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#1543913 B210 Coupe Score of the Decade!

Posted by BestyBlue77 on 03 February 2018 - 10:53 PM

Okay, here is the pics from today.  It's the '77.  She was awful dirty, but she cleaned up real nice. Almost no rust anywhere, and the little bit that is present is just surface.  Nothing goes through or is thin.  It definitely needs some love.  It's musty as hell inside.  Apparently, according to the tags, it hasn't been on the road since 1989. It's only had one driver, the original owner, a woman.  Looks like she got into a little fender bender, and then sold it, as a lot of folks do that bought them new. This one was originally sold and lived right here in Sacramento.  Pretty cool!  It only has 89,058 original miles on it. She bought it in 1977, and sold it to the old guy in May of '85. The old guy's wife said they never drove it.  I wonder why? She did say they own quite a few properties, and had cars all over all their properties. The old guy was a car hoarder.  But like I mentioned before he was a body guy. I think that's why the fenders are all missing.  I think he took them off and repaired them straight away cuz they were easier, and then stored them in a huge backyard garage, that is apparently so full of stuff, you can't even walk in there. I told her if she finds ANY Datsun parts at all to let me know.  I'm really crossing my fingers that those fenders are in there and maybe even the seats and headlilner from the '74. Now let's get to those pics.  :)













#1543879 B210 Coupe Score of the Decade!

Posted by BestyBlue77 on 03 February 2018 - 07:48 PM

If you have the title the 74 is much more valuable in California as it is SMOG exempt.

I did some more thinking on this & I think I'm going to get the title on the '74 after all. Who am I to deny someone else of a great project car. I think I'm going to continue to clean up both cars & then sell them. Posting more pics from today's mission. Check 'em out.

#1543769 B210 Coupe Score of the Decade!

Posted by BestyBlue77 on 03 February 2018 - 06:12 AM

That's a very idealistic point of view that will not work in your favor here. You have one chance to make your life easier forever (as long as you own the car), but you'd rather take the approach of cleaner burning cars are better for the road? What makes you think a 40 year old pushrod A13 burns cleaner than a new EFI DOHC SR20?

Anyway, it is a score and I'm glad for you. I would have jumped on that in a heartbeat.

I'm not taking any approach. I was just simply making a point. I'm no mechanic by any means. Just a lover of Datsuns. I'm completely self-taught. Never even taken a shop class. Didn't get into really working on cars until I was in my early 30's. So forgive me if I don't know what a SR20 is. Also, the pics I've shown here are of the decent areas of the car. Some parts are pretty rusty. It would take a lot of money in body work & quite a few swapped pieces from another car to make this thing road worthy. Then you have the engine to work on. Who's got that kind of money just to have to not smog a car, or to put a different engine in it? I'm not trying to say a '74 isn't superior for a lot of reasons, but for me & my situation it's easier to keep the '77 & move to WA where I just found out there are only 4 counties that even smog at all.

#1543550 B210 Coupe Score of the Decade!

Posted by BestyBlue77 on 02 February 2018 - 05:02 AM

The joy of an exempt car though is that it is a non-checked upon slate to do whatever the hell you want with.
SR20 with a big turbo? Yes.
LS? Yes.
KA? Yes.
Pinto motor? Sure.
Doesn't matter. That is the beauty of the exempt status.

Well, sure I get it. That's why I'm moving to western WA state (no snow) where all my babies will be smog exempt! Up there they still have the old CA rule of no smog for 25 years or older. Woo hoo!!! See ya Cali, wouldn't wanna be ya. Lol.

#1543522 B210 Coupe Score of the Decade!

Posted by BestyBlue77 on 01 February 2018 - 09:56 PM

If you have the title the 74 is much more valuable in California as it is SMOG exempt.

