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#1 mhub91

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 09:26 AM

Check this out! I stopped and talked to the old lady who owns this for about an hour and a half, and She said It had an owner in '65-'66 but he passed away. Then her father purchased it in1966 and drove it til '76(?) when he passed away. Soon after, her husband kept it in storage at the in Tacoma, WA for many years and driving til around 1988 when the fuel pump went out. Parked in storage in Tacoma til a few years back, then Finally bringing it home and then he just passed away last year. She said it needs to go to a loving home because there are too many precious memories with it. Her husband called it the "Red Devil". Still had the piece of paper on the window that said "NOT FOR SALE" and his sunglasses on the front seat. Local car since new in Tacoma area. EXTENSIVE service and maintenance records dating from 1971 - 1988... Everything in receipts from tires and light bulbs even to when the engine was rebuilt circa 1984.

 

 

A tip to everyone else -- always stop and talk about old cars to neighbors, you seriously never know how it will turn out!

 

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Oh, did I mention the floors are totally (yes, totally) solid!!!!



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Posted 07 April 2015 - 09:35 AM

Too late! I just bought it!

 

Just kidding.

 

That ought to be an easy restoration. Unless you want door window rubber...



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Posted 07 April 2015 - 10:29 AM

How much are you going to ask for it on Craigslist after you wash it up and air up the tire   ??



 

Incredible survivor. Stopped and talked to the old lady who owns this for about an hour and a half! She said a small amount of cash takes it and the title! 1965 L320, 4 speed on the floor. It was originally her father's truck who owned it 'til '76(?) when he passed away, and then her husband kept it in storage at the in Tacoma, WA for many years. Finally brought it home and then he just passed away last year. She said it needs to go to a loving home because there are too many precious memories with it. Still had the piece of paper on the window that said "IS NOT FOR SALE" and his sunglasses on the front seat. Local car since new in Tacoma area. 45,000 original miles. Practically mint interior.

Needless to say, I'm thinking I'm going to buy it. I can't believe I'm lucky enough for this lady to show me all of her late husband's old tools and toys. Very nice lady.

A tip to everyone else -- always stop and talk about old cars to neighbors, you seriously never know how it will turn out!

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Oh, did I mention the floors are totally (yes, totally) solid!!!!


So somehow while i was driving back from Eaglerock swap meet i somehow caused YOU to post this,,,, do really think members on this site are that stupid to believe i caused it??

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Yeah i guess you do,,

 

BTW ,,,, the first person to call you a pussy,,,, ya might wanna check out his ethnicity ,, cuz i don't think it's what you think it is there snowflakeboy

 


..........................I shall call it, narclops.

 

 

 


#4 mhub91

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 10:56 AM

lol, girlfriend told me if I buy it I CAN NOT sell it!



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Posted 07 April 2015 - 11:11 AM

That she had to tell you this makes me sad.

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

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted 07 April 2015 - 11:21 AM

She loves it.



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Posted 07 April 2015 - 11:28 AM

That 320 looks mint! Aside from the small ding below the left headlight, that is.



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Posted 07 April 2015 - 11:28 AM

Quit kidding around and get it, would ya?

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 01:43 PM

64 grille; floor shift. Must be late 64 - very early 65 build; or converted to floor shift in it's short 'working' life?? Interior Oics, Please!!

 

Nothing trumps a survivor; with verifiable history. Nothing, nearly.

 

Never say 'Never',,,, or 'Nothing'. Cover Ur Nutz.

 

At any rate, I'd be proud to have her stable with my varied collection of odballs.

 

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 07:41 PM

64 grille; floor shift. Must be late 64 - very early 65 build; or converted to floor shift in it's short 'working' life?? Interior Oics, Please!!

 

Nothing trumps a survivor; with verifiable history. Nothing, nearly.

 

Never say 'Never',,,, or 'Nothing'. Cover Ur Nutz.

 

At any rate, I'd be proud to have her stable with my varied collection of odballs.

