Jump to content


Photo

1978 620 vg30e


  • Please log in to reply
84 replies to this topic

#21 bigboy620

bigboy620

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 89 posts
  • Location:san jose ca
  • Cars:1978 Datsun 620 & 1998 Bmw 740iL

Posted 21 August 2014 - 07:05 AM

Worth the risk. If I even complete the swap ;).

#22 datzenmike

datzenmike

    KING RAT

  • User Administrator
  • 69,420 posts
  • Location:Vancouver Island
  • Cars:'74 710 sedan, '76 710. prevoius... '78 620, '71 521, '68 510 new '76 B-210

Posted 21 August 2014 - 11:34 AM

The risk is the truck becomes useless to you and can't be sold to someone else except for parts. Don't start if you can't finish. Sell the truck to someone who wants a 620.  SBCs do not fit. Four and V sixes can fit and when you are done the truck can still be enjoyed by someone else,


Posted Image

#23 tr8er

tr8er

    Datsun Mechanic

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 6,701 posts
  • Location:Hawaii
  • Cars:'71 PL510; 01 Frontier 4X4

Posted 21 August 2014 - 11:54 AM

R.I.Piece(s)

#24 banzai510(hainz)

banzai510(hainz)

    L motor God

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 14,982 posts

Posted 21 August 2014 - 12:35 PM

V8 datsuns alway come up on craiglist ,they dont go for alot of money. If they even get completed.
wait and buy one of those rigs

11posts. he wont make 100post before he is gone and truck for sale/junked


you drive a BMW. Your not a mechanic!!!!!!!!!!!
Throw on some Weber sidedrafts, Rising Sun hood.... call it good

#25 mcordero8

mcordero8

    Senior Member

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 372 posts
  • Location:95376
  • Cars:Datsun 73 620 Pickup

Posted 21 August 2014 - 01:37 PM

I am not trying to discourage what you are trying to do. I do not know if you have the skills to do the swap or not. I am simply saying that these trucks are becoming more and more rare and yours looks like it is really good shape. I personally would not cut up such a nice truck. It is worth more the way she is then if you start cutting into it. If you want to do a swap like that find a old rat that some one has already cut into and nock yourself out. By the way I really like the way your truck looks right now. Respect it for what it is an OG Datsun.



#26 bigboy620

bigboy620

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 89 posts
  • Location:san jose ca
  • Cars:1978 Datsun 620 & 1998 Bmw 740iL

Posted 21 August 2014 - 03:00 PM

Wow I'm not a mechanic because I drive a BMW. Your right I'm not a certified mechanic. But I did do all the work/repairs on my 740il. I replaced : water pump/water pipes,radiator,fan,fan clutch, water heater pump/valves,timing chain tensioner,drive belt tensioner/belt,valve cover gaskets,intake gaskets,valley pan, camshaft position sensor,o2s,driveshaft coupler,driveshaft center support bearing,both rear wheel bearings,coilovers,Re upholster roof liner along with a,b&c pillars,3 window regulators etc. You get the idea. And yes these e38 have all these common faults. Here's a couple of pics of it. Don't assume man.

IMG_20131202_190010_zpszxoybvoq.jpg


IMG_20140427_191818_zps3tbyfpbc.jpg

IMG_20140701_223344_zps6unifjxa.jpg

#27 bigboy620

bigboy620

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 89 posts
  • Location:san jose ca
  • Cars:1978 Datsun 620 & 1998 Bmw 740iL

Posted 21 August 2014 - 03:03 PM

Thanks to those who have positive comments and opinions

#28 tr8er

tr8er

    Datsun Mechanic

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 6,701 posts
  • Location:Hawaii
  • Cars:'71 PL510; 01 Frontier 4X4

Posted 21 August 2014 - 04:28 PM

I think you mis-understood the beemer comment.  I believe the point was that no mechanic would buy a BMW.  And to illustrate why, you can read your last comment on the common problems with these cars.  And you know the work isn't easy either.  That said, I fucking love BMW's.  Especially the 60's and 70's.  

 

Your truck, is just that, your truck.  Hainz and Mike have seen this thread pop up on here possibly 100 times already.  And the outcomes of those threads have educated their opinions.  I suppose you should consider these comments not personal in nature, but rather based on a bunch of others who have paved the way to failure.  Prove us wrong.  Just don't take on the project in spite, and accept the criticism as shared lessons.  It is very easy to lose motivation half way through a project such as this, and they/we just want you to know these points, and as well prepare yourself for the entirety of the project.  

 

Do you have a dedicated garage for a partially dismantled truck for the next year or more.  Do you have a hoist and stand?  Welder?  Cutting torch?  Compressor/Paint gun?  

 

The hate you feel is actually love.  But it's love for the truck.  What everyone wants to see is this truck driving around giving good times to the driver.  Almost 100% of the time this is the case with L series engines.  V8 swapped Datsuns likely have a sub 1% of the time fun factor when you consider unfinished projects.  Therefore, getting peoples hopes up would take some serious reputation points.  

 

If you take this on, we all want to see you finish.  No question!  



#29 bigboy620

bigboy620

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 89 posts
  • Location:san jose ca
  • Cars:1978 Datsun 620 & 1998 Bmw 740iL

Posted 21 August 2014 - 04:35 PM

Well said man.

