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For all the details, pictures, procedures and accurate information it is a must to get a Repair manual (service or maintenance book). It will pay for itself. The recommend book is a two volume set of Nissan factory service manuals (FSM). Also recommended is to get an original Owners manual. These contains wiring diagrams and specifications for fluids and lubricants. The repair manuals also include detailed troubleshooting guides and pictures or drawings of all repair procedures.



Public Library

The genuine Nissan factory publications are usually in the reference section of the main library, local branches don't usually have them.

Your local branch is more likely to have one of the following non-factory manuals:

  • Chilton Import Cars 1980-1987
  • Clymer Datsun 210
  • Clymer Nissan 210/Sentra
  • Chilton Nissan 210/1200/B210
  • Chilton Datsun B210
  • Haynes Datsun B210

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All of these explain how to rebuild an A14 and have specifications. There are tons more, but these are the most common in libraries.

If you are in Australia, look for these:

  • Datsun 1200, Scientific Publications
  • Datsun 120Y, Gregory's
  • Datsun Sunny, Autobooks
  • Datsun 1200, Haynes


Places to get a service manual:

  • Local library. Smaller city libraries can often order the book from the central branch. Larger cities usually have a good selection, perhaps even the factory manauls. For example, the King County Library in WA USA has both the factory manuals, and almost every other brand for the Datsun 1200. They can also order books from the Seattle Public Library, which is even bigger and has Mitchell Emission Diagram books.
  • Local booksellers
  • Amazon (used or new): Datsun 1200 repair manuals on
  • eBay: eBay Datsun 1200 search. These are *not rare* in USA or Australia, so you should be able to get a new or good used one for $5-$10 or less if you are patient and wait for one to become available at that starting price.
  • Online: Nissan A12 Engine Manual (in Spanish)

Factory Service Manual

A factory service manual can be purchased for as little as $10 on eBay, though $20-$75 is a more typical price — they are not rare. The factory service manual (FSM) is in two parts:

* A12 Engine Service Manual (1971: A10 and A12 Engine)
* Chassis And Body
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For 1973, these were combined into one book.

They were published in various editions and revisions by:

  • Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Tokyo [for JDM and USA markets]
  • Nissan Automobile Company (Canada) Ltd.
  • Nissan Motor Co. (Australia) Pty. Ltd.

Not only is the FSM from the designers of the Datsun 1200, but they generally have the most and best photos and diagrams. The other brand of repair manuals usually have reproductions of the Nissan photos, or just drawings, sometimes of poor quality.

Model B120 Series Chassis and Body
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Nissan Australia B120
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  • Nissan Model B120 Series Chassis & Body
    • Publication Number: SM8E-B120G0 Printed March 1984 (06)
    • Printed in Australia
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German: wartungsanleitung modellreihe B110 Fahrgestell und Karosserie
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PDF Spanish
Nissan A10 and A12 Engine Supplement SERVICE MANUAL

A14 Engine factory service manual
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Datsun B210 Service Manual 1978 [USA] SM8E-B210U0 September 1977
includes A14 and 63-series 5-speed
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PDF/Online Download - Service manuals

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For near all Datsun's build we are lucky enough to have the datsun510 website, this website has been kind enough to scan and upload our needed workshop/service manuals online for download and saving. Please visit the below link are obsolete and out of print manuals and parts books. Purchase and scanning was expensive (and destructive). Donations are gladly accepted. Click to open manual. Right-click to save, click Downloads

Choose the manual you want it will open as a PDF and save the file to your computer for future reference. Utilize the workshop manuals for your A12 through to your A15 (b310 - 210 or f10) or even your L series engines

Quick link to the 1200 workshop manuals:

USA Publication Numbers


  • 1973 Combined: 20033
  • 1971/1972 Engine: 20020
  • 1971/1972 Chassis: 20019
  • 1971/1972 Emission: 20027
  • 1972 Automatic Transmission: 20026

Owners manual

  • 1973: 30039
  • 1972: 30035
  • 1971: 30025
These were orderable by Datsun Dealers from
Pendant Industries
P.O. Box 387
Harbor City, Ca. 90710

The dealer was "free to sell, at whatever prices, markups or margins or profit he may choose".


