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  1. AutoArt

    Brakes went out... repair or convert to disc?

    I didn't get the wheels/drums off this time, I'm aiming to do that next... I worked at chipping away at the crud until the sun started to go down, then I had to bring her back down off the jackstands and clear the driveway so my brother could drive home. Next time the wheels come off. I'll be taking more pics, asking for advice etc. ...Man, I'm glad to have this forum!
  2. AutoArt

    Brakes went out... repair or convert to disc?

    Finally got her up on jackstands and went underneath to take a look. Rear wheels and the lines leading to them looked (relatively) clean-- The front wheels had an incredible amount of caked-on dirt and grime. I chipped away what I could, here's some before-n-afters-- Here's most of the crud I cleared out-- I'm wondering if both front wheels had slow leaks, and the grime caked up over time to the leaking brake fluid? The crud got more gooey when I got closer to the metal, and it was pretty dry on the outside. Like caked mud. The gooey stuff was definitely black in color, so I'm not sure if it was brake fluid or oil... I also seem to have a pretty bad oil leak, it was dripping downward at a couple different points that I could see. Could the oil have dripped down the steering stuff and collected around the wheels and caked up the road grime? I'm not sure if I found the brake system leak(s) or not...
  3. AutoArt

    Brakes went out... repair or convert to disc?

    Thanks for the pics Juniper11, really helpful... I have two extra wheel cylinders already, so I'll probably need to pick up two more, and I have new brake shoes also. Finally grabbed that floor jack from my bro. Will get on this soon, just been busy. Dat521gatherer-- thanks, I definitely will! I checked out your thread(s), and yeah it looks like the same green/beige color. Yours is a lot cleaner, of course... been too busy to take her somewhere scenic to take some proper pics, but here's some pics from the previous owner's ad-- She came lowered 2", with some 15x8 steel wheels, L16 with a 4-speed, flow master exhaust, and her radio works... 102k miles... No choke, so it takes 3 or 4 tries to start her in the morning, but then she starts on the first turn of the key for the rest of the day. While she has some dents, dings, and rust, I love how she looks already. Was a little hesitant to start a proper intro thread for her because depending on how my finances go during the next few months (had some unexpected expenses), I might not be able to keep her. I really want to though, I fell in love with her, gave her a name, etc... We'll see how it goes. If I'm able to keep her, my plan of action is to get her mechanically sound first, then work on freshening up the interior, then work on her exterior. I've been looking at your 521 and MrBigTanker's 521 for inspiration...
  4. AutoArt

    Brakes went out... repair or convert to disc?

    Right on... I'm hoping I'll be able to find it & fix it. Be nice if it was as simple as tightening a nut or replacing a hose!
  5. AutoArt

    Brakes went out... repair or convert to disc?

    Thanks Datzenmike, I definitely won't be driving her until I get this fixed! Yeah, I thought that both reservoirs in the pic were for the brakes, until DanielC clued me in. :confused: That it's a single-cylinder system explains the total failure this morning! I'm going to try to jack her up and look from underneath first, but if I can't find the leak that way (I'm thinking I will, but who knows) I'll try the removing the wheels thing.
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    Brakes went out... repair or convert to disc?

    Man, if a member felt like coming over and helping with this brake issue I'd be eternally grateful... I stay around the Tacoma area, but the truck was (temporarily) parked just north of Seattle. It's gonna stay there until I either fix the brakes or get her towed to a shop, though, not trying to drive with shady brakes obviously... It's raining pretty hard here right now, but it's supposed to be dry from tomorrow on. I got a bottle of brake fluid, and my bro's gonna let me borrow his floor jack, so I'll be doing the fill fluid- pump brakes- try to find and fix leak- bleed, tomorrow or the next day. Got a Chilton guide and an internet connection... Gonna see if I can adjust 'em while I'm at it, thanks for the adjustment advice!
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    Brakes went out... repair or convert to disc?

    Dawa-- thanks for the encouragement, brother! ...and thanks for the tip on the flare nut wrench, I'll probably be picking up a set so as not to strip out my brake system's nuts. Yeah, I didn't have anyone teaching me car stuff growing up either. What little I do know was mostly learned from the internet, and Chilton guides. Trying to see details in those dang tiny black & white pictures in the Chilton guides, haha... I learn more all the time, though, and when I have kids I'll definitely be teaching them. The ignorance stops here! Or at least gets reduced a little... :lol: I definitely want to do the disc conversion eventually, but if I can fix the drums (and learn in the process), I'll do that first. On a budget, etc. Was just curious as to how expensive/complicated the conversion was. If fixing the drums is as simple as finding a leak and tightening a nut or replacing a section of brake line, I'll definitely be doing that. Thanks again, y'all!
  8. AutoArt

    Brakes went out... repair or convert to disc?

