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Button's 510 Build

Postby Button » 10 Jul 2014 21:10

Hey guys I am new new to the site. Some months ago I was telling my buddy Forrest (Who is also on the site - Great_Escape) that I was thinking about getting a track car. He then proceeded to tell me that he had bought a 510 a few months previous, and been doing autocross and some track days. Up until that point I hadn't even considered the 510.

To make a long story short he got me hooked on the 510, so a few months ago I sold one of my motorcycles and started obsessively looking for a dime. After a lot of searching I picked up a project two days ago. Its a 71 that the previous owner started to fix up. He had it painted and the paint is maybe a 6 out of 10 which is ok since it looks pretty good and i'm looking to make a driver and not a show car. He also had most of the interior done which also looks pretty good though I will probably replace the seats. It has a stock 1.6 and 4 speed. The engine supposedly runs though not everything is hooked up to make it driveable. The battery was dead so I have been charging it, so hopefully we can see if it will fire tonight.

So now that I have the car in my garage we can let the fun begin. There is a lot to do, and lots of parts to buy. I will be doing a lot of research and I'm sure asking a lot of questions.

My immediate goal is to get the car running and driving in some form. But my goal over the next few months is to focus on the suspension, brakes, wheels, exhaust, wiring and generally getting the car all put back together. I will live with the 1.6 and 4 speed for awhile but once the car is on the road I will start putting together an L20 or KA with a 5speed to swap in later.

Anyways that is it for now. Back to staring under the hood, while scratching my head trying to make heads or tails of the wiring.

And on to the crappy pictures.
(Note to self - when you get a new iphone put a case on it so the camera doesn't get so scratched up that it renders all photos taken with it as a blurry nondescript mess therefore forcing you to take lo-res, and even arguably worse photos with the front camera)

Chris
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Re: Button's 510 Build

Postby Byron510 » 10 Jul 2014 21:43

Geez, looks like a damn nice start for sure.

Welcome to the site and congrats on the purchase.

You'll get no shortage of assistance from this peanut gallery - some of it even useful :D

Glad to have you along, we look forward to your build.

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Re: Button's 510 Build

Postby okayfine » 10 Jul 2014 21:52

Wow Chris, that didn't take very long at all.

Color wiring diagram is up at The 510 Archives, should serve you well. If you get stumped on stuff, lemme know, I can run out there in the 3-wheeler.
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Re: Button's 510 Build

Postby Great_Escape » 10 Jul 2014 22:37

Looks good in front of your house. I guess I'll start planing a working weekend trip. Let the Fun begin.

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Re: Button's 510 Build

Postby Button » 10 Jul 2014 22:48

Thanks guys!

While you were typing your reply Julian I was probably on the archives downloading and printing the wiring diagrams in all their 11x17 color glory. (Thank you work and your color printers)

Julian I may take you up on your offer just so I can see the 3 wheeler in action. You are welcome over anytime, i would love to have you swing by to give the car the once over and maybe point me in the right direction.

Part of the deal with getting this car is that I promised my wife I wouldn't get too side tracked from some house projects so I am taking all of next week off to build a patio cover. Man is it going to be hard to do that instead of playing with the 510. I am however going to Eaglerock on Sunday.

On a side note, is it generally preferred on this site that I ask all my questions in my build thread or is it fine to ask in the specific sub forums (Suspension, Electrical, Etc.)?

Chris

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Re: Button's 510 Build

Postby okayfine » 11 Jul 2014 07:26

Using the specific subforums is more than fine.

And I hear you on the honey-dos...in exchange for getting the green light to build the 3-wheeler, I had to build my wife a chicken coop. PM me when you foresee some time to bench race your car.
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Re: Button's 510 Build

Postby Button » 11 Jul 2014 10:38

Will do Julian. Are you available in the evenings, say after 7?

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Re: Button's 510 Build

Postby okayfine » 11 Jul 2014 11:08

Button wrote:Will do Julian. Are you available in the evenings, say after 7?


Yep.
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Re: Button's 510 Build

Postby KoHeartsGPA » 11 Jul 2014 14:15

Wow, what a score!, congrats and have lots and lots fun ;-)
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Re: Button's 510 Build

Postby Camano510 » 17 Jul 2014 23:28

GREAT jumping off point! And, if Julian is close by, you're in good hands.
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Re: Button's 510 Build

Postby Rush » 18 Jul 2014 19:50

Looks great! I love the color!

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Re: Button's 510 Build

Postby okayfine » 19 Jul 2014 08:26

For some inspiration:

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Re: Button's 510 Build

Postby Three B's Racing » 21 Jul 2014 07:56

With Julian close by your problems are solved, easy peazie 8) Now Julian when are you riding the three wheeler over to my place and help me out? :lol: Here's more inspiration don't mind the Toy up front.
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Re: Button's 510 Build

Postby Button » 18 Aug 2014 20:57

Thank you for the comments and inspiration guys. Julian if you are around one night this week PM me and I would love to have you swing by. I should be around over the weekend as well.

I don't have anything to exciting to show as far as progress goes. I have mainly been cleaning up little things here and there, ripping out the front suspension and buying parts.

Here's a list of what I have been up to:
- Installed the trunk weather seal
- Pulled the trunk latch off and cleaned that up
- Removed both door latch assemblies and cleaned and lubed them
- Removed the front suspension and steering
- Had the gas tank chemically dipped, and the vapor tank sand blasted then I primed and painted them
- I cleaned out the fuel hard line, and vapor line and ran new soft lines off those in to the trunk
- Installed a new steering wheel
- I pulled most of the dash to eventually clean it up

Parts I have purchased:
- 280zx struts and hubs
- DP racing offset camber plates, Riser knuckles, Front coil over kit, idler arm bushing kit
- Rota RB wheels 15x7 +20 offset
- Wheel spacers and long studs from Futofab
- T3 Steering arms
- Dunlop Direzza ZII tires 195/50/15
- Momo Prototipo 350mm Steering wheel and Hub (I spoiled myself a bit with the steering wheel :D )
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Re: Button's 510 Build

Postby Button » 11 Oct 2016 13:34

Well, I haven't updated this in a loooonnngg time but I have been slowly chipping away on it. Sometime ago a good friend of mine had an unfortunate accident in his well sorted 510 that totaled the car. Fortunately he is ok now. He was able to buy his "70's econo box" back from the insurance company for pretty cheap and he decided to move on to a different platform so he sold me the car.

I wish he still had the car, but if there is an upside to the story it is that I was able to salvage a lot of really nice parts from his car.

I am going to start updating this thread with some of the progress that I have made over the last two years, but it will be somewhat out of order.


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