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#21 d.p

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 10:50 AM

Lol...then what you need us for?  



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Posted 15 September 2017 - 11:13 AM

Maybe after hearing peo peoples opinions, he realize that he will do it his way.

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 11:35 AM

https://nh.craigslis...6297979192.html

The original CL ad where he bought it from. Would be a shame for him to ruin it with some crazy mods but to each their own.
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Posted 15 September 2017 - 11:59 AM

That's nice

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 12:16 PM

https://nh.craigslis...6297979192.html

The original CL ad where he bought it from. Would be a shame for him to ruin it with some crazy mods but to each their own.


Damn how you find that?

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 03:04 PM

Whoa, guys, no offense here, really. Love the Datsun community. I've just had 3 responses in here about the wiring harness. I get it. The reply about the KC3300 relay was helpful since it'll need to handle the current, and that one seems pretty beefy.

Angela, while everyone is entitled to their opinion, I'll "mod" the truck how I want. Right now, my "mod" is getting it road worthy again. After searching around on the site a little bit, it seems to me that the purists are outnumbered. Not that that means anything.

Yes, that was the truck I bought in the Craigslist ad. 5k was probably too much to pay for it, after digging into it a little bit. The body is worse than the pictures show, but all things considered, it's still a nice truck. The old guy who owned it is disabled, and I commend him on taking as good care of it as he did. I have a log book dating back to 1992. I was 7yo at that point in time.

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 03:14 PM

Here are some mods I did tonight. New KYB's, new swaybar end links, new urethane TC bushings, new UCA bushings, rebuilt the brake adjusters, new shoes sitting on the bench, and freed up the rear cylinders.

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 03:17 PM

And a gratuitous picture of my R16:

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 05:24 PM

same as my green  truck but mine  a little more worn


Throw on some Weber sidedrafts, Rising Sun hood.... call it good

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 07:17 PM

Not to hijack but how different is that engine from L16?

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 09:32 PM

Yes, that was the truck I bought in the Craigslist ad. 5k was probably too much to pay for it, after digging into it a little bit. The body is worse than the pictures show, but all things considered, it's still a nice truck. The old guy who owned it is disabled, and I commend him on taking as good care of it as he did. I have a log book dating back to 1992. I was 7yo at that point in time.

And your 521 was 21 years old, you young little whipper snapper!!!  LOL

 

The thing we see in the Datsun world is young people get these cars and trucks and get motivated to mod it out, hack up the particular Datsun up and the next thing that happens is it ends up in the crusher at the local bone yard.

 

So Angela you go girl and just keep putting your 2 cents out there because us old timers appreciate it.  I have been owning and modding Datsun trucks since the late 70's and not one of the trucks I ever started working on ended up in the crusher because I did finish it.  I had a 70 521 that I rolled and totaled and before it went away every usable parts was harvested to resurrect another 521.

 

Before you start any mod or repair there is a check list you might want to consider.

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1. Have you researched what you want to do?

 

2. Are you capable of doing the repair/mod?  This means skilled enough.

 

3. Do you have the tools to complete this work?

 

4. Do you have the place (garage) to do this.

 

If you live in a rental property or an apartment and intend on working on it there, the owner/landlord has the right to have it impounded as a non drive-able vehicle in most states.



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Posted 15 September 2017 - 09:35 PM

And money

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 10:38 PM

Yes and Money you are so correct racerx.  Thank you for the help , it is hell getting old!  LOL



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Posted 16 September 2017 - 02:59 AM

I'm well covered in those departments. I have a 24x28' two story garage. It's now lined with Datsun.

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 03:03 AM

Not to hijack but how different is that engine from L16?


The R16 is an oversquare 1600cc flat tappet pushrod engine. The blocks are similar, with the biggest difference being the valvetrain. The L16 is actually a lot more similar to the U20 out of the SRL311.

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 03:10 AM

Before you start any mod or repair there is a check list you might want to consider.
Check List

1. Have you researched what you want to do?

2. Are you capable of doing the repair/mod? This means skilled enough.

3. Do you have the tools to complete this work?

4. Do you have the place (garage) to do this.

If you live in a rental property or an apartment and intend on working on it there, the owner/landlord has the right to have it impounded as a non drive-able vehicle in most states.


Uh, thanks for the advice, but I'm not some boneheaded high schooler who's broke and doesn't have any tools. Do you guys always treat new people like they're completely inept?

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 03:36 AM

There is a wide range of skills and resources among the readers of this forum.  Even when giving advise to somebody who is an expert in working on and modifying cars and trucks, another reader of your posts may not have your expertise.

 

The longer term members of this forum have all seen many new people get in way over their heads, abandon a project, and the end result is it gets hauled to a scrap yard.



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Posted 16 September 2017 - 03:57 AM

I see. I don't intent to be one of those people.

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 04:06 AM

There is a wide range of skills and resources among the readers of this forum. Even when giving advise to somebody who is an expert in working on and modifying cars and trucks, another reader of your posts may not have your expertise.

The longer term members of this forum have all seen many new people get in way over their heads, abandon a project, and the end result is it gets hauled to a scrap yard.

...there are times, even if you have been working in cars, there are nuances about Datsuns.

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 05:37 AM

$5K seems ok for that truck..us east coasters usually have to pay a premium.  From the CL ad it looks ok, alot of shit I wouldn't do but overall it looks good.

 

What all is wrong with it?