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  1. 3 points
    One last thing I forgot to add. I also tend to stick my neck out. Immigrant laborers were my inspiration here. Walk up to any Latino looking for work outside of a Home Depot, ask if he can do something in particular, and his answer will be "YES". He might not even speak the language, but he is willing to try. That's me in a nutshell. I feel like a Mexican laborer most of the time. (Obviously no disrespect to immigrants here. If you missed it, I have the utmost respect for them.)
  2. 3 points
    I see a Beebani front suspension, lose the torsion bars to make room, and a dry sump LS being one hell of a fun package. Of course no one asked the big question: budget??? I don't see any shop taking on a swap project for under $10k unless you want to install a used engine/trans and cross your fingers hoping its ok? I'd do some research here, and call Stoff to see what you're getting yourself into - follow him on Insta to see some pics of his top notch work.
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    Ordering something from another country is always kind of a "hand over the Visa, close your eyes, and cross your fingers" kind of affair. Dave Lum (VG30DETT 510 "Red") mentioned on the bluebirds mailing list that he found some metal flares for his 510 made in Thailand. They looked very mild and I thought they would be perfect for the Swamp Thing makeover we have planned this winter so I bit and ordered a set from the seller. (Well, my wife did anyway - I don't have a facebook account) https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2362860890660187/ Here is the picture he uses to advertise with: And he sent these showing production underway It was a nervous wait at first but on-line tracking allowed me to follow the packages 'till they arrived in the US mid August. And then, after waiting a week and seeing no updates, I used some additional on-line tracking (EMS) tools to find they were indeed on their way and in-fact in Seattle before the Labor Day weekend. Actually, they were at my house on Saturday but I was not. But our mailman is AWESOME and after my wife talked to him he made a special trip back to our house on Tuesday and delivered the boxes. I brought them to work today so Jeff and I could check them out. This guy knows how to pack parts!!!!! foam lined box - double walled where needed - and bubble wrapped parts. He could have sent a dozen eggs in the box and they still would have made it okay (or turned into chickens in the process) Check 'em out! He said they are made of 1/32" steel (I think?) and I was envisioning some very flexible parts but these are nice and stiff! All the edges are rolled or folded and the workmanship is awesome! We had to see what they would look like of course so we held them up to "Hey!" for a quick fit check. The flares will add about 1/2" of fender clearance over rolled and pulled fenders lips. And the air dam is pretty sweet as well. Seems way less fragile than the fiberglass spook we are running. Stay tuned! This is going to be exciting!!!!
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    Yes, the local Target just fired a guy for raiding stuff in the back when it came in.
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    Some have befriended the person in charge of restocking the items and get the tip off when stuff comes in. I know that because one of the employees told me he has a regular. But, I still have beaten the guy to the new stuff a few times, and once, he ran into me as I was walking away. Had the nerve to tell me this was his turf. I politely called him a Fucking Scalper and for him to just fuck off! I collect and sometimes hook up someone who can't find something if I have an extra, but I rarely sell anything.
  7. 2 points
    It all started when we moved from the bay area. I couldn't find suitable work as a chef up here, so I decided to go back to the car stuff, helping my friend with his business (Inchworm Gear), just so I could have a paycheck. He took on a job that was larger than he wanted and he simply gave it to me (1987 4Runner). I opened my doors with that one customer. Luckily, I already had a lot of tools (welders, brakes, lathe, mill, plus the usual hand tools), and I owned the building, which is on my property (2400 sq ft). So yes, I was more set up than most, and I had that going for me.The first customer had me build a few rigs for him, so that helped too. Those jobs led to more jobs, and here we are. I have a two year waiting list. It is worth mentioning that my time as a chef taught me that sharing is key. That and some confidence allowed me to feel like even if I shared a recipe with someone, I could still cook it better. This attitude was helpful in my forum threads that I did on almost every vehicle I built (not here on Ratsun, I don't come here for the business), and in those build threads, I shared tons of info and tricks. I would engage every person who commented, whether on forums or facebook or instagram. With a lot of knowledge from my road racing background, I constantly pushed the limits of what the average 4x4 world expected. I like to think that I helped elevate the 4x4 world to the level it is at today. Back when I got into 4x4's, people thought that adding 1/4" plate steel is what made a good truck. My direction was 180 degrees in the opposite direction. The old Colin Chapman phrase "simplify, then add lightness" has always been my approach. Now that I've developed some really valuable secrets, I'm admittedly not as willing to share. During my time at Inchworm, I became friends with automotive journalist Harry Wagner. When he asked to do a feature on my 1957 Land Rover, I thought he was kidding. Well, he has done over ten features on rigs that I've built and he's introduced me to a lot of the right people. That is probably the biggest stroke of luck that continues to help me grow. He and I are good friends still, and we don't let work get in the way of our friendship. One opportunity that came up through his friendship was a chance to build a 4Runner with his friend Fred Williams (Dirt Every Day). He would supply the vehicle and parts, I would supply the labor. It was to be a desert racer, but it had no VIN because it was a factory test vehicle and thus, could never be sold. Based on that, I turned it down. Probably should have jumped on that one. Who knows, I could have been on TV with Fred today... No regrets though. So there it is. Thanks for asking. A lot of right place, right time opportunities for sure. If you want to get your foot in the door, I need some help around the shop. The time for me to grow is now, and I need to get a jump on that. You want a job?
