So, Why did you buy a Roadster?

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Re: So, Why did you buy a Roadster?

Post by 2mAn » Wed May 01, 2019 1:16 pm

Sounds like its time to start a thread about the car and the progress. Excited for your journey
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Re: So, Why did you buy a Roadster?

Post by greydog » Wed May 01, 2019 3:15 pm

Very cool that your wife is a part of the crime too.
Mine had a good time hunting parts for our cars. Now, if I could just get her to do paint work......
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Re: So, Why did you buy a Roadster?

Post by lettsride75 » Thu May 02, 2019 11:14 am

a few pics. The day we bought it, after it had it's first wash, and current pics.
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Re: So, Why did you buy a Roadster?

Post by funkaholik » Tue May 14, 2019 11:50 pm

These are some great stories! Excellent idea, starting this thread, to learn how we all got bit by the Roadster bug.

For me, I had seen a few Roadsters and really liked their style. In 1992, living in San Jose, CA, my girlfriend said she wanted to buy a little convertible, but didn't know much about cars, and could I help. Sure. I showed her pictures of MG's, Alfas, Fiats, and Datsuns. I also mentioned the Japanese reliability of the latter, and the oil leaks and questionable electrics sometimes associated with the others. After a few test drives, she fell in love with a 1970 1600 and bought it from the original owners for $2000. It was bone stock, smog pump and all, and still wore all of its faded original silver paint. We drove all over in that car, and she learned how to do basic maintenance and got her hands dirty helping me with bigger jobs, too. In 1994 she decided to sell it, and since I'd fallen in love with the car by then, I bought it from her. It was my daily driver there in San Jose and later when I moved to Santa Monica. One highlight was driving with the top down on Route 66. In 1998 I got a job in Thailand, and the Roadster, by now with a leaky rear main seal and a bluish tint to its exhaust, was put into storage. Eventually I moved back to California, and the car has moved a few times with me, patiently waiting to be back on the road. Now that I finally have a sweet garage and a little more time, "Audrey" is currently getting the attention she deserves.


Circa 1992:
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And, 1995:
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And, today:
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Re: So, Why did you buy a Roadster?

Post by spl310 » Wed May 15, 2019 6:32 am

You still have the car, but what about the girlfriend?
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Re: So, Why did you buy a Roadster?

Post by 2mAn » Wed May 15, 2019 11:23 am

spl310 wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 6:32 am
You still have the car, but what about the girlfriend?
Was Audrey the GFs name?

Also, I vote to leave the original paint on it, in all of its patina'd glory.

Whats the plan for the powerplant?
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Re: So, Why did you buy a Roadster?

Post by funkaholik » Wed May 15, 2019 12:16 pm

The girlfriend and I aren't together anymore. It was a tumultuous relationship, but we're actually still friends and I went to her wedding years later. "Audrey" is named for Audrey Hepburn, who played Eliza Doolittle in, of course, My Fair Lady. Pretty transparent, I know. I have named my ugly duckling '70 parts car Eliza.

I agree about the paint (or lack thereof). It's only original once, right? My plan is to sort out all the mechanics and drive her with her natural patina for now. I am rebuilding the original R16 with a U20 crank for an R20 stroker. Engine is apart and goes to Rebello soon. If anyone is interested in the progress, I have a build thread here on 311s: viewtopic.php?f=29&t=19067&p=292950#p292950

Looking forward to reading more "Why I bought a Roadster" stories...
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1970 Datsun SPL311-29945, owned since '94
1970 Datsun SPL311-29524, rusty parts car
1967 Mustang, 428, 5 speed
1969 Camaro convertible, 327, auto
1981 VW Rabbit Truck, 1.6 turbo diesel
...Oh, and a daily driver.