I finally own a D21!

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AZhitman
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I finally own a D21!

Postby AZhitman » Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:50 pm

Amazing how much time has passed since the last time I worked on one.

I had a girlfriend in high school (a couple years older than me) who bought a brand new D21 single-cab, 4cyl, 5MT HB in 1987. I promptly modded it to her liking, and I think the project lasted longer than the relationship. :gapteeth:

33 years later, I have a 97 KC shortbed KA 5MT in the driveway. She's tired but tough, and the price was right, so Datsun Ranch has a new parts runner.

I'll be posting up questions and progress as I bring this one back to glory!


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Re: I finally own a D21!

Postby Desert Rat » Wed Mar 11, 2020 2:49 pm

Dead simple truck to work on. Have fun with it.

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Re: I finally own a D21!

Postby AZhitman » Wed Mar 11, 2020 3:33 pm

Will do, gotta collect some parts and then it's on.

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Re: I finally own a D21!

Postby 1987Hardbodynoob » Tue May 12, 2020 2:33 pm

I have an '87 d21 4x4 v6, and that thing is a pain to work on. Well designed, it's just that everything is so crammed into the engine area that it is sometimes a pain to do things. To do one thing you have to do lots of other things. i.e. to replace the timing belt- remove fan shroud>remove fan>remove vibration damper- but to do this you have to jack the truck up and remove the starter and jam a crowbar into about an inch diameter hole to keep the engine from turning over while someone else removes the vibration damper. Then> remove other things, many of which to remove you have to remove other things. The whole project kind of snowballed so I ended up just replacing the water pump too. That would be my only complaint about my truck, besides that it's an auto. They're easier to work on than a lot of cars, but everything is kinda crammed in.


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