October 02, 2006
by: jovial_cynic
I have a spare 1969 Datsun 510 in my back yard that I've been parting out for a while now. I picked up last year for $50, and have managed to sell off the engine ($160), the front valance ($75), a door ($35), and now the floors ($80). Turning $50 into $350 isn't bad, and I still have about $200 worth of parts left on the car before I send the scrap off to the wrecking yard. Actually, I'll probably take a lot of the sheet metal off so I can have some more welding-stock.

Anyhow, when I cut the floors out of the 510 yesterday, I had to literally chop the car in half. I had already cut the hood off the car for easier access and to have some extra sheet metal, and I took the doors off to keep them out of the rain... and when I started cutting the floors, I realized that the front end and the back end of the car simply weren't going to stay together.

I'm thinking about turning the back axle into the base of a gas-powered rickshaw... but that might be too much weight for the lawnmower engine I had in mind. The back end of a 1969 Datsun 510 has independent rear suspension, and that's probably a bit of overkill for a rickshaw anyway. Oh well. I'll probably end up selling the rear suspension instead.
np category: 510


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