Technical

When times are hard it’s sometimes necessary to repair what you would otherwise replace. Times are indeed hard for everyone at present but that’s not the reason for attempting this ridiculous repair on a recent acquisition, a 1989 Hyundai Pony pickup. I could have stretched to a new wing for it but, you know… it’s just not worth spending £166.85 on! The truck is rotten everywhere and I’ve yet to decide if I’ll repair it come MOT time or not so I’d rather not spend any more money on it than I have to. My time …well that’s a different story. I’m happy to spend time chopping and welding so with a fresh sheet of steel and a welder I set about repairing it. Those keen on performing desperate repairs on worthless cars read on…

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Datsun colour codes is an area I have done a fair bit of work on . Elsewhere on the site you can find a complete Nissan colour chart which I have compiled listing nearly 500 colours and their codes along with samples of most colours. One of the sources of data for compiling the colour charts are the factory colour guides, released each year, some of which i have posted here as PDF documents. These cards only represent vehicles sold in the UK up to 1983 and unfortunately I do not currently have a card for ever year. Colours may not be truly representative of real life due to the limitations of computer displays but will at least give some idea, certainly enough to identify what colour code your car is. Continue Reading

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Once you have installed a bigger engine in your Datsun, a whole new set of problems come to light. One is the brakes …Datsun’s are not blessed with particularly great stoppers. Another is the differential. Too much abuse and that little R160 will go pop! The R160 Diff is fitted to the 510 and 610 sedans as well as 610 and 710 SSS coupes. This diff is a little weak in stock open form. By open I mean, non-limited slip. The weak link is the small side gears and pinions with the carrier itself. Launch to hard a few times and the teeth will strip from these gears in a moment. The best solution would be to fit a limited slip differential in it’s place. As the LSD had a clutch pack taking the load rather than the gears in question, it is substantially stronger, however, the R160 LSD is not particularly easy to come by, especially in the UK.

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Most aftermarket Datsun service manuals it seems, only show a generic “SU Type” carburettor, which for those in Europe in particular, is not much use. Most late model Datsuns equipped with twin Hitachi made SU type carburettors have a different system for adjusting both idle speed and fuel mixture, with the usual individual adjustments on the carburettor jets disabled. Also this system employs an “anti-dieseling” solenoid amongst other features. Below I have reproduced the relative technical information relating to this type of carburettor (model HJL38W) and the particular features they have. This document is in PDF format for which you will need Adobe Acrobat reader if you don’t already have it.Click on the image below to open the PDF in a new window or right click to save it…

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So, you’re at a swap meet and a there’s a guy selling a load of new old stock Nissan parts. But what model do they all belong to? How can you identify all those parts without having to remove each from it’s box and have a look? ( and even that’s no guarantee of correctly identifying the part!) The part number of course! Nissan’s part numbers, as a rule consist of ten digits. They are usually written as two five digit codes separated by a space or hyphen. At first it must seem an incomprehensible system but look closer and you’ll find that it’s surprisingly simple. Here, I’ll attempt to explain the system and give you some of the basic information necessary to ‘read’ the numbers for yourself.

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It’s back and better than ever! This is the indispensable information CD-ROM for all Datsun 510 (and 610/710) owners. The original version already contained all of the Datsun factory information for the 510, including the 510 Factory Parts Catalog (this is what the parts department used), the 510 Body and Chassis Manual, the 510 Engine Manual, the full 1997 NISMO Catalog and Schematic Catalog sections covering Mikuni/Solex and SSS SU carburetors and The PL510 Owner’s Manual. The new version contains all this plus, The Nissan Factory engine, tranny, clutch, and EFI wiring service manuals for the VG30E, KA24E, Z24i (NAPS-Z), SR20DET as well as the Nissan Factory FJ20DE service manual so it’s perfect for those who are contemplating or have done and engine transplant. Also there’s some pictures from your truly and from the Summit Point 2000 meeting in West Virginia USA and finally the The Nissan Dream Garage .MOV movie! All that for $35 plus shipping!! If you haven’t experienced the convenience of service manuals on a CD-ROM you are really missing out! Go to http://www.jetlink.net/~okayfine/su/cd.html for more information.

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