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    XB70 before the disasterous GE sponsored "group photo."
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    That is what my hangglider looked like on my 1967 Datsun Roadster. I know, pics or it didn't happen.
  12. 2 points
    Sounds fun to me! Iā€™m always learning, I could probably learn a thing or two from you. Thanks everyone for the support
  13. 2 points
    Wow man I really love it. Keep up the good work. Your bringing back my motivation.
  14. 2 points
    Yeah I do t think any tire is going to solve that except for maybe white walls. Black wheels with a fat black tire just mold into each other making it look like one big tire.
  15. 2 points
    Yeah I trust them. They did my current head....took it all apart, valve job, valve seals, milled and put it all back together st 2/10 for me.
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    I would love to see this guy build a 620 šŸ˜„
  18. 2 points
    The Flying Heritage Collection and Combat Armor Museum just released this video on the newly restored Messerschmitt ME262 It is long, but very cool
  19. 1 point
    Damn straight! His "turf" - fuck off dickstick......
  20. 1 point
    No I haven't... Because he doesn't have a bluebird wagon. He has a 510 wagon with bluebird emblems.
  21. 1 point
    Im over 50K, not proud of myself, I have owned the truck for 10.5 years though.
  22. 1 point
    It has been a bit since this thread was updated. However, through blown head gasket, bad parts, a move, a switch over to Speeduino ECU, lack of brakes, no seats, and cooling problems, we got a chance to work on the truck together. I took a moment to go and visit Brad this past weekend. Not only did we get the truck running and driving, but we had fun and I got bored and recorded it for some fun. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GD6snTuPKs (I am also posting this in hopes that he will stay motivated and get the truck finished up)
  23. 1 point
    So how exactly did you start building custom vehicles? I have thought about it, but it seems like you need a solid customer base before jumping in and you need to jump in before you can build a solid customer base.
  24. 1 point
    Yes, budget. Four letter word. Can ruin all sorts of plans. The OP and I have exchanged a couple emails, thanks to your referrals. I mentioned to him how cool it would be to find an old Prince V8 and swap it in. I've seen them for sale.
  25. 1 point
    believe the outer left and inner right are the same. the inner left and outer right are the same. the little tabs I got no info on how that chit works, most of my rings are missing them. lol better sell them before the market falls out for them.
  26. 1 point
    You can also hold the valve open longer with a roller style lobe. What's even more interesting is you can't really use either "style" on these motors with an overhead cam very effectively. Shops like Isky and Schneider have developed a specific lobe style for performance overhead cams using rocker arms - call it a hybrid between the two. Its the only way to get massive lift without bounce or the destruction of the rocker arms, valve tips, lash pads, or most importantly the cam lobes. My crankshaft will likely be done sometime between today and Monday. Yesterday we hashed out specs. I gave him 2 tenths to play with on a custom offset grind and index. No pressure. )šŸ‘
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    nonsense! got at least another 100kms left in the tank Not sure how many of you are on the "Datsun 320 Owners" facebook group but a guy on there from Victoria Martin Easton has posted a pic of the suspension on his 320 upload image I asked him to clarify part of the suspension which he says is a sway bar Neither of my 320's have sway bars and i dont think i've ever seen one with them before? I've looked through the service manual and there doesn't seem to be any mention of it Another guy on the page Heath Robinson is now asking to buy a sway bar setup as well am i losing my mind? would people have been removing sway bars for more suspension travel and that's why i've ended up with two utes that dont have them? upload image after searching the site i've found this pic - does anyone have a better photo of the whole setup? upload image
  29. 1 point
    Thank you I have 2 matchbox distributors I want his company to rebuild.
  30. 1 point
    That is some nice work there. If I buy you a round trip ticket would you come down and work on one of my trucks?
  31. 1 point
    I like the look without the chrome, I did the same thing back in the 80ā€™s. I think I did it because it was cheaper and easier. The guy who did my glass asked me if I wanted the windshield gasket with the trim grooves or not, so I would assume the trim must still be out there somewhere.
  32. 1 point
    Is this a change in handling that came with the engine transplant? Increased weight and weight distribution will change the handling of a car for sure but do you know what the handling was like before? It could be worn out suspension components, bad alignment - even tires contribute to the feel of the car going down the road. What other information can you provide? All the suspension and brakes still stock or has other work been done? Pictures? --carter
  33. 1 point
    'mild came' do you mean mild cam? If so I already got one that came with this motor. Racer Brown..ss-54-110. But having said that should I replace all these rockers? And can you guys see the rocker pics in my previous post? Not sure if they are public or not.
  34. 1 point
    So the switcharoo fuckers have struck again. I wish I could catch the asshole in the act
  35. 1 point
    Something else. No idea what however.
