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    Ivan - 1986 Nissan SWB MK Patrol Rusto-Mod

    So I make some EFI conversion parts for L-Series Datsun engines, and I wanted my own L-Series powered car so I didn't have to rely on others for test fitting things. Plus I like shit cars.

    I didn't want a L4 powered car, nothing L4 really appeals to me. I didn't want a L6 Z-Car. I'm not really a Z-Car kind of guy.

    I decided I wanted a MQ/MK Patrol SWB. I've been looking for a while and gave up, so I bought a ex-farm Datsun 720 Single Cab Z22 4x4. I started making plans to efi/turbo swap the Z22 engine and a unicorn appeared on my facebook.

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    This is the exact spec I was chasing. L28 / 5 Speed / Power Steering / Air Con / Not Fucked / Decent Paint.

    I live in Brisbane, the car was in Gippsland. Some PF legends went and took a look for me to suss it out. Thanks Lurch and Sloth.

    As some of you might be know, my 1982 Datsun Bluebird was also sourced from Gippsland (Sale) 11 years earlier.

    Plans were made, flights booked. PSI999 and myself flew down and picked it up and started the drive home.

    We stopped at the local Supercheap, bought a 10L jerry can, 20L water container, a fuel filter and some oil.

    About 2 hours into our journey we hit a cross-roads and opted to take a route which Google Maps promised would take less time.

    This route took us through the Snowy River National Park and onto Kosciuszko National Park. We did around 130kms on a dirt track track. The last 2 hours were in the dark.

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    We arrived safely in Jindabyne with no idea how much fuel we had in the tank. The sender has a mind of its own. Stayed the night and headed for Sydney the next day. 380kms driving on day 1.

    With a tank full of fresh fuel the car felt alot better, running better and better. The big downhill sections out of Canberra really helped and the carby was freeing up. Average speed of 115kph and using 12L/100kms.

    On the way to Sydney we made a quick stop at Belanglo State Forest. The spiritual home of the shorty. It turns out Australia's most famous early SWB Patrol owner used to frequent the forest giving tours to backpackers.

    I don't usually name my cars, but I feel "Ivan" is a good name for my shorty.

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    We made a stop at a fella datto guys place and I picked up a L28E EFI intake and a turbo manifold J-Pipe for the project. While looking over the car Mark-the-datto-guy spotted the fan belt was just about to fail. It had delaminated in 1 section.

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    He ran and grabbed on from his extensive collection and in 20mins it was replaced.

    Onwards to Port Maquarie, we made it there by 4pm, setup for the night in some meth-shack motel, found a pub and grabbed dinner. 800kms driving on day 2.

    Day 3, up early and hit the road. Zero issues, no problems. Enjoyed the new coast road from Coffs to Brisbane. I was home by 2pm. 609km driving on day 3.

    The little car made the distance with ease and kept getting better and better.


    more coming
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    this rules, continue!
    Originally posted by Walt Kowalski
    And I’ve explained many times this is not just another four year election.

    The outcome will determine civilisation as we know it.

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      #3
      Excellent adventure....

      Looking forward to the extra powers, and I'm sure Ivan is too.

      Is that naps manifold the one with the twin butterfly throttle???

      If so it's not the best manifold out there, but that is relatively easily fixed.

      Also, back in the day a swap to an xf throttle body was the go to, I'm sure you have a much more modern solution to help get air in.

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        #4
        Originally posted by PXL265 View Post
        Excellent adventure....

        Is that naps manifold the one with the twin butterfly throttle???

        If so it's not the best manifold out there, but that is relatively easily fixed.

        Also, back in the day a swap to an xf throttle body was the go to, I'm sure you have a much more modern solution to help get air in.

        I'm probably going to use a different manifold. Forced induction will fix any short comings.

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          #5
          If you can find one, the N13 cast manifold, iirc, was the best of all the l6 inlet manifolds I ever saw and used. I only ever saw one other than the one I had.

          But yes, forced induction cures many sins......

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            #6
            Love swb 4x4’s in general, this is vintage cool.
            Originally posted by Walt Kowalski
            Memes are only detectable by NSA.

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              #7
              titz, my olds had a LWB turbo diesel MQ, have many fond memories doing parts runs up and down the eastern coast.
              www.holditflat.com

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                #8
                Sweet

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                  #9
                  What a fantastic adventure. Nice find! What does one of these go for if you don't mind being asked?
                  '13 Yamaha R1 // '16 Toyota Hilux SR5 // '00 Toyota Supra RZ // '72 Ford XA Fairmont

                  Sell me your old videogames? Nintendo, Sega, PlayStation, some XBox...

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                    #10
                    Under 10k

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                      #11
                      How many backpackers fit in the, well, back?


                      This does great clutch skids though

                      | 1963 RK43 Toyota Lite-Stout (Stanley) | 2002 EC5W Mitsubishi Legnum VR-4 Type-S (Larry) |

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                        #12
                        I had a red one just like this. The SWB and leaf springs get old after a while but the L28 made up for it.
                        Skrrraaaarrrrrk

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                          #13
                          Been waiting for this. not seen such a clean and tidy one for many many years. brown is on point. glad she got you home.
                          I am junkie for swedish high quality shitboxes. my latest fix is this...
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                            #14
                            So the plan all along has been to install EFI and turbo this car.

                            My plan for doing this is to keep it cheap and cheerful.


                            So I've bought a collection of bits and pieces to click together a turbo kit for the old bus.


                            As some of you might know, I make a Datsun L-series crank angle sensor to suit the Patrol's L28 engine. The sensor is a 24-1 wheel with a Nippon-Denso style reluctor. So I'm naturally going to use one of these.



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                            I also make a coil bracket to allow GM LS coils to attached to the side of the L-series valve cover. Neat solution that uses oem LS leads.

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                            Intake manifold ?

                            Nissan produced fuel injected L28 in the 280zx chassis cars. T I found a L28e efi intake on Gumtree interstate and swooped on it. They are getting a little rare.


                            My plan is to adapt a Holden Vectra 60mm throttle body. Its like a baby AU falcon throttle body with a 2 wire idle built in. Ideal for what I'm doing here.

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                            Injectors and fuel rail look to be sorted, Im grabbing a set of 7mgte 11mm injectors off a datto guy and I have a aftermarket fuel rail already.


                            Exhaust side?

                            I found a fellow datsun guy with an old cast iron Datsun turbo J-pipe. This pipe attaches to the OEM n/a exhaust manifold. There are OEM L28 turbo manifolds but they are rare and expensive.

                            The J pipe is a t04 flange so I needed to buy an adapter to convert to T3 to suit the turbo I wanted to use. Mamba sorted that.

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                            Ive ordered a china 4 bolt wastegate that is currently enroute from the USA.

                            The turbo is a MaxSpeedingRods '3076' journal bearing turbo. A few people suggested they were good for the price. $176 delivered. If I'm feeling rich later, I'll throw a $1000 china ball bearing at it.


                            And this is all that junk assembled on the bench. I am figuring out throttle linkages and a few other details before I go and install.

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                            ECU will liklely be a Haltech Elite 750.

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                              All of that should wake Ivan up nicely.

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