Hooniverse Weekend Edition – A 1971 Datsun 510

This will be the last posting for my Saturday Interesting Project Car Weekend, which was inspired by Jim Yu’s article (You can look it up here). This time, it’s a car that was once described as the Japanese BMW 2002. Yes, that’s right, its a Datsun 510 that the current owner has lost interest in. What? Lost interest in a Datsun 510? Why yes he has, and now is the time for you to turn it into a Cruiser, or a Track Star. This is a 1971 Datsun 510 4-Door (Not the more desirable 2-Door, but what the hell) and it is equipped with a rebuilt motor using a Z20 block, and an L20B head. It also comes equipped with twin Side Draft Mikunis, which I have heard are very desirable. The engine has been treated to a new exhaust header, and the seller states that the cars runs. So, what has to be done to bring this Datsun five and dime back to drive-able status? One word, and that’s Brakes. Seems that the owner tried to convert the braking system for four-wheel discs, and this has yet to be finished. Within the Datsun Racing Community, there are more than enough parts and support to get this done quickly and cheaply. So, what else do you have to do to this car? Well, apparently the car received a base-coat clear-coat refinish at one point in its life, and the clear-coat is peeling off. Those Cragar wheels look great, but not very sporting, especially with white-wall tires. Oh yea, the interior will need a complete re-do if you are going to restore to stock. If you plan on competing in SCCA events, or other competitive ventures, simply rip out the hideous interior. The bidding for this particular 510 is stalled at $520 as of this writing, with an unmet reserve. The Buy-it-Now price is $2,199, which really isn’t all that bad. Look, it’s a desirable 510, with a rebuilt engine, dual side drafts, a 4-speed manual, and with a body that is actually pretty straight. You have to hook up a braking system, drain all the gasoline and inspect the entire fuel system, add in a new battery, attach the front bumper, and you have a vintage 510 that is drivable regardless of what the interior looks like. See the eBay listing here, and tell me what you think.

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