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Postby way2fst4u » Wed Jun 03, 2009 11:53 am

We gotta hang out then...I know CA pretty well...I put $30k a year on my bike and another 30-40k a year in the truck.
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Postby Cronk » Sat Jun 06, 2009 9:41 pm

Ok, got a few updates.....

I was originally going with 15" wheels, that has changed.

Found some 17" Nissan wheels that I liked.

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And some slightly used non-blem 255-75-17 Goodrich tires.
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Kinda out of order but I think they'll look good on it.
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Postby Van_Homan » Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:03 pm

255-75-17


How big are those compared to 31's, 32's , 33's ?

What model Nissan was those from?
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Postby Jaybird » Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:12 pm

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Postby Cronk » Sun Jun 07, 2009 12:10 am

Yes, thay are 32" tires.

The wheels came off of a supercharged version of the Nissan Frontier

Like this one: http://memimage.cardomain.com/ride_imag ... _large.jpg
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Postby way2fst4u » Sun Jun 07, 2009 12:13 pm

Should look nice!
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Postby Cronk » Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:42 pm

Update, got the hood open today. Kind of a PIA with the grille guard. Engine bay was super clean, battery was all corroded though. Took it out, swapped in the one from the Parts Trooper, turned the key and it started up on about the fifth cycle. The thing had sit for almost two years. Started up and ran on stale gas.

I drove it around, it has a miss like it's only running on 3 cylinders. No water in the oil, no oil in the water. Figure I'll start with the simple stuff and go from there.
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Postby Van_Homan » Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:31 pm

cronk wrote:Update, got the hood open today. Kind of a PIA with the grille guard. Engine bay was super clean, battery was all corroded though. Took it out, swapped in the one from the Parts Trooper, turned the key and it started up on about the fifth cycle. The thing had sit for almost two years. Started up and ran on stale gas.

I drove it around, it has a miss like it it's only running on 3 cylinders. No water in the oil, no oil in the water. Figure I''ll start with the simple stuff and go from there.


Great news. Should help move the project along not having to drop alot of coin getting it running. :wink:
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Postby lowzone » Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:43 am

cronk wrote:Also found a chrome Valve cover that I'll add after I fix whatever is wrong with the engine.
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so you OUTBID ME....nice thanks pal.... :)
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Postby Cronk » Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:22 am

Great news. Should help move the project along not having to drop alot of coin getting it running. Wink


Yep, gotta love Isuzus...... well, Isuzus and mechanically inept college students........ :lol: I hope it is something simple. I'll do a compression check first chance I get.

so you OUTBID ME....nice thanks pal.... Smile


:lol: :lol: Sorry man. Kinda figured it was you..... it didn't go as high as I expected though, guess others were bidding on the cam and headers. I wanted those too but you have to draw your limits, I opted out for a bit of bling this time.
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Postby lowzone » Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:45 pm

its all good. i figured if i got it for 40.00, cool, if not, no loss. rather put the money into my V6 truck anyway, atleast that one is almost finished (waiting on exhaust parts)
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Postby Metal88 » Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:59 pm

NICE! project man it looks like a sweet ride
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Postby beto » Wed Jun 10, 2009 7:48 pm

cronk wrote:Ok, got a few updates.....

I was originally going with 15" wheels, that has changed.

Found some 17" Nissan wheels that I liked.

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And some slightly used non-blem 255-75-17 Goodrich tires.
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Kinda out of order but I think they'll look good on it.



Man I love these 17's. They are so nice!!!!! You got to post a pic of these mounted on your Troop!!!!!!!!

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Postby lowzone » Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:05 pm

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i like them too :)

the 255 75 17s are actually 32.1" tall, more of a 32" then a say a 32x11.5x15 which usually only measures 31.5" :)

those BFGs, youll love them. im getting another set as the ones i had bought mounted and balanced were the wrong offset, so i gave them to my brother for his FJ and they have 10k on them and dont show ANY wear on them.
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Postby Cronk » Thu Jun 11, 2009 5:29 pm

Looks like the offset will be just about right then.

Ron what ever happened to that silver truck? do you ever see it?
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Postby Cronk » Sun Jun 14, 2009 3:21 am

It's late, the cable is out so what more to do than screw with some old pictures. Here's another paint concept image.

