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    Posted: 05 Apr 2015 at 8:54am

Hello, as of last weekend, I be a new member of the Datsun community. To make a long story short, I have been looking for quite a while now for a vintage Japanese vehicle. After being patient (about 2 or so years) I found this. Other than washing it, this is exactly how I received it...


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Some imperfections...


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There is some surface rust that has begun to form on the bottom of the rockers. For living in New England all of it's life, this small amount is actually more than acceptable...


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Aside from some scaling on the frame, the floors and frame are free of rot.


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Paint code.


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Motor compartment, as I got it.


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Under-hood silver insulation. Is this OEM?


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Thanks for looking...!

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That is one good looking truck!  Lots of character, at least that's what I call my dents and scratches.  Attack the rust now or it will sneak up so fast you wont be able to control it!

As far as I know there was never insulation on the bottom of the hood of any 620.  Your truck is very original!  Great great truck!!  How does the interior look?  I'm assuming pristine??  
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Nice one factory. Looks like it was worth the wait. Give us some interior pics.
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welcome to DMT. nice 620
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Thanks guys. The truck came with some cool original bits.


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...and a full history.


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So, from what I have put together:


The original owner is unknown (no records), and turned in the vehicle to the ford dealer after 1-2 years of ownership and putting on 13,470 miles. 


The previous (2nd) owner purchased it in January 1980 for $4528.93. It was purchased/registered under the wife of the owners name, so her name appears on any of the dealer-produced records, but his on anything others.


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They seem to have saved almost every inspection report, insurance card, service receipt, even receipts from when they purchased carb-cleaner and other bits from the local auto-parts store. I put together a quick timeline for the dates and mileage. The mileage for the inspection reports is rounded to the nearest thousand, unfortunately. The truck didn't move other than going to get inspected from 1988 to 1995. It received it's final oil change in September of 2003, and he past away shortly thereafter. It sat in the garage with 30,809 miles until I took ownership last week (his wife past away so the estate was sold off). It was always garaged by him, so the paint is not faded and still retains a nice shine.


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Amazingly enough, with new oil, draining the tank and putting in new gas, and a new battery (checked all fluids as well) it fired up immediately. Gotta love Datsun's. It was driven around the neighborhood a bit, then I took it home for the 2 hour trip without a hiccup. I was amazed. Besides the tires being out of balance from sitting, it was smooth and tight.


It was obviously barely driven in winter, well, barely driven period. Datsun's are almost nonexistent in the Northeast with all the salt and sand dumped on the roads 3-4 months a year. 


I'll have plenty of questions along the way guys, so thanks for the warm welcome. I'll get some interior shots up soon. Hope you enjoy, I know I love looking at pictures off all your Datsun's on here...

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Originally posted by EzCruiser EzCruiser wrote:

That is one good looking truck!  Lots of character, at least that's what I call my dents and scratches.  Attack the rust now or it will sneak up so fast you wont be able to control it!

As far as I know there was never insulation on the bottom of the hood of any 620.  Your truck is very original!  Great great truck!!  How does the interior look?  I'm assuming pristine??  

I don't know why the previous owner put that insulation on the underside of the hood... funny.

Stage 1 will be to get the interior buttoned up like it should be. I'll get some pics up soon.
Sttage 2 will be gathering and installing some de-smoging parts
Stage 3 will be to have the rockers sanded and resprayed in the original blue, hopefully before anymore rust sets in. It's living in my garage so it should be in good shape.
Stae 4 will be to disassemble the bed and cab from the chassis, blast and repaint the chassis, replace bushings, brake lines, ect. and repaint the motor, trans and rear axle. Also reseal and freshen up motor where it needs it.


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Wow! That is a super looking truck.  Things under the hood look original.  My '75 620 has that same front bumper.  I think you and I are pursuing the same goal.  I have a long list of stuff to do to my 620.  Keep us posted on your progress and I'll do the same.  Next up for me is re-upholstering the bench seat and installing a new headliner.
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Here's some interior shots. Guess what, it's blue..! Unfortunately, I am missing the original tool bag, but the original jack and jack parts are there.


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Floors look nice.


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This seat-back accessory was stuffed with documents. Pretty cool...


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The left gauge hole is blank, but has a 5-digit number-tracker thingy.


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The two unfortunate bits: The previous owner decided he wanted to get all high-tech and have FM, and a digital clock. He removed the ashtray, and used some wire to hang the little FM transmitter (so no holes were drilled). He also removed the blank plate from the center console and made his own up from some masonite and mounted the clock in it. As you can see, wiring was not his forte.


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OEM floor mats are like new, since he had old carpet remnants cut into floor mats when I got it. Unfortunately, the kick panels are also not original, and a bit crude. I am trying to source some new ones now...


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As you can see, he had something mounted to the side of the parcel tray. Maybe to hold a gun? 


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Headliner is like new.


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Seats are nice and vinyl-y.


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Shift boot has just about had it...


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Since the truck wasn't used much, dead bugs spent some time on the metal part of the dash, which led to some small surface rust.


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Wow nice truck!!!! Very clean.    The shift boots are still available new  at the dealer for about $36.  Thank you for the pictures.  The inside of your cab is extremely clean.  Keep us updated.
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Very nice truck, good score

I have a odd request. Can you get pictures of the fuel tank and how it mounts?
I ask because I have always thought I had an 11.9 gallon fuel tank ........till I needed a tank...........my early year 78 king cab has the 11.9 gallon fuel tank, my 79 has a 13 gallon and they mount differently.
Still on the never ending quest to squeeze more from an L series
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