I realize this, but the title is SALVAGED. I have no pink slip just a receipt from the junk yard the old guy bought it from. I looked into it & there is no way to unsalvage the title. The only thing that can be done is that the car would have to be completely rebuilt, you have to pay a shit ton of fees and it would have to be inspected several times by the DMV in order to pass what would be considered a rebuilt Salvage. Either way it's a salvage and it's not worth messing with. If the title wasn't salvaged, it would be a whole different story!
Also, I think the whole "smog exempt" thing is overrated for these kinds of cars. First of all Datsuns have some of the lowest emissions out there. It's extremely easy to keep them passing smog every single time. If you shop around you can find a smog shop that will do it for 50 bucks including the certificate, and you only have to do it every two years. Secondly, it forces people to keep their cars running in Tip-Top condition. There's nothing worse than driving behind a stinky, smoking, old clunker and breathing all of the nasty fumes. You might not care about air quality, but if you have children or grandchildren, it might be something that you want to consider. Just saying.

#1543496 B210 Coupe Score of the Decade!

Posted by BestyBlue77 on 01 February 2018 - 08:32 PM

I only have one pic of the 1977 one that I am going to fix up and get running. I don't have that one in my possession yet. I only have storage space for one project car at a time, so I had to very quickly strip the 1974 down, and it has to be gone by Saturday, so I can bring this one over.  This one is on a non-op, so it can't even be on the street.  Bummer!


#1543493 B210 Coupe Score of the Decade!

Posted by BestyBlue77 on 01 February 2018 - 08:21 PM

Nice score. What other future plans do you have for it? I have that same blue on my right door and fender but the rest is yellow. I like me a b210 coupe.

I seem be be having trouble seeing the pics of the bay and interior. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

This one is a salvage, so there's nothing to really be done with it, but strip it and scrap it. It's always sad to see one go across the rainbow bridge, but unfortunately this one is too far gone to be saved. However, her pieces and parts will live on, in at least 3 of my cars. :) If anyone wants or needs ANYTHING off of the BODY this car speak now, because after Saturday it's gone with the wind. I will be selling a ton of other parts from this car including the engine if anyone wants or needs it. I'm pulling it out tomorrow. Let me know!

#1543491 B210 Coupe Score of the Decade!

Posted by BestyBlue77 on 01 February 2018 - 08:15 PM











#1543471 B210 Coupe Score of the Decade!

Posted by BestyBlue77 on 01 February 2018 - 07:17 PM

Okay, okay. I just haven't had time to upload pics to photobucket. Will do that shortly.  Until then here's a short video of the '74 being wenched up onto the tow truck.


#1543364 B210 Coupe Score of the Decade!

Posted by BestyBlue77 on 01 February 2018 - 08:58 AM

Hey gang! I randomly called about a 1977 B210 Coupe I saw for cheap on Craigslist. It's been sitting on a clean title Non-Op since at least 2014 from the scarce few reg records I have on it. However, it's only been owned by 2 older women. It's an automatic, it's turquoise, it's super clean, especially the interior. Even the the seats & carpets are perfect. Of course I bought it! But here's the even sweeter deal they had another one, damn near the exact same car down to to color, but it's a 1974! I have the few receipts on it. It has a salvage title, but it was less than a year old when it got rolled in an accident. It was the husband's of the old lady that I got it from. He was a body guy he was trying to fix it up. He had started doing some work on it but probably got distracted, and it was in their yard since damn-near 1976. He stripped it mostly all of the interior out to do the body work, but most of it was there in the car, just no seats, headliner, or carpets. The entire engine and transmission are there. Everything's pretty rusty on the outside because it had possums,rats, hornets, and wasps living in it over the years, but miraculously nothing of import was ruined or chewed. All of the wiring harnesses are complete with no sign of damage. Get this: They threw that one in for FREE just to get it out of their yard. Woo Hoo!!! I've spent the better part of this week stripping every single thing that's usable out of this vehicle and the last thing I'm going to do is pull the engine and transmission. This thing only has 8,256 miles on it!!! So the '77 has an automatic transmission, but the '74 has a manual transmission. Can I take that manual transmission out of the '74 and swap it into the '77? The '74 has an A-13 engine in the 77 has an A-14 engine. Not sure they are compatible, but I know you guys will know.

