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Old 03-03-2011, 11:30 PM   #231
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Re: Polar Bear 1

That... is... awesome... We laughed around the dinner table extensively... including mustache ride comment.
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:01 PM   #232
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I did some work today. I recently received a new project item... a very special item... but today I had to focus on getting the van street legal again. My first mission of the day: restore power to the wiper blades and blinkers! Here's what happened to my wiper blades switch:



Once it snapped, there was no tension in the switch. We were wiggling it around trying to set off the wipers coming back in a snowstorm. I picked up a new switch for $6 at the junk yard and swapped em out. Turns out, the wiper cleaner fluid pump runs on the same fuse as the blinkers. Replacing a fuse fixed them both. I figure the switch probably shorted and popped the fuse. It's nice to have it fixed!

With that solved, I poked around under the van a little today. I looked, again, at the bleeding speedometer cable near the transfer case. It's just enough to make it look messy. Then I remembered that there used to be a bandaid on there that came off when the xfer case was rebuilt. So, I put a new one on!



While I was working on this, I kept looking at how the xfer case was bolted to the frame. I'm 95% sure there should be rubber between these two pieces of metal. What do you guys think?



Here's the alignment of the xfer case. It's bolted down on the opposite side. I just feel like the adjustment of a half inch block of rubber is going to have little impact on the drivetrain. I'm no mechanic, but I can't help but suspect that there's supposed to be a block in there by design.



I also snapped a shot of my muffler... it's rusted on through... It sounds horrible all rattly and shaky... I've noticed a significant drop in the number of people walking up and asking me about my van when I pull up!



By the way, my camera is back! It was under the bed the whole time. I'm so happy about that! And I'm happy about that heater I get to install... oh, I wasn't gonna say what it is just yet. =D

I was playing with my camera at the gas station:

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Old 03-15-2011, 12:18 AM   #233
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sweet, it's like a free camera now! What kind of heater?
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:44 AM   #234
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sweet, it's like a free camera now! What kind of heater?
Shhhhh. He's not saying anything yet.




I agree with the block of rubber, also for your bandaid:

(also seen at walgreens...)
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:50 PM   #235
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I immediately thought, 'Hey I should go look at my transfer case - I'm sure they didn't change much over the Pathfinder years.' The answer isn't so easy as I've got a rubber mount, but the mount itself is in an entirely different orientation.


If there are any other measurements I can take let me know. FWIW, I have no idea if my mount has been modified or not.
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:23 PM   #236
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Re: Polar Bear 1

A little off-topic, but Josh, does your front axle have those two tie rods connecting the ends of the axle to the center of the frame crossmember? They make a triangle with the front axle.
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:40 PM   #237
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I do not have those two tie rods. I'm not sure if all the Pathfinder conversions did or not, but mine definitely does not. However, my trailing arm setup and everything else looks different from other Pathfinder conversions too - the axle may be the only thing left from the original. I'm guessing that the transfer case mount difference between my van and Polar Bear probably has to do more with how the C6 is mounted after the 300-6 vs. the 6.9 diesel moreso than the model year difference.
(sorry for the slight threadjack Zaskoda)
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Old 03-15-2011, 11:04 PM   #238
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The answer isn't so easy as I've got a rubber mount, but the mount itself is in an entirely different orientation.
Seeing that rubber really only encourages me to believe mine is missing.
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Old 03-16-2011, 10:36 AM   #239
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Really love this build!! Reminds me so much of mine.... lots and lots of trial and error, try something redo, redo again, figger out what works.
How difficult was the diamond pattern upper floor to work with?? I really like the look of it, did it offer much in the way of heat insulation up front? I read where you mentioned it helped quiet down the interior, still happy with that after some trips? The 460 in my Quigely is LOUD and HOT. Ready to pull the trigger on flooring for the front area.

BTW The T-case mount is made diffrent on my Quigley but it definately has a rubber bushing sandwiched between the brackets.

Build thread on my pile.
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Old 03-16-2011, 12:16 PM   #240
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Holy Batmobile, that's quite a top!

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Really love this build!! Reminds me so much of mine.... lots and lots of trial and error, try something redo, redo again, figger out what works.
You forgot the next step: sell it as soon as the last screw goes in and start on the next one!
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