These shiny new door handles arrived a few days ago from US eBay seller Auto Parts Direct to You. They are labelled ‘Made in Taiwan’ but the quality looks really good and the chrome is excellent. Pretty good considering they were only about £17 each. Hopefully they’ll last okay. No matter… they’re a mile better than the manky, corroded ones that were on the van before.
The door mirrors that came fitted to my Dodge were not only revolting but were also rusty so I’ve been looking for some replacements. As I’m going for a full old school late 70’s, early 80’s style custom van I figured some west coast style truckin’ mirrors would be the hot ticket so I bought these. Now they’re here I’m having second thoughts! The arms are too long so they stick out way too far and the mountings are really ugly. Not only that the quality of the chrome onn the arms and brackets doesn’t look that great so I expect they would start to rust in short order too. After seeing that sweet Streetvan at the NRSA swapmeet, I’m now thinking some OEM door mirrors would look way nicer. The problem? It seems that new old stock Mopar van mirrors weigh in at around $500 a set. Ouch!!
One thing leads to another. It’s inevitable. Although I have big plans for our Dodge van, I’d not actually planned to do much on it just yet, especially with so many other projects already underway, but I just couldn’t help myself!
At some point in the vans past, the sunroof has been replaced with one that was too small for the hole, so to make it work, a large and very thick piece of galvanized steel had been pop riveted over the hole and a new smaller sunroof installed. Nice work! This nasty mess was calling for attention, especially as I was having doubts over how water tight it was. What this thing really needed was a proper 70’s style custom van sunroof…
Check this out for a rare item. This would appear to be a limited slip diff for a Datsun Cherry. E10, F10 and early N10 models used this style of three bolt driveshaft flange and my money would be on this being for an E10 as it originally came from Janspeed who raced and modified E10’s back in the 1970’s. Sadly it’s missing pretty much all of it’s internals rendering it pretty much worthless unless you’re pretty skilled in the manufacture of one off gears! Shame…
Yahoo! Japan Auctions isn’t just a great source of cool wheels. If you want some proper Japanese style accessories you’ll find those there too, like these wacky gear-knobs. Admittedly, these worked out to be pretty expensive by the time they arrived at my door but for uniqueness the Japanese stuff can’t be beat. Not sure what I’ll do with the Maneki Neko (Beckoning Cat or lucky cat as it’s commonly known) one on the left but I thought it was pretty coll. It turned out to be considerably larger than I though when it arrived! The Funny face one in the middle is for my 510. It kind of sums that cars character up nicely. The pretty flower one on the right is destined for my Violet SSS as it seemed kind of appropriate. Amazingly, these type of custom gear-knobs are not quite as common on the auctions as you might expect and it does take some hunting for find them. Worth it though!
As I’ve previously mentioned, the swapmeet at the 22nd Salon Champenois du Véhicule de Collection in Reims was a little pricey but offered a staggering wealth of parts and memorabilia, much of which would be hard, if not impossible to find outside of France. Obviously the bulk of the parts on offer from both business and private traders catered for French and European marques. I saw very little on offer to suit Japanese cars but that’s hardly surprising really. I did see a nice metal “Datsun Concessionnaire” sign but it was Sadly way to large to fit in our car! The sheer quantity and variety of the automobilia on offer was awesome, from enamel signs to pedal cars, it was all to be found. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many pedal cars in my life! After the jump you can take a look at some of the wares on offer. I can thoroughly recommend this swapmeet but if you do attend, take plenty of Euros!
Techno Toy Tuning(T3) has been machining up specialised parts for Toyota enthusiasts for some time but their line-up also offers a bunch of very nice parts for Datsun enthusiasts. T3’s offerings consist primarily of suspension components, all of which are custom fabricated for performance applications. Parts are available for 240Z, 510/610 as well as S13 and S14 models. The selection for 510 and 610 models includes coil-over conversions for both front and rear suspension, camber plates and roll center adjusters. Their fully adjustable tension/compression rods look particularly nicely made and look to be even more beefy than the stock items. Prices are very reasonable too, especially with the dollar still being relatively weak against the pound. T3 camber plates, come in at only $180 a pair and having bought a set previously, I can vouch for their excellent quality. Adjustable T/C rods are just $200 and their own strut brace is a bargain at $119. But that’s not all that T3 have to offer. Anyone in the market for a nice set of old school wheels might also want to take a look at what they have to offer…
Although I have yet to start doing any work on my KP710 160J SSS, the parts keep on coming. Newest arrival, and something I’ve wanted for some time, is a pair of Japanese market rear quarter emblems. In Europe these cars always wore “Datsun 160J” emblems on the rear quarters but I always think of them by their Japanese market name of “Violet” so scoring a pair of these emblems is a real bonus.
Another welcome delivery today was another pair of River Side Riverge wheels. I already have a set of four of these in 6.5×14 but these two are 7×14 so will fill the arches out a little better on the rear. I am surprised at just how much dish they look to have for 7″ rims. Of course they both need refurbishing. In fact one looks pretty awful but doesn’t appear to have and serious corrosion. As soon as the weather improves a little I shall get on with swapping the suspension over to lower it and begin rebuilding the brakes. I can’t wait to see it low with these rims fitted!
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.
No it’s not a new national holiday but I did enjoy a day of F10 destruction with my buddy Jon when I help him strip two of the saddest looking F10’s I have ever seen. Jon acquired these two, a sedan and a coupe for free (not that anybody would actually part with any money for cars like these) as he figured there were still many useful parts to be had. And he was right. The coupe had been in a very hard front end smash which had trapped the engine making removal somewhat difficult but using a length of chain and my Datsun 910 we quickly had the front end pulled out. The sedan had also been wrecked and was incredibly rusty so no usable body panels were saved but it did provide an engine and transmission and numerous other mechanical parts. Datsun parts are getting too rare now to let even sad wrecks like these pass you by. Pics after the jump… Continue Reading