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Yesterday I sold my 93 del Sol and bought a 92 240sx SE Hatch. I've never owned a Nissan before, but I've driven my dad's 03 350z enough to realize that they are GOOD.
I can't wait to get under the hood, the previous owner wasn't too big on tuneups, and it hasn't had an allignment in 7(!!!) years. I picked it up for under 1.5k and it seems to be fairly solid except for the usual crap (missing window switches, crap tires, busted fuel door, really really bad tint, 1 working speaker,etc).
Anything I should know? I plan on picking up a Haynes manual this week, but I am curious about the mechanical aspects.
I've found so far that it's a 2.4l 4-cyl with 155hp/160lb. It has ABS with HICAS 4 wheel steering, 5 speed manual (of course), and... er, that's about what I know at this point. Any advice or tips are appreciated.
 

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KaRdoN said:
first thing is get it in running order, if hicas is bothering you, get a hicas eliminator, it sucks bad.
Hasn't bothered me yet. So far I like the way it drives. Getting the A/C in perfect working order is my TOP priority. I just went through last summer with my del Sol (no A/C installed) and I don't plan on doing it this year. The air starts nice and cold, but as you drive it gradually gets warmer. Previous owner says it doesn't work well enough on "really hot days" (3/4 of the year in Houston).
 

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I have somewhat diagnosed my a/c problem. I seem to have a defective thermostat. The engine will get 3/4 up the temp guage, and the cool air gets warmer. Once the thermostat finally pops open, the air gets cool again. So hopefully it's an easy fix. I am guessing it also needs a fresh charge as it's an old car and the previous owner wasn't too big on maintanance. Unfortunately I don't have a day off until Friday this week so I'm really anxious to get working on these stupid problems.

Anybody recommend Maaco? I need a paint job and some minor bodywork. Houston area bodyshop recommendations would also be helpful. I have $700 set aside from the sale of my Sol and once the A/C is done, it's time for the fun stuff.
 

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Holy crap I'm lucky... I think...

So I took the car to a Firestone shop, but the guy wasn't there to look at the thermostat. So one of the guys says "Follow me around the corner, we can get it done right now." So we go to another shop and nobody's there to work on it either. I tell him (and by now I'm thinking this definitely falls under sketchy at best) I'll come back on friday. He says, "Wait, there's one more shop, it's right down here." So we go to one more place. The guy pops the hood and is listening to the engine. There's a loud rattle we'd heard when checking out the car, we figured it was a bearing or somehting, mechanic says "There's something loose inside the engine, rattling around." So he explains he's gotta open up the valve cover, get whatever it is outa there, and then bolt it back up. So we agree on $50 for the thermostat and $50 to get the random piece of metal out.

About half an hour later I'm starting to kick into full panic mode, waiting to see my car fly by on its way to the chopshop and the mechanic come after me with a wrench and cut out my organs to sell on the black market. So I walk out to see how he's doing, and he goes "You very lucky!" points over to the VERY LARGE piece of metal bracket that had broken off and was sitting on the timing chain. So I grab it and go back inside, 20 minutes later the thermostat is done, I pay him $100 (plus a $3 tip for getting it done so fast) and now my A/C works fine and my motor won't explode (because of that chunk of metal) in a week!! I plan on taking it to another shop to get his work looked at, make sure there aren't any screw ups.

Holy crap this could have turned out bad. All this happened in 3rd ward, Houston Tx. Thank God for decent people.
 

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Thanks for the offers, looks like the a/c problem went with the thermostat problem. (knock on wood). I'll know once it hits 105 in a month.

So how do I know if I need to remove the second timing chain guide? And is there a possibility this guy cut the bastard off? I kept the piece and it almost looks like it was plasma'ed off, the edge looks super clean and somewhat melted. I wonder...

My next step is a stereo and new tint. Anybody got some good speaker recommendations? Not doing an amp/sub, just good speakers all around. I've budgeted myself about $300 for a receiver and maybe $150-$200 for speakers.
 

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Well ok, then I guess it did in fact break off. It looked like it was either cut or broken off. Exactly how important is it to remove the second guide? I guess what I'm wondering is what are the chances it's going to actually break off and blow up my motor.
 

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240sxs1377 said:
I recommend gettting either kenwood or infinty. My brother has them in his car and they sound crystal clear. Also if you want to spend alittle more you can get componets which come with a 6" speaker and tweaters with crossovers so you dont blow up your tweaters. hears a great site.
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I had a set of Rockford Fosgate 6.5" components in the Sol, and wasn't terribly impressed. They were top of the line, too. It probably had a lot to do with the terrible acoustics in that car, but that can only account for so much... I'm not looking to put together a system with an amp and subs and all that, just some decent speakers and a tight receiver.

