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Old 04-10-2018, 04:26 AM   #1
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Default Oil pan for a VG33 into my 1994 D21 4wd

Hello everyone. You haven't heard from me in awhile ... I built the VG34 and installed it in my 1994 D21 4wd pickup. Last posts of mine were about bizarre running issues and I finally found out what was happening when the the crank key & key-ways finally broke completely ... valves hit pistons etc.etc. The pulleys were rocking on the crank for awhile hence the weird running. The cause of it all was a broken crank pulley bolt ... or maybe the bolt broke later ... who knows. So the engine is all back together this time with a VG33 crank, & oil pump, AU vibration dampener to allow stock V-belts & accessories and the oil pan & pickup from a 1996 Pathfinder ... But when I go to put the engine in today the pan (from a 96 PF) hits the front differential! I was absolutely certain I had the right pan! This is a 1994 4wd D21 Iím putting this (3rd) engine into and Iím doing it at a friends shop as I donít have a lift etc. etc. (Truth be told Iím old enough that I need some help in muscling that engine too). He is a friend but his shop is a full on commercial shop and Iíve got a lift bay tied up as I type this ÖThe í96 PF pan is somewhere about ĺĒ too deep at the third member. Does anyone know of a pan that will let me put this engine in? Thanks in advance for your help!
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Have you tried a frontier oil pan?
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I ran into this too. I took my OE VG30 oil pan, clearances it for the VG33 pickup tube and stuffed it on there. I'm certain the way Nissan installed a motor on a v6 4wd they just press fit it into place.
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We need a VG33 club.
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We need a VG33 club.
You should come up with a little logo of some sort that we can add to signatures.
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Default SOLUTION and the AU Balancer

Hello everyone ... it turns out NissanNut was working on a similar project and told me all I need is the stock 1994 D21 VG30 4wd pan and oil pickup part number 15050-4S103 for a bolt together install ...

He even made a YouTube video ... https://youtu.be/4K1enEnZhdg

Somebody asked me if the AU balancer I used on the VG34 build is the same as the Canadian balancer ... I've never seen the elusive Canadian balancer so I don't know if they are the same. I can say the AU balancer works great for running v belts and all of your accessories when swapping in a flat belt VG33. You do need to do a bit of machining as the center flange of the AU pulley is larger than the VG30 and the 6 attaching bolt circle needs to be redrilled as its larger too ... but everything else fits and lines up.

Thanks again everybody!
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I'd expect a 3.0 pickup to work just fine with a 3.0 pan. Should bolt right up.

I went with an XTerra base belt setup on mine. Should be identical to a Frontier too. I wanted the larger alternator. The PS pump still suffers with my tires. They are relatively big (nothing like syn) but are very sticky. I can make it whine on tacky surfaces.

Glad you got it sorted out!!
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