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#1 Crashtd420

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Posted 10 November 2016 - 11:42 AM

So here we go. This is my 1972 Datsun 521 with an l16 .pictures will follow as soon as I figure out how. For now I just wanted to get my post started. I revived this truck about 15 years ago in San Diego CA from some guys back yard..... fast forward and I ended up back home in Massachusetts with my 521... yes it was my only mode of transportation at the time.. sad note I bought a 62 320 at the same time had to leave her behind.... gave to a friend... 521 ran and drove... 320 had a bad engine suspension etc and no title....
so i came home in august of 2005 and I will say my 521 didn't like the next winter... so my girlfriend now wife let me park it in her garage where it sat for 8 years, now the datsun got moved into what i call my work shop i was able to convert 2 garages into one giving me a 20 x 20 foot work area. at this point my almost 2 year old son would follow me into the garage while I worked on other stuff, he'd pretend to drive the datsun while i worked.. every day I'd look at the 521 and would say some day.... that's day came when my son started to speak. His first words were Mama, Dada and then dats... Around December of 2013 this happened and I couldn't wait anymore.... wife gave me the go ahead and it got started.... well the entire truck was disassembled much more than i ever wanted to do but that's what happened so every system was replaced or overhauled.. I am a back yard mechanic and never attempted this before... so now 3 years later i have a completely rebuild driveline and I am ready to put the 4 wheels back on the ground and put the cab back on.. and thanks to the ratsun community this has been a great sight for info.. I have some things I've done which I can't wait to share. Some problems I had and how I solved them. Next post I will get some of the before pics up and her current state. ... thanks to all

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Posted 10 November 2016 - 12:18 PM

Welcome to Ratsun. Had a '72 for about 8 years. Even lived in it for one fall.


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Posted 10 November 2016 - 01:19 PM

Load pics to photobucket.

From PC...specific picture: click IMG code, it will say copied. Paste that code here.

From phone/photobucket app...click SHARE icon. Click Copy Link To Clipboard. Again, click the IMG code to copy. Paste that code here.


It is that easy. Can't wait to see your 521!!!

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#4 Crashtd420

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Posted 10 November 2016 - 01:45 PM

Thanks I will check that out....

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Posted 10 November 2016 - 01:55 PM

HI Crashd420

 

Upstate New York here....I am brandy new too....welcome aboard...1971 521 here....

 

We can compare rust holes....

 

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Posted 10 November 2016 - 04:15 PM

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If this worked this is my 521 as she sat for about 8 years..

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Posted 10 November 2016 - 04:17 PM

Ah sweet it worked.... so here's why I got this project going.... middle of winter in the garage and this is where my son chose to play...
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Posted 10 November 2016 - 04:20 PM

And jump ahead 3 years and I am about 1 week away from a completely rebuilt rolling chassis with some mods.... get into that later... just wanted to see if I could get the pictures to post....
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Posted 10 November 2016 - 06:02 PM

Bueno!!!

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Posted 11 November 2016 - 08:08 AM

Couple pics of some random things.... decided not to bore everyone with the tear down....
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Yes it has the elephant on the oil cap.

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Posted 11 November 2016 - 08:09 AM

I figured everything is new why not start back at zero
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Posted 11 November 2016 - 08:10 AM

Passenger floor.... lucky this was the only bad panel. .
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Posted 11 November 2016 - 08:12 AM

This was a lucky day.... drove 600 miles to get .... my 521 came with a homemade flat bed....
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Posted 11 November 2016 - 08:15 AM

Prepping cab and frame for paint... I used Por 15 on everything.. top coated any part that would be exposed to the sun...
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Posted 11 November 2016 - 08:16 AM

After all the parts suspension and chassis parts were painted..
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Posted 11 November 2016 - 05:20 PM

Welcome!  Nice work!  My dessert willow tree grows suspension parts.  LOL

 

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The shock mounting plates are off a 710 goon.  These will make it possible to go lower and not bend the stock shock stud.


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Posted 12 November 2016 - 04:32 AM

That's great.. whatever it takes.... ya my wife is nice enough to let me turn her garage into a paint booth....

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Posted 12 November 2016 - 05:22 AM

Is the garage separated from your house?  There are nasty things in automotive paint you do not want your family breathing.



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Posted 12 November 2016 - 06:45 AM

Thanks for the concern.... ya its seperate and in back of the house. Old carriage barn with 6 bays... all sperated by a wall each one is 10ft wide by 20 ft long.... I turned the middle 2 into a 20 ft x 20ft shop.... you can sort of see it in the picture with my frame and cab.... and I am spraying por 15 which I believe is even worse than regular auto pant to spray... I had full respirator and suit on.. definitely a must....

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Posted 12 November 2016 - 01:10 PM

cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Throw on some Weber sidedrafts, Rising Sun hood.... call it good