SPECS
Horsepower
160 HP
Torque
140 LB-FT
Curb Weight
2150 LB
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
Engine Size
1.3 L
Transmission Type
5 speed
MPG (City/Highway)
1 MPG
VEHICLE STORY

Tell us the story behind your ride. What made you pick this particular one? Where did you find it? This car sat for 20 years in a field, rusting away.  I bought it for $200 to save it from getting scrapped. Describe the modifications you've made. Where did you start, what’s the most recent mod and what motivated it? Where to start?  Well, the underside of the car had major rust issues, so we cut out the unibody structure and built a custom frame for it!  The roll cage and frame support the car, so the body can stay rusty. The front suspension is from a 1994 Toyota pickup- we narrowed it 4" from stock, and made custom upper and lower control arms to support the air suspension.  Drop spindles help it to lay flat on the ground as well. Out back, the stock independent rear suspension was raised 4 inches to help correct camber and prevent the axle shafts from binding when the car is dropped.  The car lays the rockers flat on the ground when aired out. The interior sheetmetal was rebuilt from scratch using 18 gauge steel.  The firewall, floors, and rear panels were cut, formed, and bead rolled, then welded into the car.  I painted the firewall, but the rest of the sheetmetal was just sanded and clear coated to show off the work.  Seats are Recaros from a MK2 Volkswagen, and the steering wheel is a Nardi woodgrain model. Under the hood is a 13b rotary from a 1991 Mazda RX7.  I stripped the fuel injection off of the motor and went with a Weber 48mm carburetor on a Racing Beat manifold.  The header and exhaust are all stainless steel with V-band clamps, and it has been heat-wrapped from the header to the rear suspension. The wheels are BBS RS 15 x 7s up front and 8 inches in the rear.  The centers were polished and copper-plated, and the lips and hexes were polished.  Tires are tiny 165/50-15 in the rear and 165/45-15 up front. Of all the mods you’ve made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck? The rotary engine definitely gets the most attention.  It's loud when you're moving, and it looks weird when you walk past it. Aside from that, the air suspension was a must.  Laying the car on the ground when I park draws a crowd! How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share? For the air suspension, I just chose the same parts I recommend for my customers- Air Lift Performance for the controls and Viair for the compressors. When I reached a point in the build where I didn't have prior experience, I read forums, searched Google, and talked to other people to see which companies and parts to choose.  For example, Racing Beat was my go-to for anything rotary-related- they've been around for decades, and know their stuff. As for tips, just do a ton of research before you dig into anything.   What are you planning next? I've got a few projects waiting for their turn, but for now I'm just enjoying this one! What’s been the biggest challenge with this build? Time and money.  As always!

Discuss this build

[]Bret Svoboda

Is that a Haro on top? nice setup.

[]Phil Blottie

Yessir! '87 Haro FSX. Same model I had as a kid.

[]Bret Svoboda

Nice, I still have my Skyway Streetbeat and I fixed it up a couple years ago.

[]Phil Blottie

That's awesome. My original Haro was stolen out of my garage back in the 80s, so this one is just a tribute. Haha
I also have a '93 GT Pro-Series and an '87 Schwinn Predator- those are both in original shape (and the Predator needs a restoration badly).

[]Bret Svoboda

3 years ago or so I bought an anniversary Skyway 24" TA F&F. Some guys bought a bunch of old Skyway tear drop pipes from the Skyway factory and were authorized to create new frames from the old bars. This one came in black with gold flakes. I am thinking of painting my new 280zx to match.

[]Andrew Johnson

This is awesome! I love that you've kept the exterior ware 👍🏼

[]Ryan Burkett

I love Datsun's and this one is certainly no exception!

[]Ernie Szots

No words. Beyond cool.

[]Phil Blottie

Thanks!

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