Charlie 69's 1966 520

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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby Charlie69 » Tue Mar 08, 2011 1:13 am

No not at this time. Maybe at a later date. But I did order a pair of these,

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Hella 7" Round Headlamp Conversion with HB2 55w / 60w Bulb HE-70477BRetail price: $63.97 classicgarage.com

should be here tomorrow


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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby RB521 » Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:58 pm

Hey man I really love your truck, and I cannot WAIT for it to be complete. You are a meticulous builder, and are quite obviously worthy of owning it . It makes me so happy to see other Datto pickup guys in Arizona! ...p.s...we should have a meet this summer!!

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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby Charlie69 » Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:09 am

Thank you RB521for the praise & encouragement. I am plugging away and learning a lot as I go. Next time will be even cleaner.

Check your PMs.

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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby 67 411 » Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:17 am

Looks good man keep the updates coming you are keeping me motivated!

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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby bisquick246 » Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:09 pm

Charlie69, Is there a way to send you a direct message? I was looking on your profile page but couldnt find one. AZhitman told me I should get with you because you may have a wiper motor for a 66 WRL411 SSS. Can you let me know please?

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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby Charlie69 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:48 pm

Check your PM

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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby Charlie69 » Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:43 am

I am looking for the purple with a black stripe wire!

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Not yet

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Maybe over here

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THERE IS NO "FREAKIN" PURPLE WIRE WITH A BLACK STRIPE!!!!! :mad:

Well tomorrow in the daylight I will search the wiring on the patio.

Any way here is what I did to get an automatic power brake pedal in my 520 using the back part of the 620 pedal assembly bracket, the front part of the 520 pedal assembly bracket, a 620 power booster spacer, a 310 power booster, & a 280ZX master cylinder, oh almost forgot Mike Klotz's Master Piece Rod Extension (no guys it is a brake push rod extension). :chuckle:

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Tomorrow more wiring. :argh

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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby Charlie69 » Thu Mar 31, 2011 2:17 pm

Here is part of the reason it is taking so long to do my wiring. I am drawing a color keyed diagram as I go noting all the changes I am making to a stock 1980 Datsun 720 KC L20B Automatic 2WD wiring harness that had all the motor related wiring hacked out of it.

I had to mod the headlight circuit four 2 headlights instead of 4, add hi & low beam relays for the Hella HB2 headlight conversion (not necessary but did it for safety reason), add in the fuel pump circuit from a 1984 Datsun 720 KC wiring harness, Remove all uneeded wires, tailor fit to my 520 truck (relocating all the connections, shorten lengthen)as needed, replace all damaged wire (30+ year old harness), and the insrument cluster wiring mod for the 66 instrument cluster. Also add in the 1985 Datsun 720 ST 4x4 power window & door locks. I am using all Datsun/Nissan parts.

Here is a picture of the wiring harness that I am working on as I do the wiring. This is about 44" long x 33" high & took 25 pieces of 8.5" x 11" paper to print. After I finish it and all wiring is tested I will have a copy center print in color on poster sized paper then have them laminate it.

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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby AZhitman » Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:49 pm

HOLY crap.

Y'know, a lot of people might underestimate my man Charlie - He's freakin' smart. Wiring is my least-favorite task.

Now I know who to call next time I have some extra cash and a pile of tangled wires! ;)

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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby Charlie69 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:53 pm

Never did find the purple with black stripe wire. It turned out the power window/door lock wiring plug is purple & black. I am not sure how many times I had this plug in my hand looking for the purple & black wire, Boy do I feel like a dumb a** now. LOL

Check out what came in the mail today.

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NOS Datsun/Nissan won it on ebay. I hope that whoever I was bidding against will still talk to me. I liked ebay better when you saw the other bidders screen name. Now I will have a good speedo & an almost zeroed odometer.

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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby Charlie69 » Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:38 pm

The painter came over today and gave me a price & I gave him a time frame.

I am going to Elco Nevada next Wednesday to interview for a job. If I get it I will stay in Nevada working for at least a month.

The painter will have my cab & my bed with all the other parts while I am gone. I need to restock my bank account & get both feet back under me from being unemployed.

When I come back for a few days off hopefully around June 1st, it will be to gather up my truck and some comfort items and I will tow it back to Nevada where I will finish it. I am hoping to have this truck completed interior and all by the end of the summer.

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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby Charlie69 » Wed Apr 20, 2011 11:14 pm

Here are my Hella H4's waiting to be installed in my 520. Bolt & plug in easy upgrade. Running DOT legal HB2 55w / 60w Bulbs. These bulbs only draw 5 amps continuous & 10 amps at start up, so the stock wiring is adequate. I do recommend adding head light relays though to take the load off of the headlight switch. I also re-configured the placement of the wires at the headlight plug to match the 1980 720 wiring harness.

I also drilled the holes out in the buckets for rubber grommets and installed new asphalt impregnated woven loom over the wires to help protect them.. I plan on rebuilding the front parking lamps & tail lights also.

