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  • flyzlo
    started a topic Special tools

    Special tools

    I was hoping that we could start to put together a list of special tools (hand made or bought) that the members have used over the years to make working on your Zed easier. I'll start with a simple one that ends up saving you hours of time in the garage. I'm not sure how many of you have removed your transmission in your garage but it can be a hand full. Getting it out is fairly start forward but doing the reverse is quite another story. The biggest hurdle is the aligning of the input shaft on the transmission with the clutch disc. If you have a hoist and a couple of strong willed guys, you can shift the box about to get it lined up. If
    you are working on the floor with a jack and your own muscle it becomes a challenge. I have taken my transmission out at least 15 times for one reason or another. One time I spend 5 hours wrestling with it and only with help from my better half did it finally go in. You don't want to know how much that cost me. Our friend Chris Rook (six shooter) suggested a simple tool. Get two long bolts (I used head bolts) and cut the heads off. Take these two bolts and thread them into the top holes on the engine block. When shifting the box into postion, the difficultly is keeping the box at the correct angle with the block. Not only up and down but right to left. By hooking these bolts into the top holes on the box it keeps these angles in line with each other allowing you to push forward. This is also safer because with the bolts in the holes the box will not shift and fall off the jack and onto you. That hurts by the way! Thanks to Chris for a great suggestion. I have used it twice so far and the entire job only took about 15 minutes.
    Check that tool box and let us know what tool you have divised to save you time.

  • 510longroof
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    #9. Colourtune spark plug. Had to think about that one.

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  • zedfoot
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    Not bad, Frank. I'll wait a few days before posting the answers.

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  • 510longroof
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    #1. You gave that one away. It is your home made pressure bleeder for brake or clutch master cylinder.
    #2. That would keep your floor clean if you insist on pulling the engine and transmission out without draining the oil from the transmission first. Even with it drained they still spill. You would just need to secure it in place.
    #3. Valve lapping tool.
    #4. Digital thermometer.
    #5. Can't really tell what that other end is exactly but I'm guessing an extension cord for the 12v power outlet.
    #6. If I needed one I'd probably know what that is.
    #7. A hole punch. Used to make holes in sheet metal. Normally custom electrical panels. They come in a variety of sizes.
    #8. A remote starter switch. Home made.
    #9. Same as #6.
    #10. Looks like a PO's attemt to fix a broken brake light switch or an emergency kludge until the new part comes in. Thinking more sophisticated here it could be a pressure sensor to record pedal pressure.

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  • zedfoot
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    Originally posted by 510er View Post
    Not really a special tool and I doubt that it exists but if it does. I WANT ONE!
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    Not many homes have the 1500 amp service you would need to run that sucker.
    By the way, has every one figured out what all the special tools do that I posted here almost 2 years ago?

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  • 510longroof
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    Saw this at Canadian Tire. The package says it is for L-series Nissan/Datsun motors. I have so many wooden ones already otherwise I might have shelled out the $10 for it.
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  • 510longroof
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    Not really a special tool and I doubt that it exists but if it does. I WANT ONE!
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  • grannyknot
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    Here is a Datsun specific tool I made up to remove and tighten the big 38mm nut on the main shaft of our 4 and 5spd transmissions. I'll probably never use it again so if anyone is tearing down their tranny and wants to borough it, just pm me.
    Chris
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  • 300zxTT
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    z32 intercooler pressure test couplings.

    fit over the stock intake piping
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  • colinc
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    Dashpot oil level tool

    I find it next to impossible to see the dashpot oil on the dipsticks so I created this tool. The clamp rests on the top of the dashpot and the white plastic tie down makes it easy to see the oil. The black line indicates the high mark. Guaranteed to provide years of extremely accurate dashpot level measurements. Order yours today!

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    Last edited by colinc; 07-13-2014, 08:49 AM.

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  • Ont240
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    A collection of home made/modified tools for that special application
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  • Speedtospare
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    New to working on the Datsun's. This thread let me know of potential issues I may have in the future. Great topic.

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  • 300zxTT
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    Seeing as i have just broken a bolt off in the driver’s side turbo, turbo housing i had to borrow a 90 angle drill from muffler man, I now have one coming in the mail from ebay as well as 1/8 to 1/4 carbide bits. This tight spot and hard bolt make this job difficult. If anyone needs to borrow that let me know. Not too sure how many 90 angle air drills are out there but i know there wasn’t one to be bought in Sarnia at all.

    Got the job done last night and will be at the drag strip tomorrow.

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  • zedfoot
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    The first photo in my post shows the master cylinder pressuring fitting you need, andruu

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  • Shane_rbz
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    Brake Disc Puller, for when you cant get access to a hydraulic press to get the old rotors off. Some quick FEAs show it can exert about 4000lbs of separating force.

    If anyone wants to borrow this, your welcome to shoot me a PM.

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    Last edited by Shane_rbz; 01-20-2014, 10:48 PM.

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