Topic: Datsun 720 caged shell + BMW drivetrain, ran LeMons in '15, $1500, ATL
My friend (board member Mental) and I have come to the conclusion that owning a LeMons vehicle just doesn't work for us. I lack the mechanical skillset and time, and he lacks the time. So the truck has to go. I'll continue to run with my current race team, 3PM, and find myself a ride for when LeMons hits Atlanta this December.
So here are some details on the truck. It's a 1983 ('84 perhaps, I forget) Datsun 720 pick up. We ran it for 2 races in 2015. The suspension was fantastic, it handles incredibly well. In fact, I put it on the skidpad at the Mitty in 2015 and it pulled 1.154G…running older tires. We had continual engine issues as we were running a stock Datsun engine. It blew up at CMP Spring 2015 and has been sitting in my basement ever since. Engine, trans, wiring and dash are all out and gone. We bought a 1994 BMW 318i as a donor and stripped that down. We had intended to transplant the entire drivetrain in for now, and later possibly the BMW suspension. But we never got past stripping the BMW down and stripping the truck of its drivetrain, so the trucks’ suspension is still fully intact. The package would include:
Truck - fully caged (passed 2015 LeMons tech). As I mentioned, it handles better than a pick up truck should. Has custom made brake pads from Porterfield (race pads for a Datsun 720 don’t exist off the shelf). Adjustable panhard bar in the rear. And that wing…adds hella downforce yo!, and the chicks dig it. Believe it or not, the wing is actually adjustable too. The dude who built this truck wasn’t messing around. Custom front bumper is solid as a tank, you don’t want to get in this things’ way. With decent power, can be class C competitive in LeMons.
All BMW parts, including:
Entire drivetrain. I bought the car from Copart. Before we stripped it, we got it started and verified the engine runs well. Rev’s nicely, no noises, no smoke, no leaks. The car wouldn’t move, as when you let the clutch out, nothing happened…no grinding, no noises, no movement, almost like the clutch was disconnected. Shifter moved through the gears fine, clutch pedal felt normal, but car acted like clutch pedal was pressed in. Through some snooping, I tracked down the previous owner. It was at a mom and pop car dealer. Guy said he used it as his own daily driver for a few months while it was for sale. Said it ran great. Sold it to a kid who apparently went hooning with it. Drifted it into a tree with the right quarter panel and fled the scene. Dealer repo’d it and sent it to Copart. Drivetrain will include engine, trans, driveshaft, rear end, full wiring harness…though wires for a/c and radio were cut. We also have full suspension and front and rear subframes. Steering column and exhaust.
4 rims on 205/50/15 BFGoodrich Rivals, only used parts of 2 races in 2015. The rims were for Datsun hubs, so they wouldn’t fit if you swapped the existing hubs to the BMW hubs.
5 Nissan Pathfinder rims with 205/60/15 Fuzion HRi tires...unknown age, good tread, but probably best for just rolling around or shake down run (we did run them at Road Atlanta for HPDE in 2015 and they were fine). Same deal with the lug pattern as above.
Misc odds and ends…removable steering wheel, Kirkey aluminum seat, basic gauges, etc…
Here are some pictures of it from the 2015 Barber. It still looks exactly the same....it's in my basement on jackstands with hood and fenders off.
I also tried to take some photos to show the cage and suspension, but had a hard time because of the location in the basement. If you want more specific pics, just tell me what you want and I’ll get them for you.
Truck is located in Acworth, GA and the BMW stuff is in Mableton, about 25 minutes from my house.
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