Angela your cool chick and always good to help you out, to bad i did not see you this time but maybe next time. I hope your going to JCCS.
Hey Tanker, Thanks! I was keeping an eye out for you man! I thought maybe you skipped this one. Sorry I missed you 'cos I was looking forward to chatting. I will try to make it to JCCS but if not, for sure the next Eagle Rock meet. Your wagon has GOT to be done by then right?
Maybe that Fontana meet as well? BTW, I found my "lost" cargo hatch light assembly! Wouldn't hurt to have another as a spare in case you do find one for me after all though.
HEY EVERYONE! JUST POSTED NEW EVENT AND ADDED TO CALENDAR FOR JULY 16th. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE
THANK YOU once again for putting on this event! I'm SO glad I was able to drive my wagon this time & have that experience of a 4.5 drive to see what she can do. Will I ever do that again during a heatwave? Hell NO! Haha! I was dying of heat exhaustion but my wagon was going strong the whole way there & back...no overheating or nuthin'! I am so proud of her but next time I'm driving my truck like I usually do. There's WAY too many assholes on the road tailgating & cutting people off (testing the limits of my stock brakes for sure!). Glad we could make a deal on that locking gas cap homie! Let me know when you plan to come to the Central Coast to get your upholstery done by my guy. I can show ya around
Thank you to all the vendors who were super kind & generous with advice & parts! John (Rod's) thanks for the gift can of R12 , Hector, thanks for the deal on the splash pan & brackets, and James...as usual, you have everything. I always find goodies at your space!
Thanks also to the many who had nothing but kind comments on my new interior/upholstery work & my wagon. I enjoyed all the good conversations & sharing about Datsun stuff. That's really a big part of what makes this event my favorite....good people.
So no pics but just to update, it is at my buddies house getting the rest finished up and god/lord I hope it will be starting up this weekend. I will post a video if I know of first start once I get it. Stay tuned. Fingers crosse and praying.
May the Datsun Gods be smiling upon you always Tanker...fingers crossed & prayin!
If I did that it would certainly be a good thing I do the driving or my husband would wreck.
Same here. Stanley is newly upholstered so none of that. When I drag the Ghetto Breeze 600 with me a giant trash bag gets put in the back seat for it to sit on.
Girl hang in there! Put the ghetto a/c next to you in the front. You'll feel more air for sure. I really would like to make a tiny portable a/c compressor. Man that would be amazing! And then my ass could retire cause that would be a money maker!
Thanks for the encouragement Colourbox. You've been a source of inspiration. I've built 3 Ghetto Breeze 600's...each a little bigger than the last just trying to get the best results. I'm about to build The Ghetto Breeze Deluxe... made especially for this Eagle Rock trip. I've got my sights on a 72 quart ice chest on Craigslist I'm trying to get. I'll have towels & trash bags to protect the interior just in case.
Are you coming out to Eagle Rock? I'd like to meet Stanley & check out the new interior.
I jumped on this & drove over to have a look. Nice guy...but the poor thing is just crispy fried on the inside. Floorpans were like swiss cheese & all that was left of the steering wheel is the inner metal ring. Way beyond my scope of expertise & budget. However, the outside is beautiful! Great patina, nice front grill...I wish I could've made it work.
Nice interior. How long have you had the wagon? I had a wagon like that before, same color and black vinyl top.
I've had it for about 7 years now. She used to have a blue vinyl top but when I got her, all that was left of it remained on only the back hatch. I found a NOS vinyl top in the exact same color so eventually I'd like to put that on. For now, she's just got a rattle can paint job in navy blue on top. I like the contrast. What year was yours & why did ya let her go?
There seems to be a lot of info & opinions here to consider. I will take a picture of my existing A/C unit & see what y'all think. I really like the idea of using the looks of the original unit but upgrading the innards to a more efficient system. I think of this endeavor as an investment in a car that I absolutely love & enjoy so it's worth every penny to me to do it right the 1st time & forget about it...no worries...just drive & enjoy. Since I dropped a different L16 with an A87 peanut head in about 2 years into owning it, I have only a limited memory for how the system ran beforehand. The original engine seemed anemic & lacked power. Previous owner thought it needed a valve job but who knows. I still have it & plan to rebuild it someday. Point being, all the original hoses were cut, compressor removed, etc & have been sitting for about 3 yrs now. I don't remember if it bogged down my original engine but I do still have all the parts & really want to find the best direction to go. I did find a source for R13 & the lubricating oil just in case (super easy find). All of you folks have been amazingly generous & helpful over the years with information that's helped me not to screw up my super stock, fairly clean little wagon. I truly appreciate your time/efforts in informing me along the way.
I'd love to hear from Angels on this. After all the suggestions, ideas and potential pitfalls, what is her game plan?
Well, I've been quite busy bringing mental health to the people as we say but, I did read all the input here (MUCH APPRECIATED...I might add)...thank you ALL. I do want to do this "right" & hopefully only once. I have a lot to mull over & don't want to rush...despite it being really hot. My key priorities are not to do harm to my engine & keep the "stock" look of my car. I have seen a few systems from "Vintage Air" but I haven't done the homework on what I options I might have. I'd like to know if I can use the existing A/C unit facia, knobs, vents, controls, etc but upgrade the actual system that does all the work. That would be super sweet in my book. I really don't want some replica unit made for a Ford or Chevy just to have A/C. I'll convert an ice chest & do the home made version before I put something like that in my Datsun!
Input/advice is still welcome & thanks again to all who've put in their 2 cents.
I am looking for interior parts and need new front replacement seat covers, could you please post the website or phone number from where you got your factory replacement seats from they look really awesome. I have a blue on blue 71, 510. Interior wise all I need to replace is the headliner the front seats and the carpet, I even have a sample of the original carpet color.
Hey there wfirebaugh,
Thank you for the kind comments.
Sounds like we have original matching 510's. Mine was also born blue on blue & still sports the original carpet in navy blue. There is not a website that I know of for getting "factory replacement seats". I had mine reupholstered by a real talented guy near my hometown. Mitch is the owner/operator of Mitch's Stitches.
Hey Matt, no I didn't get a breakdown invoice of each item but I can give you a loose breakdown of what all was done, etc. I pre-purchased enough material to do all the door cards & rear panels in my wagon, had him reupholster the 2 front seats, rear back seat & rear cargo wheel humps & install the headliner I bought & recover/reinforce the sun visors with extra material that came with the headliner...that job itself required him to remove the windshield & rear cargo windows so while he was at it, I went ahead & had him replace the rubber seals on those windows as well as the windshield & replace the windshield with a new one I bought last year. So all of that...the upholstery vinyl material, reupholstery & restoration of the front/rear seats (spring repair & foam added), reupholstery of cargo humps, installation of headliner, reupholstery & restoration of sun visors, removal & installation of windshield & cargo windows cost me a grand total of $2,500. It's spendy, but I felt the results were well worth it.
Hope rhis info is helpful.