    Right on, thanks bro! I'll be trying that, as soon as I can get someone over here to pump the brakes while I check, then bleed etc. We'll see how it goes...
  9. AutoArt

    Brakes went out... repair or convert to disc?

    Thanks for the replies, guys! Eagle_Adam-- I got some brake fluid, I'm gonna fill & check like you suggested... stupid question #1, do I need to drive it first, pump the pedal, or just wait and check? DanielC-- preaching to the choir, I'd love to learn how stuff works on my truck. I know how satisfying it can be. It's not a matter of taking the time... it's a matter of finding someone to teach me, or at least supervise me. I have no problem diving in and, say, changing a starter or an alternator. Or even brake pads on a disc brake system, I've done simple stuff like that before. But I'd be worried from a safety standpoint about blundering around with the brake system. Or other stuff that could cause catastrophic failure/damage if not done correctly. I'd love to learn about everything about the 521, if I could find someone local to teach/supervise me, I'd even be willing to pay 'em. I would be one happy camper. I'd be even happier if they were willing to be paid in beer or artwork... :lol:
  10. So I got a '72 521, and was really stoked about it for a quick second... I've been really busy the last month, so I didn't have a chance to drive her that much, but drove her 5 or 6 times in the last two weeks. Everything seemed fine, outside of a quirk or two. Specifically, the brakes stopped the truck when I pressed on the pedal. Seemed a bit squishy, but I wrote that off as me not being used to drums. Today, I noticed that one of the tires was a bit low, so I pulled her out of the driveway (to flat ground, the driveway has a bit of an incline to it) and got the tire pressure squared away. Afterwards, I went to pull back into the driveway, and nothing happened when I stepped on the brake. As I rolled into the garage, which I had thankfully left open, I pumped the brakes, (nothing), and finally threw her into gear and dropped the clutch. Not in time, unfortunately, I left a nice scrape on the bumper of the car parked there. I know nothing about brakes, and less than nothing about drum brakes. If I pump the brakes a bunch, a little bit of pressure returns to the pedal, but not enough that I'd trust it to stop the truck. It quickly loses what little resistance it gains anyway. Took some pics-- The reservoir on the right has plenty of fluid, the reservoir on the left is really low. The brakes worked fine last week, what could have happened in the last few days to change that so drastically? I have various extra brake parts, new shoes etc... is it worth it for me to get the brakes fixed, or should I convert to disc brakes? Keep in mind that I don't have the skills to do the conversion/fix myself safely, so I'd either be paying a shop to do the work, or begging for a fellow ratsuner to help me out. Another thread said it'd be about $400 for Beebani's conversion, but I'm assuming that's just parts. Thoughts/advice/offers of help? Thanks y'all!
  11. AutoArt

    Dead Datsun Art

    According to the page I found it on... "Datsun 120Y with raised suspension and dual gearboxes, and a scrapped Yamaha SW400 snowmobile"
  12. I can't lie, I like the Previas, too... don't even have kids, I just like 'em. They remind me of the shinkansen I used to play with when I was a kid. I also like the Nissan vannettes, and the VW vanogans, etc etc... but the Previa especially reminds me of the shinkansen, so I love 'em. Of course, I like so many different models/styles of cars, trucks, vans and wagons that it's ridiculous. I can find something to love about almost any vehicle. Not really boso etc? Here ya go! I understand that not everyone can get into the minivans, though, and that's cool. Different strokes for different folks. It'd get kinda boring if everyone was into the exact same things. So... back to your regularly scheduled boso thread!
  13. AutoArt

    Dead Datsun Art

    I love this whole thread! I was thinking that exact same thing.
  14. AutoArt

    For adventure is my fate

    I would love to wander the earth, no set schedule, as you are doing. Best of luck, safe travels, and I hope you'll keep us updated. Especially if you end up down in central and south America. ...and post pics, please, lots of pics.
  15. Yes, please! Those trucks are awesome---

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