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    bay area
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    1974 620
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    mountain biking

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  1. marines2060

    my 1974 dats

    little update, its been awhile! with the SIP i got to do some other projects for the truck. I got ahold of some older datsun 280z seats awhile back and decided i would recover them. so i ordered some samples and settled on a nice brown. Ordered them up and also ordered replacement foam top and bottom. Recovered the seats and painted the parts where the previous owner over sprayed red. Worked on the passenger side floor boards, had some rust that the previous owner just glued and spot welded a square piece of sheet metal over. Cut out, welded in, clean and prepped the metal for por-15 seal sealer. also made some brackets and a riser for accmodate the new seats. Just need to fix the drivers side floor board rust issues, and mirror the seat brackets. Bought a carpet kit and some POR-15 for the floor after im all done with welding. pics...
  2. marines2060

    my 1974 dats

    Hey Mike, its been awhile since i moved that i got to work on the truck, i did this and still no running. I double checked everything and im still stumped on why its not even trying to start. It just cranks over, no hints on starting. I double checked the TDC and the rotor pointing where it was i put the number one plug on the closest post on the cap. then 1,3,4,2 CCW. I checked and i have spark. I did get a new electronic distributor from hot spark, and verified it works. I can see in my fuel filter that the gas is turning more towards orange than light yellow, it sat for a couple months while i was moving. Not sure on what to double check. thanks for all the help through this.
  3. marines2060

    my 1974 dats

    Got this to the point where it looks like your picture. But still at TDC withiutovimg anything. This is what my rotor looks like. It's still not pointing to #1.
  4. marines2060

    my 1974 dats

    This is what I'm looking at with the cover off.
  5. marines2060

    my 1974 dats

    Thanks for the info hainz, when I click that link I don't have access to it see it.
  6. marines2060

    my 1974 dats

    Thanks Mike for the info. I have the right TDC here on the compression stroke and my rotor is no where close to cylinder 1. I didn't check the valves but I put my finger over cylinder 1 for compression.
  7. marines2060

    my 1974 dats

    Hey all, Moving a little slower on the build due to moving house soon. I have been playing around with trying to set the timing right and finally got it down to around 12 deg. The idle is pretty good, smooth. When i rev it more it is still really bad like it was before. once it hits 1000+RPMs the engine really shakes and sounds like its about to die. Im stuck on why it would be acting like that. When i double checked inside the cap at the distributor again, i checked the points gap and checked to see if the mechanical advance springs were free. I got a vacuum gauge to see if the vacuum advance is working and it is. I checked when the engine is at TDC the rotor on the distributor is pointing at cylinder 4, is that suppose to be correct?
  8. marines2060

    my 1974 dats

    Yup, that was one of the changes. Unfortunately my old carb got donated to a co-worker who needed it.
  9. marines2060

    my 1974 dats

    I have not had it off at all just popped the cap off to change the points. It ran strong before I did all of the changes. Wiring/carb/plugs/coil wires. So I'm guessing it's something that I swapped and isn't working the way it is suppose to be.
  10. marines2060

    my 1974 dats

    as i finish up the wiring inside the cab, i start the truck up every now and then to warm things up. I am having trouble with the motor running as strong as it did before i replaced a lot of things. When i do get it started, it idles OK and i can rev it to about 1000rpm and anything after that it boggs down. When im in the engine bay and rev the engine the carb sounds like it sucking in a good amount of air but the engine seems like its almost going to die. I have a new weber 32/36 carb on it right now. I set the idle mixture to what the manual said and the idle screw seems like its in the right spot. I have attempted to set the timing a few times but i dont think i have it exactly right. I get the truck warmed up, disconnect the vacuum advance and plug both the carb and the hose i disconnected. I set the timing light to 0 and When i am looking at setting the timing i cant get it down to the 12 deg. it is asking for, its around 20ish deg. Am i missing something in the steps? I know to set timing first and then go to the carb. Does the idle have to be around a certain RPM when i am setting the timing? I have replaced the points and double checked that the gap is correct. Im guessing the main problem is due to the carb not being set up the right way for the truck, any more checks or info i can get to you guys? thanks
  11. marines2060

    my 1974 dats

    Power to the switch is BLK/WT left turn is G/Blu right turn is G/Yel horn is BLK/pink high beam PWR is Pink/WT high beam switch is Pink/Yel.
  12. marines2060

    my 1974 dats

    Got some more done this weekend. Got almost everything wired inside the cab other than some small things (dome light, maybe some accessory lights) cleaned up the back of the cluster wiring with some conduit. Need to still clean up the wiring by the fuse box, but now it doesnt look too much like a bomb of wires exploded in the cab. Installed a new steering wheel and got the horn wired up. Also fitted and got the headlights wired up. I have some output shots of them below. Only got to one side, i will have to modify the battery tray to fit the passenger side headlight. Almost there with the wiring.
  13. marines2060

    my 1974 dats

    Definitely takes some time figuring out which goes where, trial and error. Hard part for me was upgrading wiring with upgraded electrical things (headlights/alternator ECT.) With old switches... It took some small modifying the inside of the column switch for it to have a good fit. And I can help with the wiring part of what color does what if you need it. Do you have an upgraded alternator on either? I had my charging wires swapped and my battery drained enough for me to fix that. Could be some of that. Good luck with all of the wiring!
  14. marines2060

    my 1974 dats

    I did buy a new one on eBay different color combo for everything but it works fine. I ran into plenty of snags with the wiring. Did you get a completely new harness? Which brand?
  15. marines2060

    my 1974 dats

    Its been awhile since my last post but i have been chipping away at the final remaining wiring. I re-did some of the dash to fill in the cracks, and installed. Inside the cab i got all of the switches done! took me awhile but now everything works and just need to finish wiring up the headlights,high beam, and electric fans. I have always been a sucker for good headlights, i use to own a Bmw e30 and the truck has the same headlights i retrofitted in the bucket. I ended up buying a kit from squaremotorwerks that i can install an even better projector for the headlights. pics,
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