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  1. Figured this may interest some. Located in my hometown but I haven't had the chance to take a look at it yet. http://www.kijiji.ca/v-classic-cars/winnipeg/1972-datsun-240z/1166727950?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true The Datsun 240Z has been in storage 43 years 2000 original miles, repair in 1973 was done on the right front fender and the whole car was repainted ( difficulty matching paint ) , Interior needs to be reinstalled. Asking: $9900 CDN
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    L28 Rebuild? Swap? Leave Alone?

    Found TDC by using the method I mentioned above. It's the middle marker of the 5 of the damper. Once lined up on the middle marker, the cam timing marker was exactly matched as well. I separated the engine from the transmission which was way, way, way, way easier than expected. Now to clean it up and swap it with the one that's in the car now. I'm making it sound way easier than it probably is.
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    L28 Rebuild? Swap? Leave Alone?

    haha, yeah I wasn't actually planning on using the dipstick either. It's just a comment I found elsewhere but I liked the idea of finding TDC using that method.
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    L28 Rebuild? Swap? Leave Alone?

    I'm gonna try this method later to get a more precise TDC. "Now pull the oil dip stick out and put it in the # 1 spark plug hole. Put a 27 mm socket on the crankshaft damper pulley bolt and turn the engine clockwise with a ratchet until the dip stick just starts to go down. Put a chalk mark on the damper pulley where 0 TDC pointer is. Now turn the crank the other direction (counter-clockwise) until the dip stick starts to go down again. Mark the damper pulley one more time. Exactly half way between the two chalk marks is true TDC."
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    L28 Rebuild? Swap? Leave Alone?

    I put a pencil in #1 spark plug hole and slowly moved the crank until the pencil didn't move up any further. Super scientific! I know!
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    L28 Rebuild? Swap? Leave Alone?

    The engine was at TDC for both the damper & cam marker pics. I'll grab the 240z marker from my other engine to see where it lines up here. Or would this mean that the 2nd notch from the right is the correct one as the engine is at TDC in that photo?
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    L28 Rebuild? Swap? Leave Alone?

    Valves & pistons look pretty dirty but I'm not sure what's a normal amount of carbon build up. Whatever was on the pistons was pretty soft so I'm wondering if that would just burn off or get blown out once it was started. Pics are not great but I was just using what I had kicking around. First piston picture is the cleanest one and the 2nd pic is what most of the others look like. What's normal wear on the timing chain guides? Can't see that well from this picture but the notch is slightly to the left of the marking on the cam when at TDC. About half of the notch was to the left of the marking. I don't fully understand these numbers and markings yet. This is where the timing marks are on the damper but which notch is the one that is supposed to be used? I'm starting to think I might toss this engine in the car to see how it runs and end up rebuilding my other engine that's in the car right now. It's been leaking oil from a number of places for a while and could use some refreshing.
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    L28 Rebuild? Swap? Leave Alone?

    Amazing what adjusting the valves can do! It seemed the clearances were way off initially. Couldn't even fit a .006 for some of the intake lobes. I adjusted the valves to .010 for intake and .012 for exhaust. Yes, I know those are what they're supposed to be hot but, I was trying to loosen them as Blue suggested. Here are the new numbers after the valve adjustment: 1 - 146 2 - 165 3 - 157 4 - 147 5 - 132 6 - 137 Things are looking a lot more even than when I first started but, still not ideal.
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    L28 Rebuild? Swap? Leave Alone?

    I'll give that a shot and see if there is any change. The intake is barely even attached so I'm pretty sure it has sufficient air but I'll double check. The block is also N42. Haha, yeah I'll probably take it apart but opinions and suggestions are always welcome from people who have done this all before. Thanks for the extra info about the other parts! I would have never known.
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    L28 Rebuild? Swap? Leave Alone?

    Took a bit of a closer look at the engine last night. It's an L28 with an N42 head. I managed to run a dry and wet compression test but the results were inconsistent at times. I could test a cylinder 3 times in a row and each test would be a little higher than the last. Ran a dry test twice. Tested all cylinders and then tested them all again because I was seeing inconsistencies. Cylinder # 1 - 105 dry, 120 dry, 130 wet 2 - 140 dry, 143 dry, 157 wet 3 - 122 dry, 120 dry, 145 wet 4 - 98 dry, 123 dry, 135 wet 5 - 40 dry, 60 dry, 75 wet 6 - 90 dry, 92 dry, 110 wet Given the numbers I'm getting, I would say there are some issues that need to be looked at. Any because everyone likes pictures...
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    L28 Rebuild? Swap? Leave Alone?

    Wow, I wasn't expecting these well thought out responses. Thanks everyone! I'm leaning towards doing a tear down of the engine as I like learning new things. I have both "How to Rebuild Your Nissan & Datsun OHC Engine", and Frank Honsowetz's "How to Modify Your Nissan & Datsun OHC Engine". I've flipped through them but at the time it was just theory as I wasn't working on an engine at the time. I'll dig these out when I'm home. The spare engine also has a 4 speed attached to it so I suppose I could pull the starter off my running car and do a compression test on this engine before I pull it apart. I'd do a leak down test but I don't have the tool.
  12. I've got a spare engine which came with the Z that I purchased several years back. The spare was an engine that was used for "racing" but there were no details on the internals or what kind of racing. I'm looking for a project on the Z and an excuse to crack open an engine to get some hands on learning. Looking for opinions on what to do. (slow day at work) -swap it in and see how it runs -open it up to see if it's bone stock or not -tear it down for no reason besides putting it all back together for fun and learning Side note, currently have a running L28 in the car now and have never pulled an engine apart.
  13. I dropped my front crossmember to find I had 2 different engine mounts. Is one wrong or from a different model? Or a no-name engine mount? The one on the left looks correct.
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    Compression rod sleeve removal

    Got one with a chisel and hammer but the other was stubborn. I gave it to a local machine shop to remove. Most likely with heat which I don't have access to.
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