Rare… but useless

Check this out for a rare item. This would appear to be a limited slip diff for a Datsun Cherry. E10, F10 and early N10 models used this style of three bolt driveshaft flange and my money would be on this being for an E10 as it originally came from Janspeed who raced and modified E10s back in the 1970s. Sadly its missing pretty much all of its internals rendering it pretty much worthless unless you’re pretty skilled in the manufacture of one off gears! Shame…

Fancy Knobs

Yahoo! Japan Auctions isn’t just a great source of cool wheels. If you want some proper Japanese style accessories you’ll find those there too, like these wacky gear-knobs. Admittedly, these worked out to be pretty expensive by the time they arrived at my door, but for uniqueness the Japanese stuff can’t be beated. Not sure what I’ll do with the Maneki Neko (Beckoning cat or lucky cat as it’s commonly known) one on the left but I thought it was pretty cool. It turned out to be considerably larger than I expected! The Funny face one in the middle is for my 510. It kind of sums that cars character up nicely. The pretty flower one on the right is destined for my Violet SSS, as it seemed kind of appropriate. Amazingly, these type of custom gear-knobs are not quite as common on the auctions as you might expect and it does take some hunting to find them. Worth it though!

Reims Salon – Swapmeet

As I’ve previously mentioned, the swapmeet at the 22nd Salon Champenois du VĂ©hicule de Collection in Reims was a little pricey, but offered a staggering array of parts and memorabilia, much of which would be hard, if not impossible to find outside of France. Obviously the bulk of the parts on offer, from both business and private traders, catered for French and European marques. I saw very little on offer to suit Japanese cars but that’s hardly surprising really. I did see a nice metal “Datsun Concessionnaire” sign but it was sadly way to large to fit in our car! The sheer quantity and variety of the automobilia on offer was awesome, from enamel signs to pedal cars.. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many pedal cars in my life! Below, you can take a look at some of the wares on offer. I can thoroughly recommend this swapmeet, but if you do attend, take plenty of Euros!

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Datsun Techno Toys

Techno Toy Tuning (T3) has been machining up specialised parts for Toyota enthusiasts for some time, but their line-up also offers a bunch of very nice parts for Datsuns. T3’s offerings consist primarily of suspension components, all of which are custom fabricated for performance applications. Parts are available for 240Z, 510/610, as well as S13 and S14 models. The selection for 510 and 610 models includes coil-over conversions for both front and rear suspension, camber plates and roll center adjusters. Their fully adjustable tension/compression rods look particularly well made. Prices are very reasonable too, especially with the dollar still being relatively weak against the pound. T3 camber plates, come in at only $180 a pair and having bought a set previously, I can vouch for their excellent quality. Adjustable T/C rods are just $200, and their own strut brace is a bargain at $119. But that’s not all that T3 have to offer. Anyone in the market for a nice set of old school wheels might also want to take a look at what they stock…

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More Violet Goodies

Although I have yet to start doing any real work on my KP710 Violet SSS, the parts keep on arriving. Newest arrival, and something I’ve wanted for some time, is a pair of Japanese market rear quarter emblems. In Europe these cars always wore “Datsun 160J” emblems on the rear quarters, but I always think of them by their Japanese market name of Violet, so scoring a pair of these emblems is a real bonus.

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Nissan Part Numbers Explained

So, you’re at a swap meet and a there’s a guy selling a load of new old stock Nissan parts. But what model do they all belong to? How can you identify all those parts without having to remove each one from its box to have a look? (and even that’s no guarantee of correctly identifying the part!) The part number of course! Nissan’s part numbers, as a rule, consist of ten digits. They are usually written as two five digit codes, separated by a space or hyphen. At first it must seem an incomprehensible system, but look closer and you’ll find that it’s surprisingly simple. Here, I’ll attempt to explain the system and give you some of the basic information necessary to ‘read’ the numbers for yourself.


First of all, you need to know the basics. The ten digit part number can be effectively split into four parts. Each of these parts tells you a little about the type of part and applied model. The image above shows a typical Nissan part number label, this one being for a Datsun 510 front turn signal lens. This part number can be divided up into the four main parts as follows…

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F10 Day

No, it’s not a new national holiday, but I did enjoy a day of F10 destruction with my buddy Jon, when I helped him strip two of the saddest looking F10s I have ever seen. Jon acquired these two, a sedan and a coupe for free (not that anybody would actually part with any money for them), as he figured there were still many useful parts to be had. And he was right. The coupe had been in a very hard front end smash, which had actually trapped the engine, making removal somewhat difficult, but using a length of chain and my Datsun 910, we quickly had the front end pulled out. The sedan had also been wrecked and was incredibly rusty, so no usable body panels were saved, but it did provide an engine and transmission and numerous other mechanical parts. Datsun parts are getting too rare now to let even sad wrecks like these pass you by. More pics below…

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