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    1980 Datsun 510

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  1. Hello! I've had my '80 Datsun 510 for a good year as my daily driver, and it only really has one issue, that being the insanely soft suspension. I rebuilt my front struts and installed new shocks in the rear, but that didn't help as much as I'd like. More importantly, the front suspension has an unknown issue. I'm not sure if it's missing a bearing or if something's loose up there, but while turning the wheel I'll hear a meaty "thud" from the front right strut, and the spring on that side doesn't really like staying in place either. I've tried rebuilding that side multiple times following guid
  2. That would be amazing but I'm over four hours from you and wouldn't want to give you any trouble. I have idea I was thinking of doing anyways though, I could just make a video of the issues I've been facing, maybe I could use my external microphone and have it next to the strut as I drive along as well. I'm sure looking at it in some form would be more helpful compared to me just rambling.
  3. Hey sorry it took me so long to get back to this topic. Both sides seem to be evenly distributed. There's also a rumbling sound as I drive as if something's loose, I've crawled under the car and can't figure out what it is though, I'm starting to think something with the strut may be broken, I've followed your guide on rebuilding them as well as a few others and I've done it about 5 times now but nothing changes. Is there any way to get a hold of new front struts for these cars? I can only find ones like these:https://technotoytuning.com/nissan/510/front-coilover-conversion-datsun-510. And I'm
  4. Nope, fully stock ride height and suspension setup.
  5. I can only turn it a little bit, but it's fairly easy to do so
  6. Yeah the o ring should be in the right place, and for the spring, I can grab it a rotate it slightly. I thought I had it seated right but maybe not?
  7. Oh, I thought it was more important. I'm having two main issues, maybe you've encountered them on your adventures. When I turn the wheel, it sounds like the spring is slipping. The only way I can really describe the sound is it's like you hit a metal barrel with a hammer, just more muffled, it's a metal on metal sound with a lot of echoing. Also, my gland nut (the one that hold in the strut right?) keeps coming loose, resulting in a semi-constant rumble as the suspension is probably shifting around from the looseness. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. I got a friend to hold the whole strut in
  8. I don't think it's that, here I made something in ms paint to hopefully narrow it down. https://imgur.com/a/AxVrpWt I don't know how to insert a picture here, hopefully the link works for you though
  9. It's a sort of a washer on the A10's front struts. It's maybe about 1cm tall and is made of rubber and metal, I'm pretty sure it goes beneath the piece that holds the spring from the top, looking for a new one because the rubber is very worn so I can hear the suspension shifting around when I drive. Thanks! Also sorry I can't post a picture of it I don't have to tools to get to it right now.
  10. Yeah, that's what was happening. Strange enough searching A10 doesn't work either. Just off of googling datsun engine bays though I think there's two main top hats. There's a deeper one, that'll pop up when searching your regular 510, 240, etc, and then there's a raised one that was only really used in the later models, in my case the 80's 310, and I guess my car just doesn't have the support because it not the classic 510. Maybe they used the raised one to lower the ride height to get some extra mileage? Don't know, but it should have no problems with mine.
  11. I did some thing's I should not have done to the originals to fit some vw inserts. The ones I bought where very different and I didn't check everything properly. The ones linked above though line up perfectly in both looks and dimensions to mine so I'm going to get them, and I have my original damper on my porch table somewhere along with the o ring. Those ones did say for a 310 and they aren't listed for a 510, but the ones I bought where and they didn't fit, so I'm not sure if I trust that part of ebay all that much, all I know is that they match up both in size, shape and looks and that's a
  12. Ok I've been searching for a week or so now and literally right after posting this I found this. https://www.ebay.com/i/362907043446?rt=nc&_trkparms=aid%3D1110001%26algo%3DSPLICE.SIM%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D20160908110712%26meid%3D1a9ad91cb9eb4182b05ad24e397aa434%26pid%3D100677%26rk%3D13%26rkt%3D30%26mehot%3Dnone%26sd%3D161456317725%26itm%3D362907043446%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2386202%26algv%3DDefault It looks like the one off my car, even if it's off a 310 will it still work for me?
  13. Hello all, I may have messed up. I've been trying to replace my front struts for almost two months now and I've just hit a major road block. When I started, I ordered everything online before hand, shocks for the rear and strut inserts for the front. The rear was easy, but the front proved to be more difficult. When I started out, I didn't know that I could just refill the oil and be done with it, I thought I had to install the new ones, which of course didn't fit. I then read a post on here that listed strut inserts that could be easily installed in my 510, and some very cheap, vw rabbit shoc
  14. I don't think so, I didn't see anything
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