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    '63 Datsun 320

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  1. jetattblue

    A Texas 320

    I did! And, I really appreciate it. Once I get the engine cleaned up, I'll make sure everything looks good with it, then I'll be able to put them to good use.
  2. jetattblue

    A Texas 320

    Thank you! I intended to clean up the engine this week beginning with a power wash. But, I borrowed a power washer that has not been used in a very long time and, consequently, I spent most of the week getting it running. Long story short, gas had turned into lacquer and clogged lots of the little carb pieces. I finished cleaning it up just in time for a massive rain storm. With the rain outside, I started cleaning up a floor shift specific starter that I sourced from Ted Heaton. Although operational, I wanted to clean it up before ultimately installing it. As you can see, it was in need of a thorough cleaning and check through all of the connection points.
  3. jetattblue

    A Texas 320

    I totally agree! I only used a brass brush and simple green. I don't really use anything mechanical for stuff like this; it was all hand scrubbed.
  4. jetattblue

    A Texas 320

    My goal is to try to keep things moving - even when I do not have a ton of time. So, I pick out various smaller projects and try to tackle those. They end up being tasks that I can do without getting too involved, and that I can walk away from and come back to as time allows. One of these tasks was cleaning up and rebuilding the fuel pump. As you can see from the pictures it was pretty dirty, and the internals were completely blown. Despite moving the arm, it would not draw in or expel anything. After taking it apart and thoroughly cleaning it up, I sanded the mating surfaces to true them up, replaced the diaphragm and valves, and re-assembled it. It's working great now!
  5. jetattblue

    A Texas 320

    Great advice, all! I really appreciate it.
  6. jetattblue

    A Texas 320

    Yesterday, I removed the engine, and it was much easier than I thought - thankfully. I had previously removed the generator and manifolds; but, I still have the valve cover and plugs in place because I was hoping to clean it up before I start rebuilding it. Does anyone have any suggestions for degreasing and cleaning it without getting water into the manifolds? I was planning to tape them off, but I'd love to hear any additional suggestions.
  7. jetattblue

    A Texas 320

    I was lucky enough to get a few hours working on the truck this weekend. Mostly, I am still slowly disassembling various engine parts so that removing the whole engine will be easier. I have been very fortunate that - despite a small amount of rust - the bolts are coming out and the parts are coming off with no issues. This weekend, I removed the generator, starter, thermostat housing, and the wiring to these parts. Interestingly, there was no thermostat inside the housing. It was completely gone. My current goal is to get the engine removed, and lots of the parts in the engine bay; I would like to really clean up the engine bay and redo the wiring (which is a mess) and some of the hard lines running from the brake and clutch masters. Current pictures are below:
  8. jetattblue

    A Texas 320

    The fenders are - fortunately - just screwed on. I’m leaning towards just going back to the single wheels in back because I don’t really plan on hauling anything.
  9. jetattblue

    A Texas 320

    As I'm working through the mechanicals, I'm also tackling smaller projects that are easy to handle at night - and less messy. I was lucky enough to source a parcel shelf that I'm redoing for my 320. My 320 was originally white and has a mediocre green paint job on it. I want to paint the dash with VHT Wrinkle Paint, which Emceefarlane used on his build; I think it looks fantastic for the dash and seems like a very durable finish. I'm going to match the parcel shelf to the dash. I stripped the remaining paint and removed as much rust as I could with wire brushes, sandpaper, and an abrasive disc; then, I sprayed it with some Rustoleum Rust Reformer, which I've had some really good results with. As you can see, the metal is pitted from the rust, but it's still solid, and the wrinkle paint should conceal the pitting.
  10. jetattblue

    A Texas 320

    Steve, I like your approach to holding down the rocker cover! That's the best tasting solution I've seen yet. 320Newb, send me a PM with what you have, and we can try to work something out. Wayno, attached are the pictures of the dual wheels. Again, I'm not sure if I want to keep that set up or not. It's unique, but I don't know ... Any thoughts?
  11. jetattblue

    A Texas 320

    Steve, I think you’re right. I wonder if there’s a way to identify whether the head is from an E1 or J13; not that it matters to me. I’m more curious than anything. The back wheels are dished inward. In other words, they sort of nest together. I’ll shoot some pictures tomorrow and post them. I’m still not sure if I’ll keep it like that or not. This is likely going to take a long time to get going, so I’ve got a little time to figure it out!
  12. jetattblue

    A Texas 320

    I have been following the 320 forum for a while because I recently purchased a '63 320. I have already received tons of great help from Ted Heaton, Mike Klotz, difrangia, Stoffregen Motorsports, emceefarlane; I thought that I'd pay it forward by starting a new thread about my truck and, selfishly, I know that I'll have questions for you, too! At any rate, I purchased my 320 several months ago, but I'm just now starting to actually put some time into it. I spent the first couple of months studying up, formulating a plan, purchasing some of the parts that I'll need, and finishing a Kubota tractor that I needed to finish before the grass started growing. Now, I've got a little bit of knowledge, a plan, some parts, and mowed grass; I'm ready to start on the 320!. Attached are some pictures of my truck before any work is started on it. Overall, the body is really straight and relatively rust free; there is rust in the floor pans and on the inner front fenders, so I'll need to tackle that at some point. Interestingly, it is a dually! I'm not sure how I feel about that yet. Also, it is currently a column shift, but I want to convert it to the correct floor shift. So far, I have the correct floor shift transmission and starter, a transmission tunnel that needs a little work, and some various clutch parts, etc. I feel very fortunate to have found these things. I actually spotted the corner of the floor shift transmission sitting in the back of a truck that was listed for sale as a parts truck. The seller is super cool and has hooked me up with lots of goodies. Part of my plan includes rebuilding the engine. I really don't know the truck's history, and I think it makes a lot of sense to get a fresh rebuild on it. So, I have started slowly disconnecting the various lines from it and the manifolds. And, this is where I made my first - of what will probably be many - surprises. I had assumed this was an E1, but the engine block is stamped J 1300, and the serial number on the block is J 151129. Is the block from a J13? The manifolds were E1; I could tell by their shape and they had the band versus the flange that connects the exhaust manifold to the exhaust pipe. Further, I believe the rocker cover is from an early E1 as it connects with 2 bolts in the middle rather than the series of smaller bolts around its perimeter. Here are some pics. I'd love to know your thoughts.
  13. jetattblue


    I would love to know that, too!
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    I purchased Mike Klotz's front brake conversion kit for my 320, and I need to find the hubs and rotors for it. I would like to purchase two 2wd front hubs and rotors from a 620 or, in the alternative, a pre-October 1982 720. If you have any of these, please let me know.


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    I need a throwout bearing carrier and the spring that holds the bearing to the carrier. This is for a floor shift transmission in an L320 truck. Please let me know what you have. Thank you.


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