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Alvin Gogineni's 1967 Datsun Roadster SPL311
By Jacob Isaac-Lowry
Aug 13, 2004, 03:28

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This week's Car of the Week spotlight is on Alvin Gogineni's 1967.5 Datsun Roadster SPL311. You can find Alvin roaming the AF boards under the name of 675datsun. This rare classic car is impressive on so many levels, from the exquisite exterior to the amazing level of engine and suspension work. If you happen to be lucky enough to live San Jose, home to Alvin and his SPL311, we strongly suggest you take the opportunity to look at this Car of the Week up close.

The Datsun Roadster's Current Mods

Engine
  • (S14) SR20DE drivetrain swap including:
    1. Functioning VTC with JWT ECU
    2. Nissan CONSULT feature
    3. All nuts/bolts zinc'd
    4. Powdercoated valvecover
    5. Custom intake piping to front of radiator
    6. C&R Racing radiator
    7. Stock exhaust mainfold ceramic coated
    8. Stock heat shield ceramic coated
    9. BORLA muffler
    10. JWT lightend aluminum flywheel(9lbs)
    11. JWT heavy duty clutch
    12. Shortened/balanced driveshaft
    13. B&M short shifter
    14. Custom throttle linkage
    15. Custom motor mounts
    16. Custom tranny mount
    17. Optima yellow top battery relocated to trunk
    18. 280zx fuel pump
    19. All Nissan fuel lines
    20. Functioning heater
    21. Hidden catch-can/air horn


    Suspension
  • KYB gas-adjust shocks all around
  • Custom front coil springs
  • 23mm NISMO front sway bar
  • Volvo 4-piston caliper conversion
  • NISMO rear leaf springs
  • 14" Panasport wheels
  • 195/60/15 Falken Azenis

    Interior
  • SPARCO Harnesses
  • 4-pt rollbar (powdercoated silver)
  • VDO/Classic Instrument gauges
  • Z32 300zx shift knob

    Exterior
  • Black lacquer paint
  • All chrome parts re-chromed
  • Driving lights
  • Amber turn signals
  • De-badged "DATSUN" fember emblems

    Miscellaneous
  • The SR motor completely transforms the roadster!
  • Swap performed by ZCarGarage

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    For this week's Car of the Week we thought we would focus on a different area of the tuning world. Instead of cars that are loaded with the widest variety of available parts we picked a vehicle that had some serious effort and custom work put into it. This Datsun Roadster is in immaculate condition and has been fortunate enough to have a very creative and dedicated owner. Custom engine swaps are not easy.

    When sifting through the applications for Car of the Week we look for cars with character - be it an amazing mod list, a publicized show car, all out track machine, or just a car that has a unique history with its owner. This SPL311 stood out among the rest and you can see why. We would like to congratulate Alvin on his automotive accomplishments and hope that he continues to build this impeccable classic Datsun.

    Don't forget to check back next week to get the scoop on AutomotiveArticles.com next Car of the Week.
    Keep the applications coming. Who knows, your car could be next!

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