Jump to content

1971 Datsun 521


Zonargx

Recommended Posts

As I've pointed out before, the factory manuals are available for download online in multiple places....including my site.

As you can see in this pic, the factory ride height has the UCAs angled downward, so when you lower the suspension, you're going to get more positive camber.  A few pages further in the manual tells you that the factory setting for camber is just over 1 degree.  If you put washer between the cross shaft and the shock tower, make sure you get longer, high grade(grd 8, at least)bolts or they'll pull out, destroying the threads.  As Mike mentioned, it will affect your toe setting as well, so if you can't set that yourself, take it to an alignment shop.


 

Picture0001.jpg

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 2
Link to post
  • Replies 437
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Posted Images

15 hours ago, banzai510(hainz) said:

I been trying to a get a set of those also. but never in stock

 

I have plenty of them on hand....just pm me.  Weebly bought...or got bought by....Square, so they've screwed all the Paypal users.

 

  • Like 2
Link to post

I think I’ll just get those washer on my self. Same for both sides until I get the whole steering parts bought to put that together and then actually take it to get an alignment 

  • Like 1
Link to post
3 minutes ago, banzai510(hainz) said:

the stock rubber units (upper bushing wear out. Im on my 3rd set

Mike's kits are 1000 times better than the stock rubber....

He uses a nylon spacer with it between the metal and the bushing so it's not twisting itself like the stock ones do... 

  • Like 3
Link to post
16 hours ago, Zonargx said:

@datzenmikeadd same amount for rear? If I put shims to take the positive camber off how do I give it the same to the rear? I have never messed with car in this way were I lower and adjust heights I have always been a huge fan of stock look up until now haha.the actually look to me that they are more of zero camber only the fronts have that ugly positive camber

 

 

ill post pics of the front drop tomorrow 

Is the camber in the rear off? If it is, maybe the axle is bent. There are ways to repair a bent housing, so if it is bent, understand that it can be fixed.

 

Or maybe you were just wondering if it was possible to adjust the rear camber. The short answer is no.

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1
Link to post

Looks even to me. You don't want the back higher than the front. Some like the rear slightly higher, called rake. Most trucks have a little rake and when carrying cargo it evens out.

  • Like 2
Link to post

I'm pretty sure that when the reference was made to "front" and "rear", it was in reference to the two bolts holding the UCA cross shaft and how it would affect caster.  Both caster and camber changes will affect the toe.  

 

These are the bushings that have been referred to.  http://www.bluehandsinc.com/320520521620drum-urethane-uca-bushings.html  

If you have questions about these, pm me, don't clutter up this thread with them.

 

Edited by mklotz70
  • Like 3
Link to post

Where do we get the correct transmission mount for a 521 4 speed?

the one I bought was listed for a 521 and looks similar but has the bottom hole pointing downwards like a Chevy type the one in my truck has them sideways or do 521 owners just drill the hole and remove the side bolt?

  • Like 1
Link to post
4 minutes ago, Zonargx said:

Where do we get the correct transmission mount for a 521 4 speed?

the one I bought was listed for a 521 and looks similar but has the bottom hole pointing downwards like a Chevy type the one in my truck has them sideways or do 521 owners just drill the hole and remove the side bolt?

You dont unfortunately, they dont exist anymore....

And unfortunately it's not as easy as just drilling 2 holes....

I'm not sure what others have done, I remade my bracket to make it work... 

I think there is a guy here redeye who makes engine and transmission mounts for motor and transmission swaps..... he makes a bracket to swap to a 71b 5spd but maybe he could make one to fit the older 63 series 4 spds to use the available mount....

  • Like 2
Link to post

Fyi they sell a lot of parts for the 521 that are not correct so be careful ordering stuff....

Ones I know

Motor mounts 

Transmission mount

Rear outer wheel seal

Front inner wheel bearing...

And some switches and other stuff...

I still get bit in the ass with it... the rear wheel seal just got me....

