The 1982 Datsun 720 pickup, released as a Nissan for markets outside North America, is a compact utility truck with available four-wheel drive. Customers who opted for four-wheel drive received a truck with some key upgrades over the two-wheel drive model.
Engine and Transmission
For 1982, the 4x4 Datsun 720 pickup was equipped with Nissan's Z22 four-cylinder, single-overhead-cam, carbureted engine. Each cylinder used an unconventional design with two spark plugs. Power output measured 98 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 117 foot-pounds of torque at 1,800 rpm. The four-wheel drive model used a five-speed, manual transmission with a divorced transfer case.
Chassis and Suspension
For the Datsun pickup's front suspension, Nissan chose an independent system with torsion bars, trailing links and lower A-arms. The rear featured a solid axle leaf springs. The 4x4 model differed from two-wheel drive trucks in that the leaf springs were mounted above the rear axle, rather than below it. The braking system consisted of disc brakes for the front wheels and drums for the rear.
Body and Interior
For 1982, Datsun offered the 720 pickup in short, medium and long bed configurations. The interior was fitted either bench or bucket seats. Two options exclusive to 4x4 trucks were an oil pressure gauge and a voltmeter.
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