Tuesday, March 26, 2013

5k: Banana Yellow Bluebird: 1972 Datsun 510 w/SR20DET Swap; Some Assy Required

The Nissan Bluebird was sold as the Datsun 510 from 1968 to 1973 and has a reputation as a poor man's BMW 2002.  Equipped with a stock engine and suspension, the 510 isn't thrilling to drive, but bolt on some go-fast goodies and the 2200 lb chassis comes alive.  Find this 1972 Datsun 510 with SR20DET engine partially installed, currently bidding on ebay for $5,300 with 4 days to go and located in Frisco, TX.

This Datsun 510 has been significanlty lowered, wears stock bumpers with 'bumplets' removed and is riding on a set of Rota RB's in Flat Black 15 x 7 ET +4 on 195/50/15 Yokohama S Drives.  It rides low, but looks nice and isn't 'stanced' with some crazy offsets or camber settings.

The SR20DET motor isn't fully installed...in fact it isn't clear if its even partially installed, given the photos provided, but the seller states "What needs to be done:  Wire in the engine harness (I might have this done by the end of the sale)." Might isn't something you want to bet on, so include the time/cost of a total installation in your bids.  A properly modified SR20DET should be good for 300 horsepower, give or take.

The seller does have a decent amount of cash in parts alone - the disc brakes and coil-overs are a nice upgrade, but expect to spend some time fixing teething issues.

This Datsun will certainly be a fun ride when it is finished, but it is a 40 year old econobox sedan with a few hopped up parts...will it be worth the time and expense?  We might just wait for the next owner to sort everything out and pick it up for a few more $ when he sells it for another loss.

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1 comment:

  1. Been on CL for a while:

    Also has a link to his build thread:


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