Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Research - Where Do All Those Engine Stickers Go?

So normally I don't post until I have done the research in full and I am ready to show everyone something, but in this case I'll make an exception to show how I get an idea and then start moving towards SOME KIND of project.

In this case, I am talking about all those stickers that were on the underside of the hood (bonnet) and in the engine bay when the car was delivered new.  Anyone ever wonder what those were all about? Some of you may have faded remnants of some stickers - but didn't you ever wonder if your car had the full set of stickers as applied at the factory?  And what do some of those stickers say anyway?  And then some of you are like me - you've replaced either the hood itself or the underhood insulation, or both, and want to get "back to OEM" or as close as possible, anyway.

The genesis of this project is when I got the underhood insulation replaced at Nissan Prince Tokyo back in 2016 - so yes, I have been thinking about this for almost 5 years, but have done little except to slowly collect the stickers when I remembered.  As you can see, there is an indent on the insulation which clearly suggests one or more stickers of some sort are supposed to go there.  

That, and when I googled I found this:


Other search results showed a sticker not on the insulated part, but on the right side directly on the paint:


As well as just one sticker on the insulation:


So, since all of them can't be correct, I had to look it up. My main source was this - Nissan's Main Maintenance Parts Catalog for the R33 Skyline, issued in July 1997, covering vehicles made since 1993:

Sometimes I think paper is faster and easier to use than electronic...

Yes, it is basically the print version of the Nissan FAST. Of course, as some numbers have changed due to the Nismo Heritage Program, I also accessed the Heritage Program as well.

Finally, I also used, and found this (the same as above, but a bit easier to see the locations under the hood for C, A, and G?):


Anyway - so here are all the stickers I have accumulated over the years.

Let's look at these one by one. First, this very yellow SRS Airbag warning sticker ("G" in the diagram above).  I have confirmed this is the correct parts number for the 33.

 Here is what it says, if you ever wondered: 
Caution      SRS AIRBAG
- this car is equipped with an SRS airbag.
- the harness and connectors for the SRS airbag are yellow in color
- do not use a multimeter to test the circuits
- modifying the circuit or disconnecting the connectors can cause the SRS airbag to operate improperly and prevent the system from normal operation, and is a cause of major damage
- when disposing of the gas release unit or the vehicle, always consult the sales company that handled the sale

The next sticker is for emissions.  Note that this one is available only via the Nismo Heritage Parts program.  The sticker for the BNR32, by the way, is identical as the same regulations were in effect and applicable. The difference is in the parts number (ending in RHR20) and the print on the bottom left says "2R1" and the separate small sticker on the side has "05U00." Yeah, I have no idea either.

It says:
This car conforms to the exhaust gas regulations of Showa 53 (10/15 mode)
Engine type: RB26
Overall Engine Displacement: 2568 cc
Equipped with following equipment: 3 layer catalytic converter (monolith) canister type

Engine adjustment values
Idle speed: 950 rpm

Ignition timing: 20degrees/950  BTDC/rpm
CO adjustment value (at idle):  0.1%
HC adjustment value (at idle):  50 ppm

This automobile conforms to the exhaust gas regulations of Showa 53 based on the safety standards of road transportation vehicles.

Next is a more comprehensive fluids check list ("C" above). I have confirmed this parts number is for the 33, although I think this is a period correct sticker for all Nissan vehicles of the era.

 Use Nissan OEM parts on this car! - Oil and fluids should be as follows!

