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    Got TP? Wassup everyone! I hope you're all alive and well ๐Ÿ˜ท
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    Awesome pre-crash pro photo More photos of running cars here: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMh4aRCDGKanON3m2o80P3H4R0rlzOKIQgySOrDBhqy-HSKDCzgJiwVoUcTHSAxNA/photo/AF1QipMAcIT7uB4hdOBrFHCVuTTa5USBdmozY4nb4xw?key=SjRDNFhWMDdHNzUzZEJkZEdoMzRQS1gyMmp4LS1n
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    What seemed so promising just a couple weeks earlier: Now was reduced to a smashed up pile... Or was it? First let me just say that Sam and Jeff are amazing team mates and didn't give me a hard time at all. We all understand it could have happened to any of us at any time - and will probably happen again. And we all just want to get back out onto the track, so how do we do it? We discussed many ideas from pulling an all-nighter (and many body panels) and getting back out on the track the next day, to swapping the drivetrain over to Sam's caged shell racecar project, to caging my VG30 wagon project and racing that next, to finding a whole 'nother 510 and swapping parts over. By the end, we agreed that we can save The Swamp Thing with a front end graft and some panel banging in the rear. Work gets underway this week in preparation for racing at Shelton the last weekend in June. I immediately started gathering and ordering crash replacement parts. Let's do this! Stay tuned...
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    After he left I finished rubbing the rest of the paint and took some pictures. It's coming along nicely! Brenda brought me some treasures from Walmart too!
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    It's a Quartz clock. But it's slow should read 4:20. What did I win???
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    Hey brother!, Doing great, drive her every time I get back, she's my daily weekly ๐Ÿฅฐ
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    Hey there stranger. How's the 620? ๐Ÿ˜„
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    Wow man bad ass color cant wait to see the finished truck. Im in the same boat now, no turning back.
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    I would not worry about the headers . datzenmike says one can pull out the exhaust liners if you have a round port. too me a Cam and dual carbs are the things to get if available . And a electronic ignition.If you donโ€™t have this already internally most is stock Just the camshaft and valve train and carbs. fimd a Weber 38/38 and bolt it on since you have a L20 already L20s are 1.375 intakes and to match port is based on the newer manifold but one can open up the stock manifold pretty ez
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    We packed up the pits and loaded up the car (not easy with the disfigured exhaust and left rear trunk floor pressed up against the tire) and headed back home. Not even lunch time yet. : ( This view gave me lots to consider on the hour plus drive home. When we got back to Jeff's, the car didn't look any better. We immediately put it up on the lift to see what we couldn't see from the top side Like another broken rim! This time the right front if you can believe that! We think the sway bar shifted over and knocked it. Still holding air too!
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    I was wondering if putting some never seize would be a problem, so I will do so in case I have to take it apart at a later date. I definitely left the nut on there. I don't care about putting a hole in my wall nearly as much as I care about not breaking my ankle. Question....how do I check to ensure the seal is still in good shape? I don't know that I would be able to find a replacement if I mess it up while removing for inspection.
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    Perfect timing! I like Photobucket, but not enough to pay for it. Imgur.....well.....PITA, but if you want free. Thanks all who made this happen. Oh, I agree you should limit file sizes, but you should also limit pixel sizes to avoid images that take up the whole screen.
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    Get a gallon of Purple Power and a handheld pump sprayer. Coat the whole engine bay and let sit for a couple minutes then pressure wash off. Most things (including the radiator hoses) will look like new again.
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    Also tried a little dent removal. First with a suction cup on the left rear quarter under the bumper. As I started to pull the dent was coming out but the cup would pop off before the metal would fully give. I will try again later with a more powerful pump. On the right rear tail I had backside (trunk) access so I could take care of that one more conventionally. First I removed the taillight: Then with a little hammer and heat gun work. I was able to re-shape the panels and eliminate most of the deformation. Good enough for the time being anyway and a huge improvement - especially with the area cleaned and tail light re-mounted. Back to the front of the car - the left side door handle needed to be replaced: Done! Nice to finish at least one thing on the list. : )
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    Another thing the car desperately needed was a bath. I'd like to give the paint a good rub/polish as well so it was time for some deep cleaning: Before (I think) 44 Tried to clean all the nooks and crannies too - for some reason the inside of the truck, gas tank, etc was filthy so I took everything out and cleaned that as well. After:
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    Can anyone identify this mystery gauge? Thanks.
