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Unread 05-31-2012, 02:20 AM   #1
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As of right now I have a 1991 Mustang Notchback V8 5.0. I love it! but i also want a 1970-1971 Datsun 510 Coupe. I was thinking about fixing one or the other up over the course of summer. But my question is which has more potential for more speed.

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It depends on how much money you're willing to spend putting a V8 in the Datsun. The Datsun is a different type of car entirely, designed to go around corners above all else, while your Mustang is more of a muscle car than anything else.
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Widebody Datsun would be sick!

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So in all honesty the datsun would be better?

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So in all honesty the datsun would be better?
Better is a relative term.

It's all about what you like, don't let us sway your decision or you may end up getting something you truly don't want.
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I agree, if you were in CA and some other states the older vehicle is to your advantage because inspection/smog laws are so much more lax. The 510 makes for a cool sleeper and is definitely much more rare than the Mustang, however the Mustang has a super strong aftermarket following with cheap and easy performance upgrades. However with a Mustang, you will never really be truly unique.

I say Datsun, or even for a compromise, I say look into getting something like a Fox LTD, Fairmont, Fairmont Futura which is the same exact car as the Mustang, just much more sleeperish:





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It depends on how much money you're willing to spend putting a V8 in the Datsun. The Datsun is a different type of car entirely, designed to go around corners above all else, while your Mustang is more of a muscle car than anything else.
Pony Car, not a Muscle Car. You don't have to put a V8 in the Datsun, if it were me I'd go for something light like a Nissan turbo 4 swap or a VQ v6. I think a VQ V6 would be sick. He could always put the M45 4.5L V8 in it, but I think its heavier than the VQ and doesnt make that much more power.
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I'd drop a VH45DE in it.

Plenty of power and a LOT of headroom to work with for forced induction. Forged internals? Yespls.
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So in all honesty the datsun would be better?

Datsun would be better for cornering. Mustang would be better for ruining rear tires and launching hard off stoplights, it's heft hurting it in the corners.


If you prefer running ricers at the lights you'll be better off with the Mustang. If you like carving corners the Datsun may be the better buy.

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Pony Car, not a Muscle Car.
V8 in the front? Check. Rear tires unable to last more than 20 miles? Check. Manual in the middle? Check. Not really all that good in the corners? Check with a caveat: They will handle if you remove a thousand pounds of bulk and fit aftermarket wheels and brakes.


It checks the muscle car boxes quite nicely.
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For adding more power in the Datsun, SR20 swaps are commonplace. Making them handle well sounds fairly easy, and making more than stock power with an SR is pretty straightforward.

If you really are undecided do some research and find out which makes a better platform to build upon. Talk with owners on both sides and see what they have to say.
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