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About MaxChlan

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  • Birthday 02/01/1997

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    1986 Nissan 720 Deluxe King Cab 4x4
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  1. MaxChlan

    Max's 1986 Nissan 720 King Cab 4x4

    It's.... Alive! Of course, the ignition timing still isn't quite right. This is with the cap twisted as far as it will go clockwise, so I think the distributor moved when I put the oil pump back in.
  2. MaxChlan

    Max's 1986 Nissan 720 King Cab 4x4

    After doing some digging in my 86 FSM and I found this image: The text above it seems to indicate that this is what the rotor should look like when the engine is at TDC, but that doesn't seem seem like what you're telling me. It seems like one of two things is happening: 1. My cap is wrong (could be a possibility, since the cap that was on the truck when I parked it was actually cracked and I replaced it with one the previous owner gave me when he sold it to me, even though I checked that they were identical I could have been mistaken). 2. I'm setting the timing too late, I.E, the burn is finishing just as the power-stroke should be beginning. Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures of what it currently looks like because honestly I was pretty frustrated, and when frustration happens bad shit happens (like dropping the rubber half moon down the timing cover 😒).
  3. MaxChlan

    Max's 1986 Nissan 720 King Cab 4x4

    Alright, so still no luck here with getting it started. I believe it is still an ignition timing issue. I did some troubleshooting procedures as follows: Fuel is at the proper level in carb All 8 plugs have spark Air cleaner is off With the engine at TDC: -Aligned the rotor so that E1 spark plug would be firing -Reinstalled oil pump and ensured that rotor stayed in place (the shaft if firmly seated in the distributor) -New oil in -Vacuum lines were either blocked off of in their correct spots (including vacuum advance) When I crank the engine, its mostly backfire out of the top of the carb. Anyone have any other ideas?
  4. MaxChlan

    Max's 1986 Nissan 720 King Cab 4x4

    Perfect! Thanks Mike. If I am right and the distributor is out of time, what is the best way to spin it independently of the oil pump? The last few times I've removed the oil pump and used a long flathead screwdriver to spin it, but I feel like there's got to be an easier way.
  5. MaxChlan

    Max's 1986 Nissan 720 King Cab 4x4

    Fellas, I am having an issue getting my truck running, and after some troubleshooting I think that my ignition timing is off with the rest of the engine. I put the engine at TDC, and attempted to put the arm of the rotor in the correct position but I think I was off a fair amount, as no amount of adjustment of the cap helped. Could someone post a picture of what the rotor looks like at TDC?
  6. MaxChlan

    New member to the Ratsun club

    If you're wondering how to post pictures on here, I use Imgur (RIP photobucket). I did a quick write-up on how to use it if you're new to forums, which you can find here.
  7. MaxChlan

    What hard-to-find parts should I stash?

    I've done a fair bit of research into that surprisingly... I believe the only manual transmission truck that you can buy new is the Toyota Tacoma (I believe just the TRD Off-Road package, not the TRD Pro ☹️). You can still get a Subaru Impreza in any trim, the Ford Focus ST and RS, Honda Civic Type-R, some VWs like the Jetta and Golf, Nissan 370'Zs, and I'm pretty sure that's about it. I might be missing a few offerings from Kia or Toyota though. Dual clutch gearboxes seem to be the go-to in supercar applications these days; they're even starting to trickle down to the average-joe cars. I went to a VW/Skoda/Porsche dealership when I was living in Cologne, Germany and they had Jettas and Passats on the floor with DSGs in them.
  8. MaxChlan

    What hard-to-find parts should I stash?

    I think she had lots of freeway miles, but also a fair bit of traffic miles (she worked in St. Louis Park which is a solid half hour from where I grew up). She still drives stick to this day. I learned how to drive stick on her Mazda 626, and since she's had a 2012 VW Passat TDi, a 2013 Passat TDi, and now a 2016 Jetta TSi. Those emissions-scandal diesel engines were the best. Fast for what they were, and decent on the highway; we got 48 MPG driving 80 MPH from Minneapolis to Omaha one time.
  9. MaxChlan

    Blown head gasket?

    I threw an old screwdriver in the camshaft sprocket to keep it from spinning, cracked the bolt loose and then removed the screwdriver.
  10. MaxChlan

    What hard-to-find parts should I stash?

    My mom bought a '95 Geo Prizm brand new from the dealership up in Bloomington; I wish she wouldn't have totaled it because those cars were sweet runners. Her's was an LSi with the 5 speed, and I shit-you-not she went over 150k on the original clutch.
  11. MaxChlan

    What hard-to-find parts should I stash?

    CV stands for constant velocity, and they're the axles in the front. I'm not super knowledgeable on what exactly they do, but from my understanding they're used in independent suspension applications to allow for decreased friction and for transmission of power in 4x4 applications. Here's a little write-up on how they work.
  12. MaxChlan

    What hard-to-find parts should I stash?

    I've heard CV axles for the pre-1983.5 trucks are hard to find; might be worth your while to take a look at the donor truck and see if they're worth removing. Other than that, interior pieces are obviously not available, and taking the easy things out of the engine bay will make it cheaper for you to swap parts later (stuff like water pumps, various hoses, maybe even a radiator if yours is rusty).
  13. MaxChlan

    stock radiator rust check

    If you're in the market for another radiator, I replaced mine about a year ago and was glad I did. I had similar scale/discoloration issues in mine and it gave me some peace of mind. I can look at the part number later today.
  14. MaxChlan

    best clutch?

    I have an Exedy clutch in my truck as well; works as advertised! I think I paid like $120 for the whole kit.
  15. MaxChlan

    Max's 1986 Nissan 720 King Cab 4x4

    Yeah, fuck that block of wood. It ended up expanding and getting stuck, so we went with the backup plan: Take as many bolts out of the oil pan as possible without putting the engine, removing the timing cover, and so on. Anyway, the head is on, as well as the timing gear. Getting closer to having Big Bird back in the rotation. In other news, for all the RB engines in these 240sx missiles at the shop, an actual Skyline showed up :w00t: For those who have been curious as to what I've been driving for the last few months, here she is: a 1984 Porsche 944 (non turbo :yawn:), affectionately named "the $900 Porsche".

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