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1963 Datsun 320 Truck
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 The 1963 version of the Datsun 320 went into production in August 1962. 
The 1963 model Datsun 320 is little more than a 1962 model with a different grille. The 1962 model featured a grille with six thin horizontal bars with a thin vertical bar in the middle. For the new 1963 model there was a grille that was the same shape as the 1962 model but it now had six horizontal bars and had a row of seven horizontal slots at the top and the bottom of the grille. It also had a wider middle bar with a D stamped into it. As with the 1962 model, there are a pair of round indicators either side of the grille. The badges on the side say Datsun 1200, and a badge below that says 60hp, or 55ps on the Japanese domestic models. The badge on the bonnet says Datsun in an arc at the top and has a capital D in the middle. The bonnet badge on the Bluebird sedan is similar but instead of a capital D it has a sort of boomerang shape logo. 
 Most 1963 model 320s have the E-1 "Mark 2" engines, which are stamped with engine numbers from 152700 to 280169. These use a bypass type lubrication system, the oil filter housing is cast into the engine block and the filter faces downwards. Camshaft oil pump/distributor drive cog has 10 teeth. The tappet/valve cover is held down by two large nuts on the to of the cover. The oil cap has a wire conecting it to the tappet/valve cover. 
 Later 1963 models have the E-1 Mark 3 engines with engine numbers from 280170 to 547143. These use a full-flow type lubrication system with a detachable alloy oil filter housing. The oil filter now faces upwards. Camshaft oil pump/distributor drive cog has 13 teeth. 6 Philips head screws hold down the tappet/valve cover. The rest of the vehicle remained largely unchanged from the original 1962 model. 
 The 1963 model Datsun 320 was in production until August 1963, when it was replaced with the slightly updated 1964 model 320.

A sales brochure for the Datsun 320 truck.
 

1963 Datsun 320     
Specifications 
Length - 4185mm   
Width - 1515mm   
Height - 1505mm   
Wheelbase - 2470mm   
Weight - 945kg   
Top speed - 120kph  
Transmission - Column change 4 speed, synchro on 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

Engine Specifications 
Model - E-1   
Capacity - 1189cc   
Bore & Stroke 73x71mm   
Power - 60bhp@5000rpm   
Torque- 67ft/lb@3600rpm   
Compression - 8.2 : 1   
Carburettor - Nikki 2D-30C dual throat down draught  

Final drive - 5.143:1

 

Model Variations
 
Datsun 320 
The 320 was the standard truck version. It's cabin section was seperate to the cargo section, with about an inch gap between the two. It has short doors. It was also available as a cab/chassis version without the steel cargo section, which allowed the buyer to fit his own body. 
Datsun N320 
The N320 was a 'styleside' body version of the 320. The N320 has a one piece body. The cabin and the cargo sections are joined together, there is no gap between them.  
The N320 has doors that are a couple of inches longer than the 320.  
The back of the roof has a different profile and is cut off more squarely than the 320. The gutter rail at the back of the roof is mounted high and is heavilly curved. The gutter is about two inches above the rear windscreen at it's highest point. 
Datsun U320 
The U320 is a 4 seat version of the N320 with a smaller cargo area. It has a one piece body, the cabin and the cargo sections are joined together, there is no gap between them.  
The U320 has doors that are a couple of inches longer than the 320.  
The front bench seat has a one piece base and a 2 piece backrest. Each side of the backrest hinges both forward and towards the middle to allow access to the rear seat.
Datsun V320 
The V320 is a light van version of the N320.  
The V320 was marketed as either a light van, a delivery van or as a heavy duty station wagon. It had seating for 5 people, but the reat bench seat would fold down to give it a full length flat cargo area.  
It was similar in appearance to the WP311/WP312 Datsun Bluebird Wagon of the same era. The Bluebird Wagon had 5 doors and was based on the lighter sedan chassis with double wishbone front suspension. The V320 was a 3 door that was based on the 320 chassis, giving it the same height adjustable torsion bar front suspension, and load carrying capacity, as the 320 Pickup. The ride quality and handling was not as good as the Bluebird Wagon though.  
The V320 has doors that are a couple of inches longer than the 320.  
The front bench seat has a one piece base and a 2 piece backrest. Each side of the backrest hinges both forward and towards the middle to allow access to the rear seat.
Datsun Bluebird 311 Sedan 
The styling of the 320 was based on the Bluebird sedan of the same era, and used the same engine, but apart from that the other mechanicals were completely different.

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