Tuesday, December 2, 2014

10k: Ratsun Datstang: 1970 Datsun 521 Pickup V8 Swap

The Datsun 521 is a small pickup truck that is almost never seen in the wild in anything nearing stock condition and today's example is no exception.  The build thread is 27 pages long over at the Ratsun forums, and the seller took 18 months to shoehorn a Ford 5.0 V8 into the front.  Find this 1970 Datsun 521 Pickup with V8 Swap here on craigslist, offered for $10,000 and located in Orange County, CA.  Tip from Balls Jefferson.

The Datsun 521 is the third generation of Nissan's compact truck platform and features a simple inline-4 up front and offered a Japanese take on light hauling needs.  Today, you are more likely to find a stock Mk IV Supra TT 6-speed than a stock 521 -- the ones that haven't been turned into stance machines have welded on scaffolding for gardening equipment and a bazillion miles.  This one has avoided lawn care duties, but wears a set of mismatched rims and is powered by Ford.

Under the hood is a 5.0 liter Ford V8 from a Fox-body Mustang, now carbureted instead of fuel injected.  A stock 5.0 from the 80s is good for something in the 200 horsepower range, but with some proper intake/exhaust and compression and little Ford engines can easily break 300 horsepower. 

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  1. The little scarecrow in the bed has his own seat warmer.

  2. Beautiful, creative work everywhere on this truck. The build thread is incredible if you have the time. The end result isn't my cup of tea, far from it, but I'm in definite awe of the amount of skill and ingenuity it took to see this project through to this phase.


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