69 patrol restoration and 350 Small Block Chevy install

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Postby chester3 » Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:07 pm

Well I just finished the last upgrade to my 69 patrol that I restored last summer. please don't be mad stock patrollers. But I moved back up to Michigan and we have some great dunes and mud so I wanted to make it HWY and trail worthy. I added a SBC 350 with 700R4 Auto transmission in her and she fit like a glove then took the front 12" off of a Jeep YJ and cut 12" off the patrol front frame and fab them together in order to use the disc brakes, power steering and steering linkages worked awesome. Plus, Jeep parts are much cheaper and easier to find. I then added a 4.5 YJ lift on it (leaf's, shocks) with 33" tires. That's all stuff that sits under the body. I really wanted to keep everything on the outside stock looking and I think I accomplished that. Gotter done in 6 weeks and drive it everyday it's amazing how many people stop and take picture and say (I never heard of a Nissan Patrol)
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Postby Esteban » Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:46 pm

What a total transformation. Well done!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Looks like the Chevy V8 is fitting perfect, but with not much room to spare on the sides. I'm sure some members will be interested in looking at some pictures of the engine mounts.

Also, your solution to the power booster and master cylinder combo. They look great.

What was the final destination of the engine, and whether you rebuilt it?
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Postby chester3 » Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:57 pm

Thanks my friend! I actually still have most all of the parts that I removed. I'm going to sell everything.The original motor has 95K on it and smokes a little, but runs great.
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Postby RiverPatrol » Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:53 am

Congratulations! Looks awesome!
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Postby chester3 » Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:00 am

Thanks!
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Postby trojan33 » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:28 am

If you piecemeal that engine i could use a couple of push rods.
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Postby L60Boerne » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:13 am

You are clearly a master mechanic. Top notch!
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Postby chester3 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:26 am

Thanks, If anyone knows of another Patrol for sale I would love to do another one. This was so fun to work on I'm sad that I'm done. I just finished fabbing up my roll cage out of 2 Wrangler roll cages so Saturday I'm taking her up to Silver lake sand dunes to test er out. I will post some pictures these dunes are full of jeeps, lifted trucks but I am so excited to be the first Patrol to ever hit em. I guarantee I will be the only Patrol on the dunes Soooo excited
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Postby ratpatrol66 » Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:11 am

trojan33 wrote:If you piecemeal that engine i could use a couple of push rods.


How many exactly do you need?
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Postby L60Boerne » Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:41 am

There appears to be a very good original 66 for sale on ebay. The Utah barn find is said to be 100% rust free and operational. Has PTO winch too. Wife or third Patrol, I can only keep one. Better be satisfied with two but that sure looks to be a great starter. Still very cheap in my opinon, the bid closes Weds at 2:54 MST.
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Postby chester3 » Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:00 am

that's a nice one. Thanks for the heads up
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Postby chester3 » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:30 am

I bought it. I PM him and got it off line that's why he took the post off last night. If you run across any others let me know. Thanks again
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Postby L60Boerne » Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:18 am

Good for you Chester, I sure hope it was honestly advertised and I sure wish I could have put in a bid too. It seems to need brakes. If you get stuck on the Brake Master Cylinder there is a shop called Then and Now that can fix it at 781-335-8860, that was one of my greatest frustrations.

Show us some pictures when you get the chance.

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Postby chester3 » Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:22 pm

will do, It's very clean, I'm robbing some of the spare parts from my 69 that I now have laying around to get it road worthy. This one will stay original because of the shape it's in. No rust, just some dents.
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Postby chester3 » Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:37 pm

The good ole Patrol out climbing dunes at silver lake. It was nice being the only Patrol at the dunes.
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