DATSUN 120A-FII

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Model LF10A
Year
Engine
Transmission Semi-automatic
I noticed an ad on the internet mainly because it mentioned a semi-automatic Datsun. Until then I was not that interested in the F10 but because of the unusual gearbox I put in a bid. I never expected it would be accepted, but it was! I drove the car home and although it looked bad, it was quite solid. I replaced the bumpers, bonnet and fuel lid to get the car looking a bit better, painting the wheels and a new grille provided by a good friend finished it of quite nicely. It also needed a new head gasket, brake servo, rear brakes and a rear suspension arm to be fully functional and road legal again. The semi-automatic gearbox makes it a very nice and relaxing car to drive, especially on the motorway where the longer final drive makes it a lot less noisy than the 100A's. Originally I disliked the paint scheme done by the previous owner (mainly to hide some rust and filler without forking out for a made up batch of paint), now that I got used to it it will be kept like this at least until it gets resprayed completely. The original greeny gold metallic (nr. 351) is a strange colour, in the sun it is gold but the shady areas are more green, a very good colour for a seventies Datsun, it enhances the details the Japanese put into their bodies. Thanks to a lot of travelling and help of friends I now have nearly all the panels to be able to get the car in showroom condition again. It was with this car that I attended the excellent Japanese Automobile Extravaganza at Billing (UK) in 2000, on the way up I had a tiny problem with a drive shaft falling off and smashing through the aluminium sump. With help from my friends Fergus, Will, Eddie and Dave of the Datsun Owners Club I managed to repair the car and get to JAE in time. In 2001 I took the car up to Billing again and this time without any problems. Shortly afterwards I drove the car all the way to Norway and Finland. It did the 3500 km round trip without even needing the oil topping up! What a great little car.