整備要領書 Maintenance Manual

整備要領書 Service Manual B110/KB110/VB110 1969 (pre-release)

サニーの日曜整備 ???? 技術書院, 昭和45年4月15日 初版発行
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A14E Service Manual
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Datsun Sunny B110 Maintenance Manual 1969
ダットサンサニー1200 B 110 KB110 VB110 整備要領書 1969
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New A-type Engine [1974-up] maintenance manual E10 PE10 Cherry B120 B210 C20 Vanette
新品 A系エンジン 整備要領書 A10 A12 1974年版 A260A01 昭和49年10月
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整備要領書 Service Manual Nissan Sunny Truck 1989 October R-B122 type, R-GB122 type 1989
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取扱説明書 Nissan Sunny Truck Instruction Manual
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整備手帳 保証書 Service History, Warranty Card
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Datsun Sunny Truck 1978 Option 取付要領書 Installation Procedures Buy at Bprojects
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B120 (7501-7712)
30 pages
1. Clock
2. Seat belt
3. Package Tray
4. Guard frame
5. Cooler

Maintenance of DATSUN Sunny 1000 - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Service Department
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Owner's Manual

Also recommended is to get an original Owner's manual. These list general maintenence schedules, capacities, specifications for oils, etc. Owners manuals come up for sale on eBay from time to time.

includes online manuals

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Owner's manual includes among other things:

  • Gas station information
  • Daily Care
  • Operational guide (e.g. when to shift, towing information, etc)
  • Wiring diagram (some owner's manuals, other's don't)
  • Maintenance schedule

Non-factory Repair Manual

Brands: The following publishers make repair manuals specific to the Datsun 1200:

  • Know of others? Please click 'edit' and add it to this list
  • Autopress (by Kenneth Ball)
    Same contents as Autobook?
  • Datsun 1200 1970-73 Autobook [includes pick-up (B120)] (by Kenneth Ball, Autopress, LTD)
    Comments: Quirky British text
  • Chilton's (many various editions)
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    Comments: OK book. Chilton's is the mass-market leader in USA, and their product is a sort of "corporate" repair manual for the mechanic trade. That means there a zillion differing editions, and a good used book trade. On the plus side, they are superior in the general mechanic's information -- very useful for beginners -- i.e. safety, tools explanation (nice photos of tools), tire and spark plug troubleshooting photos. They even have thir own photos of actual parts, supplemented with Nissan drawings. Also instead of a regular (confusing) wiring diagram, they have schematics for invidual circuits -- a nice thing. But it seems they don't love the cars they cover. For example, the 1997 printing covers 1973-1981 (but mysteriously, not 1971 and 1972 models), and sometimes their step-by-steps seem to be missing something. Note that the 1997 edition is printed on low-grade paper.
  • Clymer (many various editions)
    By Alan Ahlstrand
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    Comments: Covers 1200 & B210. Early editions have many wiring diagram (e.g. 1978 edition), later editions have none. A fairly good book which looks like it is a repackage of the FSM data (and photos) into a more concise edition, focusing on the repair aspects. Has very good tune-up information.
  • Haynes (many various editions)
    By J.H. Haynes, out of UK
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    Comments: 1986 printing has export wiring diagrams (three total). The main advantage over the FSM is that Haynes has organized all procedures into clear step-by-steps. Plus a few charts (including American-UK English word chart) make this a decent book. And of course the famous Terry Davey 'cutaway' drawing on the cover is priceless (NOTE: not all editions have this).
  • InterEurope No. 206
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    Comments: A nice-looking book published out of UK. It has interesting British writing, a few tidbits here and there, while "brevity and simplicity" is the stated aim. Lots of charts, export wiring diagram, and an exclusive two-page 'autoservice data chart' suitable for your garage.
  • Motor
  • Paul Davies - 'Tuning Datsuns'
    not a full repair manaul, it may be a racing guide?
  • Paul Young's Datsun Tune-up for Everybody
    Tune-up only, not a full repair manual
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  • Peter Russek - Repair Guide DATSUN 1200 [1972] Data Repairs Overhaul Adjustments Peter Russek Glovebox Series 9
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    Comments: Glovebox size!
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  • Peter Russek POCKET MECHANIC [1976] DATSUN B210, 120 & 120Y Adjustment Tune up Repairs Overhauls Servicing PETER RUSSEK MANUALS With Troubleshooting Section
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  • Petersen's Datsun Tune-up & Repair
  • Petersen's The Complete Book of Japanese Cars
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  • Petersen's Complete Book of Datsun (1975 and 1977 editions differ)
    Comments: Not a full repair manual, but recommended as 1977 edition has tune-up info, carb tear-down, Datsun history, California Ute, etc.
  • Petersen's "Tuning the Datsun"
    Specs, Carb, tips etc. for 1200, 510 and 240-Z
  • Popular Mechanic's Car Care Guide (covers all Datsuns)
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  • Roy Newton - Datsun 1200 Workshop Manual
  • ROAD EMPEROR SERVICE/REPAIR HANDBOOK FOR DATSUN, by Clymer Publications 1975, 1977, 1980 233pp
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    Comments: 1977 edition covers 1200/B210/510/610/710/240Z/260Z/280Z/L521/PL521/PL620. Back cover touts Road Emperor part for Datsun/Toyota and Road Baron part for VW
  • Scientific Publications (SP) Nos. 81 & 87 (aka Gregory's)
    by Murrary Book Distributors Pty Ltd, Sydney
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    Comments: A nice book, with unique large photos. Includes reprints of three Wheels magazine "Road Test", two for B10 and one for B110 (four pages total), but no wiring diagram (fourth reprint, 1977). Covers both Datsun 1000 and Datsun 1200 in one book.



