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 Post subject: 1971 Datsun 510 Build
PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:23 am 

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Location: Pei, Canada
Hey everyone,

My names Mark, I'm 21 from Atlantic Canada and thought I’d finally get around to posting a build thread for my 510 that I picked up a year and a half ago. I first noticed the car on an local online classifieds site around September and it caught my eye right away. Made the 400km trip to take a look and was greeted with a bone stock and very solid car owned by a couple in their late 60s who had recently upgraded to a newer car. I changed the fluids and drove the car back home and it never had a single hiccup the entire trip back, not bad for a car that old and which sat for as long as it did!

A pic from the drive home, still bone stock right down to the auto transmission.

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Got the car home and drove it around for awhile while I decided what I wanted to do with it, at first it was an SR20DET swap, then decided to try an old school L20b but couldn't find any local, so decided at last to build up the L16 and do the car in a 70s theme. (which lasted for awhile but more on that later)

One of my first purchases was a set of slot mags and a 280zx 5 speed I found local for amazing prices, then a more performance oriented head and other odds and ends

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Ended up putting the slots on in November right as the snow hit and I put the car into the garage for the winter

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And then started tearing into the motor

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If I knew what the future held I wouldn't have bothered doing anything with the L16 but since I had no idea I went about boring the block .30 over, installing L24 flat top pistons and rebuilding my A87 head with big valves and a huge Isky cam (530 lift, 306 duration)

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At that time more and more parts were coming in

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And this which I paid more than I’d like to admit, a NOS 8 track player with box speakers. One of my favorite things I’ve picked up

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Motor starting to take shape

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By that time spring was here so I pushed the car out of the garage to pressure wash the engine bay in prep for the engine

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Was almost done at this point but ran into a problem figuring out my correct lash pad size so the car sat while I was away for work and driving my other summer car.

Came home one weekend and after trying to do some bodywork on my hood which was pretty rough decided to get creative with it

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This brings us to around August when a good friend of mine who loved my 510 found one himself with a ton of extra parts he was not going to use since he was dropping an SR20DET in. I ended up grabbing 2 L20b engines (one complete with dual SU's) a set of dual Weber 40s, and a couple other odds and ends from him.

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Instantly threw the Webers on my L16 and tried to start it

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And the car wouldn't start. Kept acting like there was no spark even though there 100% was. Turned out the webers were jetted way to big so took them off for the stock manifold and carb since I wanted to drive the car before winter. Upon doing this car still wouldn't start but was much closer, ended up being a valve lash problem after all the time I spent trying to figure out the right lash pads I still didn't have it right and the valves weren't fully closing. Swapped out my rebuilt head for one of the extras off the L20b's I bought and the car started right up! Took it for a quick drive up the street and shortly after got hit with snow. Sat in the garage for half the winter before I changed my mind on what route I wanted to go with it and went about tearing the suspension apart to lower it.

Before any suspension mods

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Refinished my steering wheel at one point too

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I didn't want to spend the crazy amount coilovers cost so I went about it in a cheaper more hands on way.

Cut the spring perches off my strut tubes and had them shortened and rethreaded to fit first gen MR2 inserts

(before being shortened)
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Bought some Techno Toy Tuning camber plates and weld on coilover sleeves for the front, and went with a set of F-Body Camaro shocks (2"shorter) in the rear paired with cut Dodge D50 front springs to get a good spring rate and height in the rear

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While this was all happening I decided to start rebuilding one of my L20b motors into a 2.1 Long Rod using Z20e rods, Z22e pistons while boring the block 2mm, and the built up head I had previously taken off my L16

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Which brings us to the current time, suspension is all back together, motor is waiting on being bored and I’m hoping to get an exhaust built in the next few weeks and have the car on the road! Don't have any current pics as I’ve been crazy busy with work but this is pretty close to the ride height it's at now

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I toyed with the thought of plasti dipping it to see if I like it a solid color and after looking at it for while I decided I actually like it more with the ratty exterior so the dip has since come off. Hope to have some more updates including some vintage JDM wheels in the future so stay tuned!


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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Datsun 510 Build
PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 10:12 am 
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Nice to see an L series still in a 510 :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Datsun 510 Build
PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 3:45 am 

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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Datsun 510 Build
PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 4:21 pm 
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Nice build :tu: :tu: :tu:


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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Datsun 510 Build
PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:12 am 

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Location: Pei, Canada
Finally got the car out of the garage and into the sun! It's currently at the shop getting an exhaust made and it's inspection, hopefully will be cruising around with it soon!

