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1971 Datsun 521

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Does anyone know how I can get all the bushings for a 1971 521 I need all the bushings even the leaf spring bushing. When I did the front disk conversion I was gonna replace them but the local auto parts seem to not have any information on them. So basically what I need is just the upper spindle and lower bushings and leaf spring bushings.

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Moog is all out of almost everything, due to the bullshit covid thing. I am in Los Angeles also. You will have to search for all of it.

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16 hours ago, Zonargx said:

Does anyone know how I can get all the bushings for a 1971 521 I need all the bushings even the leaf spring bushing. When I did the front disk conversion I was gonna replace them but the local auto parts seem to not have any information on them. So basically what I need is just the upper spindle and lower bushings and leaf spring bushings.

I Mikeklotz (bluehands.com) is making them again get his upper spindle bushing.... better design....

 

What lower bushing are you trying to find? The one pressed into the frame?

 

I think I have the package for the rear leaf spring bushings in my garage... i can look for that later.....

 

From autozone...

Upper

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One in the frame

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I think these are the leaf spring bushings...

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They are listed for the 720, I know people swap the leafs onto the 521s so I think these are the ones but again I'd like to confirm it with the packaging in my garage ...

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On 9/14/2020 at 8:57 AM, Crashtd420 said:

I think these are the leaf spring bushings...

Screenshot-20200914-085316-Chrome.jpg

 

They are listed for the 720, I know people swap the leafs onto the 521s so I think these are the ones but again I'd like to confirm it with the packaging in my garage ...

I couldnt find the package in the garage or part number I used to verify this.... 

I'm gonna check my pictures and see if I have something there...

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Very curious too. I’m fairly certain mine are completely shot.

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The shackle bolt diameter is larger on the 521 than the 720.

 

Gene Knight was having a local spring shop custom make them for his 521.  The rear spring shackles on a 521 are different from any other Datsun/Nissan trucks.

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9 hours ago, Charlie69 said:

The shackle bolt diameter is larger on the 521 than the 720.

 

Gene Knight was having a local spring shop custom make them for his 521.  The rear spring shackles on a 521 are different from any other Datsun/Nissan trucks.

Really makes me wonder what I used ...

I have an extra shackle and bolt for the leaf springs I'll do some measurements and maybe try to see if I can find the part number i used in my notes... i dont remember having issues with things fitting...

This is why I said to verify, been a while since I installed mine....

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The 521 leaf spring bushings used to be on eBay all the time. Now they show up once in a while.  If I remember cxorrectly the 521 takes long and short bushings.

 

521 leaf spring bushings

 

 

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My 66 520 had straight shackles not the like the ones pictured above

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Ok so the two small one are for upper Ans the long one is for lower. So for the leaf springs they change based off what type of shackles I have ?

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My right side bushings are shot and I want to rejuvenate the ride. Am I gonna need a press to press some of this bushings in and out?

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Shouldn’t need a press, but they could be pretty cruddy and stuck from rust. Should be able to pop them out with a punch and a hammer.

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They rust and the rubber grips the rust. I've never had them come out without a LOT of work.

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charlie69: thanks for the shout out

 

i do have a local shop who is making them for me and i switched my leaf springs to 720 nissan 4x4 leaf springs and i tried them on stock 521 leafs to compare the difference between 720 and 521 leaf eyelets.  i can get the shop to make some more up if interested

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After the disk brake conversion new bushing will make the truck feel smoother and also I’ll be putting in new shocks and possibly tires

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Just a suggestion, I have found that as old as these trucks are if you find a part you need buy it because it might be a while before the part shows up again.

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