JohnG Posted February 17, 2020 Report Share Posted February 17, 2020 I love old cars. Sold a 1987 Suzuki Samurai tin top in July and still kicking myself because I didn't even need the $1,000 profit. My first car was a tiny 1966(?) Datsun sedan in high school. Just came across a 1979 Datsun Gazelle Chinook 620 truck / camper. Young gentleman bought it about 2 months ago to restore but wants to pass it on for $2,700. He states that he has too many car projects, which I certainly believe having looked at his 3 other Datsuns. The title and odometer register about 46,000 miles. Clean as can be expect for sun damage and a small amount of surface rust. Two issues I'm concerned about (1) LOTS of oil build up on the bottom of the engine/oil pan and (2) the fact that we couldn't take it for a test ride because the owner emptied the fuel tank, changed the fuel filter but short trips around town causes it to stall because he did not drop the tank to clean out any residue. The 620 is in remarkably good shape, engine top clean, little rust, but the owner bought it from someone who acknowledged that the truck had been sitting for a long time; maybe years. I can't get a clear conception of how long this '79 has been sitting in the past. Question. Can a 620 engine and/or transmission be ruined if left idle for years? Can the seals dry up to a point that the drive train is essentially useless and needs to be replaced, or is it possible to use after market sealants that could restore and "tighten up" a long sitting drive train. Any opinions appreciated, I'd love to restore and put the 620 back on the road unless I'm in for a expensive rebuild of the drive train. Quote Link to comment
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