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My Datsun 510 is a work in progress. I was into Datsun's the day after I was born and this was the car literally rode in. So my interest in cars recently came about when I saw our family's old 510 rusting in a field for the past 25 years, until 2009 when I decided to take it on as my restoration project. Thought I'd start this blog about just different stuff that interests me (not just cars but hobbies too). This car is not for sale nor will it ever be for sale. *If your car is featured here against your wishes or you see incorrect information, please contact me at classicdatsuns@gmail.com , and I will make any necessary changes. Have fun viewing. I am not affiliated with any sponsors, company, or body shop. I'm just a dude that likes Datsuns.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Been Busy But Not With Car

So I'm taking a break from things for a while.  I've been busy with trying to focus on school.  I quit my job to attend college and I picked up a Datsun 810 for a daily.  I'm trying to keep up with maintenance with the 810 but it seems that for my daily commute a 4 cyl would be more practical.  Maybe it's just me, but I actually feel the car is running better than when I bought it.  Since I bought it, I replaced the fuel filter and air filter and got my 14inch rims polished with 70 series instead of 75 series Bridgestone Insignia tires.  I know I'm losing out on power and gas mileage with a smaller series tire but that's the price I'll pay.

The 510 is begging for attention, and it certainly deserves it.  If I can get some money to start powder coating parts and find someone to patch weld rust spots.  Then save up for rubber weather seals and have the engine cleaned and rebuilt.

Aside from that my life is just School School School. Oh well. It's for the greater good.


Friday, June 1, 2012

Quarter Panels Off - 5/31/12

I was finally able to take off my quarter panels today!!!!  I was pretty excited because they were such a pain to take off.  I don't know if they were ever taken off the car.  Well, they're finally off and I'm pretty happy.
I just started taking off as many bolts that I saw that hold it together. The bottom #12 bolts were both probably the most troublesome.  The driver's side broke off which I'll take care of later and the passenger side just kept turning no matter how many times I turned it so I decided to drill that one out and finish it off finally with pinching it off with a pair of bolt cutters.









The quarter panels weren't the only thing I did lately.  My main focus for getting back into the garage was actually to remove the e-brake, fuel lines, and brake lines but thing's don't always go as planned. There was 4 bolts that held the brake lines to the underside of the car.  These were pretty weird because from the inside of the car, they look almost like rivets with square washers folded up to hold the carpet in place; however, they were actually screws with a nut on the underbelly of the car.  My socket wrench proved to be ineffective.  I decided to simply angle grind the four of them off.
 After grinding those four pin bolts off, I also went ahead and removed the interior pillar covers that I was able to simply pop off.  Each pillar cover has 3 screws welded to it that are simply pushed into plastic fasteners.  You just need to be careful you don't bend the covers when taking them out.

I had a bit of a treat today too.  A while back when I went to the Philippines, I had taken some chrome parts with me to get re-chromed in Manila.  Well, unfortunately they were not able to chrome plastic pillar vents but they were able to chrome my grill, headlight surrounds, and licence plate lights.  It looks really amazing.  Total cost was about $85 USD at a place in Manila, Philippines called "Chrome Dazzler".  I'm really impressed and awesome job at wrapping too.


These photos don't really do it justice.  I 'm going to try to touch up the emblem later down the road, but I'm really pleased how these items turned out.  

So... till next time.


Possible Urethane Lip For My Daily?

Memorial Day Weekend.  Finally had a Sunday off.  Good stuff.  Went to the park, chilled out with the family. Then took a drive in the canyon.  Got lucky and found a black urethane lip.  I believe it's a lip for a RSX but I'm not quite sure.
It's actually in pretty decent shape.  I think I need to take a heat gun to it and maybe repaint it black.  It's basically the same length if I can cut it in a few spaces and mold it to fit.   Overall I think it would work pretty good on my little Hyundai.




To be continued.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Steering Column Out

I'm almost down to bare metal!!!   I was able to take out the steering column, the clutch cylinder, master brake cylinder.  I'm a bit frustrated with stripped screws.  My drill has been working pretty hard trying to get screws out.  I'll be picking up a few parts but this project is not going as fast as I would like.
After stripping one rust fused screw end on a brake line I decided to use bolt cutters to cut the brake lines and get both cylinders(brake & clutch) out.  The bolt cutter was money well spent.  I not only used it on brake lines but I also used it on some stubborn bolts and screws.  I guess it will just be better to replace the lines rather to use the existing lines.

^This firewall is going to be tricky because what you are actually looking at is a cover plate for a drain where those two thin rusty vertical lines are.


Here's the steering column and pedal assembly support.

The steering wheel. Unbolted from firewall but not yet pulled out.

It's looking a little bit cleaner now.


There's so many miscellaneous nuts and bolt and broken glass inside there that needs to be picked up and sorted through





Things that I need to have done are taking apart the rear cross-member frame to get powder coated and possibly find someone to zinc plate parts for the rear drums, send my brakes off to get re-furbished and zinc plated, need some front quarter panels, then u-haul the body to get bead blasted and epoxy primered.  I'm still collecting parts for the motor and I found a pretty good shop to work on the motor for about $1000.  The carb is going to cost about $200 to tune and replace seals so I'm slowly getting an idea of how deep this project is going to cost.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Old Pic but Good Inspiration


I'm kinda going for the same look minus the bike rack and the stance.  Mine is a bit different being that this one is a bit older than mine.