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Anth's 1969 Datsun 1600 Fj20et

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Now for the trial fit...

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I'm wrapped with the way they look on the car, they turned out exactly how I wanted them to. Not exactly crazy fitment but it's good to see some lip on the car, giving it that proper old-school look that was missing with the old wheels.

I took the wheels down to my local tyre shop and had them wrapped in some 195/45/15's. Once on the car, I raised the rear 10mm and lowered the front about 20mm. Here's the final product...

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Took the car for a spin at that height and came home, ended up raising the front about 10-15mm again, as there was a bit too much forward rake for my liking, and the exhaust was scraping on my driveway when none of my previous cars have ever come close. The end result still looks great and is a bit easier to live with.

Next update will be the painting/fitting of the '73 model JDM grille I bought on ebay, then I've got some really nice DSLR pics of the car for you guys, the new look is awesome :)

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Top work Anth looks Fkn sick!!

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Looks tops Anth !

I love the new wheels!! and how it sits. nice one!

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dude....... looks awesome man.

and nice little write up on painting the rims too:thumbsup:

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Looks Mad. I reckon it'd look crazy with black wheel nuts too. But, could look crap too. Can you photoshop them out?

Can't wait to see it with the grille on too!!

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thanks guys, glad you all like it as much as i do!

shaun, i was contemplating black wheel nuts, i think it would look alright actually

steve, told ya mate, $20k and its yours :lol:

update (copied from blog)

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I’ve been wanting one of these grilles for a while now. Initially, when I first saw one, I hated them. The ‘73 model Datsun 1600/510 was never sold in Australia (we only got the ‘68-’72) so growing up as a Datsun obsessed tween/teenager I never actually saw one until a local car magazine featured an American 510 complete with the plastic grille and huge 18″ wheels. Even then I wasn’t sold, to me it looked out of place and ruined the face of the 510. It wasn’t until I saw completed pictures of a blue 2-door 510 (click here to view) that I became aware of the appeal. They tie-in really well with a jdm-styled datto, low ride height and smaller wheels. From that moment on I had to have one!

After casually browsing every now and then, one popped up on eBay Motors US, so I jumped on the chance and won it. Who else loves getting packages delivered to their work?

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Once it arrived, I got straight to work. I wanted the whole grille & headlight surrounds to be black, with a silver outline around the headlight surrounds. This is how most of them are painted on cars I’ve seen on the net.

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Once I started sanding it down, some chunks of paint would flake off. It appears to have been painted a few times in the past. Not wanting to turn this into a week-long ordeal, I grabbed a paint scraper and scraped off as much paint as I could, and then got some 400grit sandpaper and tried to sand the rest of it down as evenly as possible.

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Here is one headlight surround sanded down, you can still see the different layers of paint but it is fairly even now and ready for paint.

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The centre of the grille is actually metal, and the headlight surrounds are plastic. I masked off the two middle strips of the grill as I want them to maintain their polished appearance

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Make sure you have a good helper in the garage…

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After a few coats of paint…

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Time to peel off the tape from the centre bars…

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To do the silver outline on the headlight surrounds, I chose to use a silver pen. (You can see my coilover measurements scribbled down from previous height adjustments)

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But as you can see below, the pen wasn’t thick enough, and required a few passes before it covered in the area properly. The problem here is that when you run over an area which has already been draw on it tends to build up and get messy.

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So the solution was to use some silver spray paint, sprayed into the lid of the can and applied with a paint brush. Yep, that’s the cheapo brand!

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It worked a treat, went on smooth and even.

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Now to attach it to the car. Here is the old grille and headlight surrounds which I spent so much time repairing, polishing, and painting. It’ll be a shame to see it removed but I know the final outcome will be worth it.

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All removed (I don’t mind this look, as seen on Irish from VRT’s now sadly burnt out 2door, click here & here to view)…

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And the new face!

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With the bonnet down…

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Mean!

So what does everyone think? It’s an acquired taste, that’s for sure, but I absolutely love it. It toughens up the front end, especially if you scroll back up and compare it to the picture with the old setup, you can really see how much it changes it. I also think it ties in alot better with the plastic front lip now, and the wheels too. A real black/white theme is starting to form.

DSLR pics soon! Stay tuned…

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Nice work Anth.

I don't mind the front, I reckon it looks good!

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Really individual car you are building there Anth - good on you for breaking from the norm and doing something different!

Extra-impressed with your effort on the wheels, you are one dedicated Datsun fan that's for sure :thumbsup:

....good choice of car pics on your fridge too B)

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Anth,

F#*king cool!! I love it. Can't wait to see more pictures of the whole car.

The coupe I'm looking at will come with the SSS grille as well as a 73 that needs to be repaired apparantly, so I'm glad you documented the refurb. Hopefully I'll get mine to look similar.

It's a fine looking rig you've got there!

SH

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What brand of black paint did you use ?

I'm about to refurbish my '72 model 180B SSS grille (which looks very similar to the 73 1600 grille), and I really like the gloss level of the paint you've used. Ones I've tried have been either too glossy or too flat.

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Anth, it looks brilliant! It definitely works well with the front lip and looks even better because you've taken the time to freshen it up prior to the install. So it leaves the question...what's next on the cards for this constantly evolving car? Any more cosmetic changes or back to the mechanical side of things?

