Jump to content

New Guy and a Rusty project with potential


Recommended Posts

What's up, I've been lurking for a while now and figured it was time to introduce myself and my new undertaking.


Behold my $400 running (not quite driving yet) 620.
I met a guy at a bar who later became a drinking buddy, long story short we all ventured to his place one night for a bonfire and this gem as sitting in the driveway.
I asked him about the truck and he said "$400 it's yours! It runs but hasn't in a couple years."

Me being the sadistic person I am said, "SOLD!" I've always wanted a Japanese pickup and this was on my top 5.


After a AAA call a flat bead and a sleepless night of frantically making a shopping list I started the process of killing the cancer and getting her going.
At first it was just firing on what I could dump in the carb. PERFECT! That means she runs (and man did it sound great!)
Downside that means pretty much everything from the brake master and the clutch master/slave needed to be replaced.
I saw where they had deleted the mechanical pump and swapped in an electric, took the electric out, cleaned it up and got it pumping again.


And she lives! Needs a little fine tuning but she fired right up!


I have some major plans, but for now the most important thing is getting her safe to drive again.

I post almost daily updates on IG and TikTok: @Thenevercat 


The current list is:
Rocker panels. - $79.58 + shipping
Fenders. - $100 + shipping
Blower motor assembly.
Windshield. - $150-250
Rear suspension. - $60 + shipping*
Brake lines - ORDERED
Brake master cyl. - (Wilwood $134) standard $35
Rear wheel cylinders - $40
front L/R wheel cyl - $36
Clutch master cyl - ORDERED
Clutch slave cyl. - ORDERED
Fuel regulator*
clutch master hard line.

Cheers everyone!




  • Like 3
Link to comment
  • Replies 11
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

She's already rolling fine. The main concern is containing the frame rust and repairing the cancer spots that have already developed.
Also picked up a new friend I think fits nicely with her.



The clutch hydro system is all completely new now. the brakes are the only trouble (mainly those stupid 3 way banjo type wheel cylinders in the rear) Both of the rear bleeder screws snapped off and I'll have new wheel cylinders here hopefully within the week.

Drove her around the neighborhood before the brakes locked up a little and aside from some carb adjustments she runs and pulls hard!


As far as the light body work I've started grinding, filing and fixing most of the bed on one side.

My main issue now is the hood has clearly been wrinkled  so I'm on the hunt for a hood in better shape that's not going to cost me the price of the truck.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
4 minutes ago, AlexDeLarge said:

I hope ,for your sake, the wheel cylinders that are on the way have the "y connector" included. Many places picture the wheel cylinders with them, but end up coming without. Gotta have them for your bleeder....

I was sure to order ones that have the Y connector. I was able to bleed them via the banjo bolt, maybe not the most effective way but seems to have worked in a pinch.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
  • 3 weeks later...

Coming along. Decided to go raw metal with a diamond DTM clear coat (not coated just yet)
Lowered 3" now (wish I could go a tad lower but not willing to risk ripping out the torsion adjusters driving)
LOTS of new parts (new tail lights and plugs wired up, new door and windows seals)
Currently the dash has been pulled (the damn panel shattered so time for a custom dash)
Rebuilt all the switches and steering column controls.
Wheels and tires coming soon 15x10 -51 (or -60) still need to math with the flares.
Tracked down a bunch of vacuum stuff on the carb so pulling and redoing the gasket.
Found out I have a Canadian carb...? So making a block off for the booster this weekend as well.

New bed latches OTW.

FYI if you order the window seals from ebay (Thailand) the inner seal will not fit out of the box. 

Buddy has a 5.3 just hanging out I might throw in it. But still hoping I can find a KA24de for a reasonable price. 



  • Like 1
Link to comment

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.

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.

  • Create New...

Important Information

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