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#1522965 Project itch.. need advice

Posted by Rjawm on 11 October 2017 - 11:50 AM

I know that what follows is not what you wanted to hear...


I get that you really want to make this out of a classic Datsun so it fits your needs and your desire for looks, and although I do agree with Lockleaf about the Brat being a good fit, they are somewhat hard to find from what I've been told by Subaru friends, so the long and short of it, if you are dead set on a modified vehicle it would make way more sense to truck a Civic to fulfill your needs than to heavily modify a 620 to fit.


The plans you have for modifying a 620 require extensive fabrication skills and a lot, I mean a lot, of money.  Plus it sounds like you have a timeline where you want this sooner rather than later.  That said, I really think starting with a Civic and "trucking" it would in the end be a better choice to fits your needs.


It would already have the FWD platform, already get good MPG's, already be a short wheelbase, once "trucked" it would have the shortened bed you're after, and all that is required is the much shorter and easier to complete fabrication of the new rear wall.








There were even a few pics out there of clean looking conversions, but of course those pics are hosted on Photobucket so I can't link them here.  Google civic truck and you'll find them.


Feel free to completely ignore my post and do whatever you want, just thought I should throw in my 2 cents lol



Oh, and the obvious easy button, but higher buy in, is a VW Caddy with the diesel.



#1521301 Over 100,000 Digital License Plates Are Scheduled to Hit U.S. Roads in 2018

Posted by Rjawm on 04 October 2017 - 08:18 AM

I'd be curious if this test was conducted in Washington State if the 100,000 plates would mean only 50,000 test vehicles, or if magically digital plates would no longer make having a front and rear plate a requirement.


Also, if someone backs into or pulls too deep into a parking space and hits my hitch a metal plate bends and is still legible, hows that cracked screen going to keep working? And who pays for the replacement?

#1520967 Fuel sender connector

Posted by Rjawm on 02 October 2017 - 09:07 PM

Or get these, the actual replacement connector...








Main draw back is you only need one but it's a bag of 25 lol.  There are sellers with lower numbers of them but at a higher price that I found in my quick searching, look deeper you may find less at a more reasonable price.


And if I remember correctly it's a GM alternator wiring boot that can be used to complete the updating of the wiring.

#1501996 Photobucket & Ratsun

Posted by Rjawm on 09 July 2017 - 06:49 AM





Using my method I can post other peoples images as well.  Granted, this is only because I'm on my computer right now haha

#1501995 Photobucket & Ratsun

Posted by Rjawm on 09 July 2017 - 06:45 AM

Are you using a phone or computer?

I had people doing the same for me, but everything suggested wouldn't work from my phone, that's why I went with postimage, very straight forward....



Currently I'm on my computer, but I've done the same on my phone.  Kinda a PITA though because you have to open Ratsun in full version, not mobile, and then zoom in to see the post options.  I know it's a convoluted way to do it but, I've had a way higher success rate than it seems most people have at posting pics here lol.

#1501992 Photobucket & Ratsun

Posted by Rjawm on 09 July 2017 - 06:42 AM

RW It is not the easiest thing to do but it is doable.  You can download you complete photos from PhotoBucket at 1 time or if you have lots of albums of pictures you can do individual albums to help keep your organization if it exists..


I will attemp to do a "How To Download Pictures From PhotoBucket" later. 


Keep in mind that it will put the album in a compressed zip file for the download.  If you don't have the program that allows you to "unzip" the file, it's a pretty useless option.  I'll add to this though, it's not hard to use Google and find a free download of the needed program.

#1501990 Photobucket & Ratsun

Posted by Rjawm on 09 July 2017 - 06:39 AM





All I did was click on your Flickr link, click on the share icon, open the BBcode tab, copy the web address from inbetween the [img] tags, and paste into the pop up box after clicking on the image icon in the Ratsun reply options.



I have rarely had the predone imbed code work here on Ratsun.  I find it works every time I use the cut and paste method of a .jpg or .gif address into the image popup box. 

#1501987 Photobucket & Ratsun

Posted by Rjawm on 09 July 2017 - 06:29 AM






All I did was click on your Imgur link, right click on the image, copy the web address, and paste into the pop up box after clicking on the image icon in the ratsun reply options.

