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Old 11-17-2008, 09:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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DatZook: Project 1964 Datsun HMMWV

High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle with a Samurai frame and as much of the Datsun as I can keep and still make it as bassad as I want it to be.

Here are some questions I have been asked, followed by the answer I gave:

Q: Why a Samurai drive train?
A: Because they are badass and I had an extra.

Q: Why the 1964 Datsun l320?
A: Because I had one I didn't know what to do with. I think The Datsun would a very worthy for a Suzuki swap.

The original...a very complete classic ready to be restored.
Lets cut the crap out of it!! (gently)





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Old 11-17-2008, 09:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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These are the original PhotoChopped ideas that spurred the project.

I would like to make it look factory, but be a sleeper on the trail. Not very tall with a lot of drop/flex.


Unmolested


Industrial


Or molested like your...nevermind
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Any thoughts you have on backyard suspension buildups would be greatly appreciated. Really long homemade spring-pack in the rear, probably a newer 3/4 ton Suburban mix, has worked on the Samurai very well.

The front will have to be coil I'm thinking.
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The shell comes off

And if anyone ever offers to let you use a bay in a shop, ACCEPT the invitation!
Soooo much easier when you have a lift.

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Old 11-17-2008, 09:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The shell goes to the scrap yard where I got 2 stinken dollars for it

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Old 11-17-2008, 10:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i like the idea,but go big..
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:24 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I think it will be kool! I wanna do someting like this too because im in Cali and i would need something pre-1976 so i dont have to smog.
Biuld this and you can always go bigger!
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Old 11-18-2008, 08:36 AM   #9 (permalink)
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The shell goes to the scrap yard where I got 2 stinken dollars for it

I wish I would have known I'm looking for a good cowl and windshield frame for my own project. I would have given you 4$!

Anyway..cool project. I hate to see that cool Datsun get chopped, but what the hell
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Old 11-18-2008, 12:48 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I love the idea. However, as much as I love zuk shit, I would suggest entertaining the idea of using a toy based drive train
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Old 11-18-2008, 09:19 PM   #11 (permalink)
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You do have a point there.
More longevity on the drive train/more power. Tougher. ("sorry Samurai, but Toyota is from the same family so don't feel too bad")

I had the samurai already and after thinking of it just kinda jumped right into the idea.


Killerpee:

guess what didn't go with the shell to the dump. The window is fresh and the frame is in great shape sept for a little ooops with the sawzall.
I think it may be claimed already though. I'll ask then let you know.

And yea I thought hard about what to do with the Datsun. I'm a Power to Four Wheels enthusiast first and foremost. Though I damn near threw a rotary in there before thinking of the samurai swap.

I guess I could still do that ...hmmmm
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Not to change the subject to much, but thats a nice clean old ford
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Old 11-21-2008, 10:34 AM   #13 (permalink)
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go with the toyota drive train, but use a 60* v-6 3.8l. they have a bunch of them at the pick a part yard(A-1 I think is the name of the place) on 1700 south in Ogden. if you get one with a manual trans you might even be able to use the bell houseing to bolt up to a toyota trans(assin trans bolt paterns are fairly easy to swap bell houseings from one to another).

just think about that thing lifted and having all the power you'll ever need and getting 28-30mpg.
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or he could use a 3800 GM with a aw4 w/ a gm 60* bellhousing and a toy tcase no adapters needed
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or he could use a 3800 GM with a aw4 w/ a gm 60* bellhousing and a toy tcase no adapters needed
that would be more correct than the way I put it, but at least you knew what I meant

just think at a stoplight next to some ricer(that body does kinda give it a grandpa sleeper look to it). light turns green.... please no street racing.... and leave the ricer sucking on tire smoke DAMB! I miss my 66 chevelle!
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Funny you should mention V6 power. I had in my hands a L67, Supercharged Buick V6 and let it go.

Lets just say its good I let that one pass, I still have my life. That would be one scary fast motor in such a light vehicle.



Thanks for the good comments and complements All!
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One big eason for not going Toyota is the axle width. The Samurai axles fit under the wells perfectly.

Going big is was not the original idea but you all know how that goes...as soon as you see a reason for more power it all gets wicked from there.

More than likely the next thread I start will be some crazy ass fast freak show.

I do enjoy traveling and have never been in a Samurai that could push it's self up a good long mountain Highway. Though my last Sam did make a trip to Tucson just to go wheelen. Soon as I got out of Vegas it was 75mph all the way.
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How 'bout a dump bed?

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And now you all must wait, as I am now going downtown, get liquored up and frolic neked with the ladies...

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Awesome project! I think the zuk is a nice match for that year Datsun which is really small.

I'm doing a similar project. 73 Ford Courier on an 83 Toyota chassis with Toy drivetrain and axles.
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Thanks Kann

I was wandering what a Courior of that year looked like and came across this link

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I was wandering what a Courior of that year looked like and came across this link


Yeah, I registered for their forum. They are not like Pirate!

This is mine. Not enough done to it yet to start a thread. I'll be watching yours though.

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