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    Austin Leonard Automotive - The Datsun Build

    UPDATE! So after talking with dozens of friends and enthusiasts I've come to a conclusion - I'm going full send and building the car that I've really been dreaming of. It will drain my bank account, it will be a pain, but it will be the baddest Z I could ever imagine. One of the things that really pushed me to build my dream Datsun though was attending Import Alliance in Atlanta last weekend. I got to see some of the coolest custom builds, created by people that wanted to have the exact car they dreamed up and that really inspired me. Yesterday I bought an RB26 out of an R33 GTR that comes with an RB25 RWD transmission, as well as a bunch of other things pertaining to the RWD swap. I'll post some pictures of all the goodies once it gets here as it's coming up from Florida on Monday. As a baseline I think it will be making somewhere around 500hp to the wheels with the upgrades I'll have. I know that's a lot of power for this chassis, but I'll be doing all the supporting chassis/structure stiffening. That means seam welding, bracing, etc. To put down that power I'm going to need some pretty wide grippy tires in the back. I'm still debating whether I should cram some 315's into fender flares like Nv_s30's build, or go with a full widebody to accommodate that wide of a tire (or wider ). I think I'll be running 17 inch rims due to the performance tires available for them, but I'd definitely run 16's if I could find the right setup. That's all I've got for now! Just wanted to give a little update on the direction of the build and the things I've got for it. The Datsun is almost completely torn down to the bare shell, the only thing left on it is the rear end and brake lines. Once it's fully apart I think I'll get it stripped and primered so I can start on the seam welding and minor body-mods I have planned.
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    Austin Leonard Automotive - The Datsun Build

    I think 300hp is going to be the perfect amount of power for such a light car. Enough to have some fun but it shouldn't rip the car apart. I've actually been looking at L28et builds here on the forum for the past couple weeks. I originally wanted to go with an RB26 for that high HP, but the simplicity of the L28 really suits the car and it'd be a good intro into the forced induction world. In a few weeks I may be buying an L28et that's already been built for a decent price. Then I'll only need to build a Megasquirt for it and I'll be boosting down the street!
  3. Hey everybody! So eight months ago I bought my dream car for my dream project. It’s a 1974 Datsun 260Z, but it’s no ordinary 260z. Here goes the story. One night I was just browsing Craigslist, looking for a possible candidate for a special build. I came upon an ad that had few words and no pictures at all - pretty much just his name and phone number. The next day I gave him a call to get a little more info on the car, and he told me the story of how he bought it from a friend 10 years ago. His friend was at a gas station and accidentally tapped a pole - literally tapped, only leaving a small dent in the fender. He didn’t want to get it fixed so he sold it to his friend (the guy I bought it from). Right after receiving it he started to take the front end apart to do a V6 engine swap, but he blew his back out right as he got things apart. So for the past 10 years it has been sitting on jack stands in a shipping container, untouched. The car has (I kid you not) ZERO rust on the body. The only spot that will need attention is a circle on the passenger floorboard, no bigger than my fist. He decided to sell it due to medical bills and the such, and EVERYTHING he has goes with it. That includes a full 280z parts car, new weatherstripping, full interior, extra dashes, disk brake kits, bushings, g-nose, etc. etc. I went up there a few weeks later with a trailer and dug the car out from where it had sat for so long. I brought the car home, cleaned all of the rat turds out of it, then pushed it into the garage. That pretty much brings us up to date... I had done a few things like starting to pull the original motor apart, but nothing significant. For the most part the car has just been collecting dust for 8 months while I worked on other projects I had gotten myself into. One thing I forgot to mention is that the car is VIN #49. I know that collectability-wise the 240z is the most sought after, but it feels pretty special to have one of the first 50 cars sent to the US from a one year car. That brings me to the struggle of not knowing where to take this build - completely stock, lightly modified, or balls to the wall nuts. I'm still not 100% sure where I want to go with it but I think it'll be in the "lightly modified" range. In the end I think somewhere around 300hp would be perfect for this car and chassis. If some of you think that's still a bit much, I was originally considering around 800hp! So now you're really caught up on the project. Below is a video I made for my YouTube channel of me going over the car and explaining the project a bit. If you'd like to see video updates of the car subscribe to the channel! I'll try to update this thread but I primarily post on YouTube. Also, if you'd like to please share the video with all your car friends! I'm really trying to grow my channel and need all the eyes and support I can get. If you made it to the end, thanks for reading and enjoy the video! -Austin P.S. If you have a better project name than "The Datsun Build" than please let me know
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    Thoughts on 280zx Turbo Parts Car?

    Hey everyone! So I'm planning on picking up this 280zx Turbo next week. I want to use the engine, wiring harness, etc. for a turbo build for my 260z and I figured it'd be easier to buy the whole car than to piece everything together separately. Would anything else off this car be useful to me? The only thing is it's an automatic but I could find a 5 speed from an N/A? He's asking $1500, I'll post a link below and would love to hear what you think it's worth. Thanks! https://myrtlebeach.craigslist.org/cto/d/1982-datsun-nissan-280-zx/6377046535.html -Austin
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