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Nice work Anth.

I don't mind the front, I reckon it looks good!

cheers nick!

Really individual car you are building there Anth - good on you for breaking from the norm and doing something different!

Extra-impressed with your effort on the wheels, you are one dedicated Datsun fan that's for sure :thumbsup:

....good choice of car pics on your fridge too B)

thanks jeff, although i must admit i still get the urge to throw on some FR17s and two black gauges on the wiper cowl, since thats the look i lusted after for most of my life. but im really loving this jap look lately and i think it really suits the datto, and like you said its a bit different to whats out there, although more people are starting to get into it which is great. just have to avoid speedbumps at all costs :lol: (good spotting on the fridge by the way!)

Anth,

F#*king cool!! I love it. Can't wait to see more pictures of the whole car.

The coupe I'm looking at will come with the SSS grille as well as a 73 that needs to be repaired apparantly, so I'm glad you documented the refurb. Hopefully I'll get mine to look similar.

It's a fine looking rig you've got there!

SH

wasn't really much of a refurb, just slapped on some black paint, its not perfect thats for sure, but its good enough for now. thanks for the kind words, are you going to make it to the chrome bumper cruise? (obviously not in a datto of your own just yet)

What brand of black paint did you use ?

I'm about to refurbish my '72 model 180B SSS grille (which looks very similar to the 73 1600 grille), and I really like the gloss level of the paint you've used. Ones I've tried have been either too glossy or too flat.

hey dave, its just export satin black, el cheapo!

Anth, it looks brilliant! It definitely works well with the front lip and looks even better because you've taken the time to freshen it up prior to the install. So it leaves the question...what's next on the cards for this constantly evolving car? Any more cosmetic changes or back to the mechanical side of things?

i agree it does suit the lip much better than the old front end doesnt it. As for whats next for the car, i really think i should buy some CV's for the rear end, as it tends to vibrate at 80kmh and above due to the low ride height. i just feel guilty (and stupid) about splashing that sort of cash when it could be rectified with a few turns of the rear coilovers (it wouldnt look as cool though!). So yeah, the more i think about it the more I want to get them, Ive still got some money in the datto-only piggy bank after working a few saturdays and hopefully selling those r31 skyline wheels this weekend.

Mechanically im waiting till next year to do the alloy radiator and FMIC. Apart from that id like to get an RB gearbox for it, as at the moment 1st to 2nd gear-changes at any decent kind of rev's is accompanied by a lovely crunch. But that might wait until i do the interior which is next after the CV's. Got some wrx seats lined up that i want to trim to match the back seat, then make up some fresh door trims and get a Nardi classic steering wheel. I was going to convert the interior to maroon, but now that the car is evolving into this black/white theme, im thinking a black interior would be better suited. Other factors swaying my decision are that my black rear seat is pretty much perfect and the car came with a new black headliner. But i do have maroon carpet already in the car...hhmmm. Also the car needs some tunes so im going to get a head unit and just run two front speakers. Has anyone mounted front-splits into the kick-panels or do i have to put them in the doors?

what do you guys think? black interior or maroon? i do like the idea of a white car with a maroon interior, nice contrast and it would really stand out when you look at the car from outside. But the black is more race-inspired and would go well with how the rest of the car looks, and its less work to do it (dont forget my dad is an upholsterer, so i'll just be paying for materials, and beer)

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Hey Anth,

Unfortunately I won't be making it to the cruise. I'll be in California. Spewing I'm going to miss it, but I will be checking out Ted Lo's orange coupe. I think I mentionedthat I liked that car at one point!!

I'll take some shots of it for yuz.

As for the interior, I reckon it's a really tuff decision, but at least with no wrong option. Both will look mad! Personally I'd probably go with red, BUT not because it'd look better, but more unique. Just me.

When are you going to take more photos?

SH

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For me ,I'd go with black. I actually just went from the original maroon to black ( its a bit different coz the maroon didn't go quite as well with my blue where as white suits both) but i reckon with everything else you've done with your car black would look really cool!! especially if you get your seats re-trimmed to suit.

Thats my plan too, with my old recaros.

You could maybe do them a bit "Z" style with those little silver kind of buttons in the center section, real 70's racer.....

just a thought

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That front end is BAD............ ASS!!!

cough...........Fender Mirrors.............cough

nice pics though! Wheels look the business as well :thumbsup:

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Awesome mate!!

One of the best 1600s going around I reckon!

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Anth,

Love your work. It looks simply beautiful. The wheels are perfect, the photos are excellent (I gotta bring my car around and we can do some white datto shots :P), and my money is on the Datsun 1600 to win the 'chase' :D

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Looks the goods Anth.

Top job, very neat. I like it.

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cheers guys :) hopefully putting my order in tonight for some Wolf Creek CV's to get rid of the vibration in the uni's

Nick, not sure what you mean by the 'chase' ???

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cheers guys :) hopefully putting my order in tonight for some Wolf Creek CV's to get rid of the vibration in the uni's

Nick, not sure what you mean by the 'chase' ???

Some of the photos look like the Escort is trying to get away from the Datto... (sort of like the chase scene from fast and furious tokyo I think )

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