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About jeffball610

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  • Birthday 11/27/1977

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    Sin City
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    2003 350Z, 1972 510
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  1. jeffball610

    4G63 510

    CZeroMedia did a quick video about my car during Mitsubishi Owner's Day a few weeks ago and just posted the video. https://youtu.be/Iq2nINNJIQ8
  2. jeffball610

    4G63 510

    That's a great point. I've been looking to redo those lines, and this is something I wasn't thinking about. Coincidentally, the stock 4G63 motor comes with a coolant to oil cooler that sandwiches on the oil filter housing. It's not terribly effective at higher temps, but it works. Sadly, I don't have space between the oil filter and the engine crossmember to use it. I'm using a unit from an EVO3 that has a stock air cooled oil cooler. The stock units are pretty big, and I still feel mine is undersized. That being said, my solution seems to be working so far. Street driving isn't much of an indicator, but it's definitely taxing the coolant system less and I've got a bit higher oil presser due to cooler oil. Here are a few poor pictures of how I got this to work. You can see about 5-6 rows peaking through at the bottom of the radiator. The AN lines don't hang as low as this makes it seem, but it saves room at the top for airflow. Lines coming from the oil filter housing. There is plenty of clearance as to not rub anything. (looking up from the ground) This one is a bit close to the pulley, but it doesn't flex into it at all. I'd still like to get this further away. I did mount my brackets to the under side of the core support to existing bolt holes using rubber isolators to allow some flex as to not fatigue the cooler or the mounts. Ultimately, I will likely cut my intercooler to make room for something more substantial if needed. I'd also like to find a thinner intercooler so that one day I might even have air conditioning. After the hot drive across the desert, I'm feeling old. I need some air conditioning and cruise control.
  3. jeffball610

    4G63 510

    I've already got that piece in place. It still leaks from somewhere around the top.
  4. jeffball610

    4G63 510

    A few updates over the past couple of months. First, I went ahead and got the BRE Spook since their shop is here in town and it seemed like a decent enough option. It also looks better in person than in all of the posts I've seen. My initial reasoning was to get some cool air to an oil cooler, but the holes aren't in the right spot for me. That brings me to my oil cooler option. I have a small 10 row mounted under my radiator, and it seems to help some, but I still want to cut my intercooler height down and mount a larger one for track days. I'll post install pics when I improve my mounts. Also, against everyone else's better judgement, I went on an 800 mile trip across the mountains and deserts from Las Vegas to Colorado. The car did great, but I had a control arm adjuster come loose which caused a lot of toe in. I scrubbed the front tires pretty bad, but they're salvageable. After an alignment, the car did great. The plan was also to drive to Canby, but the additional days of driving after this small mishap seemed too much for me. Next year. The drive back to Las Vegas was uneventful other than the heat and my Taiwan "Datsun 521" mirror that flew off at 75mph 100 miles from home. Current alignment. It can still be better, but that's as good as it gets for now. Now for some issues I need to solve. First, what methods are people using to seal the gas tank? I have a leak where I installed my Z31 fuel pump assembly, and it leaks when full or when fuel sloshes too high. I'd like to get rid of the stock feed lines and some vent lines as well, but I fear that will cause more leaks. Is this something a competent fuel tank/radiator shop can do? I've also got a small coolant leak from a the patch I did on my metal coolant pipe. Trying to make things simple, I reused a stock part, and the patch that seals a stock hole seems impossible to close. I'm thinking of just making a whole new pipe that requires fewer hose elbows and using only straight couplers. Should I go with aluminum or stainless for this? I don't have a clean pic of this, but it's the darker grey pipe with the rubber couplers that then has a straight pipe that goes in front of the timing belt to the upper radiator inlet. There are some other small things I'm working out like the tune and some cosmetic things. I'll get them sorted and I'm more motivated now that this is my daily driver
  5. jeffball610