  36. 1 point
    I got the short block and all the parts but the head went into the trash IIRC. Oh and just looking at the size difference between my alternator and this 510 is night and day man.
  37. 1 point
    Huh, I would never have guessed that the trans would be a weak point. I've owned and built many, many Datsun 5 speeds and they always worked great in the 510's I owned, but I never owned a truck with one. Both open up worm cans. The real question is - what's your budget. If cheap is the answer, then either body lift or small suspension lift. I wouldn't go more than a couple inches of suspension lift with a stock type suspension. Body lifts suck, but if that's what's in your budget... Does anybody make a lift spindle for the 720? Things to watch out for with suspension lift - pinion angle (rear), camber adjustment (front), shock length (too short or too long), bumpstops.
  38. 1 point
    I've never seen these replacement rockers. Are they ground factory rockers or is someone reproducing them? The only reason I would say to replace them all is if they are repops. They could have different weights or even ratios (not on purpose, but due to manufacturing).
  39. 1 point
    I will find out soon if it fits, just waiting on the belt to show up. Also ordered the dapper lighting H4 harness ($50) for shits and gigs. Shit forgot to ask, I am ordering rockers to replace the one bad one, should I replace all of them at once or can I just do the one?
  40. 1 point
    I went with the Power select brand NEW alternator from Rockauto(partsgeek sells the same one also I believe. I have had good luck so far in 2 yrs of daily driving. However it got expensive now 88$ I got 2 at 66 apc. It is made in China but hasnt failed like the others from Autozone or O Rileys. I think its worth it so far. I ran a 50 amper with a lower 510 mount and just had issues all the time of it going loose. plus I have a turnbuckle adjustment so putting a 50 limited my movement and then would hit the idler arm.I went back to the 35 and everything seems fine even with H4 lamps installed. also my starter seems to last longer also after I put a HOT start relay in. I usualyy would kill a starter with in 2 yrs but havent since installed. I got a TSI Automotive Gear Reduction Starter waiting go in but this one hasnt broken yet. Bet most people think the selinoid id going out but really low voltage at the key switch(loss)
  41. 1 point
    Body lifts open up a can of worms. Steering column, clutch slave hose, wiring, and the emergency brake cable to name a few Items not addressed with the body lift kits. The suspesion lift raises the frame also for better frame and drive train clearance.
  42. 1 point
    Automatic anything beats a fucking Prius
  43. 1 point
    You need to get some petrol!
  44. 1 point
    Did some work and finally finished the header. I wrapped them up cause they are really close to the fuel pump despite all my efforts. Cleaned up really nice so I got excited and mocked up the new weber carb and intake! Looks really awesome. Gotta run the fuel and vacuum line as well as the choke and throttle. Also converting it to the manual choke, so I took the carb off and found my oil cap so took some pics of that. Enjoy!
  45. 1 point
    Did some more work on the engine bay. Cleaned and scraped off a bunch of dirt and grime that caked on over 50 years. Someone painted the block electric blue, but some of the original dark teal started to show through. Committed some blasphemy and painted the valve cover yellow (i did the same thing on my honda acty) trying my hardest to make this Datto a Honda lol. Changed out the screws to some fresh shiny ones too. Ordered the MGB Header from Pierce manifolds and it would have hit the fuel pump, so I welded in some bends (very poorly) to make it fit. Took three tries but I made it work. Please excuse the shitty welds lol I'm very out of practice. Will probably get some header wrap to cover up my botched work and provide some sort of heat barrier. Enjoy!
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    Took advantage of the momentary window of nice weather (Spring? On time? Whodathunk?) Repainted the interior. Waiting to do the doors cause they need some repair. Got the carpet in. As you can see, I had to glue in some patches to make it work. Not the cleanest, but then again this whole truck is like polishing a turd lol. DIY or die. Got finished and "covered" just in time for some spring hail/sleet. The windshield has a little leak, so I had to protect my handy work. Also installed some new mirrors and hood pins, considering doing an engine swap with my tax return. Hopefully my girlfriend doesn't kill me lol.
  48. 1 point
    The seat and the dash are beautiful. I like the 50/60s fibe with the diamond tuck in the seat. The embroidered Datsun patch is a classy addition. It looks like your puppy approves of the carpet! Nice work keep it up. All the small things you can do during the winter is great for when you can work on the big things in the summer. It is all progress!. Now if you could only get the truck into your living room to work on it. LOL Years ago when I was into Harleys, my living room was my garage when I did not actually have one. It was nice to use the living room for the garage because of the AC in the summers.
  49. 1 point
    Any progress is good progress!
  50. 1 point
    Been a long time since my last post. Too cold/snowy/windy here in Denver with no garage to work on the truck. Got some stuff in the mail and was able to get some things done today. Ordered this carpet for an '80 Nissan truck, will need some modifications to fit. I'll update on how good/bad it is when I get around to install. Also, Olive the pug is testing it out. Crucial shifter knob mod. Also sanded/vacuumed/wire brushed the floor to get ready to fix the holes and seal it. Here's the finished seat after reupholstery, looks damn good! Finally, working on painting some of the dash components. Hope you all enjoy this slow progress!
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