Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby flinterman2000 » Tue May 29, 2012 7:13 am

Got pics of the MSD coil but for some reason I can't get the camera to connect with the PC to upload them. I also completely retimed the engine and de-carbonized the cylinder head. When the boss lady returns from holiday I'll use her camera to upload all the pics necessary. :bigthumb:


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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby flinterman2000 » Tue May 29, 2012 5:53 pm

My son got the camera to connect. Heres the pics.

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Yeah these pics were taken in my SPAM. Its raining every day now.

Also got the rear discs diff today. Need to change some lines and the disc pads then install. :rotfl

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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby flinterman2000 » Wed May 30, 2012 7:30 pm

More good news. Bought a set of Leafs today. will install with the diff. Pics soon to come.

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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby flinterman2000 » Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:49 pm

OK. The diffs bolted on with the new leafs and the drive shaft is machined to fit. Have to change some lines tomorrow and I'm considering putting back in the 5 fwd gearbox. The webber has also been installed but I want to test it without the MSD coil to see how much of a difference it makes. Didn't take pics as I finished in the dark. Pics tomorrow. :dblthumb:

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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby flinterman2000 » Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:57 pm

Heres some pics.

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Still have to install the drive shaft. All the shocks and bushings have been changed, the brakes are bled, the test drive comes as soon as I've installed the drive shaft. :yesnod

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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby flinterman2000 » Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:05 am

I'm fully mobile now. She runs like a dream, no noise, no backlash, no problems. The power mirrors are totally functional now, the power locks work but due to the gear of the Izusu diff, she is a little slower than before. That will soon be rectified through a 5 Fwd gearbox, 264 duration cam and a pair of webber side draughts. I still have the T4 turbo charger and intercooler but thats for installation when I get bored with it. :dance

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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby flinterman2000 » Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:57 am

I finally got the measurements for the E brale cables done. I'm going today to get the cables crimped with the new ends and I can go for inspection. :yesnod. Will post some pics later.

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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby flinterman2000 » Wed Nov 07, 2012 3:32 pm

Sorry to be away for so long, but things are pretty slow for me right now. I got a new ride - its a 1998 AE111 corolla wagon with a 4A GE 20 valve engine and 5 on the floor. I haven't given up on the truck but its on the back burner for now. I need to locate a cab (preferably a king cab) and install the power steering and I'm back to using it as my daily driver. As soon as I have pics available it will be posted and the car would be also in others. :sad:

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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby flinterman2000 » Thu Dec 06, 2012 6:15 pm

Was told by a mechanic here that the power steering box from a 1984 Galant super saloon would work and is a direct fit. Well its not. Only two bolts can work, the box is bigger and the spindle shaft is too long. The bottom hose rubs on the steering coupling. As soon as a solution appears I will be posting again.

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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby flinterman2000 » Tue Dec 25, 2012 10:45 am

Ho ho ho. Merry Christmas to all my NICO family. All the best for the new and prosperous new year. Lets keep these projects going. Since I got the Corolla I've been neglecting the truck too long. As soon as I complete the roof of my garage I would be starting to work on Funtasia again. It rains every day now so I can't go up to do much welding but I'm hoping for the best.

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Later dudes. Gotta go BBQ some Chicken for lunch. :woot:

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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby Rev_D21 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:25 pm

Looks awesome! Has come a long way in deed. It's tough this time of year. Many of our projects are covered knee deep in snow. Makes working on them a chore. Spring isn't too far off, everything will begin to move again.

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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby breadbox » Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:48 am

I hope to make the most of the winter time personally.

How's the roof coming?

Still neglecting the 720?

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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby flinterman2000 » Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:15 pm

breadbox wrote:I hope to make the most of the winter time personally.

How's the roof coming?

Still neglecting the 720?

Nah. I finally sourced an original power steering box and its in good condition. The owner want's US$470 and I'm going to collect it on tuesday.

Just the ridging to complete the roof. heres some pics :dblthumb:

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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby flinterman2000 » Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:15 am

I decided to use the truck to go for the power steering box and ended up having to get a wrecker to tow it back home :tisk: . Would you believe the steering coupling burst on the way to get the box :facepalm: ? Apparently there is a difference in the coupling for the 80 to 83 and the 85. Bummer. The box would have to wait until next pay now. The new coupling cost US32, the wrecker cost US100 so I'm buying the coupling now and the box month end.

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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby flinterman2000 » Sat May 18, 2013 4:01 pm

Haven't had the chance for some time to post. here's the latest. I did some work on my brothers mazda 929 coupe and loaned him the truck to get some parts. :facepalm: Well I'm pretty fed up with myself because he came back with the engine knocking and just parked it up as if nothing was wrong. But it isn't that bad, sounds like the chain and tensioner. As soon as work is done I'll let you know. I hven't gone for the power steering box yet either. I've been spending too much time with the Corolla :chuckle: .

