ericdelbridge This amazing little lady turns 2 today. We partied yesterday. #babybug #toddlerlife #twoyearsold 2d

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ericdelbridge Discouraged. After almost 2 years of hard work, the piston rings aren't sealing. Anyone want to help fix it? At least I got to drive it for all of 8 miles. #datsun #280z #7mgte #hybridZ #garagelife 5d
  •   turbo240z Sad. I think I made it 50miles before my head gasket blew. It bummed me out to the point of not working on it for many years. I even picked up a different project car on the side just so I'd have something that I could drive without having to take the engine out of. Since then I fixed that '05 GTO and sold it. I feel for ya. 4d
  •   mk3supra87 I hope you guys don't just give up on it. I had a frozen block on my dd and I took the bus to work for a few weeks till I got rhe block back from the shop. Built it one day then swapped it in another day. Broke it in right and been running good at 1400 miles so far. Got my dd back never gave up. 4d
  •   ericdelbridge @mk3supra87 Nope. No giving up here. It was too amazing to drive for the few miles that I did. Hopefully it'll just take new rings and I'll be bueno. 4d
  •   linesandcolors Oh no...! 4d

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ericdelbridge Compression test. 110, 120, 120, 110, 125, 120 #Datsun #280z #hybridZ #zcar #garagelife #s30 #7mgte 6d

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ericdelbridge Seriously, I just can't catch a break. Blow by? @subtledriver #datsun #7mgte #ifitwerentforbadluckidhavenoluckatall #hybridz 6d
  •   subtledriver How does it not have a pcv system? 5d
  •   subtledriver Looks like blow by. But what did the vacuum gauge say? 5d
  •   ericdelbridge @subtledriver no pcv valve is what I meant. Haven't measured vac from the catch can yet. Will do tomorrow. But compression was lower than it should be across all 6 5d
  •   subtledriver I see. So its open atmosphere. To breather before throttle plate and block has breather as well? 4d
  •   ericdelbridge @subtledriver My brain is fried from work tonight. The block has a tube that flows into the valve cover. On stock set up the ports in the valve covers are connected to a pipe that runs from a vac port on the TB and over to the intake tube before the turbo. So its pulling vac at idle and low rpms. Then under boost the turbo should be creating vac. Now that I'm typing it out, I guess I should hook it up to the TB. But I don't think that's my issue. Comp is 20-38 low on all cylinders and cyl 1 and 5 are the worst. Did a leak down test and those two were letting a ton of air past the rings. It was blowing out the dipstick tube. 4d
  •   ericdelbridge @subtledriver was just doing a little reading on it, but how likely do you think it is that rings on 1 and 5 are stuck and the rest just need broke in more? The engine only has roughly 600 miles on it. 4d
  •   subtledriver My brain hurts. Ur gonna have to call sometime. 4d
  •   ericdelbridge DM me your # and a good time to reach you Monday or Tuesday @subtledriver 4d

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ericdelbridge This is the buildup on the intake valves after 40k miles. @mini time for a recall yet? #mini #r56 #carbon #demandArecall 6d

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ericdelbridge @mini Intake manifold is off. All automotive engineers should be required to work on the cars they design. And if they can't do any job within a few hours, back to the drawing board. Today cars are unnecessarily over complicated. #mini #R56 #garagelife #notmotoring 6d

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  •   ericdelbridge @turbo240z @subtledriver re-torqueing the arp head studs. 80 ft-lbs enough or should I go 90+? 7d
  •   subtledriver Too much can warp head and seal. I not a 7mge engine builder and don't have the experience to give you the correct specs. I'd say go ten over with a quality gasket like felpro and a safe tune with wideband. 7d
  •   ericdelbridge @subtledriver I'm using a cometic HG. Spec for the ARP studs and metal HG is 80, but a lot of guys are going 90 to over 100. I'm going to stick at 80 for now. 6d

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ericdelbridge Its a bit smokey in the shop. More gremlins have reared their head. This time I believe the seals on the turbo went. Anyone have a good CT26 laying around, cheap? @subtledriver ?#7mgte #ct26 #datsun #280z #HybridZ #zcar #garagelife 1w
  •   ericdelbridge Its between the maf and the turbo. Should be pulling some vac. Which is how it is stock. Just with a separator in line. 1w
  •   ericdelbridge @subtledriver and on top of that. It looks like whomever put the motor together neglected to put rtv where the head meets the timing cover. And I have a nice oil leak there. 1w
  •   subtledriver Greaaaattt 1w
  •   ericdelbridge @subtledriver yeah...I'll have to drive it like that for a little while. The Saturn decided to start some rod knocking last night. So literally all of my cars are down right now. FML 1w
  •   subtledriver Time for ford fiesta, fit, or yaris. 40mpg, no breakdowns. Happiness.... Sell cooper, Saturn... Keep z as project... 1w
  •   subtledriver Even if bought new, it saves money if you crunch the numbers. 1w
  •   ericdelbridge @subtledriver The mini is going up for sale as soon as its fixed. Trying to locate a motor for the Saturn. 1w

