lower A-arms made up the suspension geometry. The entire front clip from the '94 Toyota was narrowed by four inches to fit within the confines of the 510's dimensions, and the project began taking shape.
Once the new frame was ready, Air Lift Performance suspension coupled with VIAIR compressors made it easy for Blottie to bring the car down to ground level. After making some custom strut mounts, the Air Lift bellows were slotted into place in the custom Toyota frame beneath the 510's body, and the car was ready to lay that frame on the ground.
A stock 13B just wouldn't do any justice to Blottie's creation, so it was soon time to add some bolt-on performance courtesy of Weber and Racing Beat. Weber velocity stacks funnel air through a 48mm IDA carburetor, which travels through a Racing Beat intake manifold before undergoing the wizardry that is Wankel engine combustion. To supply ample fuel for the increased air intake, a Holley fuel pressure regulator and fuel pump are put to use. All in, this setup is good for a little less than 200 wheel-horsepower, which may not seem like much, but it's more than enough for such a fun little platform.
Blottie's favorite aspect of his build is the contrast between the ratty exterior and the quality of everything underneath. “At first glance, most people will just see shiny wheels on a dilapidated car,” he writes, “but once you start looking at all of the custom work, you'll see that everything that was modified was done properly, painted or powdercoated, and built to work.” That idea is especially evident in the interior, where you're met with the Mk2 VW seats, Nardi steering wheel, Defi Advance ZD gauges, and Corbeau four-point harnesses – the perfect hints of modern day aftermarket parts in a custom classic.
Blottie's car was built on a budget, but that doesn't prevent it from being a total show stopper with more character than any other car in the room. Part of the idea for Blottie was to show that you can do great things in the car world without blowing your life savings. “You don't need an unlimited budget, the newest fanciest parts, or a $20,000 paintjob to enjoy a car, or even win at shows,” he says. “This car was built on a budget to take out to shows, abuse on the street, do burnouts, shoot fireballs, and make people stare!” This is definitely one of the best Datsun 510s out there, made especially cool with the use of some imagination and ingenuity to create something that can't be mimicked. What a twist!