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Aardwark, the 350Z-powered Datsun rises again

Hello drifting world, long time no see. I hope some of you still remember Aardvark, my ’76 Datsun Z that is being turned into a Drift / TA / generic mayhem vehicle. More than a year has passed since my last update, but the project hasn’t just quietly died away. On the contrary: we’ve made […]

Is this the most beautiful drift car ever?

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Is this the most beautiful drift car ever?

After long weeks of sleep deprivation to finish it in time, Aardvark was finally ready to be shown to the public at last weekend’s classics show. The shape is inspired by the Datsun 240Z-260Z IMSA-GTU race cars of old.

Many ways to re-skin an aardvark – Build update!

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Many ways to re-skin an aardvark – Build update!

Welcome back to our lousy garage where the world’s least authentic Datsun 260Z is being restored. If you can call a process where a car is replaced with bits of other cars and clad entirely in foul-smelling fibreglass restoration.

Aardwark build 3: Opposite lock device installed

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Aardwark build 3: Opposite lock device installed

Okay, so now we have a rear end as low as a beaten dog’s morale and as curvy as J Lo’s. What’s next? Naturally replacing those ugly, unadjustable control arms with some orange specialty items from the Driftworks shop. As the whole suspension comes from the S13, a Pro Handling Pack shall do the trick. […]

Aardvark’s new shoes – Datsun 350Z build report

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Aardvark’s new shoes – Datsun 350Z build report

It’s been more than three months since I’ve shown you the progress of our Nissan 350Z-powered, 200SX-suspended Datsun 260Z build. Well, as they say around here, slow work takes time. But when it comes to transplanting the heart and limbs of two different animals into a third beast, one really must measure twice before the […]

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

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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 […]