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no to bre stripes .....fwiw...

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And then there was this thing.  Looked like a luggage tag at first but maybe it is a manufactuers tag or something from some clothing?  Anyone read Japanese?

 

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About the above...

Martin from http://www.510garage.com  just sent me this:

 

"Hey Carter,

 I had my co worker look at the tag you found under your seat .

Basically its a good luck charm/amulet.  The words on the front say Hiei-zan Enryaku-ji anzen koutsuu onnoji.  Hiei-zan Enryaku-ji means Enryaku Temple on Mt Hiei.  Anzen koutsuu onnoji basically means safe driving.  So it's a safe driving charm blessed by Enryaku Temple that one would carry in their car.

Hope that helps.

 Martin"

 

Thanks Martin!  Very cool.

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You should hang this bish from your mirror. Super cool piece. 

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i agree with tristan! hang it up somewhere! (preferably in the car :thumbup: )

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Just looked at a map and Mount Hiei is not too far from Nagoya where I have worked many times in Japan.  Who knows, maybe I have covered some of the same roads as the original owner of the car.

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The trouble with daily drivers is - there isn't much to talk about on a build thread...

 

I was going to save this for April 1st but oh well...  I was messing around with a 620 cowl induction hood that I just got with a parts truck. 

It's.....     a bit.....   much!

 

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I personally don't like the cowl induction hood 

the stock body lines are sexy 

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Hard to tell what it looks like in the pictures. Looks like fun "trying things on" though.

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I have to agree on the cowl induction hood, it's not my favorite, but I'm amazed at the number of CF ones I've sold. 

 

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I have to agree on the cowl induction hood, it's not my favorite, but I'm amazed at the number of CF ones I've sold. 

 

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this would be a little more appealing for cowl induction it is proportioned better 

the one below is un proportionate 

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You cant post a pic with the red wagon in it, those wheels are a tease Carter!

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^^  :angel:

 

Saturday morning I set out to swap the brake master cylinder.  I ordered a replacement just after it had failed but just now had/made the time to swap it out.

 

It's easiest to bleed up on stands with the wheels off

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Here is the new master cylinder - rockauto lists this as a replacement for the 72 510.  The 3/4" bore is correct but the lower boss configuration is a litle different from stock - they are spread farther apart.  For my car, the bleeder screws are on the wrong side but I'm able to deal with that.

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Here is a side-by-side of the new one vs the one I was replacing (which was a US version of the original RHD version I swapped when I first got this car on the road)

 

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Now for the problem.  There is always a problem right?  The problem is that the end of the rod has a nub on it that is only about .25" in diameter

 

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But my new master cylinder has a blind hole in the piston about .33" in diameter

 

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Whereas the one I removed had a cupped piston that the rod presses against

 

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Just like the original

 

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I thought maybe I could swap over the piston face from the old master cylinder(s) with the new one but they are constructed very differently

 

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So I ended up making a spacer (out of titanium no less!) to fill the bore in the piston so that the rod would press in it just like the old ones.  This allowed me to finish the install, blead the brakes, and get back on the road - and equally important - out of the garage - so I could start stripping down Victoria's 620.

 

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Not much going on with Cooper.  It just keeps driving and driving...  (The new brakes work great!)

 

We did get a nice little snowstorm back in February so I took some pictures - always fun. 

I think all of these were at night using long exposure with the camera on a tripod.

 

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Update o rama Carter! 

 

Nice pictures with the snow on the car.  I can picture how quiet it was.

 

If you ever want to sell...  Well you know the rest.

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^^  Just wait 'till you get color on your 2dr project Paul.  You won't even look twice at this old rusty heap!  :thumbup:

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After a whirlwind trying to get Trouble ready for Canby 2014, I gave up and spent a day wet sanding, buffing, and waxing Cooper.  Brenda and I drove it down Saturday evening and enjoyed the show on Sunday.

 

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Lots of awesome cars and trucks as always!

 

See more here: http://datsun510.com/photopost/showgallery.php?cat=3849

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Great talking with you and seeing Cooper at the show ;) always one of my favorites.

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Im digging this

I would roll it as it is.

 

yeah those other brake masters are hard to find now. I got 2 spares of the one you wanted(1 japan and 1 Taiwan) and 2 of the wider spaced ones

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I needed to do a compression check on Trouble so I borrowed a gage from a friend (thanks Sam!)

While I had it, I figured I should see how Cooper's doing.

 

The first thing I did of course was pull the spark plug wires.  One of which left it's contact on the spark plug.  Nice!

 

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But then the good news.

 

Cyl 1

 

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Cyl 2

 

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Cyl 3

 

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Cyl 4

 

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Healthy!!!

 

The plugs look good too:

 

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While I was under the hood, I noticed something missing:

 

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Fixed that before it started leaking

 

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Which is great because the exhaust hanger at the rear crossmember broke and now my exhaust rattles as I drive. It's really annoying and I need to fix that next!

 

Oh, and I was able to install and re-crimp the spark plug lead back on the wire.  *vroom vroom* !!!

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My exhaust is almost solid mounted, rattles like crazy and it get worse the longer its been like that....

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