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Post by wayno » Thu Mar 03, 2022 8:05 pm

It has been a while for this thread, I lost the water pump yesterday, maybe I lost it before that but it never overheated, the shaft was so loose in the hole that the impeller inside got shined from rubbing the inside of the timing chain cover, but it did not make a hole as I looked.
When checking everything when putting it back together I had to fix everything, both the bottom bolts holding the alternator on were gone but it still was charging, also the bottom power steering pump mount was busted, so it was like the alternator, nothing holding it there except the upper bracket used to tighten the belt, I fixed all that stuff and then did the exhaust yet again, I have been having exhaust leak issues for a few months now, I put one of them stainless steel woven isolator things in to try and keep the collector gasket from vibrating and leaking, I HATE exhaust leaks, we shall see how long this one lasts.

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Post by wayno » Sat Mar 05, 2022 9:47 pm

I did the rear brakes yesterday, the e-brake was not holding very well so I decided to see if the cables were rusted solid, but they moved, but when I seen the brake shoes, I went in and found a box of unused ones I bought from Nissan a long time ago, so now I need another couple sets for the future, if not available I will need to have my old ones re-shoed.

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I took them photos to make sure I got it back together correctly but I did not need to use them as I did not forget how to put it back together, but I sure was talking to myself, them damned little springs that hold the shoes in place(front and back shoes) so all the larger/stronger springs can be installed, well I could not get one in place, it took somewhere around a half hour to get that cap on the spring, them caps that you put on and twist, I used to do it with my thumb, but now I have to do it with pliers, I also lost one of them caps when something fell on it.

I also think I have an exhaust leak already, so I will try again tomorrow if it is not raining.
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Post by wayno » Sun Mar 06, 2022 7:05 pm

I loosened the connection on my exhaust back under the bed, I did this because I lifted the exhaust system back between the rear cross member and the rear axle, I thought I heard another exhaust leak, so after I released that joint I loosened all 3 exhaust manifold bolts holding the collector on to the exhaust manifold then I tightened them again and then tightened that rear joint again, started it and it sounded better.

But then I could hear this weird sound coming out of the SU carb throats, I thought it might be tight valves so i adjusted the valves, two were tight and none were loose, the sound did not change, so either I will get used to it or it will get worse and break, and then I will know what the issue was.

I have thought about just putting that other engine back in with the fixed head, but I do not have an extra distributor to modify the curve so it does not knock/ping, and this engine will burn regular while that engine has higher compression and I am not really sure if premium non ethanol gas will stop the knocking/pinging, they were supposed to be the exact same engine but they are not the same, this one was made out of a Z22 truck block/engine, the better engine was made out of a Z22 car block/engine, both were punched out to 89mm and used Z24 pistons, both heads were the same(closed chamber) and ported to match the Dual SU intake manifold, both blocks looked the same with the Z24 pistons about 1mm below the deck, yet the engine that ate craters in the head around the fire rings was a higher compression engine with more power, I was told both engines have the same rods, I do not understand what is different, but they are different.
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Post by wayno » Mon Mar 07, 2022 3:35 pm

I cannot get new dually brake shoes anymore, so I need to have the two wore out sets I have re-lined, I used to take them to Otts on Columbia Blvd but they are not there anymore and I thought they closed as that was what the place that was where it used to be led me to believe, but the local parts store said they moved to the Clackamas Or area near where that Bills Datsun place is, I will search it.
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Post by wayno » Sun Mar 13, 2022 2:16 pm

I spent hours a couple days ago trying to get my taillights to work which also make the trailer lights work, I could get one side to work and then the other side quit working, this went on for hours, I finally got the brake lights working properly only to lose everything else again, it turned out to be the plug connecting everything in the rear harness, I had even cleaned it with spray electrical cleaner, while it was hanging down almost on the ground everything worked a couple times, but when I tucked it up so it would not drag on the ground stuff quit working again, I never had an issue with these 720 plugs before, if it quits working again I will likely cut the plug out and use butt connectors to put it back together, I hate wiring issues as I cannot see electricity to know when there is an issue, when I would use my test light to check for power then stuff would start working until I moved that plug again, I am reluctant to go outside and check my lights as I drove it today. :(
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Post by wayno » Sun Mar 13, 2022 4:58 pm

Well I had to check, they did not all work, I think I fixed it this time, the male part of the plug has round connections, I took a pair of needle nose pliers and ovaled all of them, plugged it back in, cleaned all the wires up and used electrical tape to make it neat, everything worked fine after that.
My 720 wiring harness has one quirk, when I turn the running lights on it takes a while before they come on, the relay has to warm up to work, so if I turn them on and check they are not on, but if I look at the knob to make sure it is in the correct position and check again they are usually on by then.

I still have an exhaust sounding leak, if I have to tear everything off the side of the engine to see if the issue is the intake/exhaust gasket I am going to likely put the other engine back in with the repaired head as it has more power, I will then try running premium gas to see it I can control the knocking that screwed up the head in the first place, this engine in it now is great without the trailer, not so great with the trailer.
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Post by wayno » Fri Apr 08, 2022 8:36 pm

Well I have been fighting this exhaust leak for a while now, it has been driving me crazy, it started all of a sudden so I thought it was the exhaust coupler from the exhaust manifold to the exhaust system, but the last fix had to fix that issue and I still had the leak, so I planned on taking the intake/exhaust off today to see if the exhaust manifold was cracked but I found the issue.