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    Mike, the 1980 Datsun 720 has the VIN plate the passenger side inner fender, that plate your talking about that has the rear axle info started on the 1981 Datsun 720. I have done several frame/chassis swaps over the last 11 years, when I first started doing them WA State was a different place than it is now, I would likely do it differently now, especially with what I have done to my builds, but I am old and don't care anymore, when I die they can be scrapped out as I will not care anymore. The 720 has a way better front suspension setup(ball joints) and disc brakes, I would likely cut the 521 frame off in front of the VIN number and weld on the 720 front clip on, I would make sure the original 521 VIN number still existed, I would not do it any other way anymore except maybe to cut the front shock tower assemblies off the 720 frame and weld them to the 521 frame, then I suspect you could use the 521 steering column/idler arm without any issues. I have no idea what your laws are in Utah, you should really look into it before doing a frame/chassis swap, and you likely need to have both titles in your name(paid your taxes) before trying to get a combined title.
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    You ainโ€™t lyin. I was almost done with it but the wife is the one that told me it ainโ€™t over.
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    Anti seize would be ok on another part of this type, but an axle shaft bears the weight of the vehicle. Too risky to have anything come loose. I would clean it up well and put it on dry. Now that you know how to remove them (and have all new wheel studs) future removal will be a snap. How do you tell if a seal is bad? It leaks!!! Seriously though, you need to do a visual inspection of it. When in doubt, replace it. If you can get the seal out in one piece, it will not be hard to source another seal by dimension. Again, falling back on the strong BMC connection, it's likely that a Morris or Austin seal will fit. Dave Rebello once told me a story of a guy he worked with at a diesel repair shop who got knocked out by a flying cam gear. He was pressing it on or off or something and it slipped loose from the press. So yeah, broken ankles, holes in the wall...no good.
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    As strange as it may sound. the L20B does not have a lot of performance parts available for it. At least nothing really bolt on. Sure, you can do a header and intake, but that's about it for bolt on stuff. You won't start to see any real gains in HP until you remove the head and install a good cam, valvesprings, have a good 3 angle valve job done, and then possibly some porting. In the bottom end, raising the compression is a must. Re-curve your distributor and then build a nice 2.25" exhaust system to get some easy horsepower. Really though, unless you can do this work, you're going to pay someone to do it, about what it costs to swap in a KA24E or even DE. Motor swaps are easy HP and can be done in your garage, if you can weld. So what do most Ratsun owners do then? They install a DGV Weber, a mild cam and have a valve job done, re-curve the distributor and build an exhaust system. These mods are good for about 15hp, more if properly tuned.
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    I couldn't help but notice all that space under the hood... What's going in THERE?!
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    After a beautiful Friday afternoon, we returned Saturday morning to thunder, lightening, and rain. Lots and lots of rain! Having *attended* the drivers meeting in advance over Zoom due to COVID19 restrictions, there was nothing to do but make last minute bolt checks, Rain-ex the windshield, and assure ourselves that the Tesla defrost motor was up to the challenge. Sam headed out first in practice for 20 minutes and returned after a yellow flag was flown for a VW Jetta that found the wall after hydroplaning at the kink on the main straight. Did I mention it was wet?! My view from our "pit" while Sam was on the track. Jeff and I watched as cars came into the pits and some were so fogged up we couldn't even see the drivers. Sam came in and looked halfway okay. He reported that under speed it's much better. Jeff was next and had about the same experience as Sam. Then just like that practice was over and we had 20 minutes to grid our car. We fueled up and established a game plan (try to stretch our stints to 2hrs if possible so we'd only have to make two stops) for the day's 6 hour race. That kind of mileage is not possible for us on a dry track here but we figured maybe with the slower rain speeds and potential for yellows, we just might be able to do it. As Jeff began helping me into the car, Sam grabbed the GoPro. We have not used it yet but I made a mount for it so we had to at least try it out and see what we would capture. Sam accidentally pressed a button that captured a bunch of unintentional shots as he was installing it in the car. Here are some of the better ones: Just as Sam pressed the button you can see our pro pit setup! Me belting up with Jeff lending a hand Our shift lever is not broken, it just looks that way. We have it *reversed* because our seat is so far forward we can't reach back that far when it is installed correctly. Here's looking at you Sam!
