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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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Engine Deconstruction Pt 2 - Manifold and Carb Removal

So I hit the garage today with a few hours to kill and was pretty determined to remove the carb and manifold.  I successfully had set out what I accomplished and then some.

It turns out that I didn't have to use a drill or angle grinder.  Those two bolts that I broke were part of the manifold piping so that was a big sigh of relief.






Just thought I'd take a picture of the sized of the washer between the bolt on top verses the bolt on the bottom.  Those washers are nearly twice or 3x thicker than the conventional washers.


I had only about 1 click for my socket wrench to work with.  It was pretty crammed in that area.

The two 'hard to get' bolts underneath.


I just kept un-screwing bolt after bolt and on my last one the carb fell on my hand and I barely caught it then held it up and grabbed my camera with the other hand to take a picture.  

I still needed to undo these wires first but I finally got it!!

Next was the manifold.  That rusty thing.


I noticed this pipe with a screw sticking in it surrounded by what appears to be glue gunned together.  haha


There it is, leaving all kind of rust piles in my driveway.

Then I removed the fan and the fan bell mount.  Label labels labels.

Here's where I started to label these electrical wires I unhooked as well. 


More labels and then I found this wire that is connected to the heater box.  It was simply square knotted and not connected to anything else.  Found it pretty weird but it starts behind the heater pulley.  I'll have to research it's purpose.

These two hoses from the A/C box were such a pain to remove.  But after about 20 min of trying to remove them and another 20 minutes of just staring at them, I just thought to myself, I'll be replacing all the hoses anyway, so I took my box cutter to them both.  The first one was hard to cut.  Then I went to retrieve my hack saw for the second one and it was much easier to remove than using a razor blade.

And there it is for now.  It's slowly coming along, little by little.  


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Missed Opportunity - 1977 Datsun 810 Sedan (was) For Sale

So last week, I've been eyeballing a craigslist add that I came across in my area.  It was a 1977 Datsun 810 4dr sedan that someone was selling.  The seller listed it for $500 obo and as running, but not good (to me, that's good enough especially for the price they were asking).  After 2 e-mails that I sent to the seller, I received no reply and eventually the add expired from craigslist.  I was soooo willing to go to the ATM and pull the cash out provided the seller has the title/pink slip for legal name transfer.  UUUUUGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH   NNNNOOOOOOooooooooooo.  =(

Although I don't have any photos of the actual car that was listed, I did find a few 810's on the web and a few 710's and 610's and their brethren from Japan. The 810's were actually first produced in 1977 RWD(still badged as a Bluebird) and stayed into production which later became the Nissan Maxima.  Then the Maximas became fwd in the 80's (a few versions later) and people thought they were great for snow, ...but anyways.

Here are some pictures full of WIN from a car that is largely underestimated and forgotten.   Keep in mind that these cars were slightly different in Japan and also went by different names such as the Violet, Laurel, and so on.  After 77 & 78 the North American market largely went on to produce these cars with square headlights.









Monday, August 29, 2011

Engine Deconstruction Pt 1

Ok, I'm finally getting this blog up to speed and I simply went in the garage last night and got busy with removing the radiator.  I may need a new one but we'll see what the radiator shop says.
One of the main reasons starting this blog is not only to show friends and family progress on my car but also documentation.  I could always come back and refer to the photos if I question where each part belongs.  If you find the photos a bit excessive, please excuse me.


Crud and rust, everywhere in the hoses.  This was just the beginning. 

I had a bolt from the radiator fan shroud decide to come apart the unconventional way.  Two bolts unbolted just fine.  This one tore apart and the fourth and final bolt of the fan shroud was a no show(missing in action).


The fan shroud and the top radiator hose.




The hose on the bottom of the radiator connects to the block.  I basically gave up on trying pull the entire hose off.  I took my trusty box cutter and started slicing into the hose.  Everything was just so brittle but when I opened the hose, it was filled with all this rust mixed with white powder.  It's crazy what 25 years of sitting will do to a car.



I finally got to remove the four bolts that hold the actual radiator.  After that was done, I simply lifted the radiator out of the engine bay.  I think there was some work done on the radiator before.  I know my dad's car was never wrecked but seeing all kinds of dents and indentations on the radiator was pretty disappointing.  I feel like the radiator was taken to a shop before and wasn't really cared for after noticing dents on both sides of the radiator.  None of the dents really line up to components inside the engine bay.  Could I have done this when I was a kid??



More crud inside the brittle radiator hose at the bottom.
Rusted and busted hose connectors. =(

Dipstick hose holder and water hose (I really don't know the proper names for these things).


Taking out the distributor and distributor cap.

Removing more hoses that relay to the carboreteur. 

More pieces that came out.



Then there's this thing I took out.

Alternator bracket/brace.

It was already midnight and I was getting tired but here's where I called it quits for the night.  
ROAD BLOCK!!!
You can't expect everything to go perfect can you?  How fun would that be if it did? 

I felt like doing more and more but then when it came down to removing the exhaust manifold, the two bolts in the center gave way and snapped off.  

 I'll save this part for another day.  For the meantime, I'll be charging the battery for my drill and perhaps buy another drill if needed.  I'm wondering if my angle grinder can be put to good use in these situations.  I may not need to use a drill after all.  Haven't decided yet what I'll do.  We'll see.