Found all motor mounts in a bad shape. I see and hear use Smooth-on products to stiffen up the mounts. Most of them use 60A. I went with 50A, just a tiny bit above the factory grade. I will give it a go and see for myself. Since this is a daily, I don't want to get too much vibration transfered into the cabin. Guess am gonna find out soon :)
Last night, we had to pull the motor out. There is no way this repair be done with the engine in the car. No wonders Nissan charges $4500 for this job. Well, while in that state, I will get to upgrade the motor mounts as well. Wish I was prepared and could have gotten axles too. But that is next up. .. Such a great motor coupled with a bad transmission. Still mad at it. That could've been a great opportunity do to the cams and some other stuff, but thanks to Nissan this may never happen.
This weekend will be a good one. The last players just arrived. I will be replacing all timing chains, all guides, all tensioners, water pump, crank pulley seal, oil cooler seal, and valve cover gaskets... and whatever else I find laying around the garage lol Will be getting her straight before the other major project kicks in. Perhaps I will be recording this for others to see.
Getting a vacuum leak. It comes from the back side of the plenum, but I cannot determine where exactly. It is very tight and difficult to reach there. I tried with brake cleaner spraying the hoses and other intake parts, but nothing. At rest, the car idles normally. When at slow speeds, removing my food off the throttle the idle stays high. Not immediate response when I get on it either. No check engine light... It is frustrating. I may try to smoke test it over the weekend. Any ideas?
After lots of calculations, thinking and what not, I decided that this vehicle is at its performance limit. Unfortunately, the CVT is very difficult to work with. Great platform, great engine, and not so great transmission for upgrades. My friend and I started building a rear mount turbo set up. At just 5psi it would give us approx. 50lbs of torque. This setup would add a little bit of lag so we thought that the trans will be safe. We also planned to swap the trans. with a manual or regular auto, but since this is my only vehicle at the moment I am not inclined to take that risk. Unless somebody has a solution in the future, I will leave it alone and not bother messing with the vehicle. As of now, we will make custom headers and up the exhaust pipe size from the resonator to the mufflers, re-tune one more time and that would be it... It is sad because I really wanted to succeed with this project...injectors, pistons, cams, springs... all the goodies, but I have to give up until there is a better solution how to handle the CVT. If you guys have any ideas or have a solution please educate me.
One of my lug nuts decided not to roll with me anymore aka fell off, and others are going bad so I am looking to replace the whole set. Now browsing Ebay I see the price varies from $32 to $60+ for one lug nut as stated... Am I missing something? I know English is my second language, but does that sound right to you LMAO Knowing that this kind of nut goes for $2.50 at Rockauto, Ebay sellers are outrages. Or maybe it is a typo?! Ha!
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Tonight it was a fun night. Unexpected line up included M35, TL and my "Nina". I appreciated the fair play and the use of turn signals before switching lanes. Safe play. Team "Nina" was undefeated and left the scene with a significant advantage. I didn't really open it up too much, just about 40%, because it is hard to spot a cop at night... It is always satisfying to see that your car can move, isn't it? :D
First time doing Clay bar. Man this is a serious workout! Next time , I will make sure I eat bigger breakfast. The bar picked up some dirt, over spray and build up. On some areas I could feel the difference. Overall the car was pretty clean. Is there "WOW"?- Not really. Polish and wax later on when the sun comes down.