Started on Nov. 30 by JoeyM

1932 Datsun Type 11 Phaeton


At the moment, this is a project, not a complete car. I’m building a full fendered streetrod on a locost-style frame. It will be a replica of a 1932 Datsun Type 11 Phaeton. The primary donor for this project a 1982 datsun 910 maxima (back then “Maxima” was a trim level, not a model) with an L24(e) engine. Here’s a rundown of the parts so far: Engine - maxima transmission - maxima rear end/axle - maxima leaf springs - maxima rear shocks - Toyota 4 runner Radiator - Universal Street Rod Radiator from Speedway Motors Front clip - Dodge Dakota The Rav4 radiator was chosen because it was very narrow, and far less expensive than buying a radiator out of a street rod catalog. (Of course, I later found out that a local shop could have custom built me one exactly like the catalog radiators at a similar price to the Rav 4 price. Live and learn.) The toyota shocks were chosen in a similar manner….I needed shocks that would be half-compressed when at their resting position, and my design constraints had already determined the upper and lower mount points. The dodge dakota may seem like an odd donor. I wanted an independent front suspension and a rack-and-pinion setup that were short enough to fit under 1930’s-style fenders. The typical choice in that situation is a Mustang II front end, and I might have gone in that direction if I was not trying to do this on a budget. Instead, I grabbed a 1990 dodge dakota front end out of a local salvage yard. Not exactly ideal - I’m not happy about the position/size of the upper control arms - but the price was right. See the updates below for pictures and video of the continuing build process.

Latest updates
Dec. 19
test fitting a fender

Here I am with one of the fenders that Andrew Nelson kindly donated to my …

Dec. 19
running car, body panels fitted

not street legal yet, but she runs. I like this angle because you can get …

Dec. 19
she runs

not street legal yet, but she runs

May 13
rear sheet metal mounted

The gas tank is mounted, and the rear quarter panels and curved back piece are …

Feb. 08
windshield frame

now, with a windshield frame

Nov. 13
another side shot

I put the body panels and exhaust back on and then rolled it outside for …

Nov. 12
Driver's door

Well, I finally got up the courage to finish the skin on the driver’s door. …

April 17
fabricating the exhaust

I worked on the exhaust this weekend.

March 18
fabricated the rear end

the panels for the back end are clecoed in place.

Feb. 15
more hood modification

playing cut-and-paste to make it fit better

Jan. 15
I started building the hood

There’s still a LOT of work to do before the hood is complete, but I …

Dec. 30
fabricated the rest of the grill

Dad and I broke out the bead roller to make the lower grill insert, and …

Dec. 21
Finally mounted the engine

I finally manned up, fabricated some motor mounts, and put the engine in place. It’s …

Oct. 21
welding sheet metal without distortion

All my earlier problems were because I didn’t realize how slowly I had to move …

Oct. 19
gear selector

I’m using a slushbox in the datsun replica. (Not because I want to….because it was …

Sept. 18
cut more metal

cut metal for the firewall….I still need to roll some beads to stiffen it

Sept. 17
more of the cowl

The side clamped into place…still not welded, though.

Sept. 07
cowl fabrication picture

working on the passenger’s side of the upper cowl

Sept. 07

I got to play with the english wheel and bead roller as I fabricated the …

Oct. 04
from the side/back

this time, from the rear. I’m not sure about how, or if, I’ll modify the …

Oct. 04
square peg, small hole

I tried squeezing the engine into the 1932 datsun frame. It is a very tight …

Sept. 30
pulled the engine

I pulled the engine out of my donor yesterday. Next up….figuring how to mount it …

June 20
attached the front end

I welded the front end into place today

April 21
trying to find shocks

I had the rear leaf springs shortened and re-rolled, and I’ve cut the tubing for …

March 15
rear suspension

I took the rear end off the maxima wagon and put it under the phaeton …

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