Before someone wants to get on here and bash me for not staying true to the platform understand that I took that in to consideration and posted here anyway. Sure the original is to be respected. But everyone has their own vision so please be respectful.
It has taken roughly 7-8 years for me to find everything I needed to start this project. Living in Ms it's hard to find these little trucks. I have been doing engine swaps for quite a while and have always wanted a compact truck platform to swap. I tried very hard to convince myself of a LUV or Courier. The Datsun was hard to escape. So here are the plans for my 78' regular cab.
2x4 box frame rails
Heidts Mustang II front suspension
4 Link w/ Panhard
QA1 Proma Stars
8.8 w/ 31 spline axles, OEM posi, 3.73
LS1 (99 Fbody) or a LM7 (2001 truck)
T56 with many upgrades
There are a lot of other specifications to mention but that's the "meat and potato's" of the whole thing. I'm not building a dedicated strip machine or a mini truck, just a fun daily. I'll post some pictures below that look close to the finish product I'm going for:
Here is a picture of my 78'. I also have a 78' extended cab but no pictures of it yet.
A few spare parts:
Here is what I have done so far: