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    '66 Datsun 520 1300, '91 Honda Acty Van

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  1. It’s definitely a tight fit. I’m glad I test fitted the engine so I knew where the problem areas are. Thanks!
  2. Thanks for all the positive feedback! Feels good to have the ball rolling a little bit on this. I got excited and wanted to temporarily mount the engine in the bay to see how it looks. Looks great! Now I can run the new brake lines and not run into anything, as well as figure out the wiring and new battery placement.
  3. Looking back on the old pics of my engine...it was atrocious. Here are some pics after the "fresh" rebuild. Basically just new water/oil pumps, new gaskets/seals, and piston rings. Couldn't find the correct size of main and rod bearings so I just reused them *shrug* If it blows up, just another excuse to swap it. Thanks for looking!
  4. Sounds fun to me! I’m always learning, I could probably learn a thing or two from you. Thanks everyone for the support
  5. Wow I just checked and its been over a year since I updated this build. I finally moved into a house with a garage so that's where its been on jackstands for about 5 months. I've made a lot of headway with the engine bay after I pulled the engine out which I'm currently rebuilding (final assembly later this week!) I stripped out the old paint and fixed some minor rust spots and gave it a new coat of paint (rattle can) with a 2 part clear. I also cleaned off all of the dirt and grime from sitting in a field for 10 years and painted the subframe, sway bar, and stabilizer bars. Starting to redo the clutch and brake lines. New hardware all around. Doing a bit of a wire tuck. Also installed the Silvermine Motors big brake kit! Replaced the bushings for the sway bar and stabilizer bars. Also got new outer tie rods and inner tie rod ends. Hopefully will update this more frequently. Not bad for spray paint and HOURS of wire wheel work.
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    Front Valances

    What's up everyone. I haven't posted an update on my truck in a while, but I've taken out the engine to rebuild and have been cleaning off the engine bay, suspension components, and some of the body and I've been uncovering some shotty history about my truck. It seems that the truck at some point was in a pretty bad front end accident. The bar behind the bumper and valance (between the frame rails) h7as a pretty significant dent in it. The passenger bumper bracket is welded where the bolts go (albeit crooked) and the lower part of the valance is welded and bondoed to the upper portion that connects to the inner fender wells and headlight mounts. Long story short, anyone have any after market fiberglass or steel options to replace the valance on my truck? It's a '66 520 for reference. Was curious if you could get something made for a 510 or another pick up to work with some modification. Attached is a pic of what I'm dealing with. Thanks for any and all input
  7. Sorry I decided to rebuild it while I save up for the right swap.
  8. I have the MGB manifold and Weber on my truck and it fits great.
  9. Under $100 would be nice. Still looking around the web. If you can swing a better deal I'd be interested.
  10. I realized I haven't posted in a while so here's a little update on my truck. Finished the wiring, just need to mount the new fuse box underneath the dashboard, which is all repainted and assembled into the cab. Decided to roll with the bright color theme of the engine bay and got these new distributor wires. Had to relocate the coil a little on the firewall to make it all work, cleans it up a little bit though. I couldn't get the replacement mechanical fuel pump to work, so I plumbed up a small electric pump (which actually came with the truck when I bought it) and installed it with a U-bolt to the steering column. Going to make a plate to put over the old fuel pump mount when I can get some time to delete the pump. I guess my efforts modifying the exhaust header were in vain but oh well. Thought it was interesting to see the progress side by side with this older pic of the engine bay. Started on the body work. Sanded and wire wheeled some surface rush off of the lip of the bed, primered it to prevent more rust. Stripped off all the old paint and thick bondo from the hood and primed it black until I can finish the job. Had 5 colors underneath it all and a 1/2 of bondo in one spot near the front emblem. Kinda think I will leave it black lol
  11. Just curious, would the quarter window rubber seals for a 620 work on a 520? Having a hard time finding an affordable pair.
  12. Thanks! The link didn't go anywhere though, just looped back to this forum. Charlie you got the link?
  13. Anyone know a good replacement/upgraded brake master cylinder? Looking to get a dual reservoir but open to options.
  14. Did some work and finally finished the header. I wrapped them up cause they are really close to the fuel pump despite all my efforts. Cleaned up really nice so I got excited and mocked up the new weber carb and intake! Looks really awesome. Gotta run the fuel and vacuum line as well as the choke and throttle. Also converting it to the manual choke, so I took the carb off and found my oil cap so took some pics of that. Enjoy!
  15. Did some more work on the engine bay. Cleaned and scraped off a bunch of dirt and grime that caked on over 50 years. Someone painted the block electric blue, but some of the original dark teal started to show through. Committed some blasphemy and painted the valve cover yellow (i did the same thing on my honda acty) trying my hardest to make this Datto a Honda lol. Changed out the screws to some fresh shiny ones too. Ordered the MGB Header from Pierce manifolds and it would have hit the fuel pump, so I welded in some bends (very poorly) to make it fit. Took three tries but I made it work. Please excuse the shitty welds lol I'm very out of practice. Will probably get some header wrap to cover up my botched work and provide some sort of heat barrier. Enjoy!
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