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360 Subaru. A perfectly absurd car, but a hoot to drive around town, with it's silly  lsdybug styling, ring a ding ding exhaust note, suicide doors and oddball shift pattern

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On 4/16/2020 at 7:48 PM, zepher said:

 

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I was working for Datsun when these were new. They sold well and had a very good reputation for reliability. 1600cc engine if I remember correctly. I purchased a new 510 2dr that year and put many trouble free miles on it. 

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53 minutes ago, Fossil said:

 

I was working for Datsun when these were new. They sold well and had a very good reputation for reliability. 1600cc engine if I remember correctly. I purchased a new 510 2dr that year and put many trouble free miles on it. 

 

Yup, they had the 1600cc single overhead cam engine and a 4 speed manual trans.  Overdrive would have been nice.  The only trouble spot, if you could call it that, was the 2nd set of points would sometimes float out of adjustment if you revved it too high.  A Pertronix setup cured that issue.  My guess is that was one of their very first products as it was more of a universal one that you had to use various triggers with to get it to work with whatever you had.  And that was in the late 70's early 80's.

 

But those little trucks were more reliable than your refrigerator.

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I had that same engine in the 510 and can't recall having a points problem. But I don't remember there being a second set of points either.

The one that would be fun to find would be a 810 station wagon. They came with a detuned 240Z engine and would make a great sleeper. 

Bought a new 77 Little Hustler after moving to SD. That was one tough little PU. Rust got most of them. 

240Z Cousin: 1978 Datsun 810 Wagon

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20 hours ago, zepher said:

 

Yup, they had the 1600cc single overhead cam engine and a 4 speed manual trans.  Overdrive would have been nice.  The only trouble spot, if you could call it that, was the 2nd set of points would sometimes float out of adjustment if you revved it too high.  A Pertronix setup cured that issue.  My guess is that was one of their very first products as it was more of a universal one that you had to use various triggers with to get it to work with whatever you had.  And that was in the late 70's early 80's.

 

But those little trucks were more reliable than your refrigerator.

 

I replaced quite a few 510 head gaskets. And at least a couple of warped heads . The SOHC made cam tower alignment fairly critical. Shims were available but could only correct a relatively small amount of warp. But generally quite a decent car. 

Big sellers, but rust was a killer.

 

Greg in Canada

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1 hour ago, 1912Staver said:

 

I replaced quite a few 510 head gaskets. And at least a couple of warped heads . The SOHC made cam tower alignment fairly critical. Shims were available but could only correct a relatively small amount of warp. But generally quite a decent car. 

Big sellers, but rust was a killer.

 

Greg in Canada

 

Most of the head issues I saw in other Datsun 1600s were related to poor cooling system maintenance.

Those engines did not like to be run hot.

That is another reason a 5 speed would have been nice.

Running along on the freeway over 65mph for any length of time would cause the temp to creep up and if you weren't paying attention you could run the engine hot for extended periods and that was not good for those heads.

Along with the little truck I had, there were at least 2 other Datsun 1600s in the extended family (510s) with the same engine and they were dead on reliable as long as you maintained them and didn't abuse them.

Those retained the points setup and they never had any issues with the second set.

Luckily for those of us growing up in Southern Calif, rust was not an issue, so there were plenty to choose from in the used car market.

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I thought of another one!    Spent the afternoon debugging the interlock switch on a real 812,  but I've always thought these were cool.   Only the turbo four speed one would work.

 

Glen Pray Cord #43 - $38,000

This slick Cord is powered by the 180 Turbo Charger Convair engine and has a 4 speedster transmission. The mechanical part of this Cord has been rebuilt and has only 1,200 miles on the rebuild! It runs and drives like a dream, with new paint, top and new tires. Original chrome. Only a few came with interior leather, and this is one of them. 

 

 

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Are many "impossibles" but I'd still find a Studillac hard to ignore.

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These days I find myself enamored with the '46, 7 & 8 Chrysler grille, so put me down for that.

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Porsche 356 speedster replica  Generally not into replicas but that would be a cool driver.

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For only a little more than a decent 356 replica {intermeccanica etc} you can have something like a Beck 550. Then the engine is in the right place and the car is far more useably functional.  I like mid engine cars very much, I don't like rear engine cars at all.  If your are going to drive a sports car 

in a non - sporting manner I guess it doesn't matter. If you are going to drive it like a sportscar ; and you are a less than extremely good driver { 99 .5 % of us } , the mid engine layout comes out on top any day.

 

Greg in Canada

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Yeah but I just prefer the styling of the speedster Greg.  I know about the Beck cars but they just don't trip my trigger as much. 

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Right then, I'm sure that all of you here enjoy the unusual, so I'd thought I'd pose this question. What is the one car that you absolutely love and would love to own, but most of the world disagrees? I'm talking about the misfits, the ones that for whatever odd reason have very bad reputations. Go on then, spill the beans. This'll be fun!

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I keep trying to come up with an answer, maybe I just don't want a crappy automobile or truck. Bob

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8 minutes ago, Steve_Mack_CT said:

Yeah but I just prefer the styling of the speedster Greg.  I know about the Beck cars but they just don't trip my trigger as much. 

