Newbie to 521's and Datsun in general. I have been buying brand new compact trucks every few years for three decades and it is to the point now that it seems you can't buy just a TRUCK anymore. Power windows, extended cabs, automatic transmissions, tv screens in the dash and bigger, bigger, bigger is just not for me. I just wanted a SMALL truck. Even at my age i can muster the energy to crank the window all the way up by myself without getting winded, and i don't have to argue with the auto up/down about where i want the window positioned. I don't seem to experience the same aversion to the apparently major hassle of operating a clutch and gear selector that some do. I have no use for more than a total of 2 doors, and i have no idea what i am supposed to need or want an "extended cab" for.
So my new 1971 red 521 is in the garage. Picked it up last weekend, 115,000 orig miles, lot's good and some bad.
The good: a.m radio works with the original speaker, dash is very good, runs nice, glass is great, grill and bumper nice, only one small dent. I would say 90% unmolested, stock hubcaps are perfect.
The bad: runs on when you shut it off, sloppy shifter (common as i understand it), somebody replaced the seat with a later seat and it is fixed with no sliders. Paint is faded and worn through to primer in places. Clutch not adjusted well, engages at the very top, no free play. Air cleaner is hacked, and window channels are done for.
I think i can handle figuring out the clutch as well as the shifter and i have already ordered bushings for that. I have not had time to look, but i am guessing the carb may have a cutoff that is not functioning, or too much timing causing the running on. I found some window channel on ebay.
I sure would like to find some original parts to rework for this truck, like the air cleaner, some seat sliders, a seat, and the tin piece that attaches to the manifold to get a functioning heat riser. The truck also came with a box of parts including a matchbox dizzy and i would like to find a factory T connector and coil to go with it.
If anyone knows of a good source for used parts for these i sure would be grateful, maybe a wrecking yard anywhere in the U.S. that is known to have one or two of these trucks on occasion or even that is Datsun specific? I have looked but google is not always better than first hand experience.
I would rather sink $30k into this 521 than a new thing they call a truck, at least the 521 will make me smile.
Tomorrow i am going to ditch my 2017 garbage barge of an overgrown small "truck" and pick up a basic commuter car and start working on my SMALL TRUCK.