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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.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Engine Deconstruction Pt 7 (engine out!!!)

I'm not trying to cut corners on this build but the planned day came where I had time set aside to work on my car and I wasn't going to let it go to waste.  I had an engine hoist (cherry picker) lined up but the deal fell through.  Fortunately my buddy Kenny (a 240Z owner) was awesome enough to still make the drive down to my place and we were agreed to try to remove it by hand.  He mentioned that he had helped removed his buddy's VG motor by hand (300zx motor) and that it was a 6 cylinder (bigger than mine) so he was under the impression it would go smoother than that.
           He arrived at about 5:30pm or so and I had just brought home some pizza so we just fueled up on pizza and water and about 45 minutes later we headed into the garage.  We started by taking the valve cover off (which I need to put back on).  And I had planned to remove the head before trying to lift it.  My friend simply wanted to lift the entire motor so we got started disconnecting the bolts that connect the block to the transmission.

The engine finally was shaken free from the transmission and resting on the cross member bar below.  That didn't sit well with me and I got some wooden block to protect the oil pan.

Right about now we were either balancing the engine or scratching our heads (and our butts) and trying to come up with better ways to get some height on the engine so placing a jackstand was one idea to keep the engine raised but that proved to be in-effective.
After much wiggling, the motor finally broke free from the transmission and I positioned myself inside the engine bay to lift the engine onto the front support beam.

Kenny is a monster.  I really appreciate how he came over when he could have been doing a million other things.  Thanks bro.

This deserves a thumbs up.   The engine was OUT and now resting on rubber tires in front of the car.

I hope this gets some likes on facebook.  hahaha

Now here was another tricky part of hooking it up to the engine stand.

We just couldn't get any height with our previous ideas so this was another of my genius inventions.  Things that didn't work was setting it on a foot stool, not high enough.  2 jack stands extended as high as they both can go with a wooden 2x2?? ... still not high enough.  How about a microwave inside a cardboard box on top of the foot stool???... too high.  So I finally came across wooden benches that I have in my backyard and we ended up putting the rubber tires to keep from smashing the oil pan.  

It's a little bit bouncy but we were able to place two of the top hex bolts into the holes then just dragged it out of the way.  Now I'm going to try to figure out how to bolt the two bottom two because I'm not sure about the position of the engine on the stand.   That's why its just sitting there on the bench till I figure something out.

So there is what a 510 engine bay looks like without an engine.  More engine bay cleanup on the way.

Shop-vac'd my area and cleaned the garage after Kenny left and time for shower and photo upload.  That's a rap for the night.  So from about 5:50pm till about 9:30pm was how long it took to remove.  All in a day's work.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Random Picture - Poor 240Z (S30)

Here's a picture I found off the Mazda forums.  The story goes that this guy convinced his friend to buy a 240Z for a few hundred dollars but it wasn't until way after the purchase they found more rust than what was worth fixing so they took it as a loss and rolled it over before it was scrapped.

My thoughts:  There are still a lot of good parts that are worth parting out to people that need them and they probably could have got back more than what they paid.

Such a sad sight to see -  =*(  

Thursday, October 6, 2011

1937 Datsun in Japan

I'm not quite sure what they are saying but the video displays a rare 1937 Datsun Type 16 Sedan or Datsun 16.  Everything in the car looks original and complete but super rusty and really old.  These cars had a top speed of 80 kmph.

Fun Fact:  July 1911 the first DAT is the name given for 2 person transportation vehicles and the first vehicle produced is the DAT Type 1.  After a series of mergers and name changes, 1931 saw the first "DAT Son" (Son of DAT) unveiled as the Type 10 around the same time, it was taken over by Nissan and the first car to wear the "Datsun" badge was the 1932 Datsun Type 11.

Can I get a reader to possibly translate or tell me more about it??!!!

Random Rides - Spotted in NorCal

My sister spotted these two Datsuns around the Vacaville area of California.

(Thanks for sending them to me sis.  PS. Can you buy me a wood grain and chrome Nardi steering wheel for my birthday??  just kidding by the way.)

This first picture is a USDM 4 dr Datsun 510 sedan.  The chrome looks really shiny and no rust areas. It's a cell phone picture so you won't tell unless you're up close.  I noticed the side molding found on early 510's and also the European versions(if I'm not mistaken). They even have the molding at the bottom of the doors.  Looks like someone really loves their car (and they should).

Here's a 280ZX that she snapped a picture of.  Also known as the S131.  These models were the first to unveil a turbo charged engine in the Z line.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Door Sills And Headliner Removal

I was back at it again today.  Didn't feel like working on the engine or transmission.  I figured I would take the headliner out today.  I started with the removal of the door sills (weather stripping).  They're all still in really good shape and I'm pretty sure I can use them again.  After four doors were done, I unhooked the seat belts for both the driver's and passenger side at the top and started tearing away.  Why am I not surprised?

The low sides of the headliner were lined with rat poop droppings.  I have no idea how they climbed up there.  Maybe they jumped?  Maybe they used the lawnmower handle that was in the front seat that was high enough?? I just don't know.  Either way, I was determined to remove it.

At this point I was inside the car, tearing away at what I could but, I was getting showered with rat droppings.

So there it is, minus the headliner.  My shop-vac was working overtime and I had to dump it out afterward and clean the brand new filter I just purchased for it.  There is a lot of work that needs to be done on the interior like the dashboard removal and after I pull the motor, I'll start with removing the windows and doors.  

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Japan: Datsun Bros Orange 510 Video

Found this video while trolling through youtube.
The video displays what looks like a screaming contest between the girl and the car.  Pretty mindless but still kinda funny.