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Tedman last won the day on April 7 2019

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    '72 Datsun 510 (x2), '05 Xterra (VQ40DE Donor?), '62 Porsche 356 Coupe (project)
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  1. Had to try out my Watanabes on Zeke. 15x7 +21 offset with 205/50s. This is the set I normally run on my SR car and I've been meaning to try them on Zeke forever, but first I had to modify the rear sway bar because it interferes with the inner tires. Now the wheels fit great! Here's Zeke in my driveway, ready to head out for a 510 day run up to Angeles Crest. The neighbor's yard makes a nice backdrop. Pit stop off Big Tujunga Canyon. It was a beautiful day in the San Gabriel mountains. Here's the problem I had with the sway bar interference. The kick out in the bar that goes around the spring perch touches the tire on both sides: Nothing a little heat and muscle can't fix! First I used the chain and turnbuckle to pull the arms in where I wanted them and then made a hoaky jig to test fit while bending: Heating the corner bend with a MAP torch so I could bend it: Here's the torch kit I used. I bought an extra canister, but didn't need it. This is the TS4000 High Heat torch. There's also a TS8000 which is supposed to be an even higher heat torch with a regulator knob. It probably would have saved some heating time, but I decided against spending the extra money for the TS8000. Besides, time is something I've got plenty of right now... It started glowing red hot after about 15-20 minutes with the torch. Heating the outside of the bend seemed to focus the heat best. First I would heat the inside for about 10 mins, then bring it to what you see here by heating the outside of the bend. Cherry red and ready to bend!: By turning the bar end-on and placing it against the floor and leaning on the other end with all of my weight I was ultimately able to bend each arm inward by about 3/4". I could only get about 1/8"-1/4" per bend attempt before having to reheat. Hey, I'm a skinny guy. Fortunately, once hot, the reheats only took a few minutes. When finished bending, I let it air cool over night. The next day, after touching up the with some flat black Rustoleum, a test fit showed plenty of clearance to the wheel/tire on each side. Mission accomplished! I did have to juggle endlink spacers at the heim joints to get the endlinks back to vertical. You can see in the photos below that they were now canted inward at the bottom. I put 120 miles on the car today and it works great!
  2. I drilled a hole in the valence in line with the bolt, and used an impact with an extension through the hole to zip it off. The hole in the valence is hidden behind the bumper so no one will see it. Edit- Just remembered this was to remove the crank pulley on my SR, but the L-series pulley is probably in close to the same spot.
  3. That doesn't look like an L-series manifold. Looks like Toyota Corolla 2TC 3TC. https://www.toyotanation.com/threads/fs-2tc-3tc-mikuni-side-draught-manifold-100-shipping.368424/
  4. There's the 205/60-13 Vredestein Sprint: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Vredestein&tireModel=Sprint+Classic&partnum=06VR3SC&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes
  5. 710 lower control arms are 3/8" longer than 510 arms, but otherwise the same. So with the offset upper insulators Mike posted above, plus 710 LCAs, you get a decent gain in negative camber with a stealth stock look.
  6. Haven't posted much about Zeke lately, so thought I'd give a brief update. Zeke has racked up nearly 6000 trouble free miles since "completion", including a road trip from SoCal to Monterey for the 2018 Historics, the Targa California rally in 2019 and the SoCal TT rallies in 2018 and 2019. Fuel mileage has ranged from a low of 17 to a high of 23 mpg, with an average of 20 mpg. Not bad for a cammed L20b with dual Mikuni 44s! The speedo just rolled over 10,000 miles recently: Such a fun car to drive! Not as quick as my SR 510, but still plenty quick, and that dual Mikuni growl is always music to my ears! Here's a brief in-car vid clip of Zeke in action: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ZPJ2BgmVWBKEXnPRgpJB67Y564lBoobY Enjoy the ride!
