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Datsun/Nissan 1400 Ute

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Hi guys

 

I finally started with my 1982 Datsun 1400 Ute project. The future goal for the little Datsun is to do a Toyota 4AGZE engine swap that has been converted to a single turbo or maybe a SR20 DET engine. At the moment the current goal is to get the body repaired and also to restore the current A14 engine as I do not currently have the funds to do the conversion out of the gate.

 

The Datsun/Nissan 1400 Ute was only manufactured in South Africa and was only exported to a few African countries. As far as I know the Datsun version of the 1400 was basically a Datsun 1200 vir an A14 engine in it (Please correct me if I am wrong).

 

My friend owns two Datsun Utes. One has an CA18 DET engine in and the other one has the SR20 DET engine. He uses them only for drag racing but to my project that is of no use. If anybody has any advice about the little Datsun it would be much appreciated. I do not have a heap of knowledge as I am still quite young.

 

I will upload some photos this weekend when I am at home. In the meantime I will try to get a few photos taken by my brother and then I'll upload them.

 

Here is the current condition of the engine.

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Hey mate, welcome. Since your going to rebuild, you could just turbo the A14. I have seen a Datsun 1200 running an A12 with a garrett gt2860 strapped onto it. He said he was running it at 160 rwkw and had made up to 190rwkw when pushed. This thing was quick. You could use say a t25 or t28 off a Silvia, can be had for cheap. You would then obviously need a exh manifold and work out how to feed it fuel. Just a suggestion. I also met a bloke the other day at a hillclimb running an A15 with dual webber carbies, was making 100rwkw. Wasn't bad at all.

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Thanks for the advice! I did not really think about doing the standard A14 engine. The weber carbs are quite cheap here in South Africa. Two 40mm webers go second hand for about $200 (ZAR2200) so that route is doable. Here is another guy in SA that did ITB's on an A14 engine and it was around 125 rwkw. I will definitely look into going the dual weber route.

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Here is some photos of the little Datsun I took yesterday. Will upload more tomorrow. The project is finally starting to move in the right direction :)post-159602-0-03877700-1463264799_thumb.jpg

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After almost 2 years I finally have an update.

The little datsun ute is getting an L16 transplant. The donor car is a rear-ended Datsun 160Y. 

Everything is going to be transplanted to the ute. Interior and suspension. I will keep this thread updated over the coming 6 months with photos, info etc.B):)

 

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