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Re: my 1200 sedan going to be my daily soon.
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Well the car is pretty much ready for roadworthy now, I had it towed this morning to my new house. I just have to reverse the thermo fan and then give it a few test drives.

The main time consumer has been moving house and organizing everything with that purchase, but the sump gasket on this gave me a few headaches. Firstly I ignored the tech wiki on datsun1200.com and did not use any gasket goo on the half rubber rings that go at either end of the pan, resulting in a slight leak from the rear one. So given that the cork stuff was a bit oily and all that I thought I'd spend a few bucks on a new gasket. This was my undoing, because 3 gaskets later I discovered that autobahn's cheap gaskets suck, Each one split down the cork for the sides, the cork was rock hard with no squash so if you left it really lightly tightened it leaked. So on each one I got the #OOPS#s and tightened them to something like 10nm, and they would just split right down the middle, I was quite surprised to see how slow the sump leaked with a huge part of the side open...

So after spitting the dummy a few times I got the original gasket I purchased from autobahn 6 months ago, wiped the oil off and whacked some RTV all over it and sealed it all up, this gasket was alot softer cork and has sealed really well, It was just annoying to have to pull out the crossmember/swaybar etc just to test it each go.

No progress on the L20B front as I am just too busy with work(upgrading charlotte st 110kV gas switchgear is seeing 60-70 hour weeks) and new house at the moment.

Hopefully I can book a lenient mobile roadworthy guy to come look at it in the next few weeks so I can get back on the road.

Awww yeah view from the kitchen :D
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Posted on: 2013/4/13 3:01
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All the work will be worth it once you start enjoy driving it!

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Re: my 1200 sedan going to be my daily soon.
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This may sound horrible to some of you, But I was having a geeze around at ka24e head conversions for l20b's, and I was trying to think if there were any crossflow head 2 litre nissan engines that were carb fed...

CA20S, this engine produced the same hp as a L20B, but has a crossflow head, they can be had for sweet #OOPS# all out of r31's and I'm sure gearbox's are just as common.

Any thoughts? Would be something different then the L20B, I can make a manifold to fit twin webbers etc. I could even go a bit further and chuck my ca18de head on it, and still keep it legal with twin carbs. This for me is a pretty cool thought, It has everything I wan't for this car, highest non turbo capacity, twin cam crossflow carby.

Just an idea at this stage, probably will end up pussying out and just doing the L20B.

Posted on: 2013/4/17 11:04
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Ca20 are pos...

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the ca20 is a very fugly engine

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Car's looking great, love the color. What diff did you end up using?

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Crossflow head is way inferior to a 16-valve head. The CA20 crossflow head is only about as about good as the L20B wedge head. If you port the L20B head it will outflow the crossflow head. BUT the CA20S head has very low emissions and with same HP as L20B.

The other carbureted crossflow engine is the Z20S/Z24S engine.

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Sounds clever to me. Get it all converted with the CA20 and pop a good 16 valve head on it later. Unless there's some problem with CA20 bottom ends?

Posted on: 2013/5/2 8:16
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Datman, just a h145, but I have a 165 and LSD centre to use later...

Everyone just seemed to reply about how crap ca20's are with no explanation, which made me think either they have terrible bottom ends or no one knows anything about them... If the bottom ends are fine I don't know why it would be such a bad idea, 16v head would be the go as I have one and probably flow fine for the motor with the port job mine already has...

If anyone actually knows anything about the motors I'd love some info...

I'll have a look at the z20s aswell I know nothing about those either...

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