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Old 03-07-2021, 03:41 PM   #11
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All i have left to do is connect the exhaust crossover to the manifolds, finish clamping a few hoses, running the wire harness and fastening it down. I had an old gremlin pop up though. No spark. It was randomly doing this before the swap. The coil amp/rectifier module is shot. All FSM tests point to a bad ground. The only rust on my pathfinder is the left front wheel well, where the coil and other stuff reside.

After two hours of trouble shooting, i said fuck it and spent close to 700 more dollars on the davis unified nissan/gm hei vg30/33 one wire distributor and a set of the monster wires by the same company.

So that has my completion at a standstill for the moment. It spins over like a champ and sounds good. The beauty about it not sparking is the engine got a good oiling.
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Old 03-07-2021, 04:22 PM   #12
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Finding a complete sc setup is not easy
I see that, the top half is available from a number of places but getting the bottom half, intake pipe and everything else needed just hasn't happened. I need to find someone with a bad engine and just buy the whole vehicle.

I'm going to keep looking but I have to go forward with getting this engine installed and tested.

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Simply using the crank adapter will not work. The steering and alternator slider brackets along with the vg30 water pump have to be notched for clearing the bigger vg33 oil pump housing. The stock vg30 lower alternator bracket is not long enough to push the alternator away from the oil filter housing, so it has to be extended.
Thanks, how do I get ahold of David Carrol?

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Thanks, how do I get ahold of David Carrol?

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He is in the NPORA group and an admin in the WD21 owners of america. He has a fab business. Expiramental Engineering, so he is busy. He will respond. You need to send him your alternator and power steering slider brackets and you need a 4x4 VG30 water pump. The vg30 pump is shorter. I ordered a new pump from rockauto and had it sent to him, then i sent him the brackets. He returned everything packed really good and i had zero problems installing the belt system.

You use the same size steering belt, but you need a 17380 v belt for the alternator. I got mine off ebay from D&D power drive. It is an off road belt, heat, oil and static resistant. Ten bucks.

Oh and he prefers you use post office. His doorstep is on the street, and the mailman waits for him to answer the door instead of dropping the shit off and running away like UPS and fedex.
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and fab he does !!

i read his VG34 build thread at npora dot com the other night, crazy amount of tech info he shares. they say he doesn't post there much now, busy as he is.

a genuine nissan genius for sure.

and he shows the parts that he will modify in the thread, so you can know just what he is gonna do to your parts, and why.
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Yeah he is a great person. He may be busy, but he will answer any question. He certainly helped me along the way with my 3.3 swap. He is far more active in those two facebook groups.
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I caught up with him thru Facebook, thanks 89HBV6. I got my parts sent off to him, they were delivered yesterday. He responded to all my communication really fast. I look forward to getting the parts installed on my truck and firing it up.

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I got my parts back from Mr 510, everything looks good. His turn around was a couple of days, FAST!

I'm looking at Pacesetter headers, #70-1198 from Summit Racing. With the engine being a 3.3, do I need to buy headers for that block or can I buy a set for the 3.0?

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I finished the swap on my truck. It took way longer than planned because of work getting so busy. Yeah I know I didn’t post any updates as I went, my bust.

I’ve put about 5K miles on the engine so far and everything is running great. It has more power and pulls really nice in all the gears, especially 3rd. It’s more fun to drive and if you’re thinking about doing it, I’d recommend it. I’m getting 16 miles per gallon but most of that has been freeway driving. I had to run the truck thru emissions to renew my tags and it was super clean. I had some doubts about buying a JDM motor but in my case, it worked out great.

I completely cleaned and resealed the 3.3. I replaced the head gaskets, the gaskets at the back of the heads, cam seals, front crank seal, rear main, valve covers, the oil pan gasket and the seal & gasket at the front of the transmission. I hate leaks, this engine is clean and dry. I’m running full synthetic oil in the engine, I'm not worried about any of the seals leaking.

This swap was as pretty straight forward. I had both engines on stands, side by side and just starting moving things over. The only electrical work I did was to the oil-pressure sending-unit harness, I had to add some wire so the harness would reach around to the left front of the engine. Yep, I’ve changed the oil once already and having the oil filter where it’s at is great, no mess oil changes.

I didn’t have to swap out the oil pan, I used what came on the 3.3

The Sachs flywheel NFW5305 and Sachs Clutch kit KF69502 from Rock Auto did not fit. By the time I found out they wouldn’t work my return window had closed so I had to eat the cost. I reordered LUK parts from RA and they worked.

I had my water pump, alternator and power steering brackets modified by Dave Carrol at Experimental Engineering. I bought his crank pulley adapter off Ebay but didn’t need it. My truck was built in 11/95 and the pulley had already been revised by Nissan. Per Dave Carrol, the change took place in 8/95.

Next up are the rear wheel bearings, they’re starting to howl a bit. I found an OE, Nissan supercharger out of a frontier that I plan on installing in my truck. I’ve pushed that project out a ways. I’m not ready to sideline the truck again so soon, I want to enjoy driving it. I’m hoping to have that finished by the end of the year though. In the meantime I’m putting miles on it.

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