10k: KA24DE Power: 1971 Datsun 510 Sedan

The Datsun 510/Bluebird was a small sedan (2-door, 4-door, or wagon) built in Japan and sold from 1968 through 1973.  Their boxy good looks have stood the test of time better than most other
Datsuns from the same time period, and if you like the 510 sedan’s
style you’ll dig this next feature.  Find this 1971 Datsun 510 Sedan with KA24DE power offered for $8,500 in Palm Springs, CA via craigslist. 

This is not a stock and snooze worthy grandpa owned original, this is the Bluebird that started smoking cigarettes and hanging out at the tattoo parlor when he was 16.  It features a fuel injected engine swap, new sub-frame, new bushings, new anti-roll bars, new wheels, and JDM style fender mirror.  Good luck seeing anything in those little fender mounted mirrors, seeing anything at speed it is like trying to identify cellular structure in a specimen under a microscope while being attacked by a chimpanzee. 

Under the hood is a real howler, this is 2.4 liter KA24DE inline-4 cylinder engine, the same as found in a ’90s era Nissan 240SX/Xterra/Altima/Bluebird-U13.  In stock configuration the K-series engine is good for 155 horsepower and 160 ft-lbs of torque, but power is at the tip of your fingers with forced induction, and turbo power is very common with swaps. 

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