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Nice space! Good thing you got a picture with it all clean and empty, it's never gonna look like that again.

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15 hours ago, Slartibartfast said:

Nice space! Good thing you got a picture with it all clean and empty, it's never gonna look like that again.

Correct haha, I already have the WD, 2 old mopars and my harley to go in there, so she is going to be tight! Luckily we have 2 other single car garages on the property.
I made the extra trip up there just to epoxy the floor, other wise it will never happen once we move. 

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So we are finally all moved in and although flat out working on our house, I have got the ball rolling again in this turd!

Pulled it out and gave it a wash, installed a new stereo and have ordered a set of headers and a 32/36 weber kit. 
I've also found a machine shop to build the engine, so I will be getting the core form my parents house in a few weeks when I next make the trip in to Melbourne. 
I found a bit more rust at the top of the windscreen, it looks to be surface rust only but I'll be pulling the screen to have a better look in coming days, but not today or tomorrow as it's 41 degrees Celsius here today (106 F). 

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Onward!

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Pulled the seats and carpet to a. have a look at the floor and b. run new speaker wires and fit some newer rear speakers. 

Gotta love these inland Aussie cars. How's that floor!

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Got rid of the 90s tech

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Hopefully more updates very soon!

Stay Safe
-FGF

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So I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I noticed some rust stains around the top of the windscreen. My OCD wouldn't let me leave it alone. 



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Windscreen needed replacement anyway, so out it came. 

Far better than I was expecting, some minor pitting and scale, all cleaned up and hit with rust convertor. 

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Another sand and some primer

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Coat of generic rattlecan white and a coat of clear

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After that was done I filled the inner quarters and sills with fish oil, I do this to all my cars.

The only other rust this car had was the bottom of the RHS guard I fixed in an earlier post.
Also ran wiring for my 12v fridge/freezer before reinstalling carpet and seats.

So now its a waiting game, I've ordered OEM replacement upper windscreen molding and retainer, waiting for those to come in the mail and obviously engine rebuild. 

More updates coming!

Stay safe all 

FGF

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So.... Plot Twist....

Going back to my first post, I mentioned the impetus behind this thing was to emulate my old pathy I sold a few years ago....

This one:
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Well, as soon as I started spending time and money on the white one....

 

My original car came up for sale...

 

It looks to have been kept in great condition.

... And

er..

Well um...

 

I bought it...
Over the phone from pics and a walkaround video the seller did for me.
I'm excited. Took the Mrs for our first date in this car and my best mate whohelped me build it originally took his own life 12 months ago, so plenty of good memories with the thing. 

 

I pick it up in 2 days, 800km round trip..
 

 

Will post updates

-FGF

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That's a fantastic way for this story to continue!! Congrats on getting your old rig back. Mine has been scrapped so no hope of that for me...

 

What are your plans with the other Pathy now? I vote for keep it and keep buying more - call it a collection so it sounds fancy. :bounce:

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Cheers MJ! 
It's very cool and of all the cars I have had I had instant regret in selling it. 
Will keep the white one for the time being, its fate is undetermined at this point, I'll lock it in a shed and forget about it for a while haha.

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What a twist! Love that story, and what a great way to honour your friend too. Gotta see a photo of the two units side-by-side when you get back with it!

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Cheers lads! Leaving now, wish me luck!

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400km trip each way made for a long day. 



Just after fueling up for the drive home:
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Some Silo art we stopped to admire on the way home, this is only about a month or so old and has been on our list (Silo art is a big thing over here, we have the "Silo art trail" which brings a lot of tourism into small dying towns.

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Annnnnnnd
Safely back home.


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Car ran great, wound the old Z24 right up in the back roads and even overtook several cars!

It's basically the same shape as when I had it except the wheels have been changed out for a smaller set, the gearbox is a bit noisy, some of the interior plastics are a bit knocked around and the wiring for the stereo has been hacked (PO had a sub in the back, obviously ripped it out in a hurry). Overall I am thrilled to have it back, but probably paid a premium for my sentimental attachment. 

Updates soon, goes in for inspection next Friday!

