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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…

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Vannin’

I’ve bought a van. A big American van. With 318 cubes of guzzling V8. I love it :) I’ve bought several import things for this van so far….

  1. A set of slot mags
  2. A pair of chrome side pipes
  3. Some House of Kolor Solar Gold pearl
  4. Some Gold Metalflake
  5. Some orange carpet
  6. A twin port sunroof

Let the pimpin’ commence!

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Followers of the Japanese Nostalgic Car blog will no doubt have seen some of Luxe37‘s awesome animations on YouTube but I recently noticed he’d added a few more vids. The action is centred around a series of animated car chases, shot stop motion style using an assortment of toy cars, mainly Tomica plus a few large trucks (made by Shinsei?), all of which are based on classic Japanese cars. Vintage Datsuns, Toyotas and Mazdas abound! The way these are put together and the clever use of sound affects is just great and they get better with each progressive chapter. I’ve gathered together all eleven parts after the jump. Enjoy!….

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I spoilt myself today and bought a shiny new parts washer. No more scrubbing oily parts in a bucket of  thinners for me! Mind you the ‘degreaser’ that came with it doesn’t actually seem to be capable of dissolving oil in the slightest. I might as well have filled it with water. I think I’ll order some proper industrial stuff from Chemodex. I hate all this namby pamby, non-toxic, eco friendly crap! Parts washer itself seems decent enough although the legs it stands on a pretty flimsy.

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It’s satisfying when you strip something old and worn apart, refurbish it and paint to look like new. But it’s really disappointing when you have to re-fit or re-assemble stuff with manky old nuts and bolts. You could buy brand new fasteners of course, but invariably you can’t get them exactly in the style you want. For example many Japanese cars have M8 bolts with 12mm heads. Most off the shelf M8 bolts have 13mm heads. Manually cleaning them up is very time consuming and doesn’t replace the original finish. Painting them is really an option, so what to do? Recently, I tried out a method for restoring fasteners and the good news is that it not only looks great but is quick and easy to do as well. The method I used is metal blackening. This imparts the black finish that many new fasteners come in. It can be done at home and doesn’t require any special equipment. Industrial metal blackening kits are pretty expensive (£800+) but Frost do a small DIY metal blackening kit for just £35 and if you prepare the items correctly, this will give an equally professional finish.

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Spied this oddball recently on Houston Craigslist in the good ol’ US of A. From this angle you’d be hard pressed to tell what it is. The advert sadly fails to provide any information pertaining to how and more importantly why this scary monster was created, but one thing’s for certain…  it’ll make small children frightened and grown men weep. Can you tell what it is yet? Continue Reading

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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!

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Nope… definitely not a Cedric. It might look like a 31 model Nissan Cedric but this ultra rare beast I spied for sale on Taiwanese auction site Ruten, is in fact a YLN-801. Eh…? The YLN from this cars moniker comes from the manufacturers name, “Yue Loong” and “Nissan”. Yue Loong (or Yulon as the company is now known) completed a deal to build Nissan and Datsun models in Taiwan in 1957 and the snappily titled YLN-701 was one of the first fruits of this collaboration in 1960. The 701 was a Datsun 211 model and this was rapidly followed by the YLN-704 (Datsun 310 model) and the YLN-801 we see here.

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