Not all the work in getting a truck running again is glorious photo worthy work. such was today, again. This truck has no master cylinders, that work in it. The clutch slave cylinder is rusted solid. I grabbed a clutch slave from another 521 I have, it is unusable too, I think. I also have a broken emergency brake cable.
I am a member of Datsuns Northwest, at least I think I am current. I sent a E-mail to them, to find out my current membership status. I need this, because of the discounts on needed parts. I started to look up some part numbers, using this website.
Also I am working on some issues with the title change.
Since I need a brake master cylinder, (and possibly brakes) I contacted MKlotz about disk braking this truck, and the master cylinder I will need to do that upgrade.
Finally, time for a parts run. Clackamas Auto, the obligatory new fuses, and a thermostat, and new lamps for the side marker lights. Little screws for the fuse box, no luck. Next stop, Coastal Farm, buy a 1/16 to 3/8 drill bit set, there are more bolts to drill out. Also bought a few extra smaller bits, the ones that break easily.
Then I got gas in my Aerostar, my daily driver, and that was only $68.00. Some other errands, and back home.
Still need brass #8-32 screws for the fuse box. I called Oregon Bolt. They can get them, but it will be a few days. Called Parkrose Hardware, they have them, but they are in Parkrose, in Northeast Portland, a pretty long way to drive, at $3.779 a gallon. Next, on a lark, I called a local ACE hardware, in Lake Oswego, and they have the brass screws. I drive down there, and get them.
I got home. I put the fuse box back together. I put some older used antifreeze in the radiator, and start the engine. It starts easily, but it is not idling OK, it wants to die if i let it go below about 1200 RPM. While it is running, it is also a little "rattly" in the front of the engine. I need to check the timing chain.
I still have no lights on the front of the truck, but I check the taillights. Taillights, check. Turn signals, (emergency flashers, actually, check. Back up lights, no. (did I forget to reconnect the reverse light switch on the transmission when I put it back in?) The brake lights, I check by just jumping the two wires going to the brake light switch. Right one is bright, the left, not. Other lights on the left side are glowing dimly. Need to check the ground on the taillights. Right side rear marker light works, the left side does not.
The heater fan runs. The windshield wipers do not. The temp gauge reads really hot, even though the engine is not.
And that is where I am tonight on this truck.