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#21 skyshadow

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Posted 21 March 2016 - 10:56 AM

The guts of the trans looks gnarly, thanks for that pic. 
Those wheels are on point! Can't wait to see them polished up and on the car. 
Good luck on the wiring nightmare. Getting a set up that has been rat f****d by a past owner can be the worst. 



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Posted 21 March 2016 - 01:14 PM

Why are you swapping the bell housing's if you are building a LZ based engine shouldn't the motor be at a L series angle not the Z series angle ? So you would just use the ZX bell housing as the Z and the L are the same bolt pattern just at different angle's for the different style motors.



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Posted 21 March 2016 - 03:43 PM

Those wheels are an excellent choice! i love them and i dig a 710. Looks to be in solid shape!

Thanks. Picked them up for a song on ebay, now I just need to find another pair haha

 

 like, z22 swap is cool, not many done, there are reasons i guess, but i would bet it gets it alittle better than the old l20b that it came with.

and i think that makes it really easy for a ka swap down the line right?

couldn't play sound on your video, hows it run?

Z22 isn't really the greatest. Valve angle prevents you from really being able to open it up for some real power. I have an L20B head that I'm planning on swapping sometime this summer probably to make an LZ22



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Posted 21 March 2016 - 03:48 PM

The guts of the trans looks gnarly, thanks for that pic. 
Those wheels are on point! Can't wait to see them polished up and on the car. 
Good luck on the wiring nightmare. Getting a set up that has been rat f****d by a past owner can be the worst. 

No problem on the transmission picture. My dad rebuilds Roadster transmissions for people, so we actually have a couple bare transmissions lying around. I'm stoked on the wheels too.

As for the wiring, it's a bitch. I've sort of narrowed it down to 2 different problems, now I'm just working on how to fix it. 1 is the switch doesn't seem to work, which is easy. The other problem is that the wiring should go from the switch, through the turn signals (bad explanation) and that all got ripped out by the PO. So I guess he never drove at night or used turn signals...

 

Why are you swapping the bell housing's if you are building a LZ based engine shouldn't the motor be at a L series angle not the Z series angle ? So you would just use the ZX bell housing as the Z and the L are the same bolt pattern just at different angle's for the different style motors.

The bolt patterns are similar but sure as hell aren't the same. I'll get a side by side picture for you this weekend. Also, the trans bolts to the block, not the head, so I should need the bell housing for the Z block, regardless of what head is on it, right?



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Posted 21 March 2016 - 05:16 PM

Wrong. Bell housing patterns L/Z/KA are all identical. L series simply leans like 13 degrees (or something like that) in the opposite direction of the Z and KA. The bellhousings account for this difference by rotating the bolt pattern around so the shifter still points straight up.

L leans so drivers side intake manifold clears the hood. Z leans so passenger side intake clears hood. Use the bellhousing that matches the HEAD you are using for this reason.

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Posted 21 March 2016 - 06:16 PM

Wrong. Bell housing patterns L/Z/KA are all identical. L series simply leans like 13 degrees (or something like that) in the opposite direction of the Z and KA. The bellhousings account for this difference by rotating the bolt pattern around so the shifter still points straight up.

L leans so drivers side intake manifold clears the hood. Z leans so passenger side intake clears hood. Use the bellhousing that matches the HEAD you are using for this reason.

Gotcha. I appreciate it. I'll hang on to the L bell housing then, but the LZ isn't happening until this summer when I have a job again and more money to throw at stuff. Need a transmission to drive around until then :)



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Posted 02 April 2016 - 11:11 AM

Some more updates from the last two weeks. As always, I wasn't as productive as I had hoped

 

Last week, all I really did was go around and find any bad looking rust spots, sand them, and then hit them with some rust neutralizer

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Once my transmission was back together, I got one of my friends to volunteer to help put it in.

Say hi to my lovely assistant Tanner. He's a Jeep guy. Also pictured is my transmission

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We got about this far. It's in and bolted to the engine, but I think the cross member may need some mods or spacers, because it's sitting about an inch low. Or I'm just dumb...

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Anyways, that's all I have for now. Tomorrow I'll probably get on the cross member, and then put the drive shaft in and drive around the block or something.

Here's another picture of the car to tide you oic whores over

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Posted 03 April 2016 - 04:23 PM

Couple more updates from today.

The transmission is in. Got it fully bolted in.

Here's the cross member:

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Also put the drive shaft in

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I had all the shift levers from my various transmissions, so I went with the layback one from the truck for the lulz

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Also decided to swap out the giant stock steering wheel with something a bit smaller to give my 6'7" self a little more leg room

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The Superior Performance Products 500. Came out of my shed, has just enough rattieness to match the rest of the car. Went from like 15.5 inches to 14.

