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    Video: Autocrossing my stock '73 Datsun 510

    I'm a daily reader on this blog and forum but a very infrequent poster. I've only developed my interest in JNC over the past few years so I'm soaking it all in like a sponge. I bought my dime almost 1.5 years ago from the original owner. It had been in storage for many years and needed some love. I have enjoyed working on this car because it is refreshingly simple (aside from rebuilding the Hitachi carburetor!)

    My reward was autocrossing it recently. This will not be a regular thing so I made sure to get some video. I'm a racer first, and car show guy last, but this car deserves to be preserved instead of transformed into a race car (which is what happens to most of my cars). Enjoy the video! Links are below.



    HD Videos
    Driver and Over Hood View
    Over Hood View
    Looking Backwards at Driver


    The main reason I bought this car is because I wanted to have the same excitement that Datsun 510 owners experienced 40 years ago. I'm 33 years old and live in the midwest, so I never even remember seeing these cars on the road. I admit that I now understand what all the fuss was about 40 years ago and why the car remains popular today.

    I'm sure my Sumitomo tires aren't great by today's standards but they are worlds better than the original equipment. Regardless the car handles very neutral with minimal body roll. I'm curious how the dynamics would have changed with the original equipment tires. On the street the brakes fail to impress, but when I pushed it on the course I was surprised that I could indeed lock the brakes and the brakes generally felt better when worked harder. Overall it was a fun experience and for a moment I imagined the fun I would have with an L20 under the hood... but no, this car is special they way it is and I'll keep it that way.

    Datsun Details
    1973 CDM (Canadian) Datsun 510
    American Racing Libres
    Sumitomo Summer Tires
    Mulholland Drive Suspension
    L16 with SSS Engine Kit
    BRE Style Air Dam

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    Re: Video: Autocrossing my stock '73 Datsun 510

    Nice ride...
    Keep having fun with it... They're made to be driven....
    Was the suspension already done when you got it?

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    Re: Video: Autocrossing my stock '73 Datsun 510

    Awesome vids! Datsun owners that really drive their cars always get a big thumbs up from me.

    Although I do hope you autocross it more frequently than planned, I don't think few recreational laps a month will do any harm to the car unless you're severely concerned about cone marks on the paint and whatnot.


    Quote Originally Posted by JamesE
    On the street the brakes fail to impress, but when I pushed it on the course I was surprised that I could indeed lock the brakes and the brakes generally felt better when worked harder.
    I couldn't agree more on this, people laugh when I tell them I'm still on stock pads/rotors and drum setup in the rear, but not so funny when I'm beating out half dozen M3's. I did find I have to bleed them maybe every few months to keep the crisp feel to them, but for the curve weight of these cars I think they're more than sufficient on an autox course. Road courses... probably not.

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    Re: Video: Autocrossing my stock '73 Datsun 510

    Quote Originally Posted by showa
    Was the suspension already done when you got it?
    Yes the original owner installed the Mulholland Drive suspension. Anyone have any details on this kit? I suspect it is lowering springs only.

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    Re: Video: Autocrossing my stock '73 Datsun 510

    Quote Originally Posted by Kennymonster
    Awesome vids! Datsun owners that really drive their cars always get a big thumbs up from me.

    Although I do hope you autocross it more frequently than planned, I don't think few recreational laps a month will do any harm to the car unless you're severely concerned about cone marks on the paint and whatnot.
    Thanks! I'm not afraid to autocross it, but autocrossing wasn't the purpose of use when I bought it. I have access to other machines that are more exciting to race. My Datsun is just a fun driver that I enjoy working on and learning about. Autocrossing it was just another fun part of the ownership experience so far. My next project is a photoshoot.

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    Re: Video: Autocrossing my stock '73 Datsun 510

    Awesome vids. I'm in hopes to someday take my 510 to a track. Not even to compete but simply for the thrill. More vids.

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    Re: Video: Autocrossing my stock '73 Datsun 510

    Quote Originally Posted by Drive510
    Awesome vids. I'm in hopes to someday take my 510 to a track. Not even to compete but simply for the thrill. More vids.
    Let's get on that rebuild then so I can drag you out to Qualcomm!!

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