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Posted 23 December 2018 - 03:25 AM

Crystal was in Wal Mart and found this 1:64 M2 510. The 510 was called the Bluebird in some countries. l wasn't even aware that this product even existed. l'm glad she found it!

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Posted 23 December 2018 - 05:16 AM

Very nice, congrats!


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Posted 23 December 2018 - 12:02 PM

I have fond memories of being a navigator in SCCA rallies in a real Datsun 510 during the 1970s.  The 510 was a sturdy car and  engine and many other parts from the Datsun 240Z sports car would bolt right on to the 510.  Just add the 240Z parts, 5 point harnesses, and a roll bar and you had a competitive rally car.

 

I can also remember riding in Datsun Bluebirds while in Japan.


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Posted 23 December 2018 - 02:06 PM

Congrats, Bill.

 

Brings back some memories.  I still remember the disparaging remarks that we all made, about the build quality of Japanese cars.  It was only a few years later when we had to eat our words.  :wub:


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Posted 01 January 2019 - 04:30 AM

I have fond memories of being a navigator in SCCA rallies in a real Datsun 510 during the 1970s.  The 510 was a sturdy car and  engine and many other parts from the Datsun 240Z sports car would bolt right on to the 510.  Just add the 240Z parts, 5 point harnesses, and a roll bar and you had a competitive rally car.

 

I can also remember riding in Datsun Bluebirds while in Japan.

l bet that was fun.


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Posted 01 January 2019 - 11:57 AM

Yes it was fun, but also expensive, even for a navigator.  The driver has the expense of equipping and maintaining the car.  The navigator pays the entry fees, fuel, and room and board during an event.

 

It took a while for me to actually enjoy it.  During the timed sections, navigators spent all their time looking at the route instructions which were shown with 1/100 mi. (16 m.) resolution.  It was pre GPS times, so we used precise mechanical odometers with internal changeable gears selected to match our odometer calibration to the rally master's odometer.  The navigator would count down 1/100th of a mile increments while approaching a turn ("right in10, 9, 8 ...").  If the navigator started counting too soon, time would be lost because the driver started braking earlier than necessary.  If the navigator started counting too late, the driver could overshoot the turn.  Rallies were run at night to minimize other traffic on the route.  On the timed sections navigators spent most of their time reading the instructions and odometers with a small map light instead of looking out the window.   The car was bouncing and sliding on the dirt roads with relatively high G braking and direction changes.  I took a couple of events before I was able to avoid feeling nauseous.

 

Fortunately I was only involved in one accident in a rally.  We went off the side of a narrow road along the side of a hill near Chillicothe, Ohio,  We ended up upside down with the wheels about 10 feet (~3 m.) below the road we were on.  We were hanging upside down in the 5 point seat/shoulder harnesses with the roll bar keeping the roof from collapsing on us.  The worst problem was getting up the courage to push the release button to get out of the harness. We weren't hurt, but worried about falling head first onto the roll bar and the inside of the roof.  After our Datson 510 was turned right side up and pulled back up to the road we able to drive it away with just some bent sheet metal and a broken windshield.


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Posted 01 January 2019 - 08:31 PM

Very cool Bill.

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