Hi new to the forum, have read all the posts lots of good stuff here.
This is my new to me truck, really like the old 4 bangers, they last forever.
Nissan / Datsun king cab (kn720)
engine 2.4L Z24
2wd / auto
Purchased for $1650 5 Jan 2010
speedo broken at 150,000
pretty clean for the age some spot rust (Love southern cars!), bed all scratched up, tailgate still works (handle intact) doors open and close fine, same with the hood, lights and wipers all functional. Horn doesn't work (possible relay, fuse, button, or wiring)
is pretty beat up, but still decent for its age, seats are thrashed, wiring is pretty hacked up, aftermarket oil pressure reads great oil pressure, bat and alternator reading perfect (independently confirmed with multimeter), all gauges function except speedo, no radio the prior install was obviously a DIY job (wires shoved into fuse block, hacksaw looking din cut job etc...), carpet stained, dash severly cracked, existing speakers looks factory and rotted, windshield wiper metal bar toggle missing, peice of plastic shoved in its place. back jump seats missing.
looks like the carb was replaced at some point (missing stock air assy) and Vac line delete, runs decent could use a tune up, hesitates under load, skips a little (under load). oil pan leak minor, little smoke when first started, doesn't like to start in the cold, still engine looks pretty clean for the age
is pretty thrashed (more DIY rigging),
seems stiff, alot of crud on ball joints (can't tell their condition), pulls to the right (if ball joints are good just an alignment would do the trick), sway bar bushings and other rubber suspension components show minor dry rot,
good slight squeak in reverse prolly be needing new pads soon, otherwise no anomolies in braking (pulsing, sinking etc...)
seems solid, shifts well, all gears. Rear diff nothing out of the ordinary there.
dry rotted, nice chrome wheels.
All in all a good project truck lots to do.
Its a daily driver, so time to prioritize. (obtain, and maintain clean running, good fuel efficiency, economical repairs/ improvements)
hook up basic stereo (got to have tunes man) (done jvc deck kd-s37 ($120) 2 x 5 1/2 pioneer 3 way speakers ($37 a pair), fit near leg forward of door (factory holes) Made stand offs to add depth using template and some styrofoam poster board worked like a champ, had to drill new mounting screw holes of couse.
replace tires (done douglas walmart cheapo's $67 a piece w/ service and warrantee)
TODO (plan of attack)
replace fluids & filters, replace vacuum lines, ignition componants if necessary(wires, plugs, rotor, points,) tune the thing up basically, check timing, choke, and carb idle, pcv, check fuel presure, check cylinder pressure (condition of head gasket specially between 2 and 3)
if carb is foobar replace with fuel efficient model otherwise drive it till it breaks, at some point replace Mech fan with electric and wire for temp operation (will improve efficiency)
Alignment / suspension (replace ball joints it necessary) If I have to get into that I'll prolly replace all the bushings while I'm down there, and oil pan gasket while I have it all tore up.
electrical (get a couple cheap fuse blocks, and a long terminal strip) label everything a provide for future electrical requirements (blank terminals pre-sourced for lights, etc... seperated by type (constant, ignition, lights, etc....) led fuses for quick trouble shooting) New mains wires (ground and positive) run future (stereo)amp mains.
Get Exhaust repaired
!!!figure out what I'm going to do about dash and custom console!!!
Interior strip, run wiring for rear speakers, and amp, install custom interior lights ?bed light, and 3rd brake light?, investigate power locks feasibility, install other misc electrical (12rec)
install carpeting, paint non-cloth interior pieces, reassy.
Install Sub box, amp, etc...
take a break
exterior body work / paint
I'm an electrician (5 years industrial electrician) with minor mech / fab skills. Good at troubleshooting, replacement, basic maint stuff, but I'm kinda lost with other adjusts
(timing, carb tuning, measuring pressures of various systems, I'll be learning as I go). Looking forward to helping where I can with electrical specific questions, but will probably be leaning on the forum for mech advice.
Currently a full time student (physics major) / disabled vet (Army Infantry 2 combat tours 5yrs) I have alot of time to play
Just moved to the area (Boaz, Al) there seems to be alot of shade tree mechs, but I'm looking for a good machine shop, and a decent reliable (trustworthy) mechanic (shop). To handle the stuff that I just don't feel comfortable getting into. Also going to start looking for area junkyards for future source of parts in the event I need anything.
Its good to be a part of this forum and look forward to interacting with yall
Pictures to follow as soon as the snow melts