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  1. I've already posted the majority of my initial work on this 1982 Datsun 720 in that specific forum section: http://community.ratsun.net/topic/65349-project-720z-1982-datsun-720-sport-truck/ But I thought I would post updates and hopefully get some feedback here in Project Datto. I've taken a page from Bob3 with my engine choice and picked up a 1997 Mazda Miata 1.8L drivetrain to do a basic engine-swap into my truck. You're probably wondering why I'm not going KA, SR, or CA.... Well, let me explain: 1.) A 1.8L Mazda Miata 4 cylinder puts out 135hp stock with potential for much more. 2.) There's a huge aftermarket for the Miata drivetrain, which should make upgrades easier to plan-out. 3.) Miata engines are already rear-sump oil pans, so there's no need to modify it like a KA or SR requires. 4.) The Miata 1.8L is incredibly light and compact. 5.) I've spent the past 3 years driving NA Miatas and I've become accustomed with their mechanicals and aftermarket. 6.) The Miata transmission is one of the best in the industry and has perhaps the smoothest and shortest throw of any Japanese 5-speed. 7.) I'm the kind of guy who wants to be different. So here's what I started with: Here's the results of about 8 months of driving, upgrading, and personalizing: Just a stock Z22 with a Weber upgrade and some Pacesetter headers, but nothing too exciting or modern. That's where the wonders of the internet come in: Teardown of what was "supposedly" a clean JDM-spec engine began: Milky oil gave me a sinking sensation that I was in for trouble... Luckily, it was just a warped head causing a water leak into the oil passages and I easily sourced a rebuilt head for a very reasonable cost. After installing all new components and degreasing, it was paint-time! I've always liked the Burnt Copper tones and this color specifically came from VHT. Going forward into the assembly process, it was like building a 1:1 scale model car, everything just goes into place and there are very handy instructions in the FSM. Capped off with the shaved and painted cam cover. I decided to forge a new path and get some decals made-up to further disguise the motor: I picked up the best header for swapping into the truck, this way I don't run into any steering shaft or frame-rail clearance issues. Oh, that was the moment when I knew I was smitten... Here's the complete drivetrain mocked in place: I still have a lot of work ahead of me; wiring will be the huge hurdle in the coming weeks, but I've gotten a great project plan all laid out to get this completed in the next few months... I just wrapped up a full 2.5" exhaust system that runs as a single to the back of the cab and then splits into duals that exit on either side of the stock license plate mount. I just want to make clear at this moment: I actually didn't have to do much to install this into the truck! Other than welding in new engine and transmission mounts, the drivetrain fits in like a glove! Even the new Miata 5-speed shifter comes out in the same hole as the original Datsun shifter. I'll be trying to update this thread as I move forward, and I'll try and grab photos where I can to help keep the posts lively. ~Peter
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    (Unofficial) Project MX720 Build Thread

    This project is on the list to be revitalized this year. I need to wrap up my Honda Rebel Chopper, and then this truck is getting back into the shop. However, the build plan has changed. A lot. I'll leave you with that teaser for now. 😉 -Peter
  3. It's been awhile since I posted any updates on this site, mostly been sharing my projects on Instagram lately, but I figured I'd post this project thread to keep y'all entertained! I've been wanting to build a full-size, road-legal, licensed and titled motorcycle for awhile, and finally stumbled onto the deal that lit the fire. Earlier this summer, a local Harley enthusiast listed a 1985 Honda Rebel 250 that he had taken on trade and didn't need. The price was a bargain, and the bike ran and drove, so it came home. Fast forward to Monday of this week, and I pulled it into the shop for the transformation. The bike has about 7k miles showing, and seems mechanically sound, but I'll be tearing into the motor later. For now, it was disassembly time! Frame was mounted into my Chop Source Frame Jig, and prepped for slicing. I'll be using a Voodoo Vintage Weld-On Hardtail for this build. This is custom fabricated in their shop and each one is built to order. This will be a 3" stretch and a 2.5" drop hardtail. Tack-welded in place. Engine test fitted and the new rear engine mounts welded in. Fully welded and gussetted, and down on the floor for the next stage in mock-up. Here's one of many inspirations for the direction on this build. End game plan is a fully custom bike, with wild paint, lots of chrome, attention to detail, and fully street legal. It'll be my side project for the winter, so I'll post batch updates when I have progress to show. Otherwise, you can follow me on Instagram, my username is: CaprockFabShop ~Peter
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    1995 Nissan Hardbody 2wd Build

