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RabidBullFrog
RabidBullFrog New Reader
6/5/22 9:06 a.m.

In reply to Patrick :

Don't worry we all do. I find it helpful if you have something in your hands to just open the "passenger" door and set it in the seat like you ment to do it. They'll never know.

Patrick
Patrick MegaDork
6/10/22 10:18 a.m.

As of this morning, it's officially mine! Seller printed his name on the buyer part but we didn't cross anything off and I went to title office and they took care of it without having to ask him to get a duplicate and mail it to me. 
 

Patrick
Patrick MegaDork
6/10/22 3:16 p.m.

Got a bit sick of the raggedy looking hood and did a lot of westanding with 500 and took care of most of the peeling and damaged clear spots. It's got a few cracks and will never be perfect but it's better. If I get too picky later on I'll get a new hood, but for now it's functionally less ugly

 


 

 

Patrick
Patrick MegaDork
6/11/22 9:33 p.m.

Today i attempted a seat repair, it is looking promising.  The recaro buckets use a web and rubber combo for the bottom cushion and the rubber tore on the drivers seat.  A replacement is around $100 from england. I cleaned and roughed it and used an atv innertube to cut 2 new strips to sandwich the torn rubber and bonded it all together with rubber cement. 
 


 


 

Patrick
Patrick MegaDork
6/17/22 9:36 a.m.

Developed a high rpm high load miss/spark blowout either coincidentally or not right after the wet sanding and washing of the hood. The vented hood dumps water on the engine and it runs right past the coil cover into the plug wells, and there was plenty of evidence that it's filled with water before. Coils are common on these and with them being 28 years old and using a separate ignitor chip I figured now is the time to upgrade. I went down a rabbit hole on youtube of slathering the heat degraded coil pack plastic with epoxy then drowning everything in dielectric grease to gimp them along, but why do it multiple times?

ordered new ngk iridium plugs, a cxracing bracket to mount ls2 coils, a harness for the coils from wiring specialties, and should be good to reassemble late next week

 

spark plugs all read like it's running pretty darn good.

also swapped out front pads to ceramic for dust control. The pads I took out were at 75%, and are Nismo R tune track pads. Now discontinued, I feel like I should ebay them and see if someone will pay for my coil conversion bits. 
 

 

Gimp (Forum Supporter)
Gimp (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
6/17/22 9:40 a.m.
Patrick said:

As of this morning, it's officially mine! Seller printed his name on the buyer part but we didn't cross anything off and I went to title office and they took care of it without having to ask him to get a duplicate and mail it to me. 
 

Coincidentally, I got the title to the Camaro on the same day.  Feels good.

eastsideTim
eastsideTim UltimaDork
6/17/22 9:51 a.m.
Patrick said:

 

ordered new ngk iridium plugs, a cxracing bracket to mount ls2 coils, a harness for the coils from wiring specialties, and should be good to reassemble late next week
 

 

Even the Skyline gets LS parts?!  Cool.

Patrick
Patrick MegaDork
6/17/22 4:40 p.m.

In reply to eastsideTim :

I have a billion coils, may as well run with it. The popular upgrades are R35, audi something or other, and the round LS2/truck coils. We all know which makes the most sense for me. Plus they fit under the stock coil cover. 

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
6/17/22 6:39 p.m.

Audi anything for ignition is a downgrade.

XLR99 (Forum Supporter)
XLR99 (Forum Supporter) Dork
6/17/22 7:25 p.m.

Agreed. My GTI would randomly drop one so I always had a spare in the car. My son was 12-14ish at the time and got pretty good at dx'ing the dead one and swapping them out.

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
6/17/22 10:27 p.m.

I stopped by the casa del skyline this evening...

StripesSA1
StripesSA1 Reader
6/18/22 1:48 p.m.

Loving the Nismo. 

I read that you still had Wartbug, but the other projects? 

You said you sold of some? Did any go to any GRMers? 

Patrick
Patrick MegaDork
6/18/22 3:58 p.m.

In reply to StripesSA1 :

Sold the following to grm members:

1968 toyota corona(blueingreen-jon)

1990 Q45(excesskuma)

1967 Sunbeam Alpine(wheels777)

1994 Mustang GT(gumby)

also sold my 2013 28' enclosed race trailer.

Current fleet:

2016 ram 3500

2016 charger

2006 h3(to fix or part)

2003 ram 1500(to fix for my dad)

1990 Skyline

1972 chevelle

1975 280z(tentative plan to sell)

19?? vw sand rail(for sale)

1954 devin panhard

1957 chevy 210

1958 wartburg (plugging away)

1954 belair

1941 studebaker president(11yo son's car)

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
6/18/22 9:04 p.m.

Had a ponder today while driving the black RX-7 (aka Thing 1) around today.  It has a nominally 2.6l engine that makes nominally about 270hp naturally aspirated, and has 4.87 gears.

Your Skyline (man that is giggleworthy to say, let's just savor that a moment)

has a 2.6l engine with a pair of turbos, was factory nominally rated at 276 horsepower in such a state... and the car has 5.13 gears.

 

Granted, you're probably making a WEE bit more power than stock, but probably also not shooting for a powerband in the 4k-10k range.

