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    521 restore with my son

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  1. sondat

    new member, first post.

    Think I found the washer with the 2 small holes in a schematic of the steering wheel and horn assembly. The exploded view shows it against the rubber plug which sits flush in the column tube. It shows it being placed over steering rod befor the 2 piece tapered retainer goes on. http://www.carpartsmanual.com/datsun/pickup-1965-1972/steering-frame/steering-wheel the only difference is mine doesn’t have the tab protruding off edge of washer. Thanks for everyone’s help/input.
  2. sondat

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    I don’t recall taking the old tie rod boots apart but could be possible wayno. If it is a shim from the steering column and the holes are for grease to transfer through it would be from the streering gear box end, correct? There is no grease or lube at the steering wheel end of the column.
  3. sondat

    new member, first post.

    Think your right mainer311 I remember it falling off a steering component at some point, was probably the column when we dug it out of the parts pile. The 2 small holes in the washer through me off, not sure of there purpose.
  4. sondat

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    Finally have column and Grant wheel mocked up, fitment for my son and I is pretty good, worth trying before we shorten column. Anyone want to play a game of name that part? Somehow lost track of where this washer came from, I hope this doesn't sway someones thinking but I believe it came from the steering column or steering box but not sure.
  5. sondat

    Just bought a 521

    Truck looks great mainer311, that’s what it’s all about. Who knows maybe my son and I will get his ride south of the border for a show or two.
  6. sondat

    new member, first post.

    Hey Wayno, we did pull the steering column apart. The only thing on this truck that hasn’t been disassembled is the diff and donated dog leg (new seals though). Thanks Mike for the links, I have seen a couple of those vid’s before but not the gear box one though so this will help. Hopefully get column to steering box mated tomorrow after work. Have taken some measurements of the original wheel to the new grant wheel. Datsun steering wheel is 15.25 inch’s in diameter and a 4 inch offset our new grant wheel is 14 inch’s in diameter which will help if shortening steering column (seat to bottom of wheel).
  7. sondat

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    Not sure what’s keeping steering shaft/column from seating. Sector shaft is removed so that’s not binding, ring of ball bearings is flipped and placed correctly in bottom of steering box. Once shaft is seated into ball bearings we attempt to slide column tube into place and it stops short about a 1/4 inch gap (flange of column tube to steering box).
  8. sondat

    new member, first post.

    Thanks Charlie69. So far work has not called me out so going out to garage now to start mocking up column, wheel and bench seat. The process your mentioning sounds familiar, think I read that post before. If we do shorten shaft there is a machine shop at my work and they have helped me out in the past. Will see if they can use lathe for cleaner results.
  9. sondat

    new member, first post.

    I am on call with work this weekend so could have no truck time or lots of truck time, one never knows. Hopefully get to install seat and column to check. Thanks for the reminder on the wheel to seat spacing Mike, I remember reading that as well as compensating for the gap, wheel to plastic housing since we are using a Grant wheel and adapter.
  10. sondat

    mrbigtankers 521

    Looking real nice
  11. sondat

    new member, first post.

    Good catch on the break/brake d.p maybe I shouldn’t be working on them if I can’t spell it, lol. I noticed on the forum about shortening the steering column mrbigtanker, we probably should. Might mock it up first to see. My son and I are both over 6ft tall so the original bench seat will be adjusted all the way back so wondering if column will be ok. Had two 521’s when I was younger and don’t remember the steering wheel crowding me but I was young and probably just happy to have some wheels, not thinking about comfort.
  12. sondat

    Old hardened cracked rubber

    Thanks Paradime, checked out the links on your 510, very impressive. Gets my son and I inspired to keep plugging away and get his truck on the road.
  13. sondat

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    Borrowed radiator pressure tester from work and pressurized radiator to 10lbs and submerged in tub of water. Had a leak in one old rad hose we used to seal inlet and outlets together, cut that part off and re pressurized with success. Completed install of drive shaft and am now laying all new break and clutch plumbing under the hood. Started by shaping the clutch line and then used it as a template to shape the 2 break lines that run parallel to it.
  14. sondat

    Old hardened cracked rubber

    Did a Google search under Ratsun for remedies on restoring old hardened cracked rubber and doesn't look like its been talked about. Followed some advise given on Youtube using 3:1 ration of rubbing alcohol and wintergreen oil. Those impossible replacement parts such as windshield wiper grommets, rectangular grommet for the wiper motor at fire wall, rubber seal at firewall around steering column along with other bits and pieces. The wintergreen oil is pricy, paid $9 for a 100ml bottle, bought 2 of those and a 500ml bottle of rubbing alcohol, mixed it all together so my ratio was heavier to the wintergreen oil side. Soaked parts for 48 hours with great results, softening the rubber really well and as stated on Youtube he checked his rubber parts days later and they did not return to there original hardened state. The steering column grommet has multiple cracks but will reinforce with a mastic tape (thick rubbery tape used in the power and communication utility field. Hope this info comes in handy for others.
  15. sondat

    new member, first post.

    Was ready to get steering column back in but had to look at restoring the rubber housing that goes around column at fire wall. I’m assuming this part is not reproduced. We could use the old one so are trying to soak it in a 3:1 ratio of rubbing alcohol and wintergreen oil which is supposed to soften the rubber. Will let you know how it goes.

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