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Back out in the shed for a short while this afternoon. Got the driver side brake drum done so both are ready for bleeding now. Yay! 😃

 

 

Have to say, I don't understand that whole ridiculous 'lock plate' system. Why couldn't they just have a double acting slave like everyone else. It would have more than halved my install time. Groan. Anyway, that's done now. So hopefully I won't have to rebuilt it any time soon. 

 

Having done that, I was all ready to install the front calipers when I discovered something...

 

 
No caliper bolts... 😖
 
I really don't understand what happened to them. I suspect I handed them over, attached to the struts when I swapped them. Worse than that, the 510 bolts were too short and three different stores couldn't help me. Datsun has to spec the nuts M12x1.25, the rarest thread in the world. This all happened at 4:45pm of course. So yeah, you could say I was more than a little grumpy. The car is SOOO close to moving under it's own power. 😞   

 

 

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I wish I had more to report today, but werl… I spent most of the day with my wife and daughter going to and from a 15min medical appointment. In retrospect, I think my wife wishes she'd left me at home. I'm philosophical. My daughter has had a major eye infection the last two weeks and seeing the specialist was really a privilege. Three hours of traffic and an hour waiting not so much. 

 

Anyhow, I managed to get some calliper bolts off my Datsun guru on Sunday. Went to put them on today and of course, they were too long. I destroyed my last hacksaw blade shortening the first one. So a trip to the hardware store was needed before anything else was done. Having got them all the right length and beginning installation, I found a major issue. The bottom of the calliper was fouling on the three of the tie rod end. After scratching my head for a while I realized why.

 

 

They were on the wrong side. I guess this is another 'I'm new to datsuns' moment. Anyway, after playing musical struts, I had everything back in. I gotta say, I much prefer this to the VW front end. 🙂

 

Of course that wasn't the end of it. Seems I have other things to learn. i was trying to bleed to system and the master cylinder wasn't playing ball. The front circuit would bleed, but not the rear. Apparently I should have 'bench' bled it (but I don't believe in that). So I need to get that sorted before I can FINALLY DRIVE THE DAMN THING OUT OF THE GARAGE! 🤬

 

Anyway, that's enough temper tantrums from me. Old fool that I am.

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Managed to steal an hour two last night and this morning to work on Nana. The master cylinder bled up ok last night and then the rest of the bleed went without issue... or so I thought. So this morning I moved everything out of the way and tried to start the car. Obviously the car had other plans. Didn't want to start, then once it was warm, it didn't want to idle. I did manage this though...

 

 

Straight away, two leaks became obvious.

1. Water pump, which I already knew about.

2. Both front calipers. Which should have been obvious because the pedal was rubbish.

 

The hand (park) brake also wasn't at it's best. So here was me trying to drive a car that wouldn't run, wouldn't stop... you get the point. The plan was to drive it out onto the road and then turn it around for a quick wash and get ready for putting the race motor in. Hmm, not today. Having looked at my other callipers, I now realize I should have had copper washer between the soft line and caliper. Stupid, old man, again. Hopefully I can duck out to the parts shop after a memorial service I'm conducting this afternoon. Fun time! 😞

 

 

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Goes to 3 shops looking for copper washers.

Gets cranky with three different shop assistants.

Comes home and find a whole bag of them in his toolbox drawer.

 

😔#oldfool

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