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So what's YOUR take on it?

05 April 2018 - 12:35 AM

We all saw it coming & now it's almost here...the addition of JDM cars being highlighted with their own reality TV series on the Velocity channel (April 17th).


I am personally torn...yeah, I wanna see Datsuns get some recognition & love on TV but...when I think of all that comes with it...even higher prices? original parts harder to find? aftermarket parts availability improved?




Shitty fuckin' day for my 521

28 October 2017 - 07:04 PM

Emergency brake failed & my new baby rolled into a birch tree.


Could've been much much worse but still fuckin' sucks.



Any advice?















Starter is failing...Replacement options???

02 October 2017 - 06:58 AM

Hello fellow Ratsuners,


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? 


Please help me figure this out.


Many thanks in advance for advice  :angel:



Advice for evaluating L20b...or any used engine?

18 September 2017 - 09:50 AM

Hello Ratsuners,


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.


Opinions/advice requested & welcome.





Don't fall for it...

10 September 2017 - 06:04 PM