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dukerollo

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Picked up this stinky little gem this morning. It has a ton of miles on it (348xxx), but the body is solid and it drives pretty well. The interior is disgusting. I think patient X used to own this truck. 
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it smells like b.o. and stale beer. 
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The epicenter. My boy said that this is where the Corona virus spawned due to all of the Corona bottle caps. 
 

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overall a pretty solid little truck. 
 

Slammage to ensue. 

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I just noticed it has 3 trailer tires on it, so the wheel and tire situation has moved up in priority. 
 

If anyone has any cheap 15” wheels, hit me up. I would really like a set of the LEGO wheels, I have always liked those. 

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Got my super Gucci Linglong tires mounted up and threw them on. The trailer tires were super sketch. 
 

Monster truckin. 

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And now, my favorite mod so far (beside removing the interior’s biohazard status)...


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Whilst trolling the junkyard, I noticed early Frontier cabs are almost identical to the D21. I pulled the shift lever/console/boot out of a 98. It all bolts in as long as you take the floor plate dinguses too. Both the original boots had holes, so this is a ton quieter. The Frontier shift lever is much nicer than the wacky ass dog leg thing Nissan specs for the hardbody.  Shifts are much crisper. And now I has a cup holder!

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Altitude aversion therapy was successful. 2” spindles and 3” blocks with maybe another 1” on the torsion bars. I may raise the front a touch, we will have to see how annoying it is at this height. 
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FuBu2Bl.jpgI dig it. 
I do have flares I may screw around with, it is a little pokey. 

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No more smooshy face. I also backdated the grill to the 86 style. I have a mail slot hood to go on too after I clean it up a bit. 
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Also I have this weird wiring business next to the battery. Does anyone know what is going on here?

 

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Someone has messed with the fusible links. They are what the name implies, a fuse. Looks like they may have just replaced with in line fuses. 30 amp fuses look a little light for a D21.

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Cracked manifold suck. 
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$104 eBay headers do not fit without a ton of surgery and they weld strangely. Got it done though. 
 

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A friend gave me an eco boost mustang exhaust, so the cat will be used here. Undecided on mufflers yet. 

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Finished up the exhaust with the new cat etc. and it still ran like garbage. I tested the fuel pressure and it was about half of what it should have been. 
 

Off with the bed

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I put in a new fuel pump and filler hose, cleaned up everything, and painted the rails. 
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In my experience, fuel pumps normally work, or they don’t but this one was just lazy. The truck runs like a top now. I threw the bed back on, replaced the missing hardware, and fixed the body alignment that has been bugging me. The new leaf bushings made it sit too high in the rear again, so I redrilled the front hangers and brought it down about an inch. 
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I’m happy with the stance now and it drives pretty well. 

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It’s a semi temporary solution. I got sick of breaking/failing timing chains. I couldn’t seem to get good aftermarket parts. OBD2 and carburetors is the new hotness. 
 

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This timing set had about 1000 miles in it. 

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On 1/23/2021 at 2:25 AM, dukerollo said:

This doesn’t belong there.....

 

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Hmmm, never considered that.  I have a dead Z24 in mine with lots of L parts lying around...

 

 

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On 1/24/2021 at 7:46 PM, dukerollo said:

It’s a semi temporary solution. I got sick of breaking/failing timing chains. I couldn’t seem to get good aftermarket parts. OBD2 and carburetors is the new hotness. 
 


 

This timing set had about 1000 miles in it. 

 

 

I know that feeling, I am into my KA again due to another failed guide. 

I think I have a permanent solution for my problem, yours looks wack lol. 

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