  7. It was a factory option for the 510, p/n 96800-A5400: http://www.carpartsmanual.com/datsun/bluebird-1968-1973/body-(sedan)/instrument-panel/86#2
  8. I don't think BRE ever offered accessory fog lights. Those look too modern to me. BRE folded in '73. Are those stickers on the covers or painted? Bosch parts should have a date code stamped on them somewhere.
  9. Another vid, this time at Buttonwillow in 2010. By this time I had an Autech SR20DE/6-speed in my 510. This was a track day set up by some motorheads from work. My 510 was the only "vintage" and 4-cylinder car there. I was lazy and just drove on my Falken Azenis street tires rather than lug my R-comp tires/wheels to the track. This was the first time I had ever driven on street tires at the track. It was actually pretty damn fun managing the relative lack of grip! Anyway, here's the clip. I got smoked at the end by a full race ALMS GT 911 driven by pro Brian Sellers. I'm Ok with that. 😀 https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HGboKYipYyC2sF0Se7gZndAA_a5RJAZr The Falken team were there testing that day. Pretty cool car.
  10. A stock C4 Vette with decent tires and a good driver would have had no problem running faster laps than my 95 rwhp L20B street/AX 510. No shame letting it by as far as I was concerned. I just wanted to pass that 2002! Flying hair was actually my brother's. Melissa was driving her ITC 510.
  11. Really looking good! Just realized the engine setback into the fire wall. Cool. Rad build.
  12. CocoMats from: https://www.cocomats.com/coco/ I agree. They look good and are very well made.
  13. With nearly 5000 miles behind the wheel of Zeke using a stock 510 seatbelt, it was time for an upgrade. I decided to go with a kit from Seatbelt Planet because it has the drop down shoulder harness (no more neck chafing!), and doesn't require any drilling/cutting or welding to create another mounting point in the chassis. https://www.seatbeltplanet.com/i-30499406-1968-1973-datsun-510-driver-passenger-seat-belt-kit.html When I received the kit, I was a little surprised that the inboard lap belts were sheathed in semi-rigid plastic. This wasn't very clear to me from the pics on their website when I was ordering, but it was going to be a problem using the stock floor anchor points because it would require more bending and twisting of the belt than the plastic sheath would tolerate. Not sure what they were thinking here: I decided to ditch the plastic sheaths so I popped the plastic buttons off and removed them. I was expecting a sewn button hole in the webbing but it looks like they just poked a hole through it. 🙁 Not really sure why they installed the buttons in the first place because it seems like the hole will compromise webbing strength. Must be plenty of strength margin built in, at least that's what I'm counting on. I reinstalled the buttons to cover the holes in the webbing. I also purchased the recommended hardware kit but if you still have the factory hardware, you can just re-use that and save the expense. I did find the extra washers useful for spacing out the inertia reel to clear the outboard lap belt anchor loops. Here you can see a view straight down on the outboard sill anchor point with the lap belt anchor loop, washers and inertia reel installed on the passenger (right) side. Other than that, the install was straightforward. Here's how they look installed: One more issue- the inboard lap belt is too short. With my seats slid all the way back to give me enough leg room, the latch just barely makes it to the lower seat bolster. Over time the latch will no doubt eventually wear holes in the seat upholstery. I have since ordered the optional 6" extensions to solve this problem. Here's how they fit with me in the seat: FWIW, Seat Belt Planet also has a more modern style end release latch kit for the 510 with a cable style inboard lap belt. https://www.seatbeltplanet.com/i-30499405-1968-1973-datsun-510-driver-passenger-seat-belt-kit.html Personally, I like the more retro lift latch style and would rather have the latch on my hip than having to reach down over the edge of the seat to fasten. Overall, the quality of the components, hardware, webbing, mechanism and operation is good. Once I get the lap belt extensions installed, I expect the fit to be perfect. And I'm convinced these new belts are safer than the 47 year old stock belts I was using. Knowing what I know now, I would order custom inner lap belts approx 6" longer and without the plastic sheaths. In other news, I also installed a pair of these unobtrusive billet cup holders from Lonely Driver. With the new inertia reel belts it will be super easy to reach down for my favorite mug on those long drives in Zeke.
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