    Greetings! I've been stricken by the Nissan bug for over 6yrs now, and have owned a slew of older Datsuns and such, but never really had an eye for anything more modern; so when I spotted this former service truck, I was a bit puzzled at first, ultimately deciding that it was worth a 3hr drive from Lubbock, TX to Wichita Falls, TX. It turned out to be so worth it! I rode up there with my brother in his 1991 Dodge Stealth RT -Twin Turbo- AWD Coupe; let's just say, we made good time... Turned out to have been used at Sheppard Air Force Base as a service truck and only had ~54,000 miles on it. The factory camshaft had worn out and ruined the head, so the previous owner had installed a new head, timing chain, water pump, and timing cover, as well as wires, plugs, etc... Being that it was also rust free and under market-value, I paid the man and drove it home slowly due to a mismatched set of weathered tires. On the way back, it had an intermittent lifter tick, and this really started to concern me as we drove along, oil levels were fine and it kinda came and went. We made it home and today I got it on the lift, dropped all oil, put in new Mobil One Synthetic 5W30 and started it up, no lifter problems at all. Still a bit confused on that point, but it runs like a top and the A/C throws snowballs! The custom made ladder-rack and bed-box was the first thing to go, it was unceremoniously tossed in the back lot of the shop to sit and decay for the next 100yrs. It was then time to turn to some upgrades to the old truck. After installing a new set of 205/70R14 tires on it, I decided I couldn't stand the chincy hubcaps that were on it and shot the bare steel wheels in Dupli-Color's Bronze Wheel Paint and accompanied by clearcoat. Really transformed the look! And you can't have a Nissan truck without lowering it... So 2" blocks were installed in the rear and the front torsion bars were lowered to match. It now measures 28cm from the ground to the wheel arch on all 4 corners. It's now sitting right, rides nicely, and looks exactly as I intended! Short term plans include: Exhaust upgrade Pathfinder/D21 Bucket Seats and console Radio and speaker upgrade Headlights/Tailight upgrade Swaybars Possibly Overall, this will be my shop truck for running errands for my business, and also for just bombing around town when I'm not in my 1985 Toyota MR2. Stay tuned for updates and I'll be sure to keep you informed on what changes I make! ~Peter
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    1995 Nissan Hardbody 2wd Build

    No changes to the truck since my last post. Still driving it every day, even in the snow! ðŸĪŠ It's on the schedule for an interior upgrade later this spring. I'm holding off on the suspension swap as I choose between Coilovers and Airbags. I have all the Beebani components, just need to decide which direction to go. I'd love to build a race-prep auto-cross/road racing variant of the D21. That's doable, but out here in West Texas, there aren't any tracks, so I can't really get too excited about corner carving. Anyways, as I mentioned on the Honda Rebel thread, just picked up a new Nissan Hardbody, and I'll be starting a thread on that one probably next week! ~Peter
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    Honda Rebel Chopper Build

    Thanks for the kind words. Haven't had a chance since December 20th to get back on this project. Too many trips and other obligations. I'm hoping to jump back in here this coming week and get some parts finished and shipped off for coating, powder coating, chrome, and machining. Frame and wiring still are two big items on the to-do list. In other news, got a new truck! Another 1995 Nissan Hardbody, but this time a King Cab!! It's a 102k mile, 2 owner, rust free and unmolested time capsule of a truck! I considered dropping it on airbags for a day or so. Then realized that it just rides so comfortably, and is such a reliable and lovely truck, that I can't cut it apart... So, it'll be my new daily as my white Hardbody continues on it's spiral into craziness... 😄 I'll probably start a new thread on the Red truck once I get some parts in the mail and start cleaning it up and getting it legally on the road. 😉 ~Peter
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    Honda Rebel Chopper Build

    1st, I cannot take credit for the Tig Welds around the rear axle plate, those were done by Voodoo Vintage. I am merely a self-taught welder so maybe one day I can achieve that skill, but for now I'll settle for strength first, and aesthetics to follow. Regarding wheels, the front is like a 3.00x18 (90/90x18) and the rear is a super narrow 130/90-15... makes it nearly impossible to find vintage looking rubber, but I'm gathering some intel towards that end. ~Peter
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    Honda Rebel Chopper Build

