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#121 Crashtd420

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 05:46 PM

And back to you original idea about heating the oil ... they sell these too...


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Very easy if you just wanna get through the winter....

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 06:17 PM

You need the type that go into the block soft plug holes, the ones in the hose don't really work that well.

I wonder if they make an oil heater that would go in the drain hole of the transmission and the oil drain hole of the oil pan?


 

 


#123 MaxChlan

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Posted 31 December 2017 - 06:22 AM

Does anyone have a Z24 out of their truck and could measure the diameter of the left rear freeze plug? I'm looking at this block heater. Amazon says it fits, but obviously doesn't tell me which freeze plug it would fit in. I say the left rear because that is the one on my truck that is having some leaking issues, and if I can replace that one with a block heater, it would kill two birds with one stone. If you happen to have the freeze plug off, I would also like to know the depth from the edge of the hole to the cylinder wall, because it would suck if the element was too long. 



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Posted 31 December 2017 - 07:36 AM

I will take a look a little later today.

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Posted 01 January 2018 - 06:17 PM

I will take a look a little later today.

Did you get around to it?



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Posted 01 January 2018 - 06:24 PM

As best as I could see they are an inch and a quarter, but that was with a tape measure and that's not accurate at all could be an inch and a half with the quality of measurements I was getting there. I need to use some calipers or a ruler for accuracy which I will look at tonight.

Edit-I will also try to find the part # for my other block heater.

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Posted 01 January 2018 - 07:34 PM

OK I got a tape measure on it as best I could see it is an inch and a half on the inside of the plug.

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Posted 01 January 2018 - 07:56 PM

It appears both the soft plugs on my Z24 block I have are 40mm which is close to 1 9/16ths inches, that is how big the hole is across that the plug fits into.


 

 


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Posted 01 January 2018 - 07:58 PM

Thanks Wayno. Looks much more accurate than mine.


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Posted 01 January 2018 - 08:29 PM

I goofed, wrong thread.


 

 


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Posted 02 January 2018 - 06:22 AM

Well, 40mm is what it says it should be! 



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Posted 02 January 2018 - 09:10 AM

I myself don't trust the local parts stores to sell me what I need anymore, if I walk in and have a part number or know the size in this case then things are usually good, but if one buys online they need to know the size for sure.

For me the hardest part of this job is getting the old soft plug out.


 

 


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Posted 17 February 2018 - 05:07 PM

Update: Block heater is installed. The PO had one of those expandable plugs in there, so taking it out was actually relatively easy. Just a couple turns and a needle nose pliers, without having to remove the manifold or anything. The heater went in a little tight, but overall it was a fairly easy install. I'll throw some pictures and a part number up later. 



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Posted 20 February 2018 - 07:12 AM

You guys can really use a good block heater. Out here, Id just kinda like one ‘just to be able to‘. Id like to hear how the install worked out and if it is doing the trick for you back there in America‘s ice box...



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Posted 23 February 2018 - 04:49 PM

I still haven't really been able to use it, as I've been parking on the street and also do not have an extension cord at school. Per request, here are some pictures; they are not the best because you really can not get a good view of the camera and what it is looking at because of its location. As stated earlier, I had a bad plug in the left rear of the engine, directly under the exhaust manifold: 

 

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It was pretty bad. So, we took a wrench and some long pliers and yanked it out. Here you can see what is inside the hole, which is a lot of crud. 

 

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Block heater in with the coil facing vertically so it does not hit the sides of the block (note that it isn't seated all the way, this was a shot to see what I was working with): 

 

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Next is cable management: I first ziptied to the E-brake cable to ensure the cord never hits the dipstick or the manifold. You can see it here (it's the thick black cord) 

 

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Then I just tried to keep it low in the engine bay: 

 

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And out of the little holes under the bumper; I tuck the plug back behind but sometimes it just hangs because #truuuuuuuuhlyfe :sleep:

 

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There! Easy. This job should have taken me a lot less time than it did, but I have a tendency to be too gentle with stuff, so it took a while to remove the old plug. 



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Posted 27 February 2018 - 01:03 PM

hey just a little FYI but for the cluster, the sell new gauge faces on ebay and amazon that the numbers light up blue or red and they are white instead of black i ordered a set and really like that there only about 10-15 bucks a set definitely worth the buy 



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Posted 27 February 2018 - 01:08 PM

i also put a vinyl wrap on the grey piece in between the cluster and the cluster itself i used a blue carbon fiber vinyl. and i used some nail polish to paint the needles of the gauges blue. and the green turn signal plastic piece i used a old coffee can that was blue cut the out with an exacto knife and now my turn signal blink blue instead of green :) i laso changed all my lights to LEDs so they are a little bit brighter



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Posted 27 February 2018 - 02:22 PM

i also put a vinyl wrap on the grey piece in between the cluster and the cluster itself i used a blue carbon fiber vinyl. and i used some nail polish to paint the needles of the gauges blue. and the green turn signal plastic piece i used a old coffee can that was blue cut the out with an exacto knife and now my turn signal blink blue instead of green :) i laso changed all my lights to LEDs so they are a little bit brighter

Links? Pictures? I just had my cluster out sunday and i fixed the Trip odo (peg fell out of place and busted it apart pretty much... nothin good ol super glue wont fix :D) I was thinking about coloring it or changing the bulbs but I need to focus on mechanical problems rather than cosmetics right now..



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Posted 03 May 2018 - 08:32 AM

So, it finally happened: head gasket blew. Now is the time to strongly consider the long term viability of the Z24. Doing a cost analysis on it, it's gonna cost me a pretty penny to acquire the necessary parts: 50-150$ to have head inspected and resurfaced, and if it needs a valve job (most likely) it could be up to 400$. While I'm in there I would do the water pump and gasket set from Nissan would push it up to 600$ to do it correctly with new head studs and a professional head job. Seems like a lot when I have access to the tools and equipment necessary to KA swap, including access to an engine already. 

 

Let's talk parts list:

Wiring 

Fuel Pump

EFI Distrubuter

Custom engine mounts

Modify the oil pan to clear the front diff

 

What else? I am just brainstorming here.



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Posted 03 May 2018 - 09:45 AM

Head gasket is easy man. The gasket kit is $60, true JDM timing kit is $100, your gonna want a new oil pan gasket for $45 if you get a good one. If you didn't overheat the head is straight and keep OEM water pump unless the bearing is bad or it is leaking. Total cost $200 and a weekend. Way way way way way way way easier than going KA, although KA is cool a head gasket is more of an annoyance than a major fail.

Edit my machine shop will inspect a head for warpage for free but idk about yours.

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