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  1. Building an L28 (NA)

    Ok, it's been a while since I gave an update, so here it goes! Every wire in the car, from front to back, has been redone, replaced or discarded. The car runs on what is needed. No heater, no fan controls, no radio, no antenna switch - not even the fuel light was spared. The car runs on only what's needed, nothing more and nothing less. The issue with the idle and pilot jets is resolved, too. Idles and runs on all six cylinders now! I'm not sure what did it, but I replaced my filter, cleaned my tank, cleaned out the carbs as best as I could and messed around with the idle mixture - and eventually it worked! I've spent many hours now diving into every piece of literature I can find on DCOE carburetors and I've surely learned a lot to the point where I feel very comfortable working on these guys. What I couldn't find much on was what parts of the DCOE family (Weber, Mikuni, OER, Solex, etc.) is interchangeable - specifically talking about jets. What I learned is that Weber idle jets work as long as you get the appropriate seats for them. Mikuni Air Correctors work on these carburetors, too, and fit right into the emulsion tube. The mains, however, only seem to fit with OER ones. I went through a lot of different setups to find something that works for this engine and so far the perfect recipe seems to be: Mains: 135 Air: 160 Idle: 65(OER)/65F9(Weber) I am currently running 62.5 pilots, but it's a tad bit too lean when cruising. i've tried 70F8's and 70F9's and they're both too rich. My guess is that 65's should fit in perfectly, but they're still on their way from Japan since I'm going with the OER one. The F9 designation on Webers is the same as the OER. I also got a wideband hooked up now so I can get proper readings on this thing. At idle I'm currently sitting at 12.7-13 AFR, it goes up to 14 when cruising under 2kRPM (should richen up a bit with the 65's) and I get in the mid 12's at WOT, which seems to be the sweetspot for this engine.
  2. Building an L28 (NA)

    I've tried swapping plugs and it's only that cylinder. Haven't tried swapping wires, but the wires are brand new MSD spark plug wires. It could be the dizzy, but I don' think the issue is there once the car is under load above 3500-4k RPM, which is weird. The cap looks good, but I'm gonna try replacing that next. Compression check comes out healthy and strong. If the valves were an issue, I'd imagine the issue would be more noticeable at higher RPM, but it seems to only be an idle issue. It actually runs much better at higher RPM, which makes me think it's an issue with the idle in the carb since the mains take over right about that mark.
  3. Building an L28 (NA)

    I checked that and I get spark. The Cyl5 plug is wet and covered in fuel, whereas the others aren't. Still, unplugging Cyl5 does nothing to the engine and it still idles with 5 cylinders. I'm thinking maybe something is stuck (like the idle jet maybe?) and it springs to life once the mains kick on. Not sure why the plug would be wet, though.
  4. Building an L28 (NA)

    So it looks like it's just Cyl5 now, so it idles on 5cyl. Removing the spark plug does nothing on this cyl. I replaced all my plugs and issue persists. When I removed plug 5, I noticed that it smelt of fuel and that it was a bit wet around the ring. Does this mean it gets fuel, but no spark?
  5. Building an L28 (NA)

    I fear perhaps I might have to go down this route. i also don't have filters on my carbs yet - could dirt and crap have gotten in and clogged some bits up? Thanks for the advice! I feel like I'm always taking two steps forward and one step back, haha
  6. Building an L28 (NA)

    I checked those and nothing seems blocked. Even swapped them with ones from running cylinders and got nothing. This is really odd... I read online that someone screwed the mixture screws in too tight once and something got stuck so it didn't back out when he started richening them. I highly, highly doubt that's my issue, cause these are brand new carbs and I've been very gentle with pretty much everything. I'm gonna head back to the spark issue again. I tested spark from the wires straight from the dizzy, but I only visually inspected each plug. I didn't swap plugs (or can't remember if I did) or replace them or anything like that. I got some spare ones laying around. I'll replace those plugs with new ones and try again. Doesn't hurt to try.
  7. Building an L28 (NA)

    Wires are correct. I checked the idle jets and passage - used compressed air just in case. No change.
  8. Building an L28 (NA)

    You, gentlemen, are Wizards. After reading both your replies over, it grew on me that something wasn't running right. You guys are on a Sage level of Z Ownership - found out I was running on 4cyl when idling! No change in idle if I disconnect Cyl4 and Cyl5. I tested both cylinders for spark and got it - compression test comes out good. Adjusting the idle mixture screws, however, don't do anything. These are two different screws on two different carbs. I can hear the engine acting differently if I adjust every other idle mixture, but the ones over Cyl4 and 5 show no difference. Now underload (perhaps when the main circuits kick in?) the car pulls hard and sounds like it runs on all six. Anyone have any ideas what's going on? Perhaps mixture screws got something stuck at the bottom?
  9. Building an L28 (NA)

