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FirstGenFreak's SLOW WD21 Build

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Gidday All, below is copied form my intro thread to get the ball rolling, will have updates next week!

My name is Pete and I am from Victoria in Australia

Here's My Old truck - 86 with a Z24. I had this thing for 11 trouble free years and I don't know what made me sell it but the second it drove off I regretted it. 

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Fast forward a few years and it just came over me that I had to have another one. 

A few months of shopping I found this old girl and picked it up for a song. An '86 like my old one. 

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The thing that sold me on this particular car were the condition of the body and the interior. Anyone into these cars will know how hard it is to find nice trim bits. 

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And here is the only rust in the car, being a dry inland car
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After picking it up I got 50 km before it started overheating. 
Stopped, cooled it down, topped off the water and put a new radiator cap on, got another 10km and it overheated again. .. And again. 

Luckily we have roadside assist and they covered the tow (180km).

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First steps are to address the overheating issue. Will start with new waterpump, radiator and thermostat. If that doesn't fix it I still have a spare engine from my old pathy. 

Then I'll fit a 32/36 Weber, Extractors, remove the LP Gas Conversion.
I know most of you are probably running VGs but I've always been a Z24 fan, and had a great run out of them. Over here the VGs have a rep for being a bit of a fuel guzzler. 
I'd like to find a set of factory wheelarch flares and do a lift and fit 31s. 

I'll be sure to update on progress but will be slow as the car is kept on a rural property I own, so I'll only get to work on it a couple of times a month. 

If you made it this far, thanks for reading!

Keep the shiny side up!

Peter


 

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Here are a couple of my other projects (in addition to renovating a late 1800s miners cottage!)
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Should have updates this time next week

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Went up to our property for a day and in between working on the house tinkered with the car for a couple of hours.

Removed all of the 'old man' add-ons


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Also threw my 31s on, but they are coming back off until I sort out a lift.
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Also found the culprit for my overheating issue
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Threw in a new water pump and radiator at the same time, went for a run, cool as a cucumber!
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That's it for now!

Pete

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Awesome!  I actually just saw a white 2-door today on my way home from a trip.  How many miles/km's?

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Finally found a fuel tank, will chase up a new fuel pump (tank came from a VG30 car, so assuming different pump [??]) and a half decent carb.

Then I can get rid of the LPG conversion, which I am looking forward to. 

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Also found that the engine has quite a bit of blowby, so will look at rebuilding the spare I have.



 

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2 hours ago, jjonez said:

Awesome!  I actually just saw a white 2-door today on my way home from a trip.  How many miles/km's?

Nice! Don't see too many on the road anymore. This one has 338,000 kms / 210000 miles, so she's done a bit of work!

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So I got up to our property a couple of weeks ago and removed the LP Gas tank and the auxiliary fuel tank that was fitted.

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In addition I got up under the dash and cleaned up all of the old 90s add-ons and the LPG wiring. Was a great feeling removing all the dodgy splices and re-taping the loom like OEM!
Got rid of this car alarm too
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Pulled the sender out of the tanks, thinking I'd just use the OEM one out of the aux tank.... 
Now I should have expected this, as the PO told me the car had not been ran on petrol for over 10 years...
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Not sure if you can quite imagine the smell, but think of varnish mixed with stale red wine.

Anyhow, OEM tank is fitted but waiting for a factory Z24 low pressure pump/pickup assy, which I now have as well as a good carb for it 
As soon as lockdown is done, I'll get over there and get if fired up on petrol, then I can see about getting it registered!

That's it for now
Stay safe out there guys!

Pete
 

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I can smell it from here!

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Posted (edited)

Replaced fuel sender/pickup unit, blew all the varnish out of the fuel lines.
Fitted a new carb, new fuel hoses front-to-back.

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Fired straight up and with the timing adjusted idles like a swiss watch.
Pulled the driver's front guard ready for rust repair.

Will drop pics in later

Stay safe all. 

-FGF

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Removed the drivers guard to do a rust repair, a bit worse than I originally thought but this is the only rust in the entire car, so I can live with it!

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Found a 2wd D21 king cab at my local wreckers (interestingly I very nearly bought this car about 4 months ago, now I've got a few bits off it for the WD.)

Snipped the bottom off the RH guard to help in my repairs, should get the repair done over the weekend.

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More small, slow updates soon

Stay safe and healthy

FGF

 

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Posted (edited)

Repaired the guard today, cut the section out of the D21 2wd at the wreckers

 

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For those that didn't know, the 2wds have smaller wheelarches which means the bottom of the guard is about 1" wider 
- last time I did this repair I just cut straight across above the lower bodyline and welded the whole bottom on. In this case I had to section it down.

Welded in, light skim of filler and a coat of generic rattlecan white...

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Now it's ready to go back on the car next time I'm up at the property, which will be after lockdown at this point.

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I'm pretty happy with it.

 

Till next time stay safe out there 

-FGF

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Wow, that turned out really good for a DIY repair like that!

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