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Re: Datsunbeginner becomes an expert - Vanilla Ice ute build USA
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A good friend pointed out that you can see a massive exhaust leak in the middle of the exhaust ports, probably loosing a lot of boost from the turbo :(

Also a big fubar moment came when removing the engine from the trans. A bellhousing bolt broke inside the engine block. eeeek.

First attempt to remove it was to weld a nut onto the end of the bolt, but failed 3 times. The nut kept snapping off due to not getting enough bite into the bolt since it was broken partially and not flush with the bellhousing

After purchasing "easy outs" as called in the USA I attempted to remove the broke bolt but ended up snapping the hardened steel easy out inside the block, dead center of the hole.

These photos were taken just before snapping the easy out.

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Posted on: 8/5 3:54
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Re: Datsunbeginner becomes an expert - Vanilla Ice ute build USA
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crikey that's tough. I don't know what they do, but machine shops can get them out somehow

Posted on: 8/5 4:07
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That sucks!

I would have taken a map gas torch and heated the block where the stud was before trying to turn it outward.

Carbide is your best option now. I would strip the motor to a point where you can have a machine shop take a carbide endmill to the busted off (not so) easy-out.

Or get a couple 1/4 carbide burr dremel bits a hand work them. Drill it out for an STI tap and install Heli-coils

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Jeffrey, did you find an answer for the photo size question? I was thinking about it and another cause (for photos only displaying orginal size) is script blocking

Posted on: 8/6 21:44
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I think it has something to do with the imgbb hosting site. First time trying it

Posted on: 8/7 2:31
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For what its worth, I see the photos normal size, then larger when click on it. All seems OK to me

A while back some of your photos displayed very large

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That dirty old A12gx needed some new pizzazz. What better color choice to go with for this build than gold? Olds gold in fact. POR15 makes a good engine enamel in Olds Gold. I read an article way back where they used this same exact product and they mentioned applying it with a paint brush. That is exactly what I did. And I was very happy with the results.

Of course prep is everything when it comes to paint. Thorough degreasing, scrubbing, and a whole roll of towels and some solvent to get all that crud off. Ice ice baby.

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Posted on: 8/7 3:58
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Once the engine was painted with the POR15 engine enamel I decided to take off the ancillary brakets and things and give them a good lick of paint as well.

Instead of POR15 I used a VHT gold engine enamel spray found here in the USA

You can see my DIY blast cabinet and it really helps having one of these around instead of the old way of using sandpaper and elbow grease.


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Posted on: 8/12 3:19
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Even though I loved the Rota grids they were just not going to work on my ute. The width in the back was too much and the offsets were not great. I had 15x9 on my previous ute and it would always rubber the inner part of the quarterpanel. No bueno.

Instead I found a set of Longchamps. They are fakes, but good fakes.

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I can't recall exact size but I think they are 15x8 +0

They fit very close to the leaf spring on the back, but still tuck under the quarterpanel.

The front does not clear the struts. Spacers required.

Posted on: 8/20 3:00
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nice rim choice Suzuka Long Champ

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