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  1. drawks

    What did you do to your dime today?

    Swapped the 3/4" clutch slave on my dime for a 13/16" nismo unit. What a great upgrade! I have no idea what pressure plate is in this car, but I went from the twitchiest grabbiest clutch pedal to something so superior. Then installed the passenger side seat belt from the seatbeltplanet.com kit and took my buddy for a spin through the Berkeley hills.
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    WTB: 1969 510 glove box door

    Time Left: 5 days and 23 hours

    • WANTED
    • USED

    The one I've got has a crack running vertically down the whole door, I'd pay a good price for one that is cosmetically and structurally in good shape.


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    pic of your dime

    Yay! It dried out a bit. I put my new seat belts in and really knocked the dust off up in the Berkeley hills.
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    Franken engine

    I didn't mean an SR head onto an l bottom end, I just meant an sr20de or possibly and sr20de block with a VE or VET head. I'm still not sure what advantage a franksteined l20 or l18 bottom end with a 16 valve ka head would have over either a well built KA or SR. I mean it is one thing to have a sweet L series build that looks "correct" in a dime, but at the point that you're throwing a KA head on it you go faster with less money and effort by bringing the KA bottom end along too.
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    Franken engine

    I'm curious what your ultimate goal is. People have made good power at high revs with the ka24 bottom end, you'd be out in the wilderness for a timing set to get the ka24 head on a short deck l series bottom end. If your goal is a shorter stroke with a good flowing twincam head you'd have a shorter, cheaper and more well tested solution in an sr20det perhaps with the sr20ve or vet head for it's superior flow and whizbang variable valve timing and lift.
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    Franken engine

    Flat plane is the standard configuration for 4-cylinder engines, I'm not aware of any crossplane Nissan inline 4 design. Are you perhaps thinking of fully counterweighted vs not?
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    pic of your dime

    She's new to me, my wife named her Jolene. Naturally as soon as I got her it's been rainy basically every day so she's just taunting me from the garage. I took her out for a quick trip to the DMV to transfer the title and had a bit of fun getting the rear end loose in second gear 😉
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    What did you do to your dime today?

    Transferred the title to my name 🙂 Back in a dime after 7 years without one and 15 years since having one that was really a driver.
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    2.3l ford ecoboost in a dime

    Thats pretty slick, theres a build here on ratsun too with a turbo'ed honda k24. I think the ecoboost is a more compact package than either of these... I don't think I'm going to undertake the swap (actually found a pretty well sorted sr20det powered dime) but it just seems like these short modern 4 cyl motors with passenger side exhaust/turbo would be a pretty natural fit into a dime.
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    2.3l ford ecoboost in a dime

    I'm still confused where your comparison comes into play. This motor doesn't share a tranny or even bell housing bolt pattern with a Chevy or Ford V8, it uses the same Mazda/Ford pattern as a Miata or 4 cylinder light duty Ford truck. I guess my question goes back to the original post. Are you guessing that it is wide and requires all this work or have you actually seen this tranny next to a common Nissan trans?
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    2.3l ford ecoboost in a dime

    This is a fair and reasonable take on the situation, I hadn't considered that the typical life of an engine from Rebello's perspective was quite different from my own 🙂 And honestly you're absolutely right that I *want* 300hp for some occasional hoonage, but really would be happy with considerably less most of the time. Perhaps a bone stock s15 sr20det with some bolt ons and a standalone would fit my plans just fine. It is pretty easy to get wound up in bench racing and forget what the actual use case is.
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    2.3l ford ecoboost in a dime

    Was having a casual convo with Brian Rebello at Troy Ermish's shop the other day and he was saying that to reliably make 300hp with an SR they build basically the same engine end as they'd do for 500hp. "The difference between 300 and 500 is a thousand dollars more on a turbo" So reliable 300hp is maybe not the same as 300hp... I'm no engine builder, I was taking him at his word.
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    2.3l ford ecoboost in a dime

    Sold my last 510 about 8 years ago when my daughter came along and I realized time and resources weren't gonna let me get my project finished. Now I've got plenty of resources and I'm planning a new project. So before I break ground I'm trying to really define what I want to do and realistically what can be done. High on my list is modern turbocharged motor, I've had stock and built L series motors before and as much as I dig the period correct look of dual carbs and non-crossflow head I really want a car that I can tune with a laptop, adjust power output as the situation calls for and will start up on cold mornings without playing with a manual choke cable 🙂 Naturally sr20det and turboed ka24 we're at the top of my option list, but as stated (or maybe implied) further up in the thread 300 crank hp from either of those motors requires a decent amount of work to do reliably. So I looked at what OTHER options exist that could be price/complexity competitive with a built Nissan motor. That Ford motor popped up immediately as a 300+ hp stock option that is in high availability since it is the base motor in the current mustang (wow do those get totalled often!).
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    2.3l ford ecoboost in a dime

    Ah yes it does use an reworked sr20ve head, I had thought it was a custom piece.
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    2.3l ford ecoboost in a dime

    I must have taken some crazy pills... Yes I understand that a 510 is smaller than a 720, but also an sbc and an ecoboost 4 are not the same size in any dimension, don't use the same transmission and have basically nothing in common. I just fail to see how the mods needed to make an sbc go into a 720 has anything to do with the swap I was talking about.... 🤔

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