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  1. 1970 Datsun 510 4dr on BAT https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1970-datsun-510-4-door-sedan/
  2. In response to all the "GL" and "SSS Bluebird" comments above. The Bluebird sedan taillights were different by year - not by trim level. '68 look are the same as US '68 lenses '69 and '70 are the same as '69-73 US lenses '71 are unique, but they used them on the Mexican 510s. (does anyone know if they were on the Mexican 510's BEFORE the JDM Bluebirds?) '72 are again unique. Regardless if the car was a standard, DX, GL, SSS or "sports" trim level, the tail lights were the same. The badging might change, the finisher panel between the taillights might change (for instance, on the '71 bluebirds, the GL and SSS cars had some fancy scrolling on the taillight finisher panel, the DX (and I assume standard) was plain), but the taillights did not change. The Bluebird coupe taillights were also the same - regardless of trim level. Some people do not know that Bluebird Coupes came in SSS and non/SSS versions. Not every coupe is a SSS, not every SSS is a coupe! Make sense? Oh, and the grills change too. This should help: Though only SSS coupe and 4dr are shown.
  3. Bonus post: A while back, Dave Carroll was reaching out on facebook trying to find a little of the history of our car (before we took ownership). He found a couple of the individuals connected with the car but didn't come up with any photos or anything from its circle track days. Fast forward to a few days ago: Jeff has a parallel Swamp Thing thread on The 510 Realm and posted a pic of our car with the new whale tale. Byron reads it and is reminded of a car he took a picture of back in the 80's. Then proceeds to post a picture of that car! I will never complain about how high off the ground our racecar is. : )
  4. Just like that, it's time to work on the car again. We have PIR coming in 6 weeks. We needed to make another list... Fist step, get up on the lift and get that skull shaker driveline out of there. Our new grade! Along with finding we had no more pad left on the front brakes, we found that the wreck at Pacific Raceways (we assume) also bent one of the mondo JBC steering arms! All teams need a doer and a thinker (or a worker and a watcher?) In the background we noticed a nice little collection of 510's and Bluebirds and got distracted for a moment Our accidental version of this awesome desktop rendering from The 510 Jungle Here is the bent steering arm And the list: We have some work to do!
  5. Sunday morning we wake up to do it all over again! I think we swapped in a couple new (ish) tires on the right side, looked over the car once more, gave it a bit of a hand-wash (thanks Brenda) and headed out to the grid Our 510 was pitted next to a 240Z which was pitted next to a 350Z which was pitted next to a Miata with a BRE paint job. Here is Sam in the "B" line waiting to take to the track The race start was delayed 20 minutes due to fog of all things. But here is a video the grid taking the green flag. http://datsun510.com/uploads/monthly_2020_09/09132020_swamp_thing_(1).MOV.d5568163e748bd02a2d94204e7a594f9.MOV Sunday was going pretty well except for fighting brakes... Before they were all gone though Sam was able to get into the 2.02s and claim our fastest lap of the weekend - and cementing the fact that we are now a B class car. I had the last stint of the Sunday enduro and despite the fading brakes (at one point I came in the pits with them smoking! - that's new) we were still battling away when on the penultimate lap, the car suddenly started shaking so bad I had to back out and limp back to the pits at 1/4 speed. It turned out the front driveshaft U-joint gave out and with only the two 35 minute sprints left, and the spare driveline in Everett, we packed up early and headed back North. It's always an awesome weekend when you can drive the car back onto the trailer at the end. As a bonus, my 620 gave me no troubles this weekend as well. Sam is working on compiling the GoPro footage but until then, good night!
  6. Saturday morning Sam, with replacement parts in-hand, Sam finished the front end rebuild and we verified toe settings. Then it was time to get back on track And back on track we went. I drew first stint on Saturday and immediately felt very comfortable in the car and started putting in laps considerably quicker than I ran in June, by about 4 seconds! Our reward was being bumped out of C and into the middle of the B pack. Oh well, we'd rather drive as fast as we can rather than sandbag for a trophy, as we learned some other teams are doing. Brenda caught Jeff and Sam goofing around while I was hard at work. : ) Well okay, I wasn't working that hard. I was sitting still for the first to two red flags during my stint. racing is more fun than sitting... Another fire - another red flag Proper fire response Then later, the same Porche had a front row seat for this Miata recovery When you have almost 100 race cars racing for hours on end, stuff happens... The schedule for the weekend was really unique. Lots of individual races in a "tournament" style scoring system. Didn't matter much, we just enjoyed all the track time. The only thing that slowed us down on Saturday was a rear toe adjustment and a black and orange flag due to "noises and off-pace" which turned out to be the wear indicators (squeekers) on our front brakes. We changed the pads and rejoined the track. The new pads were much better than the previous and by the end of the day, Jeff had eclipsed my fast time in the morning with a 2:03.8 (or something close to that) The evening sun has an eerie glow these days doesn't it? The last race was a 2 hr enduro. With about 40 minutes to go - we were black flagged again, this time because we had no tail lights. Something we already knew about but didn't realize they were required. The boys bypassed the headlight switch so that all lights are on all the time and Sam rejoined the race to the finish, which was quite dark at a smokey 8pm September night.
