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Just some of the 510 parts I've finished off since my last post, I cut the spring perches off the front struts and will lower them with split collars to help lower the front of the car. Just like the 240z 510's dashes love to crack so made the repair as stylish as possible but we all know what it is hiding. Very happy to find that the whole range of weather strips have been reproduced and are available.

 

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OMG. Another canadian with a hobby tractor. Now the snow chains and the picture will be complete. default_rofl - Copy.gif 

Chris, The 500 is starting to come back to life in your caring hands. The parts are looking great.How is the body for rust? It looks good in the foto's, but we all know what happens when you start digging around. 

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Hey Chas,  I don't think the rust is too bad, I'll know more once I get it up on the rotisserie, the worst of it is the panel repairs done by previous owners.  The shape of the rear quarter wheel lip looks like it was guessed at so will have to dig through the putty to find out what's under there first.   Fortunately there is a very good body panel manufacturer the next province over that seems to be the only one making 510 rear quarters for 2 door coupes and the price is reasonable.  http://www.alfaparts.net/dat510.html

They make panels for a lot of older cars, http://www.alfaparts.net/

 

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Nice progress!

Looking at your previous pics... Do you have any idea if the 510 and Z's used the same basic front strut assemblies? They look pretty similar. The 510 doesn't have the tab for the flexible brake line, but other than that? Do you know if they shared the same springs?

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There are a lot similarities but I'm not sure if any of it is interchangeable, perhaps the steering knuckles. The LCA's are the same but have a welded on stop/limiter for the steering.  The ZX front struts are a bolt-on swap and popular because of the larger brake calipers. @zKars is the real guy to ask, I'm just a newbie 510er.

I think the rear half shafts are the same as the Z, and working with the R160 is a treat compared to the R200, r160 is about 30lbs.  It's a nice car to work with, everything is light and easily accessible.  Once all the fasteners are off the front fender comes off with one hand.

I removed the front springs so I could raise and lower the car to try out the stance I want, the first pic is where I would like it to end up but that gives me 1.25" of shock travel with no bump stop!  So I think I will have to section the front strut, remove 2" pipe and find a smaller shock to replace the stock one.

The split collar works great as I can lower the spring perch to just above the tire for the most adjust-ability.

 

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I'm suppose to get my 2 rear quarters tomorrow, I'm pumped, we also have a bit of a snow storm coming in so who knows.

I have been splicing the 510 and 240sx wiring harnesses together for a while now, I'm going to try and get the entire wiring system working properly first before I tear it down for body work.  I made the top of the rad support removable which is a big help pulling and installing the engine/trans.  The drive shaft came back from the shop last week after being shortened so that's the entire drive line working now.

Also found a LSD R160 diff in the right ratio. The stick shift now sits a little farther back than stock which actually puts it in a more comfortable position for the driver.  Still have to work the trans tunnel cover some more but the basic shape is there, with the sound deadener, insulation a carpet over top of it, it should look pretty smooth. 

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9 hours ago, Captain Obvious said:

Man, that thing is gonna move.    :excl:

Some guys put V8's in these things:blink: The KA24DE is a sweet little engine, 2.4L 155hp, 160lbft torque, of course it's not going to sound as nice as an L24.  The engine I'm using is basically stock but with some port&polish on the head. The 510 is only about 2100lbs so it will be fun car to drive and at least keep up with Hwy traffic.

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5 hours ago, grannyknot said:

Some guys put V8's in these things:blink: The KA24DE is a sweet little engine, 2.4L 155hp, 160lbft torque, of course it's not going to sound as nice as an L24.  The engine I'm using is basically stock but with some port&polish on the head. The 510 is only about 2100lbs so it will be fun car to drive and at least keep up with Hwy traffic.

It won't be long and you'll have an X6 motor in one. :cool:

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On 12/4/2020 at 6:59 PM, Patcon said:

That's really amazing, I assume all hand made...

Sorry, didn't see this, yes all by hand, English wheel and bead roller.

Oops, I accidentally let some of the magic smoke leak out of the electrical system.  I got the Can-am box wired into the ECU, I hadn't installed the 60amp fuse yet but wanted to quickly check to see if all the connections were correct.  Bad call!  The plastic coating on the 12ga wire vaporized before I could disconnect the power, seems I didn't notice the short between the 12v+ fastener and the housing.  

I thought for sure I would have to order a new relay unit but after correcting the problem (that nut is now where it's suppose to be, under the board) everything is working perfectly :victorious:

14" wheels aren't the easiest to buy tires for but with @zKars advice I found these Falken AZENIS RT615k  195/60/14 and ordered 4,  looking forward to trying these out, made in Japan.

The electrical system is almost finished, just a few more gremlins to chase down before I can pull the driveline and mount it on the rotisserie.

 

 

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5 hours ago, 240260280 said:

LOL I can almost smell that photo!

 

I like Falken Tires.... some are made in Japan too.

It was freezing outside but I had to open the garage door to air it out, I wish I could have grabbed the camera faster, it was a little mushroom cloud.

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8 hours ago, 240260280 said:

LOL I can almost smell that photo!

LOL! You and me both!

I can also picture Granny frantically trying to cut the power before any more damage occurred!

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I was doing some cleaning of the dash switches today and stumbled upon fiber optics, from the 70's.  I had no idea.

These are the headlight and wiper/washer switches, the aluminum cylinder is the light box, I only noticed it because the knobs were off and the headlights were on.  It would have to be the darkest night to see those knobs illuminated so maybe I'll pop a bright LED in there and wake them up.

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