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About demo243

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    Topsfield MA
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    71 4Dr 510 - Carb'ed Ka24de; 78 620 Ka24de
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    Dattos! Bikes, surfing, camping, PBR

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  1. Not too much to update... waiting on a bunch of parts... hoping to put some solid time in on the truck this Saturday... But did a few things so far this week. Got my ebay short shifter and that solves the elbow to bench seat issue... sorry no photos... but initially I might like it more then the B&M one in the 510. Also started working on the dash--- painted the rusty metal black and it looks much nicer... got my Jegs gauges in - speedhuts are definitely nicer... but also double the price... these will do the job just fine. Started mapping out my plans for the layout too. Photo below. Oh yea got my glove box door as well... just going to need to build a box for it. Still a rough draft.... need to figure out if I want to keep the heater core... and if so I need to figure out where to mount the vent and control levers... I know I should keep it... I do live in Massachusetts... but it's so much easier to pull it... might see about mounting them below the dash to make it easier... Also got my mirrors in - not totally my style but the doors already have inserts for em so gonna run em. I guess these were a official datsun accessory. Only have one bracket to mount them horizontally... so they will be vertical. That's ok though More parts coming! Megan racing shorty header... single belt conversion stuff... if I'm really lucky it might be running this weekend... that might be pushing it though... gotta sort out this wiring too... and fill that back window up with stickers!
  2. After doing some searching and thinking, I decided I am going to skip the factory dash bezel and gauges. I found a 6 Gauge set from JEGS for $320 which includes Speed, Tach, Fuel Level, Oil Pressure, Coolant Temp, and Voltage. By the time I got a dash bezel and a tach I would be atleast at $300 and still need to get a mechanical sending unit for the KA trans to match the 620 gauges. Would have loved to go speedhut... but they are more then double... so in the budget nature of this truck I went with JEGS. I'll cut out a metal plate to fill the hole in the dash and mount the gauges too. Will end up looking something along the lines of this... just painted black and with black gauges
  3. Got to do some digging... but looks like the intake was fully de-hosed.... gotta figure out what needs to go back and what doesn't. No worries about smog which is good--- just gotta figure this junk out... since my 510 KA has none of this with the Mikunis on the side of it. Reality I would love to carb this one... but its not in the budget right now.... Also seems like 620's with standard cabs and KAs need a short shifter--- not opposed to this since the 510 has one. In the budget nature I ordered an ebay one.... we'll see how it is. 20190815_185841 by devon M, on Flickr
  4. Did a little more work tonight. Got the trans mount in--- I'll give it to RedEye... those mounts make putting the engine and trans in easy! While I was down there I backed out the torsion bar bolts--- impacts make that job much easier--- backed em out till the arms were just about to hang below the xmember. Then went out back and installed the 3" lowering blocks. The rear sits right where I want it... although I might need to trim the bumps a little bit--- there is still a little bit of travel before them. The front sits a little high. Could drop 1/2-1" I think... which means I'll need to re index the torsion bars. Gonna wait till I get the engine running and everything and then deal with it. Still need to put the intake, exhaust and radiator on which may help drop it a hair more.
  5. I wouldnt drill holes either.... but they are all ready there... so I figure I might as well use em... Nice truck!
  6. Great info! Thanks! Right now I am working to keep this truck on a pretty tight budget... so I think drop spindles are out of the budget... its money that would be better put toward a welder for this truck i think. I've got my Tacoma for daily duties and real truck duties. I'm gonna start by loosening the bolts... and if it isnt enough I will re-index them.
  7. Always welcome to stop by- Yea should be negative as it drops... and its '78 with discs so I believe it is ball joints up front. I think I am going to try and drop the truck tonight. Got the engine an trans in yesterday, but still need to bolt up the trans cross member, so since I am going to be putting it up on stands to do that I might as well adjust the torsion bars while I am there... and the rear should be pretty quick. There is a shop about 500 yards down the road that I think can do alignments so I am hoping they can take care of that for me. its definitely all out of wack right now. Going to need an exhaust shop too...
  8. Some camber I can deal with, hopefully the toe isnt to bad and can be corrected. Not looking to completely slam it, but definitely want to drop it. Shooting for 3" right now, but we'll see how it comes out.
  9. 👍cool I'll just loosen em up first then and see if its low enough. Shouldn't take too long.... depending on rust.....
  10. This advert is COMPLETED!

