Datsun 1200 — Ian McShean (Pro-Sport)

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One of the first things pointed out to us by the owner of the Rotang Datsun (1200), Ian McShean, was that it’s very ev­i­dently a “skid pig turned drift car”. Bear that in mind, and the fact that, with a car of this age and style, there isn’t much in the way of af­ter­mar­ket sup­port, let alone that which would al­low mas­sive lock.

To im­prove upon the sit­u­a­tion, Dar­ryl from EFI & Turbo was em­ployed to graft in a set of mod­i­fied S14 knuck­les; they have been cut down and crack tested, while the front arms re­main fac­tory S14 ex­am­ples that have been trans­ferred over and per­suaded to fit.

“We had to get an ex­emp­tion to run the S14 steer­ing rack be­cause of the mount­ing points,” said Ian, “but we can’t dial out the cam­ber caused by the set-up due to the reg­u­la­tions around strut tow­ers.”

The amount of room the small-statured wagon of­fers cer­tainly doesn’t help, leav­ing much to be de­sired when try­ing to craft al­ter­na­tive com­po­nents. While the front runs S14 coilovers, the rear uti­lizes a sim­ple flipped leaf-spring sys­tem, with cus­tom tramp rods to pre­vent the live-axle diff from pin­ion­ing. “It’s like driv­ing a wheel­bar­row … there’s no power-steer­ing, so the arm pump is pretty in­cred­i­ble, and it will grip a lot [when] putting power down, and get loose off the power — it’s a weird con­cept.”

STRUTS: (F) S14 COILOVERS, (R) FLIPPED LEAF SPRINGS KNUCK­LES: MOD­I­FIED S14 ARMS: (F) FAC­TORY S14, (R) CUS­TOM TRAMP RODS

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