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    Woodinville, WA
  • Cars
    1969 2dr 510, 1967 4dr Bluebird, 2005 Tacoma
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    Old rear wheel drive cars
    New car technology
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    Auto Tech, Fire Service Instructor

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  1. Trophy24

    The Bluebird from Japan

    I knew the exhaust was a bit loud so I had a look while it was up in the air. Well, I fixed the front part anyway. It is 50 or so years old so maybe the original part of the exhaust might need some help here... In the shop after a long day My ears were ringing when I got home that day. It did seem to get louder the more I drove it LOL. No longer part of my system... I threw it on the ground! And a picture of the nice resonator I salvaged at work. Too quiet now
  2. Trophy24

    The Bluebird from Japan

    While the heater repair was going on, I decided what many old car drivers do. Time to bypass the heater core and drive it! Some short trips around the neighborhood to build confidence in the car, and it was time for the first actual destination drive in the US. Driving it to work may not sound super exciting, but it allowed me to set the alignment angles so it would drive straight. Got some positive comments at the stop light on the way in. Made it! Stayed late after work to set the alignment. Strange to climb up on the RH side during the process since I have been on the other side my entire career. Took advantage of a new section of parking lot at work before all the cars were moved in. Thought this was an interesting shot. Note what I call "the helper dent" in the fender. That happens when your buddy is "helping" and leans on the car while you do the work. I went back to the pictures Carter took of the car before I picked it up. Nope not there then... It did pop out with a surprising boing! sound when pushed from the inside. Mostly gone now
  3. Trophy24

    The Bluebird from Japan

    All the components laid out for consideration. The original rubber hose had to go for sure here. Note the fan is the early blade type, but also made of metal. I compared this with another fan from a US 68 510 and found that one to be plastic. Interesting how these cars evolve during production. Early style heater valve that would fail pressure testing in the water tank at 5psi. Having seen what my 69 valve looked like, I was expecting that this one would not be rebuild-able with O rings due to its early design. After taking it apart as carefully as possible, one of the mounting tabs broke off. Here we go looking for a unicorn! After quite a bit of searching on line, I found an image and part number for the original valve on a web site in Japan. NLA for sure. Lets try Google images for something close. Lots of options there, but I really don't want to change the controls and rig something up on this car that is too far off from original if possible. I settled on the 240Z valve (still available new from Nissan) since it matches the basic lay out closely. Will have to modify the mounting of it since the tabs on the bracket are not clocked correctly
  4. Trophy24

    The Bluebird from Japan

    The cooling system saga continues... I was running the car in the garage to cycle the thermostat and fill the cooling system. While poking around with the flash light I noticed coolant on the garage floor. Strange, I didn't see any leaks under the hood. A look from the side behind the tire showed the leak coming from the front floor area. Oh man the heater core or valve is leaking. Not going to be an easy fix. Some nasty carpet there, but the clutch and brake pedal pads are in pretty good shape. Time to take it apart and see what is up. The heater box came out way easier than I am used to at work. Sticker translates to "genuine Nissan" according to Google translate The bottom of the heater box is way cleaner than I expected. I dont think this car drove very far before being parked
  5. Trophy24

    Track Rat - 1991 Pulsar GTIR

    Great to see a build thread on this interesting car Sam!
  6. Trophy24

    Freebird: SR20VE+T 510 Wagon

    Your fuel rail may have a pulsation damper on it. Do they each have a vacuum line attached?
  7. Trophy24

    The Bluebird from Japan

    Hose was left long out of paranoia considering the previous Koyo problem. Didn’t want to ruin the stock one I got from my good buddy. You can always make it shorter ha ha
  8. Trophy24

    The Bluebird from Japan

    Over due build thread update Carburetor woes One of the things I dislike about carburetors is how much you have to mess around with them. I have rebuilt many of them in my professional and personal life. Yes it is old school and the gasoline smell is part of owning an old car, but I just don’t like it. Having said that, the carb on the L13 was still giving me problems after a thorough cleaning and parts replacement with what I could find for it. Inconsistent idle speed and fuel mixture along with intermittent flooding due to a float needle valve problem led me to an uncomfortable question for myself. How much am I willing to spend on this L13 trying to save it? Long term goal for this car is not yet determined. I was trying to run it as is until my 2 door is on the road. Then see out what the future holds for this car. I could find a used Weber 32/36 somewhere, but I would probably find myself having to rebuild that one too. I decided to take a gamble on the L13 and buy a new Weber for it. That would allow me to tune it and leave it alone for a while. That sounded good anyway. After searching around for the correct Weber kit, I resorted to pictures of the kits to determine which to order. I knew I wanted an electric choke 32/36, but I needed the correct throttle linkage. I seemed to be running into kits over and over with cable throttles for some reason. I know the US 510’s used mechanical linkages so this was a bit confusing. I ended up ordering the K660 kit based on the Weber web site for application, and a picture of the kit with the correct linkage. Yeah not good enough. It came with a throttle cable set up. After looking at my options, I realized I could use the linkage from the Hitachi carb on the Weber. Good thing. The wrong linkage included with the carb After mounting it on the car and sorting it out, I decided I didn’t like the chrome air filter the carb came with. It didn’t seem to fit the theme of the car with the L13 in it (stock looking). Time to cut up the original air filter housing and make something to fit the Weber. After some quality time in the garage and lots of cutting and grinding, I came up with a steel plate adapter that would allow the stock air filter and housing to work. I am not the first person to do this, but still feel pretty good about how it came out.
  9. Trophy24

    Tribute to Dave (pumpkin210)

    Looking forward to seeing this car at Canby again (hint hint)
  10. I recall getting “feedback” about Datsun smells at home too. It helps that my garage is now detached from the house
  11. Trophy24

    Freebird: SR20VE+T 510 Wagon

    I can see the latest pictures ok. An an exciting stage for your build Sam! Looks like things are coming together. I am looking forward to how you solve your hot side flange fabrication.
  12. Great to see the new ride documented. You coukd use that spoiler to jump garbage cans with your mountain bike. : )
  13. Trophy24

    Paradise Datsun

    Love the pics in the first post! A great way to see how far it has come later.
  14. Trophy24

    The Bluebird from Japan

    Double post somehow. Will edit later
  15. Trophy24

    The Bluebird from Japan

    Back to electrical stuff I had to borrow a dwell meter to set the ignition points on this car. I used to have a cheap one in my tool box for use on customers' cars. It had been such a long time since I used it, it got tossed out during one of those garage cleaning purges you have to do from time to time. While setting the points, I was reminded what a great step forward electronic ignition was. Since I was still fighting a misfire on the car I decided to upgrade to a Pertronix system with a matching coil. What a difference that made. Starts right up and idles smooth. Yeah! Out with the old In with the new One thing I like about the Pertronix system is how it can hide under the stock distributor cap. Not so with the "blaster" coil. Had to face the label away from view to make it better. I guess I could have peeled it off too.
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