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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!

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