    Oil Cooler Locations

    So I finally ordered some parts to do an air cooled oil cooler. However, I'm still lacking in mounting locations. I heavily considered the inner fender area, but I couldn't seem to find an aftermarket oil cooler with the proper dimensions. I'm sure there's an OEM solution, but then I'd have to source special fittings or deal with another issue. I'm still open to that option, but for now, this is what I've got. I ordered 2 affordable coolers from Summit. I'll see if I can return one if I don't use it, or just try and sell it locally. One is a "7 row" and the other is a "10 row". Both are 2" thick with an 11" wide core. The 7 row is about 2" tall and the 10 row is about 3" tall. Both have built in -8AN fittings. I don't have a lot of realestate anywhere. The 10 row is about the same height as the lower grill opening, though the fittings will need some creative routing so I don't have to make any major cuts. That being said, it would be sitting outside of the grill. Another option is to mount it just below the radiator. There is enough room so that the core and most of the fittings are above the radiator core support. However, only about 4 rows get clean air. The rest of the coolers are block by the core support. Some suggested that I mount the cooler parallel to the ground, and that could work, but the lines would need some creative routing. (I think every option will need that) Technically I have room behind the radiator, but that would give it hot air from the radiator and probably would be worthless, if not worse that no cooler. I've looked at vertical mounting in the headlight area, mounting below the radiator core support, in front of the grill... I'm running out of options. My best solution is the hardest solution, and that is to cut the top off of my intercooler (making it shorter) and mount it above that behind the grill. That's a lot of fabrication, but is probably the best option. Before anyone says I need a bigger cooler or anything like that, I don't plan to ever make more than about 300hp with this car. If you can think of any other options or have seen any creative solutions, I'm all ears.
  6. jeffball610

    Feng Shui (The 510 Experiment) (All pics are fixed)

    This is the exact "flare" I plan to do on my car. It looks like the tires say 225/45/15. Is that right? What's the wheel offset and what kind of inner clearance do you have? (I'm sure it's stated somewhere in this thread) I'm already tired of my tiny 205 width tires, but I've got a lot to do before I can step up to a 225.
  7. jeffball610

    Oil Cooler Locations

    The one pictured is WAY too big, but I like the location and I'm not offended by the look too much. Doing some light digging on Summit Racing came up with a 4"H(2.9"H core with -8AN fittings)x11.5"Wx2" thick unit for only about $40. Even that is big, but the 4G63 can get hot on track. I'm still considering the wheel well area. I can get fresh air to it, and build a "shield" from the tire if needed. I really just need to get under the car and look at things. I'm just curious as to what others are running or have thoughts on.
  8. jeffball610

    Oil Cooler Locations

    I think you're right about pressure. Again, I cannot mount a cooler behind the headlight, as that is where my intake is at on the right side. The left side is occupied by the coolant overflow and is on the opposite side as the oil filter housing. This would not be an easy place to run oil lines. That being said, I'm starting to come around to this idea. I don't have a front bumper, so it might look odd. I don't think I need one as big as the RX7 unit pictured (pretty sure that's what it is), so it may not look bad with a BRE or similar lip.
  9. jeffball610

    Oil Cooler Locations

    This is the "cowl induction" effect. Rushing air hits a low pressure zone at the base of the windshield and can reverse flow into the cowl area. This is why there are vents there for the air conditioning (vent) system in the 510 and muscle cars that the cowl induction hoods for MOAR PWR!!! The headlight area is kind of off limits for me. That's where the intake is at for my turbo. I also don't care for the idea of removing the headlights. This is a 98% road driven car. I've been looking at the area under the grill at the core support. I still have intercooler mounts there, and there doesn't seem to be any flow behind it, but there is space there. I would have to redo the lower valance, but it might work. My other option I'm considering is ducting with a horizontal mounting. Cool air from in front and under the car would then send hot air into the engine bay. This might seem bad, but that's what a radiator does and that's what would happen if the cooler was in front of the radiator or intercooler. I'm still open to other ideas. Turbo motors get hot, and mine actually comes stock with a cooler. Sadly it's a coolant cooled unit and it won't fit in its stock location with my mounting set up. I know I'm all over the place with what I'm doing and I've got a 1000 excuses for not doing one thing or another. My philosophy with this car has always been to try and keep things simple. Many times it takes a lot of work to make something as simple as possible. I'm just looking for the right/best solution.
  10. jeffball610

