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SLOWPOKE - 1971 1400DX Bluebird 4dr

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You guys remember Granny, my 1972 1400DX that was totaled back in the end of 2017...

 

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Well, although I did/do have plans to rebuild - I know it is not going to happen any time soon so every since that time - I had been looking for another Bluebird to bring over to play with and drive in the interim.

 

 

Unfortunately, the prices have kept rising in Japan - possibly faster than here.  Decent cars are price between 2,000,000 - 3,000,000 Yen (~$20-30K) and many of those are "restored" so who knows what is under the fresh paint.  Not to mention that $20-30K is just to buy the car - you still have to get it here.

 

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On the other end of the spectrum are cars like this:

 

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Which would still cost nearly $10,000 just to put in my driveway by the time you buy the car, pay the agent commission, ship it, pay customs and all other fees, taxes, etc..

 

I did find a few to inquire about like this one with an opening bid of 1,470,000 Yen.  Basically a carbon copy of Granny but with a price 2x what I paid.

 

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This '69 was close with a starting bid of 1,000,000 Yen  (I don't remember what it was bid to)

 

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This '71 was in similar condition to Granny but listing for 2,500,000 Yen!!!

 

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I actually bid on this one but lost out to someone taking the BIN price of 750,000 Yen. 

 

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It would have been a project - the interior was pretty roached - but at the time I figured I'd just swap over all of grannies goodies.

 

Then I tried to buy this one at the dealer auction but it was pulled before the auction ended (apparently common in Japan?)

 

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This one looked good but there was only one picture - and still, listed for 1,800,000 Yen. 

 

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Whitebird even came up for sale on BAT during this time which was awfully tempting.  I figured it would be a stretch but had many of the mods I'd be planning and it was already in the US.  It was bid to $20K and didn't sell though.  I assume a post auction offer led to a new home.

 

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I don't know why I can't find it now but there was another one that I was 2nd in line on but the first one on site took it.  : (  I was losing hope...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Then, at the end of October 2019, this one showed up again, but with more pictures this time and a significantly lower list price - 1,200,000 Yen.

 

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So I started work with my importer to see if I could get more information and details on post purchase expenses to see if it would fit my budget.

Obviously there was some front end damage but it looked minimal in these tiny pics so worth exploring...

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Here are some copies of the actual ad (this one was listed by a dealer - not an auction) in both japanese and english.

Not much info about the car itself - other than identifying it as a 1500DX (which doesn't exist)

 

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And the photos from the ad.  At our prompting - they added a large number of them to the listing.

 

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This was definitely enough to continue my interest in the car.

 

 

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At this point I'm thinking left front damage aside - it appears to be a pretty solid car - VERY important when considering a car from Japan - and original paint as best I can tell.  So I ask Maiko, now with Davey Japan, to discuss with the lot owner both the price and the ability for us to come view and drive the car.

 

Davey sent out Patrick to view the car.  I believe he is from Australia (so he speaks English) which was great because he was able to call me on the phone while looking at the car so he could answer any specific questions I had.  He was not really familiar with Bluebirds but was able to confirm to the best of his judgement that the car was original as presented. 

 

The car was running but not drive-able due to a clutch issue.  I suspected it was just frozen to the flywheel but I couldn't convince him or the lot owner to try to break it free.  He also sent some additional photos.

 

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Note L14 engine size - not L15 as advertised.

 

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Nissan tool kit!

 

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Crash damage appears to be limited to area around headlight - no further into the chassis.

 

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Crash victims

 

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Nice interior!

 

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Funky clearcoat (?)

 

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What rust though?

 

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Must have been just a glancing blow...

 

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Spare parts to be included with the car

 

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more spares

 

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Well....  Nothing left to do now but make up my mind! 

Is this the one?

 

 

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Make up my mind I did and a week later, there was a Bluebird shaped hole in my bank account and the car was in the care of https://www.daveyjapan.com/

 

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They were already working with Adam from http://sodo-moto.com/ - putting together a container from their location very near to where the car was purchased.  This was awesome news because overland transport can be VERY expensive in Japan.  Plus I have worked with Adam before and am sure the car will make the trip and subsequent import process with little drama.

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Because the car was now coming in a container, I got to do some shopping for some JDM wheels and a pair of Recaro seats.

 

Buying a single set of wheels and shipping them from Japan to the US can be pretty expensive so I was hoping that sending them in the container would be much more economical.  I found all my wheels here:

 

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And used Davey Japan to bid on them for me, then they had them shipped to their facility for collection.  It worked really well.

 

I found a nice set of Recaro LX seats as well from here:

 

https://buyee.jp/item/search/query/set/category/2084048324?searchHis=1

 

All to be revealed later...  I had to wait for months so I'm sure you guys can handle a day or two.  : )

 

P.S.  If any of you are looking for refurbished Recaros - I hear nothing but good things about this guy:

 

https://www.mckrecaroseatscars.com/

 

Since the purchase was confirmed, I also went ahead and bought the parts I could tell I would need (fender, bumper, trim, etc) from https://www.futofab.com so I would have it in hand when the car arrived.  Dave is awesome isn't he?  So glad he's helping us keep our cars on the road.

 

 

 

 

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I misspoke a little above.  It wasn't until the end of December that I actually paid for the car.  They held the invoice until all the wheels and seats had arrived so they could do it all at once.  They also needed to verify the actual container and what not.  Taking the month to shop made the time go by pretty quick - but I was still excited for this thing to get on the water.

 

Finally, on January 17th, Maiko sent word with shipping details:

 

Vessel : DONGJIN HIGHNESS / 0016N

ETD : FEB 6

ETA : FEB 25 (Tacoma)

 

And then the real excitement began as Maiko sent pictures of the container load.  My Bluebird, wheels, and seats along with all of Adam's cars and parts.

 

First pics of my car loaded up with all the spare parts.

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Then all the palatalized goodies:

 

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Then the container:

 

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That's my Bluebird under the Honda City Turbo, sharing the floor with an Autozam AZ1 and nearly every part off of a Subaru Impreza except for the actual chassis.  Also a pair of moto-comp scooters.  I'm sure they all had plenty to talk about during the journey.

 

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Have a safe trip little buddy!

 

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February 24, Adam is notified that the vessel is delayed due to Corona-virus issues in transit.

 

Oh boy..

 

Now showing 3/4 arrival into Seattle.

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