    Good point, the main reason is clearance for dropping the oil. The plug is on the left bottom of the engine casing, so it I had exhaust running there, you'd need to drop the exhaust before changing oil to avoid spills. Also, almost all Frisco-Style choppers used Triumph or Harley drivetrains which almost always run pipes out one side or the other (usually the right side). It's part style, part function. 🙂 ~Peter
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    Honda Rebel Chopper Build

    Mid-month update: Started on the exhaust pipes. Considered using portions of the original piping, but I soon discovered a sneaky little secret Honda employed on these exhaust pipes: Inside these 1 3/8" pipes, is the actual 7/8" exhaust tube! This was more than likely done for both noise and heat insulation. However, it means that every single Honda Rebel you see out there, even with custom mufflers or dumps, are still ONLY running the 7/8" pipes! So on this bike, I decided to build true 1 3/8" exhaust pipes. Started off by mocking up the downpipes. I wanted them to angle in towards each other to add to this bike's narrow silhouette. All welding here is Tig Welding with 1/16" Silicone Bronze filler rod. Welding Mandrel Bent 1 3/8" Mild Steel tubing. At first I was going to try and loop the exhaust up and have the exhaust exit out the upper rear of the bike, but the bends started looking to awkward and made the right side of the bike look lopsided compared to the left side. So this ^ got abandoned. Instead, I'm doing this ^ Then it was time to pull both header pipes off and seam weld and grind smooth all the welds. Exhaust is getting shipped out this week to Jet Hot Coatings for their Polished Heat Coating. As durable as chrome, more heat insulating, and far cheaper than sending these to the chromer! Let's see, what else happened... Oh yeah, the dual carbs are a no go. The clutch cable has to fit in the same area where the throttle cables needed to be, this problem was never mentioned in any Rebel dual carb build I've seen. In this photo ^ the clutch bracket isn't even bolted down, simply no room for it. Yeah, I could make or modify this clutch bracket, but after taking a closer look at the build quality on these carbs, and looking at some cfm ratings and fuel estimates, I think I stick with a single carb on this one. I'll find a way to make it look cool and vintage. This means as well that start-up and tuning should be far easier once this bike is done. I got the tail lights mounted as well: In other news, I decided to remove the front fender, since almost all Frisco-Style choppers only run a rear fender, I'll follow that trend. This means I'll be ready to start bodywork and testing out paint methods and layouts on the Tank and the rear Fender starting next month. In the meantime, I have 3 business trips planned over the next 30 days, so not a lot of progress will be made on this. But starting late January, I'll be back working on this bike as well as on getting the S10 Blazer build wrapped up so I can daily-drive that while I'm doing a full suspension swap/upgrade on the Hardbody! It's going to be a busy Spring! ~Peter
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    Honda Rebel Chopper Build

    Alright, you guys get an update! This will be in chronological order over the past week. Got the Mini Frisco-Style Tank mocked up, and started playing around with seat placement as well. Upgrading from the stock single carb to dual carbs! This dual carb set up is an aftermarket piece but seems to be equal to or better than the OEM carburetor. It uses the same style throttle cables and choke cable as stock, and still retains a single fuel inlet, so it should be straightforward to get running when the time comes. The rear fender was a chore to get right, started out with a LowBrow Customs Manta Ray 4 3/4" rear fender, but the arc was for 16" and larger rear tires, so I first made equidistant pie cuts, and re-arced it to match the tire. Taped to the tire in these pics is 5/8" heater hose, this creates a nice gap for tire clearance all the way around the fender. Tack welded the pie cuts, and then carefully seam welded them avoiding warping of course. Then ground smooth (ish) this will all get body-worked down the road. Grabbed some of LowBrow Customs fender mounting tabs, and after playing around with getting the fender square and centered, got them fully welded in. Great thing about this particular aftermarket rear fender is that it's made from 14 gauge steel! Meaning that two mounts in the front are more than enough to hold it steady and means that no rear mount is necessary! I really hate sissy-bars so this is good news! TC Bros Choppers sells this sweet fake oil tank with removable end caps for hiding wiring connections and other unsightly hardware. Grabbed some quick tabs from the bin and welded it in tight under the seat base. Next I got the Frisco Tank mounts welded into the neck of the bike. Results in a super low profile fitment to the tank. It's a little wobbly, but that's the way these bikes are meant to be I guess! Also got the front seat mount fully welded as seen in the pic above. I then threw everything together to get a better idea of the rolling bike. Rider comfort is actually really good, I'm 5'4", so for me this is a perfect size chopper. As you can see, I also got a battery mount figured out, it adjustable and the battery can be removed without taking the "oil tank" off. Next step is probably going to be re-designing the wiring harness, figuring out a rear brake pedal arrangement, brake light and license plate mounts and EXHAUST! Boy, I can't wait to make a custom set of pipes for this; my plans for that will probably blow your minds! 😄 ~Peter
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    Honda Rebel Chopper Build

