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Old 06-18-2017, 12:48 PM   #121
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THE ENGINE BAY PAINTING IS FINISHED!!!*

*mostly

heres how my paint job began life-










































not much to say about it other than holy ******ing **** ****** ** ***** ******* **** ****** ****** ********* **** *** ***** *** ******** *** **** and a side of ****


going back over today with my friend to complete the other little detail areas and possibly begin clear coating. later in the week ill begin reassembly and get an idea of how the finished car will actually look. im super excited lol
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Old 06-18-2017, 04:19 PM   #122
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Paint by numbers lol
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Old 06-18-2017, 08:15 PM   #123
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Paint by numbers lol
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Paint by numbers was just a thing around in the younger years where you paint different areas of a pic a certain colour depending on the number. Was just a silly wisecrack. That's a pretty unique paint job on that engine bay..
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Old 06-19-2017, 03:39 PM   #125
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Paint by numbers was just a thing around in the younger years where you paint different areas of a pic a certain colour depending on the number. Was just a silly wisecrack. That's a pretty unique paint job on that engine bay..
oh lol thank you, i am really pleased with how it came out. i wasnt sure what to expect since my friend had never painted an engine bay before but i think she did an excellent job.
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Well I'm impressed.
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Old 06-21-2017, 07:28 PM   #127
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I suppose with all the work you have done on the conversion, you are entitled to do a little creative painting.

Any estimate when you will be doing a test drive?
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Old 06-23-2017, 11:28 PM   #128
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Any estimate when you will be doing a test drive?
going up tomorrow to get started on installing everything back into the car. i should have everything back together in a few hours but i still have to drain and refill the tank and i might need to make new adapters for the injectors orings because i think the ones i made are too short to get a good seal so probably not gonna have time to start it but definitely soon.
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Old 06-25-2017, 02:04 PM   #129
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yesterday did not go as planned at all, had a family member get a very serious injury, compound fracture in their ankle, almost lost their foot so i was at the hospital for about 8 hours trying to calm down my family. by the time i got to the garage it was 9pm so i hung out for a few hours and installed the brake booster and master, windshield wiper motor, the steering rack and the two fuse boxes. im gonna get everything back in later in the week and back on the ground so i can finish the exhaust and see if i can get it to start up next weekend.



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Old 06-26-2017, 04:16 AM   #130
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got the motor reinstalled. the new front mount is slightly taller than the solid one but it seems to fit fine, the mounting bracket isnt quite straight over the hole in the crossmember but otherwise everything fits exactly the same way it did before i pulled it out, which means it fits well.











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Old 06-27-2017, 02:40 AM   #131
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Neil DeGrasse LIEson would be proud.

That is pretty cool though. But Heliocentrism is dead.
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Old 06-27-2017, 08:20 AM   #132
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The VG looks so clean and unencumbered. I love it. I wish it could stay that way

What kind of paint do you use for things like the valve covers, timing covers, and the water pump pulley?

It's neat seeing a complete build like this.

Also, cool design on the engine bay paint! Gave me a "galaxy" feel.
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Old 06-27-2017, 02:20 PM   #133
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The VG looks so clean and unencumbered. I love it. I wish it could stay that way

What kind of paint do you use for things like the valve covers, timing covers, and the water pump pulley?

It's neat seeing a complete build like this.

Also, cool design on the engine bay paint! Gave me a "galaxy" feel.
the harness is gonna ruin the clean look lol i plan on going megasquirt later on so ill be able to do a harness and probably do a better tuck. the paint was like professional rustoleum enamel, it had to have sat in my garage for like 20 years and it still is some of the best paint ive ever used, when i hoisted the motor back into the car the strap was rubbing against the valve cover really hard and you cant tell at all, it didnt do anything. i asked my friend to paint the engine bay like space so i hope it looks like space lol but thanks man i appreciate it.
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Old 07-02-2017, 12:53 PM   #134
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didnt get much done yesterday, i was missing some nuts and bolts to put the intake and passenger axle in and without those things done i had to wait to do like 20 other things so i basically just started going over the rest of the car to find things that i could do while i was there. i put the intake on just to see what it looks like.



