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Well its alway nice to a fellow mini trucker ect. I may have to hit ya up on that for my build to make me some brackets for my Mazda dawg to make coils for the front to stay away from bags lol

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Datrod, that's just incontinence, but you are 100% on target about the build.

Dave, I've got one of your spoilers on order, too- can't wait to see it planted on the ground!

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just so all of ratsun knows this is pure minitruck art right here......dude its like your inside my mind every time u update....... i hate rotarys but understand the need ...awesome work twisted... fucking awesome



if i could dry hump your arm pit to show u how awesome this is i would..just saying ... no homo

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just so all of ratsun knows this is pure minitruck art right here......dude its like your inside my mind every time u update....... i hate rotarys but understand the need ...awesome work twisted... fucking awesome



if i could dry hump your arm pit to show u how awesome this is i would..just saying ... no homo

That's the nicest thing anyone's said to me all day! Thanks man!

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After a few days out of town, I came home on Friday to a bunch of parts waiting to be installed!


I started with the easy on first- a new battery bracket and Optima red top:




It's just bolted to the frame for now, but it'll get fully welded when I move the car for the next round of welding.  It's already really solid with just two bolts, though!


Next, I installed a steering column from Speedway Motors, and a u-joint from Woodward Steering.  I was stoked to find a joint that directly connects the Toyota steering box to the 20 spline racing column!



I pulled the dash out of my side yard, made a few cuts to clear the cage bars, and I've got it all mocked up in the car.  Still needs a few tabs here and there to stiffen it up, but it didn't need much cutting at all!





Now that the dash is in there, I can fab up a bracket to mount the column.  With the column in place, I can figure out where my seats will be.  With the seat position decided, I can finalize the pedals, which will determine the shape of my firewall!  Then it'll start looking like a real car again!


Lastly, I had some tabs cut for my TC rod elimination on the front suspension.  Basically, I will add another set of bushings in line with the lower control arm pivots, and connect them to the arms with a length of DOM tubing, effectively turning the lower arms into A-arms.  This way there's no bind or caster changes through the suspension's travel.  For now, the tabs are just tacked in place, since my welder doesn't have the juice to do the job at my house!



I also received my radiator and fans- I'm waiting for the shroud I designed to show up before I get that bolted in.  The fuel cell should be in next week as well, so with any luck I'll have more updates soon!

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my triangulated arms 


Those look great! I decided to go forward with these to leave more room for shocks on the back of my arms, but my last toyota had them going to the back. I still need to bend the tubing to connect these together, but I should have that knocked out this week.

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Nice arms Phil. You wanna make some lower for my dawg


Those are Finney's arms.  I can get you the parts to do this on your truck, though- come through sometime!

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New parts, new progress, new pics!


The original valance on the car had been cut out on the driver side- probably to pull the original fender when it was damaged long ago.  I debated on just leaving it that way, but since the front clip doesn't have the unibody to bolt to anymore I need as many pieces to bolt together as possible.  I had Wagdatto's original valance sitting in the side yard, so I swapped 'em out.  While the core support was off I reinforced the backside of it with 3/16" plate and welded mounting tabs to mate it to the front frame horns- now the front end bolts together solidly, and can be pulled off without much trouble.  I also made mounts for the oil cooler and bolted up the radiator.  I have an aluminum shroud being made so I don't have to use those zip-tie thingies for the fans- I don't like those!




My wife went out of town for the weekend, so I rolled the car outside and stole her spot in the driveway!  It almost looks like a real car now!



The spook got damaged in shipping, so I'm waiting for FedEx to pick it up... fortunately it hangs in place without any hardware!


While the car was out of the garage, I had a chance to put away tools, clean up some messes, and take stock of what still needs to be done.  I had found the trunk lock a while back, so I took that to a locksmith and had some keys made!



Now I have a car that locks, but with no floor... maybe still not completely secure!


I plumbed and wired the air suspension system- ran the front lines through the frame rails to the back, and mounted everything up:



The big hole in the middle is reserved for my fuel cell.  I received one a couple of weeks ago, but the company I ordered it through made it from steel instead of aluminum... so if anyone wants an awesome deal on a steel fuel cell, let me know!

The Air Lift AutoPilot system I'm using was ridiculously simple to install- one feed line from the tank, four out to the airbags, and a harness with five wires to connect to the battery and compressor.  Really digging it so far!


Oil cooler lines and fittings showed up Saturday, so I've been playing around with routing for them.  Everyone seems to like pulling the high beam out and going through there, but I like my Bosch yellows... thinking of making a plate to replace the marker light instead:




The biggest news of the weekend, however, is that I found a bit more history about the car, and the race car that inspired the graphics!  This car was sold through the Bay Area Datsun Dealers to promote their racing effort- the #7 510 driven by Walt Maas in 1972.  I did a bunch of asking around and googling, and came up with a couple of pictures of the race car:





I bought the car from Chris Moore up here in Sacramento, and he had gotten it from Dennis Hale back in the 90s.  Apparently the car was equipped from the dealer with a wood steering wheel and center console, both of which I still have, along with the graphics package.  It was really cool finding some more history on the car!


Wifey came home Sunday, so I finished up the garage projects and rolled the car back inside, ready for more fun:




More as it develops!

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I hadn't seen that before- very cool!

I plan to use my high beams as necessary, so I would rather just give up a turn signal instead, but the mesh on his turned out very nice.

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looks very tidy. Might be nice to grab another comp. I was wondering what the valve setup was, ooks very tidy, a cheaper option than accuair?

Wishing mine was that easy, using new but old parts i had in storage for the past 6 years. 1/2 ascos and lines is going to be disgustingly fast in my wagon and a rank 10 switch box. We have a baby due in 2 weeks so beggars can't be choosers. 

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My days of playing with the switches are behind me, I think, so a single Viair 480 with a 4 gallon tank should suit me fine. Enough to get me off the ground and rolling, and the pump only runs for a minute or two to fill the tank back up.


I was very pleased with the Air Lift Autopilot. That manifold contains the valves, pressure sensors for each corner, and the tank pressure sensor- one line in, four out, and a single plug for connections! They include a harness that's pre-wired with the air compressor relay, so you just hook up power, ground, ignition source and compressor leads and you're off to the races!


With that said, a pressure-based system is never going to be as accurate as something like Accuair's eLevel, which uses actual height sensors mounted to the suspension, but at $500 cheaper and the stealthier install I'm willing to give it a go!


And yes, 1/2" Ascos with 1/2" lines should be obscene! I ran 1/2" Herions in my 521 with 300 psi of helium- 6" of four wheel hop and a broken frame later, I slowed things down a bit!

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Small update today.  I designed and cut a turn signal filler panel, welded studs onto the back of it, and threw some grommets in:




Bolted it up, ran my lines through, and voila:






Still waiting on more fittings to finish off the plumbing to the engine- the company I ordered from shipped me red/blue fittings when I ordered black... sigh.

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