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#1 emanistan

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 03:07 PM

Months ago I put one or two photos of my beauty (1978 two-door sedan) up in the rollcall thread, but I feel like putting up more, so here she is:

 

I found her in my local Pick and Pull and bought her as a builder.

33254608992_fe989249b2.jpg20170226_092700 by emanistan, on Flickr

 

She spent a few months in a storage locker before I was able to convince the powers that be to let me bring her home:

32567512694_dc76e19dbb.jpg20170301_112116 by emanistan, on Flickr

 

Snazzy new tires and the grill restored:

36393025745_2fa15915c0.jpg20170328_122757 by emanistan, on Flickr

 

Finally home in my driveway:

36393025385_39509e8bf4.jpg20170622_121739 by emanistan, on Flickr

 

35557534684_559558e62e.jpg20170622_121922 by emanistan, on Flickr

 

Serious work finally underway:

35557533804_1c9209ba32.jpg20170629_124254 by emanistan, on Flickr



#2 Crashtd420

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 03:37 PM

Why the hell was that in the junk yard....
It looks straight and pretty clean and conplete...
Nice save..
So what does it need?
What's the plans?

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 04:52 PM

Nice save on that one! wow.


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Posted 05 August 2017 - 06:01 PM

Thanks.  It is remarkably straight, even bearing in mind that a lot of the damage she does have--dings and scrapes--doesn't show up in the pictures.  She's almost entirely rust free, and what little surface rust she does have (in the bottom of the spare tire cove in the trunk and on the floorpan in front of the passenger seat) I think was formed during the few weeks she was outside at the junkyard during the February downpour.  All the clues I've found point to this car being well cared for much of its life and driven up till the year 2003, after which it was stored inside till someone decided to get rid of it and it made its way to Pick and Pull where our paths crossed.

 

When I first bought the car, I was excitedly bragging to everyone that she still had the original paint.  Closer inspection showed that wasn't true; she has been repainted once in a color that is close to the original, but not quite the same.  I'm in a bit of a quandary over what to do about to this:  should I have it repainted in the original color or should I touch up and maintain the color on her now?  The problem is, even though original color is the way to go for the sake of authenticity, I actually like this shade of green better:  it's more vibrant and sets off the car's lines nicely.   The original code 601 green mist metallic was slightly darker, duller, and more olive.

 

In terms of what she needs to go back on the road, unfortunately, I'm one of those people who's always been in love with cars because of the way they look, but have next to no idea about what makes them go, so I'm learning as I go along.  She ran at the junkyard, but died easily, and the people there told me she had a tendency to overheat. A few months ago I tried installing a fresh battery, but I think I put it in backwards:  something popped, some sparks went up, and she's been completely dead since.  I'm hoping I just blew the fusible link; I'll put that to the test next week.  Once I get her actually running, I'll be able to diagnose things a bit better, though at some point I might just break down and tow her to a mechanic, if only to have them tell me what needs doing.

 

As for plans, I want to make her an immaculate 70s time capsule inside and out and use her as my daily commuter.  I'm going to install a modern sound system, but house it behind period faceplates.  The interior upholstery is in fairly good condition, so I'm just going to clean it, repair what damage there is, and re-install it.  

 

Everyone says these cars were severely underpowered enough that getting on the freeway with one is a scary experience, and that's without the automatic transmission and air conditioning (a necessity to have working during the summer months where I live) that mine has, so I may try swapping in a more powerful engine one of these days, but that's a ways down the road.



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Posted 05 August 2017 - 09:15 PM

Where in Northern California was this car? 


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Posted 06 August 2017 - 05:47 AM

Redding



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Posted 06 August 2017 - 02:28 PM

Awesome car.  



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Posted 06 August 2017 - 04:35 PM

Thanks!  Yours too, if that's it in your thumbnail.



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Posted 08 August 2017 - 03:48 PM

Everyone says these cars were severely underpowered enough that getting on the freeway with one is a scary experience

 

Mine was marginal ('74 auto). Swapping in an electronic distributor (which you should already have), changing to a 1200 carb, and some de-smogging made all the difference in the world. It would do 75+ all day and had no trouble getting up to that speed. Only problem I ever had was on long hills. 

 

I would also suggest installing an external transmission cooler if you plan to keep the auto in it. That also made a lot of difference. 


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 12:29 AM

Nice looking Sedan.. I need to ask does your car still have the color code on the core support and is it visible still. If it is would you mind letting me know what it is.? I have the same color and my color code has faded away.
Thanks and I appreciate the help.

#11 emanistan

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 04:44 AM

Code 601, Green Mint Metallic, or Green Mist Metallic, depending on who you ask.



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Posted 11 August 2017 - 12:19 AM

Perfect.!!!!
Thanks for the help and I appreciate you getting back to me with the info.

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Posted 19 August 2017 - 09:10 PM

Mine was marginal ('74 auto). Swapping in an electronic distributor (which you should already have), changing to a 1200 carb, and some de-smogging made all the difference in the world. It would do 75+ all day and had no trouble getting up to that speed. Only problem I ever had was on long hills. 

 

I would also suggest installing an external transmission cooler if you plan to keep the auto in it. That also made a lot of difference. 

I missed this post before, but thanks!!!  I don't know what most of the things you mentioned are, but once I find out, I'll definitely look into doing all of this.



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Posted 19 August 2017 - 09:15 PM

Beautiful foundation. I've gotta find one of these. Bumper plans?

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Posted 19 August 2017 - 09:43 PM

Beautiful foundation. I've gotta find one of these. Bumper plans?

I'm one of the few people who actually like the later bumpers, so they'll stay as they are, except for some new rubber corner moldings to replace the old cracked ones.  The rear bumper has an old Triple-A sticker still on it, & of course that's staying.



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 05:53 PM

I had a rude awakening reading through some of the other conversations on this forum yesterday.  I wish I could remember where I stumbled on this, so I could quote it directly, but I came across a conversation in which one of the old-timers told someone something like "don't be like the noobs and spend all your money on parts, then have to sell it cause you can't afford to fix it."  It hit me square on the head:  that's me he's talking about.  That's the road I'm travelling down.  So from this point forward, I'm putting a moratorium on body and cosmetic stuff, and all my time and resources will be devoted to figuring this stuff out:

 

36987738296_641e90d961.jpg20170301_174540 by emanistan, on Flickr

 

till I can get it to go...of course Redding is an oven right now, and the car's in an uninsulated garage, so I have a few weeks more before I run out of excuses. Still though, I can work on some of the parts I already have inside till then, but no new stuff except for parts that will make it go!...unless a tachometer should show up in the meantime, or an original decklid rack, or a Santa Cruz Datsun plate frame, or, well, you know....



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 06:23 PM

You have a beautiful find there. Enjoy every moment you have bringing her back to 100% :thumbup:


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 11:55 PM

nice b210



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Posted 12 September 2017 - 02:44 AM

Datsuns are much more fun when you can drive them.... don't have to be pretty to run.... I usually have two lists ... needs and wants.... some parts in the want column are hard to find so I keep my eyes open if they come available I buy them.

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 07:12 AM

Motivation and project momentum are typically higher if it can be driven. So yes, follow your new path. You will be more successful.

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