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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.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Trip To PI Preparation and Datsun Memorabilia

Up until now, I really haven't been in the garage much at all.  I want to get in there and remove the dash board but I'm super busy right now.  As I type this, I need to be weighing the luggage.  But, I wanted to make an update before my trip to the Philippines.   

Utilizing some resources and hoping to save on cost, I'm taking with me some car parts to get chromed in the Philippines.   California is so incredibly expensive and rare to chrome anything anymore.  I hear of a guy in Oceanside that chromes but I don't know if I have the time or money for what it's worth.  I'll wait till I save some money first and take my bumpers to get chromed there.   For now, I'm just taking my grill, headlight surrounds, side pillar vents, and USDM licence plate lamps.  I may not even get it done with my schedule but I think it's certainly worth a try.  


The grill is obviously too big for the box so I will try to bring it as a carry-on item.  The other item were each individually wrapped and placed in that plastic bag.  

A local trip to Walmart and I came across some 510's being sold so I bought a few.  I didn't buy all of them, just 3.  

Here is a photo of some memorabilia that my friend co-worker left in my cubby box at work.  He use to own a 510 station wagon, if I remember correctly.  He told me he still had some Datsun material and I had to ask if I could have it.  So I found it a few days later inside my cubbyhole box at work.  
Below is the original hardcover Chilton's manual along with the factory user's manual!!!



The Warranty And Service Booklet along with the Datsun Dealer List!!!   Simply Amazing!!   I had to look up the dealers in Oregon where I believe my car is originally from and living in southern California, I had to take a picture of the dealer listings in California as well.  (Click on photo to enlarge the picture.)






Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Update?: No Progress =( And Spotted A 510

So, pretty much what the title says. I haven't been in the garage in about a month.  Life has a tendency to get in the way but it's cool.  I left off a few weeks ago trying to remove the dashboard.  Some of that plastic is really brittle.  I would be so mad at myself if I broke anything.  I removed the glove box and wanted to take it to the Datsun museum in Murrietta, CA (about an hour from where I live) and have is signed by Mr. K of Datsun Japan and some of the original Datsun dealers in the US.  Unfortunately that didn't happen because after doing research, I sadly learned that the museum closed about a year ago in early 2011.  I had family in town so we made the drive to Temecula and did a bit of wine tasting for my birthday.  Good times with people I love most - the fam.

SPOTTED A 510

Close to a year ago, I was at the mall and spotted this 510 in the parking lot.  I had to pull over and take some photos.  Upon a closer look, I saw that it still had the black vinyl top, reupholstered white suede interior, and it was a '3 on the tree' 3spd column shifter.  Had to take some pics.  So here are those pics I took.