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I also picked up the rest of the paint supplies today Total for paint supplies was $385

Paint supplies included

1gallon High build primer
1 quart High build primer hardenener
1 gallon acrilic enamal single stage paint custom mixed color
1 pint acrilic enamal single stage paint metalic silver
1 pint acrilic enamal single stage paint metalic black
1 quart acrylic enamal hardener
1 gallon high temp fast reducer
1 gallon gun clean up solvent

The paint is a dark metalic burgundy and the truck will be 2 toned and will have some stipping on it. The silver & black metalic are for stripping & to lighten & or darken the paint.

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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby LaughingBull » Thu Apr 21, 2011 6:47 pm

Nice score on the speedo. 30k more miles and I'll be back at zero! I really need to do a headlight conversion, can't see much at night. I did it once on an old honda cb, wow what an improvement. I didn't see any clear coat listed, gonna skip? Thats not bad pricewise, what brand paint did you go with?

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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby Charlie69 » Fri Apr 22, 2011 12:52 am

The speedo is not a 520 or 521. It will not fit the housing. Possible 411 or 510 Speedo.

It is single stage Omni Acrylic Enamal. This will be a dailey driver and the sun in AZ eats up clear coats.

I got the Hella's from Classic Garage The Hella's are Glass lenses unlike rhe cheaper Ebay plastic lenses

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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby Charlie69 » Sun Apr 24, 2011 12:44 am

Removed cab today & shipped to painter.

A huge thanks to Tom Dat620 & Gene Kinight for all they did today. Great to have friends!

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More pictures & info later.

Happy Easter

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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby Charlie69 » Sat Jun 18, 2011 5:03 pm

While I am in Nevada working my 520 is having the body caressed and glossed by my painter in Phoenix. I hope to have pictures soon.

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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby AZhitman » Sat Jun 18, 2011 10:04 pm

Charlie!

Do you have a cell phone up there? I was gonna call you and check up on you, and realized I don't have a # for you.

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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby Charlie69 » Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:58 am

Here are some pictures of the panel beater's progress. My Australian friend Greiggy's name for body & paint person.

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Arizona rust.
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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby Charlie69 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:26 am

Kevin the body man & painter is an old school custom car builder. He is working on the doors, setting them up for power windows & door locks and removing wing windows for 1 piece solid door glass. It will be a slow process as he has a full time job doing body & paint.

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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby roseyroseyrose » Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:41 am

very cool truck! i just purchased a 1971 pl 521 and im having no end of difficulties finding parts for it. any suggestions for a fellow arizonan?

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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby gmac708 » Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:15 am

Nice work Charlie! :dblthumb:
I think you are doing an awesome job. I need to keep an eye on this.
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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby DatsoonRandy » Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:56 pm

Wow! If only. Just looking at your work and am super impressed. Good on you. Just starting after 25 years in the garage. My 66 520 rebuild. Best to you
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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby waynosworld » Fri Jan 20, 2017 11:41 pm

He has not posted to this thread in years, but has done a lot of work on the truck.

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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby DatsoonRandy » Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:41 pm

Hey Charlie
You still out there with your 520?
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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby AZhitman » Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:46 pm

I'll rattle his cage and get him to do a few updates.

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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby Charlie69 » Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:17 pm

Wayno is correct I have done some work on the 520. And AZhitman rattle my cage!

I have knee replacement surgery on my left knee on March 1st so I promice during the down time I will do a major update to this thread. I have been slacking.

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1966 520 instrument panel with the NOS OEM speedo and the 411 black & chrome face plastic.
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5" shortened 620 automatic shifter.

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Belltech 2" lowered spindles on a 1980 720 chassis.
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Stock 1978 620 wheel on the 80 720 chassis with the Belltech 2" drop spindles and 85 720 vented rotors and calipers.

My brother Garret painting the 1980 720 chassis for my 1966 520.

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I also installed 720 4x4 springs on the 1980 720 2wd chassis.

4x4 springs after painting.
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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby DatsoonRandy » Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:23 pm

Hey Charlie
Glad Wayno pulled you out of hibernation. I dream my 520 will compare to your girl. My girl has some issues that I am addressing one at a time. Floors gone, cab mounts same. Rear frame rusted out. Frames been blasted and repaired and painted. Box is pretty good. Cab comes in soon, now that i have shuffled the garage around. Great that you have put these pictures up. I try not to think past whats in front of me, getting her back on the road and going, maybe to shows is a bucket list item. Hopefully, down the road, I can pick maybe your brain. Hope your knee surgery goes good. Regards
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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby Charlie69 » Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:59 pm

I fell a week ago and broke my right femur so no left knee surgery yet. I am currently in a nursing home and do not know how long I will be here

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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby DatsoonRandy » Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:51 pm

Wow. Broken Femur. Wishing a speedy recovery to you.

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Re: Charlie 69's 1966 520

Postby Charlie69 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:41 am

Thank you DatsoonRandy. According to my surgeon it will be about a year to fully heal. I have been in a nursing home for 3 weeks now and will be going home next Friday. I figure that I hopefully will be able to start working on my 520 again.


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