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Old 03-12-2021, 09:40 AM   #22771
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Did a little work on Hector Saturday. Pressure tested cooling system with no pressure loss, so doesn't look like I have a breached timing cover. However, I did smell the oil and it seems to have fuel in it. Now to track this issue down.
When the truck is stone cold, run your finger around the inside of the exhaust pipe and see what you get. Also pull your radiator cap and swipe around the neck of the radiator.
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Old 03-14-2021, 05:29 AM   #22772
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Success! Hector lives! Turns out the MAF had become unplugged, causing the injectors to dump excess fuel which went into the oil pan.
Now to sort out the high idle (~1500 rpm).
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Old 03-14-2021, 06:16 AM   #22773
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Great find!

When I am searching for an exhaust leak or similar like yours. I normally loosen the nuts and retorque the nuts to ensure they are in fact tight. With connectors/plugs. I am very careful to fully unplug and then plug the connector back in very carefully. I visually inspect the connector for any blockages/ debris that might be in there. But always am careful when reconnecting harnesses as NOT to bend pin(s) when reconnecting a harness. Basic stuff. But pins can be pushed backwards/inward and not make a positive connection and cause running issues.

I did nothing to my truck today. I was off work. So it got the day off as well.

I still have that cracked exhaust manifold to replace. So there's that still to do. Soon though!
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Old 03-15-2021, 02:44 AM   #22774
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Good junkyard find today - one of those elusive Xterra manual transmission shifter cup holders!
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Old 03-15-2021, 02:58 AM   #22775
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Success! Hector lives!
HECTOR !! !


so....i know 89'hbV6 is gonna call me out for no photos (as he should !), but here goes....

89, i did take lots of pics, of the hood struts too...i just need to do the imgur thing now, i guess. or DM me and i'll send em by text.



i recently picked up a set of aftermarket tail lights from PNW IN member
and all-around good dude Scott Turchin.

he has the nicest KH3 D21 i have ever seen.
he just repainted it and it is WOW. really gives me something to work towards.

the rubber seals that go between my new lights and the truck bed had gotten bad since they were a few years old, but the OEM seals from a old cracked set i had fit perfectly and snapped right in, and i put all new superbright LEDs (originally recommended by scifiguy) in them and the front turn signals.
#194 bulb front side marker LEDs are from ebay.

they really light up the world around me ! glad i got them.
i feel much better with brighter tail lights.


and after 4 coats of gloss black, the clear coat on the '03 frontier tailgate had cured, so i re-installed the handle and bezel i had shot with black trim paint, and put that rascal on the D21 !! i just need to send my gate lock to tony hardb0dy now for the re-key to match my door locks (hiya, tone!)

it looks real nice, i think. not a drip or orange peel anywhere !
with Spring here, now i am ready to paint my rusty roof. photos to follow....
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Old 03-15-2021, 05:11 AM   #22776
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Good work! Don't stop! Keep going!
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Old 03-15-2021, 08:32 PM   #22777
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I have ANOTHER mf coolant leak. Looks like maybe the water pump this time. Coolant is dripping out from behind the crank pulley.
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Old 03-16-2021, 12:09 AM   #22778
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Drove the truck over the weekend. It still has a critical lack of supercharger!



Let me know if that blower is adding too much weight to your build and you need to get rid of it, Foul_Mouth!
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Old 03-16-2021, 12:07 PM   #22779
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Installed 2" drop spindles for the purpose of keeping the ride height I want but with more suspension travel. During the install my stock calipers wouldn't fit so I installed the two piston calipers from a 95 2WD V6 and they fit perfect now to get rotors to match...
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Old 03-16-2021, 01:16 PM   #22780
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Installed 2" drop spindles for the purpose of keeping the ride height I want but with more suspension travel. During the install my stock calipers wouldn't fit so I installed the two piston calipers from a 95 2WD V6 and they fit perfect now to get rotors to match...
What size were your stock calipers?
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