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  • Cheap fixes. Relax I got this!

    It seems like lately there's not much going on so let's have some fun.

    We all know that Datsun owners were(are) cheap and we all know how copper wire is made. So let's share stories of those cheap fixes done by previous owners or the one's you are willing to admit to doing. Temporary fixes to get a dead car home don't count unless they became permanent.

    Here's a couple to get things started. Pictures if you've got them!

    Bed sheets cut into strips, wrapped and knotted around ball joints and tie rod ends when the rubbers wore out. 1974 710.

    Neatly carved wooden bushings in rear leaf springs. A boneyard 710 wagon.

    It gets worse.

    Disclaimer alert! Don't try any of these at home. Ever.


    71 510 wagon
    72 CB450
    74 CB360T
    2013 Toyota Corolla
    Formerly 510er
    It's amazing how one tiny capacitor can wreak so much havoc.

  • #2
    LOL!! This should be good! I thought this was a good idea when I saw you suggest it before in another thread.
    I've got nothing too crazy to ad except typical body work stories of newspaper, window screen and spray foam found.
    Previous owner of my 240 had left quilted panels inside when roll cage was installed and welded/melted them in place, also installed an electric fan by drilling/bolting through rad instead of building bracket, yes it leaked !
    I like the use of the bed sheets idea! That way when you grease them you can tell they are full when the grease oozes through the weave in the material (lol)!

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    • #3
      Ok. It's bad enough that they used duct tape instead of plastic vapour barrier but they put a bath towel in the bottom of the door because Datsuns don't rust fast enough.
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      71 510 wagon
      72 CB450
      74 CB360T
      2013 Toyota Corolla
      Formerly 510er
      It's amazing how one tiny capacitor can wreak so much havoc.

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      • #4
        I hate to admit it but I used wood panelling to cover the holes in the floor of my Datsun 510. I was driving it everyday to university in the early 80's. In the winter I had to use a scraper inside the car to clear the frost off the windows.

        That car only let me down once or twice over 4 years of commuting from Kitchener to Guelph. My dad came and towed me home with a rope. You just don't see that much theses days. Probably a good thing. If you don't keep tension in the rope something will break for sure.

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        • #5
          Well no stories from a Datsun but in a similar classic car, the throttle cable broke at the pedal. The cable snapped at the little lead ball. So for an hour until I got to Parry Sound, I was hunched over , reaching down by the pedal with vise grips attached to the end of the cable throttling the car. I didn't pass any cars during this time. The fix: Canadian Tire, bicycle brake cable with vise grips at the carbs....Parry Sound to Windsor.

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          • #6
            I'll post these as I remember them. Had a 53 Morris Oxford as a second car in university. Parts for a 16 year old English car were nonexistent in Saskatchewan so when the left rear wheel cylinder leaked I put a finishing nail in the brake line and tightened it nicely. Never leaked a drop after that. Stopping fast meant throwing the car into a quick left then hammering the brakes hard to pull it back in line.
            A year later I lent it to a coworker who blew the rear end. Darned if we didn't find another Morris in a ditch on a back road near Swift Current, Sask.
            We took the whole rear end assembly and I had four wheel brakes again.
            Eric Zondervan
            72 240Z
            54 Chevy 3100 pickup
            91 Nissan Figaro
            11 Sierra 4X4
            17 Nissan Juke Nismo
            18 Audi SQ5
            18 Polaris Switchback XCR 800
            17 Yamaha FZ-10
            65 Honda Moped

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            • #7
              Some of you may have seen this on the 311s forum but I'll put it here anyway because it's epic.

              The axle grease undercoat.

              First go out and buy as many tubes of the cheapest axle grease you think you will need plus a few more for good measure. Jack up the car and remove the wheels and any trim or parts that are in the way such as the headlight pots and grill. Next roll up your sleeves and get to it! Smear that grease on heavy everywhere your hands can reach. Like finger painting in kindergarten class. Take your time, do it right, have a few beers while you're at it. It's not a job any sober person would want to do. A squirt bottle full of gear oil is handy for the places you can't get into such as inside the ribs on the hood, trunklid and frame rails.

              It was a sticky mess but that car had no rust on it when I bought it. In 1993! 1975 710.
              71 510 wagon
              72 CB450
              74 CB360T
              2013 Toyota Corolla
              Formerly 510er
              It's amazing how one tiny capacitor can wreak so much havoc.

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              • #8
                Sink stoppers for the clutch and/or brake master cylinder reservoirs. My brother did this on his 710 even though I had many spare caps.
                71 510 wagon
                72 CB450
                74 CB360T
                2013 Toyota Corolla
                Formerly 510er
                It's amazing how one tiny capacitor can wreak so much havoc.

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                • #9
                  Home made dashboard wireing harness. Materials needed: A huge spool of light blue #22 wire, a box of marettes and a few rolls of electrical tape. What could possibly go wrong?... How about it looking like a pale blue bird's nest.

                  Found that when I removed the dash from the roadster.

