Tips on Maintaining Your Nissan 510's Classic Style
Teruo Uchino's ground-breaking design impressed Nissan's veteran designers. His speedy and dramatic lines gave birth to one of Nissan's cult classics—the Nissan 510. Its design took inspiration from the BMW 1600, which made the 510 into an instant hit in the U.S. Although it was called a "Poor Man's Bimmer", the 510 was a well-built sedan perfect for American roads. Its 1.6I-L16 engine boasted of 96-horsepower with a top speed of 100mph. It also featured a curved side glass, slimmer doors, and a roomy interior. For a pocket-sized sedan, the 510 was a serious car for enthusiasts looking for a solid daily drive. If you happen to own a 510, here are some tips on maintaining its classic style.
- Keep its interior clean and fresh.
Drivers would agree that driving a classic car with a dirty interior could be a major turn-off. It's uncomfortable and it could ruin your car's pristine condition. When cleaning its interior, you need to give it time and attention. Start by putting out the trash and placing it in garbage bags. This includes parking tickets and some leftover food. Make sure to sweep under the seats to get everything out of the car. Use a vacuum cleaner to suck out dirt, dust, and other debris. Don't forget to vacuum the trunk's exterior. If your car has leather interior trimmings, use leather cleaners and creams to protect them from the sun's harsh UV rays. For plastic and vinyl surfaces, use mild solutions to clean them. Cleaning your sedan's interior will keep it clean and fresh.
- Avoid flat spots and keep its tires inflated.
Since most classic cars are stored for longer periods, their tires' pressure should be checked often. If you car's tire pressure falls below its recommended level, it could deteriorate and develop flat spots. Drive your car and have its tires inflated. Check the vehicle owner's manual for the recommended tire pressure for your car. Also, your sedan's tires keep it stable while driving on a road. Inflate them properly to ensure driving safety.
- Protect its exterior from the harsh elements.
Older car models, such as the 510, were designed to endure the ravages of time. However, if you don't properly clean its exterior, it would deteriorate over time. Cleaning its exterior, including the under chassis, would help preserve it. Wash your sedan's exterior to remove road salts, bug carcass, dust, bird droppings, and even plant saps. These types of debris could destroy your car's paint by scratching and discoloring it. Make sure to use a car shampoo to remove all the stubborn dirt from its exterior. After giving it a good wash, dry it properly with a synthetic chamois or a cotton cloth. Wax the exterior after drying it to protect it against the elements. Always park your car inside a garage and cover it with a breathable car cover to protect it against the harsh elements.
Maintaining your Nissan 510 shouldn't be difficult. Keep it clean, park in a garage, and perform preventive maintenance. These are the keys to keeping your classic sedan road worthy.