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#101 Datsun Dude

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 02:24 PM

  • I was sent a video of the car running and driving (and stopping) like a beast.
  • Paint is now buffed out nicely.
  • Rolling on new Panasports and fresh Dunlop tires.
  • NOS bumper now attached.
  • Black paint removed from badges.
  • Interior, including new upholstery and custom carpeting—sound-proofing, is complete and looking sweet.
  • Wiring tidied up, everything electrical is working.
  • Rust removal on the rear quarter panel. Rust proofing done.
    • Looking into vintage body specialist for rust repair on the right rear quarter panel.
  • We got it on the dyno and the R16 is making quite a lot of power!
  • So much so, we need a custom built distributor to handle it
    • Coming in a few days. 
  • I think I'll get a chance to bring it home next week, possibly.
    • We're just waiting on the distributor.
    • Pix & vids coming soon


#102 JDOM310

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 07:54 PM

Pics!!!

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 09:07 PM

Pics!!!

 

I got a ride today. Pretty dang sweet. Happy camper! Some tweaks coming next week. 

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 11:20 PM

No way!! Sweet ride man the red is so nice

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 08:20 PM

What did you get for a Dizzy?

 

I build a 123Ignition bluetooth for the R16 and U20 if you still need an upgrade option.

 

Brian



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Posted 30 November 2017 - 11:22 AM

What did you get for a Dizzy?

 

I build a 123Ignition bluetooth for the R16 and U20 if you still need an upgrade option.

 

Brian

 

Hi Brian,

Thanks for your interest in the build.

  • Distributor: It is already installed. Think my original was used, however, it is modified now. That setup looks very cool, though. Wish I had known about that earlier.
  • Electronic ignition: is installed.
  • Alternator: New alternator was sourced. Everything is charging as it should.
  • Heater: Heater valve is stuck. We are working on that now.

Cheers.



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Posted 19 December 2017 - 10:15 AM

I took possession of the Bluebird last night. It is a great feeling!! Pics and stories to come. Now I must find a garage so it doesn't get heisted.



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Posted Yesterday, 12:09 PM

Been running the 'Bird almost a month now. Great fun!

 

Biggest issues:

  1. Window rattle on all four windows
  2. Fumes in cabin
  3. Ride is still pretty rough
  4. Engine occasionally backfires through exhaust at highway speeds

I can see that I'll eventually need a 5 speed for highway cruising speed, but that can wait.



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Posted Yesterday, 06:40 PM

"Fumes in cabin" is most likely exhaust gas leak at the header to exhaust pipe to pre-muffler / resonator [use muffler seal on  the face of the cast iron 2 to 1 adapter at the exhaust manifold]]. For the adapter to exhaust pipe joint. Also compounded if you do not have the drain tubing from the fresh air intake box that drains rain water to the ground.  The exhaust gas leak will immediately detour to the fresh air intake of the heater system on the driver's side.  VW flex heater tubing can be used to replace these missing drains, just use hose clamps the hold to the sheet metal drain outlet as the VW flex "hoses" are really a tight fit and will slip free if the clamps are not tight enough!

 

"Ride is still pretty rough" may unfortunately be front ball joints.  Good luck!  If just shocks, I posted many moons ago Sears life time warranty gas shocks that exactly fit and produce excellent shock performance for the RL411. To my mind's eye they are Monroe units with a paint job and a very good warranty.  Use search function, it's late and I am too lazy to do the search for you.  Good luck, they are worth the effort!  Also today's alignment techs do not want to fool with a car that is older than them.

 

For the adapter to single output pipe joint, use 2 510 gaskets, a sharp knife and patience.  You really can approximate the original RL411 gasket.

 

"Window rattle" is due to age and window felt deterioration.  Ultimately you will have to open up the doors and replace the existing felts.  Short stop, and verification that this is the problem, is to insert thin strips of cardboard or paper match sticks between the existing felts and the inner body steel.

 

"Backfire" sounds like a slight timing misadjust.  Use the vernier on the distributor to very slightly modify the current setting.  It just might work.