We’ve been out west participating in the Motherlode 400. The route included three days of some of the best roads in the country. If you have a chance to participate, by all do so. Our little Datsun 510 handled the CA gold-country tarmac quite well, thank you very much. Here’s a teaser picture:
The C was a nice car, even if the critics weren’t always kind to it. This one came in with problems typical of 40 year old cars.
The carbs were mounted incorrectly, causing the bowls to be cocked, the plates that act as velocity stacks weren’t present, and the distributor needed attention for starters.
Moreover, some of the bolts holding the window frames to the doors were missing, the exhaust manifold flanges were broken, some wiring needed tending, and there were tired suspension bushings. This one is much improved now.
Earlier this summer, we had a hiatus while Chip went to California and did the Motherlode 400! Nice work if you can get it, I say. The Datsun performed very well. The car sticks. I found this link of Chip’s car crossing a bridge in CA on Rat_fink’s flickr account. I hope he doesn’t hate me for using it. If he does, you may not see it very long.
So, if you live on the East Coast and are pondering a trip in your 510 to California, have Chip set up your car to make sure it will get there and back.
Having skills give you options, which means you can transfer everything from your first Range Rover to your second Range Rover when you feel like it. Chip feels like it. At Uk Motorsports, we specialize in these types of aggravating problems. It reminds me of the time my cousin got a new BMX bike, but he liked all of the stuff on his old BMX bike, so he moved it all to the new frame. Same idea,but bigger. Bottom line: The green Rover and the brown Rover will be trading a bunch of parts.
Well, after some car-related gallivanting around the country (more later), we’ve returned to our primary avocation, i.e. wrenching. This TR6 is in the glorious “put Humpty together again” phase, which always seems to take longer than you thought it would. It’s also the cleanest phase, which is why it’s my favorite. Dean is handling this resurrection. Dean knows his Triumphs, you see.
Clean parts are fun to look at…