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I have stripped the anodising off of my set of 14×7 Weds and polished the rims up then shot the centres with some Ford Solar gold base, added a bit of sparkle courtesy of a couple of coats of House of Kolor Platinum Metajuls basecoat then a couple of clear coats. It was done in a hurry but looks OK. Yeah I know it looks like the body colour but trust me, it isn’t. The lower half of the body is going to get repainted in Ford Champagne Gold, a much paler gold with a slightly redish/pinky tinge to it. Now all I need to add it about a 3″ drop and then some lower profile treads. Soon, soon…

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I’ve no idea who made this toy Auto Factory. The box is just marked “Hong Kong” and aside from the slightly 1960’s looking artwork on the packaging, there’s no indication as to it age at all. This is the kind of toy that would have helped make a child into a life long gear head, much in the way similar toys did to me.

Although it’s pretty basic and not particularly interactive, it’s quite cleverly designed, as it assembles the little cars from the three main components, chassis, body and roof, using just a rubber conveyor belt powered but a little motor and a 1.5V battery. It needs some minor tweeking as there’s a bell that should ding as each car rolls off the line and the red light on the front should light up. Regardless, it’s a pretty neat and unique old car toy which I was well pleased to find. Some video of it working after the jump!


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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.

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C31 Datsun Laurel Rear

Remember that C31 Laurel I spotted for sale on the roadside a couple of weeks ago? Well, I just couldn’t resist it any longer and now it’s joined our fleet of old clunkers, although thankfully for two thirds of it’s original asking price. Although it’s only got about three months MOT left, I don’t think it’s a bad deal. It’s a bit flaky around the lower extremities but nothing too serious and of course being two tone means I can do the necessary repairs and just repaint the lower half. It could do with the bonnet repainting too but that can wait a while. I think I’ll be hitting the lower flanks with a much paler gold, probably Ford Champagne Gold. More pics after the jump…

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Back in the days before the Australian Dollar had elbowed out the old colonial Pound, any Aussie with a lot of kids who was in the market for a wagon to haul them all around in could blow £1440 on a classy new Japanese import, the Nissan Cedric. And according to this road test from Australian Motor Manual back in November 1963, that represented pretty decent value…

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One of my favourite ever Nissan’s is the first generation of Laurel, the C30 model launched in ‘68. This mildly modified Laurel saloon currently listed on Yahoo! Japan Auctions is a ‘71 model but aside from some very minor changes to the trim, these cars stayed virtually the same throughout production until they were replaced with the C130 Laurel (200L in Europe) in 1972.

There were only two variants of the C30, the four door saloon seen above and a sleek two door hardtop which arrived in 1970. The latter was Nissan’s first hardtop model.

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It’s time to make a few changes to the place. The site now displays in a wider format better suited to 1024 x 768 as I figured there can’t be many people still peering at low res 800 x 600 screens. The new layout with three columns rather than two,  gives a little more room to add other stuff.  No idea what… but I’ll think of something.  You’ll also notice the shiny new collapsible menus for Categories and Archives over on the right. I’m still tweaking this but it’ll hopefully make old posts more accessible than before. A lot of the info that was posted up in a selection of pages before has been converted back to posts recently to tidy up the pages menu. Most of this is Datsun tech stuff and data. So it can still be easily found the old pages are now tagged and can be pulled up using the Datsun pages link on the top left. That page is temporary at the moment but will be replaced with a more comprehensive index shortly. Also you can now click on the header at the top of the page to return to the main page. Work is ongoing so expect a few glitches in the next few days while I fumble around with stuff I don’t really understand.

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If you like scrapyards, rusting wrecks and old abandoned cars and trucks then point your feed reader at Kusahiro Exploration. Unless you’re proficient in deciphering Japanese text, you won’t be able to read much but you’ll see plenty of great photos of abandoned old Japanese motors in occasionally quite picturesque settings. It’s also been updated virtually on a daily basis since June 2007 meaning there’s hundreds of old posts to wade through and plenty of rare and interesting cars to be found. Definitely one to watch!

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As it’s finally begun to warm up a bit now that spring has arrived, it’s time to hit Newark again. Not much to be found on the stalls this time but an eclectic selection of cars put in an appearance as usual. I only got snaps of a handful as I was a bit late getting there. The Innocenti Mini was a neat little thing. It’s a pity the original plan to replace the original Mini here with this came to nothing as this was a pretty sharp looking little car for it’s day. Some more pics after the jump…

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Spied this Datsun Laurel C31 sat on the side of the road today as well. I have seen it about before but not grabbed a pic. It’s actually up for sale at a slightly optimistic £900. The wheel arches are looking like they’ll need attention all round very soon but it was nice enough inside. This would look pretty sweet sat low on some deep dish Star Sharks or Phantoms…

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