This is a site built by a buddy of mine (StudioRhoad.com) to document the progress of my project 620 build that Iím doing. I hope I have the patience to continue adding and updating as I move further along with the project. I will also be blogging about general stuff in my life as I experience them. Feel free to check out my About page for more info and background.

Archive for December, 2008

Posted by Chad on December 31, 2008

Garage Cleanup!!

Garage cleanup1

Garage cleanup2

Garage cleanup3

Ok the garage was a wreck!! So Scott started the clean up and Kathy and I went to Home Depot and bought some new shelves and bins and below is the results of our two day project.

Garage cleanup4

garage cleanup5

MUCH MORE CONDUSIVE TO A WORK GARAGE!! I was able to get rid of the axle and two wheels sitting in front of the 620 frame since the picture was taken.

This is the end of the updates for a short while until I get more done. I will update as soon as I can.

Posted by Chad on December 31, 2008

Mounting the rear subframe

rear frame support1

Rear frame support2

I had to put some angle iron in place to hold the frame in place when I chopped it for fabbing. I also used a jack in the back for support just in case the angle iron wanted to sag.

The 2nd picture shows where I started moving the frame over to setup for mounting the rear most mounting point of the rear subframe. The farest point of the inner frame rail back across to the outer edge of the standard frame rail is 9 and 1/8th inches. It’s 24 and 3/4th inches from the end of the frame to the cutting point of the frame. And it’s aproximately 2 and 3/4th inches from the tower mounting point for the bed of the truck to the bend of the frame.

Frame chop1

frame chop2

It should line up fine like this. I will have to get the height right though on the subframe when mounting it.

frame chop3

frame chop4

frame chop5

This is as far as I got until last night but that was after some serious garage clean up!! I will go out and take pictures later after I finish the other side too.

Posted by Chad on December 31, 2008

Parts, Pieces and Custom!!

clutch, pressure and 10lb Fly

1620 Ironman clutch and Pressure plate and 10 pound Flywheel. All from Competition Clutch.

Power FC

S13 SR20det Power FC with Commander. Figured that I might as well do it right the first time around.

parts1

Parts2

  • 20g Turbo that I bought from TigerRacing here in Atlanta
  • GReddy Style intake plenum
  • 650cc SARD Injectors
  • Mallory 30-100psi Fuel Regulator
  • MSD external Fuel pump
  • Hybrid Intercooler
  • Top Mount manifold
  • BC Springs and Retainers
  • Greddy style BOV
  • Z32 mafs
  • Strut tower bars
  • JDM wood steering wheel
  • Just about every gauge you can think of
  • New Toshiba laptop to help tune the power FC and because I needed a new one. :)

Greddy E-01

The new boost controller and a bottom mount manifold because the top mount isn’t gonna work with the 20g. 20g has a T2 flange and the Top Mount has a T3/T4. :(

Willwood stuff

Willwood stuff2

Decided to get rid of all the crap in the engine bay because I’m gonna need all the room that I can get to make the frikk’n SR20det to fit.

Fuel Cell

16 gallon foam fuel cell for to mount in the rear for weight control and the foam will keep it from sloshing all around when drifting and throwing the truck off balance.

Exhaust

Bought a cool dual 4″ tip exhaust at RIPgarage. I think this will look baller hanging out of the back!!

Welder3200

Bought myself a new Lincoln Electric 3200 so I can get better welds.

I still have to buy:

  • Wheels
  • Coilovers
  • driveshaft
  • Muffler
  • hydraulic hand brake, probably ksport
  • Radiator fan/s
  • all lines/fuel, brake, clutch, etc,.
  • Radiator
Posted by Chad on December 31, 2008

The engine break down

head gasket1

head gasket3

I bought this motor for $750. I was aware that there were a few problems with it and that I may need a new head. But that was suppose to be the extent of it. As you can see, the dude that I bought this thing from really has no reason to be working on motors. RTV on a head gasket??? Multiple bolts missing on the head and several other little issues that would’ve been caught by someone with general experience.

head

The head is shot! Can’t fix that and expect any performance. It’s about a 64th deep.

Posted by Chad on December 31, 2008

The Cops are Here!!

Cop Lights

My girlfriend is the best!! This was my birthday present (Dec 5th) from her! I know, it’s cheesy. But I like them and I think it’s frikk’n sweet!! Now I gotta figure how to mount them on the truck!

Posted by Chad on December 31, 2008

*LATE LATE UPDATE* Frontend mounted.

Subframe mounted

**Read the bottom of this post to see why I’ve been absent for so long.**

We got the front subframe mounted with little effort. I was quite suprised with how easy it was to get it on there. I cut off the “ears” of the subframe to clean it up some. I also added bracing in front of it so that I can move the motor closer to the front. The subframe had to be mounted in this location so that hubs would line up with the factory wheel alignment in relation to the fenders. When I measured the motor in its current location to the where it sits on the subframe it will put the motor in the firewall by 3 inches. Thats the point of adding the motor mounts in front of the factory mounting points.

clean

After a little clean up and paint.

suspension and rack attached

The frame on the truck is considerably narrower than the 240. I gotta figure out what I’m gonna do about the tie rods. They won’t fit for the truck. And I don’t think I can weld anything to the ends to get them to reach the front mountig points without being to flimsy. I think I can use the factory datsun tie rods and just redrill the holes on the ends.

Looks like I’m gonna have some issues with the rack too. The sway bars are going to need tabs welded for the mounting points as well.

rack issue

Here’s the obvious issue with the rack and a closer look at the welds. I’m going to go over the welds again when I get a better welder.

Since the bolts on the gear box are “A-Symmetrical” I just removed the bolts and turned the gearbox cap two positions and reinserted the bolts. Hopefully this will work without any henderance to performance of the gearbox. Now all ports face away from the frame and subframe.

swaybar mounts

This is a look at the passenger side sway bar mount. It’s obviously gonna get a mounting tab.

Motor mounted

Ok, next issue is the turbo elbow. It’s pointing right at the frame. We ordered a V-mount setup with braided flex pipe from ATPturbo.com so we can fab up our own turbo elbow. Everything needed was just under $300. Quite expensive for just a custom Turbo Elbow.

I’m also gonna need to make a tranny mount too.

I didn’t take pictures, but with the motor mounted forward on the new mounts it was hitting the steering rack along with the turbo elbow completely covering the path for the steering shaft to the gearbox. The swaybar was hitting to oil pan too. So I had to move the motor back to its original mounting point on the subframe.

Engine bay1

Engine Bay2

Ok, after some cleanup and trimming the fairewall for the motor fitment. This is the color I’m thinking of going with.

Cabin gutted and cut

I had to remove the dash to make room for the new pedal assembly, wiring and gauges.

All of this stuff even though it says December 30th, 2007. It was all done over this past summer. I’ve been on the road working for AT&T and haven’t been working on the truck much because I haven’t been home.

I was able to order most of the parts needed to finish the project. I’m still going to be on the road for a few more months but will be updating as much as possible and building as often as possible.