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#1 sondat

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Posted 28 January 2017 - 08:44 PM

Hello Ratsun members.

 

I want to start by saying thank you to all that have shared so much valuable info. My son and I started a frame off restoration on a 71

521 this past May.

 

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I had 2, 521's when I was young and managed to find this red racer last spring, nice dog house hey. :thumbup:

Will post this as a test then send more pics soon to show where we are at.



#2 HOGIE

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Posted 28 January 2017 - 09:38 PM

Welcome sondat.

What's the plan for your truck?

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Posted 28 January 2017 - 10:36 PM

Welcome. Update your profile so people know where you are from.. or what region.

View my 69 510 4dr Sedan - Build Thread
View my 71 510 2dr Sedan - Coming soon.

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#4 sondat

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Posted 28 January 2017 - 11:01 PM

The truck will be mostly stock, my son would like to see it lowered with some new paint and modern rims. We've been doing our research on ratsun and will probably do a disc break upgrade. We have a short time line of a year from now till he's driving to get the truck done. So with that we will re build the 1600 for now and possibly a Ka and 5 speed swap after its on the road. The original bench seat was re foamed and upholstered along with the door panels,  sun visors and dash pad.

 

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#5 sondat

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Posted 28 January 2017 - 11:23 PM

Here are some pic's of where we are at.

 

 

The original 521 on the left and a parts truck we trailered from 5 hours away. We ended up getting a usable windshield, box and tailgate, rear bumperettes, bench seat etc.

 

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The cab and box was soda blasted and epoxy primered. now comes the rust repair.

 

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#6 sondat

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Posted 28 January 2017 - 11:32 PM

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So the passenger side is almost complete for metal repairs, now on to the drivers side. Also had the frame sand blasted and epoxy coated in a satin black.

 

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Posted 28 January 2017 - 11:33 PM

Good work!!!  :thumbup:


 

 


#8 sondat

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Posted 28 January 2017 - 11:43 PM

Thanks wayno.

 

It's nice to have finally joined the forum.



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Posted 28 January 2017 - 11:50 PM

You would not even have to fix them rear corners if you made a kingcab out of it, you have another cab there. :lol:

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You could just make the stock box shorter.


 

 


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Posted 29 January 2017 - 04:28 AM

Hi Sondat

 

Love your trucks...

 

Where did you get the rockers panels from??? They look great from here....

 

Looks like you have gotten a great start on it already.

 

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Posted 29 January 2017 - 08:57 AM

Nice job.

 

When I have bodies blasted I leave them in raw steel to do the repairs. I know the metal flashes and rust forms, but working around the primer is a pain.



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Posted 29 January 2017 - 09:06 AM

Nice work!


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Posted 29 January 2017 - 09:41 AM

Unfortunately the parts truck is gone for the king cab option but we can see a light at the end of the tunnel for our rust repair. I see a chevy 3100 in your garage Wayno, thats what i restored for my first vehicle, very nice. The rockers we had bent up from some 18gauge at our local fab shop, gave them the old rocker for a template. The primer hasn't been to much of a hassle, just figured it would be nice to protect the raw steel.



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Posted 29 January 2017 - 10:48 AM

It was actually a commercial 1 ton longbed as it had the suspension that the big trucks have, it was a pain to find suspension parts for until I went to a commercial spring place, that is when I found out that they used that type of suspension into the late 70s, but the classic truck places didn't have/carry them parts, and were not forthcoming on where to get them either except for Dans Classics in Portland OR, he told me where to go when the other places played dumb.

That truck is in England now.


 

 


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 09:45 AM

More and more metal work. Almost completed cab, finishing off drivers side floor pan, new rocker inner and outer, cab mounts and corners. My son is getting to be pretty good with the mig.

 

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Had to cut drain hole from old rocker and add to new one.

 

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We had to make new cab mounts and floor supports, (pieces under floor with gusset sides).

 

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Also had to fill drilled holes in roof from previous dome lights. Used nails to weld in place then grind off spike of nail.

 

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Looking forward to switching it up, were thinking engine rebuild will break up the monotony.



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Posted 13 May 2017 - 09:50 AM

nice work there! I don't know if you've already addressed your disc brake plan, but I have a complete front and rear disc brake setup available. In BC to boot! Went a different direction on my build. PM me if interested. Where in this big province are you?



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Posted 13 May 2017 - 10:16 AM

We did get a front disc kit from Mike Koltz and found the early 80's hubs. Would like to do the rear disks but due to time line and money will hold off for now. Thanks though Greenthumb. We are in Vernon.



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Posted 13 May 2017 - 01:59 PM

Vernon eh? One of my favorite places in the Okanagan. That and the Shuswap



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Posted 14 May 2017 - 08:38 AM

Looking good!



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Posted 30 June 2017 - 06:15 AM

Going to look at a L20b this weekend, it is all apart and machining done. Would like to go prepared with specs on bore size and crank journal dimensions to make sure all is good. Have searched ratsun via google with no luck. Can anyone help with the specs I should be checking? Thanks