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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby flinterman2000 » Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:32 pm

Its been too long again between posts, but with working double shifts, renovations to my house and changing the front wall which a woman drove through, I've been busy :frown: . Here's where things stand with me right now :biggrin: . I changed the tensioner, chain and ladders to get out the noise. Went for a test drive and had no power :facepalm: . Reset the valve timimg and still no power :facepalm: . So I changed the distributor and power from the gods :dblthumb: . I swapped the 32/36 webber for a more sedate 26/27 which I haven't installed yet and found a L18S close to where my brother lives :laugh: . I paid US$ 78 for it but it has an oil leak to correct before I tinker with it. See you all soon :dblthumb: .

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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby flinterman2000 » Wed Jan 01, 2014 7:18 am

Happy new year. All the best for all my nico family and hope we all have a bright and prosperous 2014. Update:- Still have not purchased the power steering box but I ordered a 3/4 race cam from iskyderian for the L18S. I'm doing a complete overhaul of the L18 as I also found out about someone who has a new set of 45 webber side draughts with a manifold. Was told he wants US$850 for the carbs but haven't talked to him yet. Will keep you informed. :bigthumb:

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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby flinterman2000 » Wed Jul 23, 2014 9:32 pm

It's been too long since my last post. Well I'm about to start the overhaul of the L18 engine I got cheap. Nissangirl gave me the info needed to ensure that I did not make a bad buy.

Here's the plan. L18 head and block, steel crank, Sr20 pistons, ported and shaved head, L28 valves, 264 duration cam (isky),L28 head bolts, MSD coil and webber 32/36 carb for now. I'm hoping this will produce about 160 to 180 HP. I have the carb, coil, valves, head bolts and crank in hand and spoke to the performance shop about getting the cam and pistons.

when its all done and fine tuned, I still have the T4 turbo if I don't get the performance I want. I should start the repairs in two weeks with pics of course.

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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby flinterman2000 » Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:45 am

I've been bad to my truck. :facepalm: Since I got the Corolla its taken all my time. I went for a drive with the 720 and almost had to get a tow home. :frown: Now I need an L18 gearbox. I have no reverse or first gear. All I'm getting here in Trinidad west Indies is the 4 speed box. I'm looking for a 5 speed. I will pay any/all shipping charges.

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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby flinterman2000 » Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:45 am

Sorry to be away for so long. I am forced to repair the body of the truck. I purchased two sub visors for the truck
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and during installation the screw driver went through the hood just above the windscreen. checking to see the repairs needed these pictures show the actual state of the cab
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As the repair goes on I will post status.

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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby flinterman2000 » Fri Oct 16, 2015 6:14 pm

Have been working hard on the truck. Did not work on it today because I'm very tired. Here's the pics of whats done.
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Thats the right corner, heres the left.
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Will continue to post as work progresses.

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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby flinterman2000 » Thu Oct 29, 2015 6:00 pm

The project has stalled again. My boss at work has changed my hours of work so now I reach home late at night and I leave home early in the morning. As soon as I restart I will be posting again.

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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby flinterman2000 » Tue Nov 10, 2015 7:19 am

it looks like a long period before I can start to work on the truck again, so I think its time for an upgrade. I'm looking for a king cab in good condition. I will try to arrange shipping from the states to the Caribbean if the cab is worth it.

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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby flinterman2000 » Thu Jan 21, 2016 6:47 am

i am forced to work on the truck again. The Corolla is going to be down for repairs in a couple of weeks. When I tried to fit the windscreen it has a space almost 1/2" between the glass and the cab. Got a professional straightener to fix it. The rest of the cab I will be fiberglassing. Will post soon again.

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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby flinterman2000 » Thu Feb 25, 2016 7:31 pm

Took some photos of the work done. Will post up to the page later.Started preparing the dashboard for installation. The harness had some burnt wires. Photos of the dash to come soon. :dblthumb:

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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby flinterman2000 » Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:07 pm

getting some problems to upload pics. making an attempt to post to the page.
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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby waynosworld » Fri Feb 26, 2016 9:47 pm

Here is the dash photo.
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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby flinterman2000 » Sat Feb 27, 2016 8:20 am

Thanks waynosworld but I still have problems with photobucket that I am trying to sort out. Will be taking pics of the install anyway.

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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby flinterman2000 » Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:05 am

Ok. After a crash course I think I have it. Lets see. These are pics of the vent ducts for the dashboard. The 910 ducts are different to the 720.
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The gauge cluster.
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The wire harness. Irs a mess but I'm correcting the issues.
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And completed repairs.
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Changed both doors but reused the door glass from our moderator Pezi
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When I start the change out of the dash more pics will come. :dblthumb:

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Re: Fresh Start (New Build Thread)

Postby flinterman2000 » Mon Jun 20, 2016 5:10 pm

got work not planned dome on the truck. The AC in the Corolla stopped working so my son in law who is an AC technician came to repair the car and asked if I wanted to do the truck so I said why not. Here's some pics before and after.
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during installation
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and after
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Still have to take pics of the bracket for the dryer and the completed connection to the evaporator.


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