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Cross-country in a Barn-Find Datsun 510!

Postby AZhitman » Mon Aug 05, 2013 11:41 pm

Here's something a little different for us - We're joining a local Datsun collector on his journey across the country to retrieve and DRIVE HOME in a 40-year old unrestored Datsun 510.

Check out the article, check the route, share the link, and make plans to catch up with Randy on his epic journey!

Datsun 510 Road Trip!


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Postby Mr1der » Tue Aug 06, 2013 3:49 pm

Man, I wanna tag along with him!

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Re: Cross-country in a Barn-Find Datsun 510!

Postby gmac708 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 5:13 pm

This is so cool and he will be passing right by Columbus. Hey Randy, If you need any assistance or help when you are near Columbus, let me know. I might try and hook up for an escort with my Z. I'll be watching this thread and the article for updates.

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Postby AZhitman » Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:24 pm

That'd be way cool, Gord - Definitely need a photo-op with your Z!

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Postby nissangirl74 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:41 pm

I wonder how far Jesda and Ian are from Springfield? If Randy gets to meet both of them on their home turf, he might come back a changed man :chuckle:

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Re: Cross-country in a Barn-Find Datsun 510!

Postby Jesda » Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:59 am

I-44 goes right past our dealership in St Louis! CALL ME AND I WILL FEED YOU (though I might be traveling that week too)

314-472-3452

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Re: Cross-country in a Barn-Find Datsun 510!

Postby Randalla » Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:04 am

Thanks for the interest and offers. Best way to hook up and run part of the route with us is to e-mail me on the route, at [email protected] I'll be checking my email regularly. When you email me, I'll send back my cell number so we can coordinate a meet up spot. Would be cool to meet you along the way. Who knows, I may even need someone to turn a wrench (hope not).

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Postby AZhitman » Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:54 pm

You HAVE to stop off and meet Jesda & Co. Definitely worth the time. :)

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Postby AZhitman » Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:49 am

As we count down to the beginning of the trip... Part 2 is posted!

http://www.nicoclub.com/510roadtrip

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Re: Cross-country in a Barn-Find Datsun 510!

Postby Randalla » Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:50 am

We'll be tracking every gallon of gas used and calculating fuel economy from coast to coast. The car is completely stock as far as the powertrain, with an automatic on the floor, 1600 motor with factory carburetor and a fresh tune up. We'll be taking freeways for almost the entire trip and I'd guess we will be traveling 65mph most of the time. So...what would you guess our average fuel economy will be for the trip??? I'll think of something creative for the one who guesses closest.

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Postby AZhitman » Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:05 pm

Way cool idea!

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Postby skydragoness » Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:01 am

This is awesome. I'm bummed it's not for sale in MD.
The cars you drive the furthest for almost always end up being the best ones. :biggrin:

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Postby Az_L320 » Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:32 am

Randy,
Your just 1 week away from the start of your epic journey! :bigthumb: I can't wait to read about it daily while its happening and hope everything goes absolutely smooth for you! Have fun, be safe and take a bunch of pictures!

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Re: Cross-country in a Barn-Find Datsun 510!

Postby Randalla » Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:36 pm

New content up on the site today so check it out. Getting really jazzed about meeting lots of people on the way. Fingers crossed we won't have any catastrophic failures on the way. Thanks for the good wishes Dale! Maybe see you guys on our way through Flagstaff. Anyone wanting to meet up can reach me on my cell phone at 602-312-4038.

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Re: Cross-country in a Barn-Find Datsun 510!

Postby nissangirl74 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:33 pm

This is so awesome! I wish I could help drive.

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Re: Cross-country in a Barn-Find Datsun 510!

Postby Az_L320 » Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:44 am

Well Randy, today is the start of your cool journey. I know you fly out to PA today and start driving your (new)(old) 510 back tomorrow. Have a great and safe trip.

Remember to give us all many update and a pictures! Most of all have fun my friend. It would be cool doing this with you! See ya when you get back.

Dale

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Re: Cross-country in a Barn-Find Datsun 510!

Postby AZhitman » Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:51 am

Travel safely, brother - And have a great time!

Guys, make sure you check Randy's route and give him a call i he'll be in your area... It's a great opportunity to hang out with a fellow enthusiast and get some cool pics in the article! :)

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Re: Cross-country in a Barn-Find Datsun 510!

Postby Ben280 » Wed Sep 11, 2013 12:04 pm

Looking forward to seeing this car at JCCS! Too bad your avoiding the PNW (Although i guess it is out of your way!)

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Re: Cross-country in a Barn-Find Datsun 510!

Postby gmac708 » Wed Sep 11, 2013 4:16 pm

Hey Randy
I'm sad to say that my plans have changed and I'm going to have to stay in Colorado one more day, which means I'm going to miss your car passing through Columbus on Friday. I'm bummed :frown:
Do you know the approximate time you will be around Columbus?

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Postby gmac708 » Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:22 pm

A bunch of local Columbus fans will be their to meet and escort You Randy. Sorry I have to miss this. The ZROC crew comes through. Have a safe trip!

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Re: Cross-country in a Barn-Find Datsun 510!

Postby taz31 » Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:09 pm

Just meet you guys here at Oreilly auto parts in Tallmadge Ohio. Hope all goes well on your trip. Car is a beautiful piece. For the people that havent seen it yet you all will be impressed. It was my pleasure talking to you and to see this car Take care Jim Good

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Re: Cross-country in a Barn-Find Datsun 510!

Postby doctor510 » Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:01 am

Good to talk with you yesterday and find you've only had a minor fuel filter cloggage

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Re: Cross-country in a Barn-Find Datsun 510!

Postby yellowdatsun » Sat Sep 14, 2013 10:43 am

Is it just me, or does the link to the trip no longer work? Edit: works now.

Funny about the fuel filter, I suggested to Randy that he bring an extra just before he left.

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Re: Cross-country in a Barn-Find Datsun 510!

Postby Az_L320 » Sat Sep 14, 2013 11:14 am

I talked to Randy this morning and they were heading toward St. Louis. Said things were going well. I haven't seen an update online anywhere yet? He mentioned the car was running pretty good, they are cruising around 70 mph with it and I think he said he was getting around 26+ mpg. I'm looking forward to reading more about the trip.

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Re: Cross-country in a Barn-Find Datsun 510!

Postby WDRacing » Sat Sep 14, 2013 11:20 am

Az_L320 wrote:I haven't seen an update online anywhere yet?
Here's a link to part 3.

And here's a link to part 4.

We just got part 4 posted about 15 minutes ago.

Amazing that he's getting 26mpg in an old Datsun!

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Postby Az_L320 » Sat Sep 14, 2013 12:26 pm

Hi WDRacing,
Thanks for the update. Its fun to read about it as it happens! What a cool trip. 26mpg is pretty good for a 43 y/o car.

Dale

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Re: Cross-country in a Barn-Find Datsun 510!

Postby WDRacing » Sat Sep 14, 2013 12:47 pm

I'm not my 95 240SX will average 26mpg!

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Postby WDRacing » Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:57 am

I had to do some creative editing. I had published part 4, but it was actually part 5. So I edited the titles and corrected the order.

I edited the post above, but I figured I'd make another post with the updated links.

Here is part 4.

Here is part 5.

Here is part 6.

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Re: Cross-country in a Barn-Find Datsun 510!

Postby Az_L320 » Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:22 am

Thanks again for the updates!! Sounds like the trip is going pretty well. Would be SO much fun!

Dale

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Re: Cross-country in a Barn-Find Datsun 510!

Postby WDRacing » Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:29 am

I agree, I'm very envious.


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