 

Steve

 

 

I'll check the production date next time I swing by. Thanks for the info, though!



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Posted 07 April 2015 - 07:44 PM

She loves it.

 

The D?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

....atsun

 

But seriously, the time to buy it is when you see it.


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Posted 07 April 2015 - 08:13 PM

There is no production date on old rigs.

320 ID tag has a stamped year, which is stamped long after the production date.
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Posted 07 April 2015 - 08:29 PM

There is no production date on old rigs.

320 ID tag has a stamped year, which is stamped long after the production date.

 

Thanks for the info. I wasn't aware of this.



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Posted 07 April 2015 - 08:42 PM

The first concern that I have, though, is of course the engine. 

 

It is an old E1 and while I've read that parts cross from some MG(?) and BMC(?) engines, it seems like it may be a bit of a chore to rebuild it. This is just my first thought, though.

 

Which brings me to thinking about swapping the E1 for an A series engine. I've been searching around Ratsun and the internet in general and I think I read that Wayno had an A swapped 320. Does anyone have any additional info on this swap?



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Posted 08 April 2015 - 08:47 AM

I'd love to see some interior shots of this. What a find...



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Posted 08 April 2015 - 12:38 PM

A series is a basic swap. The areas of concern are:

 

transmission tunnel and crossmember - tight fit and custom crossmember will need to be built.

alternator location  - A12's had them on the passenger side really low which interfere with idler arm

oil filter - you can use a small diameter filter for clearance

radiator outlets - Lower hose comes in contact with the stock fan - use an electric fan

 

Other than that, it's an awesome engine for that truck and it looks right at home.



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Posted 09 April 2015 - 06:16 AM

Thanks for the info.

 

What about engine mounts?

 

What about oil plan clearance vs. the crossmember?

 

Hate to be spoon fed, but thanks again for the info.



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Posted 09 April 2015 - 06:44 AM

I'm pretty sure that any Datsun trany except one originally used in the 320 will require a floor cut at the rear of the trany floor opening for the shifter to sprout up through. Shifter will also be right at the front edge of the seat. The 320 floor shift & early 520 transmission (same trany till Sept. 65) shifter sprouts in about the center of the tailshaft housing. I believe all the others are at the very back of the tailhousing; about 5" difference. A different floor pan is also required for the original floor shift trany. It's has a taller hump and a hole for the shifter. I studied this in depth about a year ago. I lusted after a 5-speed but didn't want to cut the floor.

I know that there are some pickups out there with A-Series power, and I'm sure that some are done right. I do have a photo of a pickup with the floor cut crudely, but I can't attach it from work. Maybe tonight.

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Posted 09 April 2015 - 06:53 AM

Thanks for the info.

 

What about engine mounts?

 

What about oil plan clearance vs. the crossmember?

 

Hate to be spoon fed, but thanks again for the info.

No problem at all.

 

You will have to fab motor mounts and an oil pan. I take the stock pan, cut the sump off, turn it around and weld it back on.



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Posted 09 April 2015 - 06:59 AM

I'm pretty sure that any Datsun trany except one originally used in the 320 will require a floor cut at the rear of the trany floor opening for the shifter to sprout up through. Shifter will also be right at the front edge of the seat. The 320 floor shift & early 520 transmission (same trany till Sept. 65) shifter sprouts in about the center of the tailshaft housing. I believe all the others are at the very back of the tailhousing; about 5" difference. A different floor pan is also required for the original floor shift trany. It's has a taller hump and a hole for the shifter. I studied this in depth about a year ago. I lusted after a 5-speed but didn't want to cut the floor.

I know that there are some pickups out there with A-Series power, and I'm sure that some are done right. I do have a photo of a pickup with the floor cut crudely, but I can't attach it from work. Maybe tonight.

Steve

Yes, I used a "dogleg" 5 speed in my green truck and the shifter came right up to the front of the seat while in 1st, 3rd and 5th gears, but it did fit. I eventually got around to making a console for the shifter.

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