• Sep 23, 2009
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.



[Source: eBay Motors]


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



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  • 32 Comments
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great starting point for a project. Looks like the seller actually cared about sorting the car, instead of just doing a rough swap.

      We featured this a few days ago at BLACKPLATEGARAGE dot com Come check out our favorite classified finds updated often.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder what Mr K feels.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not in love with the choice of engine. I think it ruins the 510. Coming from me that's saying something because I will put a small block Chevy in almost anything, but to me this is a bit like a small block Chevy in a RX-7 it's just not right. There are some motors you cannot put in some places. Now this same car with a 13B in it pumping out between 300 and 400 horsepower I'd be so head over heals in love you'd think I had a banana in my pocket. Maybe my reasoning is off or maybe I just don't understand.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Don't tempt me with your ideas. Especially since I have a working 13B and an 88 RX-7 that I could sell as a shell for what I paid for it. My bank account my never forgive you...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Noooooo! >.<

        I need to sell my car...that's what I keep telling myself yet there it still sits in my parking spot. Curse your powers of suggestion. This all just keeps sounding more and more like a project I will take on.
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Do it. Doooooo it! DOOOOOO IIIITTT!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This looks like a super fast ride! Thanks for sharing this useful information. Now I know why I'm saving my dollars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Giant slayer. I love it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How cool, that video is in Salt Lake City. That thing sounds good on the video.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love this thing!
      Also, has anyone ever tried swapping out the VQ engines from the new Skylines (sold in the States as the Infiniti G) and replacing them with the old but venerable RB26DETT engines?
      For that matter, how about a VR38DETT in a Datsun 510?
        • 5 Years Ago
        wow, that would be awesome. I think that it's been tried before (with the Infiniti G) but I would like to see the result.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the old 510s, perhaps even more than the original 240Zs. Body-wise, this is a pretty ratty example (dented fenders, rust, heinous wheels, etc.) but obviously it has solid mechanicals. The guy could get considerably more for the car if he did some body work, shot on some fresh paint, and replaced the wheels.

      I'm just wondering, however, if the handling balance of the car has been ruined with the (relatively) heavy engine swap. I'm guessing the weight has shifted to the front considerably, and that this thing will be much more fun in a straight line than it is in corners. Given the coarse nature of the 3.5L V6, I think I would personally prefer the more standard SR20DET swap, though they are harder to come by and pretty expensive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool swap. He seems to have done a very thorough job, too. I don't know about the wheel choice, and the price seems a little steep for me, but I'm not really a Nissan/Datsun guy. Maybe an enthusiast would pay it though.

      Is it just me or does the way the paint faded differently on the door to fender actually make it look even cooler?
      • 5 Years Ago
      LOL I have the Hot Wheels Bluebird 510 sitting on my desk here at work.

      I love the 510 and 240s, my first car was a 76 B210 it was a dog but a great car for a college kid.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      JDM yo
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks like it needs some rims and body work
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe some hubs and spokes to go with the rims? I would just go with wheels, myself.
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