Greetings everyone, my name is James and I'm new to Ratsun.
I've been looking around for a month or so, and signed up last week. On the way in to work this morning I saw a 510 wagon, so I figured it was a sign and I should finally introduce myself.
What's my Datsun background?
Not too much.
My dad had a '72 240Z and I have vague memories of helping him work on it one time. My mom had a '79 or '80 810 wagon but I don't remember it at all. Both of those vehicles went away in 1987. The wagon was traded on a brand new Maxima and the Z was given to one of my uncles. At that time I was 7 years old, and we lived on the east coast.
My other uncle, who was living in Los Angeles had purchased a '79 810 coupe second hand in 1983. In '88 we moved to San Diego and as I grew up I developed a relationship with the uncle in LA as he would visit frequently. I would help him work on the 810, although he pretty much would only let me hold the flashlight at first.
When I was 16 he taught me to drive a manual trans in that car, as it was the only stickshift in the family anymore.
Fast forward 20 years or so and we are still great friends, visiting on average twice a month. The 810 is no longer his daily driver, although he has logged over 400,000 miles on it.
Sadly, my uncle passed away unexpectedly about two months ago.
I have taken over the care of the 810. He had just begun to start a restoration on it, and we had been discussing details of the plan for years so I have a pretty good idea of how he wanted it to turn out. I'll do my best to finish it in a way that he would have liked, while putting my own touches on it as well.
How about some pictures?
I'm not really sure of the year, but I'd guess early to mid nineties for this one. He would drive the car into the desert on dirt roads (not too far off the highway) for his landscape photography.
This one is roughly 2003ish? At the storage facility he rented so the car wouldn't have to be parked on the street in LA all the time.
These next ones are current, from two weeks ago when we retrieved it from storage and moved it to my place.
Here it is, the tiny Datsun sleeping next to the mid 60's Lincoln Continenlat limousine that also lives at the storage place.
My lovely wife revealing the 810 in all it's glory.
And now parked at her new home.
Of course the obligatory engine shot, because we're all car people here right?
Oh did I mention he swapped an L28 into it way back in 1990?
So that's it.
My plan includes, in no particular order:
Lower it a bit, get some Konig Rewinds for it.
Clean up the engine bay, because it's super dusty from sitting.
Finish the body work that he had started and get it painted.
Round headlight swap? Probably yes.
Find some better bumpers? Absolutely yes.
Sort out the interior. The dash and most of the trim is still good, but it needs the plastic trim for the edge of the carpet, A-pillars and kick panels.
I think that's all.
Thanks for looking!
Questions or comments?