I’ve been silent on the clutch change since I got back from vacation but as it turns out my 1981 Datsun 210 needs a new transmission. When I went to change the clutch I noticed that the clutch in there looked rather new. That matched the seller’s best recollection of it getting a new clutch before being parked. Seems the garage had the same idea as me that the car needed a clutch. But it turns out the transmission is at fault. When I removed it and took a closer look it seems to be stuck in a gear. It can be in neutral and I turn the drive-shaft end over and the input end still turns. I’m also not able to select reserve anymore. I was unable to open up the gearbox because of this as well – all the bolts are removed but it is stubbornly stuck together. So its decision time, I see a few options:
1.) sell can with bum transmission – I can’t imagine it will bring much money
2.) source a decent used transmission
3.) swap in a different engine/transmission
Obviously option one is the easiest to do but I’m more tempted by option two if I can find one for a decent price. The engine runs well, the body is rot free and interior decent. Option three has a lot of appeal but not sure if I want that big project right now and the rear axle isn’t super strong for any wild engine swaps.