i was looking at how im going to run my clutch line and ran a hard line to the slave but i i forgot that the slave uses a banjo fitting instead of a brake compression fitting. originally the banjo goes into a rubber line which attaches to the trans or frame somewhere and then goes into a hard line anyway, so i decided to make an adapter that will allow me to just run a single hard line to the trans. i plan to use rubber clamps that will absorb whatever vibrations from the drivetrain to try to keep anything from rubbing but im not worried about flex or anything since the poly mounts have everything pretty solid. so i already had an adaptor that converted a 10mm bleeder to an 8mm bleeder and it was like 2 inches long for some reason so i brought that home, parted about half of it off and drilled it out. next i needed to make the bottom of the hole slightly convex in order for the fitting to seal so i had to sacrifice a drill bit and grind a special drill.



here is the hole drilled out with the bit i reground.



tapped the hole for the compression fitting threads.



then i chamfered the outside and countersunk the opening to the threads.



so im hoping now i will have a solid, cheap clutch setup that wont leak within a month like the hose i have would lol going back probably tonight, definitely gonna be getting a lot of stuff done this week.
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Very impressed with how easily you do custom work. You make it look easy. I wish I was more talented this way. I bet it solves a lot of problems!
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Very impressed with how easily you do custom work. You make it look easy. I wish I was more talented this way. I bet it solves a lot of problems!
thank you, i do solve a lot of car related problems, as for my other problems not so much haha
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so after installing the intake for the first time i realized i forgot to put vacuum fittings on it lol so i brought it home to put those in.. heres the brake master fitting i turned on my lathe.



i apparently will only need one vacuum fitting for the fuel pressure regulator since i deleted all the other vacuum related stuff. when i go turbo ill have to install a few more but instead of needing to make plugs or whatever and worrying about leaks i just left them out and stuck with the necessities.



heres both of them installed.



back at the garage after reinstalling the intake and finishing up the little things that the front end needed i put the wheels back on and put the car back on the ground for hopefully the last time.



for the brake adaptor fitting i made i realized the threads werent deep enough because the tap i used was a like an easy start tap so i took it over to the belt sander and ground it down to a flat bottomed tap so the threads would reach the bottom.



heres the adaptor fitting installed.



i cut up an exhaust shield and a vacuum line to make a little insulated bracket to hold the clutch line in place.





with the ecu and harness installed i moved on to the interior, i pulled the ac exchanger out of the plastic housing thing because i dont need it and i dont want any useless weight in the car and installed all the other climate control and vents and stuff.





i found this hole busted out of this piece when i first pulled everything apart. i know the air vents leak everywhere and its really not that big of a deal but i wanted to patch it anyway.



while i was looking for some random little piece of plastic to patch it with and.... to my immense dismay... i came across a korn cd i made like 10 years ago that was cracked in half. so in the hopes that korn will bring my car good traction and clean oil i used a piece of it to patch my vent.



next i slapped in the dash which went in a lot easier than it originally came out. without taking the steering wheel off you have to put it in through the passenger door lol







then right before i called it a night i threw the heater lines in.


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Old 07-06-2017, 06:32 PM   #138
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Love all the small fabbed stuff in here. The big things go without saying but there's a ton of little **** people will have no idea it was custom made.
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Old 07-10-2017, 02:41 PM   #139
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Love all the small fabbed stuff in here. The big things go without saying but there's a ton of little **** people will have no idea it was custom made.
thank you, they probably wont if they never see this thread lol tbh most of it is just out of necessity, if i dont have to make something i try to avoid it but if theres no cheap/easy/simple way of getting something done the way i want i just gotta make it myself lol once the hood goes back on im gonna focus on them hood struts hahaha
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Old 07-16-2017, 10:57 AM   #140
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the car had a bit of a shimmy and a shake to it before, i called it character at the time but while everything is apart anyway i figured i would actually fix it lol i noticed the ball joints were pretty beat. i expected to have to pull the lower control arms off but it turns out they just bolt on. so instead of taking a day or so finding a press and bringing the control arms there one at a time or whatever it took me about 20 minutes per side lol







only the one ball joint was actually loose, the other one was ok but with the boot torn like that its only a matter of time before it fails too. i know this will help with the shake but its gonna need new shocks as well, more on that later.... i have some plans...



then this happened..... i never pulled the plugs out of these heads until now and had no idea they were extremely dry and corroded in there. i needed a breaker bar to get out the last 3 and the very last one snapped off like this on me. im gonna work on getting it out today with some heat and kroil and a good extractor. use anti seize on your plugs, i know a lot of people will tell you not to but it will prevent this from happening and this is the last thing in the universe you want to have to deal with lol

