Can I install an SD Diesel instead of a Gas motor?

SD diesels were widely available in the US in the 1981-86 Datsun/Nissan 720 pickups, and in Canada through '87 in the D21 pickup.

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Can I install an SD Diesel instead of a Gas motor?

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I bought a 1982 Datsun/Nissan and it had no engine, since it overheated. I would like to install an SD Diesel instead of a Gas motor. How many things do I need to change, (tranny, etc,) and where do I find a new or rebuilt Diesel?

I need a link to a new motor, the price for it or info on adding one to my truck. Any help would be great! Please e-mail me your info if you don't mind - I really don't like cruisin around the net anymore than I have to!

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Re: I need a rebuit diesel SD Engine and info

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Welcome, Matt:
matt_lazok wrote: How many things do I need to change, (tranny, etc,) . . .
I'm doing a similar conversion, see a list of things that need to be changed in the first post of this thread.

If you search this site, you will find a couple of folks have done this conversion.
Please e-mail me your info if you don't mind - I really don't like cruisin around the net anymore than I have to!
That won't happen. This is an online community, the purpose of which is to share knowledge. If you get your help privately, nobody else gets to share.

I suggest you do some research here. While I don't know if you'll find links to rebuilt or new SD engines, you will definitely find which vendors to avoid for "low mileage diesel engines".
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Al S.

1982 Maxima diesel wagon, 2nd & 4th owner, 165k miles, rusty & burgundy/grey. Purchased 1996, SOLD 16Feb10
1983 Maxima diesel wagon, 199k miles, rusty, light yellow/light brown. SOLD 14Jul07
1981 720 SD22 (scrapped 04Sep07)
1983 Sentra CD17, 255k, bought 06Jul08, gave it away 22Jun10.
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Thank you sir

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I'm new to this - so sorry if I didn't do things right. I have since decided to purchase a gas engine, new (which means rebuilt) and would like info on that.

Do you know of a shared news site (whatever you call this forum) where I can get links to purchasing a good gas engine?

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We are all new at some point, no need to apologize.

I would hesitate to recommend an online source for a rebuilt engine. I prefer to source rebuilt engines locally, where I have a ghost a chance to obtain real warranty coverage in the all-too-likely event that a problem occurs. I am appalled by the general quality of rebuilt long blocks, whcih is why I go with used engines in general: the value of these old vehicles seldom warrants the expense of a new engine.

Perhaps someone else reading this will jump in with a recommended vendor or link, but this is, after all, a site catering to Nissan diesels; any gasser info is incidental. There is an MSN Group for 720 pickups and they might be more helpful; I'm sure Google can help you find them (I won't link to them from here). Finally, there are a number of national and regional Datsun/Nissan sites where buying/selling sometimes occurs.

Good luck!
Regards,
Al S.

1982 Maxima diesel wagon, 2nd & 4th owner, 165k miles, rusty & burgundy/grey. Purchased 1996, SOLD 16Feb10
1983 Maxima diesel wagon, 199k miles, rusty, light yellow/light brown. SOLD 14Jul07
1981 720 SD22 (scrapped 04Sep07)
1983 Sentra CD17, 255k, bought 06Jul08, gave it away 22Jun10.
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