1970 Datsun 1600 Roadster
Start of Restoration
I owned a 1967 Datsun 1600 roadster for ten years and
regretfully sold it in 1988 to purchase the family mini van.
(In hind sight, I should have drove it up to my parents
barn in Idaho and left it there in storage). Earlier this
year, 23 years after the sale of my '67 roadster, a friend
mentioned that he had a 1970 roadster sitting in his
shop (for years) and asked if I was interested in
purchasing it. I was, and went to his shop to inspect the
car. It looked great for the $1000 asking price. The car
had not been operated for a long time and we did not
even attempt to start it. I liked what I saw and felt the car
was a good project car, so I bought it. I figured it was
destiny for me to have this roadster as the license plate
registration tag had the 1988 sticker on it.
Coincidentally, the same year I sold my '67 roadster.
The body is in good condition with a few small rust
spots. The motor looks very original with all the old smog
stuff still attached. The undercarriage looks very good,
however the interior is a disaster. I will definitely need a
kit for that. I have a good friend that runs an upholstery
shop, so no worries there.
17 JAN 2011:
My plan with the roadster is to do a complete, full off
restoration. The car is simple enough (given some great
on-line resources) and I am in no rush to finish the car, so
I don't mind doing the work. My goal is to have a car that
looks pretty close to show room new by the time it is
finished. The only difficulty that I am having at this time is
deciding on the body color. So far I have changed my
mind about four times on what the final color will be. I will
not worry too much about this now as the body work is at
least 3 or 4 month off.
I spent the first couple of months completely
disassembling the car. I was very happy with the cars
condition as I only broke off three bolt heads during the
entire disassembly process. And those bolts were on the
muffler system which is pretty typical, so no complaints
there. I bagged all of the bolts in clear zip log bags and
labeled them by area. That makes it a bit easier to get
the right bolts back in the right place. I will also re-zinc all
the bolts as it helps prevent rust and corrosion. I do all
my own zinc plating so I can do it at my convenience and
get the appearance that I am looking for from the parts.
Plus, the parts look 'way cool' when they are zinced.