  7. During lunch, Jeff and Sam were talking with the mobile tire guy and struck a deal to balance our tires for $20/set Then came the "up-sale" : ) We swapped a couple tires side to side on the rims - Shelton turned out to be a real right side tire cooker! One of the wheels took over 3oz of weights to bring into balance. The others weren't far behind. Back on the track then: Oh so much better!!!! That really calmed down the "warp speed" shaking around 85mph. Back to the track then. Jeff found our next tow rig My daughter works at ACE hardware while attending GCU. I thought I'd let her know I was thinking of her this weekend. Once the track was closed, we jacked up the car and started looking it over (as we always to) and Sam found something loose in the left front. At first we thought it was the outer tie rod but it turned out to be the inner as well. The outer wasn't too big of a deal as we found one through O'Reily's that would be ready for us at 7:30am the next morning. The inner however was part of the steering rack - from a MkII Ford Escort - not sold in the US. Fortunately, Jeff reached out to some JBC customers and found that JRock had not yet installed his - and he's only in Olympia. So Jeff went to his shop to pick it up, along with some new GT Specialties Powder Coating decals. : )
  8. The remainder of the day was a little more straight forward. Not all the Lucky Dog cars participate in the Friday sessions but there were quite a few of us enjoying the track time. From up on the ridge, I caught Jeff doing "the potty dance" One of the first troubles we found was split coolant hose - found almost by accident - but fixed with quick precision back in the pits. So back to racing then. I have over 300 photos here if you want to see pics of the other cars in our group as well as the Ferraris and such in the other run groups. http://datsun510.com/index.php?/gallery/album/825-the-ridge-raceway-lucky-dog-racing-league-september-2020/
  9. We again participated in the Friday "Test and Tune" Track day put on by Turn 2. High points: The bridge to the infield was OPEN! I got to drive the chicane configuration during one stint. We found and fixed two more issues with the car - before the actual racing! Here we are rolling out to our first session The infield had great viewing for probably 70% of the track. It will be amazing once grand stands are erected up there! Here is Sam taking the first stint. Just a couple laps later he was coming around 8b following a WRX which had some flame coming out from under the front valance. (the smoke is from all the US forest fires, not the WRX) Here is the photo sequence of the WRX fire. When he parked it at the turn 9 flagging station, neither the driver or the flagger apparently knew the car was on fire. Jeff and I were yelling from the fence and the driver finally got out of the car. We couldn't tell if he tried to activate the on board fire suppression system or not but if he did, it didn't work. Then he actually lifted the hood! Scary! More scary was how long it took the recovery vehicle to arrive - and without a fire extinguisher. He actually had to take the time to uncoil a hose from the back of the truck and turn on water - and he had no safety gear himself. It was all quite exciting! (the session was red flagged while all this was going on) The fire made their engine compartment pretty crispy! They worked late through the day and evening and were actually back on track later in the weekend. Amazing! Apparently the cause of the fire was a newly fitted header which melted the power steering hose.
  10. Green 1969 1400DX bluebird 4dr 1,500,000 Yen https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/p790029801 comment 1969 DX to 3S specifications, 4 floors from column, front disc, twin cab, brake master, repair replacement, clutch master, clutch master, clutch release cylinder new replacement, Enkei Desi 175-65-14, exterior paint floating, rust There is, there is no hole, there seems to be no place to push it by hand to make a hole, there is a cooler but there is no clutch, there seems to be no gas, vehicle inspection expiration date June 2005, garage It is a storage vehicle, which has less damage than a 50-year-old car, and should be considered as a restore vehicle. It is limited to pick-up, 3N. (One owner, one digit number was attached, but it will be temporarily deleted) (Added at 21:43 on September 15, 2020) Is the meter 35000K? (Added at 21:44 on September 15, 2020) Is the meter 35000K? (Added at 20:53 on September 18, 2020) From Photo 10., it's steadily.
  11. white 197_ 1400DX bluebird wagon 50,000 Yen https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/l631040377 Description of item Category Automobile, motorcycle parts collector Nissan Status There are scratches and dirt Bluebird 510 van parts collector Product Description The tires do not stick, so they roll normally. There are still many parts that can be used. Rare treasure Bluebird 510 van It is ideal for stock. Shipping method From Yamato City, Kanagawa Prefecture. .. Please pick it up directly with the loaded vehicle. Payment method You can pay by simple settlement or Japan Net Bank. Comment ★ Bids for new IDs are strictly prohibited. Even if you bid, we will cancel it. We will refuse bids for those with an evaluation of 30 or less. ● Please refrain from bidding if you are nervous. Those who have an extremely bad evaluation may cancel the bid at our discretion. ● Please understand that we cannot answer any questions you may have regarding duplicated content, content that has already been explained, content that is too specialized and difficult to understand, content that cannot be grasped such as purchase and usage period. ● Prompt decision is not available ● Cancellation during the auction and cancellation after it makes a successful bid is not possible, so please bid it after acknowledging it. ★ Please refrain from questions regarding shipping costs. ☆ If you can not contact us within 24 hours after it makes a successful bid, we will cancel it. ☆ Please use NC and NR. In principle, in-kind priority will be given in any case. Even if there is a mistake in the description, the actual priority will not change, so please be convinced before bidding.
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