How to Make Your Nissan 1600 Look Younger
Marketed outside the US and Canada as Datsun 1600, the short-lived Nissan 1600/Datsun 510 only stayed in the industry for half a decade (1968-1973). Since not many vehicle owners and Nissan enthusiasts have the chance to own such vehicle, you're lucky enough to still have one in your garage until today. If you still want to keep your old Nissan sedan in the years to come, here are some ways on how to make it look like a couple of years younger:
- Always clean your Nissan from the inside and out.
While it's easier said than done, you have to take some time out of your busy schedule to clean your Nissan's interior and exterior. And this doesn't just mean fast and superficial job, but serious washing and scrubbing as well as vacuuming. If you're no longer taking your ride out for a drive regularly, then you can do the cleaning at least once a month; but if you're still driving it, you have to do the cleaning more often. While tidying up your car, take the moment to inspect it for rust, leaks, dents, scratches, and other types of damage. Sometimes, by being observant while washing the vehicle, owners are able to uncover some hidden problems.
- Fix or touch-up anything that's wrong with the cockpit.
Just because your ride is old, it doesn't mean that it also has to feel old. Maintain the convenient ambiance of the cockpit—touch up or fix anything that has gone wrong with it. If you have a faded dashboard panel, consider repainting it or providing it with a good dashboard cover. Restore or replace worn-out carpet, floor mats, and cargo liner. Consider getting a new seat cover. If the vehicle is still running, you should go beyond aesthetics—check the dashboard illumination and gauges for malfunction. Also pay attention to the knobs and switches and replace those that are busted, missing, or worn out.
- Keep the weatherstripping and rubber blades healthy.
Whether you're using the vehicle or not, its weatherstripping and rubber seals will age and wear out over time—the older they get, the more vulnerable they are to change. Varying temperatures plus the constant opening and closing of the windows and doors are enough to make the rubber strips in your car brittle and ragged; before you know it, your weatherstripping is no longer capable of properly sealing your interior from outside elements. Don't forget your windshield wiper's rubber blades, too. Replace them at least once a year especially when they are already leaving streaks on the windshield as they operate.
- Wax it at least twice a year.
Even if your Nissan is spending most of its time in your garage, faded paint, dull spots, and rust still shouldn't have a place on its exterior body panels. This can be prevented by sealing damaging elements out with a high-quality car wax so they won't have a chance at doing a number on your car. If they are already present, take time to eliminate them as soon as you can because even the minutest exposed metal part of the panel can promote rust formation.