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MaxChlan

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About MaxChlan

  • Rank
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  • Birthday 02/01/1997

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Minneapolis
  • Cars
    1986 Nissan 720 Deluxe King Cab 4x4
  • Interests
    Accounting, Finance, and Datsuns!
  • Occupation
    Student
  1. 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.
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    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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    Max's 1986 Nissan 720 King Cab 4x4

    I said the same thing as I was reading the FSM, but that's the way it said to do it. My thought was that if I put the head on first it would fuck up the head gasket in the front as the head connects over the timing cover.
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    Max's 1986 Nissan 720 King Cab 4x4

    Well, now comes the hard part. After a few weeks of acquiring parts, I have most of what I need. The head was cleaned and milled with new valve guide seals. Every mating surface was cleaned, new timing components installed, and then came the most fun part: putting the cover on while not having the chain slip off. The block of wood thing worked, but I had to make my block narrower than what I've read. It worked, ish. I wish Nissan would have made a little dowel or something that kept the pressure on the tensioner while you installed the timing cover. Anyway, I am missing a few bolts for the timing cover, most chiefly one of the two bolts that holds the bottom of the cover on to the block. Looks like I'll have to scavenge for them or spend some money to order *more* shit from NissanPartsDeal *sigh*
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    First 720

    Hell yeah! That's one clean truck.Treat it well and it will treat you well.
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    Max's 1986 Nissan 720 King Cab 4x4

    Does anyone have any experience with the Fel-Pro or Mahle timing cover gaskets? Nissan doesn't make the timing gasket anymore, but I was able to source everything else from Nissan. This is the last bit I need before I can start putting my truck back together
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    Max's 1986 Nissan 720 King Cab 4x4

    The head is off! I elected to take off the head and intake as one unit, and then remove the intake while the head was off the truck. It was easier to get at the bolts. Here are some pictures: I think I found my issue!
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    Max's 1986 Nissan 720 King Cab 4x4

    I'm hoping so!! My nickname is struggles so you never really know. Sometimes I do well, other times it takes me 20 minutes to remove a hose. Ya never know which one you're gonna get. They didn't teach me anything about cars in my accounting classes :rofl:
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    Max's 1986 Nissan 720 King Cab 4x4

    Yeah, I have a timing kit on it's way; I am taking the head off today so that I can take it to my guy to make sure it's leveled and to replace the valve seals
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    Max's 1986 Nissan 720 King Cab 4x4

    Thank you! Removing the timing chain when you have the water pump off seems fairly straight forward; I just need to make sure that the engine is TDC Cyl. #1, pull the timing cover, mark the chain and sprocket, and release the tensioner, correct? Also, this is a non-interference motor, correct?
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    Max's 1986 Nissan 720 King Cab 4x4

    Does anyone know of a write up for a timing chain replacement on here? Information on where to set timing marks on the camshaft sprocket would be useful.
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    Max's 1986 Nissan 720 King Cab 4x4

    The oil pan gasket is a maybe. I did not pull the engine when I did the clutch; I have access to a lift so we just removed the cross-member and dropped the trans.
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    Max's 1986 Nissan 720 King Cab 4x4

    So, what if I order the water pump from NissanPartsDeal? It's OEM, yeah?
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    Max's 1986 Nissan 720 King Cab 4x4

    Link to the timing kit? I plan on ordering an OEM head gasket, valve cover gasket, and oil pan gasket from Nissan. Should I replace the water pump anyway since I'm in there?
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    Max's 1986 Nissan 720 King Cab 4x4

    So, it finally happened: head gasket blew. Now is the time to strongly consider the long term viability of the Z24. Doing a cost analysis on it, it's gonna cost me a pretty penny to acquire the necessary parts: 50-150$ to have head inspected and resurfaced, and if it needs a valve job (most likely) it could be up to 400$. While I'm in there I would do the water pump and gasket set from Nissan would push it up to 600$ to do it correctly with new head studs and a professional head job. Seems like a lot when I have access to the tools and equipment necessary to KA swap, including access to an engine already. Let's talk parts list: Wiring Fuel Pump EFI Distrubuter Custom engine mounts Modify the oil pan to clear the front diff What else? I am just brainstorming here.
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