So, you’re at a swap meet and a there’s a guy selling a load of new old stock Nissan parts. But what model do they all belong to? How can you identify all those parts without having to remove each from it’s box and have a look? ( and even that’s no guarantee of correctly identifying the part!) The part number of course! Nissan’s part numbers, as a rule consist of ten digits. They are usually written as two five digit codes separated by a space or hyphen. At first it must seem an incomprehensible system but look closer and you’ll find that it’s surprisingly simple. Here, I’ll attempt to explain the system and give you some of the basic information necessary to ‘read’ the numbers for yourself.
Here in the UK our F10’s are cursed with having a mere 988cc to pull them about (unless you own the “big block” 1171cc coupe). Why Datsun decided that Europe only needed an A10 when the US got A14’s I cannot begin to imagine. Maybe smog gear on US spec cars require the extra capacity to make up for the power loss?
My daily work horse is an F10 wagon (because nobody will steal it) which I decided was painfully slow, especially when loaded up with engines (no, I’m not joking) I decided to fit an A12 for a bit more go, but what I really wanted was an A14. The only source for a proper front wheel drive A14 was an N10 Cherry coupe (sold as a 310 in the US) which aren’t exactly common so I figured I’d try a RWD engine from a B310 Sunny (that’s a 210 in the US).