Maintenance Handbook by Natsume
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ダットサン サニー 1000; 1200; 1200GX; 1400 の
日産自動車株サービス??? 国岡福一編著
Private car maintenance series by vehicle type
Datsun Sunny 1000 1200 1200GX 1400 Maintenance handbook
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Service? ?? ??
Written by Fukuichi Kunioka
Natsume Auto

1971 268 pages
1973 131 pages




豊長隆造著 山海堂
Inspection and maintenance for owners
Sunny 1200 1400
Nissan Sunny Gifu Sales
Written by Ryuzo Toyonaga Sankaido

October 1, 1972 226 pages. Covers B110
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(back cover is blank)

1979 publication includes B110 (B310 shown on cover)
Owner's, Maintenance, Service
[by] Sankaido

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1977-1982 Datsun Sunny B310 (Datsun 210/120Y/130Y/140Y/150Y)

  • Autobooks Datsun New Sunny & 1400 Pick-up 977 (South Africa)
  • Nissan Datsun Sunny model B310 Service Manual
  • Haynes Datsun Sunny Owner's Workshop Manual
  • Gregory's 195 Datsun Sunny Service And Repair Manual (does not cover A15 engine)

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Autobooks 977 - Datsun New Sunny, 210 (UK)
with 1400 Pick-up (South Africa)
covers all engines (A12, A12A, A14, A15)
Original: blue cover ISBN 0851478875 0-85-147887-5 1st edition 1982 harcover 208 pages
Revised: teal cover with red 'Owners Workshop Manual' ISBN 0 86? 47 887 5
Revised: teal cover includes '1400 Pick-up' sticker (South Africa)
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Datsun New Sunny, 210
Datsun New Sunny 1171cc, 1397cc, 1488cc
Datsun 210 1237cc, 1397cc, 1488cc.
All models 1978-82
1400 Pick-up
OWM 977
Owners Workshop Manual
Round images
* fan belt and smog pump
* Temperature Controlled Air Cleaner
* Hitachi carburettor
Rectangular image
* B310R

Introduction Books

Datsun introduction Service Bulletins contain a wealth of details about the Datsun 1200 including photos, facts, figures, design decisions, etc.

For example: Vol. 141 Introduction of Nissan Automatic Transmission Model 3N71B
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Example: Vol. 126 Introduction of Datsun 1200 2-door Sedan Model
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Example: Vol. 169 Introduction of Datsun 1200 1973 Model Year
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Specialty Nissan Manuals

Following are some FACTORY specialty manuals (these are rare).

  • 1971 Datsun-Nissan Service Data And Specification
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  • "A look inside the 3N71B Automatic Transmission"
  • "3N71B Automatic Transmission Service Guide"
  • "Collision Estimating Guide, 1971" (National Parts Department, Nissan Motor Co. in U.S.A.)
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  • "Datsun Electrical Service Guide" - Service Department, Nissan Motor Corporation in U.S.A.
  • "Differential Service Guide"
  • "Emission's Analysis, The Datsun Guide to Clean Air"
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  • "1200 & 1400 Rally and Race Tuning Manual" (in Japanese), Nissan Motor Co., LTD.
  • "Service Manual B110 Series Rear Axle Borg-Warner Model 60" - Nissan Motor Co. (Aust.) Pty. Ltd.
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  • "Service Manual B210 Series Rear Axle Borg-Warner Model 68" - Nissan Motor Co. (Aust.) Pty. Ltd.
  • "Service Manual Datsun 1200 Model B110 Series Engine Emission Control"
  • "Service Manual Emission Control System For 1972 Year Models" (USA edition, Nissan Motor Co., LTD.)
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Technical Bulletins

service changes: Technical Bulletins by Service Technical Training Department, Nissan Motor Corporation in U.S.A.
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Also See

Also see:
* Nismo Catalog
* Parts Catalog 

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