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#21 Stoffregen Motorsports

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Posted 09 April 2015 - 07:09 AM

You may not be able to see it, but this is a modified oil pan on an A12 in a 320. I also notched the top of the crossmember about .500".

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Posted 09 April 2015 - 07:20 AM

 

You may not be able to see it, but this is a modified oil pan on an A12 in a 320. I also notched the top of the crossmember about .500".
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Thanks, Stoffregen, I'm archiving your photos.

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Posted 09 April 2015 - 07:30 AM

Sure. I've got a ton more in my files and a few more on my Photobucket page. If you go there, there is a Datsun folder and a 320 subfolder, kind of a mess really.



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Posted 09 April 2015 - 08:08 AM

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?

 

You might be surprised by the E-1.  Some of the parts are readily available, some not.  But the easiest thing may be to get the stock engine running.  Everything I've read and my experience to date is these are very bulletproof little engines.  IF you buy the truck, see if the engine will turn by hand.  Remove the spark plugs, spray in some WD40, and use the hand crank through the front grille and you may be surprised to find the engine is free.  If this is truly a low mileage truck a rebuild may be totally unneceesary. 



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Posted 09 April 2015 - 05:21 PM

Seriously, thank you all for the useful info. 

 

I love Datsuns but this 320 is ancient by comparison of the run-of-the mill L series Dattos.



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Posted 10 April 2015 - 05:24 AM

You might be surprised by the E-1.  Some of the parts are readily available, some not.  But the easiest thing may be to get the stock engine running.  Everything I've read and my experience to date is these are very bulletproof little engines.  IF you buy the truck, see if the engine will turn by hand.  Remove the spark plugs, spray in some WD40, and use the hand crank through the front grille and you may be surprised to find the engine is free.  If this is truly a low mileage truck a rebuild may be totally unneceesary. 

 

Yeah, I would definitely try my best to go that route first.  Even if it needs rebuilt, rebuild parts for E-1s have been popping up on ebay.

 

Having a bigger engine can always be fun, but these are trucks.  They don't need to go fast.  My truck came with a J13, and should only have a whopping 67hp, but it hauls everything I need.  Even with the J13 though, some of the poor fitment of a swapped engine bothers me.  There's not much room for the alternator at all, and the hood prop rubs the J13 aircleaner.  I'd much rather have a clean factory fitment of everything.  It can be done with a swap, but that involves other work I don't want to do.  My lack of time and crippling laziness is an issue.

 

Anyways, very nice find.  I would hose it off, try to get it driveable, cover up any bare metal that's prone to rust, and then keep driving it and hauling with it.  

 

Try to see if the hubcaps are laying around anywhere (they may just be sitting in the ladies garage or basement), or any other parts the PO has around.  The original 320 hubcaps can go for a lot of money, but widely available 620 caps look just fine on them to me.

Oh, and you definitely need new tires.  I would go with the 195/75-14 Hankook whitewalls like I got from Summit Racing. 



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Posted 10 April 2015 - 08:10 AM

If the truck won't be daily driven, I might consider a set of vintage tires like the ones I put on my green 320. I bought them from Coker tire. Yes, they are bias ply, but they look perfect. Another route, if you wanted a larger diameter wheel but still a vintage look, is to use a set of early Toyota 4x4 (solid axle) stamped steel wheels. They are 15" and some pretty cool tires are available in 15".

 

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Posted 10 April 2015 - 12:45 PM

I suppose I'm already thinking of doing a swap before I even get the damn thing. You're all right. I need to atleast get the thing and go over the engine first. Who knows? I might run with a little TLC. I'm just getting ahead of myself due to excitement!  :blush:



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Posted 11 April 2015 - 07:45 AM

Wait, you haven't bought it yet? You know what happens to old cars and trucks when the original owner dies? They either go to enthusiasts or the scrap yard! Go get that sucker!



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Posted 11 April 2015 - 10:03 AM

Well, no I haven't yet... The lady is waiting for her nephew to "tell her he doesn't want it..." before she will sell it. She said she'll give him a few more weeks and then she will sell to me. Chances are.... I will buy it!



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Posted 11 April 2015 - 10:14 AM

If you are going to cut this truck uo and molest it let me just buy yiu another 320 to build thats needs a motor and just let ne buy this one ill keep it the sane way including the camper just because

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 12:21 PM

If you are going to cut this truck uo and molest it let me just buy yiu another 320 to build thats needs a motor and just let ne buy this one ill keep it the sane way including the camper just because

 

 

No, no plans of cutting it up.



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Posted 11 April 2015 - 04:34 PM

Once you do a swap its cut here cut there weld this weld that :)

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 06:17 PM

I believe that restraint is a value most people do not exercise when doing any kind of swap, whether it be an engine swap, body swap, or suspension swap. If you maintain a clear vision (a cool vision) you can't be wrong.

 

I would much rather see a cut up truck that gets used than a stock "survivor" that sits on flat tires and hasn't moved in a year.



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Posted 11 April 2015 - 10:04 PM

I can agree, however I wouldn't dare swap anything into an "un-fucked up" survivor unless it was practically bolt-in and damn near reversible. 



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Posted 11 April 2015 - 11:38 PM

Thats cool mark, if ever you decide you would prefer to do a swap on the truck if the motor is too far gone just give me the opportunity to buy you another truck fir that. I could use a stock slow truck like that on the streets here not to mention the size too

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Posted 12 April 2015 - 04:21 AM

Thats cool mark, if ever you decide you would prefer to do a swap on the truck if the motor is too far gone just give me the opportunity to buy you another truck fir that. I could use a stock slow truck like that on the streets here not to mention the size too

 

Greased Monkey,

  Those Suzuki Jimnys in your profile sound interesting. Very uncommon in US.

 

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Posted 01 January 2016 - 02:24 PM

bump.

 

Talked to the old lady again. Looks like the truck will be coming home soon.

 

No plans for it at this time, other than getting it running. For now, it will be stored in the garage.



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Posted 01 January 2016 - 02:35 PM

 

 

pics!

 

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Came across this ad on Google images. Pictured is an identical(?) looking camper. Was this some sort of dealer / factory accessory?

 

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Posted 13 February 2016 - 03:14 AM

Pics when it makes it home!
Chuck it in the Fuck it bucket, cus I'm done