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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.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Transmission Removal - Car On Jack Stands.

So thanks to my friend for lending me a breaker bar and a transmission jack/hoist.  Wow that thing worked pretty awesome.  It worked great with my socket wrench.  Now that the transmission crossmember was removed (4 bolts and 2 smaller bolts near the center to hold the transmission in place),  I used the jack to lower the transmission.

Now that the transmission was lowered,  there wasn't enough room to simply roll it out so I man handled the transmission off the jack on to the ground and simply slid it out.  Minimal mess and the shop-vac really comes in handy to clean up all the dirt that falls on the ground.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Front Steering Linkage and Suspension Removal 2-17-12

In order to easily(yeah right) slide the transmission out, there was the steering link bar that was kind of in the way.  Each of the steering link bolts were held on by cotter pins and then 40 years of dirt and grease made things a little bit of a challenge on top of that. My best tools for this job was a steel brush, pair of pliers, and a wire cutter wrench.  The best way I went about it was to brush the grease off each bolt, then straighten out the cotter pins with the pliers and try to push it back through, and then use the wire cutter wrench to pinch the folded end of the cotter pin enough to lever and twist it out of there.  Well got things unbolted and then also disconnected the control arms from the struts.   Then I dropped the struts and springs and cut the rubber brake line(which I will need to replace later).  I'm starting to think I can salvage the original brake lines and blow compressed air through the lines then polish the outside.  The key thing is to SAVE EVERYTHING!  So here are i-phone photos that I'm using until I can find our point and shoot digital camera.

*note to self - save the effort and buy a breaker bar. Some of those bolts were on so tight.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Jeremy Lin & the Knicks - Jeremy who?

I'm not really into sports but last nights basketball game was pretty exciting.  Valentines Day 2012, Jeremy Lin scoring the winning 3 pointer at the last part of the game was enough to propel the Knicks to a 6 game winning streak in their win over the Raptors.  Some people say it's the Lin bandwagon.  Oh well, and why not?  He's an awesome role model and to be quite honest, Lin has got me excited to watching basketball again in general.  From Palo Alto, California to Harvard, Lin has been pretty quiet player while playing the bench for the Warriors then having been traded to the Knicks this year, he's been on fire as a game starter.  There's numerous youtube vids already posted of his story but I thought I'd comment on his performance.  AWESOME!!

Friday, February 10, 2012

No Camera - No Bueno

         I properly named this blog post in Spanish.  I know enough Spanish to converse and keep me alive in a Spanish speaking country but that's besides the point.  For those of you that only know English - it's translated: "No Camera - Not Good".
          My camera has been missing in action now for about 2 weeks and I haven't been able to take photos so I'll try my best to describe what I've been doing.
           I've put off removing the rest of the dashboard for now and the front end of the car is jacked up off the ground sitting on 2 jackstands.  I concentrated on removing the transmission and it seems like I can simply lift it out of there but I think I'd rather drop the transmission than lift it.  Anyway, it's kinda sagging and there are some suspension components in the way.  So I removed both front tires and this morning I was able to remove the front sway bar this morning and I'm planning on taking out the rest of the suspension later when I have some time.  Being a father certainly takes up most of my free time though and it's not like I can hit the garage anytime but I'm trying to take my time and get things done right.  Hopefully these parts will be powder coated pretty soon...AND I HOPE TO HAVE MY CAMERA SOON, so I'll keep posting and let you all know what's happening.