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Topic: burrito's NL320
Posted By: BURRITO
Subject: burrito's NL320
Date Posted: 23 Jan 2011 at 1:12pm
hello all,
 
my name is marco
 
i have a 1964 NL320 with a 63' front.... i am doing a mild restore and eventually get it back as good as new. it is a rolling project.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Posted By: alleycat
Date Posted: 23 Jan 2011 at 1:29pm
saweet

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Posted By: slam_dat_sun
Date Posted: 23 Jan 2011 at 1:30pm
Yeah that is all you need to do is a mild restore, this is a greatly preserved truck. I love these trucks for many many reasons, the main reason is because it is a Datsun of course, but one of the reason is because from the front view in a distance people mistake is for a 55 Chevy Bel air. Like cruising up to a mixed meet everybody stops and stares at the 55 Chevy rolling up and BAM what the hell that aint no 55 Chevy, well what the heck is it. It is our dirty little secret so figure it out for your self!!!!! So does anybody else think from a distance this looks like a micro 55 Chevy??????? Once again welcome to DMT

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Posted By: Charlie69
Date Posted: 23 Jan 2011 at 1:32pm
Hi Marco welcome to DMT.  I have met Marco & have dealings with off an on as I find parts that I know he needs.  Morco is a great person to deal with, very honest.  I consider him a personal friend.  Good guy,  right up there in the Slam Category!  LOL
 
I have not personally seen his truck but I hope to be able to assist Marco with the wiring and what ever else I can.
 
The man has heart when it comes to Datsuns.


Posted By: slam_dat_sun
Date Posted: 23 Jan 2011 at 1:35pm
AWWWW Charlie I am blushing! Embarrassed

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Posted By: BURRITO
Date Posted: 23 Jan 2011 at 1:58pm
haha,,,,, thanks charlie....i the same
 
nice to meet you slam
 
yeah, the datsun bug hit hard when i went to a car show full of fords and chevys at a bobs big boy a while back... i was only able to clean up the engine bay a little  and drove it down there on hopes and miracles (the truck was loosing its transmission/clutch) but i made it.... at first no one really saw it, because it was so small sandwiched between a fully custom chevy crew cab and a ford classic but i made some progress and got noticed. when i drove out the lot is when it impacted because a lot of people were looking saying "thats cool, what is that?!" what solidified my love for datsun trucks was the last carshow right before i lost my transmission in culver city. that car show, a lady walking by the trucks/cars i was parked next to and said "i dont care about these other ones, i want this one"... she said it was cute but thats besides the point, lol...
 
 
like i said, its getting there. slow progress but its getting there.
 
i'll post pics and update as they come
 
 
once again, thanks for the welcome everyone. :-)


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Posted By: 74datsun620
Date Posted: 23 Jan 2011 at 2:12pm
Awsume 320nl!!!!!Cool
Is the heater original?


Posted By: Charlie69
Date Posted: 23 Jan 2011 at 9:41pm
You should not blush Slam good people should be proud!


Posted By: Rusty
Date Posted: 23 Jan 2011 at 10:14pm

Very nice lookin original 320 Marco, welcome to the DMT forum. Keep us updated on any work you do on her.



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Posted By: BURRITO
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2011 at 1:06pm
i will rusty.
 
i love the logo for this site.
 
this truck is an awsome truck. i have to get back on it but when i do i will post pics.


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Posted By: BURRITO
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2011 at 1:11pm
74datsun620
 
actually the heater is original. i tried to refurbish it when i bought the truck but i bent/broke the toggle that turns the flow of coolant on/off so i took it out and fixed what i could.
 
i have another nihon heater which i will get to at a later date and see if it is salvageable but in california, it is never really cold, so i will wait for a good time so i can give that project more attention.
 
side note: those hoses are from some pool supply stuff i got at home depot. i liked the blue and it actually works. Wink
 
UPDATE:
here are the pics of the heater
before
after


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Posted By: EzCruiser
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2011 at 4:28pm
That's such a beauty!  Glad to see you here Burrito, you're going to love it here!

There's nothing like taking a datsun out and getting an "Man that is a rad truck!  What is it?" response out of someone!!!

What/who got you into datsuns, especially this 320?


