The stock starter in my '71 510 Wagon is beginning to fail. I have been warned & have read through various threads about cheap, remanufactured units. Wondering what else might fit, what others have done in this situation? How difficult would it be to rebuild mine?
I searched for some pointers to help me evaluate a used engine I might be considering. Couldn't find much so thought I'd put this out there to the masses & see what consensus is.
There's an L20b available that's local to me. Owner said he bought it 25 yrs ago from a guy that said it "wouldn't stop leaking" & he'd "changed the head gasket but didn't have the gasket properly aligned where the timing chain goes through". The guy who has it now said he'd "popped the head off & found the problem".
At the time, this guy had a 510 with an SSS L18 & didn't need the L20b so it sat.
Fast forward to 8 yrs ago. This guy sold his 510 & drives Fiat Spiders now. He has a decent set of 510 bumpers, a splash pan, a couple of decent front grilles...& the L20b left over from his Datsun days that he's looking to get rid of.
How can I determine the condition of the L20b if it isn't installed, hasn't run in decades & was passed down from a guy to another guy with only his word regarding its condition? Is this even possible?
I know he's motivated to get rid of this stuff & seems as though making money is not a big priority for him. Even if I got it for free...would it be worth hauling it & storing it? My crazy Datsunitis disease says "well of course it's worth it...it's a Datsun part..y'never know" but my level-headed, practical side says...eh, hold up there gal...seek wisdom from Ratsun before doing anything foolish.
Hey, so just curious... when you die or become incapacitated... What will you do with your Datsun? I'm a Hospice counselor so these morbid thoughts are not foreign to me. People have a multitude of last wishes & specific requests to be carried out when they go. So, in regards to your Datsun... what's yours?