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  1. seattle smitty

    best clutch?

    Have to put a clutch in an '81 720, looking at Rock Auto's selection. Is there a preferred stock replacement clutch? Beck-Arnley is a big name, more expensive than others , but maybe the others are 3rd-world-made junk . . . ??
  2. seattle smitty

    common parts between engines

    Thanks, Mike. Looks like I'll have to get the old L-16 stuff together and offer it up (sure wish I could run into a barn-find 510 wagon, never should have sold mine). I've been looking at the exhaust thread, and think I might have an L-16 manifold. Is the bore spacing the same or close enough so I could adapt it to my Z-22 on the way to making a good low-to-mid-range exhaust. I weld and do machine work, so adapting stuff that doesn't bolt up is not a big deal. I am so tired of, by my lights, the needless complexity of modern cars (anything newer than about 1968, hah!!) that I am simplifying any car I intend to keep. Just to show you what I mean, the best day I ever had working on cars (since 1962) was when I yarded out the entire computer system in my '86 Dodge Colt Vista about ten years ago. The brain under the driver's seat, associated wire-bundles, vacuum hoses, and gorp, all of which i piled on the loading dock at the shop and photographed. The whole time, that computer was saying things like, "Dave, what are you doing Dave?," to which I replied, "Why nothing, HAL, heh heh heh," and HAL would say, "Will I dream, Dave," to which I'd say, "Could be, HAL, heh heh heh." That Vista computer mainly operated emissions stuff on a Hitachi smart carburetor that was unrebuildable and which I was replacing with a better and simpler Weber. But my gripe about modern cars is not so much about emissions gizmos that with the multiplicity of wire bundles under the modern dash necessary to run such garbage and seat-belt warning lights and buzzers, open-door lights and warning buzzers, clutch pedal safety interlocks, up-shift indicator lights, yadda yadda yadda. I'm feeling the urge to yank some more wires!! One of the many items I intend to delete from this Z-22 is the EGR system. When they engineer that system, the timing curve in the distributor is recalibrated (mostly advanced, to compensate for the slower burning of a fuel/air charge that is adulterated with an inert gas (the exhaust). I know you know all this, Mike. Is anybody working on or selling weights and springs and vacuum advancers of different specs for that dual-plug dizzy, or is that going to be another cut-and-try process as with the Vista?? Again, if anyone has seen a discussion of the dual-plug ignition, please tell me where to find it, as I haven't had much luck with the Search function. I appreciate your help, MIke.
  3. seattle smitty

    common parts between engines

    I hate to ask this because I'm sure it has been covered until you're all tired of it, but I'm getting nowhere with the Search, and don't see an FAQ section. I used to have older 510s, and have a few parts left over, Including an NOS timing chain set-up with tensioner and guides. I think I also have a 520 distributor or two, not sure what else. I now have a Datsun 720 King Cab 5-speed pickup with the Z-22 engine. As I say, I hate to bore you with a old question, but how much commonality of parts, if any, is there between the Z-22/24 engine and the older L-16/18/20?? Same timing chain? What are the pros and cons of my Z-22 versus the older L-20B (which I recall someone saying is the "better" engine?? The L-20B would be a little simpler, I guess, with its single-plug head. But these are both smog-era engines. My 720 is old enough to have long-since become exempt from emissions regs and inspections, and I can modify my engine for better fuel efficiency (compression and squish-height, exhaust system, and a Weber 32/36, for instance). Assuming I will eventually do an full engine overhaul and upgrade, what is the best (fuel efficiency) engine to start with?? Assuming there already have been discussions on this, if you can link or otherwise point me to them that would be great.
  4. seattle smitty

