1971 Datsun 510 Wagon Resto-Mod
1971 Datsun 510 Wagon Resto-ModSource: toaster-pastry
San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
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Posted: 15 Dec 2011
This '71 wagon is in gorgeous condition and everything is new. From the headliner down to the tires, only 7,300 miles since complete restoration. It would be difficult to find a better example and impossible to find one with such a perfect mix of tasteful modifications. This 510 turned 40 just this year and as you know, they are becoming increasingly rare. The Datsun 510 is an amazing collectors car with a great racing heritage and we both know the prices are going to keep climbing on these cars.
This is a rust-free California car with all original metal. It is very clean underneath with no rust, damage, leaks, or drips. The car has been repainted in it's original color of Tirolian Dark Green (Paint code #911). The car was painted in a professional manor with all of the rubber and trim removed. There is no overspray or other unattractive things that are normally associated with a car that has been repainted. The engine compartment is clean as a whistle and was re-painted along with the underside of the hood and the bits of the interior that are supposed to be color matched (tops of the doors, etc). The bumpers have been re-chromed to look like new (not cheap!) and there is an SSS grille fitted between the upgraded H4 halogen headlamps and above the large front-lower airdam. You can keep the real Japanese license plate that is mounted to the front. ;-)
The interior looks just as amazing as the exterior. New carpet, headliner, door cards, JDM center console, and vintage Nardi wood steering wheel. BMW E30 leather sport seats have been fitted in the front and original vinyl-upholstered seat is in the rear (folds flat for extra storage space). Both dome lights have been converted to LED, a small tachometer has been added, and the entire audio system is new. CD player has an auxiliary input and there is an amplifier under the passenger seat for better sound. (It is to be noted that there is some static in the rear speakers; just a loose wire somewhere that I've yet to track down). The dash is in perfect condition with no fading or cracks. All trim, knobs, buttons, switches, handles, levers, and hinges are present and working perfectly. Nothing is missing or has been hacked together. There is an oil pressure gauge as well as an air/fuel ratio gauge mounted to the side of the console. These work great, but were done as a temporary solution so they don't look as beautiful as they could. All of the rubber seals and weatherstripping has been replaced. No water leaks. All of the stock gauges and lights work perfectly... even the clock. Heat and blower motor work great. Wipers work, but are a little slow-moving.
The mechanicals are all new. Fresh LZ2.2 engine. L20B block bored to 87mm with L20 connecting rods and a Z2.2 crankshaft (the lower end is all balanced). On the top end, you will find a rare SSS219 cylinder head with oversized valves, ISKY stage 3 camshaft, Kameri adjustable cam gear, twin Mukini HSR motorcycle carburetors mounted on an SU manifold. There is a long-tube header and all new 2.25" exhaust system including a Borla muffler. It sounds very nice. The ignition has been converted to a Nissan blackbox distributor with MSD coil. Electric fan conversion has been done along with reconditioned and expanded radiator (the car runs very cool, even on hot days in traffic). Alternator has been upgraded to a single-wire 63 amp GM style for simplicity and reliability. Battery, cables, and tie-down are all new as well as new belt, hoses, and seals all around. No leaks and no drips anywhere. The car has been converted to an electric fuel pump with an adjustable regulator and gauge mounted under the hood.
On the back end of the engine, you will find a new light-weight flywheel and Exedy clutch kit (550lb pressure plate). The clamping force is just right; good pedal feel and not too stiff for the street. Obviously, a new release bearing as well. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual from a late model 280zx. It has great gearing and and makes the car comfortable for cruising on the highway (You don't want to drive a 510 on a long highway trip with a 4-speed, trust me... I've done it in another car). The original 4-speed knob is in place for a "stock" look.
The clutch and brake master cylinder are both new along with all of the brake hoses. Up front, there is a pair of Brembo rotors with somewhat aggressive front pads. The calipers have been taken apart, cleaned, and resealed. In the rear, you will find new rare aluminum Z-car drums with rebuilt wheel cylinders. The car stops great. New wheel bearings and wheel seals as well.
The suspension is stiff, holds the road very well, and makes the car even more fun to drive. Polyurethane bushings all around, front coilover conversion with 225lb springs and camber plates. ADDCO front swaybar. Rear leafs have been flipped and de-arched for a tight ride and low stance. New (authentic) Z-car 15" Panasport wheels. 205/50/15 tires in the rear and 195/55/15 up front. New chrome lugnuts and wheel-locks.
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