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Postby Cronk » Sun Jun 14, 2009 9:10 pm

Worked on the truck today for a bit.

Cleaned it up some more, wiping away years of grime that was stuck to underbeath the grille and hood. Removed the bumpers, cleaned some more.

Also changed out the plugs. The cylinder closest to the radiator (#1?) had pure black plug, the rest were fairly clean. After changing the plugs, I fired it up. Nothing new, still running like it's on 3 cylinders. Sooo, I concluded that that black plug wasn't right. Pulled the wire and it ran the same. Bingo, that's my dead cylinder! I verified it wasn't a bad plug wire by sticking one of my old plugs on there, it sparked so it wasn't that simple. Next to check the compression. Problem is, I have two compression testers at my shop back home. They don't do me much good there. Plan to go to Kragen and see if they have one in their loan a tool program.

Came back and readied the shop at my rental.
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Postby Metal88 » Wed Jun 24, 2009 1:27 am

so since your selling the other one are you gona make this your daily drive car or sick --- off road troop or both?
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Postby Cronk » Wed Jun 24, 2009 2:18 pm

I plan to do both. First goal is to get it running, second is to get it looking good, third is to try it out...... I may try it out before doing the body work.

I haven't made much progress lately. Spent the last weekend transfering the RS bumpers from this one to the desert tan one. I'll post progress as I make it.
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Postby Cronk » Wed Jul 15, 2009 1:23 am

Brought back my compression tester when I traveled home. (Boy did that confuse the heck out of the TSA .....) Used it to check the compression in cylinder 1, it hardly even registered. Cylinder 2 showed 110 psi though. :? Looks like the head is coming off.

Pulled the driver's side fender and door and cleaned the inner panels. Also removed the rear window, sanded down the rust spots that were around the it and addressed a few other minor rust areas. The rust was just starting to flake and hadn't broken through yet so I'm lucky there.
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Postby Cronk » Thu Jul 16, 2009 11:22 pm

Pulled the head tonight. Couldn't find any real signs to why the cylinder had no compression. I thought a bad gasket would show an obvious sign.
Only major note was that the head bolts seemed to break loose at different points. Front ones were fine, the rears were a bit different.... Maybe that was it

I did find a positive......
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AMC good.......:D


Bottom of head
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Top of motor.
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I'll take the head to a machine shop tomorrow, have it checked for cracking and warping. PMed Jerry and should have a gasket set coming soon.
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Postby Metal88 » Fri Jul 17, 2009 1:51 am

the head doesnt look that bad... it doesnt show signs of over heating
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Postby Cronk » Fri Jul 17, 2009 6:06 pm

The head doesn't look that bad... it doesn't show signs of over heating


Asa matter of fact, sounds like you're right. I just dropped it off at the machine shop. The shop owner said burnt exhaust valve. He knew it was an Isuzu head at first glance. Said he sees a lot of them. Gave me an estimate of $225.00 to check it for cracking, replace the exhaust valves and true it and the exhaust manifold up. I think that's a pretty fair price.

Asked Surfer Joe about the cylinder walls. (couldn't feel any ridges at the tops of the cylinders or see any machine marks) Sounds like the truck must have had a newer replacement engine due to the lack of ridges with so many miles on the clock.
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Postby squatch » Fri Jul 17, 2009 7:50 pm

I've seen 2.6s with lots of miles and no ridges. No reason to believe it is replacement motor. The cyl walls don't normally wear bad in these motors if the oil was changed.
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Postby Cronk » Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:40 am

Hopefully the sucker will hold up long enough to keep going a few more years.

Did some more work on it today and since the head is at the machine shop and the gasket set in the mail, I took atvantage of some free time.

First off, I ran across some scrap pieces of stainless mesh in a building we were going to tear down at work. I figured they'd make a nice grille insert. Cut them to size and mocked them into place. It needs a bit more work but it looks OK.
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Also made a cargo deck out some maple hardwood and misc metal scrap.

Started with two small pieces of angle iron along the top of the interior panels. Secured it with bolts
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Buttoned the panel back on.
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Inserted the panel
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From further away. Carpet needs cleaned still.
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For the deck, I'm going to paint the angle pieces black, then stain the wood black and give it a few good coats of varnish.
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