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    West Virginia
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    2003 Buick Park Avenue, 1967 Datsun RL411
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    Performance Tuning of Sport Compact Cars
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    College Student
  1. My father and I have been searching for a lightweight flywheel for our R16 in our 411. We have found where others have been able to achieve this, yet without any sources as to how. Would anyone happen to know how we would be able to achieve finding such an item?
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    Project Datsun RL411 (The resurrection)

    Update: Quite a lot has been done for this restoration. My father and I have been working hard to give this car a second chance at life. I'll post a more detailed explanation of what's going on with pictures. In a nutshell, we got the clutch issue fixed. After that, the engine and transmission have been removed for rebuild. Plus a lot more.
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    Project Datsun RL411 (The resurrection)

    Here are some updated pictures of the project so far. New Banjo fittings look cool. Pressure regulator, Gauge might be a dud. Cheap fix. The new MSD And the two new fuse blocks Brand new alternator. Fuel cell setup Nice powerful fuel pump. New plate for Cell to come soon. Cleaned up dash cluster, plus new gauges. Going to paint needles soon.
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    Project Datsun RL411 (The resurrection)

    New update: Finally got it to fire up. A lot has been done to it so far. I'll post better pictures in my next post. Link to the video: From my page: From my fathers page: The story so far... Carburetors: After installing the fuel cell and finishing the lines to the fuel cell. What we had to do was replace the 12 mm x 1.25 Banjo bolt/fitting. For that, we went back to Jegs. Which they had a replacement from Vibrant performance. Only issue was the thread size for the bolt was 1.5 not 1.25. Which isn't an issue considering I already have two good stock bolts and I only need the banjo fittings themselves. After waiting for around a month, I contacted Jegs who then contacted Vibrant performance. The representative from Vibrant said that the part wouldn't be shipped until August 12. So, while waiting for those, we went with plan B. Went to Summit racing who also had a Banjo fitting kit. This time with the correct Bolt size and thread length. Yet, it went to a -06 AN line not -04. For the sake of continuing this project, we ordered those and got them the next day and installed them. Wiring: It was a mess. Reminded me of spaghetti. Luckily, my father found the original wiring diagram online. So with that, we was able to strip out/replace the bad and clean up the wiring to the car. Considering that we installed an MSD. We decided it to be best to have two fuse blocks to handle it all. The battery was also relocated to the trunk. The dashboard was taken out and cleaned up. As well as replacing the old burnt out lights. We also obtained a three way cluster (Oil, voltage, temperature) as well as an old school Sun tachometer. Plus we had to disassemble the steering column to clean up the clock spring assembly. The indicator lights on the front of the car have been removed for cleaning and repair. Everything Else: Next steps are to tie things up and fine tune the engine to get it to run smoother including another oil change and flushing out the radiator. Then on to making sure the brakes and drive train still operate properly. One step at a time.
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    hi everyone

    Wow, nice find. Interesting color the previous owner or who ever chose. I see you have the notorious rust issues on the rear quarter panel. I got the same issue on mine. I never seen anyone actually swap in a whole J15 into a 411. Although, I've got the heavy duty oil pump from one installed on my 411 because of it's better performance compared to the stock pump the R16 came with (80 psi vs 45 psi). Keep up the hard work. I would like to see more pictures.
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    Project Datsun RL411 (The resurrection)

    Thank you for the suggestion. Though, the stock setup was kept. Also, I obtained a fuel pump and regulator from Jegs which is more than sufficient compared to any stock like alternative. Right now, I'm trying to fix the issues with the carbs so I can at least get the engine running to see how well it runs.
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    Project Datsun RL411 (The resurrection)