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Posted By: BURRITO
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2011 at 5:59pm
Ezcruiser,
 
what/who got me into datsuns was wierd. i was actually looking for a nissan xe pick up which i wanted to lower and add rally's (ratrod theme) but i also was into 62-64 chevy nova's and wanted a classic car to cruise around and take my daughter. well, one day i was on craigslist and did my search and this truck popped up. i spoke to the guy, met with him, and gave me a respectable offer that my girlfirend approved of. haha. got it trailered home and did some cleaning since it was running and then took it online and didnt realize the impact the datsun NL seires had on the datsun community. since then, took it to a couple of shows but lost my transmission/clutch a long the way so i decided to do a mild restore. in a nut shell, make the truck road worthy and safe for me to drive.
 
i still love the nova and hope to have one some day but i love this truck too. this truck rare and though there are a lot of them out there, there isnt many running. plus, this truck has some smooth lines and thats what i like in a classic vehicle.
 
i'll get of my soapbox now but i have no regrets of owning this truck and hopefully get it back on the road to represent Datsuns and owners of Datsuns.
 
and i stand by my last statement. this build is for my daughter first but it shares the proudness of owning a datsun for every other owner out there.
 


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Posted By: BURRITO
Date Posted: 12 May 2011 at 12:10pm
got working on the truck again... painted the engine and wrinkle painted the valve cover. i wasnt too excited about the results but i am content. the problem was my media blaster which was having low pressure. ended up loosing 85% of my media and trying to finish off the engine with the rest. i spoke to a mechanic i know and he said to try walnut shells which i may do when i get my blast cabinet up and running. my goal is to make it to jccs this year. crossing my fingers.
 


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Posted By: EzCruiser
Date Posted: 12 May 2011 at 6:12pm
That looks pretty good* in my opinion!  Glad to see you chomping at the bit again!!






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Posted By: BURRITO
Date Posted: 12 May 2011 at 11:42pm
thanks EzCruiser...
 
went to the pomona swapmeet a few weeks ago and i ran into an idea i got from a few VW's. it is the two tone paint job for the rims. i made a rough practice rim as i'm still learning how to paint, strip, clean stuff.
 
does anyone have this option for their truck or any constructive criticism? i thought it looked kinda cool.
 
here is the before. since my media blaster is acting weird i used aircraft remover. good stuff.
primered:
finished prouct with the tape off:
with the dog dish on:
heres a head to head with the original rim and the painted rim. i didnt clear coat it because i just wanted to mess around and see what it would look like:
 
 


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Posted By: sanitys
Date Posted: 13 May 2011 at 8:43am
nice job on the wheels man


Posted By: EzCruiser
Date Posted: 13 May 2011 at 9:16am
I think that's a nice touch!  I would try to get closer to the color of the white walls instead of the gray.

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Posted By: bagged320
Date Posted: 14 May 2011 at 2:08am
motor looks good, i'm liking that black wrinkle finished cover


Posted By: BURRITO
Date Posted: 14 Jun 2011 at 1:09pm
im getting ready to paint the engine bay and i would like to remove the steering column. is there any tricks or something i need to look out for to remove it?

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Posted By: EzCruiser
Date Posted: 14 Jun 2011 at 1:48pm
Should be straight forward honestly.  Whatever you unbolt mark the splines so it goes back in the same spot.  A small gear puller would be necessary depending how far you want to go.  Or you could just wrap newspaper around it and tape it nice and tight and paint around it.  

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Posted By: Braden620
Date Posted: 14 Jun 2011 at 2:45pm
I just taped mine off and painted it less than 30 minutes ago. you can get around it pretty decent but if you want a professional job then remove it.

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Posted By: BURRITO
Date Posted: 14 Jun 2011 at 6:27pm
Braden620 - thanks for the info. i thought it was pretty simple but i wanted to ask before i jumped on this task.
 
yeah, i may paint around it to save time and hassle.
 
ill post pics when done.


