Hi, I'm James and I've been lurking Ratsun off and on for the past year. Ya'll have a fine forum with many knowledgeable and helpful folks and I have learned or re-learned some very useful schtuff here. I've been clearing out my mini-storages in the past year and forgot I had stored so much Datsun stuff. We bought our first Datsuns in 1969...a 510 2dr for Dad and a 510 wagon for Mom and kids.We were an Air Force/vintage aircraft/Warbird/aviation industry family, so travel was always in the cards. We had many adventures from Texas to Virginia to New Jersey and back in the wagon moving the household or hotshot parts hauler for some sick airplane/helicopter. Many reliable fun miles in the Datsun's.. We were hooked and we've had many more Datsun/Nissan since. 510's, 240, 620, 720 4x4, Maxima, Pulsar, and sis's current Altima's.
After finishing my hitch in 1977 with the diesel submarine service in San Diego, I came back to Texas and eventually got into Sunbeam Alpines owning several. If your into Brit cars back then you needed something reliable to haul parts/tow Brit car/stuff. I got my Dad's hand-me-down '78 620 Kingcab truck and all was well. Morphed to MGB's from Alpines in the mid 80's. Along the way I also collected Datsun stuff for a future 510 project. In the late 80's I bought '77 620 t-boned right at the drivers door/bed and parted it out. 1st to go was the front clip to get most of my bux back and I reduced the rest of the truck to shelved spares for my '78. I found a really clean '69 510 4dr for my road racer/streeter for $100 cheap so that project was now moved closer to the front burner. Then I was laid low with a dart injury. Darts can be a contact sport if you're not careful on who you play with. Recovery from a torn meniscus/ACL is a longer process than anticipated and the shop was getting hard to keep up with on crutches. A few months later, one of the local independent junkyards was getting ready to shut down and had a $100 sale..if you could carry it out it was yours for a hunert. I had already birdogged a 620 with a Weber 45DCOE/Cannon, Mallory dual point dizzy, header, and gambled on the head having a cam to match. 100 degree heat...complete head/header/intake with Weber assembly cushioned on a towel on my shoulder and the Mallory shoved into my BDU shorts pocket on crutches and 150 feet to go. There were many breaks.
To make an already too long story short(er). At dusk one evening in 1991, cruising in the Kingcab on an overpass an old guy looking into the sun pulled out in front of me and I t-boned him essentially killing my 620. I had moved and didn't have the tools with me or a place to repair the truck...and besides that...I could't afford a front clip!!!! Almost 30 years later I'm clearing out my storages and hadn't realized I had so much Datsun stuff and some of it is in very decent condition. Tho I want another 620 I've got to sell off my Datsun schtuff to make another coupla years to retirement/disablity. Got it all adverted in Houston Craigslist as '73-'79 620 Datsun parts. Anyway...Hi folks!