Engine Oil (OEM Nissan oil in SD, SE, SF, SG grades)
Replace: Every 10,000km or 12 months (SG grade)
               Every 5000 km or 6 months (SD, SE, SF grades)
Inspect/Replace:   Before use as appropriate

Manual Transmission Oil (OEM Nissan Gear Oil MP)
Replace:  Privately used:  no replacement
                Commercial vehicles etc: Every 100,000km or 2 years
Inspect/Replace: Privately used every 12 months; commercial etc., every month

Differential Oil (Gear Oil Hypoid)
Replace: Privately used: no replacement
               Commercial vehicles etc: Every 100,000km or 2 years
Inspect/Replace: Privately used every 12 months; commercial etc., every month

Automatic Transmission Fluid (OEM NissanMatic Fluid D)
Replace:  Hired cars, taxis, etc:  Every 100,000km
                All others;  no replacement

Inspect/Replace: Privately used every 12 months; commercial etc. every month

Power Steering Fluid (Nissan OEM Power Steering Fluid)
No replacement
Inspect/Replace: Privately used every 12 months; commercial etc. every month

Brake Fluid (Nissan OEM Brake Fluid NR3)
Replace:  Privately used; First time at 3 years; every 2 years thereafter
                Commercial:  Every year;  Freight: Every year
Inspect/Replace:  Before use as appropriate
(Warning) Do not use anything other than NR3 Nissan OEM brake fluid
*Please see Maintenance Manual for Details*

Next, I found this Oil Change Warning sticker. I have confirmed that this parts number is for the Series 3 R33:

Warning At Time of Oil Change
- Engine oil (Nissan Motor Oil)
Always change at every 10,000km or every 12 months
(Please use SG, SH grade oil)

- Automatic Trans (Mission/Axle) Fluid
Always use NissanMatic Fluid

- For other oils please consult Maintenance Notes

For Details please consult the Nissan Sales Company

The only problem is, I have no idea where this goes on my car. Not only was the parts manual not helpful, I could not seem to find out even on Google examples of this sticker and its application.  And yet, it is listed on FAST and in the catalogs as for the R33...

This next sticker (weirdly, also listed as "C" above!) is listed as common for the R33 and R34 - the Ignition timing:

Engine Adjustment Value

Idle RPM (Manual transmission) 950 rpm
Ignition Timing (Manual transmission) 20 degrees/950 BTDC /rpm

I have no idea what the "2P" here is for, nor why there is a small sticker on the side with the second half of the parts number.  Turns out however that maybe I did not need to order this sticker:

As my car still has the factory applied sticker in place. Not exactly straight either. Note the yellow caution label is also not applied straight.  This is going to bother me... and yet they both WERE applied at the factory so super OEM...

So I have a backup sticker, I guess. I also have no idea where the simplified oil change sticker goes as well.

So for the remaining 3 stickers, this is how I THINK they would be applied, according to EPC/the parts book - but to be honest, I am not sure if I even WILL have the stickers applied:

I guess this will simply have to be another question/task for Nismo Omori Factory, next time I go there...

Actually, there was ONE sticker I found and I know where it goes:

On the side of the dashboard on the passenger side - visible when the door is open. Although whether to apply over that nice leather finish will be another conundrum.

Anyway, most frustrating for me because there simply isn't enough information I was able to find. Not the most pressing parts update for my car, but I did want to share what kind of research I do as well as my decision making in seeking to refine my car even further.

So, I suppose I will have to continue my research before moving forward on actually applying these stickers.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Some Minor Clean Up

The other day when posting about the work I had done at Nismo Omori Factory,  when I wrote about the new door latch (green arrow), I noticed that the residue from an old oil change reminder sticker was ugly.  And to be honest, not sure why I never removed it before!

Photo from my previous post.

Of course, the existence of such sticker residue causes me angst, and so I immediately ordered a product which apparently is made just for sticker removal - in the past I had used whatever I had lying around to remove stickers - brake cleaner, rubbing alcohol, Simple Green, you name it - but this time I wanted easy street.

I found this 3M Cleaner "Seal Remover", "strong type."

So here are the two former stickers that I was not successful at removal - can't remember what I used to try  to remove them:

So I just sprayed on the 3M stuff, and let it sit for a few minutes...
Wow, could not believe how easy this was

Same for the Motul oil change sticker:

Talk about effortless - a super thin crispy sticker - oh and it smelled good too! Like lemon...

