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About BambooU

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    Bay Area/Los Altos, California
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    1969 2-door 510
  • Interests
    Working on Cars, Hot rods, vintage Nissan and Japanese imports
  1. BambooU

    You know the story...

    I can't get over that paint. Super clean. Super preserved. I dig it.
  2. Yeah something I've noticed is that having a datsun invites ALL KINDS of conversation. Sometimes with people that... just... don't get it. i.e. Fart Canners. Hell yeah! It helps when you have one of the most classic 510 looks out there! There's something about the fat tire on the 13" libres. I absolutely love the color, too. Reminds me of someone I know who needs to get THEIR orange 510 back on the road...
  3. BambooU

    Feeling Road Bumps through my shifter

    I'm confused by what you mean by bumps through the shifter. Is it moving from road bumps without you touching it? Is it a vibration, or an erratic shaking? Vertical bump? or side to side? Do you hear a noise of the transmission smacking the underside of the car? Any noise to go along with it? If you have your hand on it, don't push down into the transmission, because you'll definitely feel bumps and vibration. It seems normal to me that you'd feel a bounce, while holding onto your shifter, while going over bumps. I could be wrong. Maybe it would be different if it was a small bump and you got A LOT of movement. In my mind the best thing would be to look at the transmission mount and how the shifter moves while standing still. If the trans. crossmember allows for movement, it's not doing its job. That happens after a visit to my local taco truck.
  4. BambooU

    510 carpet kits???

    I know all about the kits, but do any of you have a favorite place to buy raw, unfinished carpeting? Like without a border?
  5. I just had a good one a few days ago. A guy pulled up next to me at a light in a mid-70's f150 and the passenger (i think the driver's brother?) started talking about his old Datsun 620. Said it was his "mini-ranch-truck". Light turned green, both sped to the next red, continued the conversation. This happened three lights in a row. Kinda funny, him talking literally down about 5 five feet from his window to mine.
  6. BambooU

    Exhaust Manifold Heat Shield.

    Don't know about trucks, but for 510's the popular option I've seen (mainly for mikunis and racecars) is a custom-made aluminum sheet. Can be a bitch to manufacture, but in the end, the only measurements that will work are those pertaining to YOUR engine bay. Measure measure measure.
  7. BambooU

    510 Auto to 5 speed hole cutting

    I didn't cut my tunnel but the previous owner did. I'd line it up on the group or risen on a jack with the transmission that you have (if you have the motor mounted). From there, draw a point where the center of your new hole with be (should be directly up from the center of the shifter in Neutral). From there, cut a square or circular hole with that center in mind. Worst case scenario, cut a small (like 3 inch around) hole and make your way larger from there until you have full range of shifter motion. At least that's what I'd do without prior guidance on measurements pertaining to your exact transmission motor setup.
  8. BambooU

    Car Porn

    I don't have a video, but I've got the results (mainly of the 510's) for the first day of racing. I wasn't there for Sunday's race. First and second race Tory Ermish in his vintage 83 car took first (as he usually does, drives the thing like a bat outa hell). The black n gold 38 roadster took second both runs. The Datsuns showed very well, most falling in the top half of the run group. Laguna Seca is always fun the watch. Great track, great racers.
  9. BambooU

    Car Porn

    "Hi there." "Sup." "Oh look, an Alfa." "Hi Alfa!" "Bye Alfa!" "See you in a few laps!"
  10. BambooU

    Car Porn

    Some on-track photos from the Spring Classics at Mazda- FUCK. "WeatherTech Raceway" at Laguna Seca.
  11. Yeah cleaning is a big thing to do, especially on a driver. I'm currently compiling my own list for this summer when I swap the l16 for an 18. -deep clean (I'm using a gunk remover for steering box and such) -brake line straightening (may reroute as well) -clean out my crossmember -replace rad. hoses that are cracked and worn out. -new rubber on motor mounts. -catch can (needs motor though) -plug up firewall holes and things -prep for new stearing linkage -About 500 other little things
  12. This is the shit I love to see. The last time I was stuck in a bus because my car was down, I got talking to a guy who had a mazda keychain. Turns out he had an NA miata that he autoX'd.
  13. BambooU


    I enjoy how he parked away from the plebeian cars. THEY ARE NOT WORTHY OF THE DIME'S COMPANY!!!
  14. Driving a Datsun is a magnet for conversation. Whether it's your 78 year old neighbor that owned a 610 wagon or some random dude in a parking lot that had a 710 but now drives a PoS volvo, people LOVE sharing stories with me when they catch me with my dime. They aren't MY stories, but some are just too good to spare. Tell those stories that people tell YOU when you're out and about. Reminiscing is the best. I was in a Target parking lot when I heard a guy get out of his truck and yell at the top of his lungs right next to his wife: "no FUCKING WAY, MAN." It turns out that this 6'5", central coast 50's guy had a '72 510 in the SAME color and he couldn't be more excited to tell me all about it. He dropped it to un-drivability, put a L20 in it for five years, ditched it for an SR, went back to an L18 after the car got TOTALED. He even tried to get his son started on the Datsun trend, but he wouldn't go for it (dumb kid) and settled on a maxima for his first car. Share your second hand stories.
  15. Wheel. I'm pretty sure now that it's part of the suspension. Like you said, most likely u joint rubber. I will be taking a look at it today. Answers (hopefully) to come.

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