KA24E Swapped: 1971 Datsun 510 Sedan

The Datsun 510 was produced from 1968-1973  as Nissan’s compact sedan offering for worldwide consumption.  But it was more than just another cheap economy car to rust in junk yards a few years later — it was engineered to be an enthusiasts car, had European inspired sheet metal designed by Nissan’s Teruo Uchino, and featured rugged overhead cam L-series power.  Find this 1971 Datsun 510 Sedan with KA24E swap offered for $6,000 in Hayward, CA via craigslist.

This 510 isn’t really a looker — it has a flat (primer?) paint job and is missing various bits of trim…but under the skin it has a few surprises that might make you consider getting a 4-door 510. 

Under the hood is a 2.4 liter KA24E inline-4 that was probably borrowed from an ’89-90 240SX (or Nissan Truck/Pathfinder).  Power for the SOHC 12-Valve version was listed as 140 horsepower and 152 ft-lbs of torque. 

Power in this one is routed to a manual gearbox — hopefully a 5-speed that would have come with the engine, but possibly the original 4-speed from the 510 sedan.

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