Go Back   Infamous Nissan - Hardbody / Frontier Forums > My Infamous Nissan > Project Build Log

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-06-2017, 05:57 PM   #1
crowew
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 62
Vehicle: 1988 D21 Desert Runner
Thanks: 2
Thanked 7 Times in 5 Posts
Default 1988 Desert Runner Slow Restoration

Howdy

I picked this up on Labor Day.



It doesn't run without pouring gas in the throttle body, it has some body rot, the brakes don't work, and the clutch doesn't work. I love it already.

My first priority is making it start and idle by itself. So I have the fuel tank apart cleaning and restoring that and I'll post pictures/updates when I have a chance. I notoriously have slow projects, so don't expect too much. I've had the same Datsun 510 GM 3800 Type 2 swap going on for like 5 years now haha.


Seems like a super useful forum you guys have here and excited to tear into this thing.


Update 9/20/2017:
IT LIVES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJW1nSn_DDw

Update 11/20/2017:
Engine runs, oil changes, coolant added, new caliper on.
After replacing the clutch master and slave and bleeding the crap out of them I have a functioning clutch!

Update 12/3/2017:
Replaced master cylinder, rear pass wheel cylinder and added some copper washers; and now it starts, shifts and stops!!

Update 12/4/2017:
Video of running/amazing smoke show: https://youtu.be/2BPvC3Cg0MA

Update 2/6/2018:
Replaced Passenger side Upper and lower ball joints, both tie rods, and CV axle.

Update 3/8/2018:
Replaced Driver's side Upper and Lower ball joints, outter tie rod end, and CV axle. Also added a rough-country steering dampener.

Last edited by crowew; 04-07-2018 at 10:13 PM. Reason: Update!
crowew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2017, 07:46 PM   #2
Hardbody92
 
Hardbody92's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: South West Florida
Posts: 747
Vehicle: 1992 hardbody
Thanks: 219
Thanked 89 Times in 87 Posts
Default

Great project you got there man. Looking forward to your build
__________________
What do you get from a nervous cow.... A milk-shake
Hardbody92 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2017, 09:26 PM   #3
alabama_lowlife
Owner and Administrator
 
alabama_lowlife's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: jack, alabama
Age: 38
Posts: 8,667
Vehicle: 2011 Nissan Frontier, 08 altima, 1970 Datsun 521, 1995 Nissan Hardbody
Thanks: 493
Thanked 1,479 Times in 1,214 Posts
Default

Welcome to infamous, I'm ready to see this build
alabama_lowlife is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2017, 11:38 PM   #4
crowew
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 62
Vehicle: 1988 D21 Desert Runner
Thanks: 2
Thanked 7 Times in 5 Posts
Default

Thanks all. Today I got into the fuel tank and played with the sender. Level sensor is reading between roughly 3 and 12 MOhms. You guys know if that's about right for this vehicle?
Pump was fried (naturally), new one is on order. Sender is caked on with rust so I'm working on de-rusting it, but none of the screws stripped or anything taking it apart. Inside of the tank is pretty nasty, but perhaps salvageable. I've ordered the POR15 tank restore kit to hopefully take care of the tank... although in hindsight it's like 80 bucks and a new tank is about 200... so maybe I shoulda just bought the new tank.

Other than that I basically keep a can of rust converter with me at all times and spray as I work on whatever body stuff to keep it at bay. I'm no good at welding so I'll either be stopping and leaving the holes, or fiberglass/bondo/rivetting new work in. The exception to that being the driver's side rocker panel which is particularly bad, I'll get someone to actually weld that and pay the money.

That's today's update.

So here is the whole sender:

And here is the fried pump:

Last edited by crowew; 09-07-2017 at 11:32 AM. Reason: Made Images Smaller.
crowew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2017, 11:39 PM   #5
crowew
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 62
Vehicle: 1988 D21 Desert Runner
Thanks: 2
Thanked 7 Times in 5 Posts
Default

Also, sorry my images are so obnoxiously large. I might look into making them smaller in the future, but I wouldn't count on it.

Today I found out this truck has about 42000 original miles on it. Which explains the excellent condition under the truck and in the engine bay.

Just where the weather got to it it got rusty.

Last edited by crowew; 09-06-2017 at 11:46 PM.
crowew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2017, 12:21 AM   #6
mytmouz
 
mytmouz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Pelahatche, MS
Posts: 846
Vehicle: 1989 Nissan Hardbody
Thanks: 42
Thanked 131 Times in 107 Posts
Default

Drop that sender in some vinegar for a couple of days...
mytmouz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2017, 03:48 AM   #7
crowew
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 62
Vehicle: 1988 D21 Desert Runner
Thanks: 2
Thanked 7 Times in 5 Posts
Default

Think that'll do it? I'm worried about vinegar damaging the level sensor... is that not a thing to worry about?

My parts to repair it wont be in till next week so it'll be a slow few days of rust patrol and tinkering.
crowew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2017, 08:39 AM   #8
ahardb0dy
The Post Count Whore
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Sorrento, Florida
Age: 52
Posts: 7,021
Vehicle: 1993 Nissan Hardbody
Thanks: 58
Thanked 777 Times in 726 Posts
Default

IF you have windows 10, I use this image resizer, it's free and works well:

http://www.bricelam.net/ImageResizer/

if older than windows 10 I used to use VSO image resizer, also free

Having the pics smaller makes it so much easier to read through your posts.

and good luck with the restoration.
__________________
My name is Tony and I'm a Infamousaholic

Current truck - 1993 Nissan Hardbody king cab 2wd
, (formerly owned: 90 Nissan Sentra, 94 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4x4, 05 Nissan Titan, 87 Nissan SE-V6 4x4 king cab, 94 Infiniti Q45t & 80 Datsun 310GX )
ahardb0dy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2017, 11:52 AM   #9
crowew
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 62
Vehicle: 1988 D21 Desert Runner
Thanks: 2
Thanked 7 Times in 5 Posts
Default

Fixed. Thanks for the help there, Tony.
crowew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2017, 02:51 PM   #10
YEPEE
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 1,541
Vehicle: 86.5 HB, 02 Sentra Spec-V
Thanks: 145
Thanked 225 Times in 198 Posts
Default

in your down time throw up a pic or two of the 510....
YEPEE is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 12:58 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.