FGF

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Whoops sorry double post

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Great travelogue!

 

Love that particular two-tone combo with the body-coloured flares—wish we got those in North America too. Totally singular, definitely a head-turner for anyone with even a passing interest in trucks, especially as the years tick past! Great you were able to get it back and give it a good home.

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It is a great colour combo, 2nd one I have had this colour.
Those flares I believe are either aftermarket, or dealer-fitted over here, as I have only seen a handful of cars with them, all of them being '86 year models. 

Great to have it back!
 

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Spent a couple hours this afternoon removing all of the electrical add ons and wiring. I thought the PO removed his Sub, but evidently he removed the rear speakers as well and lefts a heap of frustratingly poor wiring routed inside the quarter panels.  Also removed the air horn that was hanging under the bullbar. 
What a mess!

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Inspection today, passed no worries and car is now transferred into my name formally. 

Stalled at the lights on the way to our local DMV, which was weird, then couldn't get it back into gear.... Sure enough - Clutch slave cylinder blew....

Walked to a local service station, bought some brake fluid and crossed my fingers....

Pumped up the clutch good enough to be able to get it into gear and made it all the way home!
In fairness I fitted the clutch and slave about 8 years ago when I had the car, so not a bad run from Taiwanese parts!

I have a weeks wait for the parts now... I'm gagging to get out in this thing. Not the end of the world, as of midnight tonight we go into another 5 day lockdown....

 

Picked up some new seatcovers too, had some horrible brown faux leather ones on there.

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Stay safe out there

FGF

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Clutch Slave issues all sorted and I'm really loving having the car back.

Went exploring (we have a book of 250 Victorian Waterfalls, we are trying to see them all) and done a bit of metal detecting last weekend. 
Car ran great and a lovely time was had!

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Stay Safe
FGF

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Spent a couple hours this afternoon removing all of the electrical add ons and wiring. I thought the PO removed his Sub, but evidently he removed the rear speakers as well and lefts a heap of frustratingly poor wiring routed inside the quarter panels.  Also removed the air horn that was hanging under the bullbar. 
What a mess!

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I had a first gen honda civic. Someone had used an extension cord to wire in an electric fuel pump, had the orange insulation as well, haha.

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Checking the oil about a week ago I noticed all of these cracks in the engine fan:

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Probably not too far off letting go!

Found a new OEM blade, not an easy part to find these days, although I am sure there are other 80s nissans that could donate a 2nd hand one. 

 

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Another job ticked off the list. Next is to build a battery tray and get the 2nd battery back in (another thing the PO removed) and fit my fridge/freezer in the back. 

Going out to chase the yella tomorrow, looking forward to it. 

Stay safe all. 

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Well the old girl has been going swimmingly for the last few months.
I did mention when I picked the car up that the gearbox was noisy, well... We had a gearbox failure yesterday. 
I am guessing a bearing collapsed, a massive BANG at 100kph (60MPH) yesterday and I lost 5th gear.

I got into town (was doing grocery shopping) and managed to limp it back home. When I reversed out of a parking spot there was another loud BANG.

Trans is evidently now no good, I imagine the cluster will be damaged (sounds like it is full of marbles at idle now), which leaves me at a cross road.

To attempt a rebuild on the trans in the car (futile, I think). Pull the trans from the white car and fit it (this had a slight bearing whine as well)
Rebuild the trans from the white car, or simply buy an off the shelf changeover unit.

 

Good times :)

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That sucks. Sounds like hard parts got munched, so you're probably right on it not being a good candidate for a rebuild. Given how much fun transmission replacements aren't, I would lean away from swapping in the other worn transmission as-is. Guess it depends on what a rebuild trans costs and whether you want to part out the white one.

 

There's a TSB for overfilling the older manuals to keep the countershaft bearings happy. I'm not sure if the four-banger transmissions had the same issue and fix, but given what you're dealing with, I'm guessing that's a yes.

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Cheers Slartibartfast, I have ordered a reconditioned unit, makes sense to only do it once!
I believe it is still the case with the 4cyls, I have always put in the extra oil. 

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