(1963 Datsun NL320)
Chris and Michelle Mull are proud owners of a one-of-a-kind 1963 Datsun NL320. They have lovingly named their prized possession ‘Pepe my lil’ pile,’ which has an interesting story behind it. In this article, we will delve into the journey of Chris and Michelle Mull’s ‘Pepe’ and learn more about their passion for restoring classic cars.
Vehicle History and Inspiration:
Chris has been passionate about restoring classic cars since he was 15 years old. His love for unique and different vehicles led him to purchase a 1963 Datsun NL320 sight unseen 10 years ago. He was inspired by the unibody 320 pickups he saw 20 years ago in a grocery store parking lot. Over the years, Chris has built several custom vehicles and wanted to build something more timeless with the NL320.
Ride Details on 1963 Datsun NL320:
Chris bought the NL320 for $2500 sight unseen and spent around seven years off and on to restore it to its current glory. Finding parts for this unique vehicle was difficult, but Chris managed to fabricate new rockers, inner door jambs, front floor and tubs, and lower tailgate section using parts from a parts truck he purchased. The NL320 has a Datsun 240sx engine with 2400cc displacement, and most of the chrome was done at American Plating in New Plymouth, Idaho.
The NL320 has a mostly custom chassis, other than the front main rails. The front crossmember, owner-built A-arms, shock mounts, and rear frame half with a triangulated 4-link bar on bags with the stock rear end are custom. It has air ride, 2500 front and rear airbags, and a Viair dual 480 compressor with Airlift 3P valve info.
Wheel Details on Chris’s 1963 Datsun NL320:
The NL320 has 18×8 centerline smoothie front wheels and 20×9 centerline smoothie rear wheels. The front and rear wheels have painted centers and polished lips by Paul St Cyr at Paul’s Custom Detailing. The NL320’s tires are 235 35 18 in the front and 255 35 20 in the rear.
Interior and Paint Details:
The NL320’s interior has a stock dashboard with smoothed ribs on the gauge cluster, Speedhut gauges with custom Asian font, and a retro sound head unit with Bluetooth. It also has JL audio 8″ sub box and amp mounted under the driver’s side seat, retro sound under dash speakers, and a custom-built trunk bed with removable panels to access suspension and fuel cell with a raptor liner texture coat. The NL320’s upholstery is red vinyl with cloth inserts and silver piping, and the 60’s Corvette tuxedo-style carpet is upholstered by Holcomb’s Upholstery in Aberdeen, WA. The NL320 is painted with black and custom mix gray PPG paint with no graphics except for a red insert in the side molding.
Conclusion: Chris and Michelle Mull’s ‘Pepe my lil’ pile’ is a unique and one-of-a-kind 1963 Datsun NL320 restored with love and passion. Chris’s dedication and hard work to restore the NL320 to its former glory are commendable. We wish Chris and Michelle all the best on their future plans to take the NL320 on a cross-country drive.
Owned by: Chris “Billy Bob” Mull
Photos by: Cheri Delgadillo