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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
  1. difrangia

    I'm back in the 411 game - WRL411

    Notchback's just gotta have a sunroof !! I've owned fastbacks and squarebacks 35 years ago; never a 'Notch'..........Yet !! Forge on ahead with that beautiful little wagon, I'll be checkin' in from time to time.
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    I'm back in the 411 game - WRL411

    Damn, that's a nice survivor. Cleaned up pretty good. That Clarion speaker looks very similar to the one in our NL320. The push button deluxe radio is trippy. I could have a naughty affair with a wagon like this one !! Mid-60's cars are some of my favorite. These 420/411 wagons, and the sedans to a lesser extent, rate with VW Type-3 'Knotchbacks' in the raw understated appeal department.
  3. difrangia

    clutch arm boot

    Don't know bout that trany's clutch arm boot. That's the trany with the stamped steel bottom pan. Sorry !! Really nice wagon though. Glad there's not one in my area of the world. It could cause a bit of marital strife.
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    clutch arm boot

    Is that trany a four speed that looks like this ?? If so, the clutch arm boot for an early 60's MGA will fit right in. Get from Victoria British in KS, Moss Motors, or one of the other Britt suppliers.
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    Truck Porn

    Weren't most of those 4WD's in that period were Marmon-Harrington conversions ?? Civil Defense Truck ..
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    Engine Porn (beyond ... saturation)

    Better heater than a Volkswagen air-cooled ??
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    Car Porn

    1937 Lincoln Zephyr 'Twin-Grille' one-off special. Talk about patina !! Sensual !! Check out that contoured runningboard. Read more: https://tinyurl.com/ybkw3s6f
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    Monster NL320 4x4 Build

    Take a look here: http://www.zzxdatsun.com/catDecals.php
  9. difrangia

    Mighty Mouse Engine Rebuild & Upgrades

    Day or two of inclement weather afforded me a few hours to get some of the re-plated items back on the pickup, so I'm posting a couple of pics. The cab lower B-Pillar trims, bed rails, tail light lower caps, and tag light housing set me back about $430. The rear bumper was about $130 about four years ago, as I remember. Good chrome costs, but that is very reasonable as they had to fix a few dents in a couple of the pieces. Bed rails are just sitting on for these pics, as I have to drill out a dozen or so broken screws and tap everything to screw them back together. Is this too much Bling on such a tiny pickup ?? I searched around on the big internet shopping center and snagged all stainless hardware to put the re-chromed stuff back on. Also found some rubber edge trims that seem to work OK. These guys have a pretty good selection of various small rubber edge trims and grommets, and rubber bumpers. Check them out: http://www.rubberedgetrims.org/rubber-edge-trim-catalog I used their 69P trim on the NL tail light housing and the 71P on the tail light housings. Looks real good. Steve
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    Mighty Mouse Engine Rebuild & Upgrades

    Paid the chrome guy in Tulsa a visit a couple days ago and picked up a bundle of trim parts for the back half of the NL. Oh yeah, came home $380 lighter, but the chrome is magnifico !! Bed top rails (4 pieces), lower caps for the tail lights, bottom trims for the cab B-Pillars, and hood front trim above the grille. Knock0ut beautiful quality. As usual, I coated the back side of all the chromed parts with zinc spray. I left the tag light housing at the plater to get chromed. Seems like I'd read that the tag light housing was stainless so I was gonna do a little straightening and polishing it myself, while the other parts were at the platers, I took the light housing off and stripped the paint off and it was ferrous steel, so I dropped it off to pick up later. Damn they do good work !! Pics will be posted when I get the goodies back on. I've got to round up some stainless screws, polish the heads, and replace about a dozen of the floating nut-plates on the body that the bed trims secure to.
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    Jake's 320 Build

    I've read on this forum that there's not a lot to gain from a change to tubular exhaust manifold as at least some of the Datsun manifolds are fairly efficient extractors. Seems that some have suggested/used the exhaust manifold from a 520 with J13 motor. Paired cylinders with two downtubes that merge at the leadout pipe and clears everything, as I recall. If I were doing my 320 project again, I'd probably go with the J13 manifold. Just a suggestion. I believe that this is an example:
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    More popular truck 521 or 620

    320's kinda strike me the opposite way. Looks to me like they make a little bitty banty rooster look like a great big cock !!
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    More popular truck 521 or 620

    My brain gets mushy trying to pick one over another as all the Datsun pickups have their own special appeal. Kinda like the ladies. Or most of them, anyway.
  14. difrangia

    A Bird of Prey - Brandon's Bluebird Build

    What a beautifully sensual example of 20th Century automotive art/history !!

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