    Only other smaller bike you could chop would be a Shadow. V-Twin engine, relatively cheap to pick-up, only real downside is that no-one makes a hardtail kit for them, so it would be up to you to build a hardtail using one of the universal kits out there. Of course, now that I have a frame jig, making my own frames seems far easier. 😉 ~Peter
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    Honda Rebel Chopper Build

    There are advantages and disadvantages to the Rebel as a platform. My initial thoughts are that this will be an excellent size bike for anyone under the height of 5'7"; because, despite the stretch on this frame, it still results in a very short bike. That's great for storage, maneuverability, and compactness, but any big frame person will still look silly riding it. However, you could always do a super-stretch hardtail and get more leg room. Didn't you have a CB you were working on? They make Hardtail kits for those too! ~Peter
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    Eye bolts in cargo bed

    I know Hardbodies 1987-1997 had corner eye-bolts and YES I have hauled a motorcycle in the bed strapped down with them. They're mounting through the double-walled corners and are VERY secure. Obviously, still triangulate and use common sense when tying down a load, but you should be fine! ~Peter
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    S10 Blazer Build

    I stumbled across someone else's project for sale in one of those infamous Craigslist deals: "You gotta get here with cash before the next guy does". Anyways, happened to be free that moment and the price was really sweet. It's a 1990 Chevrolet S10 Blazer 2 Door 2 Wheel Drive. Has the stock 4.3 TBI V6 with the 4L60E 4-speed auto. Had lived a pretty ragged life in the DFW area before migrating out here to west Texas. That whole Passenger rear quarter is bondo-sculpted. I guess according to Carfax it got side-swiped in 2013 which prompted the Maaco-style respray. I'll live with it for now, but just might redo the bodywork down the road. Interior isn't bad, no weird smells, just worn out. I have plans for recovered seats, door panels, carpet, headliner, etc... The bad news: Pretty severe rod-knock. That, coupled with non-existent oil pressure is what's prompting an engine swap. But guess what? I'm not doing what you'd expect! I'm going to be getting a rebuilt 4.3 from Summit Racing, and just swapping it back in to replace the trashed one! I figure there's enough V8 S10s out there, and I really don't want to deal with the hassle of a V8 swap and try to get that reliable when this truck just needs a new long block and some TLC. Of course, I'll lower it, change wheels, replace broken bits, and clean up the look. Just want a daily driver with 4 seats, A/C, decent ride, and some hauling capacity for roadtrips. ~Peter
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    How to turn a decent car into a beater, part 1

    Needs Moar Pics
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    '73 1200 Coupe Project, aka Timmy

    Texas law is 25% on the front side windows and any level on the back-side and rear glass.
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    240sx suspension swap

    Agreed with what Atom and Josh said, hypothetically you could swap over everything if you have enough fabrication skills, money, and dedication. The problem is that the 1200 is a really small car and very little will be straightforward about exchanging components with a 240sx. The reason you haven't read about many 1200/240sx combos is that the 1200 is a rare car, and thus parts for them are very hard to come by. If the goal is for a drift/race car, then you're probably on the right track by combining the 240sx suspension with the 1200 body, would have extensive body mods, but could be done.
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    S10 Blazer Build

    Yup! Runs and drives! Back on the road after 10 days in the shop. Drove it around most of the day yesterday. Today I got the hood on and changed out the side mouldings for new replacements. I'll get some more pics later this week. On the to do list still: Exhaust (tomorrow) Alignment Transmission shift adjustment Working Oil/Temp/Volt gauges (Summit Racing) Smaller front tires (These ones rub the inner fenders) Re-do Window tint Replace odds and ends under the hood (a lot of wiring and connection issues still) Interior freshening Otherwise, I'm pretty satisfied with the truck, definitely a big project still. Interior is rougher and rattles like a tin can. Suspension needs some fine tuning, as does the engine performance. But it'll be a fun project over the next few months. But, I have to take a break from personal projects and get back to some client's stuff. Have a gas pump restoration to finalize, and need to get a gameplan for remodeling the shop with more workstations! I'll probably start a thread about the shop upgrades, since I'm thinking a lot of members here might be in need of inspiration and/or ideas! 😄 ~Peter
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    S10 Blazer Build

