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1996 GQ V8 Build & D40 Navara

Discussion in 'My 4WD' started by Kouf97, May 17, 2018.

  1. Kouf97

    Kouf97 Active Member

    About a gear ago I got rid of the 3l lemon of a GU, I needed something more reliable and suitable for work and ended up with a V6 Navara.
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    It did the job and with a set of A/T's 2inch Lift and a Bullbar was managing to still get me to the usual camping and hunting spot (and recovered a few hiluxs :p.
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    I was starting to get sick of not being able to go on any of the trips with my mates as the Navra sucks offroad and it's critical for my business to be reliable so it was decided a dedicated Tow/4wd/hunting vehicle was needed so the Navara could stick to work duties. Picked up a 1996 GQ RD28
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  2. Kouf97

    Kouf97 Active Member

    How she looked a couple days ago.:confused: I have never in my life seen a car so disgusting
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    Got to work early, pulled the seats out and chucked on the 35's she came with.
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    Now time to get this hunk of junk out, came with a supposedly "blown" rd28. It looks like the tensioner for the timing belt let go so might try my luck and replace it and see if I can get anything for the motor. Running gear seems to be in OK condition, the body is bad but isn't too much of a worry. Luckily there is barely any substantial rust which is a good start...
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  3. LCV8VICTORIA

    LCV8VICTORIA Active Member

    Should sell both and just buy a 4.2l patrol gu
    Be spending less money in the long run :p

    Gonna have to spend heaps on that old gq

    2 regos
    2 insurance
    If ya had one could just put all ya money into a daily and Comp truck on one :p
     
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  4. Kouf97

    Kouf97 Active Member

    No thanks lol, always been a Toyota man and if I was going to spend that much it would be in a 80. Somehow I keep ending up with bloody nissans :mad:

    Not a fan of diesels at all and so far the GQ has cost me nothing, I did the timing belt last night and she kicked over perfectly runs absolutely perfectly, bloody lucky I reckon. Once I sell the motor and box that should just about cover the engine swap. ( For a GQ with a "Blown Motor" she runs perfectly :D)

    I tried having a car I could use for both work and play and it never ended well. Always runing things

    Not too fussed about running costs on it, got to pay to play.

    Picked up a full set of seats for her aswell of a top spec safari edition, carpets are cleaning up well.
     
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  5. LCV8VICTORIA

    LCV8VICTORIA Active Member

    Keen to see this build up, will be a beast!

    Yeah probs best to have a play car and work one.
     
  6. Kouf97

    Kouf97 Active Member

    Last weekend was spent putting in the new seats and cleaning the interior, removed all rust and treated where necessary. Should be good for another 20years use now. You can almost sit in the car without wanting to throw up which is a good start
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    So after successfully getting the 2.8 running, I just had to give her a little try at the local 4wd tracks until I quickly realised neither front wheels were getting drive and got a bit stuck, sounds like driver side hub is screwed but will investigate further
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    Put her to a bit of work while I was servicing the Navara, when the trailer is worth 6 times more than the car :eek:
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    Within a couple days the 2.8 and gearbox were sold and the V8 was organised.
    Left work in south Sydney at 4pm and headed up to Macksville and made it back to work the next day at 5am. Hopefully the drive was worth it. Got a ford 302, 4.2 gearbox and full Dellows conversion Kit for a very reasonable price.

    This weekend the real work starts, going to get it engineered and remove all the EFI crap and go old school carby fed. Shes got so much wireing mess to fix, should be a bit of fun.
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  7. muc the truck

    muc the truck Well-Known Member

    Have you considered buying a carb fuel injection kit as its dead simple to install ? Failing that the 2nd best thing if your going carby is a Rochester. Best economy and power even on a ford . https://www.summitracing.com/int/parts/fif-30003/overview/
     
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  8. Kouf97

    Kouf97 Active Member

    Hey Muc, thought about it a bit and still considering the EFI system as the motor came with a standalone ECU and the wiring harness ready to install.
    What you have suggested is also on the cards.
    This is only going to be my 4wd/ hunting trip car so probs won't see more than 10 000ks a year so fuel isn't the biggest of concerns. If I can manage to get 600ks out of 180L towing my camper ill be happy.

    Carby is just so simple to install, tune ect and Ive been working on them for a long time now.
     
  9. Andrew_LN65

    Andrew_LN65 Active Member

    Cool project!

    You said you're going to get it engineered, best have a chat to one before going too far. In victoria at least, putting carbs on a previously efi motor is a no go from my understanding of the rules. Or at best you'd still have to pass the IM240 emissions test which would be nigh impossible with carbs.
     
  10. Kouf97

    Kouf97 Active Member

    Yeah I've got most of that sorted mate. Involved in the industry so it makes things a bit easier to get done. The car will pass engineering in NSW and then will be getting changed up. I have the standalone ecu, cats ect to get it passed.
     
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