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Old 03-24-2008, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by charmalu View Post
Starting about 81 the mini Pick Up`s hit the U.S. market for about 4 years. they wern`t real powerful, but were economical to operate. but as the consumer usually is, they want more power so they died on the vine here in the U.S.
In my Sig. I have a Datsun since new, wanted a Toyota, but the Datsun was cleared for Calif smog emisions first. The Datsun used the Nissan SD22 Diesel engine, Toyota had their own and so did Isuzu. Saw a few Ranger PU Diesel think they had the Isuzu also. the Mazda used the Perkins engine. Then there was the Rabbit, but that was a different story.
Most of them had a rubber timing belt, but the Nissan SD-22 is gear driven. I have never changed a belt in the 26 yrs I have owned it . great milage, but gutless on the power end. hwy milage 34 - 37 and at times 40+ on rare ocasions.
Today if they were reintroduced with fuel prices they would sell, but wouldn`t be the same dependable problem free engines with all the added electrical crap.

So I have been around these since before some of you were born .

Installing a 617 in a pickup you have to consider the oil pan and cross members on the victim truck to be installed in.
I think it would be a great idea, and using MERCEDESROVER adaptor kit.

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Every time I read one of your posts, I make sure the Datsun King Cab is still in your sig. I was just telling my DAD about it the other day. He owned diesels in the early 80s as well; unfortunately they were made my GM. If you ever want to sell that truck, there is a good home waiting for it in WA.
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Old 03-24-2008, 11:25 AM
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I remember a fellow who had a falcon ranchero with a 616. I can't remember where I ran across that. Probably not here, it seems to be too long ago for that.

Tom W
[SIGPIC] Diesel loving autocrossing grandpa Architect. 08 Dodge 3/4 ton with Cummins & six speed; I have had about 35 benzes. I have a 39 Studebaker Coupe Express pickup in which I have had installed a 617 turbo and a five speed manual. It still needs upholstery redone...I also have a 427 Cobra replica with an aluminum chassis.
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Old 03-24-2008, 12:40 PM
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For a long time a friend and I have been contemplating putting a M-B diesel in an older Jeep Wrangler or CJ. We think that would be a nice marriage. I like the small pickup idea too. The nice thing about each of these is you can take the sheet metal off the front of the vehicle fairly easily which leaves room to work.
1983 M-B 240D-Gone too.
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