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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
When Datsun changed to Nissan in the early 80's did Datsun already have a 4X4 or was it developed by Nissan?
Thanks
Just curious..............been seeing alot of 2wd Datsuns and was curious

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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
Datsun and Nissan are the same company (there was no buyout or anything, just a name change). So to answer your question, Yes they had a 4x4. It was the 720 series truck. Once again, Datsun is Nissan and Nissan is Datsun - nothing changed but the name.

Rockjaw
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Rockjaw is right on that
Heres something that will answer your Question and back up Rockjaw at the same time

My 84 Nissan Kingcab 4x4 when I got it everything on the truck says Nissan KingCab but the title was registered as a Datsun 720 .....so knowing my Luck I fgured I'd probably be the one that got pulled over for running Ficticious tags on my truck if Jonney law ever ran my plates so I had the Title office put Datsun\Nissan on the title to prevent that from happening

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1984 Nissan King Cab 4x4
http://www.geocities.com/nowheres/Paul_s_720_Page.html
 
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Here is the full story:

In 1912 a young man by the name of Masujiro Hashimoto founded the
Kwaishinsha Motor Car Company, and produced an automobile called the DAT.
Each letter of DAT was the first initial of a man's family name;
i.e., "D" was for Kenjoro Den, "A" was for Rokuro Aoyama, and the
"T" was for Meitaro Takeuchi.
These three men financed Masujiro Hashimoto when he started his automobile
manufacturing company, and the DAT name was given to the cars produced there
in honor these financiers.
A merger between Kwaishinsha Motors and Jidosha Seizo took place in 1926. The
new company was named "DAT Jidosha Seizo Company Limited; and it continued
to produce the DAT line of cars.
In 1930 a reorganization took place and the Directors decided a new name was
needed for their cars; the name DATSON was chosen, being "the son of DAT"
The spelling of the name was later changed to DATSUN.
In 1931 the assets and shares of DAT Jidosha Seizo were acquired by THE
TOBATA IMONO COMPANY.(a foundry company). Thus making it a division of
Tobata Imono. Two years later it was separated from the parent company and
established as an independent company named Jidosha Seizo Kabushiki Kaisha,
and moved to a new 32 acre site at Yokohama. Funding for the new firm came from
a holding company managed by Yoshisuke Ayukawa (the owner of TOBATA
IMONO), and that holding company was named Nihon Sagyo. That holding
company was already known to the financial community as "Ni-San" (ed. stock
exchange listing letters).
In May of 1934 the name of the now independent auto company, was changed to
NISSAN MOTOR COMPANY LIMITED.

Rockjaw's note: The switch from Datsun to Nissan as the brand name for their cars occurred gradually over a couple of years (82-85). During those years most cars had both names on them somewhere (Nissan by Datsun was common).

Rockjaw
89 Nissan KingCab 4x4
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Everything on my 85 king cab says Nissan, but has a dealer sticker on the back "Highpoint Datsun".

85 720 King Cab 4x4
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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Thanks
Another question, if you don't mind.
What was the first year for the 4X4 and did it have solid front axle?
O.K. that was two
Thanks again

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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
1980 was the first Nissan/Datsun 4x4. It was the 720 model and it had an IFS. No Nissan truck in North America has ever had a solid front axle (from the factory) to my knowledge.

Rockjaw
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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
I changed my fenders not to long ago, but I thought it actually said "datsun by nissan", mine is a 82 720 4x4 Z22, slightly modified by myself (and a dog).

 
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Discussion Starter · #11 ·
What would be a donor for a front axle?
Toyota, Jeep?

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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
The most common donor is an early bronco. The pumpkin is on the correct (drivers) side. Toyota pumpkins are on the passenger side, so it wouldn't line up with a nissan transfer case.

Andy

 
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