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Old 10-23-2020, 12:52 AM   #1
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Default A Junkyard Dream 1986.5 D21 King Cab 2WD 5 Speed z24(i?)

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I'm new here, I've already made my first thread in the hardbody section regarding my truck not starting. But I figured with all the work that this truck needs, and how much I already look around here, I could use this as a nice place to document everything I do to my truck! I'm sure it'll get interesting along the way. considering, I do not have an automotive/mechanical background. this will be a huge learning experience for me and hopefully build up to something i'll be proud of!

Just a little information on it before i start posting pictures of what it was like when I got it/where it's at now, i'll begin with what i know.

It was a previous farmers primary vehicle in central california, it's 1986.5 z24(i?) and it's reaaally beat. and it was 600$. thats all i know. anyways. here's some photos.







Now, I know it might not look too bad. maybe a little dirty and rusty.

But I live in california.

After the typical fluids change and new spark plugs and filters and some new wires for things. i decided to strip it to get a new interior going, and a refinished dash, and fix some of the electronics and add a stereo system. maybe some lights on a rocker gang switch panel. I then noticed trying to smog it that the egr had been bad. so now on my crazy mission to replace this 200$ part the size of a baseball almost, i ended up having to do some crazy things.

upon trying to remove egr valve to exhaust manifold tube, it snapped a stud off where the egr valve slides on. so i cut an inch above where the bolt is on the old egr valve.

then rather than buying a 80$ egr pipe to replace it, i decided to weld that same piece back onto the old egr pipe. (after being able to remove it once i cut it and got egr removed.)

and after welding that piece, I could no longer possibly thread it back into the newly installed egr, due to the weird weld. and so i decided to unscrew the manifold end of the egr tube, and thread the egr side, and then re-thread the manifold side in.

but i couldnt get that side off either.

so i decided to take off the whole exhaust, and drop it and unthread it, and redo the gaskets anyways. why not?

so i couldnt unbolt the flange. i got pissed. cut it about 2 feet towards the cat. pulled the exhaust manifold up top. un-screwed the egr tube finally.

anyways... JB welded the EGR Stud, with the other stud being bolted in tight. got the tube threaded in both ends egr/e. manifold. rebolted exhaust manifold, re bolted the flange on, welded the pipe back to the other pipe

and inbetween being pissed off at having to cut these parts. i decided to replace vaccuum lines in the engine since the current were crumbling n falling apart.

my fatal mistake I unplugged all of them at the same time and relied on a diagram to plug them back together.

and here i am. in hell. here's the current photos.














I know very little about automotive mechanics, primarily my background is in aviation ground servicing/residential solar survey. so i'm learning as I go along and with very minimal help. I only have one mechanic friend who helps me when he can, and you know your mechanic friends. they be busy.

but I have a good understanding of what I want the end goal of this truck to be. first and foremost though, i would be relying on it to be a daily commuter. so my troubles now are to get it starting. if you happen to have any suggestions, try to browse/comment in this thread, to keep things filed away as they should.

http://www.infamousnissan.com/forum/...ad.php?t=44805

I'll write up an edit with my aspirations for how I want this truck to be/look/operate and what not. I feel like i've been typing an eternity. But I like the documentation idea. pretty neat.
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Old 10-23-2020, 03:04 AM   #2
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I have the FSM for the 86.5. If you want me to send you some pictures let me know.
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Old 10-23-2020, 03:21 AM   #3
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I have the FSM for the 86.5. If you want me to send you some pictures let me know.
Im so inexperienced in this im not even sure what an FSM is. but feel free to send them to me/post in this thread

id be much so more interested in photos of your engine bay, specifically working vaccuum line connections. ultra specificially the EGR vac lines and whatever may be preventing me from starting and staying on
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Old 10-23-2020, 01:09 PM   #4
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The FSM is short for Factory Service Manual. They are god sent books from heaven that will definitely ease your struggles. Chilton/Hayes books from parts stores do the job ok but FSM's get down to the nitty gritty details of it all. Usually step by step process in most cases.
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Old 10-23-2020, 06:12 PM   #5
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The FSM is short for Factory Service Manual. They are god sent books from heaven that will definitely ease your struggles. Chilton/Hayes books from parts stores do the job ok but FSM's get down to the nitty gritty details of it all. Usually step by step process in most cases.
if that's the case, i'll take a copy
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Do yourself a huge favor and change that heater core while you have the dash out.
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Old 10-23-2020, 07:31 PM   #7
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Do yourself a huge favor and change that heater core while you have the dash out.
that's probably a good idea. im still working on the dash, i've been using padded dash filler to bring it back to life.
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