                  I saw one in the making at a "Do it Yourself" garage I ran in Hamilton many years ago. A guy from one of those Islands down east that doesn't grow potatoes took on a complete body and paint on a very rusty 70's Dodge van. He didn't know how to weld. Four 4x8 sheets of steel, 3500 or so pop rivets, 100 or so double ended 1/8" drill bits, several destroyed pairs of tin snips, a few trips to the ER for stitches and 6 gallons of body filler later and it was well on it's way to being one colour. Truly put together with blood sweat and tears. He paid his bill before finishing it and said he would leave it outside and pick it up in the morning. The next morning we found he had made a deal with one of the monthly tenants there to leave an air hose under the door for him. He had come back in the wee hours of the morning and sprayed it right there in the parking lot using gasoline as thinners and only the moonlight to guide him. One heavy drippy coat before the stored air in the compressors ran out. What can I say. It was ugly. The paint went flat as an eggshell. Six months later the filler cracked along all the straight seams and rivet heads causing it to look like an old war weary battle ship. Money well wasted unless the battle ship look was the end goal all along.
                  Last edited by 510longroof; 12-04-2015, 01:09 AM.
                  71 510 wagon
                  72 CB450
                  74 CB360T
                  2013 Toyota Corolla
                  Formerly 510er
                  It's amazing how one tiny capacitor can wreak so much havoc.

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                  • #10
                    Junkyard find:

                    Roll bar on a jeep made from exhaust repair pipes from Crappy Tire and held together with muffler clamps. What else would you use on exhaust pipes? It was hammered flat at the bottom and bolted as snugly as possible. Across the top were seven rectangular headlight pots pop riveted to the bar with the lights series connected for maximum brightness. Dull orange glow like the dimwit who built it. At least it was painted black.
                    71 510 wagon
                    72 CB450
                    74 CB360T
                    2013 Toyota Corolla
                    Formerly 510er
                    It's amazing how one tiny capacitor can wreak so much havoc.

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                    • #11
                      Aluminum tape, the proper kind you use for furnace ducts, covering an entire quarter panel followed by a skim coat of bondo. Sand and prep it for a quick and dirty repair. No grinding other than knocking down the high spots on rust bubbles. No welding in patches or anything. Tape it, mud it, knock it down and paint it. Good to go. Done by a discount body shop chain named after a type of shark. My first 510 wagon. Both quarter panels and the rocker panels.
                      71 510 wagon
                      72 CB450
                      74 CB360T
                      2013 Toyota Corolla
                      Formerly 510er
                      It's amazing how one tiny capacitor can wreak so much havoc.

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                      • #12
                        When I traded a set of tires for my first 510 wagon this is one of the other cheap fixes.

                        Broken spring in the door latch preventing it from catching? No problem. Roll down the windows on the front and rear door. With the doors closed get some household string and wrap it several times around the door frames and the B-pillar. It doesn't have to be super tight just as long as the doors are closed. Tie a good knot then roll up the windows on both doors to snug it closed. Then NEVER use those doors again. Crawl in and out from the other side.

                        Naturally replacing the spring was not as cheap as the string method but it did cost a whopping 38 cents from Home Hardware and little bit of work to swap it out.
                        71 510 wagon
                        72 CB450
                        74 CB360T
                        2013 Toyota Corolla
                        Formerly 510er
                        It's amazing how one tiny capacitor can wreak so much havoc.

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                        • #13
                          What to do when you lose your brake fluid from a damage brake line in the middle of the bush. I pinched off the damaged brake line. Ah yes, what to do about brake fluid. No problem. Just add water from the closest pond. & bleed out the system as best you can. I still had a soft brake peddle. But that was better than no brakes at all.

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                          • #14
                            My Dad had a 20 year old Mercury pickup which he hardly drove. I borrowed it to go from Portage La Prairie , Manitoba to Crooked lake, North of Grenfell, Sask. On the Trans Canada I noticed the bakes pulled and were not very effective. At my brother in law's cottage I found enough tools to open the wheel cylinder on the wheel which didn't seem to do anything. Left front, but drums all around. Everything was seized and when I opened the bleeder, water squirted out. Now the brake fluid was way low so no choice but to top it up with water. Eventually a bit of fluid came out, but over the years, most of it had been displaced with water. I drove it 20km to Grenfell for a complete brake rebuild and it actually stopped better than it had on the way from Manitoba.
                            Eric Zondervan
                            72 240Z
                            54 Chevy 3100 pickup
                            91 Nissan Figaro
                            11 Sierra 4X4
                            17 Nissan Juke Nismo
                            18 Audi SQ5
                            18 Polaris Switchback XCR 800
                            17 Yamaha FZ-10
                            65 Honda Moped

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                            • #15
                              On the subject of brakes. When I first started renovating, I bought a "52 Dodge 3 ton for $300.00. One day on the way down from picking up a load of gravel North of Markham I lost brakes. The line along the rear axle had rubbed through and rubbed through and I lost all the fluid. No dual circuit systems in those days. I nursed it to Canadian Tire in Markham, a scary undertaking with a full load of gravel and just the little drum on the front of the driveshaft for brakes. At C Tire I bought two Crescent wrenches, a ready flared length of brake line and a big can of fluid. Fixed it right on the side of Hwy 48 in Markham.
                              Eric Zondervan
                              72 240Z
                              54 Chevy 3100 pickup
                              91 Nissan Figaro
                              11 Sierra 4X4
                              17 Nissan Juke Nismo
                              18 Audi SQ5
                              18 Polaris Switchback XCR 800
                              17 Yamaha FZ-10
                              65 Honda Moped

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