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Unread 03-23-2008, 12:31 PM
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Project Resurrection of the Datsun 510

Some of you will remember me. Four years ago I was daily driving a '71 Datsun 510 wagon. Then I was an idiot and hit a pickup truck with it.



So I started pulling stuff apart, but didn't have the funds to get it together at the time, and it ended up sitting in my garage for the last few years. A lot of people have encouraged me to dump the car in the past, but that's just not going to happen.

A couple of weeks ago, while on break in South Padre Island, I had a flash. This is the year the wagon will live again.

With four years of neglect on top of the damage, I have my job cut out for me, but I'm starting with the basic body work, some of which needs to be done just to get a radiator into it again, then going over all of the mechanical and electrical systems before putting it back on the road.



I have a goal of 14 June, to have it running and driving. Though if things work out as they have so far, I'll beat that goal. Then I'll work on the little body stuff remaining before paint.

And Yes, it's going to get the rising sun hood again.

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Unread 03-23-2008, 12:39 PM
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I remember. Grats on deciding to get that thing back on the road! I was a fan of the hood.
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Unread 03-23-2008, 02:26 PM
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Holy crap it's nice to see you're still around.

Glad to hear you're bringing her back to life.
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Unread 03-23-2008, 02:39 PM
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And Yes, it's going to get the rising sun hood again.
the only important thing.

welcome back!
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Unread 03-23-2008, 02:55 PM
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I can't wait. Love that car.
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Unread 03-23-2008, 04:11 PM
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I can't wait. Love that car.
yepyep, exactly.

glad to hear the sun is coming back with it, too!
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Unread 03-23-2008, 04:58 PM
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Yeah the car was awesome also glad to see the sun coming back and it being restored. Should be a fun buildup.
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Unread 03-23-2008, 05:56 PM
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What everyone else said!

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Unread 03-23-2008, 06:57 PM
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You suck at teh pickup truck.

When you're ready to fire the engine, please post...I don't feel like typing the entire "before dry-start" routine I use now.
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Unread 03-23-2008, 07:07 PM
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I still have to get the back of the car in the air to drain the gas... It's too low for my floor jack...

I have heard a half dozen different "before dry starting" procedures and so on, but honestly this is a Datsun... I'll hand roll the crank once, but it's been sitting with Mobil1 in it, so the only fluid I'm worried about is the crap gas in the carbs.

These motors are known for sitting for years and given good gas an oil firing and running on the first turn of the key...
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