    Update: Cut out the spare tire tub in the trunk to make room for a custom mount for the fuel cell. The reasoning behind it is because the original has rusted out beyond repair. Though I wish it wasn't that way. Either way, it has been cut out to where if I want to I can put another tub in there. Yet, for now I think the fuel cell is a much more modern and safer alternative. Pictures: Pictures of the rust, thank you mother nature, your beauty has no bounds. :D Pictures of the new mounting plate, It's gonna be in two pieces. One to hold the cell, the small piece as a cover flap to the back of the cell. Also, while fixing the Carbs I found damage to the fuel intake. Considering how old and rare the corroded piece is. I've decided to go with a new fitting, preferably an 45 or 90 degree adapter. The reason being is that when the Hitachi/SU company made these carbs, they somehow mixed English and metric units. I searched for a 1.25 MPT to a 6/an fitting. I checked all the places in my area that might specialize in this. None of those places could find a fix. So now I'm faced with either diggin around the web for another set of carbs with the part I need or bore out the fitting to a size that will work, which would be easier in the end.
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    Project Datsun RL411 (The resurrection)

    Thank you guys, glad to be part of an entire forum dedicated to the Datsun brand. A couple things that I forgot to mention was that during it's conversion from PL to RL. The cross member was changed out with one from an RL, so it has disc brakes in the front. Wow, nice Thankyou for the help. Parts are so hard to find. I've got a few extras in storage (will get list and pics soon). The main parts that this car needs is a front windshield and rocker panel chrome strips.
  9. I'm now in the possession of my fathers 1967 Datsun RL 411 Bluebird. The opportunity came and now I'm currently in the progress of rebuilding it back up to street worthy condition. It's got a long history being my fathers project car since 1979. He's had a few 411's and a 510 before this one. Now he's passed his 411 down to me to keep it alive. I'll try to update this topic as often as possible to keep you all up to date. My father converted his from a PL to RL back in 1980, 1981. Here is his list of modifications: 1967 Datsun RL-411 1598cc R Type Engine Standard transmission: 4 speed Modification list: Cylinder head shaved .080 30210-20111 original Datsun Heavy Duty pressure plate. Custom 2" exhaust from manifold to end. Free flow muffler. Keep distributor set at 8 degrees advanced at idle. Balanced drive shaft. Helper springs on rear shocks to eliminate rear sag. Improved center of gravity. Five leaf rear leaf springs from a 1978 Datsun 620 pickup. Custom rear anti-sway bar. Custom steering wheel. Superior Magnesium wheels. Cooper 185-70R13 tires. License: Have Fun. Taken from the old mid 1990's Nissan commercial slogan. Believe it or not. This will own a stock PL 510 from a standing 1/8 or 1/4 mile run by 3 car lengths or more. Built specifically for red light to red light. But rarely practiced. Has never been to an official dragstrip. Street only. Secret: The pressure plate. Much more horsepower at the rear wheels. Possible problems with pressure plate: Stripped 2nd gear and later a ring gear in the differential. All too easy to repair the transmission. All too easy to replace the differential. Here are the pictures from the peak of his last attempt. Pictures of the move to the new super secret location in the mountains where the resurrection will be occurring. The new air compressor I got that's key to the whole project. Crappy pictures of the engine bay, I will get better ones soon. Pictures of the Carbs getting cleaned: Pictures of the carbs after they're finished. I worked hard to polish those bowls. They look better than brand new. Pictures of Parts that have been bought: List of Parts from jeg's: -Street Fire CD Multi Spark Ignition -Electric fuel Pump w/regulator -MSD High Performance Blaster Coil -Fuel Cell -Braded Fuel Lines -Fuel Pressure gauge -Fittings, adapters, hose ends -Plus a couple shirts and free hats. List of General parts before I went to Jeg's: -New Starter -Standard Fuel Pump -Fuel Filter -Fuel Lines -Oil Additive Also, I took out the old gas tank with the hopes of re using it. The outside was nice and clean. The inside was a scene from Silent Hill. Full of rust, which is why I got the fuel Cell. The current goal is to get the car in running condition. Then I'm going to take the engine out so I can clean up the engine bay for the MSD and other higher performance goodies. Then, after that, I'm going to restore the body.

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