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    Hey all, I'm new to the site, but not to these trucks. I had an 86 back in the day that I would selectively street race... never lost. I had to give that truck up to the smog gods. I recently picked up a home depot hauler, because nothing fits in my cars. This truck is a beat up 1980 D-50 that seems to run pretty well. I will be trying to figure out where all the vac hoses go in order to pass smog... Let the fun begin!

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    thats a 1980 spring special sport model - my part truck is its rusted away twin brother. Welcome to the site
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    Welcome to the Site. If you need smog connections, you can check our manual section and Wiki section for help. California still makes you pass smog test with a vehicle 33 years old? I thought there was an exempt age after a certain amount of years in the state. I guess registering it as a classic would be out of the question, lol.

    hey Pennyman, that would be twin Brutha! according to the trucks paint.

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    yes year 1975 is th last smog exempt year... it used to 30years and older

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    yes year 1975 is th last smog exempt year... it used to 30years and older, most back assword state ever

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    Quote Originally Posted by irotagrup View Post
    yes year 1975 is th last smog exempt year... it used to 30years and older, most back assword state ever



    Thanks Gov. Arnold!
    I knew daredevils and I ain't got nothin' against them, ........it's just they're all dead.

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    not sure it was arnold, seems like that happened with Gov. Davis but im not really that sure

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    gotta love livin in bama no inspection whatsoever

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    Quote Originally Posted by irotagrup View Post
    not sure it was arnold, seems like that happened with Gov. Davis but im not really that sure
    It was Arnold, even after Jay Leno had personally asked him to veto it.
    But Brown would also sign it if it still "needed" to been, so it still wouldn't have mattered in regards to our trucks.
    I knew daredevils and I ain't got nothin' against them, ........it's just they're all dead.

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    If it wasn't for east coast screaming Acid rain acid rain, we would be as dirty as Mexico City smog ppm, lol.

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    Thanks everyone! I was actually looking for a pre 75 truck when I came across this one. Since I had one before, it was a pretty easy buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pennyman1 View Post
    thats a 1980 spring special sport model - my part truck is its rusted away twin brother. Welcome to the site
    Thanks for the details. I didn't know exactly which one it was. It had a 2.6 in it originally (i'm told) and they swapped a 2.0 into it. Going to be a great little go getter truck. Maybe rat rod d50? lol

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    yes - all sport models in 1980 were 2.6 motors - it was top of the line model that year with bucket seats, center console with gauges and spoke wheels
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    my 79 you said had sport mirrors, and it had a center console with the gauges

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    the small mirrors were the stock mirrors on all the d50s in 79-80 - the folding mirrors were the optional mirrors
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    what about the console? i know its not a sport beacuse it had a bench

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    Wonder why they swapped out the 2.6 for a 2.0? Maybe got tired of head cracking or it was a convenience thing for them at the time.
    7 years of the same body style but with different paint jobs, what a run of car manufacturing that was...I bet the employees at Mitsubishi truck plant could put them together blindfolded.

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    I had a 2.0 in my '79 and it lost all the teeth on the crank sproket driving the oil pump and silent shaft...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1980d50 View Post
    Hey all, I'm new to the site, but not to these trucks. I had an 86 back in the day that I would selectively street race... never lost. I had to give that truck up to the smog gods. I recently picked up a home depot hauler, because nothing fits in my cars. This truck is a beat up 1980 D-50 that seems to run pretty well. I will be trying to figure out where all the vac hoses go in order to pass smog... Let the fun begin!
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    i got a good cat and down pipe for that thing i your intrested

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    and a carb and intake too if its a 2.0

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    I might be interested in all of that stuff. Prices?

    This was a shop truck for many years. I'm told they put a japanese replacement in a few years ago.

    I'm hearing some pretty loud clacking in the front of the head. I'm going to pull it off and check it out. There are also some vac lines that I need to figure out locations for. This engine is one of those "low mile" japanese engines, so I'm not sure if that matters.

    As for the mirrors, I found a couple of the small ones at the jy today (alone with a 4x4 d50 parts truck) and the holes don't line up. So I'm guessing this truck had the fold out mirrors?

    Thanks all! This is a great site!

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    What part of Cali are you in?

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    Valve adjust is needed. It's a manual adjustment. We have a .PDF manual you can download in the manual section for reference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by irotagrup View Post
    What part of Cali are you in?
    Southern California near LA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by camoit View Post
    Valve adjust is needed. It's a manual adjustment. We have a .PDF manual you can download in the manual section for reference.
    Thanks! On my way to the manual section. I also picked up a 1980 service manual.

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