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Hello - Introduction

Postby bz8fs » 26 Apr 2017 19:23

Hello Everyone,

I started building 510's in my driveway in around 1972. Yep, I'm an old fart.

I bought a 1971 2-door from a junk yard for $450 and rebuilt it. Needed a new front clip & suspension. From there I graduated to building cars for my sisters and then for my friends before moving on to helping build SCCA B sedan race versions.

I've had my '73 since 1975, it's got about 55,000 total miles on it. Tore it down to the tub & rebuilt it with all of the latest goodies circa 1976. L18, Arias forged pistons, dual dcoe 45 webers, Tilton suspension, 5-speed, flares, you name it.

It's now been about 5 years since I last started it, way to long. I have so many other projects that I'm having a difficult time deciding on what goes & what stays. I know 510's like the back of may hand, but my energy levels are nowhere near what they were.

Anyway here's a few views of how it looked when I started and some of today.
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Engine compartment now
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Rear view
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Driver's side now
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Side view now
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Semi-front view (couldn't get far enough away to get the entire car)
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Engine compartment in 1977
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As original right after I bought it in 1975
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Completed in 1977
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Re: Hello - Introduction

Postby Byron510 » 27 Apr 2017 06:02

Is that the original 73 green? My very first 510 was the 'grabber green' colour, as far as I know it was a colour that started in 73, and I've seen it on 620's and 240z's.

Very cool, thanks for sharing and great to see a lifetime 510 guy - welcome to the Realm.

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Re: Hello - Introduction

Postby bertvorgon » 27 Apr 2017 06:51

From another "old Fart", welcome to the site. There are very few true 1973's that are on this site. What is the serial number of your car?

I USED to hold the youngest 510 title and then was bumped by another that showed up in B.C. here. We will add your serial number to our list.
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1968 Vintage 3HP Mini Bike
1971 Vintage 13' BOLER trailer

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Postby two_68_510s » 27 Apr 2017 11:46

Nice flares, welcome. I still have my 2 door 68 that I bought for $500 in 1976, work in progress you know!!;)
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Re: Hello - Introduction

Postby bz8fs » 27 Apr 2017 19:37

Byron510 wrote:Is that the original 73 green? My very first 510 was the 'grabber green' colour, as far as I know it was a colour that started in 73, and I've seen it on 620's and 240z's.

Very cool, thanks for sharing and great to see a lifetime 510 guy - welcome to the Realm.

Byron


Hi Bryon,

Thank you! Yes, it's Nissan color #123 and is original. When I went to see the car when I was first considering it, it was parked next to a even brighter green Opel GT and I thought well it's pretty green but not too bad - but when I got it around some regular colored cars, it like "WoW, that's bright".

The green hornet has been in the family for over 4 generations!

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Re: Hello - Introduction

Postby bz8fs » 27 Apr 2017 19:39

bertvorgon wrote:From another "old Fart", welcome to the site. There are very few true 1973's that are on this site. What is the serial number of your car?

I USED to hold the youngest 510 title and then was bumped by another that showed up in B.C. here. We will add your serial number to our list.


Hi, & Thanks! It's PL510428626 and it is a true '73. The funky rubber blocks on the bumpers, lighted headlight & heater knobs, etc.

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Re: Hello - Introduction

Postby bz8fs » 27 Apr 2017 19:44

two_68_510s wrote:Nice flares, welcome. I still have my 2 door 68 that I bought for $500 in 1976, work in progress you know!!;)

Hi, Yeah the flares - I did a number of them and the rears were always a pain. On this one I completely enclosed the inside with a new aluminum strip, weather sealed it and painted it inside & out so the inside of the trunk is totally sealed.
This was the first one that once I got started, stripped it down to the tub and built it back up until it was complete, I'd done enough of them that I knew all of the gottacha's and didn't get stuck. That's usually what happens, you hit some unexpected snag and that stalls the project while you try to figure out what's next - it just kills your momentum. So keep going, you'll get there!

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Re: Hello - Introduction

Postby bertvorgon » 27 Apr 2017 20:34

Wow, that is cool...DAMN....I keep getting bumped down the list, I updated it for you and maybe Byron will up date the official post.


