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Old 08-08-2021, 03:11 AM   #23261
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No Nissan news today. Had a VERY balky server at work that demanded my attention all day, but hopefully the problem is solved.
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Old 08-08-2021, 03:42 AM   #23262
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It has been so hot here. The truck died last month. No spark. The wave plate died out of no where, so the coil wasn’t firing. Swapped the distributor out this evening and it is back on the road. When it died last month, that was the first time in nine years it failed to start.
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Old 08-09-2021, 12:55 AM   #23263
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Drove the truck like normal all week to work and back with some errands thrown in, and got 22.5 mpg on 14.5 gallons/95°+ weather.
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Old 08-09-2021, 01:33 AM   #23264
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Got some more work done on the Pathfinder today. I spent a couple of hours making this little guy and broke a few drill bits in the process.

I wanted to grease the U joints since only God knows the last time it was done, if ever (On a side note: totally stoked to see it has replaceable joints. My D21 didn't). There isn't enough room in there for the end of my grease gun to fit, so I had to get a little creative. I took an M6 shoulder bolt and carefully drilled all the way through, then drilled out a bigger hole in the head and tapped it to accept a zerk fitting. After that I went around the edges with a hacksaw to cut the flange off the bolt head. I think this was an old Toyota timing cover bolt, but I'd imagine a KA24E valve cover bolt would also work. It works perfectly.





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Old 08-15-2021, 05:13 AM   #23265
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You V6 guys will know what these are...



Not too bad of a job actually. All but 2 of them came out and the 2 that were broken had plenty left to grab onto. They came right out with the torch and a pair of vice grips. I'm also replacing the passenger side downpipe studs while I'm in there since it was probably leaking like that for years and they're looking pretty sad. Two of them came out with a lot of heat, but the last one snapped off and I had to drill it out. I'm actually just going to use the replacement studs for Ford engines and cut the studs down a little so they don't bottom out in the heads. It's the same thread pitch and can be found at any parts store.
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Old 08-15-2021, 10:41 AM   #23266
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There doesn't look like much play in the u-joint with that homemade Zerk fitting. I don't think it needs much, but make sure nothing binds and hits before you start down the road in it.

When you used a torch, did you heat the aluminum heads or the steel studs? I don't see how either of those expanding would give more room for the studs to come out, so I never used heat.
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That homemade fitting is just a tool for getting into tight spaces. The u joints all had plugs where a zerk fitting would normally go, so I put the plugs back in once I had everything greased. It would definitely bind if I tried to drive it around like that.

For the exhaust studs I heated right where the stud screws into the head. So both, I guess. It's more to break the rust bond if there's any rust jacking going on inside the threads.
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Tightened squeaky belts, charged air conditioner AGAIN, and swapped out drivers seat belt for one about 5 years newer.
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Old 08-16-2021, 03:11 AM   #23269
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Installed the gktech shifter springs, shifter cup and brass shifter bushing. Everything is nice and tight and shifts smooth.
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Old 08-16-2021, 03:37 AM   #23270
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Got the rest of the exhaust work done. For the downpipe studs I bought a set of replacement studs for GM vehicles and cut them down to match the originals.



The manifold studs are actually for Ford modular engines. Same deal, I cut down the part that screws into the heads to match the factory ones. I think it turned out alright.



Also replaced a couple of the y-pipe coupling gaskets since I had to take it apart to get everything to line up and go back together smoothly. It runs so much quieter now.

Next up: fender liners. Both of original ones are completely smoked, so I'll probably pick up some rubber floor mat stuff and make some new ones for it.
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