Took my first serious look at Sony decks (never liked their styling before) and came across this one:

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-TDkzIWpVgge/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?g=62700&I=158F7715X

Clean, simple, and dark face. I like it.

For the rear speakers, Infinity:

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-TDkzIWpVgge/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?g=51400&I=1084625CFP

For the front speakers, Alpine:

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-TDkzIWpVgge/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?g=51400&I=500SPS460A

I had planned on an Alpine head unit initially. It has 1 more watt RMS, but lacks the sound controls of the Sony and it's ten bucks more. This:

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-TDkzIWpVgge/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?g=62700&I=500CDA9851

Yeah so that's gonna be my system. I'm trying to see just how fast I can blow the $700 I got for my Sol. LOL. Can't wait for that tax refund, either- baby needs tint/paint/tires.

Sorry bout the shitty links, btw, haven't figured out the slick way to do that...
 

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KaRdoN said:
dude, dont ever get sony, sony sucks at everything audio, check out the audio section for more info, they know more in there.
I've always been a Sony believer... Dunno why... *heads into audio section*
 

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A quick update...

So the thermostat problem is gone, the a/c is working like a champ, and I've got a squeaking belt.

I finally got paid today and plan to do plugs, wires, distributor cap and rotor, squeaky belt, and air filter tomorrow. I needed to replace the exhaust from the cat back last week, so I got the 2" piping (yeah I know, narrow... whatever) with the 3 way adjustable tip muffler. Bastard is nice and loud, got a good sound. And I can make it sorta quiet when ladies is in car. :hal:

I've created an official wish list to hopefully be completed within the next year (full time student, working part time). Boost is not part of the list, ...yet.

1. http://www.intensepower.com/tebadacosy24.html

2. http://www.intensepower.com/apalresttoba.html

3. http://www.intensepower.com/apalfrsttoba.html

4. http://www.crutchfield.com/S-O7hpaNyQyeK/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?g=62700&I=500CDA9851

5. http://www.crutchfield.com/S-O7hpaNyQyeK/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?g=51200&I=130TSG1040

6. http://www.crutchfield.com/S-O7hpaNyQyeK/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?g=51400&I=130TSG4640

7. http://www.crutchfield.com/S-O7hpaNyQyeK/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?g=600&I=500CHAS634

8. http://www.intensepower.com/aemshramin24.html

9. http://www.intensepower.com/boflmoresps1.html

10. http://www.intensepower.com/cestiiclkit2.html

11. http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires...arch=true&partnum=05VR5ES100&fromCompare1=yes

The list is in order of priority. Any advice? I read in another post that the ka24de doesn't respond great to ram air/cold air.

Gotta keep in mind this is my first project car of this scale, need advice as to pricing, what parts to avoid, etc. Help me out! :cheers:
 

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shanes13 said:
I would highly suggest dropping the coin on a Factory Service Manual (or get the PDF that is reported to be available). The FSM is super in-depth and will help with almost anything!
I managed to get a chilton's manual pdf, but it isn't really doing much for me. Gonna try and find that factory service manual tonight.
 

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Didn't find a FSM, just the chilton's.... Gonna try bit torrent later, my buddy has it.

Has anybody got a picture they can link to of their (removed) chain guide? Particularly illustrating the method of removal. Mine looks weird to me, and based on the explanation earlier in the thread, it's only held by two bolts right? It really looks to me like it was cut off...

I'd run and snap a picture of mine but then i'd have to import it and find a place to host it. Unfortunately i've been enjoying friday night and am not fully qualified. :hal:
 

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bridrive55 said:
Yeah. If you've got HICAS and ABS, then you have VLSD. I'm envious. So is every S13 driver with open diff.
Thanks. I am loving this car, bastard is fun. I'm putting all new shocks (i decided to go cheap and pick some up at autozone) on it next week. I decided to stick with stock handling and use the money I save on tires. Probably taking it on a 2,000 mile drive for summer vaca, I can't frikkin wait to get this thing on Vermont backroads!!!! :thumbup: :thumbup:

I'm too tired tonight to hunt down that fsm... probably just d/l it when a problem pops up.
 

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Yeah I'm not too crazy about the looks of the muffler, but it's nice to be able to quiet it down when girl is in car. I need pictures of it with the silencer out. looks tight then.
 

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I'm just worried that if he did cut it off for some reason, then there's still a small part loosely bolted onto the engine, waiting to fall off. :thumbdwn:
 

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K-1 said:
The part that's bolted down wont be loose, it's 2 bolts holding them on...

I am surprised that the timing chain, tensioner, etc wasn't damaged by the guide breaking like that. Does everything seem fine?
Runs perfectly (knock on wood), no weird noises, no clicking. Just had the timing adjusted, guy didn't mention anything odd. Starts rough when it's cold out, but that's it.
 
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