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#1540407 Car Porn

Posted by difrangia on Yesterday, 09:17 AM





Chaparaal 2J 'Sucker Car' with Lexan skirting that maintained ground clearance in sync with suspension. Fat-Blok Chevy engine and a snowmobile two-stroke twin cylinder engine to run the fans. Jim Hall and Hap Sharp incessantly pushed the envelope in the 60's and into the 70's. Nearly all the Chapaaral cars survived and are in Hall's 'Rattlesnake Raceway' museum in Midland Texas. Hall and the Chapaaral cars (maintained to remain operational) are living ledgends.



#1539143 1966 Datsun 411 Engine Swap

Posted by difrangia on 08 January 2018 - 12:30 PM

^^   Would look awesome on a tombstone   ^^



Maybe Not !!!

#1538422 Engine Porn (beyond ... saturation)

Posted by difrangia on 04 January 2018 - 03:16 PM

^^   While we're on the subject, this is the 283 in that 55 Chevy 210 Sedan   ^^




Not the best pic. Taken with the Polaroid 'Land Camera' that I got for a high school grauation present. Heres a pic of my future wifey sitting on the air plenum of the Rochester FI unit taken in Spring 1966 at a family picnic with same camera. We'd just driven to the picnic and I have a picture somewhere of the speedometer pegged out on a straightaway on the way to the picnic. Crazy Ass Kids !!




She was 15 and I was just short of 18. 


Right at 52 years and she's lasted longer than any of my cars or guns !!

#1538392 Engine Porn (beyond ... saturation)

Posted by difrangia on 04 January 2018 - 10:46 AM



Ford flathead V-8 with ARDUN cylinder head conversion.


ARDUN - Designed by Zora Arkus Duntov and his brother.


Zora Arkus Duntov joined Chevrolet division of GM and is considered the father of the Chevrolet Corvette and head of Chevy's performance division for decades. (remember Rochester fuel injected Chevys and Duntov 097 & 098 cams? My first car was a 55 four-door with a 1964 283 smallblock topped by a 58 Rochester unit and a 098 cam)


This ARDUN conversion originally sold for about $475 in the 1940's. Original conversion kits sell for $25K - $30K.


Still available new manufacture for about $14K.  http://www.ardun.com/


These vintage beasts made a lot of noise at Bonneville Salt Flats over the past 60-70 years.

#1538175 Pulling my L320 from mothballs

Posted by difrangia on 03 January 2018 - 05:15 AM

Roll the window down and stick your head out the side.


320's are so small you can do either side from the drivers seat.

#1538072 Pulling my L320 from mothballs

Posted by difrangia on 02 January 2018 - 12:49 PM

I snagged a really nice pair of sunvisors on Ebay about three years ago and plugged them into 'Mighty Mouse'. Here's a pic of the right one. Note the two extra holes with a screw in them. My guess is that this is where a previous visor was mounted. MM is cowl-tagged and titled 1964 but has 1963 build characteristics.



#1537918 Pulling my L320 from mothballs

Posted by difrangia on 01 January 2018 - 02:08 PM


The owner of this engine on Ebay is dismantling a complete floor-shift pickup and selling parts. He has a chunk of the parts on the 'Datsun 320 Owners' FaceBook page.


Heads Up !!

#1537773 Pulling my L320 from mothballs

Posted by difrangia on 31 December 2017 - 04:39 PM

I'm glad you didn't forget to bring the CNC Mill along.


Might come in handy for some custom 320 parts. 


Pretty much unmolested 64 320; A real time machine.


Welcome 320 project here.

#1537684 Car Porn

Posted by difrangia on 31 December 2017 - 11:38 AM

SubBug  or  BugAru.


That's enuf for me.


I'm outta here !!

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#1537217 Sir we have a 520 in progress!

Posted by difrangia on 29 December 2017 - 04:38 AM

That's a beautiful old survivor and awesome base for a project. Looks, from the pics, that it may have been originally black in color? Kind of an uncommon color for an early Datsun; they were trying to get noticed in their quest to break into the world market so there were lots of bright colors. The windshield does look tall in the first pic. I'm kinda partial to big/tall greenhouses on vehicles. The new Camaros look like the car crusher crapped out half way through a crush cycle. Gangsta Tops !!


You will find lots of good information on Ratsun. Lots of good knowledgeable Datsun nuts here and some hard to find parts sources. Welcome.

#1536335 Mile High 520

Posted by difrangia on 24 December 2017 - 07:41 PM

^^ true that ^^

#1536317 Mile High 520

Posted by difrangia on 24 December 2017 - 05:24 PM

Put it back together and baby it along and look for a replacement. It'll probably last forever as long as YOU use it and don't get rough with it. There's a guy taking a 65 apart on the 'Datsun 320 Owners' FaceBook page that might have a spare. You can always use yours for parts later when you find a replacement.


To fix the cracked switch housing, you need to link up with a competent TIG welder. You'd need to strip the alloy frame of all parts, grind out a V at the crack, degrease it real good and TIG weld it. Then grind or machine back down to original surfaces. Not impossible, but you don't want just any jack-leg welder messing with it. You might end up with a pile of disfigured aluminum welding refuse slag balls. My humble opinion.

#1536197 Mile High 520

Posted by difrangia on 24 December 2017 - 06:09 AM

zachreini, your switch looks like my 320 switch inside. Also the plastic column bell  that fits below the switch appears 320 and has the large depression to clear the column-shift mechanism. I don't believe 520's ever had column-shift.  Does anyone else's single headlight 520 have this column bell? 


It's possible that Nissan was using up it's stock of 320 parts by building them into the early 520's. The top-load floor-shift transmission that was used in the late 320 pickups and Bluebird sedans was used till September 1965 production o the 520 and then replaced by the transmission with the sheetmetal botttom-pan. I would guess that they were depleating stock on the shelves to phase in the newer stuff. 


I believe that switches, lights and some other smaller items were produced by contract suppliers and it could be likely that contracts had to be ran out to completion or default penalty would need be paid.

#1535615 Mile High 520

Posted by difrangia on 20 December 2017 - 01:18 PM

Beauty !! Diamond in the rough.


Looks like some numnutz tried to break in and thought it had suicide doors.


Check out Zed1  's posts on here.


He's in TX and has been making a 66 new again for past few years and is doing an exemplary job of it.


Also might have some xtra hard to find parts.

#1533760 Truck Porn

Posted by difrangia on 08 December 2017 - 05:33 PM

^^  Love those ‘BulletSides  ^^

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