Luis’ 1971 Datsun 510 Wagon

1971 Datsun 510 Wagon

Back in 2006 Luis was living in Massachusetts. As a Wisconsin native, the east coast never really grew on Luis. He often found himself coming back home to visit friends and family. On one fateful trip, an uncle invited Luis to a family BBQ.  The usual great food and company was anticipated, but he never expected to find the gem of the car you see featured today.

1971 Datsun 510 Wagon

Luis had not see his uncle since early childhood. Much to Luis’ surprise,  his uncle was a fellow car enthusiast. Tucked away and barely covered by a weathered tarp, Luis recognized those familiar headlights and grill of a Datsun 510. At that moment he knew the wagon had to be his, but he didn’t know how attached his uncle was to the vehicle.

1971 Datsun 510 Wagon

After a few beers, Luis finally mustered up the courage to ask his uncle what his plans were for the 510.  His uncle had some bold ideas and even considered a rotary swap. Unfortunately, his plans never came to fruition due to his busy schedule.  At that point Luis asked if he would consider selling the car to his “favorite nephew.” His uncle gingerly laughed and before you knew it, Luis was the proud new owner of a Datsun 510 Wagon…or so he thought.

1971 Datsun 510 Wagon

Luis flew back to Massachusetts a few days later and was in a state of shock that he landed his dream car.  Luis called his uncle first thing on Monday to finalize details of the sale. His uncle was surprised to hear that Luis was serious on the offer. Regretfully, Luis’ uncle informed him the car was promised to his own son. Luis was obviously disappointed, but understood the circumstances.

1971 Datsun 510 Wagon

A year later Luis heard from the grapevine that his cousin was looking to purchase a truck and needed a loan. Luis thought this might be a good opportunity to finally be reunited with the wagon. Luis immediately called his cousin and instead of loaning him the money, Luis struck a deal to purchase the wagon outright.  This was a win/win for both parties.

1971 Datsun 510 Wagon

A year later Luis ended up moving back to Wisconsin and reality finally set in. The 510 looked almost the same as Luis remembered it.  Initially Luis thought of simply slamming the car and keeping the original faded paint. However, Luis’  cousin started some work and partially primed the car. This meant that Luis had to switch gears with his plan.

1971 Datsun 510 Wagon

With the move back home money was a bit tight. Rather then keeping the car a two-tone mess,  Luis rattle-canned the car as a temporary solution until he was able to properly restore the car.

1971 Datsun 510 Wagon

Several years went by and the 510 essentially stayed the same while Luis was able to save money and acquire parts. Luis was finally ready in late 2013. Great Lakes Autobody was procured for some light restoration, shaving, custom flares, and finally paint.

1971 Datsun 510 Wagon

There are still things on Luis’ list that need to be addressed such as the interior and engine. For now, Luis is very happy with how the car turned out and simply enjoys driving the car as often as he can.  We look forward to seeing what’s next for this wagon!

-jdmchicago

Info & Mod List

1971 Datsun 510 Wagon

-JDM L18 W53
-4speed transmission
-Suspension Ground Control coilovers
-280zx shorten housing
-MR2 inserts
-T3 camber plates,
-2″ lowering Flexform rear springs
-Monroe rear airshocks
-3inch blocks
-280zx front brakes with hawk pads
-Work Equip 01 Wheels (15×8.5 & 15×9)
-Toyo Tires
-OEM Color Nissan Blue
-NOS emblems
-Customs Fender Flares
-Shaved rocker moldings
-Rear hatch vents shaved
-re-chromed front bumper/door handles
-JDM front grille
-BRE front lip
-JDM fender mirror
-Recaro front seats
-Grant wheel
-JDM center console

 

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Willy Izaguirre’s 1968 Datsun 2000 Roadster

Earlier this summer I was very excited to hear that Willy was bringing his beautiful Roadster to Offset Kings (Chicago). It’s not too often you see a Datsun 2000 restored and modified to this level. You could say that Willy took a “resto mod” approach to the  build.  Prior to Offset Kings, I wanted to post up some photos of his car on the blog.  What better way to hype the event then to show one of the higher quality builds in attendance? Luckily my good friend Andrew Link supplied some phenomenal images of the Roadster he shot for Super Street Magazine.  Unfortunately, Willy had some transmission issues at the last minute and his car was unable to make the trip. It’s since been fixed, but sadly the timing did not work out for the show. Anyways, here are the bonus shots that we never put on the site. Enjoy!

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Hiroto Kusumoto’s Rocket Bunny RX-7 FD3S

A few weeks ago we spotted Hiroto’s Rocket Bunny FD and subsequently posted a teaser shot on our facebook page. Thanks Hiroto for these high res images! In case you are wondering about the wheel/tire setup, Work  Gnosis GS2 ( F,19X10 -30 235/35 / R,19X11.5 -71 265/30). This may not be everyone’s style, but this RX7 has certainly pushed some boundaries and buttons.  Note, some wallpaper sizes are included below. 

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Kenmeri Skyline

Yesterday Pete and I met up for an early morning shoot. We weren’t sure if the weather would cooperate, but the ominous clouds seemed to wait it out for us. Pete recently purchased this 1975 Nissan Skyline”Kenmeri” (ケンメリ)  from JDM Legends.  JDM Legends has brought over several Kenmeri’s within the last few years, but this might be my particular favorite. If you are not aware; the Kenmeri C110 Skyline is very rare stateside. If I could guess, I would say there are probably less then 20 in North America. In fact, this is actually the first and only Kenmeri in Illinois.

When you hear “Kenmeri,” it just screams “Japanese.”  However, it’s not actually a Japanese word per se. The c110 Skyline will forever be associated with the “Ken & Mary” advertising campaign in Japan. This highly successful advertising strategy led to large Nissan Skyline sales throughout Japan in the 1970′s.  The campaign featured two characters named Ken and Mary, hence the Skyline’s moniker of “Kenmeri (Ken & Mary).”

Pete’s Skyline is a 1975 GT model. It’s been modified to give it the popular “GT-R look.” This is very common in Japan. In fact, most conversions also include a GT-R badges which leads to confusion by the novice car enthusiast. In Japan however, switching out emblems is more or less a “tribute,” rather then what we commonly call “faking the funk.” In other words, an acceptable social practice. Speaking of the GT-R; if you ever have the opportunity to purchase a legit Kenmeri GT-R (KPGC110), jump on it- only 197 were ever made!

Kenmeri

GT-R exterior components such as the grill, over-fenders, tail light garnish, rear spoiler and black colored fender mirrors completing the “clone” look that is very popular with these cars.

Kenmeri

Datsun competition style seats provide a very snug interior fit.

Kenmeri

14″ Watanabe wheels are the perfect complement for any Japanese vintage car.  Specs are as follows: 14×8.5 -13 front / 14×9.5 -25 rear. The car is lowered with an adjustable front coilover system and the rear sits on KYB Adjustable Shocks.

Kenmeri

The heavens really opened up for this shot.

Kenmeri

Small details such as the “skyline” etched on the dash is also present in Pete’s Hakosuka Skyline. Oh… did we mention he owns a Hako as well?!

Kenmeri

Kenmeri

Very cool handmade shift knob by Nostalgic Grains.

Kenmeri

Pete was lucky the previous owner in Japan replaced the 2.0L motor with the peppier L28. The L28 is outfitted with triple Mikuni (Nismo) 44mm carburetors.

Kenmeri

Thanks for reading this small feature and be sure to check out Pete’s Kenmeri at the next jdmc event.

-jdmchicago