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    Nathan's 1978 Nissan/Datsun C331 Gloria Sgle

    Owned for 8 weeks - took 10months to purchase it,
    Been off the road for 12 years - still had 2/3 a tank of gas of stale old fuel in it, covered in dust and all manners of crap..
    Gave myself a black eye on the night I picked it up - smacked myself with a strop, blood pissing out my eye socket.
    Bought minus keys, was told the boot couldnt be shut otherwise you'd never get it open again..

    Set to about cleaning it:

    http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss77 ... CF1316.jpg

    http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss77 ... CF1317.jpg

    http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss77 ... CF1318.jpg

    http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss77 ... CF1319.jpg

    http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss77 ... G_0588.jpg

    http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss77 ... G_0589.jpg

    Found a key hanging underneath the bumper after the 2nd wash! Bonus it opens everything too!
    Free battery through work, replaced the engine oil, diff oil, gearbox oil, clutch & brake fluid (Elf Oils) & fuel filter.
    Chick mate helped bleed up the brakes! Crc'd all the hinges, and manually operated all the hinges & soleniods, hooked up a battery and everything and I mean everything worked - only had to replace 2 bulbs. Basically fired up straight away after sitting for so long - ran pretty good considering

    Spent 3 nights welding up a 2 & 1/4 exhaust system for it, with a superflow muffler courtesy of my friend that works at autobend. Sounds like a filthy 202/70's race car, even did some celebrator skids after finishing the exhaust

    Took rear seats into Wayne Patrick auto trimmers, who as usual did a superb job, recovered the top and bottom, but managed to save the original piping and vinyl.

    Went in for compliance a Wednesday 12/10/11 , after borrowing two good wheels from Aaron. Failed on: Holed park light lense, headlight dipper to operate, frayed front seatbelts, rear door to unlock, Front mismatched tyre, idler arm bushes worn, grease all joints. - Not bad for a 33 year old car! Had a strong CBF factor on wednesday after compliance, so thursday after work I was up till 1am getting ready for recheck.
    Nic'd some front belts from brothers EL falcon, new idler arm, various small parts kindly donated by all round GC Aaron. Thanks to Scott for the rides to pick it up both times!
    First Wash:

    http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss77 ... G_0595.jpg

    http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss77 ... G_0596.jpg

    http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss77 ... G_0608.jpg

    http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss77 ... G_0604.jpg

    http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss77 ... G_0606.jpg

    http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss77 ... G_0607.jpg

    Come midday friday (14/10/11) I found it passed, so Brock hunted through the catalouges, ordered up 4x Shorter KYB gas shocks. I ordered the front springs, bought the Reset leaves off brock he'd got from Jon..
    Sunday (16/10/11) I set about doing the rear leaves and shocks. Popped my wheels on I'd had made up - damned rubbing, porta power was on hand to pump the guards. Fairly well clearanced now - will fix properly at a later date.
    Monday (17/10/11) Car was fully legal, registered - recomplied & wof'd. Springs arrived, so after work saw the front lowered & guards pumped. Wheel aligned on Thursday at work..

    Wheels are 15x8 nascar D windows, which've had the centers moved 1" (royce clive engineering), re-powder coated (action powder coating), tyres (through work 205/55r15 Bridgestone RE002) had to be seated using flames (have video)
    Big thanks to my Dad, who stained the fake woodgrain steering wheel (off mark105) from a 240k sykline, basically refurbished back to original. Flauski for the center horn button
    Rocker cover covered in black wrinkle VHT paint, brushed the highlights.

    http://s563.photobucket.com/albums/ss77 ... V_0018.mp4

    Purchased earlier this year. so im going to Steal Chris's project thread, Can Mods change the name of in the project thread please?

    also going to Copy a few things from my NZ Datsun build thread so bear with me

    So spent the whole long weekend going through my list of things to check for the reason its idling rough.

    - compression test-all good
    - All vacuum lines are tight and sealed

    Was a bit baffled/annoyed till i started playing around with this thing



    Im assuming its the IAC valve (Idle Air Control Valve) can some one please confirm this
    *EDIT confirmed as Air Regulator by DJZ

    any way i cleaned and played with that for a bit and lowen behold it idled!! :highfive:

    that was till i turned it off and tried starting it again! :thumbsdown:

    so anybody that can confirm that this is the IAC valve that would be good
    *EDIT confirmed as Air Regulator by DJZ
    More pictures!!





    Right so a relitivley boring pictureess update

    After a few weekends fidling round with the L20 i ended up getting the problem down to a few things

    1-Dizzy was considerable worn (shaft)
    2-Was missing a tiny air control screw
    3-Throttle body was dirty

    Put in the missing screw, took of the intake and cleaned that, new points and it started idling reasonably well but because of the shaft was worn it was retarding and advancing so wasn't as good as could be

    I finally located another Dizzy (of Aaron) the weekend i was going to go pick it up the head gasket decided it would be a good idea to go :x ....so that how it is at them moment.

    if anybody knows the part number for a L20A head gasket set or knows where i can get one that would be great i found this PDF http://www.hlgasket.com.tw/download/NISSAN.pdf just want to confirm its right.

