Lowering your 1200 by use of custom springs is the most elegant method. Full control over rate and length.
Also see Coilovers which, though not lowering springs, are often fitted with an adustable spring perch for lowering/raising the Front Coil spring itself. You can also lower/raise the stock spring perch.
Many spring companies will make springs for the Datsun 1200 on request.
King Springs is one of the few companies that still list 1200 springs in their catalog. "Custom-designed coil springs can be made to order in most cases within 2 weeks."
Standard Front Spring Specification 110 mm: coil outer diameter 100 mm: coil inside diameter 338mm +- 10: Free length 90 lb/in: Spring constant (including ute)
General recommendations: Comfort: stock rate (90 lb/in) Competition: 110 lb/in with stiff anti-roll bar spirited street: 125 lb/in with upgraded anti-roll bar street/race: 175 lb/in with stock anti-roll bar banzai: 225 lb/in with no anti-roll bar dedicated high-speed smooth-tarmac racing: 275 lb/in
Nissan Competition Springs
The Nissan Competition springs (PN 54010-H1070) are 110 lb/in rated and lower the front of the 1200 about two inches (see Front Suspension Specification). A 1/2 thick bump rubber stop must be installed on the shock rod. These can be made by cutting down the stock rubber bumpers.
Free Length: with coil out of car Static Length: With car at standard height Trapped Length: With car jacked up & suspension allowed to fully drop
King lists these for 1200: * KDFL-17 Front STD * KDFL-57 Front Low
King's "Front Low" springs lowers vehicle approximately 30mm below standard.
KDFL-17 * 1970-1979 Datsun 1200/120Y Front STD (including ute) * 1990-1992 Toyota MR2 ZZW30R Rear Low * 1978-1981 Datsun Stanza Front Low * 1979-1982 Datsun Sunny Front Low
1200 Coupe: Low DAT-501R * U-bolt fitting kit PRO/UB-01 required
JC Whitney sell the "DIRECT FIT LEAF SPRING" by "JOHN R SPRING" for $58 USD.