The old newsletters originated from my head. After a 25+ year absence from owning a 320 pickup truck, I am back in action. I am soon planning to go drag a '65 out of the forests of Montana and get it going. Let me explain the long story:
I am Larry Le Feuvre, aka pinballlarry. In 1985, I was living in eastern San Diego county with a great wife, one kid, a good government job, and some free time. One day I was driving around and happened to see a 1963 L320 truck parked in a field in La Mesa Calif. with a for sale sign on the window. I thought it looked interesting, since I have decidedly off beat tastes in cars. Anyway, called the owner that evening, paid him $600 and drove it home. Of course I couldn't find reverse for a while. I really enjoyed driving and more importantly working on the little white truck, 3L320-1505B. I became very enthusiastic, wife said obsessed. I would go to San Diego Datsun in Mission Valley, the first dealer in California, with the parts book and just go down pages of part numbers and buy anything that was still available. Since San Diego was probably the first place on the west coast to import Datsuns, they were everywhere in the county. On weekends I would joy ride in my truck up and down the residential areas just looking for other trucks. I would stop and knock on the house door whenever I found one. Met lots of nice people that way, including an original owner. I amassed a list of over 70 owners in San Diego and then the newsletters started coming out whenever I gathered enough information. By 1995 I had three '63's, 2 standard and one NL. Now we had three children, our own restaurant, and I was still working full time. In a dark, terrible period of weakness, I listed everything I had for sale, trucks, all the spare parts, all the books and papers, etc. They were sold for $1500 total to a gentleman from Texas who loaded them onto a car hauler, and like that poof, everything was gone. My fond memories have never left me, even after retirement and escaping California for Montana (best thing we ever did). I have begun actively searching for a 320 again, and I made contact with a guy out in the wilderness who has several old Datsun cars and truck resting in the forest. I will be looking at the 320 truck with the idea of getting back to something I enjoyed, especially during 5 months of winter. It's great to see how the internet and websites like this have opened up vast ways of sharing information and knowledge, way beyond what I ever did.
Thanks for reading,
Larry Le Feuvre 406-790-2000