AkiH's Nissans

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FREE, and a wagon too?!

Man, some folk have all the luck. :ROFLMAO:
 

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I was in a right place at the right time. This was actually promised to another fellow, but he didn't pick it up for two years. When I asked for it, the owner called that first guy and asked if he would still want it. Then he promised to give it to me.

I still need two body styles, a van and a two door sedan. :LOL:
 
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Some progress. I poured in some fresh gasoline, checked oil and coolant fluids, inflated the tires (they kept air in), connected a battery and started the engine. Took a little bit of risk, timing belt was changed just a little bit before the stand still and previous owners death, so it has been there only for 4000 km. Ageing is more of a problem. Didn't snap for now.


After that I released couple of seized brakes, but it still needed a little help from Patrol to get out of its shed. Took a short test drive on forest path, brakes seem to work (at least the front ones), all lights work now, engine runs almost as smooth as an E-engine can. Maybe next week is the time for temporary sticker plates for driving it home?

There is a lovely mixture of mold and tobacco odor around the car, certainly needs some interior wash. Daylight also reveals all the shades of blue.


P1300256 by Aki Härkönen, on Flickr
 
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I spent yesterday and today with Wagon. This is now officially my own and I drove it to home with temporary plates. Felt like a B11. I changed oil and filter when engine was still hot. Only 67 filters left. ;)

This seems to have had some love and care in the past. In last 50 thousand kms there were markings of changed timing belt (4000 km ago), gearbox, distributor and head gasket. The head might also be changed, since it is 25M casting. All my other E15-engines have 15M head which is better one if thinking of performance.

Last night I vacuumed the interior to get rid of dirt and mouse droppings. Then I removed seat covers. Original seats are in good condition but slightly dirty. Today I wiped interior plastics and washed mold off door cards. Found a pair of better sun visors and nice steering wheel from my own parts bin, they are still waiting to be installed.


P1300310 by Aki Härkönen, on Flickr


P1300309 by Aki Härkönen, on Flickr

Finally I had a chance to wash this. It became a little brighter. Not perfect by any means, but it is still nice one for a freebie. Both rear quarters have been painted, front fenders are not original and there are some minor marks of side collision on the right hand side.


P1300313 by Aki Härkönen, on Flickr


P1300311 by Aki Härkönen, on Flickr


P1300315 by Aki Härkönen, on Flickr


P1300316 by Aki Härkönen, on Flickr


P1300319 by Aki Härkönen, on Flickr


P1300321 by Aki Härkönen, on Flickr
 

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One thing I remember about these from my childhood is the cable operated rear vent windows. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. A neighbor had one.
 

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Side window trivia in Finnish perspective:

I think they first installed those remote opening side windows on some higher spec Cherry N10 Hatchback models in the very end of the model's production run in 1982, only few of them in Finland. I have seen only one in person.

N12 Cherry had two opening windows on three door model, in five door hatch those levers operated rear door locks. In Sunny line up, B11 Coupé has two remote opening side windows and Wagon has only one on the right side.

It is a shame they didn't continue installing them in N13, these are handy in hot summer days to boost ventilation.
 

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Cable operated rear door locks are nearly as cool as vent windows. :D

Good to hear you're putting the filters to good use.
 

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Today's progress

Half of meter lights weren't working. Took the dash apart and removed meter cluster. Someone had used 5W lamps, so plastics were melted, rather crispy and some bulb holders didn't attach properly. Disassembled two spare clusters, used the best parts to make one good combination. Meter seemed to be working and while I was at it, I installed better steering wheel and sun visors.


P1300326_sc by Aki Härkönen, on Flickr


P1300332_sc by Aki Härkönen, on Flickr


Rear emblems were "restored" with aluminium tape and on the top of that I found nice and period correct chromed OBA tail pipe extension. 43 mm diameter might not be very well selling item, so it was 50 % off at the local store. Licence plate lights work now, there were some snapped wiring.


P1300335_sc by Aki Härkönen, on Flickr

Maybe some wax and bumper ointment tomorrow if it is not too windy and cold?
 

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"Bumper ointment" :D

someone has been watching Cars.
 

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Might have seen that movie a few times. :whistle:
 

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Some wax and medicating bumber ointment applied. Not very big changes to be seen. I now know about every scratch, dent and ding around the car, some diy paint patches are quite rough. While I was at it, I painted all the wiper arms back to their original black color.


P1300359 by Aki Härkönen, on Flickr


P1300352 by Aki Härkönen, on Flickr


P1300344 by Aki Härkönen, on Flickr

Some more tidying up left under the hood. When the valve cover was off for valve clearance check, I polished it up little bit to get rid of oxidation. Also found less rusted air cleaner.

It developed a little problem with running on idle. At first it ran well, but after some maintenance (new spark plugs, distributor cap and rotor), problems started. Had to thing a little: auto choke works like it should, replacing vacuum lines didn't help. It ran on idle with three cylinders and disconnecting one spark plug wire didn't affect it, so one of new plugs was faulty. Replaced it and now it works like it should. My new spark plug wires should be here tomorrow.


P1300363 by Aki Härkönen, on Flickr
 

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Almost all ignition related parts are new now. I also tried to clean the engine bay a little bit, hood needs to be washed and scrubbed at some point too.


P1300377 by Aki Härkönen, on Flickr

Interior was cleaned with my friend's textile washer. Seats and carpets are cleaner now, although they weren't horribly dirty after all. Air is fresher now inside. There is trunk for you for example, not a huge difference.

Before.


P1300364_sc by Aki Härkönen, on Flickr

After.


P1300369_sc by Aki Härkönen, on Flickr
 

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I like what you've done with this. It's not a showroom quality example and not quite used car yard one either, but seems like an honest beater you can use for things. It's also interesting that here you could originally either buy this LIFESTYLE TOURING version of the Sunny, or choose the more upright, high-roof wagon version that was sold as a delivery AD Van version in its home market.
 

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Is there any modern car with as wide range of body shapes as B11-Sunny did? Eight different shapes (all door options counted) worldwide, six of them in Europe and five in Finland.

I would really really like to see this one on my yard one day (maybe I should make some calls). Missed this one about 10 years ago, someone bought it before I did.


P1060935 by Aki Härkönen, on Flickr


P1060941 by Aki Härkönen, on Flickr

This would be nice too.


B11PanelVan by Aki Härkönen, on Flickr
 

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Imagine how nice my Coupé would look like with those round headlights. ;)
 

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Something new again, this time at the lightning section. I replaced that cracked head light and did a little bit with clearence lights and blinkers.


DSCN2095_sc by Aki Härkönen, on Flickr

Someone had done some mixing and matching with the results of two right side blinker housings and two left side lenses. When Nissan facelifted the B11-series, they decided that Wagon can carry on with old style smaller bumpers. This meant that I had to dig very deep in my storage in order to find suitable pair. My Sunnys have always had those bigger facelift bumpers and almost all of my spare parts fit to them. Still, I managed to assemble one full set. They became quite nice when polished with cleaner wax. When going through those parts, I also found better cover for headlight washer nut.


DSCN2097_sc by Aki Härkönen, on Flickr


P1300382_sc_sc by Aki Härkönen, on Flickr
 

AkiH

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Nothing really visible going on here, I have been servicing brakes.

While steel wheels were off, I tested these old alloy wheels on. What do you think, do these Momo Pulsars look good under Sunny?


P1300389 by Aki Härkönen, on Flickr
 
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