drpchuynh

Restoration of "One-eighty-seven"

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    Looks beautiful, very nice job!   Just a few quick comments.  My  early '70 did not come with decals on the air filter so I am thinking that you would not need those.  I am not sure when the decals started showing up, but I would guess yours did not come with those originally.  Also, the timing chain cover looks unique.  Mine has ridges in it.  Maybe the early ones were flat like in your picture.

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    Thanks Rich! Hopefully you can sort out the rest and match the dilapidated chassis to this engine. Yes it's my understanding that the decals came later. JDM-CAR-PARTS list the dates for the decals as 71-72. I don't have them on any of my Series 1. As for the timing chain covers, it looks like the #1610 is similar to the #187. The later ones have the ridges. Hope that helps. IMG_20180729_191523.jpg

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    3 minutes ago, drpchuynh said:

    Interesting that this part is painted. IMG_20180729_194728.jpg

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    Possibly an over-zealous refresh. Here is a photo before the refresh:

     

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    Here is another (with green distributor cap too)

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    Engine back in!

     

    Rod said the brake master cylinder was "making my engine look ugly." So he built a period-correct one using a Tokico.

     

    I noticed the reservoirs were backwards so I asked him about it, and he explained, "That master cylinder that was on the car was for a 280z. So the brake lines were hooked up wrong, the front to the rear the rear to the front. Not great for breaking."

     

    Looking forward to firing her up! PhotoGrid_1532983977786.thumb.jpg.cdff77ec3036d935b2f829dc6d24a50e.jpg20180730_134818.jpg.61843cf0c6d6cf39581f5b32b98a53db.jpg8150.jpeg.500abac14b878facee3b434bdaca53a7.jpeg8151.jpeg.b3646d8aadac8a35f9aa2319508b9554.jpeg

     

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    Rod is doing a FANTASTIC job with your engine!  The pictures really tell the story and make all of us appreciate how much work it takes to get all the details just right.  Looking forward to more progress updates.

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    Thanks Hardway! I'll relay your message to him. I'm always amaze at how quickly he does things, and how knowledgeable he is with the internals of each working parts. It's easy to buy new to replace broken ones, but to have the "engineering" knowledge to tear down and rebuild 40+ year old parts that are no longer available takes a special kind of expertise.  Kudos to all of you tinkers out there that can do this sort of stuff. Hopefully you can pass that knowledge on so these cars will always have a mechanic/restorer that will keep them on the road for years to come.

     

     

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    Last Sunday we fired her up! Here's the link to the completed video. If you don't have time to watch the entire video, feel free to jump to minute 3:50.



    I tried uploading the video here but I think it's too large of a file. I spliced and edited the video with descriptive captions to help my viewers, especially the novice DIY-ers like myself, navigate the thought process of a master mechanic as he systematically works through the process of getting an engine fired up and idled correctly. Most of you on here probably do this in your sleep, so you'll find the descriptions elementary.

    Have a great Labor Day weekend and enjoy the video!

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