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Re: better red than dead

Post by 2DoorJim » 31 Oct 2016 06:25

Looks really good. I like your decision to stick with old school red.

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Re: better red than dead

Post by RMS » 31 Oct 2016 08:37

strut rod bushing kit will be in @ 11:30. 8) know what I'll be doing tonight.

it was quick but I don't commute. the time others spend sitting in traffic im in the shop turning wrenches.

this is Mandy's new toy and our DD wile 6inches gets new rubber, paint and a rebuild on the z24.

I tried playing with the stock colour by adding a bit of silver flake to give it a wet look like the nickle but it made the dark red look orange and dusty. should have used colour shift flake or red flake, the woman was not down with giant gold snow flakes :cry:
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Re: better red than dead

Post by RMS » 25 Jan 2017 18:42

winter has not been kind to red, passenger fender has some small bubbles poking up, rolling the fenders knocked off a bit of paint... and the windshield gasket has sprung a leak....floor pans need some help and the trunk seal is a wet blanket..

when the snow hit I pulled the westerns and slid on butters old 15in snows. they were great in the snow and on the ice but absolutely frightening in the rain.... south bound on the perimeter road between 176 and the flats I almost lost it under a tractor trailer..... light traffic, traveling @ 90k, go to pass a 53ft, jump in fast lane, hit some standing water and the suction from the trailer started pulling me under, fighting, wheel almost to lock, dropped her in to 3rd and hit the floor to power past.... if I had a passenger mirror I would have lost it on the the landing gear or the tractors tandems...... after changing my pants I swapped out the snows for my 20 year old Yokohama gr-07s rally M+S

Byron how bad was your fuel consumption when you ran the yokos on old blue to Ashcroft with its 1300 ? I dropped from 32-34mpg down to about 18mpg on the L16.

with the snow gone the westerns are back on. to treat Red for all I put her through I gave her a bath and installed a 68 grill . next nice day she will get a new trunk seal.
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Re: better red than dead

Post by McShagger510 » 25 Jan 2017 22:15

Yikes! Sounds like a close one!! Glad to hear ya made it out with no extra work to do on the car ......... or you!

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Re: better red than dead

Post by RMS » 09 Feb 2017 18:03

it was not the tires it was the car trying to kill me. dissembled the front end swapped in the 68 struts with rebuilt stock inserts on 20w with some nissan sentra fastback rear springs. installed the 7/8th bar from Ron, thanks man!

its like a different car.

I went through the struts looking for defects. first off the PO installed one strut top cap bearing upside down... no wonder it felt like it had a wooden leg

next up was the inserts....to long when extended and the wrong dynamics...they pushed up :roll: no wonder it had so much positive camber

well I guess you gotta find something to do with the rubbers off an old pair of crutches

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it so much easier to just tear it all apart and start from scratch
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Re: better red than dead

Post by McShagger510 » 09 Feb 2017 20:54

Glad you got that figured out Robyn.

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Re: better red than dead

Post by RMS » 29 May 2017 15:21

daily driving downs.... last sunday after weeks of sporadic coolant loss the culprit revealed its self with a hiss. I just got off the south Fraser perimeter road, stopped the car and walked around pass the front of the car when I heard a hiss and frying bacon. since I was not climbing a steep hill I knew the sound of bacon cooking was a bad omen. I popped open the hood and was met with a face full of steam. the culprit was not easy to spot... it looked like the head had separated from the block as there was a stream of coolant and oil running down the full length of the block... but no it was the small 40+ year old thermostat by pass hose spraying a jet of coolant on to no2 exhaust, right at the flange. the steam loosened the oil giving the appearance of catastrophic head gasket failure.

some tie wire and a few turns of the vicegrips and all was good for the return trip home.

this past sunday I pull out of a buddy's driveway onto Fraser hwy ( traffic closing in fast ). I take the aging 1600 to 5k put my foot on the clutch and pop!
...i got a wet foot. around the block I go, back to my buddy's. ...all she'll need is a clean and polish.... I pull the cotter and the pin then fight with the spring clip and extracted the piston... doh ... the spring in the clutch master had broke in three places and one curl got jammed between cup and bore.
so ya its a good thing she has a stock carb, stock cam and a good starter. I got funny looks all the way through Surrey as I failed many shifts up and down on my 37km trip home.
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Re: better red than dead

Post by gooned » 29 May 2017 18:22

Never easy to daily a 30+

This reminds me exactly of a conversation I had not long ago with a client as we stood at a traffic signal we are re-building.

