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I am from Astoria Oregon . Have been a Datsun fan / builder for 35+ years.
Recently my wife asked for a restored 720 4x4 to recreate the first truck we ever owned as a couple.
A 1985 standard cab 4x4.
We worked that little truck hard for several years before the need for a car seat made the thing impractical to keep.
Traveled all over the NW and Canada hauling a Parris Valley 7' camper.
Well I couldn't find a rust free 85 but I did manage to find a very nice 84 KC in Vernonia OR.
The truck had been meticulously restored ( mechanically ) in 2010 then parked in a barn.
New Motor / trans / T-case / brakes / tires / etc. etc. etc...
The cab is absolutely rust free and stock.
The bed was another story . It had been adorned with a set of 3" polly flairs at some point that hid a rather horrible fender trimming job. It also had all of the normal rust issues that the single wall beds are known for.
The truck was also equipped with a 3" body lift.
Luckily I found a repairable 1985 double wall bed in Yakima Wa. for $150 with a good tail gate.
Once the new bed was repaired ( front panel rust and a bit in the driver side fender )
The 3" body lift was removed and the new bed was installed.
I'm not sure why but at some point the truck was converted to a Dog leg 5 speed from a ( I'm guessing ) 200sx.
The PO had this transmission rebuilt and re installed in the truck.
Not something I would have done....
This leads to a rather long first gear and of course the rather odd shift pattern ( the wife hates it ).
I'm on the hunt for the proper transmission for the truck as we speak.
At this point the truck is ready for body and paint. Probably won't tackle that little project until spring time.
The plan is to equip the truck with a good belly mount camper tie down system and a restored Okanagan 7' camper.
We will then be off to re live our travels of yester year....
I'll post pics once I figure out how....