Lisa's L80 (Natsu)

Well, let’s sit down for our oldest project, Natsu!

bought on the first day of summer in 2020, it was a joyous moment filled with laughter and carburetor smells. Myself being more of an EFI guy, I was hesitant. but Lisa loved it so we bought it for a steal.

here he is, a few days after we bought him.

turns out he was having some overheating issues, clutch was starting to go, had a really rough idle as well. as well as a buzz in the interior

it started with giving him a good wash, polish and detail, I like to have a car fresh before I start working on it, it’s also very motivational to get a good looking car to work better.


a really nice before and after, I work as a car detailer so getting this one back to a goodlooking car was a piece of cake, resprayed the bumpers, got rid of the striping, polished everything up and cleaned the interior

enginebay
engine bay got cleaned up too, we later resprayed the airfilter cover to factory black. it’s looking great, considering the state it was in before we got it.

next up was the overheating issue, turned out the previous owner had ripped out the thermostat because the fan wasn’t kicking in. this also meant it took ages for it to warm up, but when it was standing still with the engine still running, it would overheat quite promptly.

so, new thermostat and fanswitch. and we were good to go. it still had a little buzz though, turned out to be coming from the ignition coil that was grounding in a place where it shouldn’t. I’ve managed to isolate it with some rubber, but it still buzzes very slightly. might have to get it replaced.


overall it’s a lovely little car that takes us where we need to go on sunday drives :wink:

sadly though, recently it had a little oopsy daisy on a roundabout,
the rear carrier arm turned out to be rusted away and broke at the wheel hub. very scary,

luckily enough we know of a new set of arms a 2.5 hour drive away, we’ll get to it someday. but right now we’re just not very motivated, and a little short on funds. we’ll keep you updated though, it won’t get crushed soon, just need to gather up the strength to fix 'em up again!

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Natsu… Interesting name. Who of you two is into “Fairy Tail” I wonder… :joy: In any case, nice to meet you Natsu! I can see that you found a nice home, with good people taking care of you! Bravo!

I’m imprest with the engine bay. Nice job! :star_struck:
I don’t understand why the previw owner didn’t change the fan switch… :thinking:
Whell, you now what they say:
Two things are infinit

  1. The universe
  2. The stupidity of man

Personaly, I’m not sure for the first one…

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in fact the name Natsu comes from the Japanese translation of “summer”, we bought it on the first day of summer 2020, hence the nickname :wink:

The previous owner didn’t have a lot of mechanical expertise so to say, I guess it happens haha. good thing it’s fixed now!

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Well, I can understand that someone might not have mechanical expertise, that’s fine. Go to a mechanic… And if you did, then the mechanic was a fraud!

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Great news! A friend of us parted out his donor L80 and we got some nice rear arms / axles and front arms!

Really happy with this cause it means we can get ol’ Natsu back on the road again. Thinking about getting to work tomorrow through the weekend, or next week.

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Heres the damage done:

And heres our replacement

The new part is in great condition luckily, all we have to do now is rustproof the shit out of it and install. That should be enough to at least get our little natsu back on his wobbly feet!

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