Authors Cars

Hello all, my name is Alex but I’m better known on the internet as Durty.

I figured I would write a wee introduction about me and the cars i have owned.

I owned a 1984 Toyota Starlet, followed by a Civic, Sentra and a Cordia

Then one day kyteler posted a link on to a trademe auction for my first Volvo, a 1978 Volvo 264. I managed to buy it for $215 and never actually did anything with it due to it blowing a headgasket and some idiots biffing rocks through the windows

but now i was hooked, two 1982 244′s followed in quick succession


Coupe progress

June 2, 2009

…following on from this update.

Well after much cursing and swearing, I got the old fuel pump controller out, and what a disappointingly plain object it turned out to be. Thanks Nissan, for locating the mounting screws underneath the parcel shelf trim – spent a good hour or so carefully removing the rear shelf speakers, the rear seat backs, and all the christmas tree clips – whilst trying not to break anything in the process…

thanks, nissan. (by decypher the code)

Oh yes. Silly little thing.

The one from squid (which replaces the faulty unit you see here) wasn’t quite as torturous to remove, being located on the inside of the rear wheelarch behind a trim panel… but it still took more time than it should have (plus I had to drive 150km down the road to another city to fetch it). Ah well, the joys of old cars – typically, the parts which break the most often are always the hardest to remove and replace.

anyway, my plea still stands: if anyone happens to have a fuel pump controller in working condition that looks like the one above, PLEASE let me (or Michael) know and I shall arrange to buy it off you. As before, I’ve heard musings that L20ET, VG20ET and VG30ETs use the same part, made by JECS. The plug has a rectangular 8-pin layout and the numbers on the controller itself read as follows:

17001 R2200
A63-000 100
(may be a serial number; squid had a slightly different one)

And the verdict? the coupe definitely drives a lot better with the replacement controller in place; no more low-down hesitation and strange surging on acceleration. clearly the old one was faulting to the extent that the voltages being supplied to the pump were less than optimal.

Yes!  I can’t get enough.  I’ve bought another spoiler.  Why?!  WHY?!  Well…  it was a number of reasons, partially because the first one didn’t quite fit.  Sure, it would have taken only a few minutes to make it fit but it didn’t right off the bat.  The other reason was that this second one I found, is deeper.  A further 30mm of depth.  I just had to cross my fingers that when it arrived it would fit straight on, unlike the previous one…  It arrived today, like so;

Fresh from Japan

Fresh from Japan

You’ll have to excuse the shoes, clothes and record player on the bed, I’ve recently been cleaning my room and that’s part of my cleaning method, to just biff stuff onto the bed…    Shhh, it works!

So I unwrapped it from it’s comparably less wrapping versus the first spoiler I bought, only to find this; (more…)

Glimpse into my past

May 25, 2009

With most everything in recent time posted on RC being of a classic Japanese nature, I thought I should try bring back a little bit of balance and what better way to do so than to show you the second car I owned (the first was a 1978 Chrysler Avenger 1600GL/S).

You’ll have to excuse the quality of the pictures, they were taken back in 2002 with an old AGFA digital camera, as cool and handy as the camera was, it didn’t have a great colour depth, irrespective of that you still get a legible image and so here it is in all it’s glory;

1976 Ford Escort MkII 2door

1976 Ford Escort MkII 2door

As you can see, it was in pretty good condition.  There were some cover-ups by the previous owner(s) but certainly nothing dramatic, at least not as far as an Escort goes.  It was 4spd, floor-shift with the optional disc brakes up front.  Not that it could really go so fast that you would need the disc brakes.  I still think putting some spotlamps behind the grille was the best idea.  It kept the car looking clean and then come night-time when the factory headlamps were decidedly average a flick of the switch would illuminate the road and everything else infront of you, including police cars when you forget they were on when driving about in town and you subsequently get pulled over.  It was a fun car to drive even if it wasn’t as quick as my old Avenger.   Here’s a few more pictures of it, (more…)

The joys of nostalgic…

May 19, 2009

It seems that my DR30 coupe (in all its awesome ’80s Nissan reliableness) has unceremoniously shat the fuel pump controller, which is a little silver box that lives in the boot and is supposed to vary the voltage to the pump based on engine load.

unsurprisingly none of the Nissan wreckers here in Auckland have one spare, let alone any R30 parts :(

I would really like to get the damned thing running again, so on the off-chance that anyone reading this happens to be wrecking a turbo R30, or knows someone who is – giz a shout…

nb. from conducting a bit of research it turns out L20ET and FJ20ET pump controllers are the same, as are the fuel pumps themselves. Which is fortuitous, because I’ll wager there are about a squillion times more L20ET powered R30s here than FJ20ET ones.