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About difrangia

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    SE Oklahoma
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    78 620 Longbed, '63/64 NL320, '64 Beetle Type 117 Ragtop, 61 FIAT 500D, 3 Vespa Scooters
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    Unique cars, microcars, military sidearms, violin refurbishment
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    C/NC Programmer; Retired

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  1. One man's trash is another man's treasure !! I'd love to have a set of tropical doors with the wing windows. Costs too much to move them around the globe.
  2. Wayno, Looks good. That is the Ebay rubber seal that is in these last photos ?? If so, I'm ordering a strip of that sausage. OK Steve
  3. difrangia

    New 320 owner, 62?

    Kinda like cutting the ring groove out of the top of the engine cylinders to get the pistons out the top.
  4. difrangia

    New 320 owner, 62?

    I soaked and used compressed air to try to get the piston out of a 320 slave cylinder with no success. Finally drilled a hole in the center of piston, tapped it (probably 3/8-16 NC) and used a piece of allthread rod to mechanically pull it out. There are only small port through fitting holes in the end of the cylinder; not really big enough to push through. Here's a kit that includes the piston to rebuild the cylinder with. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lower-Clutch-Cylinder-Repair-3-4-Kit-fits-Nissan-Datsun-411-510-520-Pickup-01/271528010535?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649
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    New 320 owner, 62?

    I believe that you can get some parts to rebuild the original fuel filter with, maybe even the glass bowl, at 'Tractor Supply'. Maybe some other industrial or other agricultural suppliers ?? I've got an image saved somewhere, just gotta find it. Zed1 in Dallas area was source of this knowledge. Maybe I'll find it or he'll chime in.
  6. Couple of knockout mid 50's Mopars you have there. More pics ??
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    New 320 owner, 62?

    ^ ^ ^ Yup, Matt, freaked me flat out to the point that I had to add a couple of freestander fuses. ^ ^ ^ The engineroom was so drab and boring, but the two extra fuses jazz it up real good !! Chek it out MT, I just put the tune-up sticker on. Love it and thanx !!
  8. difrangia

    New 320 owner, 62?

    Sticker is different than a 320 sticker. Box looks the same. The cover flips top to bottom to go on the base. The two fuse holders below the fuse box in the photo were added by me. One is for the mechanical brake switch that I added on the pedal and I don't remember what the other one is without digging into it.
  9. difrangia

    A Texas 320

    I personally can't attest to the change that the extra lift made. The original E1 (number matches cowl tag) was pretty much worn out (replaced the crank as it was well worn and would run for 15-20 seconds before oil pressure would pick up enough to extinguish light so I didn't drive too briskly for the year that I drove it while I was gathering rebuild parts) and was column shift. I also changed the carbueration to Weber 32/36, bored cylinders .060 over, and changed transmission to floor shift. At the same time I replaced all the shocks and changed to dual circuit with front discs, so the driving experience is much better. The lobe profiles were kept pretty much the same except for the extra lift and the overlap and duration were not changed. The cams were re-parkerized also. Andy has bout half dozen 320''s and says the cam made a pretty noticable difference in performance in the one he put it in and also compared to his other pickups.
  10. difrangia

    A Texas 320

    Tappets will lift straight up and out the left side if the heads are not mushroomed. After the tappets, oil pump, & distributor drive shaft are out the cam will pull straight out the front after the cam retainer plate is removed. When I rebuilt Mighty Mouse, I had the cam reground with same basic profile and .050 more lift added. I had a couple of cams done at a shop in Oklahoma City, one for me and one for Andy up in Kansas. Also had a couple sets of lifters refaced. Learned a bit in the process. The lobes are not perfectly parallel to the camshaft axis, but infinitesimally out of parallel. Also the lifters are very slightly dished. This causes the lifters to rotate slightly when the engine is running so they will wear evenly and not develop abnormal wear patterns. My dad was a Chevy dealer mechanic and it always fascinated me to see a Chevy running with the valve cover off and see the pushrods rotating. Something else that I would recommend, at least during break-in period is using an oil that is high in ZDDP or adding a little ZDDP addative to the oil. I use Rotella-T diesel oil in most all of my old flat-tappet vehicles and I believe that it has a decent level of ZDDP. I'd have to look, but I believe that I used Rislone ZDDP addative till first oil change. Good chance that it's probably gonna start a discussion, but ZDDP has been gradually removed from most motor oils due to emission regulations and the changing structure of engine design. Roller cam followers and low friction materials have reduced the need for the lubrication qualities that the ZDDP provides. These old engines still have half a century old engineering and materials.
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    New 320 owner, 62?

    McMaster Carr's website has always seemed pretty user friendly to me. Pretty good search facility too. I leaned on them pretty extensively when I put a microbrew system together 20-25 years ago. I didn't have the internet back then and spent hours in their big thick yellow book and the 'Thomas Register'. I've used them innumerable times since Al Gore invented the internet and really appreciate their site.
  12. difrangia

    A Texas 320

    Side covers off first. Lifters lifted straight up and out of their bores second. Drive shaft for the distributor out second or third ( there's a tapped hole in the top of the driveshaft, 5/16 - 18 NC if I remember correctly but maybe 5/16/ - 24 NF possibly). Screw a longer bolt down into the distributor driveshaft and pull it out the opposite side of the block as the cam. If I remember correctly there is a plate with a spud that goes down into the block under the distributor that is secured with a flathead screw or two to the side of the block where it is machined for the distributor between the distributor and the block that must be removed before the driveshaft will come out. The spud goes down in the distributor driveshaft bore and holds the dirveshaft down. I'm thinking that you may need to remove the oil pump also.Then the cam should slide out. You can use the camshaft drive gear to pull the cam as Matt said. Refer to the factory shop manual that can be accessed at this link: https://nicoclub.com/FSM/Datsun 320 Factory Service Manual.pdf The tappet removal is on page 38 and the distributor removal is on page 45 (page numbers are PDF page numbers and not the shop manual page numbers).
  13. difrangia

    New 320 owner, 62?

    Might work for cowl vent screen: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rubber-Seal-for-Doors-Hatches-Lockers-Enclosures-Cabinets-C011-Per-Foot/141056177863?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649
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