Didn't get to drive it because I had to get back down to Albuquerque. Next weekend I'm going to put oil in the transmission and see if it drives. Then I need to figure out the headlights, but once I have that figured out I should be driving this car all over the place.

Until next time.



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Posted 05 April 2016 - 07:44 AM

That driveshaft looks BENT! 



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Posted 05 April 2016 - 11:13 AM

I think you are looking at the exhaust. Driveshaft is in the picture below where it says I got it in, not above. Either way, I promise it's straight.



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Posted 08 April 2016 - 01:58 PM

Happy Friday Ratsun. Here's an update.

Today, I filled up the transmission with oil. I used Royal Purple 75w-90 because it was the only one I could find at the local VatoZone that specifically said it was non corrosive to yellow metal. I also learned that Royal Purple fluids are actually purple. Neat.

Anyways, after I finished filling the trans, I went and pillaged some slot mags off my Roadster, since I still haven't found another pair of Equips

Bonus oic of the Roadster, post pillaging (the yellow one is mine)

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After I got the slot mags, I took a lunch break. There's still posole left over from Christmas (those from New Mexico will understand)

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Delicious

I went back out, put my air cleaner back on, put my wheels on, and started it. I tested to make sure it went into all the gears, then set it on the ground, and drove it around the block...

IT SHIFTS LIKE SHIT!

I think it might be the plastic bushings in the shifter, because you could see them moving around all over the place. If not, I have my 280zx trans I can swap bell housings on. It also needs the brakes and clutch bled, and the throttle cable needs adjusting. Either way, It drove around, so that's an accomplishment, right? And since it's now out of the tent-garage thing, here are some oics for you

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Does it get any more 70's than a pale yellow and grey station wagon on slot mags? I submit that it does not.

That's all I have for now. We'll see how productive I feel the rest of this weekend. Meanwhile in other news from my area:

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Posted 08 April 2016 - 08:00 PM

Gotta love me some 710, even the wagons!  Even though I love my b210, I wish I could have found a 710, I would have even taken a wagon if one was available lol

 

Love the full on rat look you're going for.  Poor thing's got a lot of rust though.


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Posted 08 April 2016 - 11:01 PM

 

Love the full on rat look you're going for.  Poor thing's got a lot of rust though.

Yeah I kind of have 3 ideas for body work.

1. leave it exactly how it is

2. wet sand the grey off and rock that rat look

3. fix all the dents, do a full respray with fake wood paneling

Probably won't do 1. THe rust also isnt too bad. Just rear wheel wells and some other surface spots.



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Posted 09 April 2016 - 12:02 AM

St least you got to drive it
Now to troubleshoot I guess.
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Posted 09 April 2016 - 08:53 AM

St least you got to drive it
Now to troubleshoot I guess.

Man it ain't nuthin but a thang. I've never ever ever had a project go so smoothly that everything works the first try. I almost expected something to be wrong.



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Posted 09 April 2016 - 10:15 AM

Went out this morning and changed shifter bushings. It was shifting pretty well until it got stuck in 4th. Tried rocking the car, nothing. Tried giving the shifter a little love tap, broke the bottom of it off. NOt really sure what I'm going to do now. Probably just eat lunch and do some homework.



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Posted 09 April 2016 - 12:14 PM

UPDATE: Got it out of gear, drove it around the block again. It's shifting better, but still not shifting well. Going to try and mill/lathe out a brass bushing for it this week to get rid of some of the slop, see what that does for me.



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Posted 03 May 2016 - 09:53 AM

Almost a month since my last update, how's everybody doing? School is over and I only failed one class, so now I have a month to work on Datsuns before my summer job starts. 

I got some fresh new brass shifter bushings to see if that fixes my problems. pressed them into the shifter, had to file them down on the outside to fit it in the transmission

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installed it this morning and no shit the car shifts like a dream! So stoked I don't need to swap the transmissions.

I also noticed while taking it on a test drive, the brakes are even worse than last time I drove it. Judging by the peeling paint and rust on the brake booster, there's a leak in my master cylinder. Going to get on rebuilding that after lunch.



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Posted 04 May 2016 - 07:54 AM

IMPORTANT QUESTION (LOOK HERE): I'm putting my master cylinder/brake booster assembly back together. there appeared to be some residue on the back of the plate that goes between the master cylinder and the brake booster (plate pictured.) It may have been paint, or it may have been what's left of a shitty liquid gasket job. Is there supposed to be a gasket between this plate and the brake booster?

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Posted 04 May 2016 - 08:08 AM

Important question has been resolved. I remembered on my CRX that it was braking like shit because there was a gasket there that was torn. Stay tuned for ghetto gasket making with Collin.