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1966 Roadster 1600, here we go!

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Well, even though my 280Z is still in restoration mode, I went and bought a little red beauty to add to the stable!

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Does she have the 5 speed?

The timing chain on these motors can evidently be problematic

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That ought to keep you busy till Spring.

I love the dash layout with all the toggle switches! :love:

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Well, it will be sitting in hibernation for a while. I need to finish the Z before I start this!

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I really like the roadsters too. If I had all the room I needed for cars I wanted, I'd have one of those.

I don't know anything about them specifically though, like... Are those the original door pulls? Very ornate! Look like something from a kitchen cabinet.

Looks like you need a replacement brake master cylinder. The one you have now just doesn't match the rest of the car.   :ph34r:

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Yup. I’m not sure about the brake master and the door pulls are from Home Hardware for sure! I have a lot to learn about these cars before I start the restoration.

 

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Congrats! That is totally awesome.  I have to be honest here, I actually like driving my 1600 Roadster more than any of my Z's.  I think mostly because it is a convertible.  The roadster are also pretty peppy and quite nimble, great cars.  And, the women love them!  Whenever I bring my roadster to a car show, the ladies are always checking out the roadster.  Who cares about that original low serial number Z when that cute little roadster is right there.

Oh, and that original gas cap is pretty pricey....keep and eye on that thing.

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4 hours ago, Patcon said:

Does she have the 5 speed?

The timing chain on these motors can evidently be problematic

Actually it was the 2000 that had the timing chain problem.  The 1600 motor is overhead valve and if I am not mistaken, the crank is geared to the cam 2:1.   5 speeds came on the 1967.5  and on 2000, never with the 1600.  Also the 1967.5 2000 roadster is the Holy Grail of roadsters, very pricey.

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Great info! The gas cap is locked onto the car ATM. I am having the car hauled over to another secure location soon. The current location is streetside... not making me feel all warm and tingley.
I will retrieve the car in the end of March.
I am going to have to find the proper “d” horn button and I will also need a gas tank as this one was shipped off for refurb and long since forgotten. In the end I want this to be a nice driver in original form. The pushrod R16 engine was not a powerhouse and I will keep this one as close to factory spec as possible. It is surprisingly rust free. As far as Datsun’s go...and no major accidents by my first inspections.

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A little bit of good news...  The car was picked up from it's curbside location and deposited into a secured yard. At least now I know it will not fall prey to teenage hi-jinks or enthusiast-collector scavenging!

I hope to have it back in my location 3.5 hours north of Calgary by the end of the month.

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Nice pick up, congratulations. I'm in the market for the right one myself.

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Thanks! I have a few friends with nicely restored versions of the 1600 and 2000. I didn't know I wanted one till this one fell in my lap for a really good price. I figure I can't lose on having another Datsun in the shop, either as a project car or as a restored car.

I'd like to know where those god-awful bumpers came from though!

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Glad you have the car stored.  Some of those roadster parts are getting crazy expensive....more expensive than Z parts. The stainless trim on the sides looks nice.  Other than the bumpers and the hood dent, not bad.

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I will probably replace the hood as there is one on the west coast I can get fairly easily. Or I may repair it.

I saw that the locking gas cap was selling for $325 US... 😲 ouch!

However I also saw that a set of taillights was under $200... fairly reasonable. I have a front bumper lined up, just need a rear. Also need a new set of badges and a mirror, some hub caps, new seat covers and foams..... arrrgh here we go....

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33 minutes ago, Mark Maras said:

That old front bumper deserves a place on a wall. Great conversation piece.

But what are they off of? They are NOT Datsun Roadster bumpers....

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 That's the question that starts the conversation. I'd guess the front one is from sometime in the 70s. The dip in the center is reminiscent of a 36 Ford bumper.

 

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Is that a seam in the middle? Like someone took something designed for a wider car, cut some material out of the center, and then bolted the two remaining pieces together in a narrower configuration?

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