I posted this in another forum, figured I'd just copy and paste it into here:
I have been a Datsun man my whole life. I grew up with my dad telling me stories about how he used to race his 510, 1200, and Roadster and just blow people away...while at the same time getting good gas mileage and being a blast to drive. When I was born my parents drove a Datsun STATION WAGON and my dad owned two 1970 1600 Roadsters which we used to play in all the time. When I was 4 we moved to Japan and took our Roadster with us. My dad bought a 1978 Sunny GX Coupe complete with dual SU's and all. I remember us driving back from Mt. Fuji on the expressway at speeds well over 100mph in that car (cause at the time I was scared he was going so fast!). Our family became friends with a Mr. Suzuki through a foreign exchange program, he was a very wealthy Japanese man and president of a sports car club out there, also a Datsun fanatic very much into racing/restoring. When we left Japan, we left our Roadster with him to be repainted/restored, which he did meticulously, but we ended up selling it to him cause my parents couldn't afford to ship it back at the time for some reason. Besides, my dad could still have fun in the near-new 280ZX (S-130) he bought while over there and shipped back with us. LOTS of memories associated with the 280ZX. All of my brothers and myself pretty much learned to drive stick in that car, it was my dad's daily driver from ~1984 to 1998 when we sold it to one of our best friends, who now is selling it BACK to my brother this summer! Anyways, in high school (1995) my dad got the chance to buy another 1200 (B110), so that became his new 'toy' and daily driver. We helped him tear it down, rebuild the engine, and turn it into a pretty quick and fun little car...I learned nearly all my mechanical/car stuff working on these cars. He bought another TWO 1200's as parts donors which I was given one to fix up and drive my senior year. I drove one of them well into college, and restored the other one in the mean time. Shortly after junking the first one and finishing the second one, I wrecked the newly restored one. Instead of moving on, I quickly found another one and trasferred all my 'goodies' to the rusted out one I got for $200. I drove, broke, fixed, got stranded, and loved/hated that car all the way through college, and bought a Primo condition one for my graduation present, thus sellin the rust bucket for $400 more than I bought it for. I still have the one I bought at graduation, and am getting ready to restore it all the way maybe next year. Currently it's just about the fastest car in town and my pride and joy (NOT the 240SX!). Anyways, back to the story, my brother started telling me about Silvia's back in high school and how you could get a well balanced RWD turbo car nearly comparable to the Skyline for half the price! I kept that in mind until after college when my brother moved back to Japan and bought a 180SX and told me about how much of a well balanced car it was. When I moved to Japan a year later with my Datsun, I had plans to install an SR20 out of a 180SX into my 1200. So I found a guy with a 180SX that had been trashed on the outside, but had LOW miles on it and otherwise was perfect. I bought it for $1000 and it became my daily driver because I loved driving it so much. I finally decided I'd find another one to 'drive' so I could do the engine swap with the current one and picked up a perfect red 180SX for $1200. I fixed that one up REALLY good and did lots of touge/mountain racing with it up in Okutama and the surrounding area while I did the engine swap on the Datsun. I eventually got into a bad wreck in the 180SX and pulled all my goodies off of it. Besides, I finished my Datsun and had to move anyway, so when I came back to the US I now had all these S13 parts, a love for convertibles, and no daily driver. Naturally I went on the lookout for a nice convertible which I found in Houston for $3000 with nothing wrong with it. Towed it home, threw my parts on, and swapped the engine all within 5 months and I LOVE it. It's taken some of the love away from my Datsun unfortunately, but I'll get to that car soon enough. Nothing has come close to cruising with the big Texas sky overhead, tunes blaring, and blow off valve and exhaust singing away in sweet melody. I love Nissans because they are VERY interchangeable, designed really really well, and I've been with them my whole life.