Nice Joe!!! How long have you had her? Clean! Are you liking the motor? Often debate these as a daily, diesel and 4 door, still haven’t seen the price gouging, but hear not nice things about the heads especially.
Not Cruiser related but I spent a few hours on Mon building a new clutch cable for my Nissan. Necessity is the mother of invention. Stock cable snapped in my driveway. Tried to buy a new one at an auto parts store w/ the help of a ride from my neighbor but it was the wrong one. Didn’t want to ask for another ride later in the day for the right part so I got creative w/ parts I had kicking around. First two pictures are stock broken cable.
I had cable leftover from an ex who took them off his seaplane pontoons. It was the same thickness and in decent shape. I made crimps from steel c clips meant for binding together animal cages bent around a drift punch. Squeezed tight w/ a vice grips and welded inplace. I cut the threaded end off and welded it to the new cable crimps I made as well.
Went and bought the autozone one last night to have as a spare but so far my fabricated cable is holding.
Last two pics are the ends from the stock cable shown w/ the ends I made and welded on.
If it’s not completely obvious, I’m thoroughly impressed w/ myself.
So I recently found broken pistons after a whim compression test reveal 2&5 lower than when I had the head rebuilt two years ago.
This past weekend I pulled the block by myself. I’m damn proud I did this alone... I’m not a big person but I got creative and was able to pull the hoist back easily (it’s a borrowed huge hoist) w/ a 4’ length of 2x4. Just kept wedging it under the bar parallel to the front crossmember and pulling back. Literally was no sweat.
Since pulling I got it on a stand last night. Again just me.
If it wasn’t for mud I’m sure I would never have gone this far. That and I love this stupid hunk of 32 year old crappy Japanese metal.
Many think I’m crazy because I don’t use air tools or much else powered. I prefer the stength of my hands, a pry bar or adding various lengths of pipe to my wrench handles. For me, I feel I’d break stuff if I used power. Don’t get me wrong, I do have a 18v impact wrench and I do now have a nice old air compressor but so far this is what’s worked for me.
That’s how I got the HB nut too.
Just thought I’d share. Wish I was out running trails w/ the club but instead, here I’ll be this summer spending all my free time deep in this engine, again. Honestly, I love it and who could ask for a better homeschool project than this?! Lucky little boy of mine. He’ll be blown away when he gets home and sees what his Mom did this weekend (as well as I worked 3-11 both Sat and Sun too)!