Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by wayno » Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:48 am

This stuff takes fab skills, tools, and a vision.

Sometimes one needs to take a break from a build just to get motivated again.
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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Indy510 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:29 am

Thanks. I always like to have a few projects going at once, so I can take a break from one. Selling the 2dr 710 made this project more of a focus and allowed me to buy the tools I need to hopefully finish it. But I still have a few other "non-car" projects going.

This is the suspension at ride height:

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and this is fully down:

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Indy510 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:34 am

I plan on "body dropping" the back of the car another 1.25", when I fix the roofline, so it sits level with the Miata rocker panel seams:

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Post by Indy510 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:37 am

I raised the BRE flares about 3" higher than normal, and they look really good with the suspension raised:

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Indy510 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:39 am

The wheel above is 17x7 +50 … the wheel below is 16x8 +2 after the spacers:

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Post by DRIVEN » Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:48 pm

Ridiculous. All of it.
When the only tool you have is a hammer every problem starts to look like a hippy.

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Laecaon » Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:54 pm

You have definitely done something I have always wanted to see. Raise the wheel well in the rear (well you did both). I have always thought the body of the 510 had too much rake. It looks so much better laid out flat like the Hakos.

Keep up the good work!

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Post by Indy510 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:19 pm

I'm stoked with how it's sitting, but it's still raked higher in the back. Another inch lower in the back, and the bottom of the doors will be level with the ground. I just need to raise the rear parcel tray area of the 510 body.

Then I can start making giant bubble flares:

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Indy510 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:28 pm

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Post by Indy510 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:29 pm

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Post by Laecaon » Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:44 pm

Have you thought about adding to the bottom of the car? Rocker panel area? Looks like the rear of the quarter panel (behind wheel) comes lower down than the front side. Maybe part of the rocker panel.

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Post by HRH » Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:47 am

Sweet! I'm jelly of your skills! It's starting to look pretty good. And you know the best part? People will be like, you took something aerodynamic and ruined it!! :D Because Datsun.

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Indy510 » Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:06 pm

Sorry for another 6 months of no updates, but I've been busy with non-Datsun stuff. The first thing that was bugging me was the C-pillars, so I got a template off my friend's 510 and saw how much narrower mine were at the top. So, I cut mine apart (again):

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Post by Indy510 » Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:07 pm

Then it was the back window frame … After 4 different attempts to modify it, I realized I couldn't fix it. And Futo-Fab was having a sale:

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Post by Indy510 » Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:17 pm

Laecaon wrote:
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Have you thought about adding to the bottom of the car? Rocker panel area?
I wasn't planning on adding 510 rocker panels, but I think I need them just to add structure to the 510 body. But first, I need to remove all the Miata metal in the way:

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Post by Indy510 » Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:21 pm

I wasn't planning on removing so much metal, so I started adding some structure back in:

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Post by Indy510 » Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:28 pm

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Indy510 » Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:32 pm

The other side went faster:

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Post by Indy510 » Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:34 pm

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Indy510 » Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:45 pm

Now I can put a jack anywhere on the rocker panel, without bending the seam:

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