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About Rat-a-tat-Dat

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    Okotoks, Alberta, Canada
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    ''80 720 KC truck, '73 Super Beetle, '68 Firebird 4.1L, '85 Nissan 200SX
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    Spending more time on my hobbies instead of the full time job.
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    Looking for a lifestyle that can get me 3 months off, four times a year.

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  1. As for your clock issue, I had mine ('80 Datsun King Cab, OEM) sent to a watch maker in the big city and from what he described was some very basic cleaning and lubricating technics. Old clocks sit for a long time (no pun intended) collecting all kinds of dust particles and what not. So, save a few dollars and use a low pressure dust removal tool ( compressed air in a can?) or a regulated ( air controlled type) with a common style compressor and some light machine oil, used sparingly. Should free up the gears and motor controls. If required, let oil penetrate seized areas by simply being patient and wait a day or to between applications. Spin clocks hands to ensure free movement with finger dial and wait. That's it! Unless motor is completely seized then this method should work.
  2. Well, I don't know if this qualifies as a great find but whatever you want to call it, it's now a member of the family? 1985 Nissan 200SX 2 door hatchback coupe. This gentleman was kind enough to part with IT! It has been sitting for quite some time... initial cause for neglect, one blown head gasket. Engine is a CA20(E), bolted to a FS5W71B 5 speed tranny. Not shown is the pieces missing from the front end. Mostly complete, just requires a plethora of TLC. 'Cyclops' comes to mind....
  3. Rat-a-tat-Dat

    Uk datty 720

    I stand corrected! Quote from Wikipedia: Early 1980 to early 1983 models have single wall beds with outside rolled lips and rope ties, two faux hood vents (some had real vents), and tail lights on the lower rear valance (similar to the 620). These vehicles were badged with a small Datsun logo on the driver's side of the grill, a raised plastic Datsun badge on the front fenders, a large Datsun embossed on the rear tailgate, as well as Datsun stickers on the bottom left of the tailgate, and model designation on the right. The later 1983's front end underwent transformation with a larger grille, bumper, and corner lights. There was also a revised dashboard with round instead of square gauges ( Pickmeup has the square type). At the same time, the regular cab was lengthened slightly and the air extractor vents behind the cab doors changed from the high "flag" look too long, narrow ones that matched the height of the window opening. The cabs of the King Cab versions were unchanged. For a limited period, 1984 models built in the US had the single wall beds with rope ties, yet used tail lights on the rear bed corners with amber turn signals over the red stop/tail lights while the backup lights remained under the tailgate. These "in-between" models were a combination of Datsun and Nissan badging, with Nissan replacing Datsun in similar fashion to the earlier models, but incorporated a "Datsun by Nissan" plastic trim piece on the front fenders, and "Datsun by Nissan" stickers on the tailgate. The late model trucks produced from 1983.5 to 1986 used double wall, smooth sided beds, with revised tail lights on the corners which resembled those on Chevrolet/GMC S-series trucks. The badging was exclusively Nissan (going along with Nissan's rebranding and conversion of 1,100 Datsun dealerships to Nissan dealerships), with the name officially being "Nissan 720", which is found in the owner's manual, service manual, and literature from the period.'s Pickmeup has a unique combination of early as well as late badging for identification purposes. Plus, it's a RHD indicating an overseas unit? In addition, some overseas models continued with the early style beds in the later model years as well as round headlamps, and included various combinations of Datsun and Nissan badging while retaining the Datsun name throughout all model years. There's also the removal of the rear bumper that essentially changes its normal (?) appearance. Also, the front bumper has had some cosmetic implants installed.
  4. I've seen these before, but on industrial equipment, like on the steering axle in a forklift. An older Hyster or perhaps Clark comes to mind. Check these dealerships if its a last resort.
  5. Rat-a-tat-Dat

    Uk datty 720

    The bed is off of an earlier '70's model, more notably a 620. The front fender mirrors are also an addition from the same vintage truck, or possibly a Sunny 1200 UTE. But then again, the entire vehicle has been modified, like most resto projects, with some personal touches. Your wish list is no exception. Cheers!
  6. Rat-a-tat-Dat

    Uk datty 720

    Great to have you aboard! Someone's been busy, I see an older box mounted on a newer frame, but it looks good!
  7. When you say, 'heater break and my neighbor bypassed it for me', I'm thinking the heater core inside the cabin, right? Where did your neighbour bypass the hoses? Cause if they did it correctly, you shouldn't be getting any heat at all in the cabin.
  8. Have you any recent work done to your engine? Is the fan put on the correct way? Are your belts tight and the water pump turning? What colour was the old coolant when drained? Are the radiator fins plugged? Has the thermostat been installed properly? Use the infrared not on the manifold but on the upper and lower radiator tanks. There should be a noticeable difference of about 10~15 degrees, if all's working well between the two. Compare your reading of the radiators hottest temperature and see if the gauge is the same. If not, then we can determine if your problem exists else where.
  9. Any future project could always use a good set of motor mounts. Thanks for doing this Redeye!
  10. Genius, is that exhaust tubing?
  11. Nice to have new members, welcome. Please attach photos, we like viewing your projects and dd's!
  12. Created a mock up tool. I used the old exhaust heat exchanger accordion type tube ( from the exhaust manifold up to the air intake housing ) because it maintains the right curvature as required. Then I can modify the exhaust into an exact duplicate. The angles are very complicated, despite what you are seeing in pics Remember, I'll need to create two of these. Top over bottom and seam them into one A radical bend initially before making a sideways S curve and then twisting up past the torsion bar before joining both of them together into one. I will be making a new plate and weld it all together, like the original for proper fitment. Still searching for the downpipes exhaust gasket. Last leg of the down pipe runners before they are attached to existing exhaust
  13. Question regarding advertisements for items being sold with no specified amount and an obo in place. The question is: If I’ve bid within the time frame indicated, roughly 14 days?, and I’m the sole contender at the end of that advertisements due date, how is it that I’m not notified? Being the only respondent and therefore the only interested body for said item, yet no response from the seller and the advertisement miraculously is reset for another 14 days. If the seller wasn’t satisfied with the offer they should at least put a price on the advertised item and exclude the obo. To me, my obo was indeed the only and best offer they had received in the first time period. Can Ratsun clear this up for all sellers please?!
  14. If you're set on keeping it or looking for a reasonable repair, there's a 'stitch method' that some welders can preform. Because there is no major damage and it's only an inch and a bit in length it will be a relatively simple fix.
  15. Nice car and very good work. Can't wait for the finished product!
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