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Postby Mattbob53 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:00 pm

So I finally got around to switching the title to my name and getting the registration for my patrol. I didn't notice until today that the make on the title was Datsun and not Nissan. From what I have read Nissan imported them under Datsun because it was easier. Wondering if it's the same on others


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Postby RiverPatrol » Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:47 pm

Yes, it's always been this way. Nissan used the Datsun name for exports but it was always the same company. But the Patrol was made at the Nissan commercial vehicle factory, not the Datsun factory which is why it is badged as a Nissan instead of a Datsun. Back in the 60's the only company name available to use on titles and registrations was Datsun.
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Postby Mattbob53 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:15 pm

Thanks River. That's what I thought, had to about strangle the DMV foks to get it done. They wanted me to bring it down for an inspection.


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Postby Peter60 » Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:50 am

How do you remove the 'hinges' on the windscreen/windshield air vents?

When you push the air vent open there are two springs that are easily removed. The hinge is fixed to the vent whilst the other end is tucked up inside the windscreen. How do I remove the tucked up part and thus remove the vent?
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Postby Mattbob53 » Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:13 pm

So I'm getting ready to pull my motor and tranny in one peace. Is this really the pick points? Image
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I'm pretty sure they are but there like nothing I have seen


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Postby Esteban » Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:43 am

Yes, those are the lifting points.

Try to hook up the hoist closer to the back, since the weight of the tranny combo will unbalance the load a lot. I see that the front panel is out, so things should go out easy.
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Postby mattmctree@gmail.com » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:02 pm

I'm tearing down a patrol to get parts. Is it ok to store the engine diffs and transmission with the oil drained out or should I leave it in to preve corrosion
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Postby Esteban » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:37 pm

mattmctree@gmail.com wrote:I'm tearing down a patrol to get parts. Is it ok to store the engine diffs and transmission with the oil drained out or should I leave it in to preve corrosion


I'll vote to leave the oil inside, and even filling a little bit more. Some parts of the engine will end up exposed no matter what, like the camshaft and followers. Depending on how you setup the transmission and diffs, you can overfill them. Get some cheap dyno oil for it.
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Postby SBP78g60 » Wed May 10, 2017 5:59 am

hey couple of quick, small, stupid questions here, 1, did all 60s come out with the latch and stops on the bonnet for the windscreen when it folds down? i dont have them and it doesnt look like there ever was anything on thr bonnet nor the catch on the windscreen. dosnt look like any holes have been patched up either
2. what seating arrangements did a mwb come out with? compliance plate says lisenced for 3. but its hard to find my answers without just asking as iv seen some have a bench seat some have rears..

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Postby Esteban » Wed May 10, 2017 8:24 am

SBP78g60 wrote:hey couple of quick, small, stupid questions here, 1, did all 60s come out with the latch and stops on the bonnet for the windscreen when it folds down? i dont have them and it doesnt look like there ever was anything on thr bonnet nor the catch on the windscreen. dosnt look like any holes have been patched up either
2. what seating arrangements did a mwb come out with? compliance plate says lisenced for 3. but its hard to find my answers without just asking as iv seen some have a bench seat some have rears..

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1. Yours being a 78 softop should have come with the latch and stops. Even hardtops used to come with them, but I'm not sure about late models of hardtops (77 and up).

2. Seating arrangement: They all came with 2 bench seats facing each other, for 6 additional passengers. Patrols sent to Australia might differ here due to the compliance that you mention. Probably member Johnny Roadkill can answer these questions better.
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Postby Johnny Roadkill » Wed May 10, 2017 8:08 pm

Can't say I have definitive answers to those questions unfortunately - 60 Patrols in Australia are hard to find info on since the industry was a bit "how-you-going" 40 years ago.

I also have bonnets that show no sign of ever having the windscreen latches fitted...some Patrols are registered as wagons ( hardtops ), some as utes ( softtops ), and some as utes with a fixed windscreen and a styleside tray. Some utes have had the wheelbase extended to 2800mm ( LWB ) .....but still have the G60xxx chassis number instead of the 62ZG60xxx or 94ZG60xxx numbers which theoretically indicates LWB from factory so it's all a bit unclear to me.

As for the seats, I've got 4 Patrols and none have the seats in them any more - not sure if some were sold without seats as a "dealer delete" option ? The manuals suggest either a 9-person or 3-person + cargo for both soft and hardtops...

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Postby SBP78g60 » Wed May 10, 2017 11:59 pm

Thank you to both of you, big help just means my question wasn't so stupid :p could this dealer delete option also possibly explain why I have the 3 heater vents but no sign of a heater ever being on the passengers foot well? Also does anyone have any close up photos of the latches on the windscreen and how they hook up to the bonnet latch ? Just as I wil need to make/find something similar..thanks again!
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Postby Peter60 » Sat May 13, 2017 2:18 am

How do windscreen washers work?

My 1978 G60 has a washer bottle but I can't seem to find how to make it squirt water onto the windscreen. Where is the switch??

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Postby RiverPatrol » Sat May 13, 2017 9:46 am

It's built in to the wiper switch. Turn the knob to the right.
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Postby Peter60 » Mon May 15, 2017 7:09 am

Thanks for the wiper switch answer River Patrol. I have now found a switch that turns!

Another question. My fuel tank has a vapor outlet. Currently it is just open. I assume it should have a pipe on it to take the vapor somewhere. My 1968 G60 doesn't seem to have any emission controls on it. So where should the vapor pipe go? Also surely in hot weather the petrol will just vaporize! Can I close of the vapor outlet or will it cause problems?
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