Where did you DRIVE this weekend? (Roadsters only!)

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Re: Where did you DRIVE this weekend? (Roadsters only!)

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I drove to South San Francisco. It was 37F when I left in the morning but it was bearable doing 75-80mph top down. Why subject myself to unnecessary wind chill? I was going to meet Ed, a new Datsun Roadster!

It was a beautiful, clear day:
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Ed recently acquired this '69 SRL, powered by a hot-rodded L-Series with Mikuni induction. It even has (imperceptible) widened steel wheels!
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Specs on the L-Series:
Z22 short block bored to 89mm, KA24 pistons
L4 U67 cylinder hear, 35/42 valves, mild Isky :475 camshaft (.475"/270)
Dual Mikuni phh44s, Comp Intake manifold and linkage
Ceramic coated TEP header
280ZX 5-speed transmission
Lightened steel flywheel, Roadster pressure plate and clutch disc


We were able to hang for a bit in the evening talking Datsuns. Really happy for Ed as he's smitten with the car, previously owned by racer/enthusiast Troy Tinsley (troyt).
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We didn't have time for a drive but I made a short video of our meeting, and Ed left his mark with a nice burnout :lol:




The 9pm drive home from SSF to San Jose made me miss my hardtop dearly but hey, it's part of the adventure when you #doitinadatsun 🥶
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Starting 2022 off the right way with a New Year's Day drive!
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Full report here:
https://www.zcarblog.com/2022/01/01/eve ... -2022.html

On Saturday 1/1/22 I joined a group of friends for a drive through the Santa Cruz Mountains. It was a surprisingly large group (16+ cars) and everyone had a blast.
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When I left home and hit the freeway it was 36 degreesF...I think I figured out how to stay reasonably warm at low speed but 85-90mph cruising my fingers start to freeze :lol:
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We had six S30 Z cars and three Datsun 510s, all body styles!
Glenn's RHD, Fairlady Z:
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Our leader Geoff's Lotus 7:
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The recent rains left us with lush scenery. It was so clear we could see across to the Pacific. We took Bear Creek Rd to HWY9, 35 to alpine and 84 back up to Alice's Restaurant:
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Lots of cool cars at Alice's. A Model A powered by a Flathead-4, hot rodded a bit:
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Here's a video from the day:


Here's to more DRIVING in 2022!
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Roadster was dirty from New Year's drive. Lat weekend I washed it and went for a drive to dry it off thoroughly :D

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Sunday drive. Almost 70F!
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Re: Where did you DRIVE this weekend? (Roadsters only!)

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No Hard Top yet?
No Hard Top for 2022?. YES!
Could be real cold soon, You know, below 60!
:lol: :lol: :lol: :? :roll:

Ted.
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ted heaton wrote: Sun Jan 23, 2022 8:53 pm No Hard Top yet?
No Hard Top for 2022?. YES!
Could be real cold soon, You know, below 60!
:lol: :lol: :lol: :? :roll:

Ted.
Brother Ted,
Hardtop is being touched up:
viewtopic.php?p=328298#p328298

40's is my limit. But more important, the wind noise topless is atrocious for capturing video of other cars.
Must. Get. Hardtop. Back
:lol:

EDIT
it does look better without a top though :D
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Hello Alvin-

Like you I hate the wind noise and all the air rushing forward between the seats. High windshield car might be worse. It would be pretty easy to add some plexiglas to your roll bar. I had to make my own mount. I now enjoy less noise and it is warmer too. The only real drawback now is all the extra noise I get when I am around Ted.

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First drive of 2022.
Finally a nice, dry. sort of warm,(47) sort of sunny, Seattle day.
Short 73 mile drive to a favorite destination. Mi Si view point near North Bend WA.
Ted

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DROPS Roadster Drive Today. Saturday. 1-29-22. 78 miles. Snoqualmie Valley.
Short drive with DROPS members, Dan R and David N. High 40's. High clouds.
Snoqualmie Valley loop to Snohomish and Monroe.
Lunch break at the Snohomish air field.

Ted

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Sunday drive to Fremont for a photoshoot of this special Datsun 240Z
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You can read all about it here:
https://www.zcarblog.com/2022/01/28/per ... rqued.html

What really made this drive fun was using the roadster as a camera car to take rolling shots and video of the 240Z. The location was beautiful with almost mirror-like water, so naturally I had to take a few snaps of my car :D
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My friend also joined us in his 510 Wagon, so we had the "trifecta" of Datsun:
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It was an epic evening!
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ted heaton wrote: Sat Jan 29, 2022 9:25 pm DROPS Roadster Drive Today. Saturday. 1-29-22. 78 miles. Snoqualmie Valley.
Short drive with DROPS members, Dan R and David N. High 40's. High clouds.
Snoqualmie Valley loop to Snohomish and Monroe.
Lunch break at the Snohomish air field.

Ted

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Last Saturday's Drive:
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DROPS Roadster Drive today. Friday. 2-11-22. 64 1500. Granite Falls. 126 miles.
A beautiful Winter day in the PNW. Sunny and upper 40's.
With DROPS members Dan R, David N. Don A and John V (610).
One of our favorite routes in the Snoqualmie Valley and N to Sultan and Granite Falls.
Lunch break at deserted, "private", Lake Roesiger Park!

Ted

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DROPS Roadster Drive Today. Sunday. 2-13-22. 64 1500. Enumclaw Loop. 125 miles.
Nearly Summer!. Warm 60 and sunny for an early pre–Super Bowl drive
with DROPS members Dan R, David N and Ted Jr.
A favorite short drive in the flat farm lands around Enumclaw, SE of Seattle.
Great views of open fields and Mt Rainier.

Ted

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SPL31003054 1964 1500
SPL31112958 1967.5 1600 S15 SR20DET
SRL31105015 1968 2000 S13 SR20DET
SRL31112326 1969 2000 Honda VTEC