In brief...the modern zombie exists because the new cars practically drive themselves. He recalled driving his dad's dump truck home to Langley with no clutch (broken linkage) from Richmond as a young fellow. I drove for many years pumping the brakes, double clutching for non-existent syncros and "setting up" for any steering movement that may be required...total focus and anticipation of different scenarios was mandatory to keep the paint intact on every trip, it wasn't very safe but easily the best drivers education ever!

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Re: better red than dead

Post by 510rob » 29 May 2017 22:16

RMS wrote:daily driving downs
gooned wrote:Never easy to daily a 30+
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Re: better red than dead

Post by RMS » 05 Jan 2018 15:46

8 months since the last report and I cant believe its still running! the sporadic coolant loss was not only due to the stock hoses giving up the ghost but a slowly failing head gasket. the Red Missile has reliably commuted from Richmond to Langley (45km each way)5 days a week for the last 6 months or so.
knowing that the majority of the components are stock I do a daily check before sending the woman off to brave the weather and traffic. over the last month the coolant consumption has increased and im seeing white frothy oil on the rad cap and just today I saw milk on the inside of the oil filler cap. bearings in the water pump are going and I could feel a bit of a clunk when I pulled on the fan this afternoon. the bmc has been polished a few times now but shes losing a bit down the fire wall and needing a weekly top up. the dying water pump is slowly eating the fan belt as the stock alt try's to keep up to the stock lights and wipers along with the after market stereo, seat warmer, and the fan on the rear shelf that aids in defrost/fog.

I said we should think about pulling it off the road and doing the motor, hoses, hydraulics and a re spray but she said I got tow money.
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Re: better red than dead

Post by 510rob » 05 Jan 2018 19:22

Why not stick an LR160 in there?

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Re: better red than dead

Post by iceD » 05 Jan 2018 21:23

Woman has tow money

Woman rocks

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Re: better red than dead

Post by RMS » 08 Jan 2018 13:26

well no time this weekend for a new ir alt. the hg gave up the ghost and blanketed a gas station in a white fog. with the head off the culprit was clear. again the hg comp ring on no4 cracked as it hung perilously over the bore. finger crossed that she makes it to and from work today.
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Re: better red than dead

Post by RMS » 23 Apr 2018 08:35

last inspection revealed the need to replace the rear wheel bearings. in days gone by I would have replaced the control arm with one with good bearings...
who has the parts and whats the numbers ? is this a lordco thing or do I get the jam nuts from Andy and bearings from motion canada(BC bearing) ?
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Re: better red than dead

Post by Byron510 » 23 Apr 2018 08:58

Bearings are available across the shelf, or at a bearing supplier.
Lock nuts are a Nissan part, around $5 each - Dealer item.

I machined up a set of removal/installation tools years ago in my youth to make the job easier. They have been let out so many times - it might be easier to count the locals that have not used this set of tools. Contact me Robyn.

You'll also need a hell of a torque wrench and a dam solid and heavy work bench - final torque is 25-33 kg/m or 181-239 ft/lbs of torque from the factory service manual.
Also to note; there are three different length distance pieces - the spacer between the bearings. So if you have both arms apart - don't mix up the distance pieces.

If you buy the bearing from a bearing house, they will come as a fully sealed bearing. I have always removed the seals that face each other when installed, and packed the area with grease as the factory did. Guys have posted here that they never did this and have had no problems. My thoughts are that the volume of grease in the hub has the ability to soak heat away from the bearing, giving it longer life. The first set of bearings lasted 50 years after all, why mess with success :-)

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