I went out in the daily this afternoon with my buddy to play a bit on the wet roads and to go and take some photos, as he recently also purchased a new DSLR… Turns out it was a nice opportunity for some new photos of the Mellow Yellow…
I recently purchased a proper DSLR camera for the first time in the form of a Nikon D5100, after wanting one for the past 7 years. This will now allow me to take some properly good photographs of the Datsuns in my world, which I can’t wait to do…
I was out a few days ago trying my hand at a few sunset shots, when I decided to turn my lens towards the daily, and these are two of the resulting photos:
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Cheers for now…
So the daily has finally been registered legally on my name! So stoked, successful two weeks of leave before the new job starts! All that needs to happen now is the fine tuning of the SU’s as they are running a bit rich at the moment, and the 5 speed needs to go in ASAP for lower revs on the highway! 😀
So after a long battle including the accident, being sent to do police clearances unnecessarily and all the work that had to be done after the accident to get her roadworthy, the daily passed the test today!
So stoked, now all that needs to be done is swop over the dogleg 5 speed gearbox from the parts car, along with the heater unit, and get some lower and stiffer springs to enhance the handling and the looks…
So last week I decided to remove the Nikki carb for a nice clean up and rebuild so that the car would be ready to go through the roadworthy test without any hiccups. The rebuild was successful (especially since it was my first time ever servicing a carb on my own!) and after driving around for a few hours afterwards the problems came back regarding the carb.This was not going to cut it as I need the car to be reliable for the new job I have just managed to secure which is going to involve a lot of highway driving.
So I lost my temper and removed the piece of shit and tossed it one side in favour of a set of SU carbs that came off my Coupe’s motor. (As you can see, I am not a fan of a twin choke down-draught carb, having only known SU’s on Datsun motors…) Luckily for me the Coupe will be Fuel Injected when its turn comes, so it was happy to donate its carbs for a good cause… 🙂
So, while I was busy doing work on the daily to get her ready for the roadworthy test, I came across this SSS steering wheel I had picked up at a scrapyard last year for R250 (~$45) and decided that I wanted to mount it to my car to replace the stock 1 spoke wheel…
So today I went and fetched the daily from the panel beater… Quite an amazing transformation if you ask me! 🙂
So like I mentioned in the previous post, the repairs to the daily are progressing at a fairly fast pace! She should have colour on her as I type this… 🙂
Here are some updated shots I took this past Saturday:
Bonnet and fender gaps done:
Spare RHS fender fitted and primed (LHS original fender was saved thank goodness!):
What you are looking at here is the ORIGINAL METAL that has been pulled out and properly panel beated back to its original shape… Hence why the spares car still has it’s nose attached! Incredible… 😀
The area circled in red was gouged open when the original bonnet decided to turn UFO during the accident… Been nicely fixed up eh? Also, notice the nice and straight bonnet hinges as well haha…:
Really excited to see how she looks when she has some paint on her!!
More updates when I have seen her again…
So, this past weekend was quite the eventful one to say the least… Learning how to tow a double axle car trailer for the first time on a 650km trip is quite daunting to be honest, but it becomes even more nerve wracking when you decide to complete the return journey the same day! At least I had some company in the form of my father and good friend Ben along for the journey.
Now, by the time we had reached our destination to collect the car, towing the trailer had become almost second nature at that stage, but when you add a 930kg vehicle to the equation things become slightly more complex… Stopping distances and times increase; turning response slows; gears become a lot more important… And and and… You get the picture? On top of that, doing the return journey at night on a completely unlit 4 lane highway full of fully loaded trucks does not make it any easier!!
Happily, we managed to complete the 1300km round trip in one day without any major hassles, only once almost running out of diesel at 22:00 in the evening 10km from home, and having to search most of Durban for a petrol station that had 50ppm diesel in stock!
Definitely one for the books! Now to start stripping what can be saved from the car and then throw the remains away… As you can see from the photos the car is nowhere near perfect haha… here is what can be saved:
- Headlight assemblies
- Fender Indicators
- All chrome beadings
- All glass
- Door handles and all locks
- Stock L16 with a 5 speed dogleg box, rear axle going into my fathers 1800J
- Tail lights with trim
- Rear bumper
- C-pillar vent panels
- Some dashboard items
- Front strut assemblies
- Stainless steel exhaust system (possibly)
Most likely thing to be thrown away is totally rusted body, easily the worst condition Datsun body I have seen to date, along with the front bumper and valance.
All in all, most definitely worth all the effort and time as the car only set us back R2000 (~$244!) which is damn cheap considering what can be used or even sold off… At least I didn’t have to pay for it!
So all that is needed now is a front valance and correct style front bumper in decent condition… If anybody might have one of the above for reasonable money please get in touch with me?
Cheers for now…