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Funtana Comes to the NW

11 June 2018 - 08:22 PM

Finally starting a thread for this machine. Was reluctant in doing so because of the situation that went down with the previous owner. But I've came to a conclusion that, thats not my problem. Him and him alone is to be blamed.  That being said, here we go...............................A little long, sorry!


The first time I ever saw this 620, i fell in love. I got excited every time pictures were posted on the forums.  And told myself I would buy it if it ever came up for sale..  Then that time came up a couple years ago.  Someone posted a sales ad for all the vehicles and Funtana was listed.  I tried to scrounge up the monies to buy but couldnt make it happen. The ad disappeared so I thought someone bought it..  Another year went by and still thought about it once in awhile.  Then an ad posted on Facebook. All the same vehicles were for sale again and there was Funtana.  I jokingly posted that id take them all.  Got a PM from saler asking if I was serious. After  pm'ing back and forth, we agreed on price for Funtana and made arrangements to go get it.  November of last year, i drove 918 miles one way to Bullhead AZ. This is where things started going down hill. Got ahold of saler. Lets call her Bellatrix( forgot her real name) she cant meet that evening so now I have to get a motel. Waited all morning for a pm. finally got one around 1130 stating it wont be until afternoon before the meet up. Met her at a gas station and followed her to the shop.  AND there it was. The famous Funtana 620..... torn apart. Actually just the drive train but still.  So I precede to start getting things loaded and asked where the parts that was removed. she point toward the front of the truck. There lies a l20b, transmission and exhaust manifold. I asked about the remaining parts and the reply was "thats It" Im like ,Nnooo, wheres the carbs, radiator, starter, etc... This is not even close to having all the parts. She said its "SOLD AS IS"  (This is when I should of walked away, but didn't)  So i start looking for them and she started getting upset. Told me about all the OTHER Datsun people trying to steal from her or low balling her. I told her I was a straight shooter and brought extra money for extras.  Bellatrix watched everything I did. She kept contradicting herself saying she didnt know what a carb was then tells me she grew up wrenching on datsuns... whatever. Then time to load on uhaul trailer.  Im using a come along, making sure i dont smash the front lip on anything and shes telling to just push it on and get it over with. After that i had to load the engine by myself. so I used 2 2x4 and my body weight to pivot it into my van.  By this time, im tired and sweating to dealth.  During this whole time, she was on the phone with her mother trying to get her down here to bring the title and such. They're fighting over the phone. Got Funtana loaded and strapped down. Oh and by the way, I had to give her half the cash before I could load it up. Start driving back to gas station to meet the mom. Didnt see Bellatrix again.  Mom comes and now I have to follow here to a notary to get title signed.  She went in, got the paper work done, came out and gave her the rest of the payment.  YES Im outta  here.   NOPE, think again. Wrong title. VIN doesnt match trucks. Went back to mom while at bank deposting the money next door to notary.  Pretty much told me to call Bellatrix and good bye.  So I did and was told thats the only one they had and GOOD luck. But would call if they found it. NEVER HAPPENED....So now i have a signed notarized title to somebody elses 74 620 and a truck licensed in AZ with expired plaes. AND no extra goodies. NICE, so I went home with Funtana hoping Bellatrix would follow through. Didnt hold my breath.


Heres some pics just to give you a break. Was at a gas station somewhere on the 95 at midnight




Got it home and put next to a donor friend




Made some room for it.





Pictures of the engine bay





Things done to it to make Canby. This was during a very busy season for work. So it was spread out.

Replaced engine harness. frayed in areas and no actual fused link.

Replaced dash harness.  Plugs melted at fuse block and wires everywhere.

Replaced turn signal component.

cleaned up paint in engine compartment and sprayed rust convertor on battery mount.

Drained gas tank of old gas

New battery

No Pics of these and most of the parts were taken off my other 74


Installed L20b with painted block that came with the truck. Didnt know condition of it. Installed 1979 620 5Speed, which was fun. Had to remove a few things.

Had to find  an alternator, intake manifold with carb. Flywheel, clutch and pressure plate with all bolts. Radiator and hoses.

Used a better driveline with good carrier bearing. Replaced all U-joints. Checked rear end oil and added fluid to trans. Replaced spark plugs, rotor/cap and wires





Once engine was installed, had to take it to a muffler shop and connect new down pipe to existing 2.25 inch pipe. Due to the angle of the manifold, existing exhaust wouldn't work cause it was made for an L18. Not a l20b, which is taller.  SO I took pics of that process. Drove  it open header a couple miles.






Got it home and needed to check timing and stuff. Sounds much better with exhaust connected





Timing was timed to BDC and one tooth off.  Carb was plugged up alittle, secondaries wasnt squirting gas.  Notice fuel filter was dirty, replaced. It did run decent, decent enough to bring to Canby since I was finishing it up the days before.  While at Canby, my camp buddy Draker, help me with cleaning up the weber. It was bad.  But it improved it many times over.  Yeah secondaries!  But soon found out that I have a bigger problem. Gas tank is filled with crap. Looks like sand material and made the gas turn into chocolate milk. Went through actual 4 fuel filters.

Here are some pictures the day before leaving for Canby.  It was 88* out and sunny









Overall, im glad I got it. It was being neglected and abused. You can see recent scratches and paint chip missing here and there.  The parts that were missing probably was sold off, misplaced or stolen within that 2.5 years.


But its still not done.  Got to clean fuel system, replace clutch master cylinder. Rear main seal is leaking and find coolant leak.  Replace ALL the suspension rubber parts. replace all shocks.   Plans are to just replaced/ fix needed areas. Get some more travel out of front suspension (cause there aint none) and remove canopy. Install tonneau cover just like it had before. Mark posted a pic on facebook recently showing it. 


Thats it for now

What would you do

13 November 2017 - 05:44 PM

I got two engines. One is a L18 with Closed Chamber w53 other is L20b with u67.  Hoping to run a single side draft carb and l16 header.


One has more torque, one is a rev master.


Its going in my new '74 620.



Blue Lake Parts 2017

07 August 2017 - 09:09 PM

One week away, and I dont see any post about parts. I know it cant be a swap meet, but....

 I can bring up these parts if any one is interested for the right price.


J13 Block refurbished, installed crank and cam. Been sitting for a while ( late 80's) probably needs re lubed and rechecked




J13  block Refurbish,  cranks installed. needs re lube/checked sitting since late 80's





L16 block with installed crank and pistons. Needs relubed and checked





4 speed transmission. L16. According to Mike




And a bunch of j13 engine rebuild parts.  Most bought in the 80's  Direct from Japan




Introducing, Rugby the 620

22 July 2017 - 08:41 PM

I wasn't going to start a thread about this yet but i just can"t wait.


Here is Rugby.  1974 Datsun California Stepside 620.   L18 with w53 head 4 speed manual. It was removed from 23 years of storage a few months ago.  Older gentleman health issues, had to move into rest home. Anyways, the body is in great shape. no rust through but  Some minor body work has been done here and there. Engine cranks over but struggles to start. Probably needs the gas system cleaned, has some electrical issues with switches and stuff. Probably needs brakes gone through.  Inspected the floor boards briefly, looks good.

Came with alot of parts collected through his years. Nothing of the "find of the century" parts.  Got some original slot mags with old bias ply tires and alot of J Series engine parts.


I paid more than I should of but oh well.  Pics















Now to go through all the boxes of parts to see whats there. Also will take pics of inside once I get to check it out.

Happy 620 Day!

20 June 2017 - 06:30 AM