Welcome to Datsun Hell!

Here's the car as it came out of Seth's driveway. Yes, that is moss growing on the hood.

A couple of details. The rust along the seams isn't as bad as it looks.

The off-color paint should have clued me in as to what was waiting under the rocker panels. Someone had slapped bondo over a bunch of rust, which was hiding most of the nasty stuff.

This is a 1962 Datsun L320 1200 pickup.

Seth got this car about four years ago from someone who had it sitting around and didn't want it, they were going to have it hauled away to a junkyard, but said Seth could save them the trouble and haul it away himself, which he did.

No auto web page would be complete without an engine shot, so here it is. Some previous owner has replaced the carb with a Weber DGV, and the ignition coil and alternator are now Bosch.

Restoration Pictures

The pictures of the work in progress were getting huge, so I moved them off to a seperate page.


For some info on engine parts for old Datsuns, see http://www.farm.net/~mason/datun-parts.html

To see how Datsun/Nissan intended the pickup to look in 1958, see this (low res) or this (high res)

For a little info on vintage Datsuns from the factory see http://www.nissannews.com/corporate/heritage/vehicles

Joe's Datsun 510 Page has some pickup info and pics at http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/Speedway/4510/truckinfo.html

Some info on engine mods and swaps might or might not be helpful - look at http://kite.ois.net.au/~mpot/DatsunMods/engine.html

The Datsun Talk page is a good place to ask questions or look for answers - see http://www.nwde.org/Dattalk_toc.htm

The Datsuns.com DashBoard is another place with a lot of Datsun talk about new and old cars - look at http://www.datsuns.com/dashboard/dashboard.html H.D. Rogers & Sons supplies some parts for old Datsun's - see http://www.hdrogers.com/hdrasian.html

If ya got something to say then send mail to mason at farm.net