Some of the below is repeat from the wanabre but this WAS supposed to be my first build thread on Ratsun……turns out this is #4
This thread is the story of how I was introduced to the Nissan Skyline and how much my desire to own one has grown over the years. When I was 14 years old way back in 1996 I started to think about what car I would like to own. I found myself searching through local issues of the Diablo Dealer or newspapers looking at used cars for sale along with the pictures. I always enjoyed looking at modified cars and older vehicles. I will never forget the first time I saw a picture of a Datsun 510, the picture was a side profile shot of a car and the shape just stuck with me, I had to have one!
I started finding other pictures and started clipping out ads of 510’s for sale knowing that it was the ultimate car for me. I have always enjoyed driving and worked at a golf course washing and parking golf carts and learned how to drift, burnout, pop wheelies, 180’s, 360’s, jump, you name it. I LOVED to drive and push the limits of whatever I was driving. As I learned more about the Datsun 510 and its historic racing heritage and independent suspension, etc. I was even more excited. I passed my driver’s test on my 16th birthday and celebrated that night with donuts and drifting in the rain in my parents’ 1987 Jeep Cherokee.
I kept searching for a 510 and a few months after I turned 16 I found one for sale in Walnut Creek, CA. I begged my dad to go look at it with me and we went over there on a rainy Saturday afternoon. As soon as I saw the car I knew that I had to have it. It was a 1969 white 2-door. The car was rocking 13x7” Libra’s in the rear and stock steelies in the front. It was pretty low and looked freaking awesome. It was painted the factory egg shell white and the rear libra spokes were painted red. It had the cheapest summit racing bucket seat on the drivers side and the factory passenger seat. There was no rear seat and no carpet. The owner took me for a spin in the rain, which as a 16 year old kid you can imagine was awesome. It was loud and looked amazing. We left there that day with my dad telling the owner we had to talk about it.
My dad tried to talk me out of it but I wanted it so bad. He told me to wait a couple days and if I still wanted it we could call the owner back. The price was $2200 which of course I would have to take a loan out from mom and dad. After a few days I still really wanted it and so we called the owner only to find out it was sold…..I was so bummed!! Even back then 510’s weren’t for sale very often and it took me a while to find that one so I was pretty sad for a couple days. About 3 days later I came home from school and my dad told me the owner called him to let him know the previous buyers check bounced and the car was for sale again……YES!!!!!!! Finally I had my very first car
It took me about 2 years to pay my dad back because the stupid 510 kept breaking!!!!! There were so many issues, but I loved it just the same. I used the car to deliver pizza and take countless journeys to Santa Cruz, even drove it to Portland a couple times and out to Idaho. My second car was a Datsun 620, then another 510 for autocrossing (still in high school…..while still owning the others LOL). I have always been a work-a-holic and spent every penny I made on cars, just kept buying cars, and parts, and cars, and parts, on and on it goes. When I graduated high school I had two Datsun 510’s, a Datsun 620, and a brand new Chevy S10 Xtreme lol. By the time I was 21 I had owned 20+ cars and by 25 I was at 43 – that was the last time I took a tally……..Things have slowed down a lot since I got married 9 years ago but I am not complaining because without a supportive wife I wouldn’t be able to achieve my dream!