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#601 Stoffregen Motorsports

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 09:49 AM

Yes to balljoints. They ride nicer too,



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Posted 14 November 2017 - 05:38 AM

Got the gas tank lowered so i was able to fully secure the bed....
Body line seems to be perfectly inline...

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I'm actually surprised.... i used the universal energy suspension body mounts under the cab and 1/8 rubber pads under the bed mounts....
Also once I lowered the front of the gas tank to let the bed sit on the mounts not my tank and adjusted the front ride height my gas tank actually sits almost level... slightest tilt to the rear which should be perfect...
I guess somethings actually work out...

Next up is getting the rear wire harness fixed up and in place.. and some temporary lights.... I have intentions of doing the roll pan on the rear with some lights installed in it.... but that's money I don't have right now.....

And also I need to modify and connect a filler neck...
This doesn't work anymore....

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I have a longer filler hose and overflow hose just need to modify the filler neck (using one from a 93 pathfinder) to allow it to bolt to the bed....

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 04:24 PM

:lol:  I have done the same thing to my Datsun 521 kingcab, but mine works great, I just stick the gas filler in it and pull the trigger.

I have a photo but Postimage is not working right now.


 

 


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Posted 14 November 2017 - 04:35 PM

What was wrong with the stock filler location?
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Posted 14 November 2017 - 04:36 PM

What was wrong with the stock filler location?

 

Depends on who you are asking?


 

 


#606 Crashtd420

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 05:53 PM

If your asking me I had a flat bed attached when I first bought my datsun.... only acquired a bed for it last year... this is the first time I ever had the bed on the truck frame..
Starting correcting the filler neck tonight....
yup postimage is down right now....
Pics to come...

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 05:14 AM

Got the new fuel filler and over flow tube attached.... luckily I bought enough.... I used a couple smaller pieces to temporarily run the gas tank I was always hoping I had enough left.... without the bed in place it was all a guess....
Anyhow pics.....

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My hope is between this....
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The original filler.... gas cap end is all f'ed up so it's only good for a template..

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Some metal and a 93 pathfinder filler neck

Seems like there is Only 3 spot welds holding the flange on....
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Posted 15 November 2017 - 05:25 AM

Also uncovered the access hatch in the bed... once I chiseled some of the Bondo out of the way, which was good because I couldn't get the overflow hose on... was glad I didn't have to lower the tank..

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Makes me believe this I definately a 520 bed.....
When I bought the bed it was a trailer.. rear diff seemed a little smaller and leaf springs where a little different.... couple less leafs than my 521...
Also this hatch is different.. I saw mainer311s 521 in person and his hatch had a hinge... mine does not....
Luckily a 520 bed bolts up to a 521 no issue....

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 06:02 AM

Neither of my 521 beds have a hinge on that access panel
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Posted 15 November 2017 - 06:44 AM

That's interesting.... thought I was on to something.....

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 07:17 AM

Not sure what you saw on mine. I don't have a hinge either. Just those two metal clips like you posted above. While we're on the topic of gas tanks, does anyone know where to get a new (correct) sender unit?



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Posted 15 November 2017 - 07:29 AM

Dont know what i saw then.... might have just been the way i opened it...
As far as sending units Dont buy the ones listed on ebay.... they are not right.... the arm is all wrong....
I bought one.... I tried bending it to match the original but was some what unsuccessful... electrically it worked but I could get empty set right but not the full.. I ended up cleaning the posts on my old one and it still worked.

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 07:30 AM

I thought about swapping arms but the stops on the new unit were located different to....

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 07:59 AM

This is what I figured out....

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Aftermarket on ebay.... not the same..

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Closest to look is actually from a roadster but datsunparts web sight wants 165 for it.....

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 08:02 AM

I made a diagram from full to empty off my factory correct unit.... my hope is to make a new metal arm ( because bemding didn't work) to eventually have the eBay one as a back up if ever needed...

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 08:11 AM

The roadster guys run a sender from some old VW, but, it needs to be bent as well. Sigh.



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Posted 15 November 2017 - 09:12 AM

The roadster guys run a sender from some old VW, but, it needs to be bent as well. Sigh.


Maybe that same trick would work in the 521s....
I think the eBay one was just too long.. couldn't get the bend right to give me both full and empty....
Didn't feel like driving around half full all the time till the fuel level dropped enough to read....

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 09:51 AM

Here is what I did on my tank for a fuel filler.

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 10:00 AM

So early 520 beds without the emissions system didn't have mount holes to attach the fill tube to the bed side, all they had was a hole with a rubber ring around it to keep the filler neck from hitting the metal sides of the hole.

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I don't have a stock L series 521 box around here to take a photo of, but they had 3 screw holes around the fill tube hole to mount the filler neck to, there was no rubber ring on that type of box filler hole.


 

 


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 10:08 AM

Maybe that same trick would work in the 521s....
I think the eBay one was just too long.. couldn't get the bend right to give me both full and empty....
Didn't feel like driving around half full all the time till the fuel level dropped enough to read....

 

That's exactly what my sender does now...  :confused: