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Author:  beelzeboss [ Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Andrew's 1976 Datsun 260c sedan (H330)

I've wanted to get my hands on one of these for a while now (well... really a coupe, but they're stupid expensive) so when I found one that seemed to have a straight body I jumped at it.

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Home sweet home

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Found some surface rust

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and some not-so-surface rust

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The thing didn't run very well when I got it and I narrowed it down to a problem with the original Hitachi carburetor. From a bit of research I determined it was not worth repairing, so I bought a cheap Chinese copy of a Weber 38/38 Outlaw DGES and made up an adapter bracket on my lathe.

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I couldn't believe it, but as soon as I got it bolted down the thing fired right up and settled into a low, but steady idle! I tuned it as best I could according to the instructions but then noticed there was a hose not connected to anything which was causing a huge vacuum leak. I'm hoping once that's blocked off I'll be able to get it dialed in much better.

I've since started painting some of the interior black

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I've now found the tank has a lot of rust inside it (no holes though, luckily) and the fuel lines seemed to be blocked. I've made a replacement feed line and bought a KBS kit for de-rusting the fuel tank and plan to do that over the next few weeks. Once that's done the thing should be running well enough for rego.

Plans for the car are to fix the rust, paint it gloss black, bolt all the chrome back onto it, tint the windows, lower it on some nice wheels and enjoy.

(maybe a manual conversion at a later date if I find the bits cheap... or maybe a crazy engine swap of some kind, that seems to be how all my cars go)

Author:  olebugeyes [ Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Andrew's 1976 Datsun 260c sedan (H330)

Look forward to following the progress.

Author:  olebugeyes [ Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Andrew's 1976 Datsun 260c sedan (H330)

Mine is still progressing slowly

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