Let's keep the UN out of this. Get those guys on the case and the next thing
you know Mazda will start cranking out that butt-ugly Cosmo again!
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of datsunmike
Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2001 3:41 AM
To: Chris Robertson; email@example.com
Subject: Re: SR20 -- Intro Michael Spreadbury
"I'm glad it's getting driven, has a new lease on life, and is kicking Miata
Gee, you'd think Miatas and their owners were the enemy of Roadsters and
their owners. Am I missing something here?
Mutual coexistence is possible. No need for a war. Let's call the UN :)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Robertson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2001 12:30 AM
Subject: RE: SR20 -- Intro Michael Spreadbury
> Hi Michael,
> Alright, I'm glad you're on the list to defend yourself. :P Seriously
> though, you're a welcome asset and I'm sure you'll be getting lots of
> questions about powerplant swap tips. Don't let my comments mislead you.
> was really excited when I saw your article and enjoyed reading it. I
> it is especially cool that it is in a modern import tuner mag.
> Boy, I wish you had subscribed to this list a week earlier! I guess my
> reaction and comment can be better understood when seen in the context of
> recent thread about Miatas. The ensuing discussion of roadster owner
> snobbery (a phenomenon that used to only happen to Ferrari and Porsche
> owners) has befallen many Datsun roadster owners on this very list. In
> addition, many here go to great lengths to restore, account for
> and promote these vehicles. So it was quite a contrast to read about the
> humble little roach which you certainly love dearly.
> I wanted to let folks know about the article, as it is great to see a
> roadster get attention, but I also wanted to forewarn the presentation so
> people wouldn't expect a promotional writeup like other article we've
> If I have a criticism, it's this: Many people will be seeing a roadster
> the first in that article. They'll see the pic and think "cool, what IS
> that?...never seen one..." or something like that. Then once they read
> about it they might get the impression is that it is not so special or
> Good job on the car. I'm glad it's getting driven, has a new lease on
> and is kicking Miata butt! Please stay on this list, and keep up the
> articles as well.
> ps- the Bluebird sounds great!
> >From: Michael Spreadbury <MichaelSpreadbury@attbi.com>
> >Reply-To: Michael Spreadbury <MichaelSpreadbury@attbi.com>
> >To: email@example.com
> >Subject: RE: SR20 -- Intro Michael Spreadbury
> >Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2001 16:19:26 -0800
> >Chris, List,
> >I re-subscribed to the Roadster list this morning after a several year
> >hiatus, and much to my chagrin, one of the first messages in my in-box
> >your interesting comments, and I thought that I would take this
> >to introduce myself again, and post my reply.
> >I am have had an overdeveloped interest in old Datsuns' for nearly
> >20-years, but most of my experience has been with the 510 sedans and
> >wagons. I have owned all sorts of 510s from an immaculate 32,000 mile
> >original two-door, to a 300hp turbo rocket ship, with everything in
> >between. My current 510 is a RHD, Bluebird SSS Coupe which I imported
> >Japan via my business a few years ago.
> >While I still crazy about 510s, a certain decrepit Datsun 1600 Roadster
> >caught my eye a few years ago, and I felt compelled to save it. This is
> >roadster that I describe in my article in this month's "Turbo Magazine",
> >which somehow has offended you.
> >When I purchased my roadster four years ago, it literally was "just a
> >roadster", there was nothing special about it. The engine smoked, the
> >exhaust rattled, the gearbox crunched. It was a very tired car looking
> >a place to rust away and die. But for all it's faults, it still managed
> >charm me, and knowing that with a new heart, this car could happily live
> >At that time, I had way too many cars, and I had to make the tough
> >to sell some of the babies. Somehow, this $500 roach made the cut. I
> >find a way to save her, warts and all.
> >The venerable SR20DE was the answer for me. With this new engine, I got
> >EFI, fuel economy, and reliability that this particular car so
> >needed. So, instead of sending the car to the scrap yard, it lives on
> >a new power plant, transforming the ordinary into something very unique
> >which suits my family's needs, and satisfies my performance desires.
> >How you got the impression that I am not a huge fan of the roadster from
> >that article I will never understand-- perhaps you should read it again?
> >Anyway, I am excited to be here, and am looking forward to sharing my
> >engine swap experience with any of you who might be interesting in
> >the same swap. We will be doing another SR20DE engine swap this weekend,
> >and will be documenting all the modifications for those who may be
> >interested in trying something like this in the future. Until then, if
> >would like to see some detail shots of my swap, a photo display has been
> >listed here: http://www.zparts.com/showcase/msSR20swap1/intro.html
> >Michael Spreadbury
> >1970 Datsun Bluebird SSS Coupe (SR20DET/6-speed project)
> >1966 Datsun 1600 Roadster (SR20DE power!)
> >At 03:57 PM 12/11/01 -0600, Chris Robertson wrote:
> > >In the latest issue of "Turbo" magazine, the last page is about a 1600
> > >a sr20 nonturbo, or NA (normally aspirated) for you FI (forced
> > >type folks :P . I didn't recognize the owner from the usual posters,
> > >guess he's not on the list. I hope not, as he referred to the car as
> > >a Datsun Roadster" and really had nothing nice to say about the stock
> > >He mentioned being at the Shasta meet. Not sure why it was in Turbo
> > >magazine to begin with, but happy to see the recognition nonetheless.
> > >
> > >Chris
> > >2 NA '69 2000s
> > >1 Miata turbo (275hp, but not as cool as a roadster)
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