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    I'm very late to the party here, but yes. I bought one off rock auto, and it was considerable thinner. I made a couple of washers on the lathe to pack out the bearing. (Half the difference each side)
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    The 620 after '77? had a recovery tank and all after '80 vehicles did but also layer the rads got thinner and the caps smaller. So '80-'83 200sx, early 280zx, 810 The Nissan number looks like 21430-C0500 but just ask at NAPA for a coolant recovery rad cap for a 620. They look like this...
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    Only a few bucks and it works perfectly. Rad is always topped up. I used to run it several cups low to prevent it spitting out but with the coolant recovery it's always right at the bottom of the rad cap full.
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    Cup holders in a 720
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    Nah I am still using the original cap on this rad which is just a one-way one - it will spit coolant out into the bottle, and then periodically I'll pour it back in the rad. I just wanted to be able to capture any excess that comes out so i could know for sure that any drips or drops on the garage floor (cardboard) came from the radiator itself, not just from hot boil off. Plus its better for the environment so that's good
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    I love love love seeing progress!!!! At this rate he'll be done by Christmas ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ Untitled by five1oh2010, on Flickr Untitled by five1oh2010, on Flickr Untitled by five1oh2010, on Flickr Untitled by five1oh2010, on Flickr. Untitled by five1oh2010, on Flickr Untitled by five1oh2010, on Flickr Untitled by five1oh2010, on Flickr Untitled by five1oh2010, on Flickr Untitled by five1oh2010, on Flickr Untitled by five1oh2010, on Flickr Untitled by five1oh2010, on Flickr Untitled by five1oh2010, on Flickr Untitled by five1oh2010, on Flickr Untitled by five1oh2010, on Flickr Untitled by five1oh2010, on Flickr Untitled by five1oh2010, on Flickr Untitled by five1oh2010, on Flickr Untitled by five1oh2010, on Flickr Untitled by five1oh2010, on Flickr
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    Yeah the tablets are GM part #12378255, adding them was part of the routine maintenance back in the day. Probably due to the "high quality" of the American made cooling systems ๐Ÿคฃ It's just a powder pressed into a tablet shape that you dump in and circulate through the system; I think it works by hardening once wet and exposed to air, so it doesn't need to be flushed. If I ever do pull the radiator or replace it I'll flush the entire system again just to be safe but I figure that it's fine for now. I would guess it will burn off or evaporate eventually, and I only put in half the recommended amount so I'm not sweating it. No drips on the garage floor today still so I am pleased. I also added a Dorman 54002 coolant catch tank so I wouldn't end up with drops from the overflow tube going onto the ground. Looks kinda clunky in the engine bay because it's so big, clean, and white (everything else is dirty!) but it should work fine. thanks again to everyone here for the advice on getting this thing running. I think we will just enjoy it for the summer and then maybe once cruise-in season is over in the fall I'll replace the head gasket and give it a really good once over (still has visible, but not excessive, white in the exhaust and hesitation sometimes when really getting on the throttle)
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    Have never heard that urban myth about American cars with it from the factory. Genius sales pitch on their part. I've heard of using egg white, condensed milk and even pepper to plug a rad leak. Does it say to empty out once the leak is sealed?
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    I think I've figured out the cause of the taillight panel fitment issues. Pics (and hopefully a solution) tomorrow, because it's currently 2am.
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    Struts are Infiniti M30, same same as late Z31 turbo or S12 V6 but with 4 lug hubs and floating rotors. Not much to update, I've just been driving it as much as I can before I take it to get exhaust fixed. Night cruise! Before the curfews ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    Check out this amazing video Sam put together!
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    Took me 5 years but I finally framed and hung these prints up. They should look familiar.
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    Here a couple pics of my brothers 620 that was finished about 6 months ago at it's first car show
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    Nice truck, good color & the gold lettering works well
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    I cannot find or get to any new images, it just goes something about canals being clear and full of fish after a lock down of Venice. Can you post a link of the gallery of the new photos?
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