringing this to the MD meet in February? It would be cool to see this in person.

Sadly the car is in the garage, and the chances of me getting the KA24 installed, wired, and running are minimal. Plus that is WAY to far to drive in a car that is in this condition. You'll just have to go to a car show in my area this summer (if it's finished by then). lol

98legwag
12-08-2012, 10:53 PM
Yeah, I didn't think it would be done in time. Thought I'd ask.

xoSubieLegacyxo
12-09-2012, 07:35 PM
After seeing a 240sx do a burnout, I really want to get the Datsun running again. lol

xoSubieLegacyxo
12-16-2012, 05:27 PM
picked up some KA24 parts from a friend. Slowly coming together.

xoSubieLegacyxo
01-19-2013, 06:24 AM
It's been a month since I last updated the thread. Currently the body shop I work at has been busy, and I'm 6 days a week. So there's little time to go and work on the car. I also do not like to work in a freezing cold garage in the middle of winter, so until the temperatures warm up I'll be inactive for a while. I did purchase some parts for my 280zx front suspension swap. Picked up new brake pads, outer tie rods, and MR2 strut inserts. While the car may be in a cold garage, the struts can be modified inside. I'm starting to save up for camber plates for the front struts so I can really set this car down on the ground. Look for updates soon.

xoSubieLegacyxo
01-29-2013, 10:09 PM
The weather was fair enough for me to go over to the garage and work on the car. Removed the front struts, brakes, sway bar, and engine crossmember. Later this week/weekend I will start planning the fabrication for the engine crossmember and the custom front coilovers.

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/150830_10151279957757476_1169569341_n.jpg

nikolaus.conrad
01-31-2013, 10:07 PM
KA24DE FTW!!! Those things are like tanks
And this is why I have one in my Volvo... :smt005 Well, also I swapped out my KA for an SR... LOL
Maybe I should get a KA for the Spit? All the cool kids are doing KA swaps! :cool:

Wicked excited to see progress, I never got any emails about this thread being updated.

xoSubieLegacyxo
02-01-2013, 05:51 PM
Maybe I should get a KA for the Spit? All the cool kids are doing KA swaps! :cool:

Wicked excited to see progress, I never got any emails about this thread being updated.

haha we can make one fit. I'm sorry I didn't know there was a chain list to tell people about my updates :smt005

xoSubieLegacyxo
02-10-2013, 09:11 AM
This weekend I started creating my custom coilovers using 280zx struts, cartirdges for a '92 Toyota MR2, and the other half of my eBay Honda Civic coil kit (rears were made last summer). I'm stilling waiting to find 2" shaft collars to hold the sleeves into place, but they are almost ready to be installed!

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/02/425978_10151304966122476_266862570_n_zps-1.jpg

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/02/5B6DC91BA3064B1CAFD8A6A8843FD9A011024000-1.jpg

Look what the postal service brought me while I was working on the coilovers. :grin:

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/02/BEA29D91AF264D59ABA1E961F7A33B1511024000-1.jpg

chrish8r
02-10-2013, 09:18 AM
Very cool

xoSubieLegacyxo
02-10-2013, 01:29 PM
Very cool

Building coilovers cheaper then rokkors or racelands. They are built with care and not made from China. lol

chrish8r
02-10-2013, 01:50 PM
Very cool

Building coilovers cheaper then rokkors or racelands. They are built with care and not made from China. lol

Yeah, and you know that they are built using quality parts too

xoSubieLegacyxo
02-11-2013, 09:30 PM
Finished product, and only spend $250

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/02/149991_10151308810317476_343704035_n_zps-2.jpg

nikolaus.conrad
02-12-2013, 10:34 AM
Sweet!! Put them on!!

xoSubieLegacyxo
02-15-2013, 05:37 PM
Sweet!! Put them on!!

I can't. I need to mock the engine crossmember to the car, and then see whether flipping it will clear the oil pan. If it works I can reassemble everything, and drop the engine.

xoSubieLegacyxo
02-16-2013, 05:26 PM
After three months of hibernation she is finally out of the garage. I had to move her out so I could work on the engine and mate it to the trans. Also need to see if the engine crossmember will bolt up to the engine mounts.

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/563077_10151317330457476_1110602964_n.jpg

xoSubieLegacyxo
02-17-2013, 09:59 PM
Found a craigslist add for 14" 200sx wheels with brand new tires. Now my 280zx brakes can get installed without having an issue of wheel fitment.

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/76055_10151319221467476_406741545_n.jpg

nikolaus.conrad
02-18-2013, 12:43 AM
Sweeeeet

xoSubieLegacyxo
03-03-2013, 02:29 AM
With the problems my WRX has given me I was on a hiatus this week. Now I'm back in the garage working on the car. Started fabricating the engine crossmember to clear the oil pan, and drilled out the holes for the adjustable tophats on the 280zx coilovers. Still waiting for my trans crossmember to arrive. My goal is to have a rolling chassis ready for the engine and trans to drop in by next weekend.

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/382274_10151339639397476_989903173_n.jpg

xoSubieLegacyxo
03-10-2013, 09:04 PM
Accomplished a lot this weekend towards getting my car back on all four wheels. Saturday started out rough. I jacked up the rear end to change out the rear wheels, and the front decided to fall off the jack stands. I do like the look of a Datsun slammed on the ground....