    Oil Cooler Locations

    As I start my journey to getting #4G63510 on a full road course, I'm starting to think about prepping for more cooling. I have no space behind the grill to mount anything due to the 3" intercooler and the radiator. What locations are people running coolers in besides this? I'd rather not put a giant cooler in front of the grill (RX 7 style). What about some space in front of a wheel like most modern cars use? Is there any place behind a front lip etc. (BRE or others) that has accommodations for airflow to a cooler? I assume mounting it horizontally won't do much. For reference, my oil filter housing is on the Passenger (right) side of the engine bay.
  11. jeffball610

    4G63 510

    That's where the idea came from for others to make an "aftermarket" solution for. But why do some add this while others don't? Is there an actual benefit to it? Are there any other areas that can be strengthened in a similar way? I've seen his build, and I like it. I might try something similar. I know that stitch welding CAN help, but where is it best to do this? Also, can adding "frame rail supports" or the like help as well? I don't want to add a ton of weight, but I also want to avoid a cage as much as possible. I just want this to be as good as it can be without going overboard.
  12. jeffball610

    4G63 510

    More stuff done. Stitch welded the engine bay. I'm sure I didn't do a great job, but It's done and I did it myself. I also filled a few holes and did some smoothing. I didn't go overboard, I just wanted to clean things up a bit. Then I did some filler and sanding to end up with this. It certainly isn't professional, but it looks decent and it's all one color. I just used some plain white enamel spray paint. It's baking now with a heater on it and I should start reassembly tomorrow. I hope I put it all back where it came from. As a side note, does anyone have any info on chassis stiffening? I'm still considering this, but I've seen lots of cars without this mod. What other methods, short of a cage, can we do to stiffen the 45 year old chassis? S30 guys have frame rails and other braces. Even modern cars have bolt-on chassis braces. I'm not trying to go all out, but would like to do all I can to make this thing handle its best. And what front end is this? BMW? My next option is this. Camaro? I'm not a big fan of the BRE style. It sticks out a bit too much. I'm not opposed to it, I'd just like some other options.
  13. jeffball610

    4G63 510

    Winter break is here, so that means it's time to do a larger project on the car. Before work can begin, the garage must be cleaned so I'm not rolling in dirt and oil, and so I know where tools and parts are at. Next was to take pics to show where the car is currently (so I can impress myself with the results). Or so I can remember where parts went :P And next was to start removing stuff. I'm taking some video of the process. If it turns out well, I might post it. It's not too interesting so far, but we'll see. Next up is to start grinding, sanding, welding, and filling so I can put on some paint. Just doing some spray enamel in white to clean things up, make it one color, and it will eventually be a white car anyway. The last step before reassembly is to clean up a few wiring and plumbing things that need some attention. Thankfully I've got another week and a half to dedicate to working on this pile so I can enjoy it some more. :thumbup:
  14. jeffball610

    Killing Fuel Pumps?

    I'm still "testing". It did make a round trip from Vegas to LA on Sunday (around 500 miles) with some low boost uphill pulls (about 7psi). I haven't looked at the logs yet, but it seems to be working so far. I'm planning to get another fuel filter with a larger element. I'll be working with a friend on Sunday doing some road tuning to see if we have it ironed out. Edit: No updates. The system still seems to be working fine. I still plan to run a bigger fuel filter, but I haven't had any issues since the last pump replacement.
  15. jeffball610

    Killing Fuel Pumps?

    I've inspected the lines and blew them out with compressed air. I'm not finding any issues. The only thing I could think of is a clogged fuel filter. I'm running this one: https://www.summitracing.com/parts/tfs-23000/overview/ I thought someone told me years ago that I'd have issues with it, but I can't imagine why. It is advertised as fuel injection compatible and the housing is supposed to be good for 300psi. I don't see a rating or restoration for the filter itself other than stating it is 40 micron. I got a replacement filter today to see if there was an issue there. I also got an Autometer fluid filled pressure gauge in case the old one was bad. I had a crappy generic one that was falling apart. The new fuel pump should arrive tomorrow so I can do some testing.
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