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    Looking for a decent 620 Dash, Bezel and Glove Box or any of the three. Also looking for the dealer option tripod three mount mirrors. Located in MA but will pay shipping


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  11. Ok...time for questions... only a couple for now What are people running for KA headers? I had to run the Megan Racing 2 piece for simplicity in the 510... and it looks like it will be tight in the 620 too... I think I am going to stick with the stock upper s13 exhaust manifold, and just have the exhaust shop fab the rest. I am a bit confused on the on lowering the front of the truck. I picked up a set of 3" blocks for the rear but have read a few different things for the front - mainly do I need to actually reindex the torsion bars or can I just loosen the bolts back at the cross member in the middle of the truck--- ie like this https://gordonfrench.com/lowering-datsun-620/#more-462 How and where can I find a set of the mirrors as mentioned above??? I believe they were a dealer option... but can't find anything close online I think i got the mirrors figured out I had more questions but now I forgot them..... Also potentially looking for--- -a decent dash with glove box --- mine is pretty beat up and I am definitely missing some of it--- or inspiration for custom fab'ed ones. -seat cover for a stock bench seat --- was planning on swapping buckets in but this one is in pretty good shape and I think I like the idea of keeping the bench .... more to come
  12. Not wasting any time ---- Got the engine and trans back together and in the truck.... rolling the dice on this one and hoping its running and in as good of shape as I was told... wish me luck! 20190813_193542 by devon M, on Flickr 20190813_195709 by devon M, on Flickr It is definitely a tight fit dropping them in as one piece... if I have to do it again ill probably do them separately... will take longer but be easier as one person... One of the cleanest tags Ive seen on a Datsun 20190813_180128 by devon M, on Flickr Love taking shots of the two of them together 20190812_190110 by devon M, on Flickr Inspiration--- same truck! down too the wheels! --- mine will never be that clean... and I need these Mirrors!!!!!!! 1978-datsun-620-regular-cab-shortbed-texas-truck-rebuilt-motor-new-clutch-1 by devon M, on Flickr Questions to follow... in another post.
  13. So I did a thing today... and joined the 620 club. Many of you may know my 510 build -- Red '71 4dr Carbed KA -- and as much as I love the car, its not so much fun to drive around all the time... so I was looking for something to be able to cruise around in... drive to work on a fairly regular basis... throw a bike in the back and take it to the trails... so a 620 was the ticket. Watched a number of them... missed out on a few really good ones... then this one popped up. Its rough... but the price was right. More photos to come once I fully go through it all... but the plan is to get the engine and trans back in it, get it running, drop it, and cruiiisee. Eventually I will need to patch a pretty decent hole in the passenger floorboard... but thats just an excuse to buy a welder and learn to weld... something I should really learn how to do anyway. Now for the photos! Orange whip 620 by devon M, on Flickr Orange whip 620 by devon M, on Flickr Orange whip 620 by devon M, on Flickr Orange whip 620 by devon M, on Flickr I think I'm going to need a bigger garage.... Orange whip 620 by devon M, on Flickr Two Dattos! Orange whip 620 by devon M, on Flickr Anyway... I think we'll call her Orange Whip orange_whip_large by devon M, on Flickr
  14. So.... I did a thing today.... No I didn't sell the 510... Never! But I did add another vehicle to the collection. Today I joined the 620 club. I think I'll call her Orange Whip Orange whip 620 by devon M, on Flickr Orange whip 620 by devon M, on Flickr The 510 is still very much in the picture... but its less fun to drive all the time now as its essentially a race car, so I was looking for something to be able to cruise around in. Link to Orange Whips builde Orange Whip '78 620
  15. Get her done! If you need a hand let me know. Happy to cruise out that way. As for cars and coffee... we'll see when I get up... ill probably be lazy tomorrow and miss it.
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