‘I bought it as scrap and rebuilt it afresh’
Posted Thursday, September 26 2013 at 01:00
Tell us about yourself
I am the Managing Director of Paragon Hospitals and also a civil engineer by profession.
What car do you drive?
I drive a Datsun estate car. I have other cars that I usually drive apart from this one.
What did you like about this Datsun car?
I am very passionate about this car. I first drove a pickup version of it in 1999. It is a very robust car and has a strong engine. I bought this car in 2011 from Dr. Bossa Lutalo as scrap.
What type of engine does it have?
It has a Nissan 120Y engine. It is a manual car which is very easy to drive and gives you a lot of control on the road. It takes a man to drive a manual car.
What motivated you to buy this car given that it was already scrap?
I have a love for classic cars and this right there was an opportunity for me to own one. I bought it as scrap and took my time repairing it and fixing most of it parts.
It was totally written off, the engine was removed, it didn’t have seats. It was parked at the garage where the previous owner had taken it to be repaired but the mechanics frustrated him and he left the car there.
I had to do an overhaul on the body and polishing the interior. There are also very few cars like this one.
How much did you spend to repair it?
I spent about Shs5m on restoring the car to its current position
Do you allow anyone else to drive this car?
I am the only person who drives it. The other is Geoffrey, the electrician at the hospital. Other than that, no one else drives it.
Which is the furthest place you have driven this car?
I have driven this car to Kakira after Jinja. However, I also plan to take it to Pakwach very soon. Its fuel consumption is very good and gives you more mileage.
How long have you been building this car?
I have been working on it for over a year, basically doing reconstruction of the body and interior.
What is its original registration?
Does it get people staring at you?
Yes. Everyone is awed by it. I get offers from traders down town each time I drive it there. People want to buy it. It is a great car.
Where do you do repairs and servicing from?
It depends. For the tyres I got to city tyres. I service it myself when it comes to the engine.
I can change its oil and fix spark plugs and other small things. For panel beating and body spraying, I do it from G 4 garage in Kamokya.
This is the last Sunny sold under the “Datsun” brand in Japan. The final rear-wheel-drive Sunny from model year 1978 to 1982 featured numerous variants, including a fastback station wagon as well as more squared-off, utilitarian models with three and five doors, a coupé, and two- and four-door sedans. These models appeared with Datsun 120Y, 130Y, 140Y and 150Y badges in some markets (depending on engine size) though Sunny was increasingly used for export, too. The North American version was marketed as the Datsun 210. The B310 was known for its high equipment levels and build quality at the time. In 1980, the B310 was given a mild facelift, with a smoothed off front end, a grille with square headlamps, and a redesigned dashboard.it went on to become a very popular car in Uganda often coming in white and cream colours.