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    Posted: 29 May 2010 at 9:03pm
I'm hoping to start my 1960 221 project. So where does an inept, non-mechanic start? It runs. The guy who hauled it put in a clutch slave cylinder__and believes he has it functioning with the original master and a new hose.
It has no brakes - the pedal won't push ( he did not force the issue ). So, does it make sense to start there?  If so, specifically what should I do. If parts are in order where should I start my search? Are parts from newer model vehicles interchangeable?
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Looks like you could go to the nissan dealership and lookup part numbers and cross references for those parts.

I would give the truck a good "once over" and take note of all the things you'd like to fix.  That's what I'm doing with my 521 at the moment.  It's just taking me forever.


I would make a list of models from that time, trucks and cars.  Like the 57 truck can be called by datsun 1000 or datsun 220 and so on.  I would watch ebay and search for datsun/nissan from 1957 - 1965.  That includes most everything near your truck's body style.  Chances are location of oem parts are going to come from over seas.  But, I would keep and eye on ebay!  A manual of some sort for a 60 datsun would be nice.

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About the brakes, I would open the reservoir on the master cylinder and see if it what the fluid looks like, if there is any.  You could probably rebuild it and the booster by mixing and matching parts.  See if you can tell what size the master cylinder is, should be writing on the side of it.
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I have always been told: estimate how long you think it will take to do the job, then triple it.  If you have never done it before, triple it again.  Since our old little trucks are getting hen's teeth rare, you don't want to make a mess of it.  
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I freed up the brake master cylinder today. It had fluid, but wouldn't move at all. Now it does. But I destroyed what was left of the 'dust cover'.  I forgot to write down the name on the side, but it also said 7/8.
I'm guessing the next step would be the wheel cylinders????????? Or should I try to bleed the system first?
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I would at least bleed the system then do a visual inspection.  Look for leaks and if you have the truck on jack stands or a lift, try rotating the wheels to see if any are brake locked and won't turn at all.  Would also be a great time to inspect the brake drums and brake shoes.  If it all checks out I would barely roll the truck and try to stop the truck with the brakes, maybe lay out a couple pieces of wood in front as an emergency stop if the brakes aren't working... safety first!
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Oh yeah, if you don't have another dust cap, use some saran wrap and a rubber band as a VERY VERY temporary cover.
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Someone suggested a gravity bleed. So, when I get done with a couple of maintenance items on driving vehicles I will go there.  Certainly will keep you updated.
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Is there a trick to getting the rear brake drums off? Castle nut and washer removed. Rust penetrate applied and applied, and applied again.  Will it require a puller?
I did get the front ones off - will post pictures of the cylinders for YOU ALL to potentially identify.
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