    external toolbox solutions on little pickups

    I had an '81 Datsun 720 kingcab, gasser, stick, some years ago. Got some use out of it, but it needed work and was pretty rough, and I had too many cars, so I sold it for $160 to a friend who had two or three similar machines. I thought what I wanted was a little station wagon to carry my tools out of the rain and somewhat out of the reach of opportunistic thieves. I have had a couple of those ordinary long diamond-plate toolboxes for sale everywhere that fit into the front of a pickup's box, but I find them very unhandy and inefficient to use, since you end up having to climb up into the truck to rummage around in the bottom of that toolbox to find what you're after. By comparison, I thought, a little station wagon with four doors and a hatch would give me good access, a fairly easy reach to any point in the vehicle. Having previously owned a couple of early 510 wagons, I looked for one, but couldn't find one quickly at a reasonable price. So I settled on a 1986 Dodge Colt Vista wagon with 5-speed and 4WD transfer case. Kind of a cool little car, I thought, so I rebuilt every system on it. Nice daily driver, and I have so much time and money invested in it that I have to keep it, but I find that a little station wagon is not an especially good tool carrier, either. Nor is the '88 Ford E150 van (300-six, C-6) that I currently use for tool transport. The problem is inefficient use of the interior volume. In the little wagon tools slide around, the drawers in any fixed toolboxes get blocked, etc.. The van has lots of volume, and I could build more shelves, but I am old and none too spry, and don't feel like climbing in and out of a standard van, which also is too low to let me stand upright. A step-van would answer all those issues, but I don't want to carry all that much stuff anymore, and I want to get my fuel-burn down. For a little while I had a '96 Chevy pickup (350, auto) with a service body (some call this a utility box). Now THAT was a pretty handy set-up, mostly. But I didn't like the vehicle; too new and therefore too complex. One day the knock sensor wire, worn bare, shorted against some metal and the engine backfired on startup, blowing the PLASTIC intake manifold into three big pieces!! So I sold the truck. But I did kind of like that service body. Now my friend who bought my old (SIMPLE!!!) 720 tells me that he is never going to get around to doing anything with it, and will give it to me if I wanted it back, and I said yes please. You can see where this is going. I'm wondering what sort of enclosed outside tool storage any of you might have worked out for one of these little rigs. I believe King Cabs of this era could come with either short or long boxes. Mine has the long (six foot) box, which means a lot of overhang aft of the rear axle. I don't want to carry a lot of weight way back, as it would be if I replaced the 6' box with a 6' service body (if such things exist), not even with overlod springs or a dually axle. So I'm envisioning getting rid of this Datsun's pickup box (which is rather rough) and maybe welding up a flatbed platform maybe five feet long. As a welder, I could also consider stretching the chassis forward of the axle by maybe a foot. Anyway, a flatbed with some sort of side-opening, weatherproof storage bins, maybe somewhat deeper than the usual commercial service bodies have. I don't need a very wide open center section between the boxes (even the standard 720 won't carry 4X8's flat unless atop the wheelwells). I'll weld up a good "ladder-rack" to carry any long/wide stuff. Has any of you done or seen something like this? For the storage box on one side of the flatbed, I'd almost like to bolt down a rollaway type of toolbox (though not full rollaway height), but they aren't weather-resistant, so I'd have to devise some kind of weather-door over the top and front of the rollaway. And I'd like to have some sort of small storage hanging BELOW the level of the flatbed deck, both ahead of and behind the rear axle/tire. Hah hah, pretty ambitious, ain't it?!! But this is my current idea of a handyman's handy little truck. You have any ideas or pix, I'm open to ideas.
  5. seattle smitty

    720 pickup parts in south Seattle

    Still have this stuff, and am pushing the ad up to the front before advertising elsewhere.
  6. seattle smitty

    My lil mule

    E.F., this is the first I've seen your project. I sold my 720 without ever having had the head off, and was curious to see what a Z-series head looked like, so thanks for the pix. I still have the parts if you still want 'em. PM me here.
  7. seattle smitty

    720 pickup parts in south Seattle

    The parts are still available.
  8. seattle smitty

    720 pickup parts in south Seattle

    Okay, make it $150.
  9. Sold my '81 Z-22 pickup because I didn't have time to do all of the work it needed, and have some stuff left over: New (and IIRC, they are not re-mans) front brake calipers, never installed, in boxes, and new pads in box. New Walker carb rebuild kit in unopened box, covers Hitachi model DCR360, 742. Stack of manuals: One factory, one Haynes, one Chiltons, maybe one other. Sell all for $170.
  10. seattle smitty

    720 shift lever rattles

    Thanks, Al. I did a search before I posted, but evidently couldn't find the right words.
  11. seattle smitty

    720 shift lever rattles

    New member, old pickup, bought for $100 a few years ago. Recently it has developed a new rattle, in the shift lever. Noisy in all gears, unless I hold some sideways pressure on the stick. I assume this is old news to some here. Is it a worn nylon bushing or some-such? Easily gotten at? Got a call from a guy with a '69 WPL 510 who had heard from a mutual friend that I have owned a few of these wonderful wagons in the past. I would just dearly LOVE to get this one myself, but I can't have any more STUFF until I finish at least some of what I have. This one is an old, unimproved car, basically straight, and cheap. I'll post it in the cars for sale section when I have the details. Why can't I have all the cars I want, all the boats, all the bikes, . . . ????

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