Wynona the wagon's resurrection!

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Post by HRH » Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:13 pm

So an update for the wagon. Because of the placement of the engine and resulting water pump, the VG30 fan clutch WILL work with the RB water pump, however, it puts the fan circle above the radiator top tank, and it also provides no option for running a cross tube for water as the 910 radiator is standard Datsun and the RB20 is same side inlet/outlet.

Being I paid $200 or so for the NOS copper brass radiator initially, and another $200 to have it resealed after a few years, I'd rather use it instead of retrofitting another radiator in. Especially when I can repair this radiator instead of replacing it with a cheap aluminum and plastic unit. So I decided to get two 12" electric fans off amazon (cheap too) and I'll attach those to the radiator and that should work. Plus it will give me enough room to run a 1.25" OD 14" long tube across the front of the radiator to the top outlet. Two 90 degree bend radiator hoses will then connect it.

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Re: Wynona the wagon's resurrection!

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Post by Laecaon » Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:01 pm

The reviews for those fans have me believing they are pure gold. So many reports of 3 years on without issues. They are so cheap, you could replace it 6 times over before hitting the price of a Spal.

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Post by HRH » Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:09 pm

Yeah, I figure for a 12" electric fan, it's pretty hard to screw that up. They've been around so long. Kinda like a cassette player. The 40 dollar version you can find now has what used to be 400 dollars of technology in it. And even if the fans die, like you said, buy another. I've never had a electric fan die, not even the 30 year old junkyard versions I use for other stuff. So if these fans only work for 10 years, I'm not too worried.

Went to the wrecking yard and got an accelerator cable out of a 97 Pathfinder, looks long enough, should work nicely. Also stole the VG33 airbox, it looks like it will fit the RB MAF nicely. I ordered an APEXi air filter pod off FRsport, not here, sent them an email to cancel the order. Again. You think I would have learned after the first time they pissed me off. I ordered that filter on June 24th. Still not even shipped! So I'll save the money on that and make a factory application work, then put a drop in KN or something in it. Or buy it off Amazon, where I'll get it in two days and it will actually ship!

Oh, interesting side note, the VG33 pathfinder airbox has a steel air horn riveted into the airbox housing, very short, but cool nonetheless!

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Post by Laecaon » Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:17 pm

FRSport is real interesting. And I have never had them respond to an email. But I have always gotten what I ordered and then some.

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Post by HRH » Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:37 pm

For some reason, I'm not sure why, when I get a reply from them, google sends it to the trash folder instantly. So I have to go dig it back out. Not sure why this happens. I've gotten stuff from them without issue, but the last 3 times I've tried to order something, a week goes by and they say, oh, it wasn't in stock. Oh, let us check for you, etc. When I order from Raw Brokerage, I get responses to emails, talk to Ricky multiple times on the phone, and generally get awesome customer service. Granted I'm actually buying stuff, but still, they give a crap. It takes a while to get being from Florida, but the communication process is much better and they generally have things in stock.

I find half the stuff I order on FRSport is out of stock. Maybe they're trying to be amazon? I don't know. All I know is I'm annoyed now and cancelling my order yet again. If they can't figure shit out, woe to them.

Also, VG33 accelerator cable works awesome! FIts the 910 pedal, had to drill a slightly larger hole pattern for the mount, but only just outside the existing holes through the firewall which are tapped for 6x1.00 thread. I actually drilled and tapped the new holes because it was easier than trying to secure a nut on the back. Looks near factory, so that's a win!

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Post by HRH » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:29 pm

Had a good few days on Wynona. Got a few things figured out. Going with side mount after much deliberation about removing high beams and putting an intercooler in place of the grill. Decided against it, have a spot worked out in the forward fenderwell that will work nicely. I'll have to make a scoop to direct air, but not a big deal.

It gets real when you start putting holes in things. I've only done the one hole so far, then I'll finish up the intercooler mounts and make the second hole. And the garage is a hideous mess. Cleaned it two weekends ago, didn't last long.


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Post by DRIVEN » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:50 am

Car looks good.
Garage looks horrible.
When the only tool you have is a hammer every problem starts to look like a hippy.

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Post by HRH » Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:21 pm

Lol, every time I try to clean it I end up working too late and have to throw everything in and clean up to do something else. :) Story of my life. Rest assured when I'm done with the wagon project, the garage will get a thorough day-long cleaning. It will need it.

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