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Dick Dean's Dot Rod

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Topic: Dick Dean's Dot Rod
Posted By: Pharouh
Subject: Dick Dean's Dot Rod
Date Posted: 22 Dec 2010 at 8:32pm

Does anyone remember this? In the 70's Dick Dean sold a booklet on how to put a 32 Ford body on a Datsun truck chassis. this was all I could find.

Always the innovator, Dick marketed the "Dot Rod" kit car using the chassis and power train from a Datsun. The information packet sold for $10 and gave instructions on building a glass or steel '32-'34 Ford. If it was built correctly, this is how it looked.



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Posted By: slam_dat_sun
Date Posted: 22 Dec 2010 at 8:56pm
Wow I want 2 of them! LOL

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You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille


Posted By: Pa's Truck
Date Posted: 22 Dec 2010 at 9:02pm
Can't say I have heard of it but that would make interesting reading.  I love hot rods and the bare bones engineering in them.
 
There is a pickup in Meadows of Dan, Va., that is on a Datsun truck frame/engine/driveline that is made entirely of wood!  Body, doors,bed, dash, hubcaps, hood ornament,  mirror frames, door handles like round door knobs, interior panels and in the back a log chain about 6-8' long carved from one piece of wood.
 
The owner bought it from the builder and said he would sell for $12.000 if anybody is interested.  Just go to the Poor Farmers Market in MOD and ask.  They would know him.


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Posted By: Pharouh
Date Posted: 22 Dec 2010 at 10:04pm

i'd like to see that.

I've wondered several times what a Datsun woodie would look like. Built on a 620 chassis. 

From the windshield back would be made of wood. It's been done to VWs and other cars.



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You can't have too many Datsuns


Posted By: Pharouh
Date Posted: 23 Dec 2010 at 6:05pm

I did a quick photochop just because.. I didn't spend a lot of time on it in case everyone hated it. But I came up with a 620 woody. It could be shortened and made a 2 door. Whatdayathink? Too much like a Wagoneer? I can draw it better on paper. I may try that.  




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Posted By: slam_dat_sun
Date Posted: 23 Dec 2010 at 10:20pm
Originally posted by Pharouh Pharouh wrote:

I like it a lot, I think it would look awesome if the hood and fenders were painted  black cherry! I would love love love to see a real nice sketch of it!

I did a quick photochop just because.. I didn't spend a lot of time on it in case everyone hated it. But I came up with a 620 woody. It could be shortened and made a 2 door. Whatdayathink? Too much like a Wagoneer? I can draw it better on paper. I may try that.  




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You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille


Posted By: Pharouh
Date Posted: 23 Dec 2010 at 11:09pm

Thanks slam!  Yeah,a darker color would look better. Even a dark green or blue. That picture was handy so I used it.


Have a nice Christmas!



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You can't have too many Datsuns


Posted By: slam_dat_sun
Date Posted: 24 Dec 2010 at 1:08am
I can't wait to see what you come up with, I know you got very good art skills and you will please all!

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You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille


Posted By: Knottyhead
Date Posted: 24 Dec 2010 at 1:28am
i would like to know what rack was used under this thing

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Still on the never ending quest to squeeze more from an L series


Posted By: Pharouh
Date Posted: 24 Dec 2010 at 11:32am

Originally posted by Knottyhead Knottyhead wrote:

i would like to know what rack was used under this thing


You mean frame? If I understand right,it's a pickup frame. I pm'ed a guy on jalopy journal that had an old post about the brochure. Haven't heard from him yet. May not.



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Posted By: Knottyhead
Date Posted: 24 Dec 2010 at 12:16pm
i understand that it sits on a Datsun truck kingpin drum brake frame but it appears to have rack and pinion steering and i would like to know what rack was used under it 

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Still on the never ending quest to squeeze more from an L series


Posted By: 1LO620
Date Posted: 29 Dec 2010 at 8:26pm
Dick Dean is the guy who chopped my ..well chop top 620.. He dies a few years back, but his son Keith still has a shop.He had a  smooth VW Square back, and his shop then was Kidd Dean Kustoms..he did lots of minis and VWs..


Posted By: Pharouh
Date Posted: 29 Dec 2010 at 8:50pm
Thanks for sharing!  Love that truck!

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Posted By: Pharouh
Date Posted: 05 Jan 2011 at 8:26pm

More on the dot rod-if this works  It' s a pdf file.  


http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=1186165&d=1293079641



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Posted By: Pharouh
Date Posted: 05 Jan 2011 at 9:06pm

OK,after reading the brochure. Well drooling and dreaming is more like it-LOL

It uses Pinto rack and pinion. Now,this was made in 75,so longbeds were just coming out. Seems like they would be better as far as proportions. He says you move the engine back about 15 inches but the hood will still be about 5" too long. Another thing is the rear leaf springs. They stick out the back,and look kind of ugly. I'm thinking coilovers for the rear. You could even go with a straight axle in the front for a more traditional look.



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Posted By: Rusty
Date Posted: 05 Jan 2011 at 10:37pm
I like your 620 goon drawing Pharouh. Does anyone out west know if the Varmit 620 is still around anywhere, I take it thats an old pic. 

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Posted By: Pharouh
Date Posted: 05 Jan 2011 at 11:13pm

Thanks!

I thought he was on here or ratsun. I think he uses it on his avatar. Flames are different.



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Posted By: 74datsun620
Date Posted: 05 Jan 2011 at 11:41pm
I think it is 1Lo620's pickup.
Same pickup I think!!!


Posted By: Sick620
Date Posted: 06 Jan 2011 at 5:31pm
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=62550 - http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=62550


Posted By: Pharouh
Date Posted: 06 Jan 2011 at 7:03pm

Thanks for posting that Gage! I tried seaching there,but I didn't go far enough.

I like this quote:

"Datsun/Nissan 620 doesn't ring a bell with me, what year range would those trucks be? BTW, anybody know what bolt pattern or typical axle ratios those came with? If its a five lug pattern, the rear end could be a good match for a four banger or an inline six."

Heretic!  Throw him to the floor!

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K8_jgiNqUc 



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Posted By: chevyscott
Date Posted: 28 Jan 2015 at 11:56pm
 If anyone is looking for the Dick Dean 32 dot rod i know where it is and it will be for sale at the right price it wont be cheap.Iam looking for a motor for it the one in it was over heated.

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Posted By: Jester
Date Posted: 02 Feb 2015 at 2:21am
Would love to see some current pictures of the car now. 



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