 

Some British ragazine did a test of a whole bunch of Group A homologation cars on some roads in Wales, and also a GT-R.  They noted that they found themselves upshifting at only 5000rpm or so because the engine made so much power down there.  (Also the Escort Cozzie had handling almost too sharp, like steering inputs would upset the rear, and the early big-turbo engine did nothing below 3000, was dead over 5500, and was laggy in between)

jfryjfry
jfryjfry SuperDork
6/19/22 7:06 a.m.

My buddy has the same skyline and it is just such a cool car.  I wish I could title and register it here in ca.  

let me know if you decide to sell the 280z!

eastsideTim
eastsideTim UltimaDork
6/19/22 10:01 a.m.

In reply to jfryjfry :

https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/forum/cars-sale/1975-datsun-280z-53-swap-racecar/193071/page1/

Patrick
Patrick MegaDork
6/19/22 10:43 a.m.

In reply to eastsideTim :

Refreshed the fuel system with a new walbro 255 and cleaned the chinese filter/new aeromotive element, and the battery won't take a charge indecision  I am the poster child for "don't spread yourself too thin with project vehicles or nothing will ever run" and am working hard to remedy that. I really do need to stop punting on selling the Datsun and get serious about finding it a new home. The Skyline is 90% of the straight line speed with 10000% more comfort and street friendlyness. 

been kicking buying a battery down the road but have to at some point, probably should do that soon and see how it's running with a non clogged filter and a new pump 

Patrick
Patrick MegaDork
6/21/22 3:41 p.m.

Pile O'Parts arrived today. I've got bronchitis and feel like E36 M3 but parts are good. 
 

 

took about all I had energy wise to install the plugs, coils, and bracket/harness but it's running again. Still have to put some stuff back together and have new radiator bushings to put in. 

ExcessKuma
ExcessKuma New Reader
7/4/22 4:28 p.m.

Hi, Kuma here to hijack Patrick's thread while out of town. I did a ton of research on the car for Pat and it's still as of today an on going search with next steps being trying to pull Shaken records (easier said then done).

Based on what I gathered, this was straight up someone's highway/track toy. The prefecture it was registered in is only an hour away from Fuji and a short drive from the highways connecting to Yokohama and Tokyo.

More fun facts

- Swap was mostly likely perfomed in 2012, as that was the same time the cluster was updated to a Nismo unit

- In 2006 it had only traveled 2,600kms 

- The 4 holes in the dash held a set of Defi gauges (I want Pat to put a set back in but money)

- It was last registered for road use in Japan in 2014.

- I have reason to believe the motor may be upgraded internally, 2014 seller mentions a metal HG was fitted and it was a possible N1 block. I wouldn't be surprised if Pat finds goodies.

- When new, it was fitted with the incredibly rare active front lip which is gone now. It also has a R33 gearbox (which doesn't make sense but I'm not the builder)

ExcessKuma
ExcessKuma New Reader
7/4/22 4:31 p.m.

But yeah. This was a huge undertaking, me and Pat sifted through a bunch of clean (and not so clean) skylines with all kinds of history before Patrick found this one. Which is unfortunate because there was a deal that if I found the Skyline I get a batch of homemade cookies. But I'm super glad Patrick found this one and I know it's in good hands.

 

Just please pester Patrick to change the intake pipes, they are ugly as sin

Patrick
Patrick MegaDork
7/4/22 11:31 p.m.

8 days away from skyline was rough. Got home about 4:45 today so we got it out and i went to grocery store then we took it to see fireworks. Almost got creamed on the way home, the person coming up behind me at the stop sign wasn't stopping and i had to quickly move forward to not get plowed. 
 

 

missed my porch too, so i took a pic of the car from the porch

Patrick
Patrick MegaDork
7/5/22 4:42 p.m.

August GRM just showed up laugh

Patrick
Patrick MegaDork
7/9/22 8:49 a.m.

 

got a ride home Thursday from the gas station 1.8 miles up the street. You may recall Heidi's Towing from other places such as the Patrick buys a 1957 Chevy saga. 
 

battery cable to starter is very close to the steering shaft universal joint, and they decided to occupy the same space and get intimate. Sparks flew between them during this whirlwind love affair, but eventually their love was short lived. 
 

everything is now insulated and tied up as far as it can go, and i tore the fuel hose to the filter so that's new, and I'm waiting on a battery today because it cooked the odyssey. I'm planning to source or make a new battery cable for winter installation

XLR99 (Forum Supporter)
XLR99 (Forum Supporter) Dork
7/9/22 1:03 p.m.

Wow that's sounds sparktacular... fortunate that it was short lived and easily repairable!

Patrick
Patrick MegaDork
7/9/22 8:51 p.m.

Successful test drive tonight. The only thing that seems amiss is the catalyst overheating light is on now, so i am wondering if the wires for that sensor took some damage from the shorting. Everything else seems fine. Made new ground cable, fixed power cable, put much better terminals on, and new battery. Sucks that it killed the other battery because it got installed in may right before I bought the car. Lots of little stuff from PO and the engine swap that I've been taking care of as I find them. 

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