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1968 Datsun 520 Truck
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The 1968 Datsun 520 went into production in late 1967, and went on sale in 1968. 
 Again the main difference between this and the previous model is primarilly the grille design. The previous 1966/1967 model had a grille with six horizontal bars, with the top and bottom bars being slightly wider. For the 1968 model the new grille and headlight surrounds are of a more intergrated design, giving the appearence of having one continuous wide chrome band around the outside of the grille and headlights. Inside the grille opening there are four horizontal bars, and inbetween them is a series of intricate fine horizontal and vertical bars.
The badges on the side remain the same as the previous model and say Datsun 1300. There is a new badge on the bonnet that is a shield shape with a large D in the middle.
 The engine remains the same, using the J engine, which is a 1299cc 67hp OHV 4 cylinder engine. The gearbox is a 4 speed with synchros on all forward gears.
This model was replaced in 1969 with the substantially updated 521 model.

A sales brochure for the Datsun 520 truck.
 

1968 Datsun 520     
Specifications 
Length - 4300mm   
Width - 1575mm   
Height - 1545mm   
Wheelbase - 2530mm   
Weight - 960kg   
Top speed - 125kph  
Transmission - Column change 4 speed all synchro.

Engine Specifications 
Model - J   
Capacity - 1299cc   
Bore & Stroke 73x77mm   
Power - 67bhp@5200rpm   
Torque- 76ft/lb@2800rpm   
Compression - 8.2 : 1   
Carburettor - Nikki dual throat down draught  

Final drive - 4.875:1

 

Model Variations
 
Datsun 520 
The 520 was the standard truck version. It's cabin section was seperate to the cargo section, with about an inch gap between the two. It was also available as a cab/chassis version without the steel cargo section, which allowed the buyer to fit his own body. 
Datsun U520 
The U320 is a 4 seat version of the 520 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 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 V520 
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 WP410/WP411 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 V520 was a 3 door that was based on the 520 chassis, giving it the same height adjustable torsion bar front suspension, and load carrying capacity, as the 520 Pickup. The ride quality and handling was not as good as the Bluebird Wagon though. It was avaialble with glass side windows and also as a panel van, as shown here.  
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.

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