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I'm really impressed with you and this project. You encounter a problem and you come up with a fix. The things you do look like they are factory made. Well, maybe not the CD patch on the air duct, but everything else.
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Old 07-17-2017, 03:47 AM   #142
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I'm really impressed with you and this project. You encounter a problem and you come up with a fix. The things you do look like they are factory made. Well, maybe not the CD patch on the air duct, but everything else.
hahaha thanks, the cd thing was mostly just a joke, i know the entire ducting system in the car is gonna be packed with leaks regardless lol one of the main goals of mine was to maintain an oem level of functionality and presentation, as in if someone just jumped into the car they would think its basically stock, quiet, comfortable, responsive etc. and then when you pop the hood you dont even believe its all the same car lol im pretty happy with everything so far, i have a feeling the exhaust is going to bother me the most but im sure it wont stay in there for long. im considering building a full aluminum catback and making a custom muffler that will be as quiet and high flow as possible but more on that after the thing runs lol

i didnt get a chance to mess with the spark plug yesterday but im gonna try to see what i can do about it tonight, then it will be fluids time and possibly even first start.
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I am impressed with how calm you are about things like your snapped spark plug. That would have crushed me, motivationally speaking. Do you treat it like a stud and just drill a hole in the middle and use an extractor or an easy out? I always worried this would happen to me but I've been lucky so far.
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I am impressed with how calm you are about things like your snapped spark plug. That would have crushed me, motivationally speaking. Do you treat it like a stud and just drill a hole in the middle and use an extractor or an easy out? I always worried this would happen to me but I've been lucky so far.
believe me when it happened the look on my face probably looked like i just got stabbed in the *******. fortunately there is already a hole through the center of the threads from where the ceramic had to pass through, i kinda got lucky because the ceramic usually breaks and then there are pieces of that i would have to pick out somehow which would be a while nother level of nightmare. im hoping to find an extractor that will fit in there and be able to pull it out. i know how seized it is so i know its not going to be easy but at this point i just need to stay focused and try to fix it without damaging anything else.
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Right on. That makes sense. I will be hoping that it comes out smoothly when you go after it. If anyone can do it I know it's you from looking at your work so far!

I was sitting over here thinking about how I changed all of the spark plugs on both of my vehicles (Maxima and 300ZX) recently and how I didn't put anti-seize on any of them
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Right on. That makes sense. I will be hoping that it comes out smoothly when you go after it. If anyone can do it I know it's you from looking at your work so far!

I was sitting over here thinking about how I changed all of the spark plugs on both of my vehicles (Maxima and 300ZX) recently and how I didn't put anti-seize on any of them
thank you ill definitely do my best lol im gonna grab a big brush container of anti seize and start a habit lol if you change them semi regularly and they go in smooth i doubt you will have this issue but its not worth the risk to me lol
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Old 07-19-2017, 05:11 AM   #147
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since i bought this car the trunk was a pain in the *** to get open, the interior release didnt work and the lock in the back would move all over and the only way to open it was to develop the special technique (wiggle the **** out of the key until something works) and after investigating the possible cause, i found that the lock cyinder had a little tab that was broken off and there was a little spring for the interior latch that came loose or something, the spring took like 10 seconds to fix but the cylinder needed a lot more attention.





idk what happened to the other pictures i took of the repair but basically all i did was take a piece of aluminum filler rod and bend it around the cylinder where the tab used to be and then use jb weld to hold it in place. obviously the repair made the cylinder slightly bigger since the casting was super thin where the tab connected to the cylinder body so i had to trim away some of the material on the trunk to get it to fit in but it did and my trunk is 100% functional again.



i got the extractor but i need to apply heat to the area but i dont want to damage any of the surrounding components, warp the head or start a fire inside of my engine or whatever other bad thing might happen from shooting a blow torch directly into my cylinder so i came up with an ingenious plan... ill bring a bar of steel and my torch and heat up the steel as hot as i can get it and then ill press the steel bar directly onto the spark plug threads so just the spark plug absorbs all the heat and then hopefully it will come loose before all of the heat gets pulled out into the head. instead of using penetrating oil that will just burn up from the heat i will use wax which will wick into the threads on its own to better lubricate everything. i will also make a spark plug tap out of an old plug and run it down all the threads once the broken plug is out.... if it does come out lol we will see.
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started out trying to use my heat transfer method with the metal rod to try and heat the spark plug piece up and as it turns out, air is much more thermally conductive than the like 1 square millimeter of contact area of steel to steel.... meaning no matter how glowing red hot the bar got, the spark plug stayed room temperature. so i decided to start pulling apart everything to get as much of the flammable/meltable **** away from where i would be blasting flames. little did i know (pre flame blasting fortunately) that my fuel lines still had an asston of gas in them from when i was testing my fuel pump and rails for leaks. idk why i didnt expect that but after taking them off my entire engine was covered in gas lol so no flames tonight (last night)



