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Melkor

Member Since 13 Apr 2018
Offline Last Active Jun 10 2018 09:57 PM
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In Topic: Exhaust Manifold Heat Shield.

02 June 2018 - 09:14 PM

Yep, had that problem when trying to find break shoes/drums, must've ordered them two times before taking extremely careful measurements of the old ones and scouring RockAuto for ones that would fit, 2wd/Rwd designation be damned.

 

Auto parts are rather frustrating to order honestly, since there's no telling if said part will actually fit or not until it arrives.

 

Which is why I'm just going to pay the guy working on it at the moment to weld/cut it into the proper shape, rather than play the guessing game on if this or this is the right pipe for my truck, because despite the label of being for 2wd or 4wd I've found that said label is...less than reliable.

 

Might be because of my truck and the guy who owned it before me, might be because of the model changeover, either way it remains an exercise in frustration that I'd rather not deal with.


In Topic: Exhaust Manifold Heat Shield.

01 June 2018 - 09:05 PM

Pretty much yeah, need one to pass smog in California.

 

Funnily enough after making this thread the guy currently working on my truck offered to fabricate/weld one together when I brought it up, so that problem is (maybe) solved.

 

Even offered to bring my truck to the smog guys across the street from his shop after doing so since he used to be a smog guy way back in the day, and they know each other, which will (hopefully) make the whole process easier.

 

 

Though on the downside the downpipe I ordered didn't fit properly, so it'll be a few days before he can do that since he has to cut/weld it to connect to the rest of the exhaust system.

 

Such is the life of owning a 720 made on the year they switched models I guess.


In Topic: Brake Shoe Troubles.

16 May 2018 - 04:08 PM

Try ordering for an '85 720 4x4. Eighty-six was a half year and parts counters probably have it as an D-21 Hardbody which was introduced 11 '85 which is about half way through the '86 model year. Confusing but...

Eh, worth a shot.

 

It does seem like all the 4x4 breaks are 2 1/4+ inches wide, whereas mine are 1 3/4.

 

So either the guy who owned the truck before me swapped some stuff out, or RockAuto is listing their stuff wrong.

 

Looks like the BENDIX 571 shoes will fit though, at 10" X 1.77".

 

Or the RAYBESTOS 527PG, since they're on sale and I've heard good things about them.


In Topic: Z24i Engine Oil/Filter/Etc...

24 April 2018 - 12:12 PM

Good to know, shouldn't be too hard.

 

But yeah, I'm pretty sure the guy who owned it before me or my uncle did messed with the wiring something fierce.

 

He was a mechanic, but apparently a terrible one judging by the state of the truck when my uncle first bought it.

 

Edit:  Success!

 

Took a bit of finagling, but I can finally see my oil pressure.

 

Very happy the gauge wasn't also toast.

 

Though I'm at a loss on how to tighten the sensor with a wrench/whatever after getting it as far as I (carefully) could by hand.

 

It doesn't appear to be leaking at the moment, but I'll wait a bit and see if it starts to.


In Topic: Z24i Engine Oil/Filter/Etc...

23 April 2018 - 09:05 PM

The Old Unit:

Spoiler

 

The New Unit: s-l300.jpg

 

 

What I was (poorly) trying to ask was if there was an adapter that would work with the latter image to fit a female T shaped connector, or if I should just redo the wiring on either the old connector leading to the gauge/light, or the new oil sending unit using some spade terminals.

 

 

 

On a side note, I'm left wondering why my old one looks so different from all the new ones.

 

And you would not believe how hard it was to find under all the...well, layers and layers of grease/dirt/I don't even want to know.

 

At first I thought it was part of the engine itself, and wondered what it did as well as what the wiring led to, but after consulting my books for the tenth time it appeared that no, it really was the oil pressure unit.

 

Just, y'know, absolutely buried under a massive layer of crap.