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#1 ShiftyMcGrifty

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 02:53 PM

Hello Everyone!

 

I've been a fan of the 510 since I was a kid. I had relatives that had pics of their old 510s, and always thought they were an awesome car. 

 

Decades pass, and this car pops up 4 miles away from me. It's in rough shape, but I snagged it for $600.

 

How I found it:

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how it sits now:

 

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Number one priority before sinking money into it, would be to take care of that front clip damage. Good news is the car is relatively rust free. 

 

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My overall goal for this project will be street legal AutoX/Race Car... I have time, patience, and funds to eventually get here. My question I'd like to throw out there, is how you'd approach getting that damage straightened out decently enough (enough to get a hood, fender, and headlights back in place)?

 

My thought on sequencing would be

  • bend/fix the body
  • Sand surface rust, repair/weld where needed
  • Engine
  • Drivetrain
  • Suspension
  • Interior (bucket seats, roll cage, etc.)
  • Auxiliary electronics (non essentials for engine function, but essential for making it street legal)

I expect the endeavor to take 1.5 years to get it where I want. This forum is amazing, glad to be here. 

 

 



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Posted 14 November 2017 - 03:00 PM

Glad to have you here, welcome to Ratsun.


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#3 edekalil

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 05:23 PM

Did you get any doors? I believe I still have the doors from a 4 door I had that was wrecked the doors where not hit. I'll look when I get back to the building this Sunday. I used to live in Sandy Springs back in the mid 70s. Now I'm in Mississippi about 100 miles north of New Orleans. It looks very fixable and it has flares to boot.

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#4 ShiftyMcGrifty

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 05:28 PM

Did you get any doors? I believe I still have the doors from a 4 door I had that was wrecked the doors where not hit. I'll look when I get back to the building this Sunday. I used to live in Sandy Springs back in the mid 70s. Now I'm in Mississippi about 100 miles north of New Orleans. It looks very fixable and it has flares to boot.


I have all 4 doors with glass! Car is pretty disassembled at this point.

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 05:34 PM

I have all 4 doors with glass! Car is pretty disassembled at this point.


Ok well that is a good thing. As well as having a place out of the weather to keep it. Looks like you have a good starting point. Also glad to see here on the forum.

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 06:29 PM

Welcome!! Thanks for the pics.

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View my 71 510 2dr Sedan - Coming soon.

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 03:21 PM

Quick question, did you buy the car in Texas?

Also welcome to the forum, the place were all you questions will be answered!!

You know this is a beautiful car; it's still got a good engine but until we get that piece that fixes the engine its not going anywhere.


#8 ShiftyMcGrifty

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Posted 16 November 2017 - 06:53 AM

Quick question, did you buy the car in Texas?

Also welcome to the forum, the place were all you questions will be answered!!

 

Yes, I did buy it here! San Antonio area. 



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Posted 16 November 2017 - 07:31 PM

Yes, I did buy it here! San Antonio area.

I knew it, I even have a picture of it from when it was posted on Craigslist in a storage depot. I was thinking about buying it since I had just purchased a 510 and was in need of rear quarter panels since mine are rusty. But I never managed to get him under $1200 for the shell, and I had just paid $1400 for mine and its way more complete. So I just couldn't see myself spending more for a shell that needed more work. X.x But you my friend just did a great job on lowering his asking price. :P bBut I guess it was for the best since now it will be restored and not chopped up.
P.S Us Texans with 510 should meet up sometime once our shells are back on the road! :D

You know this is a beautiful car; it's still got a good engine but until we get that piece that fixes the engine its not going anywhere.


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Posted 17 November 2017 - 06:44 AM

Very cool! Welcome to the Madness and I look forward to seeing your progress! 


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Posted 17 November 2017 - 09:00 AM

No hard feelings

I think cheaper to buy a more complete one

 

when I sell my beater510 it will under 3k for sure. LSD 40 mm Mukunis 15x7 Rotas

I just sold my yellow 510 convert with LSD, box flair 44mikunis 3 pc compomotives 15x8,7s ,konig seats euro lenses      for 5K, meaning to this is cheaper to buy one done than spend 10k on a 4k car


Throw on some Weber sidedrafts, Rising Sun hood.... call it good

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 07:39 PM

First, make sure this isn't the East Africa Rally winner.


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Posted Yesterday, 08:47 PM

I knew it, I even have a picture of it from when it was posted on Craigslist in a storage depot. I was thinking about buying it since I had just purchased a 510 and was in need of rear quarter panels since mine are rusty. But I never managed to get him under $1200 for the shell, and I had just paid $1400 for mine and its way more complete. So I just couldn't see myself spending more for a shell that needed more work. X.x But you my friend just did a great job on lowering his asking price. :P bBut I guess it was for the best since now it will be restored and not chopped up.
P.S Us Texans with 510 should meet up sometime once our shells are back on the road! :D


May be a while! But yeah! Don’t see a lot of 510s here

#14 ShiftyMcGrifty

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Posted Yesterday, 08:49 PM

No hard feelings
I think cheaper to buy a more complete one
 
when I sell my beater510 it will under 3k for sure. LSD 40 mm Mukunis 15x7 Rotas
I just sold my yellow 510 convert with LSD, box flair 44mikunis 3 pc compomotives 15x8,7s ,konig seats euro lenses      for 5K, meaning to this is cheaper to buy one done than spend 10k on a 4k car


I understand that. This gave me an opportunity to take the shell, which I currently have options for fixing or getting a donor front clip.

I’m not too worried about it not running for a while. I want to build this from scratch. Clean up the body, and do it right. All said, I’ll be in it for another 5-7k, and it’ll be exactly how I want it.

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Posted Yesterday, 08:50 PM

First, make sure this isn't the East Africa Rally winner.


Reference?