#1540706 Chrome Interior Trim Refresher

Posted by BestyBlue77 on 17 January 2018 - 07:00 PM

Hey gang! I just wanted to throw up a quick post about this awesome product that I found to freshen up the Chrome trim details on the dash and interior of my Datsun B210. It's called Molotow Liquid Chrome Pen. It was 12 bucks at Hobby Lobby and I know they sell them on the interweb as well, so if you can find it cheaper, do it! This product works like a charm! It truly is a liquid chrome pen. It goes on really smooth, it's super easy to use, and they have several different sizes available. Here's a little video I made for YouTube. Check it out, and see what you think.

#1539707 Need advice on replacing piston rings B210 A-14

Posted by BestyBlue77 on 11 January 2018 - 12:04 PM

Great! Thanks for the thorough reply! I forgot to mention I just had the head off about a year ago & haven't put many miles at all on it since. The cylinders are in excellent condition & still have the original cross hatching marks with no marks, scratching, or scraps of any kind visable on any of the cylinders. I have a buddy that's a mechanic & he came over to take a look at them & said they were good to go. I should have replaced the rings at that time, but I had a bunch of other projects going on & needed to just get it back together, so I could drive it a while. I did resurface the engine block, so that's good to go as well. Ya, I'm pretty much kicking myself in the butt for not doing it then, but we live & learn, right?! (Hopefully!)

That being said, I bought original sized rings to replace the old ones. I'll post a few pics here in a minute to show ya what I've got.

#1432192 New Timing Chain Noise B210

Posted by BestyBlue77 on 04 November 2016 - 07:52 PM

Doctor510, THANK YOU!!! That's what I needed to know.  I was afraid of doing all that work again and not solving the problem. Now, I feel better about tearing into it. I will get this worked out, and let you guys know.  Thanks again!


P.S. I ALWAYS take my time!!!  I can't do it any other way.  I'm just made that way. Slow and steady wins the race in my opinion! :)

#1384922 How to fix Stock Hitachi Carb

Posted by BestyBlue77 on 20 May 2016 - 09:18 AM

So I know this thread is 5 years old but it seems fitting to ask here. What wears out on a hitichi? I've been having the same problem with mine for the past year that it won't send any fuel through the idel circuit. I hear the anti dieseling solenoid open and close, rebiult the thing 2 times, cleaned every hole, messed with the mixture screw, and the b.c.d.d. (I think) valve setting and it still won't idle lower then 1600. It's on an l20b that sat for years. I've replaced all the vacuum lines and I know there are no leaks. I can't switch to a weber because I live in California and my 510 is a 78 so it gets smoged. Any ideas on what it could be? And where I can get a new old stock?

I had the same problem with mine & after literally fixing every possible problem including buying a like new rebuilt carbie from National Carburetors out of Florida it still had the same problem. Finally realized I had a large vacuum leak because my manifold gaskets were leaking due to the bolts vibrating loose & 2 of the damn bolts that attach the carb to the intake go in upside-down were completely missing. New gaskets, new bolts, lock-washers & some threadlocker & now she runs like new. Get her done!

#1383783 B210 Rollcall

Posted by BestyBlue77 on 17 May 2016 - 09:48 AM

Hey fellow Bee owners!  I have a 1977 Datsun B210. 2-door Sedan. 1.4L, carbie, 4-speed.  All Stock and original!! Her name is Betsy.  I've owned it for 14 years now. It's had a few other owners, and was gifted to me my a good friend who is an awesome mechanic and gearhead.  I had a old Audi I was driving, and I let my ex borrow it to drive down the road to say goodbye to a friend that was leaving town.  The car got hit, and I was instantly without wheels. My buddy had this B210 that he had bought for his wife to drive around, and she didn't need it anymore, so he said, "here, take this car, buy yourself a mechanics tool set and learn how to work on this car." I did just that and the rest is history.  Best gift I've ever received, and I love this car more than anything I've ever owned. She has left me stranded on the side of the road a few times over the years, but she's a champ, and I have always been able to get her fixed up, and back on the road in no time. I do all the work on her myself.  She's never been in the shop, except once many years ago for new brakes, but now I do all of those too.  Unfortunately, I've never had any extra money to put into really making her cherry, but I vow to one day, make her crispy, and clean again. Love seeing all the other Bees on here!!  Keeps me smiling!!!   :thumbup: