Category Archives: Parts

Valve Cover Gasket Quandary

Since the E-1 engine is closely related (a licensed copy, essentially) to early British MG four-cylinder engines, I had heard and assumed to be true that a valve cover gasket from an early 1960s MG would fit. Based on this … Continue reading

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Valve Cover Paint & Head Prep

I also spent some time this morning painting the valve cover and inspection plates, and also preparing the engine to receive new gaskets so I can reinstall those parts. Last night I removed, cleaned, and primed the valve cover and … Continue reading

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New Engine Bay Grommets

Today I installed all new round rubber grommets throughout the engine bay.  Four months ago I removed all the dried up old grommets and measured them so I could procure fresh new replacements. There are 14 total grommets in six … Continue reading

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Valve Cover Prep & Prime

This afternoon I spent some time cleaning up the E-1 engine’s valve cover, which was grimy and also needs a fresh coat of paint. As far as I can tell, the early (1960-1963) 320 valve covers were connected to the … Continue reading

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Fuel Pump Options

Since I got the truck I’ve been trying to figure out a replacement mechanical fuel pump. Previously I mentioned one of the possibilities, which was to get a newer fuel pump for a more common L-series Datsun engine and modify … Continue reading

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British Engine Gaskets

In addition to the J13 Engine Gasket Set I ordered, I also ordered some gaskets from Moss Motors for the British B-series engine, found on the MGA and MGBs. Early Datsuns were produced with a licensed version of the B-series … Continue reading

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J13 Engine Gasket Set

I ordered a full J13 engine gasket set from RockAuto and it arrived this week.  The 1.3 liter J13 engine came in the later 520 and 521 trucks and 411 cars from 1965-1969, but I expect that many/most of the … Continue reading

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New Filters!

Last week I ordered some replacement air, fuel, and oil filters from Rockauto. I was pretty pleased to find the filters still available. These are from Fram, which aren’t known as the best filters in the world, but frankly are … Continue reading

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Water Pump Removal/New Water Pump

The last thing I did today was to remove the water pump.  I plan to replace the water pump with a new one because fortunately, new aftermarket water pumps are available for the E1 engine from Gates, part #42324. The … Continue reading

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Old school chrome oil filler cap

Today the new valve cover oil filler cap I ordered from Nissan arrived in the mailbox.  The one on the truck is very plain and I wanted to get one of the cool chrome ones I’ve seen that have the … Continue reading

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