These are the details of the advert from the Carsales advert. A lot of hard work has gone into the Datsun by the previous owner. These works and some of the pictures from the advert are below:

This car is a 5 SPEED MANUAL and the KMS is unknown AS THE ODOMETER ONLY HAS 5 DIGITS.

Here I will list the restoration that I have undertaken since owning this vehicle: – Replaced all suspension bushes with Nolathane brand polyurethane bushes. – Replaced front suspension: Springs and dampers. Pedders standard height springs. Fitted Maddat brand adjustable strut tops and adjustable lower control arms. – New ball joints, tie rod ends, pitman arm and idler arm. – Installed a Maddat brand steering box brace. – Replaced dampers and leaf springs on the rear. – Replaced front brake discs with dba slotted rotors. Rebuilt the calliper assemblies. – Replaced the rear brake drums. – Upgraded all brake lines to braided stainless and installed a new brake master cylinder. – All under body components that were removed during the restoration have been cleaned and sprayed black. The entire underside floor pan has been sprayed with body deadener. – Installed a completely rebuilt L18 out of a 180B SSS.

During the rebuild all non alloy components were acid bathed and all alloy components were steam bathed. To clear out scale from the waterways and make sure everything was clean and fresh for the rebuild. – Ported and polished head with a mild cam and oversized valves. – standard 180B SSS twin side draught Hitachi (SU type) carburettors rebuilt and tuned with K&N high flow filter, held on with an aluminium sandwich plate: open to the air. – Pacemaker brand extractors and a brand new 2 inch exhaust with a simple, period correct chrome tip. – Replaced the points ignition distributor with a rebuilt and remapped electronic ignition distributor.

New high performance coil. – Replaced the radiator with a new 3 core radiator. – New fuel pump. – New water pump. – New alternator. – New starter motor. – New standard clutch and clutch master cylinder. – The 5 speed gear box is a 71B, which is a direct bolt in upgrade. This gearbox was used in 6 cylinder datsun models. It is strong and has an overdrive 5 gear. With this I get 500kms per tank, with 30kms left in the tank, to find a servo. – Rebuilt drive shaft. – Rebuilt differential. – New front and rear wheel bearings. – Brand new original design 180B hubcaps (reproduction, imported from the USA), comes with a patented hubcap removal tool with an integrated rubber mallet. – New white wall tyres only 1500KMS old. – New Nakamichi Bluetooth, MP3, usb and cd player, with amped focal 6×9 rear speakers and alpine S series 6 inch front speakers installed.

During this installation the internal floor plan was stripped, washed, all surface rust was converted and spayed with tectyl protection spray, dynamat was applied to the speaker mounting surfaces and all other exposed steel panels and a full layer of felt underlay was installed to replace the degraded plant fibre underlay. – Upgraded headlights to H4 assemblies. 100W spot lights in the high beam circuit. – New genuine sheep skin front seat covers and new synthetic rear seat cover. – Upgraded interior lights to LED assemblies. – New rear cargo bay light assembly. – New floor mats. – New fender mirrors. – A roadworthy certificate will be supplied.

I have kept all the receipts for the work that I has been done during this restoration. I have photos of all the major works that showcase the credence of the processes undertaken. Vehicle registration paid until 5th July, 2018.

The start of the journey

In January 2018, I stumbled across an advert on for a neat looking 1977 Datsun 180B station wagon. I showed the advert to my wife and jokingly asked if I could buy it. To my amazement, she didn’t bat an eyelid and said I could. The wagon was located in Emerald, Queensland. I contacted the owner and after a few weeks of thinking and negotiation, we we settled on a price and the wagon was placed on a transporter down to Canberra.

That was the beginning of the journey. A week later the car arrived in Canberra, in mid February 2018 and I collected it from the depot.