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/03/4D830CA0731546569F90FAED32E6029F33000000-1.jpg

After I got the car back on it's jack stands I got to work on drilling out the holes on my cambe plates. One fits perfectly and the other needs a little bit of "persuasion" to fit. My coilovers are 99% completed, and the only thing I', waiting for is a set of 280zx hubs. I'm hoping to weld the engine crossmember at work this week, so I can start reassemble the front suspension and brakes.

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/03/EA46F7F6DA4F4F039B8AD6CFF6A9E53833000000-1.jpg

nikolaus.conrad
03-13-2013, 08:11 AM
I wish I had a welder man :-(

xoSubieLegacyxo
03-19-2013, 10:31 PM
Finally found my way back to the garage. Test fit the newly welded engine crossmember to the engine mounts. The mounts are a little tight, but after some pushing and shoving the bolt holes lined up. Hoping to sandblast and paint the crossmember this week or next so everything can go back together.

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/03/4C154C51627E4A5C956541A72C4414C073530000-1.jpg


Had some trouble finding the right bolts and nuts. It's been a while since I last removed it. lol
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/03/AA773E88859E4CFFBE333A4D1976953973530000-1.jpg


Finally have the precious clearance needed for the oil pan.
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/03/2C21896C0B9C4E25AAB7DB9AC85A2FBB73530000-1.jpg

nikolaus.conrad
03-19-2013, 10:45 PM
Sweet!! I want to help when I go down next!

SILINC3R
03-19-2013, 10:46 PM
That's what she said lol

xoSubieLegacyxo
04-02-2013, 12:14 AM
small update. Finally sandblasted the cross member. Going to paint it tomorrow after work, and then start to install the front suspension. Still looking for a 280zx hub if anyone has one. At this point I don't care if it's from another country I just need a hub that isn't bent.

chrish8r
04-02-2013, 01:08 PM
Maybe try hitting up this guy?
http://reading.craigslist.org/pts/3652033537.html

GTDrifter
04-02-2013, 01:12 PM
Maybe try hitting up this guy?
http://reading.craigslist.org/pts/3652033537.html
drop by for a visit while you're in my area haha

xoSubieLegacyxo
04-02-2013, 08:43 PM
I think he's the guy I called months ago. I'll see what he has. Thanks Chris.

xoSubieLegacyxo
04-14-2013, 06:56 AM
THE WAIT IS OVER! I found a 280zx hub, and now can finally finish the suspension swap, as well as install the engine.\

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/04/558890_10151407748497476_1300926429_n_zp-1.jpg

amgarrety
04-14-2013, 10:32 AM
Yes! I can't wait to see this thing move under its own power again!

xoSubieLegacyxo
04-14-2013, 05:19 PM
Yes! I can't wait to see this thing move under its own power again!

I can't wait either. It's finally nice weather again, and I miss driving the car. :-(

Dead91silvia
04-14-2013, 07:26 PM
Hurry up already! HAHA

Looking good! :smt023

xoSubieLegacyxo
04-15-2013, 10:09 PM
Thanks Robin. Installed the hub to the strut assembly, and then realize that I wanted to replace the lower ball joints, along with replace the missing wheel bearing in the other hub. Luckily AutoZone had everything available, and tomorrow morning I should have the ball joints. Hoping to drop the motor and trans in this weekend.

xoSubieLegacyxo
04-19-2013, 09:53 PM
Everything is ready to be installed! Second hub installed on the strut, and both ball joints are replaced. If it wasn't raining the wheels would of been on right now. But tomorrow is another day, and I'm eager to drop the engine in this weekend.

Muse
04-21-2013, 05:06 AM
I eagerly await the results!

xoSubieLegacyxo
04-22-2013, 10:53 PM
Been busy in the garage. Last Friday I assembled all the new parts, and Saturday night I had the car on all four wheels. Sunday wasn't the best day, but by the end of the day the engine was in the car. I was stuck on the steering linkage and the engine would not move any further back. So after two days of hammering, bruising my fingers, and a lot of swearing the linkage broke free!

Currently the engine is in place, but the transmission is not. The tail shaft is hitting the top of the transmission tunnel, so tomorrow after work I might grab the saw and cut a portion of the tunnel out for more clearance. Also may have to cut a piece of the battery tray so the throttle body will clear as well. All in all I'm tired, frustrated, and ready to quit. But I feel like this is how most project cars are, so I'm satisfied with the progress.

Here's some pictures!

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/04/1AE8E88A48F44646B0BF284CA40742EA13470000-1.jpg

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/04/53C961B22FB847F695B236515802601487340000-1.jpg

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/04/2B4B6EB61AF342FF93EC477340FBA3EC13470000-1.jpg

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/04/12F9DC2D64504A44A704064D0DE9FA5613470000-1.jpg

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/04/D5818CF633DD4C9FBEBFC12F7461619313470000-1.jpg

ctbrighton
06-13-2013, 10:04 PM
i would have ditched the egr while it was out, never threw a code with the factory S13 ECU

otherwise, lookin good :smt023

xoSubieLegacyxo
06-13-2013, 11:07 PM
i would have ditched the egr while it was out, never threw a code with the factory S13 ECU

otherwise, lookin good :smt023

Thanks. I would take the EGR out, but I no longer have the car.

Muse
06-14-2013, 02:05 PM
Wait, what? Just drop a bombshell like that with no explaination?

xoSubieLegacyxo
06-15-2013, 12:24 AM
Wait, what? Just drop a bombshell like that with no explaination?

Haha well I haven't updated the thread in months. I assumed no one cared. She needed a lot of work.