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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.

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.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Interior Dash & Pedal Removal (4/15 - 4/26 - 2012)

I haven't posted in a couple weeks but here are some pictures from a week and a half ago till now.  The dash is my main focus right now and it's a pain working in such tight areas of the car.  Anyway this is what has been going for nearly the last two weeks.  I really don't think my A/C is going to survive this rebuild.  I'm still saving all the parts just in case though.  You never know.

More electrical labeling.  Seems like those wires never end.  I can't even imagine working on a present day car.

Finally I removed the dashboard!!!!!  Now moving on to other stuff like removing the A/C box fan blower.

Now with that out of the way, I can see I'm going to need to scrape more of the sound deadening material there.


I finally removed the clutch and brake pedal.  I had to use a #17 on my socket wrench set to remove a bolt on each side.  The clutch came out easy.  The brake pedal was not so easy.  The bolt looks like it's screws out clockwise.  I labeled this as the reverse brake pedal bolt.  It took a few turns till I realized that I was crushing the washer beneath.  *note to self - it's probably the only bolt on the car that's different.

So here is how it looks now.  after I take everything out, I'm really going to start cleaning things up inside.  I'm also going to need to figure out how to make a storage space for all these parts.  

Friday, April 6, 2012

A Little Motivation

            Money is certainly a huge motivator but I also draw motivation from other areas as well.  Well let's also call it inspiration.
           I was recently on a Datsun forum lurking on the build threads and seeing some real pieces of work.  Guys that are SOOOO detailed in making sure that parts are polished to shine if anyone ever looked in that spot.  That is exactly how I want my build to move, at a million miles an hour and making updated posts like everyday of my progress.  Unfortunately that's not what's going on.  I did, however, manage to spend an hour or two in the garage tonight and thought I might try to spruce things up.  I planned to carefully use an angle grinder on the under engine dust cover.  I should have planned to hit the garage earlier because the angle grinder is just so loud to be running at 10pm.  I really don't want to get complaints from neighbors about stuff like that.  Well I decided to sand by hand with 80 grit sandpaper....a little progress but not as much as I would have liked.
            An hour went by with little progress.  'Who am I kidding?!'  I really need a disk sander, so I see that the Harbor Freight website has one for about $49.00.  =(  That's about 30 more than what I have in my wallet.  I'm also needing a new weed wacker/edger.  Seems that our little Black and Decker weed trimmer only has a 10 min battery life on it now.  Doesn't do me any good.  I also received a quote from a Car Restoration place today and they told me for an average car to get bead blasted, it will cost close to $2000.  They also do metal fabrication for a rate of $95 an hour.  I wonder what I can get for a kidney....just kidding.                                    
            I searched all over the web and to my knowledge there is only one place in California in the town of Santa Ana, that chemical dips cars.  The only problem is that people would complain of acid seeping through the cracks throughout the years and people would need new paint jobs after a while.  ....meanwhile, my quest to defeat rust continues.

Here's a cool video to keep you all entertained, of these guys in the New York state area that uncover a Pontiac GTO that's been sitting for 30 years (sounds pretty familiar...yes?). I think the tow truck driver looks like Christopher Walkin.  Yes, No?  I know it's old but still a cool vid.  Unfortunately I can't find any updates of the car.  The entire video is them pulling the car on the trailer.  How cool though to find a GTO in the woods.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Saran Wrap and A Thursday Old School Meet

Just like the title says.  I was basically driving by and saw this.  Took a couple of pics. It was a really good meet last Thursday.  I really wish more S30/S130 owners would start showing up out of the wood work.  Still a good turnout even with slight overcast and a bit chilly.  Good time with good folks and nice rides.

Oh, I before going to the meet, I rolled over to 5&aDime and picked up a few tees.  I did n't take a picture of the shoulder to shoulder crowd but I did happen to take a picture of the DJ doing his thing.

^I've  always had a soft spot for Sentras and this one sounded super mean, ...also fitted with a roll cage.

^ my  friends S30, up for sale in the neighborhood of $7800 I think.

I love it when old school rides other than Datsuns show up.  This Corona is well loved and shows.

^GC10 Hakosuka.  Can anyone say that they get tired of seeing Skylines?  I don't know anyone.  I love em' all old and new.

I wanted to show you guys my friend's 510 wagon.  I took a pic of his mirror because these are not 510 mirrors but actually mirrors from a BMW 2002.  Looks like a perfect fit.

^A super mean sounding Celica.  The motor does not match the rear tires. ....just take my word for it.