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#1 Dis n Dat

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 11:58 AM

Happy new year everyone!  Picked up my first Datsun (1967 520) recently, and figured I'd start a thread for my slow (but hopefully steady) build process.  Couldn't be happier with the truck, the majority of it appears to be stock, and is in really clean condition.  Motor was rebuilt recently, and an extra motor and transmission were included in the sale.  It drives great, hardly any serious issues that need addressing.  I'll be posting more detailed pictures as I start tinkering, but in the meantime here are a few shots:

 

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Keeping the fan for now, it actually works really well :)

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I'm excited to get working on it, and getting input from everyone here.  The previous owner was very clear that this is the place to go for any info I could possibly need.



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Posted 07 January 2017 - 12:15 PM

Nice 520 welcome to Ratsun and thanks for all the pictures. Keep the fan.
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Posted 07 January 2017 - 12:32 PM

Nice score, that was a good deal!  Where in AG are you?  Looks like up the 227 or Huasna?


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Posted 07 January 2017 - 12:39 PM

Welcome to the 520 club....it's gonna be a great!


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Posted 07 January 2017 - 01:10 PM

Beautifol 520!  Welcome!


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Posted 07 January 2017 - 02:20 PM

Awesome Survivor !!! 

 

Guard him/her with your life !!!

 

Love the steering wheel.



#7 Dis n Dat

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 03:18 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind words! thisismatt, I'm out a little ways towards Lopez, not quite technically Huasna but pretty close.



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Posted 07 January 2017 - 03:20 PM

Rainy day today, and discovered that the windshield has a pretty good leak.  Not too surprised, the rubber is pretty old and cracked.  Ordered some new seals for the doors and window, but they'll take a while to get here.

 

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Until the weather clears the tarp will stay on.  For the rainy day I'll be working on the door and floor panels.

 

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The floor panels were pretty beat, and I have some sheets of marine grade Mahogany plywood laying around.  Seemed like a good rainy day project.

 

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New panels with a couple coats of stain.  Pretty happy with them.  Going to wait a couple days to dry and start applying clear-coat.  Going to add a lot of coats since they'll be taking a lot of abuse from feet and such.  Door panels soon to come.



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Posted 07 January 2017 - 03:28 PM

Cool.  I'm in SB now, but I grew up in AG, and that's currently where my Datsuns reside since I don't have the space in SB.


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Posted 07 January 2017 - 05:09 PM

Truck looks great.



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Posted 07 January 2017 - 05:31 PM

Welcome to Ratsun. 

 

Nice find!   :thumbup:

 

I look forward to seeing what you do with it!


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Posted 09 January 2017 - 05:15 PM

Rainy day today, and discovered that the windshield has a pretty good leak.  Not too surprised, the rubber is pretty old and cracked.  Ordered some new seals for the doors and window, but they'll take a while to get here.

 

pWLR914.jpg

 

Until the weather clears the tarp will stay on.  For the rainy day I'll be working on the door and floor panels.

 

yD0ACoo.jpg

 

The floor panels were pretty beat, and I have some sheets of marine grade Mahogany plywood laying around.  Seemed like a good rainy day project.

 

zyL8GOx.jpg

 

New panels with a couple coats of stain.  Pretty happy with them.  Going to wait a couple days to dry and start applying clear-coat.  Going to add a lot of coats since they'll be taking a lot of abuse from feet and such.  Door panels soon to come.

Be sure to clear coat all sides to protect from moisture.  Sanding sealer helps the clear lay out smoother.  The sander sealer will look hazy when dried but after you apply the clear it looks great.

 

That is one good looking truck you have, congrats!


Here is my build link:
http://community.rat...s-66-520-build/

 

Here is my 86 720 2WD King Cab Thread

http://community.rat...20-king-cab-dd/

 

Here is my 85 720 2WD King Cab ST Build Thread

http://community.rat...20-king-cab-st/

 

Here is my Photo Bucket Album Link:
http://http://s477.p...arlie69_Datsun/


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Posted 10 January 2017 - 06:19 PM

Wow im jealous i wish mine were that clean.. Good thing im a painter 😆. If u dnt mind me asking how much did u get it for? And those moldings are gonna take u a while i asume coming from thailand ? Keep the updates coming 👌

#14 Dis n Dat

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 09:24 PM

-Charlie69, thanks for the advice! I put a couple of coats on the back of the panels today, will get a few more on tomorrow.  I'll definitely have to use the sanding sealer for the door panels, it took about 5 coats to get a smooth looking finish without it.

 

-FunkyFresh520 thanks! I'm real excited about it.  I paid $2500, which included an extra motor, transmission, and a whole heap of extra parts.  I think I might try and sell some of them to re-coup some costs.  The seals are from Thailand, I'm guessing they'll take about 3 weeks or so.  I took the truck to a local auto glass shop and the guy helped seal up the corners and lay an extra bead around the inside (used DOW U-428).  Hoping this will fix it for now, and I can hold on to the moldings for a later date.



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Posted 10 January 2017 - 09:52 PM

Worked a bit on a seat cover today.  The seat's in pretty decent shape, with only a few small tears.  Looking to keep it that way for now, but haven't been able to find many bench seat covers that are small enough.  Also, in other vehicles I've never been able to get the cover as tight as I'd like.  Eventually I'll be looking to reupholster, but with budget concerns I'll be keeping it cheap for now.

 

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Picked up a thick blanket/rug from a shop in town, pretty beefy and should keep the seat from getting much worse.

 

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I had a lot of grommets left over from a previous project, so I added a bunch to the edges and to the middle.  Probably was a bit excessive, but I don't want the cover shifting at all.

 

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All laced up.  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  Was trying to figure out a way to cleanly wrap the blanket underneath the hinges, but it ended up not looking great.  Eventually just decided to wrap around them entirely, it looks nicer and the seat still folds down.  Not perfect, but much tighter and heavier duty than a universal cover for around the same price (~$30 for the blanket and paracord for lacing).  I'll take some pictures once it's reinstalled and the new wood panels are all in.



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Posted 10 January 2017 - 10:03 PM

Very nicely done seat cover

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 11:41 PM

Wow thats a steal bro for the condition its in 👍 those type of blankets are called serape just so u know 😁 u got a j13 in ur truck? some pics of the lacing u did will be kool tho man

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 11:09 AM

-FunkyFresh520 Yeah I had been looking for a while for a little pickup and was pumped when this popped up on Craigslist.  It does have a J13 in it, I anticipate some type of engine swap in the future, but definitely not anytime soon.

 

A couple pictures of the lacing for the seat cover:

 

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Seat back, before I laced the sides together

 

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Seat bottom.  It looks like a big ole' mess, but keeps everything nice and tight.

 

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Back in the truck, with slits cut for the seatbelts

 

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Also painted the mirrors.  There was surface rust all over, and until I get a set of original mirrors these will be staying.  Mixed feelings about the red clamps, came out looking like some Disney truck, but still better than before, and I'm not about to redo it.



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 01:45 PM

Nice, Nice, Nice !!! 

 

Enjoy the heck outta this little gem.

 

Some of the best fun you can have with Ur clothes on.

 

A real 'Time Machine'.

 

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 12:10 PM

Let me know if you're looking for any parts. Planning to be in AG this weekend
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