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About oukippy

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    Skoda Superb Combi Sportline
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    Datsun 620
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    changing lowering blocks

    How many springs for a stock 620? Could you show me a stock (or aftermarket) set ? I want it lowered a little bit but I still want to be able to use the bed for what it is made for : moving things.
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    From France to USA : help please!

    thanx. It's supposed to leave Long Beach in 3 or 4 days. I don't have the details but I think it will take 1 month to be in France.
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    changing lowering blocks

    I agree that springs are very flat. Maybe that's why the truck seems that much lowered. I will probably drive it a little bit like this but I have many speed bumpers in my town and I'm afraid to touch them with the exhaust pipe, which seems very low to me, as you can see here: https://framapic.org/AV1yrKPqst7n/qZ5zlosVDblU.jpg And I agree with 2wheel-lee that a leaf was probably flipped. Look at the following picture, it looks like a S for me : https://framapic.org/RgjaKSdzR8tQ/nOU1XUAKpbG4.jpg ********************************************************************************** Out of subject but I tried to post directly the pictures but I thought they were too big for the forum. Any way to force them in a specific size or do I have to modify them before posting?
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    changing lowering blocks

    Hi, I'm planning to replace the lowering block on my future 620 because it's too low for French speed bumps. Could someone tell me what might be the size of the blocks used by the previous owner, based on the following picture ? https://framapic.org/gallery#6ZY39ara4q1S/96y5SSZJL7yF.jpg&gid=1&pid=1 Do I need to buy a complete kit or these will be enough ? https://www.amazon.com/Aluminum-Extruded-Spring-Lowering-Blocks/dp/B075FG4681/ref=sr_1_cc_7 Thank you!
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    Ratsun.net Rising Sun Stickers

    Found on Ebay :
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    From France to USA : help please!

    Thank you for your support. If it's a mistake, it will be MY mistake. I saw plenty of 620 in very bad condition around here and no one saying that it was a mistake to buy them. Of course we will find better ones in the next months but I made a choice and I will follow it. I could have done like many many French people : to import a Mustang or a Chevy truck. I decided to buy a Datsun pickup, not a muscle car. I hope the Ratsun community can support me for that :) . Let's move on to the next step and start to talk about mechanics (ok I will need to have the car to do it :lol: ).
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    From France to USA : help please!

    Hello guys, I’ve read very carefully your opinions and I’ve taken the time to discuss with the pro who has inspected the car. Painting is not perfect for sure but it’s a 10 years old job so if it was as bad as suspected, he would have seen it. Furthermore it’s black as I planned to paint it (but won’t have the money for it). The interior is not perfect but nicely renewed. Tires are brand new and the engine, clutch and shifter are running perfectly according to him. As he’s even taller than me, he give me his advice on the seat position, not ideal but not too bad if you don’t drive it for hours (and I won’t: 30 miles maximum). As you may have understood, he convinced me to take it and I finally decided to do it, partly because of what he told me, partly because I’ll need a work truck for my future house and timing is perfect. Consequently I’m very proud to say that I will own a Datsun 620, not the perfect one for sure, but mine. With it I will have the opportunity to learn many things in mechanics. First things to do will be to change the blocks and modify the torsion bar because it’s too low for French roads (it’s probably too low for any road I think). And find a hood molding, which seems to be hard. Now I will need to wait for a couple of months before driving it and I think I’ll spend some time here to read your posts! Thank you for your help ! Oukippy
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    From France to USA : help please!

    I know it but I was planning to paint it exactly as it is painted and the interior is nice. Truck was previously green. I also have pictures of the frame. Could it be helpfull to evaluate the rust level or is it very different than the body ? pictures here
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    From France to USA : help please!

    Hello guys, I'm in contact with the owner of a 620 short bed. It was inspected by a pro who told me the main issues are concerning stripe tape on all glasses (and doors) and the missing moulding stripe on the front of the hood (the part of the hood completing the grill). He told me that the mounting holes on the hood were rusted and I wonder if it can be repaired enough to put a new part on it ? I also want to know if it's tricky to find the missing part ? As I'm not sure I explain it correctly, I've put some pictures on wetransfer.com (click here to download the pictures). Could you give me your opinion on what you see ? There's also a short video of the truck running. Thank you very much !!! PS: I'll need to use photobucket I think.
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    From France to USA : help please!

    It's difficult for me to compare as I don't know every European country but VW bugs ans buses are very well represented on French (and English) roads , especially buses. I think bugs are less numerous than Austin Mini but it's my own opinion. Two weeks ago, I was in England and I saw more or less ten VW buses during a 2 hours motorway drive. I don't know if it was for a meeting or something but I noticed it quickly. Currently you can find at least 150 buses for sale in France: https://www.leboncoin.fr/voitures/offres/?th=1&re=1980&brd=Volkswagen&mdl=Combi
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    From France to USA : help please!

    Thank you for your opinion. My first choice will be a 78 or 79 King Cab as I'm not concerned about smog (except if the seller needs to pass it before selling the car) and prefer to have disk brakes. Sometimes I'm thinking that I could buy a non KC (short or long bed is not a real problem for me) because of the bench which could be interesting to bring my 2 sons with me (they are young enough to sit in the bench). But I understood that I will be better in a KC (I'm 6.1 foot). I don't plan to travel more than 30 miles distance. The only thing that I'm sure of : I will wait for a pretty nice one and don't buy one cheap with many work on it, as I was planning to do at some point. I don't see anything really interesting for now so I'll wait until the good one comes (I thought I've found it in UK but unfortunately it was sold this week).
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    POST Craigslist eBay ads here...

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    From France to USA : help please!

    okay, I've found the FSM. Thank you.
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    From France to USA : help please!

    I bought a Haynes manual on eBay. Is it what you call FM?
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    From France to USA : help please!

    I haven't many skills but I want to learn and will be helped by friends with good skills and equipment. There's also a shop specialized in classics cars in my town. And finally a Nissan Shop nearby have a 620 Long bed if needed. But of course I would prefer a nice 620 with barely nothing to do on it except normal maintenance. Patience is the key, I know it.
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