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1978 datsun 810 wagon.


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Hi i got a 1978 datsun 810 wagon 4-speed for free the other day and it has a cylinder with very bad pitting (it will need to be bored to fix it). So im thinking of trying to find a carburetted l24,l26 or l28 to swap in and so i thounght this would be the place to document the progress and ask for help along the way!  ;) 


and ive hear that d the oil pickup is different in the l28 so that i have to relocate it and us the l24s pan to make it fit in the bay of the 810, is this correct.


some pictures of the car ;)




Oh and im from norway so my grammar might be a bit wonky ^_^

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You got that car for free in that kind of condition? That is awesome.


Yep eldery couple(freinds of my family) who needed the garage space it occupied and just wanted to get rid of it . They bought it new in the US in 1978 and brought it with them when they moved to norway the same year (she is from the US , he is norwegian)Its dusty from the garage years , but almost rust free only some minor surface rust here and there.


Just need to figure out the engine and im good! B) Thing is boring and honing isnt cheap here in norway.. Checked around and the cheapest was 600 usd and thats without pistons and rings ,thats why im scouring ebay to se if any L series engines come up . Im thinking the easiest way is to swap for a carbed engine provided i can use the ignition and fuel pump( maybe change the fuel press. regulator ?) from the l24e thats in the car .

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Update ! the past two months progress has been good . The new engine is in the car and running :cool:  some fine tuning and adjustments to the timing has to be done.  My biggest problems now is that the fuel gauge and temp gauge dont work anymore . From what could understand in the FSM these two gauges run of the same earth ,but i can seem to find it. The second issue is that my battery light is on even though the alternator is charging and the battery is fully charged. , but other than that in all its good.


bought a C31 laurel L24 engine to use the block with my 810 cylinder head.






The engine was stripped down to the block and then the block and oil pan were painted.





i sanded down and polished the valve cover and the cylinder head has been refurbished.




The valve cover is just loose on top to protect the camshaft and such , as the chain was not installed at this point.


 Still needs a few bits . Like the elbow for the oil filter etc.




This is the car right before a quick hose down.





In the workshop , hood removed for easy access during swap.




Changed the shifter boot as it just arrived in the mail.







And she lives ! :-D








As you can see the car needs a good clean up and detail , outside and inside.

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