: Found this piece of auto history.



Jesda
03-19-08, 02:28 AM
On the third floor of the warehouse, next to my pallets and boxes, I stumbled upon this little Datsun. I have no idea who it belongs to or if it runs, but its just tiny enough to fit on the freight elevator and find its way up here.

Bad light. Blurry pics.

http://www.q45.org/gallery2/d/5794-1/SSPX0359.jpg

http://www.q45.org/gallery2/d/5798-1/SSPX0360.jpg

http://www.q45.org/gallery2/d/5801-1/SSPX0361.jpg

http://www.q45.org/gallery2/d/5804-1/SSPX0362.jpg

The body is salvageable but the interior is pooched. Not too shabby. I thought it was neat to see an entire car sitting on the third floor of a building.

Spyder
03-19-08, 05:00 AM
Ha! Fire that mutha up and drive the hell out of it!

eyekandyboats.inc
03-19-08, 08:23 AM
lmao!!! freight elevator

Submariner409
03-19-08, 08:31 AM
Jesda, Is that a Datsun Dream ? If so, it has a straight 6 with two or three side draft carbs and a 4(?) speed. Damn fast for what it was. Late 50's.

Mechanical nightmare....I used to work on the first Datsuns (Nissan Motors), that came into the country in the mid-late 50's at McLean Motors in Georgetown, DC. Most of 'em rusted out in less than a year which is why there aren't any left, except your find.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-19-08, 09:53 AM
Well Jesda, we all know how much of a Nissan fan you are......so you should pick it up!

The Tony Show
03-19-08, 10:15 AM
Stuff it under your shirt and run like hell. :thumbsup:

caddycruiser
03-19-08, 10:20 AM
Hah! Now who would ever expect to see THAT anywhere, let alone on the 3rd floor. Fun find:thumbsup:

Now, wonder who put it there...or is it valuable/collectible, for those that know?

orconn
03-19-08, 11:00 AM
It's a Datsun Fairlady (Japanese market name), I believe it was the "1500" here in the states. The car began to be imported, I believe, in 1964. One of my room mates at U of W Madison had one in "64. They became somewhat popular in So Cal and were raced in SCCA races in the late sixties. It was a Japanese maker's first attempt to market a sports car in the US (I don't remember if Honda's 850 Sports preceded it, don't think so). If I remember correctly it won its Class Championship in SCCA racing driven by Pete Brock and Frank Monise and was the precurser to the very successfully campigned Daysun 510 cars that were very successfully raced by BRE Racing driven by Morton in the late 60's. These cars, ofcourse, were completely overshadowed by their hugely successful successors the the 280Z.

Rolex
03-19-08, 11:12 AM
I can see the ultimate sleeper build-up. Drop an LS6 in that baby, shoot some paint, new interior, and hit the roads. :cool2: :p

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
03-19-08, 04:59 PM
Wait, do you own it or do you work there (the warehouse)?

Florian
03-19-08, 07:39 PM
Stuff it under your shirt and run like hell. :thumbsup:

That Datsun will mung up his cleavage....just put it under your arm Jesda.


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Jesda
03-20-08, 07:14 PM
Wait, do you own it or do you work there (the warehouse)?

I pay for space, forklift driving, and shipment receiving services.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
03-21-08, 02:47 AM
So if you visit there on a regular basis, how did you not notice this before? It just seems odd that you would pass up a car on the 2nd or 3rd floor of a warehouse and not think twice about it.

Jesda
03-21-08, 03:43 AM
So if you visit there on a regular basis, how did you not notice this before? It just seems odd that you would pass up a car on the 2nd or 3rd floor of a warehouse and not think twice about it.

It wasn't there earlier, but then later appeared.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
03-21-08, 06:31 PM
Hmm, a ghost car eh?

dkozloski
03-23-08, 03:39 PM
http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=40599&stc=1&d=1206301063

Look what my nephew dragged home for a project. 1929 Chevrolet pickup

orconn
03-23-08, 03:55 PM
Always wondered where "John Boy" ended up after the show was finally cancelled! Alaska .....who knew!

dkozloski
03-23-08, 04:55 PM
Always wondered where "John Boy" ended up after the show was finally cancelled! Alaska .....who knew!
He manages the second most profitable NAPA store in the world and turns more than $45,000 in auto parts every day.

orconn
03-23-08, 07:01 PM
Way to go "John Boy!"