 

  • Like 2
Link to post

Im gonna end up doing an engine swap to the truck waiting on what comes up soon either an l20 or a ka24e or de.

if I get a l20 I will get a 5 speed for it still will need a new trans mount bracket just not sure what route I’ll end up going. I would just want to put a new mount on my transmission for the mean time because Its worn out.

  • Like 1
Link to post
8 minutes ago, Zonargx said:

Im gonna end up doing an engine swap to the truck waiting on what comes up soon either an l20 or a ka24e or de.

if I get a l20 I will get a 5 speed for it still will need a new trans mount bracket just not sure what route I’ll end up going. I would just want to put a new mount on my transmission for the mean time because Its worn out.

I guess that all depends on time line, if your planning a motor swap save than mount because you'll still need it...

If you have a welder or friend who does you can easily make a bracket for now.... doesnt have to be pretty just functional....

  • Like 2
Link to post

L20B is about a drop in as there is. It's the same engine as the L16/18 but 3/4" taller just below the head. And larger displacement. Get one with a flywheel still on it as the L16/18 ones don't fit. You can use the L16/18 exhaust manifold and oil pan and pickup tube. Your 4 speed will work with this till you get a 5 speed. I did this in the '70s.

  • Like 2
Link to post

It’s been hard getting an l20 around los Angela the day I saw one posted I was at work just hours being posted I hit the guy up he never replies then told me the next day I’m my day of he had already sold it. Bummer 

  • Like 1
Link to post
  • 2 weeks later...

well I’m gonna be ka swapping my truck soon just gathering the rest of the parts. 
 

I will be selling a pretty fairly new used Weber carb 32/36 with manual choke if anyone is interested? 

  • Like 1
Link to post
18 hours ago, Zonargx said:

well I’m gonna be ka swapping my truck soon just gathering the rest of the parts. 
 

I will be selling a pretty fairly new used Weber carb 32/36 with manual choke if anyone is interested

 

I've got a few L20's I'd sell, if only you were closer. Try the "classifieds" if your selling off the unneeded parts, you'll have better luck selling there. > https://ratsun.net/classifieds/

  • Like 1
Link to post
18 hours ago, Zonargx said:

ka swapping

Are you good at wire harness and electronics and relays  ect......  extra 2-3 k  minimun to finnish this  evn if motor was 500$.. Dont say Painless wire thats a misnomer.  You keep the org harness in there!!!No matter what you do.  you use the engine managment harness to run the motor.

 

otherwise I would not do it thats a cool truck. Its your truck and friday when I drove mine 3 people pull up to me and yell cool truck. Its not cool in back of yeard never to get done, AI have a L16 and its just as finer to drive and EZ to repair

  • Like 1
Link to post

it’s to late for me to turn back the ka motor got work done already just awaiting on the head,piston rings..main bearings and rod bearings to put it together. @banzai510(hainz)i am gonna be using the stock hardness so it’s just a plug and play only thing I would have to do is wire up the starter,alternator and ignition switch. I can probably clean it up later once it’s set and running

  • Like 2
Link to post

PM Icehouse on here

Jeff has the CAN AM box for the 3 relays board with lighted diodes  for the KA motor harness to get power to it.

 

  sure you seen this.

 

But Jeff(icehouse) makes it look EZ. Thats how he tricks kids now a days. he gets them to do these KA/SR swaps then they quit and scoops up all the parts later for dime on the dollar and swaps a couple wires and Ban its running.  He just got the Green 510 wagon . he said it took him like a hour and bam it was running and didnt run for years!!!

 

I found Jeff a 12v KA and kid has a 240sx/ said he put a SR in there the KA was bad. I told Jeff. Jeff got it down to Im doing you a favor Ill take it. Whats wrong. I dont know what wrong with motor.  Jeff later tells me he put spark plugs in and ran fine. WTF. ???

 

Edited by banzai510(hainz)
  • Like 2
Link to post

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.