Welcome to Dime Month at Hooniverse!


It comes but once every hundred years and this month shall go down in history as the first Dime month ever.  It’s the 5th month of the 10th year of the new century and we can think of no better way to celebrate 5/10 than to show our love for the mighty little Datsun 510! 

And what better way to kick off Dime month than to spend some time at Hooniversity with a fantastic lecture by our very own, Professor Deartháir.  Pay attention, class as there will be a test.
Now that you are up to speed, let’s have a look at some kick-ass retro commercials.  First up we have a little hoonage from 1973.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9HF5U7L3nw[/youtube]
Love that exhaust note!  The alien sound effects were pretty bitchin’ too!
Next up we have one from ’71 complete with Tang!  What’s not to love?  mmmmm hoontang…
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twKCw4opK4k&feature=related[/youtube]
Dang even new cars today are not as shiny as the wagons in that commercial.
Lastly, I will leave you with some 510 1/4 mile shenanigans:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL2poP-vO0M&feature=related[/youtube]
Ooooh, thats giving me naughty thoughts about Eleanor now…
Tune in all month for more great Datsun articles and if you have any cool 510 stuffs pass it along and we will fit it in somewhere.

67 Comments

  1. Yea, I used to own one of those too. A white 1971 Datsun 510 wagon that was fun to drive, but blew a piston or something. It just quit running one day so I traded it in on a cherry '69 Cutlass S 2dr hardtop.
    No, this picture isn't of my 510, but I can assure you that they blow up really good.
    [img]http://imcdb.org/images/170/455.jpg[/img]

  2. (This space should have contained a snazzy shot of world-famous Datsun racer and occasional actor P.L. Newman in his SCCA B-Production 510, but either WordPress or IntenseDebate has been eating every comment I make with an image attached, so it's not here, but if you BELIEVE hard enough you'll see it.)

    1. One of the Africa Rally cars or the Baja car? I've got some current pictures of the Baja car I'll try to get posted soon.

    2. One of the Africa Rally cars or the Baja car? I've got some current pictures of the Baja car I'll try to get posted soon.

  3. Uh oh, you bad people. You snuck a ringer into the collage. The light blue wagon in the lower right hand corner is a post-'77 "510", which was nothing more than the blobby old live-axle Datsun 710 with a squarer body. Is this like one of those "find-it" pictures we had as kids? What do I win for spotting it?

  4. Just whitelisted you, meaning you'll never get caught in the filters again (don't abuse that power).
    Sorry, our days of being able to hand-sift through the spam comments are over.

  5. … but that's a good problem.
    Also, this is an awesome idea and I shall raise a gross bier (I'm in Germany on business) tonight in honor of the person who came up with this dime month idea – bring on the crazy Datsun hoonage!
    /walks off to find some crazy 510 stuff to share

  6. Here's a little dyno run of a 510 sporting a twin turbo motor from a 300ZX:
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    Dyno run : Datsun 510 with 300ZX TT-engine.

  7. Here's a little dyno run of a 510 sporting a twin turbo motor from a 300ZX:
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    Dyno run : Datsun 510 with 300ZX TT-engine.

  8. Went to the East Coast 510 meeting as part of The Mitty last weekend. Let me know where to send the pictures. The best was the lhd BRE in original rusty condition from the Baja race.

  9. Excellent! You can always send stuff to tips@hooniverse.com depending on how many and how large they are. A flickr account or something similar would probably work better. Send along any commentary you might have as well.
    Thanks!!

  10. I'll send a Google docs dump/link to the tips email tonight. I filled up my Flckr account for the month with pictures from the Georgia Tech Auto Show.

  11. Just whitelisted you, meaning you'll never get caught in the filters again (don't abuse that power).
    Sorry, our days of being able to hand-sift through the spam comments are over.

  12. I was trying to figure out what justified Dime-month?
    I had to weigh in Schmo's obsession with 510s, but I knew he wouldn't bore us with silly Japanese cars for no reason.
    And then the date. 5/10. Oh, how clever you are, good sir.

  13. I think the uncle used to have one as his amateur rally cross car. Awesome, ik. If I can find pics i will assuredly be sending them your way, Hooniverse

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