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Posted By: BURRITO
Date Posted: 14 Jun 2011 at 6:30pm
Originally posted by EzCruiser EzCruiser wrote:

Should be straight forward honestly.  Whatever you unbolt mark the splines so it goes back in the same spot.  A small gear puller would be necessary depending how far you want to go.  Or you could just wrap newspaper around it and tape it nice and tight and paint around it.  
 
cool. thanks ez cruiser. i wanted to paint it seperately but i think i may just keep it on to save time.
 
tinkered with engines a little, new to steering components. im glad a 320 isnt too bad to learn from. Big smile Wink


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Posted By: BURRITO
Date Posted: 15 Jun 2011 at 2:51pm

here are some random pics of progress and set back:

pulled and drain the tank. since my fuel gauge on the truck didnt work i topped it off before the tranny went out so i had a full tank of bad fuel. i may still use the fuel as a cleaner before i take the rest to a recycling center. the main reason for the tank removal is i knew the tank was rusted. sadly it looked great on one side but rusty on the other. i assume at some point the truck sat for some time and the settled gas ate at the tank but that is just an assumption.

here is the tank off:


inside of the tank:



here is the fuel level gauge. tried to clean it up a bit before it got too late. i bought another one of ebay but it was the wrong one. if mine works, i will sell the other one (newer) if anyone is interested.:


the new one:


on another note, here is the taillight. never knew it was this bad. it is literally cracked in half and only held by the screws.




inside from the back...i may pressure wash the back because that is dirt on the inside and throw in new wires for the tailights:




question? do the back panels come off or is it a true testament to the NL, a unibody?...i have seen the fronts removed it think in some photos but i think they tacked on the fronts to mine . i will have to take a better look. if i can get in there, ill clean it up and throw some undercoat for protection.



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Posted By: Charlie69
Date Posted: 22 Jun 2011 at 4:27pm
Burrito, this is going to be the sweetest NL in CA when you get done.  Just take your time and enjoy the build process.  You have come a long way since you bought the truck.
 
Keep up the good work it is a beautiful work of art you are creating.
 
I hope to be making a trip to Phoenix in a month or so.


Posted By: BURRITO
Date Posted: 22 Jun 2011 at 5:56pm
charlie69 thanks. you have helped tremendously and been the guy to answer many questions, no matter how simple or crazy it is, and not make me feel like an idiot. i think you get this is my first rodeo at restoration so thanks for the understanding.

ill have 1000 ideas with a 1000 more questions for this truck but it still will be a build that will keep it as original as possible with a twist of some burrito style. lol LOL

thanks again charlie69 and all those who have helped.




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Posted By: BURRITO
Date Posted: 27 Jun 2011 at 2:58pm
update:

gas tank went to the local radiator shop for cleaning and he said it was a good tank and the damage wasnt too bad. just waiting for pick up or an update

* on a side note: did some research for an aftermarket fuel tank but i couldnt afford it. not bad pricing but when you start to add tank, sending unit, filler neck, etc... it gets expensive.
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also went to the all datson swapmeet in eaglerock and picked up some silicone hose and wanted to see if the pieces i bought will fit when i get the engine back in but nevertheless i did get a good price for the extra pieces the guy wanted to sell.

also picked up a fan with a fan shroud but like all impulse buys i did not know the size i needed for my radiator and the fan ended up a little bigger than expected. i may need to get a custom fan shroud made or make on myself but then again what you think. honest opinions please, will it work, too big, cool, yeah, not so much?.. :)

below is an pic of the fan and radiator only. i took the fan shroud off:


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then i also found a place here in southern cali that sell EPDM rubber sheet for the gaskets to the truck. what is a good size material for the headlight, taillight, signals
would you recommed 1/16" or 1/8"...i assume a decent seal is the idea but i bet the gasket is good for keeping the vibration down both are thin but i never cut gaskets for a build before so i could get some help on this: :geek:

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Posted By: smooth620
Date Posted: 27 Jun 2011 at 3:36pm
nice job on the tank, i just did my '76. spray some Eastwood for protection, it gives it a factory look.
 
mount that fan in front of your radiator, it should fit


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Posted By: BURRITO
Date Posted: 16 Aug 2011 at 3:51pm
updates:
i have my mechanic looking at the pre paint stages: LOL
 
 
then found out my less than one year beagle was chewing on my taillights.. arggg!.lol


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Posted By: EzCruiser
Date Posted: 16 Aug 2011 at 11:14pm
Excellent! Your mechanic has you working hard!  LOL

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Posted By: Zekeos
Date Posted: 17 Aug 2011 at 7:23am
looks good mate!


