Any Value in Keeping the 1600?

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Any Value in Keeping the 1600?

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We are downsizing and I'll need to choose soon whether to keep and store the "spare" 1600 and (probably) original rad, 4-speed & drive shaft, or dispose of them. The engine number matches the frame.

I've had a look at some of the threads discussing the merits and market values of original vs swapped & modified Roadster (the drivetrain now has a U20 with 5-speed; the dash is a modified flat-dash...more info if you look up SPL311 17277 here), and it seems there is a 50-50 split on the opinions of the value of all original vs swapped & modified. Seems there is truth to the saying that the car is worth exactly what a buyer is willing to pay for it.

Unless there is a strong argument for not keeping the original drivetrain, I'm leaning towards prepping and wrapping it all to keep for the long-term.

I'm open to thoughts...thanks.
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Re: Any Value in Keeping the 1600?

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Might be a rare and valuable item in 50 years. Will you be here to capitalize on it. I don’t think that for the foreseeable future there will be any great value in converting back to original. That being said, I am reluctant to dispose of any of my old parts despite their deplorable condition. Much to my kids dismay I am fortunate to have room to store them. If you are like most of us, our children will throw away all sorts of valuable items simply because they don’t know their true worth.
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Re: Any Value in Keeping the 1600?

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Ah yeah
You may have to go back stock
Engine swaps are not really insurable , cause it ceases to be a Datsun 311 at that point . I've never seen a policy that allowed a completely different engine
I've kinda dropped talking of it but it fits here , don't need a discussion on it
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Re: Any Value in Keeping the 1600?

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If you have the space, why not?! Down the road if you, or your kids sell it, I think it would be a pretty major bonus to say "I have the original matching #'s Block/drivetrain" either included or at additional cost- it could be a good kicker for the deal.
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Re: Any Value in Keeping the 1600?

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I am saving the complete original numbers rolling chassis & engine to sell with the swapped out rolling chassis the body sits on now.
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Re: Any Value in Keeping the 1600?

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Thanks for the feedback.

Of our 3 kids, our son is the most interested in the car, its history and heritage. So I'll continue with my drift towards the "someday, maybe" 1600 rebuilt, and make it into "our" long-term project. He has his 2008 Subaru Legacy wagon to make his own first (a long list of tweaks...everything from mud flaps to cold air intakes and suspension) and I still have an equally long list for the Roadster.

So far, storage space is going to be a bit tricky ... but not impossible.

I'll read up on prepping the engine & tranny for safe, long-term storage.

Thanks again ... it is great to have a forum to throw an idea out there and have comments and other people's experiences shared.
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Re: Any Value in Keeping the 1600?

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So, when you say "downsizing" does that mean you are getting rid of things, or moving to a smaller place?
If you can hold onto the original items you'll be able to offer a more complete package if you elect to sell down the road.
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Re: Any Value in Keeping the 1600?

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Yes to both ... on the downsizing. I need to get rid of about 6 bins of extra parts, and we are moving to a smaller place. The engine is the most problematic due to the weight. But I think new heavy duty castors replacing what the engine is on now might do the trick. Hopefully over the next 4 - 6 weeks I'll be able to get most sorted and sent to those who have the need or the space. Tricky part is shipping things out of the country ... it is possible, it just takes a while.
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