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  • Birthday 05/11/1967

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    1971 510 Wagon, 1970 521 Truck, 2002 Toyota 4Runner
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    Datsuns, Car Culture, Road Trips, Swap Meets, Camping, fishing, BBQ, Wine Tasting, Cards, Beach, Fun
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    Mental Health Practitioner

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  1. Awww Mike, that's a beautiful find. Basically same deal here. The guy's father passed away & they were going through his house getting rid of stuff & posted that 521 tailgate on CL. Said it was removed to fit a camper also. Gotta thank those Datsun Gods for finds like those. Unfortunately, due the damage to my hinges from a couple yrs ago from it rolling into a tree, the new tailgate won't line up right without some modifications but I'm stoked to have found it.
  2. Drove for over 10 hours in the rain to get this matching tailgate for my 521. It was removed from the truck after being purchased in 1969 & stored under a house ever since. Score!
  3. Love your wagon. I have a 510 wagon that nearly asphyxiated me until I had the rear exhaust pipe bent so that it emitted the exhaust fumes to the side of the car instead. This little mod made a huge difference. Later on I replaced the inner/outer rubber seals with a kit I bought from the Eagle Rock meet several years ago & haven't had an issue since. Best of luck!
  4. So far, so good. 2021 is here & I'm gonna push the positive. The sun will come up later today, I'll go out to the tent(s) my 521 & 510 wagon are parked under & kiss each hood ornament with gratitude & thank the Datsun God(s) for keeping me sane enough to make it through a truly f'd up year & know we're on to better times. I won't delude myself into thinking a calendar change will suddenly make everything right but it's a start. Sometimes that's all we need. My 521 benefited greatly from me being furloughed & got a rebuilt L20b, 5 speed transmission, new radiator upgrade, carpet kit, headliner, painted 521 dash (thanks Ted), installed my overrider/coffin handle bar to front bumper (Thx again Ted), New tail light housings & heater box boot (thx Jakemakes), powder-coated my steelies & heater box, rebuilt my heater, found & installed a set of original Datsun side mirrors & a few other nitpicky things I never had time to do. I spent hours & hours of down time just doing Datsun stuff & loved every minute. 2021 will be for my wagon. I plan on addressing any rust that might be popping up, treating/prepping the rattle can roof & installing the NOS vinyl top finally. I'd like to have the windows properly tinted to protect the not so new anymore interior restoration from a couple years ago & maybe have it lowered a bit. Big dream$ but why the hell not? I really like to hear what others are planning so please jump in & add your 2 cents 🙂
  5. Ok, so a well-deserved, highly anticipated New Year is upon us. What are your biggest aspirations for your DATSUN 2021? Put your wish list in writing so it's more than a thought or daydream. I hope & pray all the California Datsun meets & events happen this year so we can see what 2021 dreams came true!
  6. Gene, hang in there amigo. Trust you are in good hands & healing is in your future. You've got lots of folks here on ratsun sending well-wishes & prayers your way. I believe in that. Keeping a positive mental outlook is frigging difficult at times but so necessary in reducing stress & helping your body/mind prioritize needs & energy. My Dad just went through some similar stuff back in March. It's serious & scary & the uncertainty of it all was unbearable at times but we got through it somehow. He's a Navy vet btw...Nuclear Submarines. I wish you the best Gene. You've already proven you're a soldier who can fight. You got this🙏
  7. Really? That's interesting. Have not had any issues so far. When I bought this truck a few years back it had different (new style) plates. I had a set of vintage plates I picked up at the Eagle Rock meet that I was saving for whenever the right 521 came along & got them approved by the CA DMV without any flak. So glad to have my truck dialed in the way I'd hoped...just never had the time. Working on it has kept me sane & mostly grounded during all this insanity. Looking forward to 2021 & getting back to a new normal...good friends, DATSUN meets & scavenging for shit I don't really need.
  8. Merry Christmas everyone. Dressed up for a local toys 4 Tots cruise. Thankful for a bit of normal. Only good thing to come out of this year to was time to work on my truck. Thankful for that, too. Take care🎅
  9. HI! Yes, I would love more info. That looks great! Please share 🙂

    (sorry to reply so late, I’ve been dealing with work and family stuff)

  10. Hey guys, I've been struggling with this same issue. I just installed new white LED's I got from Amazon (verified fitment with Sylvania website for a Datsun 521). Let me just say it's a freaking BITCH of a job that is deceptively simple. Yes, there is a polarity sensitivity to deal with & trial & error seems to be required but there's also good contact issues on top of that, not much room to fiddle with it while cluster is still installed either. Anyhow, I looked through a few threads & found this old link that still works so maybe it'll be of help: https://www.superbrightleds.com/vehicle/1970-nissan-521-pickup-vehicle-led-lights?make=55&model=222&year=1970 I got most of the lights to work after several attempts at orienting them correctly & trial/error but it's still not as bright & beautiful as Mainer's or dat521gatherer's (great job guys). I'll get at it again tomorrow & hopefully resolve it. I have a question though (please forgive the slight thread jack). Everything in my cluster works but my speedometer. The odometer turns, the fuel & temp gauges work but the speedometer needle doesn't even bounce...it's just dead. I've installed a new cable & it's properly lubricated. If anyone knows of a fix or source for fixes that might be helpful I'd appreciate it. I really want to make this cluster work 'cos I spent some $$$ on it cos it was supposedly new OEM with the odometer at 000009. I just rebuilt an L20B & wanted the mileage to match. Thx in advance.
  11. Hey there, my '71 wagon has OEM blue (turquoise) interior & white (color code worn off) exterior & came with a navy blue vinyl top. I searched for nearly 2 years to find the right match so I could redo the interior...not easy. However, it came out perfect & I saved the color swatches & supplier info. Truth be told I might have to do a little digging to find it but not too huge a deal. I have lots of pics, too. I'd be more than happy to share anything that might be helpful to your project. I had it done about 3 years ago & shared some pics here on the forum so they're here somewhere. Here are a couple of "before pics" though of what I started with.
  12. https://santamaria.craigslist.org/cto/d/santa-maria-4x4-nissan-datsun/7218717854.html
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    Hello there Rastuners, I'm in need of a red speedometer pinion gear (20 tooth I believe & only the pinion, not whole housing) for a newly transplanted 5 speed in my 521. Please let me know what you have & how much you're asking. I have some 510 wagon parts & a few 521 parts to trade or just plain mulah via PayPal. Thank you in advance ☺ -Angela


  14. Daniel, your work is always an inspiration. Thank you so much for all the step by step illustrations. My plate ended up looking quite a bit like yours but I just got the truck back yesterday & it appears that my buddy wedged/force fit the old boot (not an original anyhow...pics later) into the smaller hole he cut. I'm not a fan but super appreciative of the effort since I can't really do that stuff myself. I'm still focused on breaking in my newly rebuilt L20B properly so cosmetics will take a back seat for the moment but I'll certainly be referring back to your posts when the time comes. Took my 1st freeway trip today for about an hour & the new motor & 5 speed felt strong & pretty smooth. Think I might be needing a break upgrade though! Will do an oil change this weekend after driving a bit more. It's been teetering on triple digits here where I live so temp gauge was running a bit hot. Might go with a Koyo radiator next. Ahhh...it's always something (but I love it).
  15. Yup, that's what I went with. Your interior is really cool. Thanks for the input!
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