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02/18/10 - STARTUP!!!! (And wire loom...  ...  and another coolant leak)


Mike McGinnis ( came over, set a few parameters, and now that the main relay control was working, it fired almost immediately.  There is some slight top end noise, but it already seems to be going away.  If you look back into the summer's posts, you can see my valve lash procedure.  I think it just needs to settle in.

Here's a video:
Youtube - Newman Skyline Swap 1st Start

I'm soooo stoked.  I've been working on this for 3.5 years.  It all came down to this.  Awesome.

My joy was a little overshadowed by the fact that I had ANOTHER coolant leak. At first I thought it was the head gasket, which would have killed me.  It turned out though, that a hose had cracked and was a spraying coolant on the head.  There was also a leak in the RTV at the waterpipe that joins the head to the intake manifold to the upper water neck, shown here:

I attribute this to the fact that I clear coated the parts and did not scotch brite them before installing the RTV.

So I had to disassemble the whole intake manifold.  Ew.  Only took an hour or so.  OnyxZ32 helped me out.

Shitty, but it's all part of the process.  Since the paper gaskets tore upn removal, I ordered some Greddy metal intake manifold gaskets from autocat51...  Once they arrive I can button everything back up.

Also since the car now ran, I can button up the interior wiring.  No more gross mess.  Wire loom is a beautiful thing:



And since I forgot to earlier, here's a shot of my Billet specialties surge tank cap and my BINGS.CA oil cap...

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