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1978 Datsun Need pic & ideas



Jerry W. Hawkins

 
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I recently picked up this 78 Datsun on a trade. I have never bagged a truck with torsion bars. Can someone post some pictures and give me some advice? I have a good idea of what I want for the rear. I mainly need some pictures for the front.

Jerry W. Hawkins

 
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jason walker

 
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clean lil 620
Scott Stephenson

 
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if you've never bagged a truck with Torsion Bars, then i was going to suggest swapping the front clip of the frame with a toyota pickup front end to that truck.....that woulda made it easier, but its hard to swap a front clip
Daniel Vargas

 
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have you checked out Ratsun.netthey have very good info on datsun and some guys on there bag there 620
Chet Dyal

 
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Chet Dyal

 
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My cheesy skills
Nathan H

 
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Does it have ball joints or kingpins in the front, i bet kingpins, but there are some 78's with ball joints? It should also be drum brakes. I would start with, because I am on mine, converting the front over to ball joints and disc using control arms built be Beebani (on here and on Ratsun) and hardbody/720 parts. There really isn't anything wrong with kingpin suspension, and you can leave it, but it is difficult to find parts for. Bagging a torsion truck is pretty simple. On a 620 you have to clearance a frame rail in to make room for the bag. A piece of big pipe cut in half works well. Someone already mentioned Ratsun.net, there is a thread on there by Slammy and a few others that have bagged a 620.   
Donald Chandler

 
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man thats a clean project...Ive always wanted one that body style!
Jerry W. Hawkins

 
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Thanks for the help every one. I will check out Ratsun.net. I am about to go out and put a new starter on it in a few min. I don't know if it has balljoints or kingpins. I will have to look and get some pictures.  Downhere, Thanks for the photoshop work. That is a inspiration. Now I really want to go work on the datsun.
Jerry W. Hawkins

 
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Got the starter on it and it fired right up. Runs pretty good. It needs a ton of bodywork. Here are some pictures of the front suspension.

Jerry W. Hawkins

 
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I found what I was looking for on Ratsun.net.  Thanks to BEEBANI on ratsun for all the great pictures.
Donald Chandler

 
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Not an extra-cab, but it may give u some ideas!



Jerry W. Hawkins

 
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LOL, Thanks SMCPREZ. Do you see that guy in the orange shirt looking at the Datsun. That is me, the guy in the white shirt is my brother. That picture was taken at Blood Drag 09 in Perry Ga.   When I saw the the white truck in my neighbor hood. I had this yellow truck in mind when I ask about buying the truck.
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