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#1551722 Looking for clarification on flipping the center link for a KA24DE from a Fro...

Posted by Drummerboy4as on 15 March 2018 - 01:36 PM

No. Like I said, its only car KA. Regardless of DE or E. It's because of the car engines being front sump. They interfere with steering.

All truck ka, regardless of DE or E are rear sump and fit perfect.

Coolio, thanks for the info

#1551648 Looking for clarification on flipping the center link for a KA24DE from a Fro...

Posted by Drummerboy4as on 15 March 2018 - 07:24 AM

Not necessary if using any truck KA due to being rear sump. Front sump KA from cars require flipping of the center link.

Oh is only for the car KA’s? I thought there was something about the DE’s that they all needed the center link flipped.

#1551504 Looking for clarification on flipping the center link for a KA24DE from a Fro...

Posted by Drummerboy4as on 14 March 2018 - 02:55 PM

I’m slowly doing prep work for an eventual KA swap, part of which is rebuilding my 40 year old suspension. I figured while I had everything out I’d flip the center link to prepare for a KA swap.
My question is that I swore I read that if you used a KA from a Frontier that flipping the center link wasn’t necessary but of course now I can’t find the comment/thread that I read that in. Would it be best to just go ahead and flip the center link since I have everything out and have already purchased the new inserts? I don’t have an engine yet so there’s a possibility that I won’t go with the Frontier (tho it’s my plan to use that motor /trans)
There’s really no downside to having the center link flipped right? If I don’t need to and I did, no big. If I DO need to and I didn’t, that would suck lol

#1549936 Airdam indecisiveness

Posted by Drummerboy4as on 06 March 2018 - 10:08 PM

All done! :frantics: 




#1548545 Airdam indecisiveness

Posted by Drummerboy4as on 27 February 2018 - 01:29 PM

Got the duckbill mounted today and started playing with patching options.


Drivers side done and holes drilled for passenger



Both sides done. Really happy with how it turned out, no gaps (except for that big David Letterman one in the center there :rofl:) and it follows the contour of the body nicely.



I'm using Kydex to make the patch for the center. It's nice and sturdy and can be formed with a heat gun. I'm just messing with a scrap piece to see if I can form it the way I want it.



I'll need to blend it into the sides so its not so obvious, but overall it looks promising.


#1547627 Airdam indecisiveness

Posted by Drummerboy4as on 22 February 2018 - 06:32 PM

Decided on the MK1 duckbill. Got an email from MK1 Autohaus and unfortunately they didn’t have any info or scraps for me. So I bought some kydex and I’m going to try to mold up a section for the middle. If it looks good I’ll put the license plate in the normal spot, if it doesn’t I’ll cover it up with the license lol

#1547284 Airdam indecisiveness

Posted by Drummerboy4as on 21 February 2018 - 10:51 AM

I emailed MK1 autohaus to see if they have any scraps laying around I could purchase. Be nice to get the same material to make a patch

#1547151 Airdam indecisiveness

Posted by Drummerboy4as on 20 February 2018 - 05:27 PM

You know, I don’t hate it!


#1547140 Airdam indecisiveness

Posted by Drummerboy4as on 20 February 2018 - 04:36 PM

Mount the license plate over the gap.

Put a bend in the license plate so it's half on the spoiler, half on the valence? That way it's level at the bottom.

Hey now we’re thinkin! I might just try that. It’s a perfectly Ratsun thing to do as well

#1546930 Airdam indecisiveness

Posted by Drummerboy4as on 19 February 2018 - 03:09 PM

I bought this airdam from Steroid several years ago and wasn't able to get it to fit right, so it sat on a shelf for a long time. Recently I dug it out to give it another try along with a Camaro chin spoiler and a MK1 duckbill.


Steroid airdam, I still really like it but I cant quite get it to fit and I don't especially want to bondo the crap out of the front end.



Camaro lip. I really like it but it's too wide. If I use it I'll likely cut about 4" from the center and bond it back together.




MK1 duckbill. I really like the way this one fits, the contours match pretty well and I like the styling of it. It's just a little too short. I'm not sure if its ABS or what, but there's a local plastics place nearby that can likely tell me and supply me with options for making a patch.




Opinions? Anyone have experience with any of them?

#1545820 Fulcrum pin

Posted by Drummerboy4as on 14 February 2018 - 09:51 AM

It would appear that it did not, all 4 nuts have zerk fittings

I’ve watched your video on fitting the fulcrum pin so I’ll def mix and match and test fit till the dogbones move freely.

#1545675 Fulcrum pin

Posted by Drummerboy4as on 13 February 2018 - 12:06 PM

After fighting and fighting the lower cotter pin I finally beat it. 


Whats the worst that that could happen??



After drilling a hole through the pin, some gentle persuasion convinced it to break its bond







Somehow by the grace of the gods of Datsun I managed to not damage the kingpin at all

#1544284 Fulcrum pin

Posted by Drummerboy4as on 05 February 2018 - 04:25 PM

Reviving an old thread here, but I’m in the process of doing disc brakes on the front of my 620 and while I was in there I figured I’d replace whatever bushings and grease I could. The inner control arm bushings look pretty good, the upper dog bone bushing are shot so i ordered a set from mike. I wanted to take the dogbones completely off to clean them and whatnot but for the life of me I can’t get the cotter pins out of the lower fulcrum pins. They’re soaking in PB blaster right now but I’ve already damaged one of them *eyeroll.
I’ve been searching for a while now and haven’t come up with a source for these pins. I’ve found some for a Z but there’s no specs on size or anything. Does anyone have a good source or know if mike is still making them?

#744268 Pro tip for chain tensioner on L series head gasket replacement

Posted by Drummerboy4as on 22 August 2012 - 01:53 PM

Doing a head gasket repair? Need something to keep the chain tensioner in place? Grab a 1" x 8 1/2" piece of PVC pipe to drive in between the 2 sides of the chain under the timing cover. It fits perfectly to keep the tensioner in place and slides out relatively easy with a pair of pliers. Make sure you set the crank to TDC on #1 first though, because you wont be able to move it once the pipe is in :thumbup:

Now I know there are diagrams for wedges and things online and its what the manual tells you to use, but, next time give the piece of PVC a try. You won't be disappointed. :D

#710226 11 months, 3,000 pictures, and a lot of coffee [video]

Posted by Drummerboy4as on 29 June 2012 - 07:27 AM

Not a Datsun, but still pretty cool