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They both look very similar to my eye, just that one actually functions / drives extremely well, one just sort of OK. Same basic building blocks but very different results.

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7 minutes ago, Steve_Mack_CT said:

At one time Bob, I would have said a Jenson but I am not a masochist

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Looks wise they are rather bland. But a joy to drive , particular the later 5 speeds. A very under rated car these days. The 907 engine is a landmark design. My car quota is full and then some but I could definitely make room for Jensen Healey .

 

Greg in Canada

 

 

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Greg, I saw one under its own power in my neighborhood a few years ago, odd for sure.  I am in a semirural area and know most car folk.  Never saw it again.  I like a lot of Brit cars but only owned one, a TR - 6 that was actually a very good car with few of the usual gremlins.

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OK, Can I pick a car based on the odd/funny sounding name? They look like they would be fun to drive, know NOTHING about value or mechanical problems. Iso Grifo or Iso Rivolta

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2 hours ago, 1937hd45 said:

Right then, I'm sure that all of you here enjoy the unusual, so I'd thought I'd pose this question. What is the one car that you absolutely love and would love to own, but most of the world disagrees? I'm talking about the misfits, the ones that for whatever odd reason have very bad reputations. Go on then, spill the beans. This'll be fun!

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I keep trying to come up with an answer, maybe I just don't want a crappy automobile or truck. Bob

 

 

For many years I could have nominated my Renault powered Lotus Europa. An acquired taste visually with every mechanical shortcoming and fragility in the known automotive world. When running they are a joy to drive, the big qualifier being"  when running ".  Many aftermarket improvements available these days , Toyota 4AGE  and Ford Zetec engine kits , Spyder and Banks much improved chassis / suspension upgrades.  And some people even have the

patience and persistence to get satisfactory results out of the stock mechanicals, or the still Renault " Gordini " crossflow engine.  { same short block as stock but a superior head , intake , exhaust layout}.  Just not the performance / handling of the upgraded cars. But still quite perky given the flyweight build of the car.

But these days prices and popularity are steadily moving upward.  Really nice ones can go for substantial sums.

 

Greg in Canada 

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On 4/22/2020 at 8:36 AM, zepher said:

 

Most of the head issues I saw in other Datsun 1600s were related to poor cooling system maintenance.

Those engines did not like to be run hot.

That is another reason a 5 speed would have been nice.

Running along on the freeway over 65mph for any length of time would cause the temp to creep up and if you weren't paying attention you could run the engine hot for extended periods and that was not good for those heads.

Along with the little truck I had, there were at least 2 other Datsun 1600s in the extended family (510s) with the same engine and they were dead on reliable as long as you maintained them and didn't abuse them.

Those retained the points setup and they never had any issues with the second set.

Luckily for those of us growing up in Southern Calif, rust was not an issue, so there were plenty to choose from in the used car market.

Actually the L-1600 was a very good engine and was used in the 510 and the 521 PU. The late version of the preceding model was the 520 PU, the engine was the L1300 and the L1500.

Then in 1972 came one of the best looking Datsun PU, the PL620 and the L16 was used in 1972-73 ( I had two 73's) in 1974 came the L18 and from 1975-79 the L20.

Of course the L13, L-15, L-16, L-18 and L-20 were all derivatives of the L-24 which was the 6 cylinder for the Z car and in Japan for some bigger sedans. The only problem with these engines was a early on production with the 1974 L-18 which was in the PL620 pick up and the Datsun 710. The problem was in the cylinder head casting- a stress crack occurred from the oil gallery pressurizing the cam towers into the water jacket.

Now as far as the dual point distributor. The dual point had a advanced set of points and a retard set of points. They were seven degrees apart in phase and controlled by throttle position switch-this was a emission control devise. Nissan also used the L-20 in the 610, the first gen. 200SX and the revised or retro 510 which took the place of the 710.

The best looking Datsun Pick-up, the 1972-1979 PL620;

 

 

 

L20B-Swapped 1974 Datsun 620 Pickup 5-Speed

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Guilty Pleasure car;

Thundering Bastard – The Day A Super Duty Pontiac Tempest Destroyed The World’s Best Sports Cars

Region Racer” and Hall of Famer Paul Goldsmith – A Man for all ...1963 Pontiac Tempest Coupe 421 Super Duty | Pontiac | SuperCars.net 

A 421 Super Duty with a 4 speed Autostick- (called The Power shift) transaxle

1963 unlimited make or model Daytona 250 mile race. The second place finisher a 63 fuel injected Corvette driven by A.J. Foyt was FIVE miles behind! Seen here passing a Ferrari.

BY the way, Pontiac called the HP at 410, but those Tempest ran the quarter mile in 11 seconds at close to 130 MPH. Underrated ya think?

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Interesting high rise. Looks almost like a late Rochester injection plenium.

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On 4/17/2020 at 9:37 AM, alsancle said:

I have a lot of cars I like that I have to keep from my elitist friends like Ed.    For example,  I was bidding on one of these the other day.

 

Used 1981 Toyota Pickup Deluxe in Caldwell, Idaho

 

 

Brain damage? Or are you suffering from schizophrenia & bipolar antisocial disorder?

 

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This is what I drove my senior year of high school which was 1983.................in about the same condition of the cars shown.........

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