1971 Datsun Other
1971 Datsun 510 4 door sedan. Mechanically upgraded and Mechanically restored with better faster stronger parts. Really built the way it should have been from the factory!I found this originally Southern car in a garage in Connecticut in it's original condition and wasn't ran in over 20 years. The drivetrain was frozen solid so I scrapped the entire drive train and decided to HAVE A PROFESSIONAL RACE CAR master mechanic not me build me a NYC daily driver that is safe for my kids to be in on occasion. If you have been to New York City that means building a rally car. I had several criteria for the build:I wanted it to be built as they would have done in the 70's. I did not want an unruly high compression high revving maniac with a brutally stiff ride; I did not want to have to slow to 1 MPH for speed bumps; I needed to be able to accelerate very quickly on the short on ramps to get onto the expressways at speed Needed Good brakes Good tires and rims the Steering had to be light enough to parallel park use pump gas without pinging had to stay cool in 100 degree weather in traffic and it had to be bullet proof. This car took 8 months to build and a LOT of money. Every single part put on this car was inspectedscrutinized and rebuilt or replaced if need so hopefully no surprises happen (this is an old car so no warrantied though sorry!) It is loud but not too lound. It has a side exit 2 1/2" exhaust has a great tone and not over kill.The resulting car is a car that is very civilized around town: strong and smooth low grunt power from 1K RPM through around 4K. When it is time to have fun the cam opens up and really gives the car a bunch of power gain above 3500 RPM throughout the range. Estimated to make 50HP over stock so around 140Hp.The engine and its components/electrics and the drivetrain have less than 500 miles on them! It is not a race car it isn't stripped and it could had been built faster but I chose reliability and drivability without compromise over excess speed. THis things is very quick throughout its RPM rangebut it is a very very great daily driver that will always start always get you there and will always make you smile! It has a very nice and surprisingly comfortable ride and is NOT race car stiff! It has Electric Ignition and Electric Choke to make things even easier! You won't have to do much to it besides regular maintenance for a long long time. THIS WAS BUILT TO BE A BULLET PROOF DAILY DRIVER FOR SOMEONE essentially a mechanically new car underneath with 1971 styling!EngineL20B- Bored 0.40 over NEW less than 500 miles on the engine its components and electricsBaffled oil pan (1 inch fin welded across the oil pan to keep oil in the rear of the engine during hard braking and oil in the front during hard acceleration and cornering.Racer Brown Race CamFlat top pistonsMILD head work-Kept it just shy of the pining territory that a highly ported and polished/high compression motor would haveBored and worked exhaust manifold- Wide open cavities and outlets- NEW gasket (much much much stronger and more reliable than headers)Weber 32/36 REBUILTElectric chokeElectric Ignition (No points)Griffin Racing Radiator modified by Troy Ermish for my car (it is massive hardly need to use the fan) cost $475Over flow tank for radiator12" Electric Fan on Switch- NOT on a clutch. HP gains but you need to remember to turn the switch on around town or at stop lights on hot days. 2 Temp gauges- One Factory and one after marketCustom Side exit exhaust 2 1/2"NEW ClutchNEW Clutch master cylinder and linesNEW brake master cylinder and linesNew 510 BrakesGas tank flushed and sealed- new sending unit gas cap and breatherDrivetrain240 Z 4 speed trans 1970's MG shifter boot and chrome ring (I chose 4 speed over five because its cheap to repoair or replace and is bomb proof 5 speed will fit right in without modification if buyer want to go that route)New custom drive shaftDifferential inspected and refilledNew Koni Race Adustable shocksBRE type rally spacers- 1" raise in frontStock 510 suspension components- All inspected reassembled and torquedElectrics And InteriorAll lights workall indicators workHarness is clean in the engine bayemergency indicators workhorn worksWindshield wiper workTemp gauges work- Original gauge and after marketGas gauge worksSpeedo works but makes squeaking sound so I disconnected it. I have another cluster that I will includeDash has a few cracksHeadliner has a few stains but is in very good conditionrear seat and passenger seats are in very good condition with no tearsDriver side has a few tears but has a nice cover on itdome light works but is missing the glass dome240 Z 2+2 retractable seat beltsChain bolted in behind rear seat and in the the crease of the seat to add some more safety anchor points for a car seatExteriorOn the same "City car" theme:Satin black with classic white accents. Easy to repair if scraped and looks like no other 510NEW Kumho Tires -very nice grip14" Volk Rays rims- a bit beat up and missing the center caps but still very cool and old schoolRear fenders have been rolled to fit the wide tiresFront fenders are stock- no clearance issuesBumper are in good condition with light surface rust in spotsBRE Air Spook air damEmblems have been shavedOverall the body is pretty good and hasn't been restored. It has been sanded and painted. There is a rust hole in the pass side running board a few small holes in the floor pan (floor pan is ver solid)Frame is immaculate!Shock Towers are immaculate!Body work has been started but hasn't progressed. There isn't a lot to do what you see is original body condition so it isn't perfect. Again this car was built to be a reliable bullet proof urban vehicle not a show car. Opening bid reflects half of what I am in it.THIS CAR HAS NEVER SEEN SNOW OR SALT AND RARELY SEES RAIN!I drove this car a few times a week for the last few months just a few miles each way. I need to sell and get larger car for those road trips up north my family and I want to start doing. It is a really hard choice but it has to be done. I will lose money on this car but at least one more Datsun is alive and running now worth every penny!! LONG LIVE THE CLASSICS!! Includes spare and tool kit with jackAsk Me anything. I want the next owner to drive it and love it like I have and was intending to for a long time ahead. This is an old car though a lot of time and money has been spent to upgrade and inspect its mechanicals and electrics it is an old car so no warranties no returns and is sold AS IS. It is a simple machine that most anyone will be able to maintain and drive with ease for a long long time.