    Video of before/after swapping the engine out. https://youtu.be/VeY40Kktw1o Started the engine up yesterday, waiting to break it in fully until my rear disc kit arrives tomorrow. Should have a significant update on Saturday with outside pics and vids. ~Peter
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    S10 Blazer Build

    Paint is a Maaco respray from a couple years ago, hasn't even been cut-polished since then. Regarding the headers, at the time, I was wanting to keep the exhuast stock, but ran into some clearance issues yesterday. I guess now I'm doing duals... MPG doesn't really matter too much, I'm used to <14mpg with older rigs... ~Peter
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    S10 Blazer Build

    Almost wrapped up the engine replacement, but I'll highlight it for you here: Before photo, tired old 171,000 mile 4.3l V6. Severe Rod Knock, opted to do a motor transplant, rather than rebuild this one. Removed old engine Back in the crate ready to go back as a core. Rebuilt V6 from ATK Engines, I purchased it through Jeg's. Installed all the original components back on it after cleaning and painting. Stabbed it back into the truck, now was time to install all the accessories. Almost there, still need to run new vacuum lines, radiator, etc... Should be doing start-up tomorrow evening! Also took a moment and installed the 3" Belltech Drop leafs and shocks in the rear: Yes! That's lowered 3" from stock... Might be needing more there. Definitely lowering the front another 2" this coming week with some Belltech Drop Coils. ~Peter
  22. Starting to get the hang of it. Still only allows for 51kb profile pic size...
  23. Yeah, I can't see how many likes my posts have.
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    S10 Blazer Build

    First big update! Spent yesterday cleaning the truck up, first outside getting the majority of the Lubbock dirt off: Saw that the paint, while piss-poor quality, actually was a decent Charcoal Grey Metallic! Then I pulled it in the shop and gave it a top to bottom wash and vacuumed it all out! Interior is tired, but not too bad. Needs front seats, carpet and headliner. Probably replace the dash cap and door panels too at some point. You probably noticed the new wheels! 17x7 Ridler 695 rims with Rikon Raptor 255/50ZR17 tires. Good quality wheels, I picked them up from SD Wheels on eBay, I've used their company before for the Hardbody rims, and was very impressed with the service and pricing! Anyways, as life goes, the truck sits too high (duh!), so I had already ordered a complete Belltech Lowering kit. Drop Spindles, Drop Leafs, Drop Shocks, and Front/Rear Sway Bars! Today I spend 8hrs on the front end, sucks working alone... Old brakes were crusty: Driver's side piston was froze up, surprising since it still stopped pretty straight and cleanly. So I figured, I'd just throw money at a problem... New Calipers, hoses, rotors, bearings, seals, etc... This in addition to the drop spindles, shocks and Front Sway Bar I installed! The old front sway bar was 1.29" thick, this one is 1.54"! This thing is solid steel and way stiffer than stock! I can't wait to get the rest of this installed and take it for a drive! I then re-installed the front wheels to see where the body sits now that it has the 2" drop spindles on it: Well, tire-fender clearance is now 4", was at 6" stock. So a true 2" drop. Don't worry though, I saw where it was sitting and IMMEDIATELY ordered a set of 2" drop coils... They should be here Friday. Rear is still at stock height, I'll lower that tomorrow with the 3" drop Springs. Mmmm, red calipers. That reminds me, I need to order a rear caliper conversion kit for this thing. Gonna look silly with tiny rear drums... Stay tuned for more updates, motor swap begins tomorrow night! ~Peter
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    S10 Blazer Build

    New Engine gets installed July 4th Weekend. Got a local mechanic coming over to help speed up the swap. Life got in the way for the past 2 months, but everything kinda fell in place recently and this project is GO! I'm excited to share with y'all the transformation! If you're on Instagram, give me a follow @caprockfabshop I'll post behind the scene photos and vids there before I update this thread. ~Peter
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