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jonbeans
Jon Bean

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68 Sprite w/Datsun L28 Swap?
Posted by: jonbeans
Date: January 31, 2013 01:12AM

Anybody ever try or heard of putting a Datsun L28 in a sprite? I'd really like to give it a go but not sure if it would be a reasonable swap. Thanks.


socorob
Robbie
La
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09/17/2009 04:42PM

Main British Car:
1963 Sunbeam Alpine Series 2 Ford 2.8 V6

Re: 68 Sprite w/Datsun L28 Swap?
Posted by: socorob
Date: January 31, 2013 09:10AM

Those are heavy and only had about 160ish hp. You could get the same out of a 4 cylinder these days in a much smaller, lighter, modern package.


DiDueColpi
Fred Key
West coast - Canada
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What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?

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Re: 68 Sprite w/Datsun L28 Swap?
Posted by: DiDueColpi
Date: May 17, 2013 03:26AM

Funny that you should ask Jon.
I did that exact swap into a 65 midget in the late 70's.
The engine was built up as a 3.0L with a diesel crank.
It ran a custom Shadbolt cam, Wiesco pistons, BMW rods and triple weber DCOE carbs.
It was ridiculously fast for the day and sounded absolutely fantastic.
The engine took up the entire engine bay including the heater area plus some.
I remember sectioning the fire wall right up to the back of the dash.
The trans tunnel was built as part of the roll cage/tube frame and also served as part of the seat sides.
The shifter came out somewhere near the trunk and had to have a remote linkage made up for it.
The drive shaft as I recall was 13'' long and mated to a TR4 rear end. (which held up well compared to the 3 previously race built midget rears).
I sold the car after I got married, the lovely Lynne climbed through the roll cage one time only, while pregnant with our first child.
My buddy still has the car and I would buy it back in a heartbeat if he would sell it.
It still sounds incredible with it's old fashioned lumpy cam.
And even by today's standards it's really, really fast.
Cheers
Fred


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
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10/12/2007 02:16AM

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71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: 68 Sprite w/Datsun L28 Swap?
Posted by: Moderator
Date: May 17, 2013 10:03AM

Quote:
My buddy still has the car and I would buy it back in a heartbeat if he would sell it.
It still sounds incredible with it's old fashioned lumpy cam.
And even by today's standards it's really, really fast.

Sounds like the two of you could probably piece together a great How-It-Was-Done article!


Bugeyev8
Brian Marshall
San Leandro CA
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12/16/2008 08:53PM

Main British Car:
1960 Bugeye, 1974 MGB,Triumph TR8 1.2 115 Hp 1275 in the Bugeye, Nissan Ka24DE in MG

Re: 68 Sprite w/Datsun L28 Swap?
Posted by: Bugeyev8
Date: May 25, 2013 11:20AM

why ??


DiDueColpi
Fred Key
West coast - Canada
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What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?

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Re: 68 Sprite w/Datsun L28 Swap?
Posted by: DiDueColpi
Date: July 10, 2013 01:45AM

If you're asking the question Brian, then there's no way to articulate a response that would satisfy you.
Cheers
Fred


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