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My First 1969 4 Door Datsun 510

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Hi guys i purchased my first datsun 510 back in march from a guy in Salinas, Ca that had restored the car 15 years ago. New paint job and reupholstery and had the engine rebuilt and the car just sat ever since. He gave it to his 16 year old son last year and his son didn't want it and bought an Audi instead and decided to put the datsun up for sale. His dad was really sad to see it go when i came to pick it up. I towed it to Sacramento and started seeing as why the clutch wasn't working. Replaced master slave clutch cylinder and blew out all hard lines. Bled the clutch and it started working but brakes werent working now. So i went ahead and also replaced master brake cylinder because it blew from age. Got it all going and drove it around the block but didn't like the way the brakes worked. They were way too weak so i parked it and it sat ever since march. Now i finally decided to get going on it. Curently have the front hub apart and am working on making a custom brake upgrade for it, custom coilover kit and replacing all bushings. Gonna keep the stock L16 in there for now but will deffiantly swap something interesting in there soon. Will post pix soon

 

 

HERE ARE A FEW PIX OF WHEN I FIRST GOT IT BACK TO SACRAMENTO

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WORKING ON THE BIG BRAKE UPGRADE TO WORK WITH THE 510 SUSPENSION AND HUB ASSEMBLY

Going to have the center bore on the new rotors machined to a bigger diamater tomarow to fit the

hub and will start on the mounting bracket for the wilwood calipers. 

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Is it soon yet?

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Looks like thats actually a 68. Nice score. 

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Looks like thats actually a 68. Nice score. 

 

I dont know to much bout them as this is my first one but atleast by title it's a 69 so thats why I titled it as 1969. Was there a difference in the 68 and 69?

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I dont know to much bout them as this is my first one but atleast by title it's a 69 so thats why I titled it as 1969. Was there a difference in the 68 and 69?

 

The larger obvious things are: grille is different, wipers are different, dash is different, no rear markers, taillights are different, and rear bumper is different. Youve got the rarer of the cars so as long as you didnt pay a fortune, you did good. Just means you have a 68 car sold/titled in 69.

 

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Did you paint the grill black? :confused: It was so nice in its normal stainless... 

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The larger obvious things are: grille is different, wipers are different, dash is different, no rear markers, taillights are different, and rear bumper is different. Youve got the rarer of the cars so as long as you didnt pay a fortune, you did good. Just means you have a 68 car sold/titled in 69.

 

Did you paint the grill black? :confused: It was so nice in its normal stainless... 

I had it  powdercoated. It was gettin rusted in places

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I had it  powdercoated. It was gettin rusted in places

 

The reason he asked, is because that grill is '68 specific, and means something to show it off in it's stock form....

 

Before you make too many mods to the interior trim, or exterior trim, you my want to check on what the differences are with the '68, since it is one of the "rarest" years.  Changing too many things about the '68 may hurt some of the value when selling within the community.....  That's your decision to make though.

 

It's a pretty sweet car.  Everything points to it being a '68.  There are some differences in the way the body panels are stamped on a '68, especially in the cowl area, but I don't have any pictures on hand to post, to show the differences....

 

Can't wait to see your progress!

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I see exactly what he means by that. I honestly didn't know it was that rare. I just happened to come across this one and decided to go with it for the fact that it was still all in one piece and not someones project that was tooken all apart or hacked up already and because I really wanted a four door. I have a thing for sedans.... But I'll deff keep yah posted as I move along. All feedback is appreciated as I am fairly new to these cars.

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Yes, it is definitely a 68. Reverse wipers, dash, horizontal heater control, grill, rear side markers not there, tail lights, rear bumper, etc. 

 

Nice score. Great looking car. 

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So a little teaser photo... Not sure if ill stick with the ITB's or go turbo since i already have the turbo exhaust manifold (f20c) :D

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I have a feeling you are about to get some comments about your choice of engine..... One because it's a '68, and two because of the engine itself.  It's your ride, your choice.

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Hopefully you know what youre doing, because I would hate to see a 68 get cut up unnecessarily. 

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I kno I'll get a lot of hate on this build but this is an awesome car and an awesome engine

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I kno I'll get a lot of hate on this build but this is an awesome car and an awesome engine

 

There are a few F20 510s out there. I dont think most of us will hate on a swap in general... we just dont want to see a rare year 510 (or any 510 really) cut up by an inexperienced builder for a swap they will never finish. 

 

If you think you have the skills to do it right, then proceed. No one here will really give you any shit. Just dont hack up the car. 

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Good to know, I'll keep yah posted with the progress then as I move along

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please if nothing else will u just jack the car up and move the jack stands ....get them off the pinch weld NOW

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I am officially checkout out of this thread. 

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nothing irritates me more then ill placed jack stands... always always always they go under the rails under the car .... I know unibody, but they still have a section where it looks like a frame railish thing... use those ....never that stupid point on the rocker.....your just lowerting the value of your car with unnecessary damage.... and it shows your not a car guy ...just sayin......I like motor but not for Datsun ... but curious

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Sorry guys been waiting on some coilovers and custom brake caliper brackets. In process of making a coilover kit for the 510 that will allow me to use stock front hubs and not switching over to the 280z suspension while also using a 11in rotor with wilwood calipers all with the stock 510 hubs. Doing suspension and brakes first, engine will be next sometime beginning of next year or so

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Also if everything works out as planned, if anyone is interested I will be making extra sets. Didn't really introduce myself but we are a BMW shop that restores BMW e30's/2002 and do a lot of custom fabricating so I'll keep yah posted on what I figure with the Datsun.

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