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  1. Stock suspension is going to be a big part of your problem there.... Did you build the car/ have it built or did you buy it complete from someone? These cars are light, and with that much extra weight over the stock engine and that much extra power its going to make a big difference. Start taking a look around down there - take some photos - look for coilovers or lowering sprins, swaybars etc. Should stand out if anything has been done. As carterb mentioned old tires or a tall tire, alignment, and worn out components could all play a big part in it as well... even crappy roads... my 510 hates truck ruts in the road, its just too narrow and doesn't fit them... so on the highway the middle lane can be terrible and the fast lane fine.
  2. Nice truck! Following this one! Always loved the longbeds.... although my short bed is growing on me
  3. demo243

    Engine swap help

    And on a 620 it should be easier because I believe they share/are closely compatible with the 720s.
  4. demo243

    Engine swap help

    Exactly.... My KA swap into the 510 took about 10 months and ended up being double what I expected it to cost. Mind you I didn't skimp on anything... if something weird came up I fixed it and upgraded it--- which ended up meaning I redid all the wiring in the car, new gauges, fully built the engine, custom oil pan, got a nice fresh clutch and flywheel set up, aluminum driveshaft.... and then some... its all the little things that add up. We'll see how my new 620 goes.... this one I am trying to keep on a tight budget. Rolling the dice a bit and hoping its all in running condition as I was told. Short answer is if you are mechanically inclined you can do it with any engine. Just plan on it taking longer and costing more then you expect --- as everyone has said. Being in Cali though I would definitely seriously consider doing the swap in a SMOG legal manor, even if you don't care about it. All it would take is one cop out to prove something who sends you to the ref and you have to do your swap all over. From the sounds of it I don't think it would be that much more work to do it right the first time, especially if you get your hands on a full donor car.
  5. Gonna follow this one! Was just looking at a set of those "Blade" wheels for my 620.. but the seller was being annoying and they were filthy on the backside... I do like the look of them though. Something different.
  6. Also.. Crappy photo-chop job.... but found these wheels on the f-book marketplace.... gotta try and find out what offset they are.... but the price seems right so I may just give them a shot. Gotta message the guy and see if they are still around and if I can get them on Friday. 68816570_10156058317906529_6185367232592216064_n (1) by devon M, on Flickr Scratch this photo... I will keep it for reference and maybe future inspiration.... but the seller with these wheels was being a real pain... and the wheels were filthy... better of putting the money toward something else on the truck.... maybe later.
  7. Spent some time working on the truck this weekend- Back window started! need to get a rat'n'wrenchs and a few more stickers 20190822_191632 by devon M, on Flickr Got my Megan Racing header in and mounted up. Clears well.. although I don't know if the 3 bolt flange will work.... looks like a prime candidate for a v-band clamp--- well see what that runs from the exhaust shop.... 20190824_130516 by devon M, on Flickr 20190824_115541 by devon M, on Flickr 20190824_115534 by devon M, on Flickr Got the intake mounted up as well. This thing is a pain in the ass--- still need to get the support in there... I think.... The wiring and bolts on this are worth running carbs on it alone! 20190824_190030 by devon M, on Flickr Started working on the wiring and what not -- Here's what I am working with behind the dash --- the wiring is a bit messy... already found a few messy splices... would love to rewire the truck... but it really doesn't need it. First I need to figure out what I can remove from the 240sx wiring harness. 20190824_194240 by devon M, on Flickr Changing plans on the dash as well I think... The stock unit is pretty messed up and the plastic dash cap is like putting lipstick on a pig.... its still ugly as hell.... So the new plan is one big aluminum dash-- still need to figure out where I will get the metal but I think this is final plan. It will look much cleaner then the messy old dash. 20190825_185129 by devon M, on Flickr 20190825_185156 by devon M, on Flickr 20190825_185552 by devon M, on Flickr 20190825_185601 by devon M, on Flickr Another side shot--- just cause. 20190825_185831 by devon M, on Flickr Lots more work to be done.... Wish I had a set of Mikuni 44s kicking around... I have the manifold and the edis unit and megajolt aren't too bad... I just need to wrap my head around this 240sx engine harness and figure out exactly what is needed and what isn't....
  8. 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!
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. I wouldnt drill holes either.... but they are all ready there... so I figure I might as well use em... Nice truck!
  13. 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.
  14. 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...
  15. 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.
  16. 👍cool I'll just loosen em up first then and see if its low enough. Shouldn't take too long.... depending on rust.....
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. Still driving the truck during the AC install process? Was thinking about maybe running out the the cars and coffee at Alphacar in Boxbourough tomorrow. Not fully decided yet... but looking to get out and stretch the 510's legs this weekend.
  23. Gotta hop in on this one... searching for a 620 now to drop a carb'ed ka into.
  24. Hahah yea... ratsun at its best! I've been running the copper crush washers from nissan on my KA. Won't run the nissan filters though.... the rubber seal is too small and had one blow out on me... so I run the Bosch filters. I've run all manner of cheap plastic and fiber washers before with success. Although the plastic ones always seem to deform to much for my liking and not uniformly leaving the potential for leaks. I like the fiber looking ones I use on my Tacoma from Toyota.
  25. Late to the oil convo.... but if you consider switching think about the valvoline vr-1 racing oil. Has a hi zddp content. Bad for cats... but good for old motors. Can be tough to find locally but I order it from summit. I think they do both conventional and synthetic Also we need to get the dattos together soon
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