No Poaching! My S130 project car.....

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No Poaching! My S130 project car.....

Post by Grinder » 10 Aug 2010 19:48

Hey! Stop checking out my front suspension! There's a nice Z31 down the road for parts... ;P

Lol - long time Datsun fiend. My first car was an '81 280ZX. I loved it to bits and spent countless hours fixing the interior, etc but I didn't have any mechanical experience so I was scared I'd break something on my DD. I use to drive around for hours on end and one day I was driving through Beaver Lake and the 510 club (that was THE Datsun club in Victoria) was having a car show. That's where I met Byron and the rest of course is history. As many of you who know Byron already know he is a wealth of information on a lot of the Datsun cars. He spent more time than I can count helping and informing me with my complete lack of mechanical knowledge before there was any Internet to turn to for info. We rebuilt a '77 5 speed together and he installed it in the driveway with a bottle jack and a couple of blocks of wood. Good times...

I found my '83 in Washington. The first S130 I've seen in the last 18 years the Pacific NW that isn't partially or completely rotted out. I think the S130s were worse than the S30s.... Anyhow she is 99% rust free garage kept and with two owners. The Datsun sat in the garage of the last owner while his new boat and car sat outside - even though he wasn't an enthusiest at least he had his priorities straight!

I was going to keep her stock for a while....
Rotan RB-R Pre Fitment Side.jpg
Well you can imagine how long that lasted for.... not long....

I had a broken exhaust stud by #6 so I had that fixed and while I was getting the work done I figured I may as well put in a ceramic coated header, paint the heat shield and put a fiberglass/mylar shield to keep the heat away from the intake and of course replace the entire exhaust system. The muffler that came with the system wasn't quite the sound I was looking for so I changed the muffler to a Walker Ultraflow and now it sounds fantastic. Removed 500lbs of air box and put in a K&N cone. I built a complete custom double DIN stereo mount with touch screen/dvd/gps, etc but I usually roll the window down intead of turning the stereo on :) Made my own custom carpet for the interior to replace the decaying stock carpet. Replaced the foam padded vinyl that has let go in the rear interior. Dash is crack free but then again the S130 dash was a lot better than the S30 even with an equal number of years on them. Tokico springs and shocks were a must do. Once I found out about the Rota RB-R and how fantastic they look on the car with the offset and huge lip I had to put on a set of 9.5 x 17 -19mm with Yokohama S-Drive 235/45/17 and 255/40/17 after rolling the fenders to get them to fit. I was going to do 255/40/17 and 275/35/17 but I wasn't 100% sure it would work out OK. I do have the set of 275's taunting me in the shed. New rear ceramic brakes and rotors, stainless brake and clutch lines and poly sway bushings. Clutch was starting to go so a new Centerforce dual friction clutch went in. Had all the dents removed by Randy from Evidents who has to be the very best in the field - amazing job on the 280ZX and the 300ZX - can't say enough good things about his work. New 30th Anniversary MSA front air damn that I painted myself along with the roof that was badly oxidized. Turned out pretty good for my first time/metalic/garage job. The rest of the paint is in dire need of work so its just a patch job for now. I longed for a 280ZXT with the digital dash though. That buring desire lasted for about 18 years..... until I picked up my new '83 280ZX in November and drove the car with the digital dash for about five minutes. It sounded great back then but it really does stink. Just pulled the dash and "upgraded" to the analog gauge cluster. New plugs/cap/rotor/MSD coil - simple things make a difference :) I've got a ported/polished intake manifold, spacer and 240SX throttle body but I've got a turbo engine/ECU/harness/AFM/FMIC to do the turbo swap so I'll probably not bother swaping the manifold now...

mmmmm turbo.....
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Rota RB-R Fitment Rear Passenger.jpg

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Re: No Poaching! My S130 project car.....

Post by Grinder » 10 Aug 2010 20:08

Rota Desktop small.jpg

...and a couple of the S30, S130 and Z34.... didn't have the Z32 for this pic....
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Re: No Poaching! My S130 project car.....

Post by Byron510 » 10 Aug 2010 21:42

Jeez, that's quite the line up in the driveway… I'd be jealous! :wink:

Good to see you have another S130; hardly any got saved - so are hiring drivers to get them all over to the All Nissan Meet in September?

Great pics.

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Re: No Poaching! My S130 project car.....

Post by Grinder » 11 Aug 2010 12:10

Lol - I don't know what I'll be bringing over. I had a blast at my first autoX last year and I'd like to do it a second time so I'll probably bring the 370Z over. My Z32 is mint mint mint so it would be nice to bring too. We'll see if I can talk Kim into bringing another one over....

....and on that note I think we are going to collaberate on helping out with the show this year? Greg asked and I said I'd help out.... keep me posted....

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Post by bertvorgon » 11 Aug 2010 14:21

That's a very good looking 280 ZX, really looks sharp with those wheels! I like those.
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Re: No Poaching! My S130 project car.....

Post by Grinder » 12 Aug 2010 12:02

bertvorgon wrote:That's a very good looking 280 ZX, really looks sharp with those wheels! I like those.
Thanks Keith. When I saw those wheels on another ZX I knew that would be the next upgrade. Never bought a set of wheels for a car before but when I saw these it this was a no brainer - doesn't look like a pickup truck anymore ;) This is actually the car I was asking thinking about painting red when I was asking you about what colour red you used on your 510 when we were down at Canby.

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Re: No Poaching! My S130 project car.....

Post by Grinder » 14 Aug 2010 18:03

...and with the MSA 30th Anniversary air dam
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Post by Datsun 1600 Nut » 18 Sep 2010 17:18

Lovely collection you have going there :wink:

Easily the best looking S130 I have ever seen... Makes me look at them in a different light now.

Beautiful photo's too.

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Re: No Poaching! My S130 project car.....

Post by Grinder » 22 Sep 2010 13:27

Datsun 1600 Nut wrote:Lovely collection you have going there :wink:

Easily the best looking S130 I have ever seen... Makes me look at them in a different light now.

Beautiful photo's too.

Jared
Lol - thanks but she's got a long way to go....

I think the major thing for looks with the S130 has been the stance. Filling out the wheel wells makes all the difference in the world. You have to roll the fenders to get enough clearance to bring the wheels out flush. They are a good looking car but the major inset wheels and all jacked up like a pickup truck on the stock setup makes the car look nasty. People try to change the body styling but the stance needs to be taken care of first or the car just doesn't look right.

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Post by okayfine » 22 Sep 2010 13:36

Dude, 70-series tires are all the rage.

Wait, what's that? :?:

Oh, "were" all the rage. Nevermind, carry on.
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Post by Datsun 1600 Nut » 22 Sep 2010 13:59

I think the major thing for looks with the S130 has been the stance
I couldn't agree with you more... Stance on any Datsun is very important haha... Be it a 620 or a 510 or a 610 or a S130... The lower and squatter the better :twisted:
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Re: No Poaching! My S130 project car.....

Post by Byron510 » 23 Sep 2010 00:42

You know, I look back at Paul Newman’s 280ZX, or the Intelevision cars - they looked awesome, but it's because they were sooooooooo looooooooooooow! And so cool!

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