    Not really quiet, but not shouting by any means. It's a custom made Abarth exhaust tailored for my Z. It sounds a bit odd because of the way it was recorded + the way YouTube handles audio. Also helps if you have good speakers hooked up! (A laptop doesn't do it justice.) It sounds much, much deeper in person.
  10. Building an L28 (NA)

    Quick update: Bought a new harness and I'm going to strip the car down and re-do all the wiring. Figure I'm going to want to do that anyway. Hoping I find something along the way. Here's the sound of the car with the carbs better tuned (Getting a hang of it!)
  11. Building an L28 (NA)

    1. Yup 2. Nope - nothing disturbing alt from what I can see 3. Haven't tried running without alt yet. Will try this and report back! 1977 280z The stock motor had 0 issues. These problems appeared the moment I did the engine swap. That's why I thought I might have had an improper ground - but I can't find any. You know what, the other day my "door open, key in ignition" chime was sounding reaaaally funny. I just assumed it had something to do with the 16v+ being pumped out. But yeah, the voltage drop issue does sometimes appear when just inserting my key into the ignition - sometimes not. Usually it appears if I cause the volt drop, the turn off the car and remove the key and NOT WAIT long enough before putting my key back into the ignition. If I wait like 2-3 minutes, it usually doesn't do it, but if I insert the key immediately after having removed it (and doing something that causes the volt drop) the voltage drops again, even with no accessories on. Eventually comes back up again. Really weird. I haven't dug into much behind the dash yet. Maybe that's where my problem lies.
  12. Building an L28 (NA)

    The alternator is new. So far, I've tried the stock alternator, a newer alt with internal voltage regulator (did the bypass trick) and now a new alt with external regulator hooked up to a brand new voltage regulator. All produced same results. I'll try to run it without an alt altogether and see what readings I'll get! Haven't tried that yet! I get the same symptoms with pretty much every accessory, except for turn signals. At times of short, turning off the car and removing my key brings voltage back, but simply inserting my key into the ignition (without waiting a bit) results in the drop again, even with everything off.
  13. Building an L28 (NA)

    Yup, with engine running. Not running shows the standard 12.x. Meter is good and tested. I might actually still be hitting 17v - I didn't linger long enough to get an accurate reading. As I was getting a reading, I noticed that the link was burning up again so I turned the car off. But I did see "16.x" show up on the screen before I put the meter down. How should I go about checking it for shorts without the battery connected? Thanks for the help! EDIT: You can see a little smoke coming from where the fusible link is right at the end of the video
  14. Building an L28 (NA)

    Having some more wonderful electrical issues :/ To try and attempt diagnosing my electrical issues, I've reverted most of the electrics to stock: New Externally regulated alternator New voltage regulator New battery cables (x2) New OEM Fusible links With key set to "ON" - Alternator reads 12.20v Fusible Links read 12.20v Battery reads 12.23v As soon as I turn on my headlights, the volt gauge in the car drops to 0. Running lights, parking lights and dome light won't come on. Same effect occurs if I try to turn on the fan, use wipers or hazard lights. Headlights come on and turn signals work. One of the brake lights also causes the "short" issue, but with that particular light disconnected the issue no longer occurs. Swapping bulbs with one that does work still causes same issue in that particular light. Still, Alternator reads 12.20v Fusible Links read 12.20v Battery reads 12.23v I checked the ground wire from negative battery - good. I checked my fusebox - good. When I first made the swap, the alternator was pushing out 17v before I swapped it. It may have fried something along the way, but I don't know what. Today, however, after getting a brand new battery, voltage popped above 16v again. Dome lights come on. Headlights come on, but I can see my fusible link (Alt/Battery one) is burning up. Any ideas? Thanks!
  15. Building an L28 (NA)

    Thanks bud! Eiji is very knowledgable and really knows his stuff. I bought the exhaust from Abarth Exhausts: http://www.abarth-exhausts.com/datsun/ If you scroll down, you'll actually find my exhaust as an 'alternative' version of the stock exhaust setup. Owner decided to offer it as a special order since I requested to have a much bigger inlet. I bought two of them. One is on the car. The other is on display in the house Motor is amazing! Feels like going from a plastic knife to a Katana. It really is that sharp! Low-End torque is great, but she really prefers to be past the 4k marker. I honestly thought my speedometer was busted for a while there, until I went up against my friend's WS6 Firebird. The real power is up there, but due to how fast it gets there, I'm not complaining! Really is a blast to drive. Currently having lots of electrical issues, though! Yeah, that cannot be right. My stock L28 got around 140 to the wheels. As i mentioned above, I went against my friend's WS6 Firebird and my Z flies past it. No way your motor should be making that little. Check your tune!
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