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Datsun 1200 (1960s) "Ute"

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I have been offered a 1960s or there about, Datsun 1200 "Ute" that had been "put out to grass" two or three (maybe more) years ago.

It is remarkably complete and with just some rust in the door sills as far as I could see from a quick walk around it. The tray is well loaded with junk and scrap, The seats are a mess otherwise it appears to be complete.  Sorry no photo yet.

 

IS IT WORTH SAVING ?

 

Bernie j.

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21 hours ago, oldcar said:

I have been offered a 1960s or there about, Datsun 1200 "Ute" that had been "put out to grass" two or three (maybe more) years ago.

It is remarkably complete and with just some rust in the door sills as far as I could see from a quick walk around it. The tray is well loaded with junk and scrap, The seats are a mess otherwise it appears to be complete.  Sorry no photo yet.

 

IS IT WORTH SAVING ?

 

Bernie j.

 

Might not be as old as it looks to you.  They built them for quite a few years. Definitely worth saving - to the right - probably younger - person.

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You are only as old as you feel, one way or another? 

Either way it will have to wait until we return home in August, after our three months in Europe. I will need something to keep me occupied until the Lagonda comes home by sea.

 

Bj.

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A "UTE"? We called it a Sunny Truck. The only ones I ever saw were sample vehicles imported from Mexico for evaluation for U.S. markets. A bit cramped compared to a LB110 sedan or fastback because you can't get the seatback angled back, but a great little performer. The 1200 engine or "A" engine is a sweet running engine that was originally built under license in a earlier design  from the British going back to the 30's. The Japanese have a way of perfecting things making it better ….and with no oil leaks.  

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On ‎3‎/‎8‎/‎2019 at 7:48 PM, Pfeil said:

A "UTE"? We called it a Sunny Truck. The only ones I ever saw were sample vehicles imported from Mexico for evaluation for U.S. markets. A bit cramped compared to a LB110 sedan or fastback because you can't get the seatback angled back, but a great little performer. The 1200 engine or "A" engine is a sweet running engine that was originally built under license in a earlier design  from the British going back to the 30's. The Japanese have a way of perfecting things making it better ….and with no oil leaks.  

Absolutely correct!  I owned a 1981 Datsun 310 with that A-12 engine (The 'A' stood for 'Austin' who's engine it was designed after.)  It was bulletproof and never leaked or burned oil.  I bought it used for $300, and drove it for seven years before it got wrote off by a Chevette making an illegal left turn in front of me.  I believe that engine is still being manufactured by Nissan as a stationary power plant for gensets, steam cleaning machines, etc.

 

Craig

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4 hours ago, 8E45E said:

Absolutely correct!  I owned a 1981 Datsun 310 with that A-12 engine (The 'A' stood for 'Austin' who's engine it was designed after.)  It was bulletproof and never leaked or burned oil.  I bought it used for $300, and drove it for seven years before it got wrote off by a Chevette making an illegal left turn in front of me.  I believe that engine is still being manufactured by Nissan as a stationary power plant for gensets, steam cleaning machines, etc.

 

Craig

At one time ( 1973) marketing had brought in two Sunny trucks from Mexico. Very interesting cars with a pushrod diesel. 

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After something of a break in proceedings I was reminded today that the "Ute" is still outside waiting for me to go and rescue it. As I now have a period of two or three months waiting for our Lagonda Rapier to return from the UK (to Australia) so what better time to go and collect the Datsun 1200.

Hopefully I will manage to take some photographs this time.

 

Bernie j.

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Oops!    A little time has past since my last post, the custodian of the 1200 Ute has just reminded me (last night) that it is still waiting for me to go and "take it away". As nothing else has "crossed my path" I suppose that I should at least out of common courtesy go and look at it.

As I see it, the problem with this is, that it will end up in my front garden one way or  another.

Oh well!................ I suppose I should at least see how much (effort not money) it will take to make it go.

First thing will be to get it out of the cow paddock? And, I must have "known something".   Since we are now home again, after 3 months "holiday" in France and England,  I have just spent the last two days "sorting-out" the front garden.

Bj.

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