434039 1 1973 ssjanz
433928 1 1973 Bertvorgon
433722 1 1973 joker72z
431958 12 1972 yenpit
431602 1 1973 carrman
431455 12 1972 prowrench240
430706 12 1972 t-lane
430694 amwalker
429776 12 1972 joker72z
428626 12 1972 (1973?) bz8fs
427433 12 1972 chachdat510
427419 11 1972 510Wizard
426590 sinnful
425945 11 1972 thisismatt
424481 10 1972 ctdavid73510
423435 9 1972 Byron510
389774 1 1972 Ronslychuk
266055 3 1971 Loungin112
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1973 2Door Slalom/hill climb/road race / canyon carver /Giant Killer 510
1968 Vintage 3HP Mini Bike
1971 Vintage 13' BOLER trailer

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Re: Hello - Introduction

Postby bz8fs » 27 Apr 2017 21:26

bertvorgon wrote:Wow, that is cool...DAMN....I keep getting bumped down the list, I updated it for you and maybe Byron will up date the official post.


434039 1 1973 ssjanz
433928 1 1973 Bertvorgon
433722 1 1973 joker72z
431958 12 1972 yenpit
431602 1 1973 carrman
431455 12 1972 prowrench240
430706 12 1972 t-lane
430694 amwalker
429776 12 1972 joker72z
428626 1973? bz8fs
427433 12 1972 chachdat510
427419 11 1972 510Wizard
426590 sinnful
425945 11 1972 thisismatt
424481 10 1972 ctdavid73510
423435 9 1972 Byron510


Hi Bert, It's name is "The Green Hornet" named by one of my sisters in 1975! It's stuck ever since then.

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Re: Hello - Introduction

Postby Colbino » 27 Apr 2017 23:23

That's a great color! Awesome looking ride you've got there. Welcome.

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Re: Hello - Introduction

Postby bertvorgon » 28 Apr 2017 06:41

One thing to really check, that does not get mentioned much here, is that a true 73' production had the horizontal crash bar in the doors...they weighed a ton. You can peer down the window track and see if you see them.

What is the production date on the door jamb tag (Drivers side)?

As I was racing mine, I switched out the doors when I built my car in 1978.
"Racing makes heroin addiction look like a vague wish for something salty" - Peter Egan

1973 2Door Slalom/hill climb/road race / canyon carver /Giant Killer 510
1968 Vintage 3HP Mini Bike
1971 Vintage 13' BOLER trailer

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Re: Hello - Introduction

Postby bz8fs » 28 Apr 2017 11:58

Colbino wrote:That's a great color! Awesome looking ride you've got there. Welcome.

I appreciate that, thanks!

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Re: Hello - Introduction

Postby bz8fs » 28 Apr 2017 11:59

bertvorgon wrote:One thing to really check, that does not get mentioned much here, is that a true 73' production had the horizontal crash bar in the doors...they weighed a ton. You can peer down the window track and see if you see them.

What is the production date on the door jamb tag (Drivers side)?

As I was racing mine, I switched out the doors when I built my car in 1978.


Hi Bert,

Mfg. date is 12/72, yeah it's got the heavy doors.

Thanks,

Paul

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Re: Hello - Introduction

Postby bertvorgon » 28 Apr 2017 21:04

I see a few anomalys in this list, pauls car is made in 1972 and yenpit shows a lower serial number, yet shows it as 12 1972. Maybe we need to revisit the accuracy of some of the cars dates.
"Racing makes heroin addiction look like a vague wish for something salty" - Peter Egan

1973 2Door Slalom/hill climb/road race / canyon carver /Giant Killer 510
1968 Vintage 3HP Mini Bike
1971 Vintage 13' BOLER trailer

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Re: Hello - Introduction

Postby loungin112 » 29 Apr 2017 10:51

Funny...my car is titled as a 72. But, I was looking at the list thinking, wow...those vins are much higher than mine (266055). Sure enough, checked the manufacture date, which is 3/1971. Ughh...gotta get that corrected this summer.


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