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I purchased my first Datsun on 2/26/2017 and I've decided to create a Project Journal to document the progress of the build.
I am from, and still live in, a suburban wonderland just south of Chicago. My father purchased a 1965 Pontiac GTO when I was 13, and ever since then I have been "into cars." In high school I decided that the coolest thing anyone could possibly do with their life was become a mechanic, so that's what I did at a local community college.
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I received an Associate's Degree in Automotive Technology and got a lube tech position at an Acura dealership where I had been a porter in the past. I learned a lot there, but I wasn't making any money and there was no room to move up. I left Acura for BMW to become a customer liaison in their body shop. I sucked at it. They didn't want to fire me, so I was put in charge of the body shop "Parts Department" which was a small room with a bunch of shit on the floor.
After I left BMW I got a job through a friend that had nothing to do with the automotive industry. Industrial inspection. More specifically, advanced guided ultrasonic inspection. I inspect all types of pipes and pipelines, everything from crude lines in refineries to server chilled water lines in corporate office buildings. With this new job came more opportunities and more importantly, more money.
After buying a house and getting married I bought my first weekend/hobby car:
2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
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Great car. A real blast to drive.
Time went on and I wanted something different. I saw a video of a 280Z with an LS motor on 1320's facebook page and I believe he is a member here. I was a huge muscle car fan growing up, and the one thing missing from the Subaru was a V8, so I made up my mind, and started reading up on what it takes to do an LS swap on an S30. Seemed very doable, so with a 2 year old son and another baby on the way I sold my turbocharged all wheel drive sedan and bought a 40 year old 2 seater coupe.
Original pictures from the listing on Windycityzclub.com:
They day I picked her up:
Have you ever seen an uglier sunroof?
The paint is in pretty good shape, owner said the car was resprayed a couple years ago and any rust was repaired with metal but there is definitely some filler on the quarters and rockers....whatever. Some other issues include the radio, HVAC controls, and headlights are all dead. The car sat in a barn for like 6 months so it has a funky smell, probably mice...which might have something to do with the electrical issues? Also, the car falls flat on its face with anymore than half throttle while under load. Meh, an LS will fix that, sorry purists.
You guys on this forum inspired me to do this, so I'm blaming you for everything that goes wrong.
Edited by MRGierut, A week ago.