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I have never had this gasket ever do this before without the intake having issues also, loosing coolant/appear to have a head gasket issue, it was an easy fix compared to having to replace the exhaust manifold, the head gasket, or the engine, I was sure happy when I started it and it was quiet except for this weird gurgling sound with a strange idle, a couple minutes later I figured out I forgot to connect the power brake vacuum hose, it has a valve so it was not leaking all the time, it idled right down and except for the back carb getting too much air everything was adjusted right, I did not have to adjust the fuel ratio, it was already perfect.

The neighbor stopped by and asked if I had a welder, well I fixed his gate frame for him, the hinges were only welded on one side and it worked the thin metal frame where the hinge was welded until it broke off at the edge of the weld on both hinges(which it had already broke off before because of the same issue), I cleaned everything up, ground the old welds down but left enough to not have to weld the thin metal, then I welded it back on, but then I went to the other side of the hinge and welded that to the thin metal frame also so it cannot work(flex) the metal anymore, he said gate has never worked better, he helped me when he could, I am going to get paid to pressure wash his driveway Tuesday as I did the other neighbor Monday, everyone has to keep up with the Joneses, people are strange to me, you do not have to clean your driveway just because the neighbor did, but it has been my living for almost 30 years now, I could never work for anyone else anymore.

I also bought another set of wheels for my new telescope.

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My thumb works better today, don't remember if I mentioned I caught the end of my thumb with the edge of the flap disc, I could not grip or pick stuff up with my thumb and index finger until today.
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Post by wayno » Thu Apr 14, 2022 8:36 pm

I have drove it a couple short trips so far and it is great to have it back to the way it was before the exhaust leak.
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Post by wayno » Wed May 25, 2022 5:21 pm

I came as close to having a wreck that was my fault as I have in a very long time, I was behind this SUV that was driving weird, like they were distracted by something, a lot of traffic because of construction on the road to the north, this SUV was driving slower than everyone else around, we were coming to a signal and the SUV picked up speed to make the light(greenish/yellow) and all of a sudden they stomped on the brakes, I was going to follow them thru as it would have still been yellow when I got there, I did not have a chance, I locked up the fronts and it drifted to the left I let off to keep it in my lane, but I had no room to stop, I hit the brakes again and started drifting left again but was trying to turn right, when I knew it was going to be a wreck I did what I did ten years ago, I turned it right, let off the brakes and the truck/trailer shot to the right across the right turn lane( lucky no one in it) and just after I hit the curb and went over it I stopped it, I looked in my rear view mirror and got out and put my sprayer back where it belonged and then heard a horn basically telling me to get out of the road, I got back in and backed down the curb and took a right when traffic finally cleared.

I suspect I missed that SUV buy less than a foot, the truck still drove normally so I drove home, while going home I wondered if that SUV did that on purpose, they never got out and I suspect they heard my tires screeching, they did not even look at me when I looked at them as I was beside them when I got out of my truck(truck was sideways), sometimes I wish I had a Chevy 350 in this truck as I need the weight up front for the front brakes to grab the pavement.

As I wrote this I thought I should have opened up the tri;er to see where my equipment is and the condition(right side up?), I will go out right now, that was a close one.
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Post by DRIVEN » Wed May 25, 2022 6:45 pm

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Post by Taterhead » Fri May 27, 2022 11:11 am

I would’ve needed to iron out the crease my puckered ass would have caused in the seat.

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Post by wayno » Fri May 27, 2022 5:39 pm

I have done the same maneuver a few times in the past, every time I end up on the sidewalk, but this one I thought I was too late, it was going to be an ugly wreck but I did not hit the vehicle, I was lucky.

I really thought the vehicle was going to go thru that yellow light, it had just turned yellow and even I would have had time to get thru it, but they sped up and then stomped on the brakes, like a setup, they were driving weird before that, going really slow for several blocks while everyone else was passing them, then doing what they did at that light, I was on auto pilot, no time to think, only time to react.
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Post by DRIVEN » Fri May 27, 2022 5:57 pm

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Post by wayno » Fri May 27, 2022 10:20 pm

I do remember one thing very clearly, when I let off the brakes that second time, the steering was pointed towards the right and that truck shot sideways like I was in my Mini, it grabbed that pavement hard, I was amazed that I did not hit that vehicle, I cannot ever remember that truck reacting like that, like the front wheels were glued to the pavement, they were not glued to it when I was trying to stop.

I wish the back brakes worked better, maybe the trailer brakes/trailer helped the front grab so hard pushing against my truck, I just know I got lucky, maybe this is why I have broken 3 windshields, better windshields than someone else's vehicle.
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Post by wayno » Tue Jun 07, 2022 6:34 pm

Well this happened today, my trailer tire came apart like a retread does, it wiped out the wiring and the fender on the trailer, I walked back and picked up the fender out of the lane it was in, I was not able to find my license plate, I spent 4 hours unbending the fender and welding it back on, and I figured out the wiring also, the trailer brakes work again.

It did not even hurt the rim, it is perfect, no road rash, the rim itself never touched the ground.

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I used what I had around here for lights, the top is running lights and brake lights, the two small lights are turn signals, they are very bright.

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Someone stopped to help me but I was tightening the lug nuts by that time.
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