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Desert720

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About Desert720

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  • Location
    Joshua Tree CA
  • Cars
    Bmw i3 Nissan 720
  • Interests
    Hiking, exploring, off-roading and overlanding
  1. Transferring the NISSAN logo to the Reading tailgate
  2. Message sent. Thank you for fixing my images in the post! Il get it figured out eventually :)
  3. Thank you for the Imgur suggestion, works the way a modern image site should! Here is the old gal when we first met https://i.imgur.com/lBEXqeD.jpg Then the transformation began slowly, https://i.imgur.com/7IGC48Y.jpg I scoured Craigslist for a hard to find small cab over camper what a great set up it was! https://i.imgur.com/tFxNUIN.jpg https://i.imgur.com/wiM400Y.jpg I made another all day Craigslist trip to Arizona for this snugtop original shell or topper and scored it with a killer upholstered and padded interior! Much easier and lighter than the pop top https://i.imgur.com/0fCRTO8.jpg https://i.imgur.com/CmS1kCy.jpg https://i.imgur.com/a8u2uFb.jpg The shell will soon be back on Craigslist unfortunately as my latest obsession is converting to the utility bed! Sorry for the tangent just wanted to give some background. Here it is as I found it in the junkyard after pulling it off a Early 80's Toyota. At 7 feet long it wasn't looking like an easy swap. I asked my veteran hot rod builder Grandpa what our options where and it was either stretch the frame or shorten the bed and we went for the later as one of the best qualities of the standard cab 720 is its short wheelbase. https://i.imgur.com/vnd25LK.jpg Then the fun fabrication began! https://i.imgur.com/eh2tzWh.jpg https://i.imgur.com/LXU2iFn.jpg https://i.imgur.com/2BHX5ab.jpg https://i.imgur.com/mAUKINy.jpg https://i.imgur.com/8TCLJz5.jpg https://i.imgur.com/gKKFYLR.jpg https://i.imgur.com/db5SkZx.jpg Couldn't help but ask for a little body work help from the master :) https://i.imgur.com/H5RegCg.jpg
  4. Photobucket won't allow me to register keeps error if and I've tried it many times. Il try again later. For those of you who have Instagram you can follow the build there along with other desert related stuff https://www.instagram.com/mojavemade/
  5. Ok so I had difficulty finding my post to add photos to it because I know it's not a good thread with out pictures! Here it goes
  6. Ah yes there aren't any short cuts just like in life Thank you guys for the awesome tips I will give it a go when I'm finished with the bed and interior.
  7. I'm halfway into this project and this site has been invaluable to me so I figured seeing as so few are interested in old 4x4 Datsun/Nissans I may as well share my build with those that are interested in seeing something different. I purchased a very well worn out 85 Nissan 720 4x4 Deluxe with Toyota Tacoma wheels and in need of just about every consumable part but the price was right and I had just sold my Suzuki Samurai for a tidy profit so after falling in love with the Nissan almost immediately I decided she was a keeper and deserved to be brought back to her former glory.. I began with the usual engine freshening; plugs, wires, dist rotor and cap along with all fluids front to back. After noticing very bad wear on my new KO2's (argh!) on the inside edge of the fronts I decided to pull the front end off and investigate... well i ended up going all out once I saw the wheel bearings were shot to the point of allowing a lot of movement. Started there and ended up replacing following; upper and lower ball joints, both wheel bearings, rotors, axle studs, lugs and with 225k on the clock I decided the steering needed an over haul as well so using only MOOG 555 brand parts(including ball joints) I replaced the inner and outer tie rod ends, pitman, idler, droop stops, bump stops, and a new stabilizer and pair of Bilstein shocks. Managed to get the upper control arm bushings and strut rod bushings as well only pivot up front I couldn't get were the lower control arm bushings ( the ones pressed into the front cross member) so if anyone has tips on those bushings I'd love to hear it as it's bugging me knowing everything is fresh and tight except the lca bushings..
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