I want to start off my first post by saying that this has got to be one of the most helpful forums out of any I belong to. I stumbled across this forum when I first even considered buying my Datsun and there are so many knowledgeable people on here it's amazing. So thank you all in advance for the advice I've gotten before I became a member.
Now on my intended post... A few months back I purchased a 1964 320. I had seen it on Craigslist and thought what a cool little truck it was, I had never seen one before. I am a huge fan of Datsun/Nissan pickups. Had a couple different ones I drove in my high school years. Was told by the guy I bought it from that he basically bought it the way it was. Engine pulled, cab unbolted because previous owner couldn't figure out how to pull the engine with out doing so. Parts truck came with but everything was basically complete, missing a few parts but wouldn't take much to get it back together. Now several months later, I'm finally getting ready to tear the engine down. I was under the impression that everything was original being and I had the E1. I'm glad I started cleaning everything before ordering parts that I can't find. Turns out, if I'm not looking at something incorrectly, it is a j15 engine (RR of block just under cylinder head has J15 and like 5 or 6 other numbers) No wonder I've been having such a hard time finding parts. Has from what I can tell the original column shift transmission. Now I don't necessarily think I was lied to about the truck, I just wish I would have known what I was getting and what to be prepared for.
So that all being said what are some options I can go with? Obviously the J15 engine and E1 transmission won't line up. I know this because I held the trans up to the motor and the flywheel is too big to even fit in the bell housing. Took flywheel off, only top 2 bolts line up. I didn't know if there are some options that I can maybe change some things to make them work together or if I should just try finding a trans that will bolt to the J15? Also doing some Google research, shows that the J15 was put in the 521? But parts research shows either the J13 or J16 was the only options. I'm so lost on where to even find parts, every time I search "j15 engine parts" it brings me to forklift websites.
Is there hope for me to get that engine put in my truck without a ton of Frankensteining something together or should I try a different route all together? I'm not looking for a show room quality restore or a totally custom rat rod, I just want I nice little truck I can drive to work and stop spending $100 to fill my truck every paycheck.
Thanks in advance for any ideas and info, it is greatly appreciated