    So Finally some picture ha

    Picked up the head gasket from BNT Hornby (cheers Brock)




    Come the weekend I decided i had enough motivation to take the head off. being the first fuel injected engine I've done this with I was a little worried. All this had to be done on Saturday as being St Paddy's day i was going to be very productive come sunday. i finally got it off mid afternoon after a few snapped spanners :thumbsdown: but was just happy i could being drinking my Jamieson's :beer:


    By d1rty6 at 2012-03-19

    The Engine had Overheated so i decided rather than just replacing the head gasket and later finding out that the head had cracked i took it to Fleming's Cylinder Head's to get some minor stuff done. (recommend this guy)

    Ended up getting

    Hardness test
    High Pressure Test
    Resurface
    General Clean

    All up cost me $195 inc , which i thought wasnt to bad.

    Pictures...Sorry forgot to take a before shot
















    Guy did a nice job and it came up rather nicely.

    so plan is to get it back the road this week/weekend so i can drive it again! :burnout:

    random picture of it sitting in my driveway as on today.




    Standards & hubby's are on it because my mate borrowed rims for a road trip to Hokatika Wild foods and they don't look to bad if i do say so myself.



    Nathan

    So thought id start putting this beast back together today..... until i decided it would be a good idea to check the water pump out while everything was so open

    i found this ....Yes that is fins missing!!!




    which in time turned to this




    Needless to say it is alot better that I found it now rather than when the cars over heating again ....my question is how do I get the pieces that are missing out of the block?

    Nathan

    Shes alive!!! Finally got the old girl all back together over the weekend, fired her up and no bangs!! :thumbsup: so looks like everything is how it should be.




    Until........ I could here water leaking. :thumbsdown:
    had a quick look around and found this thing was leaking water (with the hoses on)





    so there goes my plan to drive it this weekend.... anyway does anyone know where i can get one from? are they quite common/Universal? or am i going to have to get a second hand one of someone?

    Nathan

    Thanks to one of the NZ Datsun boys I got the part I needed, finished it at 8.30pm took her for a test drive everything seems to be fine! bit of tuning and getting timing right and she should finally be back to how it was before ....

    Picture less update as I wasn't in to much of a hurry to stop and take them ha

    Went and Picked up a Dizzy on sunday from Aaron, turned out to be electonic so was rather stoked.

    After recovering from the night before I wired it up in the afternoon, still couldn't get it to go even though i followed the circuit diagram for it and the spark plugs where sparking

    Had a wee play on the net trying to find info but all said the same as the the diagram i already had.

    Finally realised the dizzy's had different mount plates on the bottom so dizzy wasnt spun around enough to spark at right time.

    chucked the plate of my old dizzy on and she fired up straight away with the dizzy in the new position.!

    Purrs now no rough idle or spluttering at low RPM

    also came across this while i was looking for diagrams

    http://atlanticz.ca/zclub/techtips/dist ... index.html

    anybody done this or anything similar?

    Just minor up dates really

    Got it a new WOF Stoked, only failed on a tail light bulb and high stop light so was easy to fix



    Also chucked some tints on it



    I like it

    Plus action shot


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    Re: Nathan's 1978 Nissan/Datsun C331 Gloria Sgle

    Hard-top love!
    I have been chasing after a 2 door version for about 5 months now with no success - haven't even been able to see it apart from one bad pic (so at least I know it exists!).
    Any side on photographs - those wheels look massive!

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    Re: Nathan's 1978 Nissan/Datsun C331 Gloria Sgle

    the wheels in the last picture, what brand are these? if have seen them before and they look cool, just steel wheel is it right?

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    Re: Nathan's 1978 Nissan/Datsun C331 Gloria Sgle

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    the wheels in the last picture, what brand are these? if have seen them before and they look cool, just steel wheel is it right?
    Apparently - "Wheels are 15x8 nascar D windows, which've had the centers moved 1" (royce clive engineering), re-powder coated (action powder coating)".

    Still want to see another photograph of them on the car!

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    Re: Nathan's 1978 Nissan/Datsun C331 Gloria Sgle

    This is most excellent. Love it 8) :tu:

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    Re: Nathan's 1978 Nissan/Datsun C331 Gloria Sgle

    Quote Originally Posted by ToolZ
    Apparently - "Wheels are 15x8 nascar D windows, which've had the centers moved 1" (royce clive engineering), re-powder coated (action powder coating)".

    Still want to see another photograph of them on the car!
    now why didnt i see that..
    lets see if i can get wheels like that on this side of the sea

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    Re: Nathan's 1978 Nissan/Datsun C331 Gloria Sgle

    if your after a hard top coupe this is my brothers one i also have one in my garage plus a pillar less sedan
    http://www.ozdat.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=64&t=22337

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    Re: Nathan's 1978 Nissan/Datsun C331 Gloria Sgle

    awesome Gloria man

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