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#1 jacobbell69

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 02:08 PM

i found a 72' 620 with a 1.6l 4 speed manual on craigslist from an old guy who's brother owned it since the late 70's. was parked back in 98-99 because it was having brakes issues, no one in the small city worked on imports he told me so they parked it in the barn. the master cylinder is empty so i'm hoping just a leak. i plan to get it running and drive it as it is. no body work besides cleaning it. at least for now. first things first is some tires so i can move it around to work on it. he had no key but i had a local company make me one for $7. the gas tank has some rust so a local company said they can boil it and patch for $60-120 depending on how bad it is. i'm going to try and turn the engine by hand soon. im going to try and rig a gas can to at least see if the engine is fine before dumping money into a gas tank just to found out i need a new motor. sadly i only have one hub cap for the original wheels. i plan on tinting the windows and lowering it a little and eventually getting some 15's with low pro tires. but that's getting ahead of myself lol. ANY SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO GET RID OF THE SPIDER, WASP, AND DIRT DOBBER NESTS? The frame is covered in dirt from dirt dobber's but it seems to be solid. going to remove the bed and clean it up good eventually. The inside is covered in wasp nests and spiders. also need suggestions for new bench seat, what other vehicles fit with some tweaking? mine is trashed. also dash is cracked, but i dont mind at all.

 

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Harold Kitchens Datsun was the old dealership in my town. I had to travel 2 hours to pick this truck up. I guess it's kind of fitting to bring it back where it came from lol.



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 02:24 PM

Pressure washing should remove the dirt and nests.

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 02:39 PM

Too bad you're not closer, I've got a tank from my 78' thats just sitting

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 02:53 PM

Looks like a solid start. How are the floors?


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Posted 06 April 2017 - 04:19 PM

Too bad you're not closer, I've got a tank from my 78' thats just sitting

i read the later models after 73 have the gas tank mounted differently and did not work without moficiation. if thats not true i can broaden my search in case this tank isnt repairable

 

Looks like a solid start. How are the floors?

havent ripped up the floor liner yet, to many spiders! threw a bug bomb in there an hour ago so ill check it out probably tomorrow.

 

side note, my new key fits both doors and the ignition! win



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 04:37 PM

can anyone shed some light on these mirrors? if they're part of a special package offered when it was new? i dont see very many others with this style of side mirrors.



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 05:27 PM

can anyone shed some light on these mirrors? if they're part of a special package offered when it was new? i dont see very many others with this style of side mirrors.

they were dealer installed option



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 07:11 PM

All 620's until something like 77 built trucks had bed mounted fuel tanks. After that they are frame mounted. So any bed mounted 620 tank will work for you without modifying anything. If you get a later tank it isn't that different and should only require minimal mods to mounting brackets . I think the later tanks just have more lines coming out for emission evaporator and carbon canister stuff

Nice score. I hope it cleans up good for you.

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 07:32 PM

All 620's until something like 77 built trucks had bed mounted fuel tanks. After that they are frame mounted. So any bed mounted 620 tank will work for you without modifying anything. If you get a later tank it isn't that different and should only require minimal mods to mounting brackets . I think the later tanks just have more lines coming out for emission evaporator and carbon canister stuff

Nice score. I hope it cleans up good for you.

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 08:28 PM

running out of a gas can is easy if the motor cranks over by itself, fuel pump is driven by a lobe on the cam shaft so just drop a hose straight down from the fuel filter (should be on the passenger side of the bay and probably needs replaced at this point) into the can. i've done it myself and have even gone so far as to run a hose from where the stock hardline is attached by a hose to the gas tank, out the filler door and into a gas can in the bed of the truck so that i could drive it around. if you go with 15s you shouldn't need low profile tires, i run 16s on my little miss and she's got 55 series tires on her. 

 

nice looking start, welcome to the shit show brother


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Posted 06 April 2017 - 09:04 PM

All 620s with a DOM prior to: 01/78 have a bed mounted tank. Jan. '78 and on are all frame mounted. Nice score! Welcome!
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Posted 07 April 2017 - 04:06 AM

Great find - and the front valance isn't even pushed in.  I thought they ALL were!  



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Posted 07 April 2017 - 06:12 AM

running out of a gas can is easy if the motor cranks over by itself, fuel pump is driven by a lobe on the cam shaft so just drop a hose straight down from the fuel filter (should be on the passenger side of the bay and probably needs replaced at this point) into the can. i've done it myself and have even gone so far as to run a hose from where the stock hardline is attached by a hose to the gas tank, out the filler door and into a gas can in the bed of the truck so that i could drive it around. if you go with 15s you shouldn't need low profile tires, i run 16s on my little miss and she's got 55 series tires on her. 

 

nice looking start, welcome to the shit show brother

ive been debating between 15s or 16s. thanks for the info on the gas can, going to try it!

 

All 620s with a DOM prior to: 01/78 have a bed mounted tank. Jan. '78 and on are all frame mounted. Nice score! Welcome!

hopefully this one can be fixed! thanks!

 

Great find - and the front valance isn't even pushed in.  I thought they ALL were!  

i've been looking at a bunch of build threads and noticed most are lol!



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Posted 07 April 2017 - 10:04 AM

I have similar mirrows on my 521.

 

If you have the hubcaps I would just paint the rims white and leave the bocy patina white as it is maybe buff wax it . call it good.


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Posted 07 April 2017 - 10:45 AM

I have similar mirrows on my 521.

 

If you have the hubcaps I would just paint the rims white and leave the bocy patina white as it is maybe buff wax it . call it good.

yeah i like the body look as it is. maybe i'll have someone down the road clear coat it so it doesn't deteriorate much more, but keep the look.



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Posted 10 April 2017 - 07:22 AM

good news, got the engine running! uploading video to youtube now

 

while trying to start it the ignition switch fell to pieces lol, so had to start it at the starter and order a new ignition.

 

now just have to start replacing everything that's dry rotted, pull the tank and order new carb, brake lines, master cylinder, slave, etc.

 

i got some pics of the floor boards, passenger side is the worst.

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can anyone shed some light on what kind of wiring job someone did on this? or send me a schematic? i found some for 73+ but not for a 72.

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Posted 10 April 2017 - 07:28 AM

 

if you don't like the use of starter fluid this may trigger you. LOL



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Posted 11 April 2017 - 05:14 AM

wiring looks fine except maybe that splice someone added.

the temp wire broke that needs a new barrel connector


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Posted 11 April 2017 - 06:43 AM

wiring looks fine except maybe that splice someone added.

the temp wire broke that needs a new barrel connector

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Posted 01 July 2017 - 12:07 PM

a little update, got the truck to my house as it was being stored at my dad's shop. after getting it running ive been doing a tune up and going through the brakes. currently waiting on adjusters from thailand to complete the brakes. in the mean time im replacing all hoses i see cracked and about to pull the bed to get the tank out. one hose i see needs replacing comes from the bottom of the intake and looks like it connected to the block, issue is the hose is 5/8 on the intake but where it connects to is 1" and someone has spliced a 5/8 hose and hose clamped it to make it fit on the 1" end. I'm sure these originally were not connected, or if they were they were certainly connected a different way. any insight of where these should connect?