#30 hobospyder

hobospyder

    El Matador

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 8,345 posts
  • Location:sedro woolley, wa
  • Cars:73 620, 77 620kc, 02 300m, 96 s10

Posted 21 August 2014 - 06:07 PM

If you take this on, we all want to see you finish. No question!

this

But only if you can actually finish the swap

Lol you really think he would tell anyone, ahh yes Mr. Peterson I was taken a piss and everything got dark like there was an eclipse, when I look back to see what was making the shade when WHAM!! Cock hit me right in the face. I don't know whose it was but we could match up the bruise.

 

 

 

you assume i have any fucks

 

 

 

 

 


#31 EastBay521

EastBay521

    Datsun Mechanic

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,502 posts
  • Location:Newark,Ca
  • Cars:71 521, 71 4door510

Posted 21 August 2014 - 08:13 PM

Go for it. Its only a 620. I was just trying to say that a ka swap is easier.v8 would be cool



#32 banzai510(hainz)

banzai510(hainz)

    L motor God

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 14,982 posts

Posted 22 August 2014 - 05:00 AM

The hate you feel is actually love. But it's love for the truck. What everyone wants to see is this truck driving around giving good times to the driver. Almost 100% of the time this is the case with L series engines. V8 swapped Datsuns likely have a sub 1% of the time fun factor when you consider unfinished projects. Therefore, getting peoples hopes up would take some serious reputation points.

Correct.

Thats a cool truck.

a V8 620 is just not practicle after awhile.
HOt running. susupension would need work(front end heavy_. sticking a 350 trans up under neath that drive line mods. Torsion bars? spcial headers made.
Have you really reshearched this out and plan it?

You have a classic already(love the looks of it) and its already driving(meaning FREE!)

the list of imcomplete prjects on this site would be to big to print sinced the years on this site. Every now and then theres a few how can do it.

really figure 3-5$ k to even comeplete this even if motor is free. aits ezer to get another BMW or better yet use the money to find a 1st Gen M3
Throw on some Weber sidedrafts, Rising Sun hood.... call it good

#33 Screechbruh

Screechbruh

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 39 posts
  • Location:Napa, CA
  • Cars:1976 Datsun 620

Posted 22 August 2014 - 10:58 AM

Welcome Homie! You should just do a Ka24 or Sr20. thats hat I'm looking at..



#34 tmac1991

tmac1991

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 81 posts
  • Location:pacolet,sc
  • Cars:1978 datsun 620

Posted 22 August 2014 - 11:00 AM

I have a v8 in my 78 620.

#35 bigboy620

bigboy620

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 89 posts
  • Location:san jose ca
  • Cars:1978 Datsun 620 & 1998 Bmw 740iL

Posted 22 August 2014 - 11:03 AM

Screech what's up man. I'm debating now..
Show some pictures of your v8

#36 banzai510(hainz)

banzai510(hainz)

    L motor God

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 14,982 posts

Posted 22 August 2014 - 01:35 PM

Just think you get thumbs up already driving a classic. and it aint costing you nothing!!!!!!!!!.

Theres a guy where I get coffee. Hes says Should put a V8 in there(i can tell a Chevy guy).
But I alwasy say to myself,Wheres your teeth, Why dont you do it ? As he gets in his Honda Accord .


Im telling ya . Dont do it. L20s are cheap and EZ to get if you need another motor and bolt right in. No figure yout torsion bar , headers ect... drivelines. Getting HOT!!!!!!!! Radiator mod bla bla bla.

KA are fast but been a few incomplete 521s up here In Washington. Wait long enough you can save one of those
Throw on some Weber sidedrafts, Rising Sun hood.... call it good

#37 bigboy620

bigboy620

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 89 posts
  • Location:san jose ca
  • Cars:1978 Datsun 620 & 1998 Bmw 740iL

Posted 22 August 2014 - 03:43 PM

What would be best dual cam or single cam ka? Hmm what about f20c?

#38 bigboy620

bigboy620

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 89 posts
  • Location:san jose ca
  • Cars:1978 Datsun 620 & 1998 Bmw 740iL

Posted 23 August 2014 - 09:07 PM

Yep. convinced to go with a ka swap.. Hopefully turbo

#39 Screechbruh

Screechbruh

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 39 posts
  • Location:Napa, CA
  • Cars:1976 Datsun 620

Posted 25 August 2014 - 09:29 AM

I think im going with the Ka24 dude. I thought about the sr20 for hella long but i dont really want to fabricate the body of it. Ka24 with turbo will be dope as fu*k!



#40 orangie

orangie

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 269 posts
  • Location:chandler az
  • Cars:99 vette 402ci

Posted 25 August 2014 - 10:49 AM

I had a small block powered 240z.  The car was fun when going fast, but it wasn't a very comfortable car.  The two things that bugged me the most were exhaust heat coming up through the floor and eventually making the whole car hot and the heavy steering from all the extra weight on the front manual steering.  Those two things are probably the same things you are going to run into putting a v-8 into the 620.  It's really up to you and what you find acceptable.  I would never ride a crotch rocket for a daily ride, but there are those who do .