Joyce’s ‘71 521 Farm Truck

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Joyce’s ‘71 521 Farm Truck

Post by Byron510 » 17 May 2018 04:16

Well a new Datsun project found its way to my door step last weekend. My wife really admired a local 521 years ago that she saw come to our local shows and had mentioned a number of times that she’d like one. This particular example came from Vancouver Island. I have no history on it, but it’s enduring quality is that it has been relatively untouched over its 47 years on this earth. Aside from a fabricated rear bumper sporting different tail lights, a DIN radio hole in the dash, an electric fuel pump under the hood which had been disconnected and a rad swap from W.H.Y., the truck seems to be pretty much original with all original interior parts still present aside from the original floor matt. The trim and rubber all in good shape, and all trim is there.
The body has some rust, but nothing that can’t be dealt with. Floors and cab mounts are solid, but the box and tail gate will need quite a bit of work. Original tail lights will need to be sourced.
The front end sheet metal however seems to be great shape, and the grill has survived its years unscathed. Under the hood, all seems quite original, right down to the original windshield washer bag which is still in place.
Glass all seems good. My wife and I both love the old farm truck mirrors. These will be mounted in a more substantial way but will be retained.

The project? There are no plans to lower it or mod it too much. Aside from paint and upholstery work on the seat, I don’t plan to make too many changes.

One upgrade I would like to perform to the front end is ball joints and disc brakes.

I have seen a fella on Ratsun that makes custom upper control arms that utilize a combination of 620,720 & D21 parts to make a conversion to vented discs and ball joints that ends up being about 2.5” wider in track. Is there another solution that you guys are aware of? I remember reading about the 520 with all the Miata front end, but bering in mind this is still a truck, it may be overkill. But maybe not. For the few guys on here who’ve played with a king pin 521/620 drum brake front end, what are your thoughts?

I’ll need to downsize the photos and post them here for you all.

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Re: Joyce’s ‘71 521 Farm Truck

Post by two_68_510s » 17 May 2018 07:15

Cool, sounds like fun! I really miss my 521.
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Re: Joyce’s ‘71 521 Farm Truck

Post by MikeY » 17 May 2018 07:36

I'm glad the truck found a good home. One less thing to worry about this weekend.

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Re: Joyce’s ‘71 521 Farm Truck

Post by RMS » 17 May 2018 08:09

did Jason call you ? Lewis's blue 521 (last time I looked) had a great box, gate, and rear bumper ? .... just saying
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Re: Joyce’s ‘71 521 Farm Truck

Post by greenthumb » 17 May 2018 10:41

If Jason is parting that out, dibs on the hood if its still straight! :)

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Re: Joyce’s ‘71 521 Farm Truck

Post by greenthumb » 17 May 2018 10:41

Nice find Byron. Ya beat me to it!

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Re: Joyce’s ‘71 521 Farm Truck

Post by Byron510 » 17 May 2018 19:12

Hi Robyn, You'll have to put me in touch with Lewis again - it's been years! Can you text me his contact number? Thanks.

Which Jason are you referring? If its beebani23, I did get an email and will reach out to him.

Has anyone else done a conversion of some other sort for the 521?

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