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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Datsun 510 Build
PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 7:10 am 
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That's another one saved! :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Datsun 510 Build
PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 5:42 am 

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Got a call from the shop last night letting me know that the exhaust is all tacked into place and should be done today! It's gonna be a long day at work waiting for them to call haha. They also did a quick run through to see if it would pass inspection and it turns out it's all good to go except for one of the U-Joints on the passenger half shaft and they couldn't source one. After doing some searching online i've got 6 new U-joints for the halfshafts and driveshaft on the way. Very excited to finally be able to drive this thing around!


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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Datsun 510 Build
PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2015 7:13 am 

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Got the exhaust all finished up and am very happy with the results! Not ignorant but has a nice aggressive sound. Been driving the car around town and back and forth to work trying to get used to the new trans and clutch (which is very different than the 6 speed in the mustang haha) but so far couldn't be happier. Have a few small things to still work out but it's running and driving at last!

My biggest problem now is deciding what one to drive in the morning haha

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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Datsun 510 Build
PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 5:37 am 

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Location: Pei, Canada
Some updates!

Took both cars to a local show over the long weekend and was very surprised at all the attention the 510 was getting, the mustang must have been getting pretty jealous haha.

I expected to hear the typical "wow haven't seen one of these in years" comments or the "I used to have one of these" which i heard tons of but had quite a few people mention how much they liked the ratty look of it or in general really liked the car. Even had 5 or 6 people say that it was their favorite car there out of the 200+ that showed up and were voting it for people's choice, one guy also kept asking me if i wanted to sell it lol.

Once the show was done pulled the car into the garage and went about swapping out the U-Joints. Picked up a u joint press on sale a few months ago so finally put it to use and man is it a slick tool. Did one axle in the evening and then next morning got the other and the driveshaft done, everyhing cleaned up and the car on the road in a couple hours. I was expecting way worse of a time!

Started checking over my SU's and found out that they have no gaskets, with that happening i started looking into the edelbrock intake and holley carb i have laying around. Took them both out to a local guy who shortened my driveshaft for me and hopefully will be picking up an adapter to mount the two together tomorrow.


Picked up my bored l20b from the engine shop yesterday after getting it bored, hot tanked, and the z22 pistons mounted on the z20 rods. This time specifically told them not to paint the block (they just painted it black last time) so i can paint it the proper light blue. Will start building it up in the next few days, just waiting on my gasket kit/z22 head gasket, and a new timing set. Going to try and combine the z22 and l20b gasket so i don't have to go purchase one of those crazy expensive big bore l20b ones but we'll see what happens.



And finally taking the car on it's first big road trip this weekend, theres a show about 250km away that a good friend is going to with his RHD SR20 510 that just got running so we're trying to get the both of them to it. With maybe half a dozen 510s in atlantic Canada they'll probably be the only ones there.....If mine doesn't blow up on the highway, fingers crossed :|

And a few pics from the past little while

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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Datsun 510 Build
PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:31 am 

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Glad to say the car made it to the show and back with only a minor problem the day I arrived. While driving there the alternator adjustment bolt worked itself loose causing the alternator to not fully charge the battery at highway speeds. Adjusted it and everything went fine since!

My buddies SR powered 510 ended up not being able to make it to the show since his fuel pump crapped out on us while we were cruising the night before, still ended up going to the show with him but with his V8 RWD Cavalier instead.

We were able to grab some pictures together before his fuel pump went though

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A pic with a couple other local guys with a imported WRX STI and a Mazdaspeed 3

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My buddy was selling some really nice wheels and tires that didn't fit on his stock fendered 510 (13x7 +0) so we tried them on mine, turns out my fenders are pulled a little more than I though because they just tuck inside with no rubbing at all. Even on the 510 strut tubes up front.


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A cool pic of the 13km long bridge that connects the island to the mainland


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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Datsun 510 Build
PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:42 am 

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Ya I like the rat look better.


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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Datsun 510 Build
PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:55 am 

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Finally got a coat of paint on the stroker motor. Gasket kit should be here soon then I'll go about getting this thing put together.

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And another picture from the other day


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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Datsun 510 Build
PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:33 pm 

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Love everything you've done to it so far... btw "Instantly threw the Webers on my L16 and tried to start it" - My favorite quote in this thread!

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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Datsun 510 Build
PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2015 12:27 pm 

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Kennymonster wrote:
Love everything you've done to it so far... btw "Instantly threw the Webers on my L16 and tried to start it" - My favorite quote in this thread!


Thanks! And I realize now how crazy that was haha


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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Datsun 510 Build
PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2015 12:28 pm 

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Got everything all buttoned up and took the car for a nice long drive with the new edelbrock intake and holley carb and the difference is night and day! Much better driveability and overall very happy! Took quite a bit of custom work to make it all fit but definitely worth it!

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