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Old 08-01-2012, 09:53 AM   #51
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Thanks, I would like to have an apprentice to pass on my 47 years of experience but the commute would be a bitch.
You're smart to realize you need practical experience to go with your education. Our young engineers can't run anything but a PC. They can't get the concept of fit, form and function. They can design a $2000 water pump but Pep Boys sells them for $50.
I'm going to set up the mill on the plenum hopefully this week. Got to leave town this weekend so more delays. I think I will just stay after work and get it done.
Next summer internship? haha I'd come out there for the summer.
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:10 PM   #52
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I think you are worthy of it, grasshopper. Bring your Z too. I started my apprenticeship when I was 19.
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:10 AM   #53
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ok if you're being serious, could you PM me stuff about your shop and any kind of official paperwork i could take a look at about the intern/apprentice position? That'd be pretty kewl. I have to get my Z working first haha Have you heard anything about "webcamshafts". I was going to get my stock one reground where it would give me a little boost in power without having to change entire valvetrain. Just had to add lash pads.
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:13 PM   #55
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Slow goin but I got the electric water pump on.
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Old 08-09-2012, 06:25 AM   #56
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:47 PM   #57
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Made a little progress last week on the manifold. I got a super damper to modify since there doesn't seem to be one for the VH. Have to bore it out and press on a seal sleeve. Bought a 750 ft lb impact to get the damper bolt loose.
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:10 PM   #58
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Almost ready for welding. Blended the lower runners to the flanges. Made a weld fixture.
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Old 09-25-2012, 03:17 PM   #59
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it all lined up good, really good. Now off to my friends at MadDog Racing for the welding this weekend!
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:35 PM   #60
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Got it home for one last check fit.
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:09 PM   #61
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So how long before you bust out the turbo's?
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:34 AM   #62
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So how long before you bust out the turbo's?
So now you see where I'm going with this. For now, in the interest of getting it on the street, I'm keeping it na. If I do, it will be a single rear mount so I don't have to re-do the exhaust. This car has been waiting 5 years an I am without the thrills of a Z.
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i got my car back with the new floors and frame and firewall, looks GREAT. Now i just gotta make a new harness.

Yours is looking great man! Keep it up!
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i got my car back with the new floors and frame and firewall, looks GREAT. Now i just gotta make a new harness.

Yours is looking great man! Keep it up!
Thanks, time to start your own build thread, I'm sure everyone would like to see it!
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Thanks, time to start your own build thread, I'm sure everyone would like to see it!
Well it doesnt help that I'm basically doing the same thing for school right now. Im on the SAE Formula Hybrid Design team for senior design and we basically have to design our car from scratch this year. Right now were developing our Dyno test bed setup to run a Honda engine and high powered electric motor. I'm in charge of getting the low voltage system to work. that includes making a new wiring harness to work with an ECU were purchasing and the Bosch sensors we got for free as a sponsor and I have to make a controller that handles the throttle signal because we decided to do throttle by wire. The other thing we're designing is a planetary gear set that allows us to handle the inputs from both the engine and motor. So i havent been able to really touch my datsun at all. This will be a good learning experience for when I make my datsun harness though.

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Maybe I'll get the manifold done THIS weekend but for now I got the fuel rails ready.
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:47 AM   #67
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Got the manifold finish welded by the best damn welder on the planet. Finished the damper. Going to send out the cam covers for polishing. Next I'll start the motor mounts.
Can't seem to upload pics just now, wtf.
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:37 AM   #68
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The damper is to short and it will hit the timing cover so I made a spacer by cutting off (in the lathe) a piece of the oem damper. Then I counterbored the new damper to get the 3/4" thread depth I wanted. Lengths are good now. I kept a little of the hub so I can bolt on a pulley or driver hub for my remote accessories.
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Nice build up! I am pretty sure someone out there makes an adapter plate for the z32 trans on the vh45, but if you are wanting to do it all yourself more power to you. I have finally made the decision to go this route myself, except maybe an Eaton supercharger mounted on top. I read an article somewhere the the m90 matches up perfectly with the vh45. You just cant beat the vh45 for the price and keeping it Nissan at the same time. Anyways great job, Ill be watching this for sure!
HEY! haha just found this I am doing a VH45 DE swap in my 90 330zx!! haha =) would love to see what urs looks like as to keep in touch on things bad and good w/ this swap! so hope to see some pics as i will get some up here when i get goin
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Sounds great! Before you decide check this out.
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Q45 throttle body

I cant see spending $400 on a throttle body so I modified the Q45 TB. The tps stuck out to far and interfered with the water neck. I took it to work and shortened the shaft and boss. Then I milled off all the unnessary stuff. The Q45 TB has ball bearings ans seals so I can boost it.
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:23 AM   #72
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BEAUTIFUL!!!! how long til it starts?
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:39 AM   #73
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Been very busy at work but managed to get this done for the remote filter. A test fit and then weld the fittings on.
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Made a little progress. Got the oil block welded up, I didn't like the old bolts so I counterbored it for stainless screws. Got a remote oil filter and a blow by oil can. Polished the fuel rails. Got a valve cover gasket set so I can pull those to get them polished or powder coated. Got the stainlessscrews and acorn nut kit for the valve covers.
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