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#1491756 Max's 1986 Nissan 720 King Cab 4x4

Posted by MaxChlan on Yesterday, 01:41 PM

Update: Replaced all three belts on my vehicle and another tensioner pulley. I do not think a write-up is necessary, but because it was my first time it took me a fair amount of time to do it; maybe two hours in total to change the three belts, the pulley, and change the oil. 

#1491658 Max's 1986 Nissan 720 King Cab 4x4

Posted by MaxChlan on 26 May 2017 - 07:24 PM

Maybe the 3rd is for A/C compressor?

Ding Ding Ding! After further inspection, that is what I lost. 

#1491588 Max's 1986 Nissan 720 King Cab 4x4

Posted by MaxChlan on 26 May 2017 - 10:28 AM

Yeah, I told them 85 so they didn't get the Z24 and Z24i mixed up. I am going out to my shop tomorrow to look at the situation. 


You have like 2 belts tops unless something weird is going on. Make sure that you tell whoever you get the belts from that you want them for an 85.
How many belts are you taking off?

#1491578 Max's 1986 Nissan 720 King Cab 4x4

Posted by MaxChlan on 26 May 2017 - 09:24 AM

Thank you Lockleaf; from what I am seeing on autozone's website, there are three different belts, so I guess I will just get those and see which one I am missing hahaha

#1491493 Max's 1986 Nissan 720 King Cab 4x4

Posted by MaxChlan on 25 May 2017 - 09:30 PM

Minor problem: tonight I fried a belt, and out of fear that it was connected to the alternator or water pump I went ahead and got towed to the shop. Does anyone have a diagram of the belts for a Z24, or at least what size the different belts are? I think I am going to go ahead and replace them all this weekend.

#1491234 Quick Oil Question

Posted by MaxChlan on 24 May 2017 - 05:17 PM

Yeah, I went ahead and ordered two gallons of T5 and two WIX filters off of Amazon. Carquest wanted like $25 a gallon... got it on Amazon for $17. 

#1491149 Quick Oil Question

Posted by MaxChlan on 24 May 2017 - 08:03 AM

I run Shell Rotella Triple T 10w30 in my Z24, and I have noticed that my local parts stores have stopped carrying it in favor of T4 and T5. I'm due for an oil change soon, so I was wondering if I should make the switch to T5. 

#1490505 First ever SHORT BED Utility body on a 4x4 '85 720

Posted by MaxChlan on 21 May 2017 - 08:23 PM

Also, are you selling your bed parts? I want the shell and the tailgate BAAAAAAAD

#1490501 First ever SHORT BED Utility body on a 4x4 '85 720

Posted by MaxChlan on 21 May 2017 - 08:16 PM

Here is the post with the pictures:



"Thank you for the Imgur suggestion, works the way a modern image site should!

Here is the old gal when we first met


Then the transformation began slowly,


I scoured Craigslist for a hard to find small cab over camper what a great set up it was!


I made another all day Craigslist trip to Arizona for this snugtop original shell or topper and scored it with a killer upholstered and padded interior! Much easier and lighter than the pop top


The shell will soon be back on Craigslist unfortunately as my latest obsession is converting to the utility bed! Sorry for the tangent just wanted to give some background.

Here it is as I found it in the junkyard after pulling it off a Early 80's Toyota. At 7 feet long it wasn't looking like an easy swap. I asked my veteran hot rod builder Grandpa what our options where and it was either stretch the frame or shorten the bed and we went for the later as one of the best qualities of the standard cab 720 is its short wheelbase.


Then the fun fabrication began!


Couldn't help but ask for a little body work help from the master :)



#1489891 Tilt Column Tightening and Adjustment

Posted by MaxChlan on 19 May 2017 - 09:33 AM

If your tilt column is loose or does not hold the wheel in one place when it the upright position, it is very annoying. Narrowly avoiding cars in the lot because your steering column just randomly shifted up on you can get very tiresome after awhile. I noticed there was not a thread that mentioned how to do this, so here is how to tighten your tilt steering! You'll need:

  1. Philips head screwdriver
  2. 12mm wrench
  3. Patience

1. Locate the four screws that hold the top and bottom portions of the column cover together, and remove them, taking note of where they are located. Two of them have washers, and two don't. Just take a picture and set them aside. 


2. Once the screws are removed, start with the side closest to the ignition, and worjk your way around, opening it by pressing on the inside out until the clips snap out of their holders. Be careful, and certainly don't rush. If it isn't going, it isn't going. 






3. Once the cover is in two pieces, remove the hazard light switch from the top of the cover. Two small screws (be sure they do not fall) and it's out. Set the top portion of the cover aside. 




4. Remove the bezel from the ignition; it is just a little plastic piece that slides off when you pull up on the little back tabs. Set it aside






5. Remove the bottom cover by gently sliding it around. It is a little bit of a squeeze and flex to get it out. Once it's out, you can finally get a look at the tilt column assembly. 




6. Using your 12mm socket or wrench, remove the bolt that is holding in the lever. It is reverse threaded. Once the bolt and washer are removed, slide the lever off.