Ta da! Super clean, just the way I like it!
Excuse my knee, I was taking the photo at an angle

But sure I am not going to devote a whole post to this. No. In fact, I had long been annoyed by another small detail:

While I would love to blame this on 90s Nissan quality, unfortunately this came about because of this:
A repair attempt

So long time readers will know that when I embarked on my leather dash project, I purchased a 33 dash sight unseen from a friend in the UK, who then sent it over to Cesar, the master craftsman in Mexico who did the leather work (check out this video he made to memorialize his work!). This repaired tab was either in the dash at purchase, or maybe Cesar had fixed up in an attempt to make the vent fit into the leather covered dash. In any case, every time I saw how the driver's side vent was not completely flat, it distressed me, and no amount of pushing down seemed to fix it for long.
Using a file to try to sand it down...

So while I tried to use a file to sand the tab down to the level of the others, it just wasn't working. So, I quickly found and bought on Yahoo Auctions a replacement set, since these vents are no longer available new:
It arrived quickly, although wow that is a lot of wrapping...

For just two vents

These look to be in great shape, and of course I made sure the tab in question was intact.

Not knowing what kind of car they had been in previously, I decided to wash the replacement right side vent.

And of course use some cotton swabs to clean the dust and dirt that had accumulated in the corners.

Upon replacement, I found:
Why? Very frustrating, it should fit perfectly!!?

I quickly figured out why, however. Take a look at the left side vent that I removed from my car (top) compared to the one I got on Yahoo Auctions (bottom):
Yep, the bottom one has the tab broken off.
So I decided to see which fit better. I removed the original left side vent (being very careful around the sunlight sensor) and then washed it and the replacement vent, including the use of the cotton swabs.

That is when I discovered, that the replacement vent had a slight scratch: 

Which meant that, even though color-wise and fit looked like this:

Using my original vent looks like this, even though it appears to my eye that there is a slight color variation (and admittedly I had to push down hard on the replacement vent to make it flat):

So what would you do? Well for now I have decided to try to see if I can find another pair on Yahoo Auction that not only is structurally perfect, but also the same consistent color. Or, maybe I will get someone to carbonize these vents to match the other carbon upgrades in the interior. I found it easy enough to pull these out so replacement will be easy whenever it happens. Meanwhile I will continue to use the vents I found on Yahoo Auctions, because the fit is better, even with that small scratch.

What I DID replace was the sunlight sensor, which I got from Trust Kikaku - see my last super short post! On both passenger side vents, the part seemed to be very very original - the paper sticker is faded yellow!

So I decided it would't hurt to buy a new sensor, before it becomes unavailable or out of stock so many other OEM parts seem to be doing these days.  Hence my previous post.  Although, the only thing it would affect would be the HVAC system, I think. Not sure I'd be able to tell the difference either.

Install was easy - there are clips on the side of the sensor, and you just push up and out.
Look at the difference? Even if the sensor is still working perfectly, the darkened clear plastic might be affecting its accuracy?

Anyway - on my next post I hope to have a very modern mod... stay tuned!

Sunday, May 16, 2021

My First Ever Purchase from Trust Kikaku!

Normally I wouldn't unless it something super rare and interesting, but I stumbled upon this OEM part during my Yahoo Auction checks and it was cheap enough, plus my friends at Nismo were on Golden Week holiday, so...

Here it is: 

Ignore the carbon keychain, just covering up my address

On the day it arrived Dino swung by, so I had him open this up alongside another interesting package, the contents of which I will discuss in an upcoming post.
And yes, that is a very nice Porsche...

Here is a closer shot of the part itself:

Tune in later this week as I explain (in my next post) why I ordered this and a bit of an update...

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Super Rare Find #2!

So you may have noticed the envelope on the left, from my last post.

This was another rare find - a friend alerted me, and when I took a look, it is something I have NEVER seen before, but in the back of my mind always assumed existed. 

Obviously, something R33 GT-R related...


And back.
Nissan Prince Kanagawa, Co. Ltd. Service facilities open on Sundays!

So what is it? When I opened the envelope:

Nice! Pamphlets - one to apply to join the Nismo GT-R Supporters Association (Club LeMans) and the other to celebrate the R33 GT-R LeMans challenge. 

