Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Indy510 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:31 pm

I've been too busy to post on here lately. I still have the 2dr 710, but I finally sold the wagon a few months ago. As stupid as it sounds, I quickly spent all that money on the tools and parts needed to get my rusty 510 back on the road.

The only problem is the 510 looked like this in 2015, when I started the "re-build":

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Indy510 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:41 pm

The only thing left to do was start sawzalling ... :lol:

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and drag the body panels out of storage:

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by flatcat19 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:46 pm

Too soon to say I like where this is going?

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Taterhead » Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:15 am

Probably, but I do too.

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by DRIVEN » Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:33 am

I can't even imagine where it's going but I'm in.
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 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:27 pm

This will be fun!

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Converted_to_datsun » Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:12 pm

Hmmm I’ll bite... where is this going? lol

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Indy510 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:25 pm

I knew I needed a donor chassis, so I looked into using a 1st or 2nd gen. Miata, S2000, Pontiac Solstice, or some exo-skeleton kit car

All of these options are at least 6-7" wider than a stock 510, so I made some relief cuts in the roof to bend out the roof pillars and widen the whole 510 three inches

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Indy510 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:41 pm

I jammed some .75x1.5" square tube in the cross-braces between all 3 pillars:

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by DRIVEN » Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:42 pm

:fry:
























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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Indy510 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:47 pm

Haha ... yeah, this wasn't a serious project in the beggining

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Indy510 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:56 pm

Then I let it sit for 6 months, while working on the 710s:

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removable quarter panels:

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Indy510 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:01 pm

I wasn't planning on using $400 taillights on this $50 car, but it helps that they're a lot wider than stock 510 tailights:

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Indy510 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:22 pm

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The hood was 3" too narrow:

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Indy510 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:47 pm

I decided to widen the headlight buckets too, but it took me forever to figure out the grill to headlight bezel ratio is 2:1

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Indy510 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:55 pm

The patina is the only reason this car didn't go to the dump:

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Then I took it all apart, so I could paint the 2dr 710, 2 years ago:

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by DRIVEN » Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:14 pm

I think you mean the radness is the only reason it didn't go to the dump.
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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by noflers » Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:58 pm

Yup, thats what he meant ;)

I kept wondering why the body is wide and things like the hood are too narrow, then I remembered Miata in the title. This should be pretty dang cool.

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Ni10 » Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:03 am

cool, another datsun project on NWD. :thumbs:
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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Indy510 » Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:21 pm

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