1981-86: Dat­sun/nis­san Pickups

Diesel World - - Vintage Smoke -

Dat­sun, a brand of Nis­san Mo­tors, be­gan the im­por­ta­tion of cars and trucks to the U.S. in 1958. The first diesels didn’t come un­til mid-year 1981 as an op­tion in the twowheel-drive 720 Se­ries trucks, some of which were built in a new Ten­nessee plant start­ing in 1983. They were badged “Dat­sun” into 1983 and “Nis­san” there­after, with a smaller “Dat­sun” badge for a tran­si­tion pe­riod. From ’81-83 the diesel was the Nis­san SD22, which was a 2.2L NA en­gine re­lated to the SD33 six-cylin­der that had ap­peared in the Scout and other ve­hi­cles in the 1970s and af­ter. In ’84 the SD25 was in­tro­duced and car­ried the Nis­san diesel op­tion to its Amer­i­can con­clu­sion in ’86.

DIS­PLACE­MENT: 2.2L (132 ci)/2.5l (152 ci) POWER: 61 hp @ 4,000 rpm/70 hp @ 4,000 rpm TORQUE: 102 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm/

115 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm

COM­PRES­SION RA­TIO: 21.6:1/21.4:1 AS­PI­RA­TION: Nat­u­ral

1981.5 Dat­sun SD22 en­gine in ’81 720 pickup

1981.5 Dat­sun 720 diesel pickup

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