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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.

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.

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