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San Diego, CA, United States
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.

Monday, August 30, 2010

My first copy of Nostalgic Hero

Aug. 30, 2010.  Since I started my project to salvage the old family 510, I've been in sponge mode trying to get as much info as possible.  There's not much out there on store bookshelves about classic Japanese cars.  Here is a magazine that I have heard about from JNC(japanesenostalgiccar.com).  This magazine is called "Nostalgic Hero".  I'm super excited to have my first copy.  It's not a 1600/Bluebird/510 on the cover stories but there are a few snippets of 510's in this issue.  The magazine is mostly in Japanese but the pictures are of the best quality.  Here is a copy of the issue I purchased.

Along with this magazine, I also got a bit carried away and saw some issues of VIPstyle and VIPcar on the shelf, so I picked those up as well.  I love those VIP styled rides.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

My car intro.

              I am a proud owner of a 1971 Datsun 510.  I've been seeing so many of them being fixed up lately but have never really looked at the potential of something that I grew up with my whole life.  It was always a good little car.  This car has been in the family for so many years before I was born and before my parents were married.  This car has history and after a short inquiry my dad said he would gladly hand me the title.  The car has been sitting idle for 20 years now and it's going to be an uphill battle to get it on the road again.  Another problem is the car is in northern Oregon, I reside in San Diego.  I'm determined and motivated to see it come to life.
             A quick rundown of what I remember of the car is that it's a 1971 4 door, never been wrecked, and it still has the original white vinyl top.  Stock and original everything.  It's been at a standstill after engine problems.  I've been told that initially it was the timing chain however that led to a cracked head.  I'll have to see how much damage there really is to determine what I'm dealing with.  I totally regret not picking up this car sooner or at least covering it up to not expose it to the elements. It's been sitting in the weeds for the past 20 years and I have fond memories riding inside the car as a child.   It will be good to see it come to life again.  Pretty cool bit of info is that my parents told me this was the car that took me home from the hospital after I was born.



             I'm pretty elated to say that the my dad was able to put 4 tires on the car, so it's off the ground right now and he also took the passenger door off and made a new set of keys for about $35! 










Tuesday, August 24, 2010