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ericdelbridge Adding a little gear oil to the R154 transmission #datsun #zcar #s30 #hybridZ #7mgte #R154 #Mobil1 #garagelife 1w
  •   ericdelbridge And apparently I need a GL-4 not GL-5 in the R154. I'll change it with Redline soon anyway. 1w
  •   turbo240z Didn't know you could fill from the top? 1w
  •   ericdelbridge @turbo240z you can pull the shifter out and fill it that way. Or, just ran a long flexible funnel down to the fill hole on the side of the trans. 1w

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ericdelbridge Spotted this clean 5 series the other day. #BMW #5series #carspotting 1w

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ericdelbridge Out. Love just watching her sleep. #toddlerlife #napsinthecar #adorablegirl 1w

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ericdelbridge Carpet back in. Starting to look like a proper car again. #datsun #280z #s30 #hybridZ #zcar #garagelife 2w
  •   turbo240z My original carpet got really thin. I have a new one in a box. It's been in there for nearly 10 yrs now. My rear hatch area is filled with engine parts. 2w
  •   ericdelbridge @turbo240z I'll get nee carpet at some point. I don't believe this is original. 2w

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ericdelbridge Cleaning the carpet in the Z. Dyson should make a shopvac. #dyson #datsun #s30 #zcar #detailing #hybridz 2w

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ericdelbridge Selling our Epson Stylus Pro 4800 printer. Can print up to 17" wide from sheet or roll paper, as well as print on a wide variety of media. $600 obo. #forsale #printingequipment #epson #photoequipment #photoprinter 2w

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ericdelbridge Hopefully this FIPG from Toyota will keep the oil leaks at bay. At least I've got pulling the oil pan down to a 30 min job. #datsun #zcar #s30 #hybridZ #7mgte #garagelife #thebonecreeper 2w
  •   subtledriver I've always used "the right stuff" never failed me. 2w
  •   ericdelbridge @subtledriver that's what I used last time. Though I think it was that the pan had a slight warp at the front. I straightened it out. Hopefully it is good to go this time. 2w
  •   turbo240z Tested this yet? How long is it supposed to take to cure? 2w
  •   turbo240z Looks like mine has a black rubber gasket installed. 2w
  •   ericdelbridge Says 14-16 hrs. I let it sit for over 24. Looks like it did the job, but my motor mount was hitting the filter and its leaking. Fixed the hitting issue, just need to grab another filter 1w

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ericdelbridge A little throw back to when I got the motor and trans mounted. A Skelton shot for @tryhardcompany #datsun #280z #s30 #zcar #hybridZ #7mgte #tbt #garagelife 2w

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ericdelbridge Pulling the oil pan. Again. So much for getting it tagged in the morning. #datsun #s30z #zcar #hybridZ #7mgte #oilleak #garagelife 2w
  •   turbo240z What's going on? 2w
  •   ericdelbridge @turbo240z when I had the knocking issue, I had put a cork gasket on the oil pan and have had a small leak since. Then I discovered that 7m's shouldn't have a cork gasket and that would almost always cause it to leak. So I pulled the pan a few days ago, cleaned it up and put RTV on it, but must have scraped the front when reinstalling it. Because it is leaking something fierce from the front. 2w
  •   turbo240z I was just reading about it. I guess fipg is what is recommended. I'll have to check my engine now. 2w

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ericdelbridge First class down. Think I'm gonna like this. Other than the running. @4barrelcrossfit #crossfit #lifeispain 2w
  •   neelco Awesome ! 2w
  •   turbo240z Sweet man. Me and the misses have been biking a lot lately, but when we met I used to live in the gym and I highly doubt things will ever be like that again. Also, I used to do car stuff heh. Oh well rolling with the life changes. 2w

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ericdelbridge Getting the hang of steering and pedals. #toddlerlife #3wheelmotion #Arabrllasgreatadventures 2w

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