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Air Conditioning help...R12 to R134a adaptor or?

19 June 2017 - 04:16 PM

Hello all,


I tried to search for info on this topic but didn't find much. Hoping someone can help point me in the right direction.


I've got a '71 510 Wagon that came with A/C installed. We disconnected/cut hoses when I swapped in another L16 & I have the parts in storage. I live in Atascadero, CA where the temps have been in the mid 90's and even up to 106*


So, long story short, I'm sticking to my new vinyl seats & I need to reinstall the AC...ASAP!


I've been told I'd need an adapter kit but read here on the forum a comment about the kits being "cheap" fixes & how it should be "done right". Not a whole lot of details to follow.


My AC unit is the long one that runs the length of the dash basically. It blew air before disconnected, but don't remember if it was particularly cold. Either way, I know the old refrigerant has been DC'd & I have to convert it.


What's the best way to approach this & "do it right"?


Any & all help, tips, advice, or website links would be greatly appreciated.






'71 'Goon interior project finally finished! (W/Oics)

13 June 2017 - 07:46 PM

Hello all you fellow Ratsuners,


Just thought I'd share about my interior project that has taken a few long years to finally realize. Some of you might remember me asking for leads on finding vinyl material for the solid & rosette pattern in the original aqua/turquoise blue. I looked & looked & scoured the web, local shops, asked folks at car shows & anybody else I could think of that might be able to help me replicate the original stock interior in my 'Goon. I ordered samples that ended up being too green or too blue, or too silvery. Finally, I found a swatch that was the closest I could come to. Medium Metallic Blue. I'll have to ask my upholstery guy the name of the manufacturer we ordered from 'cos there were so many we got samples from that I forgot who actually had what I needed.  I went to a place local to me in San Luis Obispo, CA called Mitch's Stitches for the actual work. I also had him install the headliner that I'd bought a few years ago from eBay. Since the windshield and rear cargo windows would need to come out for the headliner install, I took the opportunity to also install the windshield I'd bought from Mike at the Eagle Rock show last year. A few years before that, I'd also bought the complete rubber seal kit from Mike Kay before he passed so I got to test out the product. All I can say about that is "there's nothing like the originals" I'm not too impressed with the windshield/cargo window seals...especially for the price. Oh, & one last thing...I had Mitch cut the heat embossed "Nissan" imprint from the original headrests & stitch it into the new headrests. I'm really glad I thought to do that. Let me know what ya think.


Here are some before, during & after pictures. I had many more but for some reason I got an error message saying I've posted more than I'm allowed to (WTF?)


Thanks for lookin' :thumbup:








































































Who insures your Datsun & what do ya think of 'em?

28 March 2017 - 07:59 AM

Hello fellow Ratsuners. My car insurance with State Farm is set to expire today & I am considering other companies. State Farm is o-k-a-y but the prices keep going up, they are mileage nazis & I'm just not impressed with their customer service over the last 3 or 4 yrs I've been with them. I know a lot goes into rates, coverage, region, etc. but I'd like to hear what anyone has to say about the insurance company that covers their Datsun.


I almost got a new policy from Hagerty but once they realized I parked my wagon in the driveway & sometimes under a non-brick & mortar, soft carport construction...it was no dice :poop:


I have zero tickets or accidents, 30 yrs driving experience, have a Winter daily driver (2002 Toyota Tacoma) & use the Datsun all Summer when weather is good.


Thanks for any input!



Seeking opinions on 1971 521 purchase...

09 March 2017 - 08:06 AM

Hello fellow Ratsuners,

I am about to pull the trigger on the purchase of my 2nd Datsun....a 1971 521 truck. It's a dry Texas truck now residing in CA. Seller says it needs a battery, carb, coil, & front disc brake conversion finished (all parts included in the deal). Asking $3,500 obo.

Many new parts have been installed (see pics).

Seeking opinions/wisdom/information on anything about these beautiful 521's that would better inform my decision. I've learned a ton of stuff about my 510 wagon through this forum, Talking to folks at meets/shows & addiction to searching for info on the web. I don't have the luxury of time to learn everything I'd like to know at the moment but I'm smitten by this particular truck so I thought I might gather a few opinions at least before the real work begins.

Thanks in advance to all who chime in their 2 cents






Smoking steering wheel question

06 March 2017 - 02:53 AM

Hey there fellow Ratsuners,


Since the rains here in California have subsided here & there, I took my wagon out for a couple of errands, etc. Miss her bad! Anyway, while stopped at a signal light, I noticed a faint plume of smoke rising from my steering column & slight smell of plastic. I zoomed home to check it out but it stopped. All the lights, horn, signals etc are working fine. I took a can of compressed air to clear out any debris that might be making strange contact in there & decide to keep an eye out & carry a fire extinguisher just in case. Well, it happened again today. slight smoke, then disappeared & everything still works. I'm wondering if I'm playing Russian Roulette by driving it.


I know I've got to figure it out before something tragic happens. My wagon is basically all stock...no aftermarket stereo/speakers, no new wiring, etc.


Anybody out there have a similar experience? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


Thanks in advance & hope y'all have a good day :confused: