Hello & welcome. I too just bought a 1970 521 a few weeks ago & am reliant on this fine Ratsun community to help keep it alive. I look forward to following your progress & seeing pictures...LOTS of them. The people here are passionate about their Datsuns & have been very willing to share information to get you on well on your way.
I just stumbled upon this how to video for restoring a cracked dashpad. It's fairly intensive but the results are pretty nice. May be well worth the DIY project considering how much it costs to have it done.
I would not get a smaller steering wheel if you have to tightly parallel park on a regular basis. I like the idea of sliding the seat a bit forward and adjusting the recline position. Like someone mentioned, it would be pretty easy to move that tab and install a threaded bumper to make the recline adjustable.
Hey Matt, that was the idea I came up with today. I really think that's an easy fix. Totally reversible too!
Don't they make seat cushions that are wedge shaped(thicker at the bottom. thinner on the top) that would do the same thing?
Yes, I'm actually pretty familiar with adaptive equipment due to a past history of working folks with special needs. A wedge pillow would not really work in my case.
I can reach the pedals now & I can drive it without much trouble at all...despite the springy, broken-down bench seat. Thing is, It's just a little awkward. I'm just a little too close to the steering wheel for my taste.
I'm hoping to just find a way to provide a couple more inches of space between me & the steering wheel. That's all...just a little tweak.
Thinking the suggestion of a smaller steering wheel...along with a minor seat mod might just be the trick.
Thought I'd just throw my idea to trim the frame or stop tab (so it can tilt a little? out there to the masses to see what more experienced ratsuners might suggest.