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Diamonds in the rough!

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Back in the summer like many others, I was actively searching for a 510.. I was mainly looking for a 2 or 4 door sedan and would search craigslist almost every day. I'd search the entire pacific northwest trying to find a diamond in the rough, but always came up empty handed. I didn't have a ton of cash to blow on a project because I had just purchased my first house and most of my money was going to updates and repairs to the house.

 

I eventually pulled the trigger on a blue 71 wagon and have been working on it ever since.

 

Fast forward to February 13th, 2013.. I just got off work and was driving to my Wednesday night bowling league. I pulled in to the parking lot and checked my phone to see what time it was as I was a little early. I noticed I had an email and checked it.. It was titled 510 Datsun Station Wagon. I was like... wtf? Because I had not been talking to anyone about my wagon. I read through the email and it looked like I had emailed them at some point and they were replying. They basically were saying: sorry for not getting back to you. I've got a 1969 beige 510 4 door and a 1971 black 510 2 door.

 

Apparently what happened was they listed the wagon for sale and mentioned the had some others for sale. I replied asking "Just curious as to what other 510 cars you might have?". The owner then fell very ill. He had a stroke earlier in the year and then had another stroke right after they listed these cars on craigslist. He was layed up in the hospital for 3 months and didn't even know where he was. They just happen to stumble across my old email from the summer and took a chance and replied.

 

When I saw the email, naturally I almost shit my pants. Which would have made for an awfully long night of bowling.. lol. I called them up right after I read the email and got some details. I ended up driving up to take a look at the cars on the following Sunday.

 

This is what I found:

 

Tan 69:

 

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It's very rust free other than a small spot on the passenger rear quarter. It needs a new rear passenger door and some the dents pulled. As you can see it's missing most of the interior. The dash is crack free!

 

 

Black 71:

 

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This one is not in as good of shape. It's straight, but since the sunroof was broken it let some water in. The floors are pretty rusty but I stabbed them with a tent stake all over the place and they still seem solid! The spare tire well is tented and some rust in there too. But again, still solid. Someone at some point thought hood scoops were cool and cut a perfect hood. Back in the 80's when it was done it was no big deal..  Seems like it could be fixed though.

 

 

 

 

Fast forward to this past weekend. February 24th. I rented a trailer and set out to grab both of these cars. From my house they are 2.5 hours away.. 5 hours round trip. They were located east of Portland, way out in the woods. It was going to be a loooong day because I had to make 2 trips. The day started at 8:30am.. got the trailer and was headed up.

 

Round one:

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No, it's not tied down by the bumper. It's tied by the tow hooks, the extra lengths of strap was wrapped around the bumper.


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Round two:

 

It got dark, so no pictures. But here is the final result.

 

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Now.. the parts list grows! I've posted a wanted ad looking for a bunch of stuff. I'll have to take it slow on buying.. I just drained my bank account.

 

http://community.ratsun.net/topic/52520-my-latest-shopping-list/

 

 

 

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woohoo! i think you're a certified datsun nut now. congratulations.

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woohoo! i think you're a certified datsun nut now. congratulations.

 

lol, yeah... my neighbors are like.. ?????

 

They need a little love.. the tan one was literally stored in a barn since the 90's but still runs. Not sure how they started it since there is no ignition switch. Probably jumpered something somewhere.

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I remember the add i tryed to call and no one ever called back how much u pay

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$1200 and got a car cover and front bumper for another $100.

 

Car cover got shredded on the way home in the wind.. lol.. ah well. It saved my ass when it started dumping rain.

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Whats the plan? You going to keep all three? :pirate:  I really like the looks of the tan 4-door.

 

We'll see. I need to tear into them and see what I'm dealing with.

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Great find , get them while you can... Jay leno dun mess everything up

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I like the white one. get ths going!

 

I'm on the hunt for the ignition mount/lock/switch and a few other switches right now.

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member ......i got dibs on the 4dr if it dont pan out with your plan...my buddy is on vacation but i will show him the other gallery...maybe sunday

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Sounds good!

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Hey, do you have Eddies number down there? He should be able to help you with switches and stuff. Give him a call and explain your '69 build. 

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Draker all I can say is this entire setup makes me :D

 

:thumbup:

 

Watching this.

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People like you make the world go round. Now show those Datsuns some love

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Hey, do you have Eddies number down there? He should be able to help you with switches and stuff. Give him a call and explain your '69 build. 

 

I don't know Eddie? PM me info? I've got a guy in Canada that might have some stuff but looks like he might not have everything.

 

Draker all I can say is this entire setup makes me :D

 

:thumbup:

 

Watching this.

 

I've been hunting down parts and it's proving to be a bit of a challenge.

 

People like you make the world go round. Now show those Datsuns some love

 

I'm trying! The black one might move slower, it needs more work. Rear floors are crunchy..

 

I'm sourcing parts and trying to get the tools together to get going on these. I need a tank for my welder. I am looking for deals on a bigger air compressor so I can run some nice air tools. I've been in contact with the PO of these cars and he's sourcing a few parts for me as well. So things are moving, but nothing to show for it yet. Plus money is tight.. so that doesn't help at all.

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I don't know Eddie? PM me info? I've got a guy in Canada that might have some stuff but looks like he might not have everything.

 

Rotary510. 

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Ah.. PM'ing

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I know a few guys in town with pretty good parts stashes. PM me and i'll give you their info. 

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I know a few guys in town with pretty good parts stashes. PM me and i'll give you their info. 

 

 

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