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Old 02-06-2021, 02:13 AM   #22651
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holy shit $910? that’s not a bad price at all.
took my injectors to get tested and cleaned since the trucks running so shitty. greased lower ball joints as well. still waiting on injectors, should be back tomorrow.
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Old 02-06-2021, 04:03 AM   #22652
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Degreased the underside, mud flaps, front end & the front rims with Gunk today. Most heavy oil & goo that has collected since the steering gear oil leak on the left side and the power steering oil molded hose leak on the right side was finally washed off. I'll need to do it again for some heavy spots that still remain with a small wire brush and some Purple Power or a stronger commercial grade cleaner that I have access to.

While inspecting the engine from the underside with my Petzl head lamp that I use for night time running. I noticed a small vacuum gallery support bolt missing(8mm head). I found it in the truck's cup holder and promptly installed it.

Installed the alternator adjustment bolt. Along with the holding bolt and block. Since these parts were taken off and I couldn't find the parts. So I ordered a new set to install. I know the original kit is in a ZipLoc sandwich bag somewhere in the garage.

I removed both bucket seats to access the two front screw holes and to finally install all 4 screws that hold the center console/arm rest down. I removed the console when I was searching for the SRS module to clear the SRS light on the dash.

I also removed the left side wheel to inspect the outer tie rod and boot. Too much oil caked on in there. So I lightly removed some minor rust on the brake disc with a small square of Scotch Brite pad and checked the brake pad thickness instead. Going to need a brake job soon. Which I knew was coming.

Lastly, I FINALLY washed my truck!!! Man was it grungy and very nasty. It hadn't been washed in I don't know in how long. I used some Dawn with warm water, a used kitchen sponge for bugs that were stuck on, a small wire brush to scrub away and detail clean the rims to free the truck up of even more oily goop and went over every panel twice to ensure any/all caked on road grime was given its proper send off down the drain. My truck looked so damn good after it was dried off. I even took some "truck porn" photos of it just for me! I do have to admit though. My truck looks sexy as HELL when I was done! Worked on it today for about 7 hrs. to get all of this done. With a few minor side house duties that came up a few times.

To add to my post...I passed my smog check today(02/06/2021) with flying colors! Had to go to a Star Station for the more stringent testing. All emission numbers were very low. Due to the new MagnaFlow cat con with an EO# stamped on it. So legal by CA standards.

So a very great day for my D21...
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Old 02-06-2021, 04:33 AM   #22653
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I bought one of the JDM VG33 motors I looked at today, it came out of a Pathy. They were patient/good enough to remove the passenger-side, valve covers so I could look for sludge. I looked at three total, the one I bought is pictured here. One had a huge buildup of crud in the valve train but the engine was really clean on the outside.

Of the eleven VG33's they had in stock, each one had a EGR valve so that can't be used to determine if it's a real JDM. I noticed on the one I bought it had a Nippon oil filter and the writing was in Japanese, that works for me.

Anyway, it was $910 out the door, warranty is 60 days. They claimed the mileage is less than 60K, the proof will be in how well it runs. I'm going to keep looking for a supercharger, if I can find one locally that looks good I'll probably include it in the swap.






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Old 02-06-2021, 02:15 PM   #22654
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Put a stop button on the brake peddle.. Trying to figure out if I can lubricate the door handle to open more smoothly. Then close it off and be done for a few days..
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Old 02-06-2021, 02:21 PM   #22655
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Put a stop button on the brake peddle.. Trying to figure out if I can lubricate the door handle to open more smoothly. Then close it off and be done for a few days..
Remove the latch assembly from the door. You can then clean and lube it. Its not too difficult to do and usually the results are pretty nice.
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Old 02-06-2021, 02:34 PM   #22656
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It just seems bit stiff

I've also got to tie the radio in.. it was tied into the cigarette lighter when I got it. I smoked back then and if I used it , it would blow the fuse. Now I don't smoke but need the accessory. I'll have to pull the book and find the original wire...

They want $125 to change the resonator on the exaust. Small pin leak for now..

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Old 02-07-2021, 03:42 AM   #22657
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Not much to do on the truck, still concentrating on the wife's 98 Pathy.

Switched out the hose going from the intake on top to the NEXT hose that leads to the air box. I had removed her box assembly for headlight work space, and part of the hose was crumbled. Found one locally for $39 out the door, tax included. Also switching out the stock wire clamps for modern screw clamps.

Installed her LED headlight bulbs today, but too tired to test them today. Couple of other small things...will finish everything up tomorrow and then test drive the Pathy down different roads at night to see how the LED's perform. Never done LED headlights before, although the truck is almost all LED now except for the headlights and front running lights.

I will do a report with pictures on the LED headlight experiment in the Pathy. So much baloney out there on LED headlights....I will take a real good look at these things and how this brand actually works. Amazon had a few nice reviews from OTHER late-90's Pathy owners. Yeah...we will see. I kept the box for the LED headlights...just in case I have to return them to Amazon. If they DO work...I will probably try a set on the truck.
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Old 02-07-2021, 05:15 AM   #22658
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Lotta polarizing views on the PNP LEDs. Some love them, some hate them. My truck rattles the little 194 LEDs in the taillights into dust they don't last very long. The ones in there now flicker because they are barely holding together.



I don't see any problems with the install or getting them to fire but it's the light control due to the bulb design that wasn't around when the pathy was developed and sold that worries me.





I almost got a chance to wash the truck. Ran out of time. Tomorrow is supposed to be nice then maybe a full interior detail on both vehicles. The car is getting pretty dusty inside...or as dusty as you get with a HEPA cabinet filter.
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Old 02-07-2021, 09:03 AM   #22659
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I bought one of the JDM VG33 motors I looked at today, it came out of a Pathy. They were patient/good enough to remove the passenger-side, valve covers so I could look for sludge. I looked at three total, the one I bought is pictured here. One had a huge buildup of crud in the valve train but the engine was really clean on the outside.

Of the eleven VG33's they had in stock, each one had a EGR valve so that can't be used to determine if it's a real JDM. I noticed on the one I bought it had a Nippon oil filter and the writing was in Japanese, that works for me.

Anyway, it was $910 out the door, warranty is 60 days. They claimed the mileage is less than 60K, the proof will be in how well it runs. I'm going to keep looking for a supercharger, if I can find one locally that looks good I'll probably include it in the swap.






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Removing that front differential will be an absolute blast. 12 axle bolts (6 on each side) 8 driveshaft bolts and 4 frame bolts. It has to drop down in the rear to clear those mounts, then it has to be pulled back and rotated down in the rear simultaneously. The passenger side bracket on the diff will rub the oil pan and cause it to be really stubborn. It took me about three hours to get it out by myself.

If you are planning on running the trucks original belt system, hold off on ordering the crank adapter. I have one i might sell. I am really debating on running the serpentine setup on my vg33. All i really need to do is get longer steering lines for the pump and extend the alternator wiring. Id like to keep that bigger alternator.

I will have my engine in later today and i will know what route i am going by then. I just need to change the rear main and the pilot bushing then put the manual flywheel and clutch assembly on the engine.

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I still say to just get X or frontier brackets and put X or dlfrontier accessories on it.



The front diff drop sucks. Putting it back in is also a ton of fun.
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