1972 Datsun 510 with VQ35DE power - Click above for image gallery

This eBay listing has been dubbed "the perfect swap" by some of our bloggers. From the outside, it looks like any other lovable Datsun 510 with some funky wheels. Pop the hood, however, and the reason for our lust becomes obvious. Shoehorned into the slot previously occupied by the L-Series lump is a red-hot VQ35DE. Yep, the very same sweet-revving engine you'll find in a 350Z or G35. In fact, we'd love to pick this thing up and do a comparo with a Infiniti G37. Better yet, whoever buys it, get in touch with us and we'll give you the details on how to drop it off with one of our trained staff. We promise we'll treat it well.

The seller says this is the only known VQ35 510 swap in the U.S. and that it was a labor of love. Love – and $25,000, that is. The owner claims he could have built his hybrid a lot cheaper, but he overbuilt it just in case he "caught the boost bug." He reckons it'll handle up to 500 horsepower, although it's currently generating pretty close to the stock 287. Don't let that fool you though. The list of mods on this thing is almost as long as HR 3200. We've pasted them in after the jump along with a video clip of this little beast in action. Click through for the full rundown and don't forget to check out the gallery as well.


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ENGINE:
VQ35DE from a 2006 G35 (same engine as the 287hp 350z engine)
6 Spd transmission (CD008)
Vqswap shifter relocator (moves the shifter 4" forward, where it needs to be)
Custom Engine Mount brackets (uses stock rubber mounts, the engine is amazingly completely motionless under load, no twisting)
XTD Chromoly lightweight Flywheel
OEM clutch & pressure plate
Braided Stainless Steel clutch line
Modified Intake manifold/Upper plenum to have a larger neck &
support a Performance Products 85mm Throttle-body (stock is 70mm)
4" intake piping
AEM EMS tuned
AAM Angled Plenum Spacer (good for 5-10hp)
Rewired with a 240sx fuse box
Reversed front crossmember
Relocated Battery (behind passenger seat)

FUEL SYSTEM:
RCI 15 gallon Fuel Cell
Custom Surge Tank
Walbro 240lph high pressure pump
Mallory 90gph low pressure pump
8AN fuel filters
8AN & 6AN stainless steel braided Fuel lines with Earls, Russel, &
Aeroquip fittings
Injected Performance Fuel Rails
SX adjustable fuel pressure regulator with pressure gauge

COOLING:
Oil Cooler with Greddy Sandwich Adapter with thermostat
Steel Braided 10an oil lines
Afco Sirrocco style dual pass aluminum radiator

EXHAUST:
Modified OEM exhaust manifolds (all stainless steel)
2 1/4" stainless piping to 3" aluminized steel pipe
3" resonator & 3" Magnaflow muffler (no catalytic converters)
The car sounds great, with the definitive VQ exhaust note

DRIVETRAIN:
Custom Driveshaft (good for 500 whp)
3.7 ratio R200 Differential with Z32 finned cover & new bearings
MadDat R200 conversion Mustache bar
OBX Helical LSD (the LSD design faults & weaknesses have been fixed)
Shortened Z31 Turbo CV axles (also very strong)
Modern Motorpsorts Billet Companion Flanges
280z Stub Axles (known for strength) new bearings as well

INTERIOR:
F1-spec Mugen Style Fiberglass seats
Custom carbon fiber dash with Autometer gauges
Tach & Speedometer are Ultra-lite series
The remaining are Lunar series (fuel level, oil pressure, water temp, voltage)
AEM wideband sensor with gauge
RCI seat harnesses
Door panels & rear seats are in good shape (though not perfect)
Headliner is in awesome shape compared to the typical 510
Dash Pad is near perfect (replaced it recently)
Momo Steering wheel hub
Sprint racing steering wheel (I may replace this with a Sparco)

EXTERIOR:
Advan SA3R wheels, 16x7's up front with 16x8's In the rear
BF Goodrich G-Force KDW T/A tires (nearly new) 205front, 225rear
Hella/BMW headlight conversion with relays
Hood shocks
Carbon Fiber rear view mirrors

SUSPENSION/STEERING:
Koni Yellow's in the rear with Ground Control Springs (approx. 950lbs.)
Koni Red's in front with 325lb Ground Control Springs, spare 275lb set
200sx V6 front struts
Techno Toy Tuning tension rods
Penultimate Rear crossmember
Cusco Camber Plates
Bumpsteer Spacers
Techno Toy Tuning Spring perches with bearings up front
Modified Rear LCA's for added rear wheel clearance
Custom Rack & pinion steering rack using a BMW manual rack (very nice/tight steering feel with no noticeable bump steer)
Rolled fenders with a professional rolling tool
Front Sway Bar (this is one thing that can/should be replaced with an aftermarket one designed to go in front of the oil pan)

BRAKES:
Z32 4 piston Calipers in front with 11.5" vented rotor
Z32 2 piston Calipers in rear
Most of the Brake hardlines are new
Stainless steel braided flexible lines
Wilwood brake bias adjuster (in cabin)
280zx 15/16 Brake Master Cylinder

SECURITY:
Python Pager Car Alarm (also controls the auto locks)
JDM Removable Steering Wheel hub

EXTRAS:
2 heads from a "Rev-Up" VQ35DE (1mm more lift on the cams & stiffer valve springs)
Front Bumper
Spare BMW/Hella headlights
Spare BMW manual steering rack
Factory Manuals (for 510 & 2006 350z)
Royal Purple Trans fluid (enough for oil change)
Spare bolts & parts from the engine
Handbrake, cables, & Wilwood spot calipers (for E-brake conversion)
C pillar vents set
Fat Mat sound deadening
extra sets of rear springs