Build Blog: Datsun 350SX WTF? (Video and Pictures)

After 4 happy years thrashing an AE86 20V, my dream project has finally started. Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Aardvark, my ’74 Datsun 260Z, a hopeless pile of oxidized metal, all chopped up and ready to accept a 300 bhp V6 from the late Nissan 350Z, and – perhaps more interestingly – the complete running gear from a Nissan 200SX S13.



This is a guest post, and as such, it should be both informative and hilarious; well, what could be more fun than hearing a Hungarian tying his tongue in knots while trying to explain the delicacies of a subframe transplant? So please give a warm welcome to this lousy first video of mine, showing the current state of the build. Please let me know in the comment field if you liked it (if you could even decode it through my accent), if you want more, or if I should rather stick to written explanations and still images in the future… (READ MORE!)

  • For those among you, who couldn’t bear the film, here’s an easy to digest excerpt:

This:

Datsun 260Z rotting away

Datsun 260Z rotting away

Plus this:

VQ35DE from the Nissan 350Z

VQ35DE from the Nissan 350Z

Plus this:

Nissan 200SX S13 - the leg donor

Nissan 200SX S13 - the leg donor

Shall turn into something like this:

Bob Sharp IMSA GTU Datsun Z

Bob Sharp IMSA GTU Datsun Z

  • Base car: 1974 Datsun 260Z two seater
  • Engine: 2006 EU-spec Nissan 350Z VQ35DE
  • Factory 350Z transmission
  • Complete S13 200SX suspension and subframe front and rear
  • Driftworks complete adjustable arms and tension rods
  • Driftworks CS2 coilovers
  • KAAZ 2 way LSD
  • Nissan 300ZX (Z32) 4 pot brakes
  • Weld-in custom roll cage
  • Fuel cell

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22 Responses to Build Blog: Datsun 350SX WTF? (Video and Pictures)

  1. Wow!
    Awesome project with a load of thought and hard work gone into it. Can’t wait to see the finished results :)

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  2. That is a really cool build, and a great first blog post. Thanks man! :)

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  3. Thanks guys. I dearly hope there’ll be good progress to report on.

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  4. Nice to see something different, looks great and would be n awesome to see more again soon.

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  5. Ha! Awesome video! Really looking forward to this, it will sound SWEET:D

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  6. Gonna be an awesome car, and was cool getting a good run down on the work so far through a video, keep up the good work, and make some more videos! :D

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  7. awsome!
    and the way thebild is in video format instead of stills and text is very refreshing, i loved it and now cant wait to view the next instalment!
    great work dude :)

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  8. Excellent project! Cant wait to see the end result, I’ll be keeping an eye on this. :)

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  9. are you building it up in Hungary? If yes, where exactly? I’m from Austria, and would be happy to see your Datsun when completed :)

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    • Yes, the shop where it’s being built (driftgarage.hu) is in a village near the capital. We are still months away from completion (the video shows the actual state, so you’re as up to date as can be), but you should be able to see it in action in the first half of 2011.

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  10. Bookmarked… Looks amazing, good luck with it all.

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  11. Sweet project, that engine should sound sweet when done. Out of interest which ford are the hubs from and how did you modify them to fit the s13 struts.

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  12. Happy to see a post from you guys on driftworks, keep them coming!!! ;) a saw the hungarian addition too. (Tough you didn’t mention the Blair witch Project, here :D )

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  13. hey there, what a surprise, Karotta was shooting this when i was out taking home my GF :)
    yepp, months till the end, but i enjoy this project a lot.
    front hubs are from a scorpio(granada) cosworth modified 4×114.3 and bigger lock. find in the forums, we did this on sierras.
    Blair Witch Project? dunno what you mean, but yes we have something in mind… find out sunday.
    so pm, don’t reveal me :)

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  14. Hi,

    This is great because I have been building the same thing. I have a 1971 240z that is sitting on s14 suspension in the front and the rear. It’s being sandblasted as we speak, and next month I am ordering a complete Driftworks suspension for it. CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!

    Her some build videos:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhuJHSkuOww

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za5AmQ-xCos

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEYYGHAqXi8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16dfPNtyfcc

    Hoe zet ik deze op driftworks??????????????

    Gr. Emrys “BadBoy Blomont”

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  15. Nice car and engine :) and I want an Initial D Shirt xD

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