#1501959 Happiest day on Ratsun, Saddest day on Ratsun

Posted by Rjawm on 08 July 2017 - 10:32 PM

Mike's favorite day ever...

FWIW.... rick has left the building.

With the 20th of August 2015 being the worst.

#1500093 DATSUN HOTWHEELS (and some other ones)

Posted by Rjawm on 29 June 2017 - 07:29 PM





Got the 3 of them for $4.50 at Safeway.


Funny thing is, all I want to keep is the Time Attaxi.  I'm not a fan of the Z-car, just grabbed them to give to other people here that may want one lol.  The lower Z-car has a ripped section at the hanger area if it matters.

#1497185 CANBY 2017 IT WILL BEE fun 'n stuff

Posted by Rjawm on 16 June 2017 - 07:05 PM


Is there a build thread for that thing? I wanna make one now :lol:





There are more versions in the suggested vids too.


Or this one,





it's a secret



Yes, a total secret...

#1495023 CANBY 2017 IT WILL BEE fun 'n stuff

Posted by Rjawm on 08 June 2017 - 12:55 PM













#1494082 6 lug to 5 lug conversion

Posted by Rjawm on 05 June 2017 - 02:31 PM

Yes I forgot to say all 6 bolt are the same. (well not the Dodge 6 bolt)


Or new Fords.





And OP, whatever you do, never ever do what you want to your own truck.  Always give in to what these "purists" tell you what to do lol


Shits and grins, yet another time I post a pic of my D21...




Not sure how much of this applies to a 620 unless you change over to D21 front suspension, but machined Toyota front hubs, and a Toyota rear axle is what was used on the D21 in the pic.  Not super expensive, medium amount of modification skills needed (welding is needed, and machining of the hubs is required, only for the 5 lug part, not how low the truck sits).  I do recommend you grab at least the rear half of the donor Toyota's driveshaft as a hybrid shaft is needed to go from Nissan trans to Toyota 3rd member.  Mine is all Nissan except for the last yoke, fortunately the driveshafts are the same diameter and allow for the swap to be fairly easy.


There are some threads over on http://InfamousNissan.com that discuss how the front process was done on a 720, the OP of the thread did all the research and fitting, I admittedly only followed his lead.  All has worked great so far, at least a couple thousand miles on it.


PM mklotz on the forum for more on the machining costs for the hubs.


Otherwise, what Jersey said, the redrill, is your best route. I did it on a Mitsubishi truck I had in the late 80's, worked great, still totally safe.  I've also used bolt-on adapters as well, the newer true billet adapters made today (as long as you don't go cheap China product) aren't even remotely comparable to the old cast style that still have uniformed peoples panties in knots over their use.




I would also add, flatcat is 100% correct on the Pontiac wheels not being the same pattern.  They are a 5 x 4.75 pattern, as are most GM cars of that era (a couple exceptions are some of the larger cars and wagons had the 5 x 5 pattern). 


Doing the swap to 5 lug is really only worth it for a 5 x 4.5 pattern as it opens up access to so many more wheel choices, with a multitude of offsets.  For your desire to run those Trans-Am wheels, I'd have to say the adapters are the best option and won't limit you later.  But I do believe the offset of them is going to be a huge issue.




Lastly, mine is still just yet another opinion posted on the internet, one of an educated and informed asshole, but still just another opinion that holds no more or less weight than any of the others.

#1494070 Need fuel pump part number for 1986 720 with Z24i engine

Posted by Rjawm on 05 June 2017 - 01:57 PM





Edited again, correct number, updated part performs job as needed, does not physically look the same.

#1492648 Ratsun's pay it forward thread(v 2.0)

Posted by Rjawm on 31 May 2017 - 02:53 PM

Does anyone need a set of 4 Spacesaver spares?  They are good for use as rollers on a project vehicle.  That's all I used them for but no longer have anything with the 4 x 4.5 bolt pattern. 


Finally started on cleaning and reorganizing my shop and just unburied them and no longer need them. 


Figured I'd follow through with an earlier post I made in this thread that mentioned posting them up in here.


Probably best to PM me if you want them, that way I'll get a notification.  I'm not on Ratsun as much lately.