bxadook Posted December 13, 2019 Report Share Posted December 13, 2019 Hi everyone. I am a relatively new lurker who has always dreamed of owning a Datsun since high school. I just hit 30 and have saved up a bit of cash to finally fulfill this dream. I am currently in Tucson, AZ and traveled to Albuquerque to pick her up. This is my first car that I will be working on. She was daily driven before me. I will not be daily'ing her now until I feel she is safe to drive. I drove her the entire 400 miles from Albuquerque to Tucson with a cruising speed of 60-65mph with no issues. She went full send. We made it alive. I have named her Sendy because of it. (Yes I took out an insurance policy for this drive). I do have the FSM from NICOclub. I just bought the car yesterday so a lot of these questions I need to look up on my own, but if you guys have insight that would be helpful as well! https://photos.app.goo.gl/GnmMLxS5EfYcbgcT6 https://photos.app.goo.gl/DpGLvA4jzKcjqLWr5 She is a 1978 Datsun 620 with 116k original miles. Stock L20b with 4 speed manual transmission. Reportedly rebuilt carburetor. New battery and alternator. Reportedly original clutch. Prefer a firm clutch so might end up switching this out at some point. She starts right up. She has a repaint to this red with some rocker panel rust but I did not see any paint bubbling to indicate overpainted rust. I think there are a few panels that were repaired. https://photos.app.goo.gl/Hx59LebMcSvs5Buk8 She has a reupholstered leather interior with a cracked dashboard. https://photos.app.goo.gl/PXBvFqzZh4LR6Y8A7 https://photos.app.goo.gl/v4gdKPVKpftMvsYXA Oil leak supposedly from oil pan reported by previous owner but appears to be covering the transmission. Rear main seal? https://photos.app.goo.gl/og7jPZd3MPUVgJPF8 https://photos.app.goo.gl/rkLLrAFjS6SqNwsp7 https://photos.app.goo.gl/t8Phdd7q8cdvhuF97 She has some floor pan rust that is pretty bad on the driver's side with evidence of previous repair. Will need new floor pans. https://photos.app.goo.gl/hhD15UjZsLRi1KSi6 https://photos.app.goo.gl/R8BpypaqStncTphcA On the column, the driver's side turn signal works, but when pressed upward to get the passenger side to work there is some resistance, and when in position it remains lit. Is this a switch problem and does it need to be replaced? I've read the grounding issues cause things to work poorly, but because the switch on the column feels like garbage I feel like it is broken. Rear brake light remains on and the turn signal does not work. It was replaced and rewired, yet does not work. Previous owner told me to replace the cluster and wires. https://photos.app.goo.gl/zLM1mRQeZS2uBo546 - Wiring on the passenger side tail light. Bushings look bad in the front suspension. Squishy rubbery noise when rocking the truck side to side. Oil on shock absorber(coming from shock absorber?) https://photos.app.goo.gl/he8BKCrUEPSLgSU3A Passenger side - there is a gap between the upper control arm and the wheel knuckle. Is this normal? https://photos.app.goo.gl/ADqGB7kEGD9hbcUf9 Drivers side - lots of build of gunk. Where is this oil coming from? The upper and lower control arms look newer compared to passenger side. https://photos.app.goo.gl/Y6Z3PEw4cHZxHf9u6 Rear Passenger side - new shock absorber. https://photos.app.goo.gl/cUKhLxaT2Dd87Ppu8 Rear drivers side A fair amount of rust in the frame, but looks okay as far as deep rust? (Can someone weigh in on this?) https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZYiyXUkgQXMBRcdo7 - gas tank rust https://photos.app.goo.gl/KJaMQ56J1iz8JjX38 - exhaust rust https://photos.app.goo.gl/i6Sn69R1xKpiEWmu8 - nice cake on the differential Emergency brake does not work and have to put the truck in 1st gear to act as parking brake. Lots of stuff to fix. If you guys see anything that looks emergency and needs fixing now let me know.I am not good at diagnosing or pointing out problems as you can tell. This is my first project car. I have owned cars that required little maintenance so this is a deviation from that. My main goals this year are to make this truck safer by improving the brakes, getting the E-brake to work, suspension, steering, fixing the lights issue, and getting the floor pans taken care of. Ultimate goals are to eventually swap the L20b to a KA24DET using Redeye's mounts when the L20b dies. I will not do this until I feel the truck could handle the stress of speed. But until then, I plan on maintaining it stock. Thank you for this great community! Ben 2 Quote Link to comment
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