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My "L29" build.

I've been assembling an album of photos of my engine build over last couple of months, so I thought I'd share it here, just in case it's interesting to anyone contemplating something similar.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folde...jA?usp=sharing

It's not finished yet - last weekend I f****d up the cam tower threads by following the pictures in 'how to rebuild your nissan OHC' and torqued them to 33ft-lb

So the head's with a friend being helicoiled. Should get it (and the sump) back from him at the end of the week.
If I don't screw anything else up, it should be in the car within a couple more weekends.
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Old 24-05-2015, 07:45 PM
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What are you saying it should be? I've rebuilt a couple of heads using that book and never had a problem.
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It's 10-12. The book has a table at the back listing the right torque, but the text with the pictures is wrong.
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Wow big difference have to bare that it mind the next time.
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I've finally got my engine finished and installed - can't wait to put a few miles on it. I haven't taken it over 3250 rpm yet, but it feels very strong.
Final spec: 2915 cm3, C/R 11.3:1 with my old E88 head and Kent P284 cam.



Bonus is that I finally put the polyurethane steering coupler on that I bought from Mike a few months ago and it's fixed my slightly twitchy steering. I'm a bit sad that I changed EVERY other bit of rubber in the steering or suspension first trying to hunt it down.
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Bonus is that I finally put the polyurethane steering coupler on that I bought from Mike a few months ago and it's fixed my slightly twitchy steering. I'm a bit sad that I changed EVERY other bit of rubber in the steering or suspension first trying to hunt it down.
Glad that you can enjoy that engine - you'll become addicted to torque now.

THAT has been THE part to change if nothing else on a Z since the late '80s - did you not hear the advice ?
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THAT has been THE part to change if nothing else on a Z since the late '80s - did you not hear the advice ?
I did! but I also heard advice about changing every other part
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....but I also heard advice about changing every other part
afterwards if there's no immediate improvement
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Looks great John hope it goes as well as it looks or better, well done come round would love to go for a spin

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Enjoy the torque,Del you ain't put the vid up yet
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Nice album JB! Most impressed !!

How long did it take you to do from pulling eng to putting her back in?

Also, did you do all the work in a lock up?
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Bought the l28 engine back in August 2014 , so taken since then. It's been pretty leisurely!
Yes, all in my metal single garage.
More space would be nice.
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My "L29" build.

Good man!!!

Would love to rebuild mine in my garage, which is not too dissimilar in size to yours - but with two toddlers and a longish commute, time is a premium and I fear I will forever be looking at a pile of ever rusting parts
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That looks fantastic, out of interest, hope you don't mind me asking what does that rebuild stand you in at?
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About £3k total, breaks down as:
£1000 pistons & rods
£1000 engineering work - skimming & boring block, skimming head, measuring up for boring, cleaning everything properly, baffling the sump a bit better, helicoiling the cam tower etc
£600 seals, gaskets, bearings, timing kit etc
£150 for the used L28
£100 for the adjustable cam sprocket

can't remember where the rest went :-)
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