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I spotted this in an issue of old Finnish technical magazine Tekniikan Maailma from 1976. This setup was installed on a Datsun 1200 (B110) being used for some kind of fuel test. Clearly this intake manifold is designed specifically for using a pair of twin choke side-draught carbs on a left hand drive model, angling them forward to clear the brake master cylinder. I don’t recall seeing one like this before but it’s an interesting solution to the problem of clearance on left hand drive cars!

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Many years ago, I wrote a post which gave a fairly detailed explanation on how to decode Nissan part numbers with a view to enabling users to identify parts and model application from part number alone. This is useful when presented with new old stock parts at a swap meet or autojumble, or when all you have is a stock list or printout.

Whilst the information given was undoubtebly useful, I felt it was time to update it.  So I have reworked the post, giving additional information along with new, larger images and added a downloadable (and printable) PDF version of the all important Part Type tables… the data that allows you to tell what model a particular part might fit.

You can take a look at the updated post HERE

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As I mentioned in my original post about the movie ‘5000km to Glory’ there is a little bit of movie merchandising related to the film, even though it was largely forgotten until it’s recent release on DVD and Bluray.  I have seen the movie soundtrack album (on vinyl naturally!) for sale on Yahoo! Japan Auction in the past and other items such as sets of postcards but the best thing I have ever come across related to it is this lovely 1/24 scale model kit made by Eidai. To be honest, when I first found this kit, I didn’t initially realise it was related to the film. Only a little later when I noticed the style of the ‘5000’ logo on the box did it dawn on me what it was! The 510 modeled in the kit is actually that of a 1968 model which makes it a little unusual as most 510 model kits are 1969 onward versions with the larger tail light and restyled grille.

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I won’t go into too much detail on the history of Nissan Motorsport’s Datsun 160J SSS Turbo race cars, I’ll save that for a future post, but for now here’s a brief outline of the story. Nissan had been dabbling a little with turbo technology from the start of the 1970’s and in 1974 they unveiled their wild 300 horsepower LZ Turbo powered Violet SSS (kp710 model). Unfortunately the timing was bad as the fuel crisis had hit hard in Japan and it wasn’t really viable for Nissan to take their fire breathing, gas guzzling Violets racing in there, so they were shipped of to Malaysia, where they were entered into the Selangor Grand Prix via Datsun importer Tan Chong and Sons. In the export markets the Nissan Violet was known as the Datsun 160J so the cars were title and liveried accordingly…

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This is no nice I had to share it. Tweeted by Nissan (@Nissan) earlier, this is fantastic publicity shot of their 1967 range. I have seen this image before in publicity material but rarely in colour and certainly not as large or as high quality as this. It’s interesting to note how they have a few left-hand drive American spec models in there, namely the Datsun 510, Roadster and 520 pickup. Clearly the US was regarded as an important market. The range at this time was quite varied thanks to Nissan having absorbed Prince Motor company the previous year, yet some of the fruits of that merger were yet to appear… namely the C30 laurel and C10 Skyline.

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You can follow Nissan’s official Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/Nissan

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Work to resurrect this blog continues unabated so be sure to have a browse through the archives in a couple of weeks time as by then I will have added a few of the unfinished and/or unpublished posts from waaaay back.
I will also be re-uploading some of the older images. Why? Well back when Ratdat.com was first launched, a lot of folks were still viewing the web in an 800 x 600 resolution so a lot of the images used were quite small. These days, most people have a minimum of 1024 x 768 but often higher resolutions so I think it’d be good to update everything to suit modern monitors. Secondly, back in the early days of wordpress, images were all just chucked into one folder on the server but later a change was made where they were sorted into folders by year and by month. This doesn’t really affect the reader but it makes life easier for me. If I re-upload images to an older post, the images are automatically placed into the correctly dated folder, thus making it easier for me to keep track of things. This is not a small undertaking as there are thousands of images on here but I will begin this process this week and hope to have it completed by the end of the year.

I think every post should always have some eye-candy so here’s a nice press photo of a 1968 Datsun 1000 wagon…

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