so i went back inside the car to finish putting the interior together. which took all of 10 minutes. the radio and EQ arent wired or mounted at all i just slapped them in there to see what they look like together, i really hate this radio and will probably get something with a usb input but for now music isnt really a concern of mine so its fine. im sure many will recognize the EQ as it is actually from a maxima, i actually pulled it out of a wagon, idk if those are rare or not but i didnt pull the plugs/pigtails for the outputs when i got it from the junkyard so if anyone doesnt want to see me defile it by epoxying terminals into the plug sections then make me an offer lol







the exhaust has had to come out for a while now and i was kind of avoiding it but i didnt have anything better to do at the time so here it is. everything was rusty as **** and difficult to get out and instead of dropping my sway bar (which is like 1/4 inch thick im about to make a thicker one on principle) i just chopped the muffler off. this rusty hole is actually where a hanger used to be which fell completely off when i pulled the muffler down lol



the rest of the exhaust doesnt look all that bad, its really rusty in some spots but it looks like it was replaced relatively recently before i bought the car in 2012. i liked the design of the muffler, i had originally thought that was why the car was so quiet but it turns out the muffler was completely empty, the packing must have all burned out, what was ACTUALLY making the exhaust so quiet was this....>



this pile of junk was entirely inside of the catback before the muffler. i kept banging it on the floor and this **** just kept falling out lol this pile is about a foot in diameter too dont let that washer fool you, the washer is huge.




so my first thought was, im gonna have to make a new exhaust, then it was whats the cheapest possible exhaust i can make? obviously aluminum intercooler piping would be cheap, light, and from what i have seen will be perfectly safe and strong enough to be used as a catback. while i was doing my research and looking up materials it was looking better and better to me.


until i found a ****ing stainless integra exaust for 100 bucks that looks like it will basically bolt in...... so maybe one day ill do an aluminum exhaust but that day will not be soon lol next time i go up to the garage i will be working on removing the plug and then ill put everything back together and maybe get the exhaust all modified and installed. we will see.
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Seeing the interior put together is a morale booster. It is like the light at the end of the tunnel. It makes me more anxious to see the entire car finished. Keep up the good work.
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Seeing the interior put together is a morale booster. It is like the light at the end of the tunnel. It makes me more anxious to see the entire car finished. Keep up the good work.
im getting very excited to drive it but at the same time im apprehensive to finish it lol i will have to bring my Z to the garage so i have something else to be creative with lol
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Tell us more about your Z!
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Tell us more about your Z!
i mean if you guys really want i can start a thread about it haha im actually trying to sell the headers on it so i can make a new setup once the stanza is done and it switches places with it. i have a lot of stuff that needs to be fixed on it and redone. let me know i guess
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i mean if you guys really want i can start a thread about it haha im actually trying to sell the headers on it so i can make a new setup once the stanza is done and it switches places with it. i have a lot of stuff that needs to be fixed on it and redone. let me know i guess
I, for one, am DEFINITELY interested

I just finished my NA2T swap on my 85 Z. I don't have your skills on tap, so it took me ages. What I have seen of your Z looks....intense, to say the least.
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I, for one, am DEFINITELY interested

I just finished my NA2T swap on my 85 Z. I don't have your skills on tap, so it took me ages. What I have seen of your Z looks....intense, to say the least.
ill definitely be posting it somewhere. maybe hybridZ. hmu on facebook if you have any questions or anything, i know a lot more about z31s than i do maximas lol
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ill definitely be posting it somewhere. maybe hybridZ. hmu on facebook if you have any questions or anything, i know a lot more about z31s than i do maximas lol
I'll look forward to it. I've been z31 addict for almost 20 years now
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I'll look forward to it. I've been z31 addict for almost 20 years now
oh wow then you probably know more about them than i do hahaha thats awesome tho! they are great cars for sure.
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