Lucas Posted March 3, 2020 Report Share Posted March 3, 2020 Hi, I'm new to the forum. Short introduction: Lucas, 31, Dutch. I am no native english speaker, so please bear with me, I'll try my best. I recently bought a Datsun 1300 from april 1970 with a nice story. These trucks were never available for purchase in the Netherlands. At the time there were 4 Datsun dealers in the entire country and in 1970 each one of them got a Datsun 1300 as a present to use as a service vehicle for the dealership. Only four Datsun 1300 pickups were ever registered here, and this is supposedly the only one still on the road. So it's the only remaining Datsun 521 that was originally delivered in the country. Possible the only one here at all. The climate for a classic car here is terrible, so the whole thing was completely rusted through with a blown engine and there was little left of the bed. The original owner took ik apart to rebuild the thing but never got to it. The owner before took the entie puzzle en started it as his own project. He put a VG30E in the car from a z31 non turbo with the z31 gearbox. He fabricated mounts to connect the Z31 rear subframe tot the car. So the 521 has independent rear suspension now. The brake booster from the Z31 was used and I have Z31 disc brakes (5 lug as european cars had 5 lug on non turbo cars as well) on all 4 corners. The Z31 steering column is used with a S130 power steering unit (which needs rebuilding). So in short: 3.0 V6, power steering, power brakes, disc brakes. Here are some pics: The entire floor of the cabin is new, most of the front is a placeholder plate because the grill wasn't there anymore. A lot of the bodywork is new steel. It's not perfect, but a good enough base to start from. The rear suspension is complete shit. The previous owner had and enormously heavy wooden bed on it which necessitated heavy duty air suspension. But it doens't do the car any justice. Because the subframe of the z31 was used it looks like it can be converted to coilovers quite easily, so that's the road I'm going to take. I really hate the look of the custom bed, because the proportions are way off. If I lower the rear to make the car level, the rear wheels will probably not fit in the fenders anyway. Because the cars were never sold here, it's impossible to find replacement parts nearby. So everything has to be imported. I don't think buying a pickup bed overseas is possible, so I'll probably have to custom fabricate something myself. In my opinion this will never be a collector truck and it was too far gone to keep it original. It's gonna be my third project for this year. Plans: 1) fix the steering play and power steering issues 2) Put in soms seats that don't wreck my back in 20 mins 3) Put in a different steering wheels (material is disintegrating) 4) Put different wheels and tires on 5) Take bed off and put in coilovers 6) Customize bed to fit new wheel position 7) Paint it (thinking about two tone red/cremewhite) 8 Make entire dashboard using ETB gauges 9) Drive Ideas, tips and comments are greatly appreciated. I know this isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I hope to get some positive connections going on this forum. Have a great day! 2 Quote Link to comment
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