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Bought this48FNgpo.jpg 1970 Datsun 521 out of SoCal after selling my 280Z. U may have seen it for sell. Plan on going through all systems, not doing a restoration but towards the ratsun look. Have been fixing the usual electrical issues; lights, switches, horn. First project will be the stance. More to come. 

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Looks like a clean truck. Post wanted ads in the classifieds for stuff you are looking for, lots of parts for that thing still kicking about.

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Love the color mang. 

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nice looking 521, i agree on dropping it a little

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Wow wow wow nice truck great truck. Post more pics .

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Awesome. Looks like a nice clean truck. Keep the pics coming!

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Beautiful truck, more pictures please.  Did you purchase this from Eric in California?

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12 hours ago, Charlie69 said:

Beautiful truck, more pictures please.  Did you purchase this from Eric in California?

California yes, Eric no

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Under the hood, looks 50years old. Can see original color, white and original block. Everything will be pulled out, cleaned, rebuilt, or replaced 

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PO repainted the interior and reupholstered the seats/panels/dash. Pretty clean here. Had to go through all the lights and switches. You can see I fabed up a horn button, can’t find parts I need to fix GuqxCMI.jpgbut future project will be after market steering wheel anyway. 

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Radiator isn't 50 years old.  Love the interior and I would say its a great starting point.  What are you plans man? 

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Lots of plans, lower, front disks, duel Weber’s, and a dull 70’s green paint that will be sanded/cut through the layers of paint. Lowering is half done. 3” blocks in rear, reindexed 3 splines in front. Pretty happy with the look. 

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Got some custom wheels on order for part two. 

 

One issue I have is the passenger side is 3/4” higher in rear??  Not sure if it the 2degree shims or a bad spring, had to pull the axel forward about a inch to get it to aligned on the blocks. Fat side of shim towards back. 

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I don't think the shims are necessary. By raising the rear axle away from the rest of the truck, the driveline becomes better aligned than when you started. I never understood this on lowered trucks. 

 

That buckskin color in contrast with the gray is really cool. Reminds me of an old Indian motorcycle. 

 

FYI on the dual webers: they'll look cool, but they flow far better than your stock L16 head will unless you do a lot of work on it.

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1 minute ago, mainer311 said:

I don't think the shims are necessary. By raising the rear axle away from the rest of the truck, the driveline becomes better aligned than when you started. I never understood this on lowered trucks. 

 

That buckskin color in contrast with the gray is really cool. Reminds me of an old Indian motorcycle. 

 

FYI on the dual webers: they'll look cool, but they flow far better than your stock L16 head will unless you do a lot of work on it.

Thanks for the detail on the head.  I was planning on hopping up the head a bit. 

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fat side is toward the rear. narrow up front.  This is how my 2 deg lowering blocks are. Its. or one can raise the carrier bearing but abit also to help.

 

 

crap I had a nice steering wheel and gave it away!!!!!

 

I woud just get some rubbing compound and degreaser for the engine bay and call it good.

I think looks fine as it is. plus its cheaper. just lower it done!!!!!!

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Love the brown seats! 

 

This is the truck I thought you had purchased.

 

https://ratsun.net/topic/59583-69-521-build/

 

scroll down on page 24 you will see the differences in your truck and this one.

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So, waiting on wheels so replaced the window vent seals and new felt in window tracks.  Tips: remove all components except window before removing the vent window. For re-install, I put the felt up the c-piller side and top, then window, vent window, finished the felt down the vent side before assembly everything back together. Expert by the second door. No more rattling window going down the road. 

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Yeah, the felt makes a huge difference. One of the best things I did for my sanity.

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8 minutes ago, mainer311 said:

Yeah, the felt makes a huge difference. One of the best things I did for my sanity.

 

Where did you guys get the felts and wipers?

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