So I moved everything out into the new garage and started hitting the body work hardcore. Lots of thanks to my dad for being a huge help through the process. He has some previous body work experience, so I learned under his wing.
I had tons more space in the new garage, nobody to bug me, and a lot more lighting.
I bought some suspension parts, and some coilovers. The red parts are Godspeed, which is decent for the money. I read into a newer company making a lot of parts for the 240 and I read about their presence at SEMA and how they're moving up. Well, they're prices are pretty hard to beat too, so I bought a set of fully adjustable coilovers from them. Oh, the company is E-Motor. They shot me an email saying that the coilovers they had shipped out were accidentally two different colors (front red, rear blue) and refunded a chunk of the money. Not a very good first impression, but when I got the coilovers I was still impressed with them nonetheless.
So, with body work moving along nicely, I began removing ALL of the old suspension. You can only sand for so long ya know. My dad ended up doing most of the sanding after that because I complained a lot, lol. Either way I got elbows deep in other stuff.
In that last picture you can see another goody I bought!
It's a complete Energy Suspension bushing kit. Unfortunately with new sway bars, control arms, etc. most of the bushings aren't even going to be touched. Y'all can expect to see those in the Classifieds here on NICO in the near future.
Now what you see in the next couple pictures is disturbing, but let me elaborate. I know this has happened to several people before, and no doubt happened to me. As I was removing the rear subframe, the very last stud I came to broke!!! I researched the problem and saw where some people just tossed their shells. I read where some had welded a new crossmember in... I looked into Nissan and they don't sell individual studs, only the crossmember with the studs already mounted. Well, this wasn't going to fly for me, so I hammered out the f***ed up stud and left it to be dealt with later.
In order the remove that stud, I had to measure about where it would be in the hatch area and cut a hole in the sheet metal to access the top of the crossmember. I just used a 2" hole saw, worked nicely and I was almost perfectly over the stud. Now, in order to press the stud out, I had to get clever. I jacked the rear of the car 1" above the jackstands by the broken stud with a floor jack. Then I took the 36mm axle nut socket I have and placed it in the hole I cut so that the top of the stud was in the large opening of the socket. Then I hammered on the socket with a sledgehammer until the stud came loose and set the car back on the jackstands. I was left with a hole, wonderful.
After that stressful ordeal I needed to accomplish something to get my spirits back up. So I ordered some aluminum 30mm 300zx brake calipers from a guy in Philly. I went online and found some 300zx hubs with aluminum uprights all in one big package for the low low. It wasn't until I got them and continued my brake swap research that I realized the only things I got that I could even use were the rear hubs. Oh well, I can sell off the uprights easily enough. When I got it all, I disassembled the old cruddy brakes and cleaned up the hubs. I sprayed the hubs with some coating that prevents rust (don't even know if I believe it); either way they looked clean.
I bought some rebuild kits for the calipers...
At this point I was just knocking out all sorts of odds and ends here and there. It felt great to accomplish all of this s***, but I knew there would be more problems/difficulties in the future. I cleaned up the front crossmember and replaced the rack & pinion bellows:
Grease Lightning FTW!!!
I sent out a lot of my engine parts to get bead blasted. Also, I had already gotten my engine components back from being fixed up at the machine shop. The heads were completely cleaned, milled, measured, checked for spring tension, seals were replaced... everything! They looked great! The block came back, it had been cleaned out real well also, and it was inspected for discrepancies. The crankshaft was balance tested, cleaned up, measured, and polished. It felt like Christmas getting all of this stuff at once.
To go into some details... I got the engine for free from a really good friend of mine (practically family), who I helped out of a couple tough situations in the past.
VH45DE out of a 1991 Infiniti Q45
All of the chain guides had already recently been replaced! He bought the engine to put in his 240, but he also had a VG30E, an SR20DE, etc laying around. He had a KA-DE in his car at the time that he was trading out for a VQ35DE... so he gave me the option of the VQ as well. I didn't want to get that deep into trying to make a VQ work, so I went with the VH. No Regrets! So, a big thanks to him!
He is also the same person who rode with me from NC to FL and back in the same day to pick up a couple parts I needed from a fellow NICOer. I ended up in Gainesville where I picked up my VG30DETT 5-Spd Transmission, Q45 Differential, and Mazworx VH-VG adapter plate. The transmission had already been properly machined as well. Everything was in real good shape; it was an awesome find. I swapped the differential caps. I ordered an inexpensive aluminum radiator with dual electric fans. I ordered a Walbro 255. I ordered a Ralco RZ Short Throw Shifter. I ordered the long tube headers and custom driveshaft from Mazworx. I requested the driveshaft be 3" instead of their standard 2.5" steel. I junked an old 300zx starter. I also ordered a complete engine gasket set. I junked a Q45 left rear axle and ordered a 300zxtt rear left axle from some guy in Oklahoma (there's more to this as well in the following pictures).
Well, with all that being said, lets dive into a bunch of f***ing pictures of it all!!!
Like I mentioned above, I ordered the 300zx axle, and when the package was delivered it was oozing some yellow/cream mess about the consistency of hand lotion. I opened the package and found the end cap popped off from where I suppose UPS dropped and/or tossed it. It was the odd color because somehow water had gotten into the boot and compromised the Lithium grease that was in there. I can't find my picture of the gooey mess, so here's one of the Q45 Axle and the 300zx Axle that I cleaned out. I ordered a new boot kit and a tube of Motul Tech Grease 300, which is a fantastic lithium grease. That s***'s GREEN!
Bondo work DONE!!! Also, I disassembled the rest of the car to prepare for primer!
^Before body work, it looked like somebody literally tap danced on the roof, it was BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The hatch also looked like it had been used as a seat a few times too many.
Then in my spare time when my dad wasn't available to help me prep for primer, I started working on the wiring harness. It's a tedious project, and quite the headache, but I eventually got it figured out. It's not done now, but I'm waiting for the engine to be in place with it's sensors so that I can properly wrap the harness with correct connector lengths/locations, blah, blah, blah.
Well, that's all for now (late again). I am much further along than this on the project, but I will have to update you guys with more later when I get a chance.
Thanks for tuning in.Modified by speedeast at 2:37 AM 1/4/2010