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 Post subject: Re: The Bellet of the ball!
PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 6:31 pm 
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And being Hitachis, if they aren't the OEM carbs I'd bet they are from a Datsun Roadster (38mm throat) or 240Z (44mm throat). Looks a lot like 240Z carbs to me...

And if it matters, you have them reversed from their normal orientation in a 240Z.

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 Post subject: Re: The Bellet of the ball!
PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 9:24 pm 

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john wrote:
So you didn't notice the Hitachi logo on top of the float chamber?? :P

Doh! I probably should have researched what the Hitachi logo looked like before i went posting, haha.

Well, I've been MIA for a little while, but I have a pretty good excuse this time. Insted of typing it all out, I'll just post up this picture here to do the explaining for me!

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Yup, a business trip to Myanmar tends to slow down wrench time in the garage! Regardless, after I got back, I decided it was high time I got grease in my fingernails again. First up was getting the engine off the engine stand.

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Then I cleaned up the flywheel and clutch and bolted those back on!

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I didn’t actually have a clutch alignment tool, so I used a short 3/8 extension and 16mm socket to get the clutch plate as best aligned as I could. Then I figured I wanted to battle the transmission outside of the car rather than under it. A cool hour later I finally had this!

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Of course, trying to slot an engine and transmission into the car by your lonesome is a tall order, so my lovely wife came down to help out! Not sure what I’m doing in this picture though…

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Lifting the lump into the sky!

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And in!

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We scratched the paint on the front piece that runs right up top and that was largely due to me not paying proper attention. We also scratched the paint on the intake cover. The intake cover can be resprayed and the paint up front we scratched is covered up by the hood, so I’m not too upset about it. Especially considering it was the first time I’ve ever put an engine and transmission in at the same time.

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My fantastical wife was pretty excited about it too, so she pulled out her phone to grab a picture too!

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With the engine in though, it was just the beginning. I needed to get the transmission mount on, but before I could bolt down the engine and transmission, the whole engine has to slide forward so I can get the driveshaft in. After some crawling underneath the beast, I finally got it all bolted in!

Next up, I started bolting on some of the smaller bits, such as the fuel pipe.

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I also bolted up the oil pipe that puts oil pressure onto the cam chain tensioner.

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I also sprayed some new metallic red on the intake cover and bolted that back on.

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Then I started running the brake lines, starting with the front brakes.

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Finally the radiator got some new black paint and the overflow tank got some new white paint and both got bolted in.

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I’m still missing a lot of things before I can give the engine a start. Most importantly, I need to run the fuel line from the gas tank to the fuel pump and I need a starter. Plus, my wiring is still a complete mess, so that has to get sorted first. Finally, I’m still in need of some new radiator and heater hoses, a new oil filter, some good spark plugs and a decent timing light.

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There’s still a ton of work to do, but getting the motor in was huge! It didn’t go as smoothly as I had hoped, but it went smoother than I was expecting. Hopefully, I can get the old girl purring right along soon!

Cheers,
David

Today’s Garage Soundtrack:
Electro swing mix
Link: http://youtu.be/5nD-8euqNN4

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 Post subject: Re: The Bellet of the ball!
PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 6:17 am 
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This thing is coming together quite nice! I love the look of that engine, its sooooo different to me. Good work man.


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 Post subject: Re: The Bellet of the ball!
PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 6:44 pm 
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Love that fuel line... :mrgreen:

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So did Isuzu originally source these carbs from Hitachi? Guess it's likely they could have come as OEM on something besides a 240Z? Hitachi kinda did that with a lot of parts back then...


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 Post subject: Re: The Bellet of the ball!
PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 5:42 am 
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Love the engine in the car, has a very handsome classic look compared to everything today with their plastic covers...can't wait to see her on the road David! :D


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 Post subject: Re: The Bellet of the ball!
PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 7:04 am 
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As always thoroughly entertaining updates.
Keep up the good work... :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: The Bellet of the ball!
PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 4:35 pm 

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Thanks for the comments guys!

So many projects, so little time. Two weekends ago, I helped a buddy swap the engine in his bike, then last weekend I was wrapped up in other projects. I haven't had nearly as much time to work on the Bellett as I would like. Still, I managed to slip away for a few minutes here and there and get some minor work done.

When the car was on the ground, I slid under it and gave the prop shaft a turn. A terrible clunk came from the diff. Since the car was on the ground, I couldn't keep rotating it, so I would have to jack it up to see if the clunk noise happened regularly. After jacking the car up, I found that it only does it initially when rotating forwards or backwards kind of like the diff backlash is all messed up or something.

After a bit more searching, I could clearly see movement in one of the U-Joints. Well, that's good news because it means that the diff isn't shot! So, the wheels came off and the brakes came apart so I could pull the axles and get the U-joints out.

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U-joints out and on the ground. Going to get both of these rebuilt with fresh joints in them.

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I also picked up a starter for a 1600 GT at CCN and installed that guy right in. I was afraid of it not fitting since it's for the 1.6 and not the 1.8, but it fit like factory!

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Then, after a bit of scrubbing, the Kangaroo came out to play!

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And finally, I wired up the starter. Wierdly, one giant fat cable runs to the starter, then another moderately fat cable bolts to the same post as the giant fat cable and that's where all the 12 V electrics for the rest of the vehicle come from. The only cables attaching to the battery are the big fat one to the starter and the ground. Without a starter, you can't check any vehicle electrics!

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My main goal this weekend though, was to clean up the garage. It looked like a bomb went off in there and my foot paths were getting increasingly narrow. So, I spent the majority of the day last Sunday reorganizing stuff. I'd say it looks much better now!

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Thanks for reading guys!

Cheers,
David

Today's garage soundtrack
Aesop Rock - Float
Link: http://youtu.be/p7jorP5kNQQ

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 Post subject: Re: The Bellet of the ball!
PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 7:10 pm 
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Looks great David!!! Wish I could say my garage looked like that....if I had a garage, haha! :D

Can't wait to hear the Bellett turn over (or that Cosmo...eventually) Your bike is looking great too!


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 Post subject: Re: The Bellet of the ball!
PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:37 pm 
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Your intermittent wiper timer looks nicely prepped like that, and how do you adjust rear shoe tension? The non-cylinder end is fixed? Are they perhaps auto-adjusting at the cylinder end? If so, what does the reversing ratchet look like? Great stuff! Neko.

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 Post subject: Re: The Bellet of the ball!
PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:50 pm 
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Nakazoto wrote:
...getting the motor in was huge! It didn’t go as smoothly as I had hoped, but it went smoother than I was expecting.


It gets easier with practice, plus another set of hands and eyes helps immensely.
It's coming along great!

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 Post subject: Re: The Bellet of the ball!
PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 7:27 pm 
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What a shot
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Truly a garage to be envious of

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