Posted By: BURRITO
Date Posted: 17 Aug 2011 at 1:27pm
thanks eveyone. i really appreciate the support. believe it or not, this is the motivation to keep on keepin' on. LOL
 
thans again.


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Posted By: EzCruiser
Date Posted: 17 Aug 2011 at 1:33pm
Well I expect to see that wiring fixed today then!!

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Posted By: Rusty
Date Posted: 17 Aug 2011 at 8:30pm
Lookin good Burrito, keep the updates comin.

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Posted By: BURRITO
Date Posted: 25 Aug 2011 at 5:49pm
update:

had to put the truck back on the ground for a moment and was pretty excited to see the truck on the ground. sadly, not much has come as for progress.


so i have been doing research on finding parts for the truck (bushings, swaybar bushing, dust caps, etc...). i have found some parts are universal all the way to the 620 truck so i started looking up the part numbers for the 521 on carpartsmanual.com and found two web pages that has these parts available. can anyone help me prove that these are legit web pages and not some scam website? i may use nissanpartszone but wont if told otherwise. i would also consider going to the dealership but i am not too happy with the way they charge for items. here are the websites below.


http://www.nissanparts.cc/ - - - www. - cc



http://www.nissanpartszone.com/ - - - www. - com


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Posted By: Braden620
Date Posted: 25 Aug 2011 at 10:36pm
they appear to be legit, order something small and see how it goes.

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Posted By: beebani
Date Posted: 27 Aug 2011 at 2:19am
nissanparts is a legit site, pretty sure I know a few people that have bought from there


Posted By: BURRITO
Date Posted: 03 Nov 2011 at 9:37pm
worked a little on the truck...slow process because a lot is going on in life right now. the bushings were the pain to cut because all the cutting tools were at work and didnt fit when i got them home but they look okay. a couple more suspension pieces and i will work on the disk brakes next or  the headlights.
 
 
also tried finishing washers on the truck. i like em' but the bolts were too big. need smaller ones but who knows, i may just leave them on there to save a little money.
 
on a side note:
i am looking for tailight bezels/chrome bezels for the tailight so if you have some or know someone willing to sell, please pm me.
 
and anybody that knows how to do it, i would eventually like to add 15" supremes but i dont know much about 6-to-5 lug adaptors or 5 lug conversions. if you have those skills or knowledge, please pm me.
 
 
 


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Posted By: Charlie69
Date Posted: 06 Nov 2011 at 4:17pm
Burrito, I have bought parts from nissanparts.cc. good people.  They are a dealership in I believe Oregon.
 
I am working on getting Gene to ship me your carb so I can get it rebuilt for you.
 
Did you get married?  Pictures or it didn't happen.


Posted By: BURRITO
Date Posted: 06 Nov 2011 at 11:12pm
hey charlie69, hope all is well up there. its funny because i was actually thinking how you were doing.
 
no worries about the carb. thank you for helping me. i went to a carb place near my home the other day and questioned about a nikki carb because the glass window looked cool but he said the weber was a way better choice to go. -oh- and thank you gene for sending the hubs out with him during swdp meet a few months ago.
 
yes, i did get married. never in my life i thought i would have but she stayed. even after i bought the NL320, haha..... ill send pics. :-)
 
hope all is well, dont know if you are going to make it back to AZ in the winter but i plan to spend a few days out there and drive back christmas morning. i will have to check and see if quartzite will be open xmas day. if you come down, shoot me a pm or call me up.
 
 
not much this weekend. was going to undercoat the front side fenderwells but it was raining and a little cold for us california weary weather dudes. i hope to get to it by this weekend.


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Posted By: Devon's63
Date Posted: 18 Mar 2014 at 5:57pm
Funny you would compare the 55 too the L320. I do see what you mean.
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Posted By: EzCruiser
Date Posted: 18 Mar 2014 at 11:00pm
Devon-  Do us all a favor and post up your 320 build with the OEM tailgate...  hehe!

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