7. To tighten up the tilt column, all you need to do is tighten up this spline that the lever slides on. Once it is slightly tight, you can place the lever in a slightly down position, and pull it up so that the system is hand tight. Test and make sure it is tight by turning the wheel back and forth and look for any looseness. 


8. Once the tilt is tight, put the 12mm bolt back into its place, and lock it down.


9. Reverse the disassembly process to put together the covers, bottom on first.The bottom cover is a trick to get on, but just take your time, look where it is catching, and adjust to get it on. The clips just snap back into place.



I hope this helps!

#1488325 KA24E Swap into a 1986 720 4x4 Questions

Posted by MaxChlan on 13 May 2017 - 08:14 PM

As those on the forum may know, I have a 1986 720 4x4 with the carbureted Z24 engine. As it stands, my Z24 runs fairly well. If you've read my thread, my truck does not have the fast idle cam screw, so it is pretty cold blooded. The Hitachi is not the best carburetor in the world, but once it's warm I do not have any issues. In addition, oil seems to disappear from the engine, but not at an alarming rate. I check it every time I fill up, and I put 1/4 or 1/2 a quart every four or five fill ups depending on how much I am driving. As of right now, it is not a concern. Looking into the future, I see myself having this truck for some time as I have grown fond of the bumpy ride and the people coming up to me at the local Holiday saying that their dad/brother/uncle had a truck just like mine, and how they loved it. With this in mind, I have a few questions regarding the Z24:


  1. What is the life expectancy? 200,000? 300,000?
  2. What starts to go wrong, and what types of preventative maintenance can I do other than retorquing the head bolts to prevent head gasket failure? 
  3. When should I just replace the head gasket?

If the outlook looks good, I would like to keep the Z24 in for as long as possible. With this in mind, I am also afraid that I might get tired of the cold-bloodedness and the somewhat underpowered nature, and also the potential lack of parts or issues with the Z24 down the road, which brings me to the topic of this thread.


The actual swapping of the engine does not seem like that big of a commotion. From the research I have done, I have learned that KA's bolt right to the FS5W71B (short shaft) transmission in the 720 with an ECU, higher pressure fuel pump, and some fabbing of engine mounts. What does concern me however is the long term viability to driveability of the truck, and if swapping is right for me. Budget aside, I have quite a few questions:

  1. For those who have swapped into 4x4 trucks, have you noticed better daily driving? (Better MPG, quieter, more power, or whatever you think makes a good daily)
  2. What is the definitive maximum crank or wheel horsepower the FS5W71B transmission and other driveline components can take on a 4x4?
  3. If I were to swap, what would be on my checklist?
  4. What are some things to watch out for while I have the engine out of the truck? Any other to-dos?
  5. Lastly, is it worth the time, money, and effort?

Like I said, this is not a pressing issue. I am not being forced to make a decision. This is mostly for getting an idea, checking things out, and potentially ordering parts months or years in advance so that when the Z24 decides to go, I have the things I need to keep this 720 on the road. 




#1487393 Oops, I did it again!

Posted by MaxChlan on 10 May 2017 - 05:48 AM

Please let me know if you can download the pdfs in the link above.  That is why I put them on Google Drive.  I am not familiar with Google Drive.

 My guy! You did a hell of a job scanning. All you (the downloadee) have to do is request permission to access the document from the link, and it can be downloaded from Drive as is. 

#1486977 Oops, I did it again!

Posted by MaxChlan on 09 May 2017 - 04:45 AM

It very well could be a blown fuse!


I think the chime is located in the driver's side footwell; it is a black box. It may even be located directly next to the fuse box; I do not remember. 

#1486904 Oops, I did it again!

Posted by MaxChlan on 08 May 2017 - 07:05 PM

Does anybody know anything about this piece of trivia? Is it just broken in my other two 720s?

It might just be broken in your other 720s. My 86 has it so I don't think it's due to age. I know some other Datsuns/Nissans have the same chime; I want to say that the 240sx had the same chime, but I haven't actually been inside a bone stock one. 

#1486056 Max's 1986 Nissan 720 King Cab 4x4

Posted by MaxChlan on 06 May 2017 - 05:04 AM

Hey guys! I haven't had anything to post in some time because my truck has been running well. I officiate lacrosse for the Minnesota State High School League, and every night I am in a new suburb; I can not even tell you how many miles I have put on my 720 since the season started, and it has been running so well. The snow has been officially off the ground for some time up here in Minnesota, but we did have a light dusting last Tuesday, which was hilarious, because I officiated two lacrosse games that day. We have been getting solid 60 degree days since, so I elected to throw on some summer tires. I went back to the Toyota Tundra rims that came with the truck and wrapped them with General Grabber HTS60 in 215 70r16; The speedometer actually reads the correct speed now (by a few decimal places, hehehe). 


I could not find a spot to park at school the other day, so with the "highest in class ground clearance" I gently hopped the curb and set the 720 down in the grass for a nap. 




Also, for some reason not having a Nissan key irritated me, so I scooped one up on Ebay. Looks pretty nice!




That's all for now. Paint is coming this summer, and I am still on the hunt for a replacement tailgate. I'm in the classifieds, but if you know a guy, I love road trips!  :rofl: