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hey all long time lurker, newly registered because i need some help/advice. now this is a doozy so ill get the back story out of the way.back in 2016 me and my uncle started our gambler 500 race truck build the plan was to race in 2017. we stumbled upon my neighbors wrecked pathfinder. a clean title 1999 pathfinder with a fresh trans, brand new tires and was slammed in the front and the rear. well he wanted 1000, we felt 300 was a better deal. he was a shrewd negotiator.so we settled right in the middle at 300 bucks. (and that is a 2011 ford f150 fender)we tore the bumpers off, new battery, fixed the heated leather seats, fixed the heater, new fuel pump, added a shopping cart for a roof rack and welded some bumpers on. then raced. we made it onto dirt every days gambler 500 episode as the first thing you see in the episode. and she has since made every gambler 500 race. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDJOP6MvSV8now i sold it to my co pilot when i acquired my lifted fj55 land cruiser for $56 as that is what i am racing in 2019. here is the fun part. i am always on the look out for more cars and trucks. and down the way i saw a black Nissan pathfinder. 1996 with the swing out tire carrier and i wanted it so bad. but the old guy did not want to sell. so i forgot about it. 2 years later my dad comes in and tells me the old guy wants to give me the pathfinder. we swing down and tow er back. clean title, windows roll up ad down, doors lock, and the factory stereo works. whats not to love? so i begin by replacing the fuel filter and the fuel pump. i followed some of the tutorials. obd2 threw the iac valve code so i tore the intake off and cleaned everything up. slapped the intake back on, cleaned all the sensors and changed all the fluids. and she coughed to life.and started pissing coolant out the exhaust pipe.so here is my dilemma and my plani was able to get the gambler 500 pathfinder back its a vg33the new black pathfinder is a vg33so i want to swap the engine and part the gambler out to recoup the 400 bucks its cost me so far in the 2 trucks. is straight forward and easy. but i want to know from people who have done any engine swaps or head work what parts SHOULD be replaced while i have access to the entire engine? what WOULD you replace if you where given the chance? any tips or tricks? what upgrade would you do given the chance while the engines out? WITHIN reasonmy current plan is take it out, new valve cover gaskets, new intake gaskets, plugs, timing belt, water pump, and seeing about a freeze plug style block heater
hey all its boz from bend oregon. thought its about time to get on the forums since my new pathfinder is nice enough to fix(i.e. its not a gambler 500 race truck). i am a long time lurker from when i had my hardbody till the 99 gambler, till the new one i attained last week. glad to have found ya guys again regards boz