Charlie69's 66 520 Build
Posted 30 November 2009 - 08:54 PM
1973 2-door 510 build thread
Posted 30 November 2009 - 10:56 PM
Posted 30 December 2009 - 10:25 AM
Not much progress with the truck through the Holidays. Been having some medical issues have a doctors apointment on Jan 11, which might limit any and all work on my truck for a while. We will see. I will keep every one posted.
Sudo PM me your address and I will mail you the cover plate you need for your L20B Head.
Posted 22 February 2010 - 09:46 PM
Hey Greg remember the Weber I bought from you? LOL
Well this is a good reason NOT to store your carburator with the float bowl full of water.
I am going to rebuild it. And guessing from the "high water marks" (a term usually used when talking about a lake, river, or ocean) inside the bowl the float is beyond floating. LOL
Any way I am hoping to revive the made in Spain Weber.
I will post after rebuild pictures and pictures of it installed and running or not.
I honestly think I can make it work like new with a little TLC and a big F'''ing Hammer! LOL
Stay tuned I will be posting pictures of the engine bay paint and the interior paint in the next couple of weeks.
Posted 23 February 2010 - 12:03 PM
Posted 13 March 2010 - 06:16 PM
Well, 2 friends, Gene & Jorge, came over yesterday morning and at 4:30 PM we had successfully shoe horned the motor & trans into my truck. Now I know that I am going to do a custom firewall and mod a 1980 720 steering gear box, idler arm, center link, tie rod ends & emergency brake cable into my truck.
Problem #1: Not enough clearance between modded water pump & radiator for electric fan.
Solution: Mod firewall & move engine 1" to 2" back. Mod radiator support frame to gain 1" for electric fan & modify for AC condensor.
Problem #2: Idler arm in the way of mounting alternator.
Solution: Mod in a 1980 720 idler arm.
Problem #3: AC compressor hits steering gear box.
Solution: Mod in a 1980 720 steering gear box.
Problem #4: Brake booster & brake master cylinder hit intake & carb.
Solution: Mod firewall & move brake booster to mount where clutch master cylinder was mounted.
Problem #5: Emergency brake bell crank is in the way of the exhaust.
Solution: Mod in 1980 720 emergency brake cable.
So I have a lot of work to do before I am on the road with my truck. I will post pictures as I do the work.
Posted 23 March 2010 - 07:30 AM
OK so no paint until I do the firewall. Right now I am waiting on my brother to help me with the firewall so I am working on a custom 1 off gauge setup for my 520.
Here is the beginning of what I am working with.
Posted 23 March 2010 - 05:08 PM
Well I know all of you like pictures.
These pictures show the different problems I ran in to after setting motor & trans in the engine bay.
Emergency Brake Bel-crank is in the way of installing exhaust
Booster hits PCV hose & Intake Manifold
Booster does not sit flat on firewall
Alternator hits Idler arm
Water Pump Shaft & Radiator Clearance 1.5 inches
Valve Cover hits firewall ridge
1 Possible configuration.
Well there you go hope this helps the guys wanting to do this swap.
Posted 23 March 2010 - 08:45 PM
Since I am running automatic I will just move it to the clutch side and mod my brake pedal similar to yours.
I sure do wish you could put all your info on a DVD. I would be willing to buy it. That way I would not have to waste as much time looking up all you stuff. Hint Hint Hint
Posted 24 March 2010 - 03:11 AM
One of these days...the plan is to put all of my stuff on my website. Heck....if I couldn't go to my profile and look up threads I've started, I'd have a really hard time adding to some of my older threads. There are times I remember putting up key information....but I can't find it in one of my threads.....I have to search for it. It ends up being in someone else's thread. One of these days.....hopefully.
Sadly, I prove this nearly everyday!!!
Posted 24 March 2010 - 03:18 AM
other option might be something from wilwood or tilton but thats an expensive option...
good work so far !!
sjeff64 - I wonder if it is a Datsun thing to always flip the "bird " in a picture of your rig LOL
1978 SR20DET 620 'TOY-620'
72, 73, 77, 77 donor parts vehicles.
Posted 24 March 2010 - 07:43 AM
Mike and Greiggy thank you for the input and ideas, the solution for me, easiest & cheapest, is to move the brake to the clutch side. I am running auto trans so all the clutch parts are gone. I hope to post up a picture showing the mods that I am going to do to the firewall & the Radiator support frame.
I just realized how much time it takes to document all this.
I have also decided and have started doing it, putting all of my build information into a MS word file with the Photo Bucket links. By doing this I can copy & paste my updates for posting to the web. This will save me a bunch of time when I am posting this build on Ratsun, NICO, DND, & Desert Datsun sites. It will also allow me to easily go back and edit any changes into the appropriate build sections to help keep it more organized & easier to follow. Once I complete the build & get the all the documentation completed I would like to take the completed build and submit it to you Mike for possible posting on your site.
The forums are great for exchanging ideas and friendships, but I like the idea that Mikes' site http://www.olddatsuns.com/620tech.htm is a warehouse for information that is clean and unpolluted. Great resource site guys lets all make a donation to help preserve this information.
Posted 12 April 2010 - 04:02 AM
Here is a simple drawing of an instrument cluster for my truck.
The little Datsun Insignias are idiot lights LOP (Low Oil Pressure), BRT (Brights), LFP (Low Brake Fluid), & CHG (Charge)
The speedo & 2 dual gauges are from 1976 Datsun 280z & the tach is from a 1985 720 4x4. This is staying with my original goal of keeping it all Datsun OEM Parts.
Please all feedback is welcome.