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Patrick Smith
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Started this discussion. Last reply by datzenmike Jan 17, 2017. 5 Replies


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What is the main reason you'd like to join 720World? (dont just say "because I own a 720", if you do this you will not be approved)
I'm the guy who got this whole thing going...LOL...Thanks Team TIger!!!!!!
What is your profession? (not required, just if you want to share your knowledge)
Shop Manager - High Impact Motorsports d.b.a.
About Me:
Fabricator/ Auto Technician, bonafide gearhead. I have two kids, loving wife and work in my own business. Oh, and I have a thing for 720 trucks!
How many 720's or other Nissan trucks do you own? What years and types?
1982 Datsun 720 King Cab 4X4
1971 Datsun LB110 Coupe
1991 Nissan Pathfinder WD21 XE-4X4
1986 Nissan 720 2wd (Z22ET)


1981 Datsun King Cab 4x4

1982 Datsun King Cab 4x4

1982 Datsun King Cab 4X4
1982 Datsun Long Bed Heavy Duty

1986 Nissan 720 4x4 Flatbed (w/ D21 TBI swap)
1982 Datsun 720 King Cab 2WD
1986 Nissan 720 King Cab ST 4x4
1986 Nissan 720 4x4
1981 Datsun 720 King Cab 4x4
1982 Datsun 720 King Cab (formerly diesel)
1984 Nissan 720 2wd
1980 Datsun 720 Long Bed
Enough spare parts to build another complete rig... good friend to have!
What modifications have you done to your truck(s)
My KIng Cab runs a KA24E motor, truck KA block and 240SX harness, head, intake and ECU. Converted from 2wd to 4x4 using 1980 king cab 4x4. I run dual electric fans from a Mitsubishi Mrage. My FS5W71C/B transmission is a B trans with C guts. I also have the cruise control from a 240SX, 3 core radiator, Power Steering, Mazda MX-3 seats, cupholder placed in center console, larger 1980 shelf under glove box, factory 2wd console between seats placed on slides to accomodate 4x4 shifting, factory ST steering wheel, full factory instrumentation for 1982, kg/cm3 oil pressure gauge, variable intermittent wipers, '85 mudflaps, fabricated tow hitch, trailer brake controller and plugs, Sony Xplod head unit, no amps, 2 4.5" round and 2 6x9" 3-way speakers, slide in bedliner from protecta, '74 datsun 260Z 'DATSUN" badges, Nissan super white paint, custom fabricated tubular front bumper. Additionally run a C200 rear axle and 4.11:1 gears for economy,

My '86 Runs a Z22ET motor custom built with intercooler piping, manifold, etc by me. The engine management is custom tuned and uses the harness and ecu of a 240SX. Engine intake is a modified unit from a 1982 200SX. Fuel rail is custom and injectors are 440 cc/min units out of a DSM. Turbo is straight off a red-top SR20DET and is wastegated to 9psi.
What modifications do you still plan to do to your truck(s)
Change gearing and possible LSD for the C200 axle. Light bar for the 4x4

LOTS of tuning for the '86...!
How many miles would you travel to attend an all 720 truck meet?
as far as needed

Patrick Smith's DA82KC

I purchased this truck as a stripped 2wd version in July 1997 with 150,987 miles. I was 15. Today I have over 300,000 miles and loads of modifications. It will take moving heaven and earth to get rid of the truck. When gas gets too expensive I'll either find something else to fuel it or pretend I'm driving it in the driveway.

Bragging rights

349,000+ Miles
11+ years ownership
Towed 6800 lbs (trailer and load) over 300 miles with no mechanical failure
Survived 3 front end collisions
Survived life as first vehicle to a male teenager
Survived wife learning to drive "stick"
25 mpg highway, 19 city

"Nothing trumps a 720. Nothing."

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Posted on December 6, 2009 at 2:38am 5 Comments

I have been doing some thinking over the last little regarding my commitment to the 720 world of owners. Indeed I have loved these trucks from the time I got mine initially and never have questioned that undying appreciation. I also have come to feel pressured by the onslaught of demands at work and due to my volunteer work. Where does the 720 fit in?

My conclusion is simple, the 720 is my hobby and passion. If I ever got rid of her, it would be due to extenuating circumstances. My… Continue

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At 11:09pm on April 13, 2015, john leslie said…

Really need a hazard switch for 1980 720!!!!

At 7:15pm on February 17, 2015, TigerRacing said…

Hey not sure if you ever saw this, probably so, but I just ran into it recently and it reminded me of you so http://forums.hybridz.org/topic/111105-naps-z22-efiturbo-build/

At 1:39am on February 14, 2014, Anthony Quichocho said…

Thanks Pat I appreciate that... Just let me now and if you can get pics that would be great too!

At 6:57pm on February 13, 2014, Anthony Quichocho said…

Hey Pat you stated that there was an '83 720 truck at the North Las Vegas Pik-A-Part yard.. was there a bed on it? If so whats the condition? Thanks

At 8:18am on August 27, 2012, Jesse said…

Runs good,  just a little me tuning.  Just haven't had time to work on the truck.

At 8:10pm on April 2, 2012, Kane said…

hey i dont think i message back right. but i do have the brackets from the 240. im putting the ka24e into a 4x2 1986 720. for the oil pan what truck do i get it out of? d21, z24, or something else. my email is kaneboysmotor@gmail.com send me info where to send the brackets to. Thanks bro

At 11:54pm on March 25, 2012, Kane said…

hey man just read a old post of yours saying you can make motor mounts for a ka24e in a 720. and the oil pan too. do you still do this and what do you charge? let me know thanks

At 6:50am on May 28, 2010, Dean Bailey said…
Hey Pat "motor man" could you tell me where to find out what the rocker ratio on the Z22 is? I can't find this info anywhere - I'm still trying to figure out exactly what my stock cam is and my buddy's cam Dr. is broke so I just put in our cam grinder at work and started rolling it through useing the degree head to check the specs.
At 7:07am on May 24, 2010, Dean Bailey said…
Yea you should be good but make sure to use the best head gasket you can find and studs would not hurt ya either. I know I'm preaching to the wrong person but I was poping felpro blues at 17 psi and thats only 3 more lbs. than what you mentioned - thats what got me into o-rining aluminum heads on all boosted heads. The guy that clued me in on it was a drag racer from back in the 70's who now does big drag boat and tractor pull motors and he claimed he has sealed up as much as 30 psi on big Chevy motors with Whipple blowers on jet boats! I thought he was crazy at first but Dennis realy knows his stuff and knew about this one for sure!! It would be realy cool to see some pics of your build if you got any.
At 8:05am on May 23, 2010, Dean Bailey said…
Pat, that's the grind I have been looking at but first I think I will take my stocker over to a friends shop and put it on his cam Dr. so I will know exactly what I started with (again your right) It allways helps to know this. Do you know any aftermarket Co's offering valve springs? By the way I was reading some on your motor build up and I've been able to hold back as much pressure as 20lbs. from a hair drier or charger by o-rining the head - not block - Head! - It works! you'll never pop another head gasket as long as the motor lives. Thanks for the input on the cam I just wanted to hear it from someone who had run this stuff before.

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