Of course, being mail from a dealer there was some inevitable advertising thrown in there:

An old cell phone for 39,800 yen? Yeah, a dealership - Nissan Prince Kanagawa - advert... from 1995!

So wait, what is this Club LeMans?

Well, they were instrumental in getting Nissan to race in LeMans. Here is a short article from the Nissan Global website. I knew that Nissan fans back in 1995 were instrumental in helping to bring the R33 GT-R to LeMans. But in reading the below, I learned some interesting things.

First, by joining this club - entry fee of 1000 yen, annual dues of 3000 yen - you of course got the fancy club ID card, a club member only clear sticker, and a club member only pin badge.

But that's not all - a select 23 (ni-san!) members were given a tour of the city of LeMans, a bus tour on the LeMans circuit, opportunity to check out the cars, hanging out with the racing drivers.  And of course, via TGV, an opportunity to go have some fun in Paris.

Additionally, members were given discount pricing on GT races in Japan - not only tickets, but pit passes, and access to the hospitality (VIP) rooms.  Also, you got sent Nismo calendars, the ability to buy special Club LeMans accessories and goods, and 10% of "Nismo telecommunication products" - I have no idea if that means pagers (remember those?) or cell phones...

But that's not all - you could also participate in special "safety driving lessons" taught by the LeMans race drivers, and you were sent a newsletter 4 times a year.

However, the most exciting benefit was - you could volunteer to be a member of the actual LeMans race team staff! 

But not just anyone - they were looking for 4 people as mechanic supporters (so you had to have at least a class 3 mechanics license, ability and strength to work continuously for 30 hours - tasks included hauling tires to exchange, wheel inspections and cleaning, fuel resupply in the pits, assistance in fixing the cars, and cleaning up and organizing the pits); 1 person as a translator - French/Japanese to talk to race officials, everyday support in France; 1 "health keeper" - either a doctor or nurse with at least 5 years experience, to take care of the drivers and other team members;  2 catering staff - with certificates in food preparation, with actual experience in hotels/restaurants, to support the team in the paddock with all food related items; and 2 "event reporters"to record events as they happened and transmit reports at the scene and once back in Japan.  Too bad I wasn't around back then but since I don't have any of these qualifications in the first place... maybe one of you do?

Finally, a few words of congratulations in the establishment of the club from Kozo Watanabe, the man in charge of the R33 Skyline development, as well as from Masami Ihara, a famous football (soccer) player on the Nissan sponsored Yokohama Marinos team.  Most interestingly, Watanabe-san shares that one of the everlasting dreams for the Skyline GT-R was to compete in LeMans!

Finally, a page showing the driver lineup for the 1995 LeMans race. Do people know who they are? Some very famous names there...

Then of course some more mundane advertising - the middle green talking about the First GT-R Track Day (sponsored by Prince Kanagawa) at Fuji speedway, scheduled for April 3. Meanwhile the stuff on the sides are talking about all the new goodies on the new R33 GT-R and accolades in the press:

Nissan Prince Kanagawa (which still operates today) - open in 50 locations on Sunday for maintenance, shaken, repair, etc.   Interestingly, it appears they had one shop in particular, called "Mobility Spot Tomei Yokohama" that specialized in Nismo and tuning parts, sponsored track days - so kind of like Nissan Prince Tokyo's Motorsports Factory, as I explained in that article for Speedhunters a few years ago.

Advertising - you could either trade in your R32 GT-R, and pay only 19,400 yen a month, or keep your BNR32 and pay 40,200 yen a month, at a then low interest rate of 7.8%! (when Japan was in its economic "bubble" era...)

Anyway - what a blast to the past! Weird how my car wasn't even built yet - remember this is in the first year of the R33 GT-R, but also it's wonderful in how Nissan and Nismo knew that there were enough motorsport fans, and Nissan fans, in Japan that establishing such a club was well worth the effort.  How times have changed... I can only hope that those volunteers had a great time helping the teams out!