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L320 Rusted to perfection!

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Just found this little gem 20miles from me and was instantly in love! Already has the perfect amount of rust to be the perfect little daily ratrod without falling apart at the seems. Already got the dash and seat cleaned up and installed just putzing around with things here and there until my pile of engine/brake and steering parts show up to get this little lady back on the road again. Finished up the diamond plate door panels today after work for the low.low of free.99! Brakes and steering are next...then onto my FAVORITE part...the wiring!!! Woo hoo, what a tedious pain wires are!

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By the way....yes, that is a birds head on the dash! Found that inside the dash...he's missing the rest though so figured well? That little pecker is going to be my new mascot! lol

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Dude, Hell yeah you bought that I was extremely tempted to go buy it myself when she had it up for $1000 and when the price dropped I emailed her. Then my the motor in my Subaru daily driver started knocking so I couldn't justify buying another datsun when I needed to spend the money on a new motor.lol Super stoked to see what happens with this thing. Hopefully Ill see it around sometime. You come across the river often? I'm from just east of Lancaster, but I have a buddy who lives out in new oxford so I get out that way every now and then

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Kyle..I'm always crossing the river, lol. I work in Manheim and that's where the truck currently is sitting at the shop I work so I can get in as much wrench time as possible so if you're ever in the area feel free to stop in and shoot the shit..I'm always at the shop.

 

Tucson..good question! Haha! I'm hoping the wet sanding goes well and I can get it back to the fancy dark green and flames but until then I usually just stick with telling them it's rusty....or bitchin! What color is better then bitchin!? Leaves something there for the imagination I think, lol

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Got the old girl steering and stopping over the weekend. New brake master cylinder and all new copper lines along with successful adventure into converting the steering box bearings to sealed bearings...that needs a little tweaking but does work smoothly. Also cleaned the dreadful paint off the grill/headlight rings and got some shiny back out of her! Woo hoo! Next weekend is onto wiring and making this old girl breath some fire again!!!

 

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I hope you keep the current look!  Clean it and clear coat it.

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You know it man! I'm in love with how this little thing is looking. My plans are to wet sand it down with 400, put on the 1200/60hp/hood badge and clear over it all. Only thing getting changed "looks" wise is going to be the wheels..everything else stays as it is

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Any updates? I would love to see this thing together and driving, still want to get up to your shop and take a peek since you're so close

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Sorry man have been out of a computer for a little while so haven't done too much for the updating of the progress on this little gem. I've been waiting the last 3+ weeks for this place to get my starter rebuilt which has been a complete headache!!! First, they tell me after 2weeks their supplier has one that matches the part# of mine for only $110 which of course I jumped on buying and they stopped the "rebuilding" of my old rusty one out of my truck. 3days later I go pick it up and get the truck inside to start wrenching on it to find out it doesn't match up! Couldn't be a close wrong starter but nonetheless wrong so now I've found a second more competent fellow who I've just dropped the old starter off to yesterday so fingers crossed I'll have it back in my possession and ready to get this little girl fired up within the next week or so

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I did manage to get some of the wires/engine bay tidied up a little bit more but my dismay with the starter ordeal put a damper on me going hard with the wiring. I'd sure like to hear this thing running before I put too much time into fixing a wiring harness for an engine that's no good. Which in turn...if engine is bad I'll be going a completely different route and doing some swapping...and boosting, lol

 

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After 6months of waiting I've finally got a functioning starter for the 320...woo hoo!!! Got it installed last weekend and apparently the wiring harness I made was a success! Cranks with the key, lights work, signals work, and gauges work! In the process of getting some spark out of it now. Ordered points that were supposed to fit but to my dismay they don't..so tearing apart the distributor this weekend to get cleaned up while waiting on my fuel tank to be finished with it's cleaning and resealing so will be soon time to get her back on the road! Will post some pics tonight of my progress.

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Starter listed in the classifieds. Better get an extra. They quit making 'em a while back; a great while back.

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The guy who rebuilt my starter sold me a fixable "core" he found laying around for $20...I found out they don't exist but he used the face of my factory one and everything else is from a datsun forklift...it's 1/2" longer but fits fine

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Finally!!! Got the old girl running, driving, stopping and turning!!! Will post some pics when I get off of work just taking lunch and had to share with someone that I finally got to hear it running.

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