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So, while waiting on wheels, finished up my steering wheel. My steering wheel was too far gone so decided to go with a Grant wood wheel. The Grant 4591 adapter fits great but leave a 1” gap so no horn or turn cancel. I found a 3.25” Dia. x 1.25” long 6061 aluminum stock for a spacer for $20 shipped . I used a exacto knife to carefully cut the glue holding the copper ring on the grant hub adapter. Took the aluminum to a local machine shop and had a recess milled in each end, one for the copper ring and the other end for the hub adapter. Then the center has milled out for $50. 

fNp7qsb.jpgI then added 5 holes to the spacer, one for the horn wire, two for pins to cancel the turn signal and two I tapped for a screw to mount the adapter. 

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Pretty happy, no gap and the horn and turn cancel work. 

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Looks great! Goes nice with the seats / door cards. 

Are you going to finish it so it matches the shift knob?

Whatcha doing with the rest of dash? 

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I have a 280Z shift knob I will add in the future. Big fan of green. Dash is apart for my stereo project. Will get that done tomorrow.  

 

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Thats awesome man, would you offer those steering wheel adapters to use less inclined folk?  

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So the truck had no radio or speakers. My only requirement was Bluetooth and ended up going with a RetroSound Model2 with 4x6 speakers in pods. The Model 2 has lots of adjustments for mounting.  First power, there was three wires in the radio location.  Blue is 12V constant: check. Black is ground: check. Red green is switch 12V: nope. No idea what it’s for?? My wiring diagram says a blue white wire comes from the ignition, pulled the ignition connector and I see the blue white is fried to a crisp.  Pulled of the dash cap, untapped the wire harness and pulled out the crispy blue white wire.  Didn’t damage any other wiring. Added a new wire and tapped up the wire harness. With the dash cap off, the radio install is a breeze. Just a couple of adjustment fits and mounted it up. The speaker pods were easy enough when pulling out the kick panels. 

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The radio plate came with the truck, not sure where it came from. 

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Got my front smoothies in finally and mocking up. Fits fine. Thinking trim rings? Also taller tire as the gap is 1.75” now?  What do you guys think. MOYEnVX.jpg

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US steel smoothie 510 series 16x8. Tires are just for mock up but they are 205/50

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I like it!  You are correct, the trim (beauty) rings will look good.

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Eh not my style.  Wheel blends into the tire and looks like an old cop car wheel.  

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3 hours ago, d.p said:

Eh not my style.  Wheel blends into the tire and looks like an old cop car wheel.  


I agree with the blending too much, but that can be easily fixed:

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White wall is too thick.

 

Try matching gray rim with chrome cap and trim ring....

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Cream color steelies. 

 

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I plan on painting the truck a pale green in the future so a grey maybe the right color. Cream looks interesting. Maybe a darker green but that may not be a good choice if the truck is a pale green. 

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Dude your doing it right so don’t stop. Wheels are so subjected to what we like. I hate 6 lug wheels others do. Rock what you think. Everyone’s ideas are not wrong but go your direction. Love the steering adapter. Great idea. I have a rare watanabe wheel which uses a Momo adapter. Texas Datsun I love it. 

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This.

 

 

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4 hours ago, banzai510(hainz) said:

Mainer's truck looks pretty close to mine. except I have small white walls

 

Mainer has different wheels now. 

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3 hours ago, d.p said:

 

Mainer has different wheels now. 

 

I loved my steelies, but I like stopping better.

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Too bad Mike klotz quit selling his kits as thes e were the only disc brake kits I know of that allowed you to run the stock steel wheels.

 

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I purchased his last kit.

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I do have a brand NOS Nissan V912 head for sale. Look it up, closed chamber still has the cosmoline on it. I don't need it so I will part with it. Let me know. 

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3 hours ago, mrbigtanker said:

I do have a brand NOS Nissan V912 head for sale. Look it up, closed chamber still has the cosmoline on it. I don't need it so I will part with it. Let me know. 

 

I heard they are no good for the street.  Too high compression???

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8 minutes ago, d.p said:

 

I heard they are no good for the street.  Too high compression???

That really depends on what pistons they are paired with....

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1 minute ago, Crashtd420 said:

That really depends on what pistons they are paired with....

 

I’d buy that head if had any clue what an

optimal street setup would be?  Meaning could I drop this on my l16 block? 

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16 minutes ago, d.p said:

 

I’d buy that head if had any clue what an

optimal street setup would be?  Meaning could I drop this on my l16 block? 

No you would actually drop compression on an L16..... best pair would be that head with flat top pistons...

 

On the L18 and L20b it would raise compression....

 

Stock L16 210 head is 38.5cc

 

Heads used on L18 and L20b 

Closed chamber heads 41cc 

Open chamber heads 45.3

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