Fuel lines

General information about the first-generation Nissan Maxima in the US. What was the Datsun 810 became the luxury leader Maxima in the US in 1981.

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Fuel lines

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Post by moose-tek » 13 years ago

I have acquired another Maxima recently that had been sitting for six years or so. It is an 82 5sp sedan. The glow plugs were not working when I got it, Looks like the battery fell over in this car too and buggered up some of the connectors in the harness. I bypassed most of it with 2 12 ga wires to the #1 relay. Runs and drives alright for a 25 year old car. There is a pronounced clunk when steering at slow speed (ball joints?).

Anyways, I have rounded up the IP, alt and PS belts, plus the upper & lower rad hoses . I am trying to find a good online parts house to get the valve cover gasket. Are there any other hoses & stuff that should be taken care of while I'm working on this.

Okay, now my original reason for this thread. I plan on making this my biodiesel commuter car and I have access to B100 not too far away. I need to know the ID of all the fuel lines, possibly estimated length too. VIton lines seem difficult to find around here. I checked a couple of big truck shops and a mega-NAPA in Greensboro. I dont really want to shell out $14/ft for lines from McMaster Carr.

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Post by asavage » 13 years ago

While a fuel line burst within 12 months of switching to B100 full-time in my '82 720, I haven't had any weeping or anything while running B100 in my '82 Maxima. I put two tankfulls of B100 through it, let it sit for a year, and I've been driving it daily for over three months (though only back to B99 for the last two weeks). I keep waiting for a line to go, but so far nothing except the (presumably) IP shaft seal weeping a bit.

Just putting that out there, in case you think you have to swap lines immediately.

As for sources and sizes, can't really help beyond the McMaster-Carr numbers I used on the old 720. I haven't converted one since then (two years ago) and all my chasing with Gates' products seems to indicate that the newer fuel-injection-rated fuel line (not the low-pressure fuel line products) will accommodate B100.

The truly difficult lines to replace are the ones at the tank. On the 720, I dropped the tank.
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Al S.

1982 Maxima diesel wagon, 2nd & 4th owner, 165k miles, rusty & burgundy/grey. Purchased 1996, SOLD 16Feb10
1983 Maxima diesel wagon, 199k miles, rusty, light yellow/light brown. SOLD 14Jul07
1981 720 SD22 (scrapped 04Sep07)
1983 Sentra CD17, 255k, bought 06Jul08, gave it away 22Jun10.

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Post by bcdivad » 13 years ago

I've got an 82 Max also and have been running B50 during the winter months and B100 during the summer months on the original (as far as I know) fuel lines with no signs of leakage or softening. Run it and keep an eye on them.
I did change the IP seal only cause I put on a new IP belt.

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Post by asavage » 13 years ago

moose-tek wrote:I am trying to find a good online parts house to get the valve cover gasket.
Both Fel-Pro (Autozone, Schucks, etc.) and Victor (NAPA) make a VC gasket for the LD28. Nobody seems to have the washers for the VC bolts though, other than Nissan.
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See the middle of this long post for part Nos. and more pics and a workaround for the washers.
Regards,
Al S.

1982 Maxima diesel wagon, 2nd & 4th owner, 165k miles, rusty & burgundy/grey. Purchased 1996, SOLD 16Feb10
1983 Maxima diesel wagon, 199k miles, rusty, light yellow/light brown. SOLD 14Jul07
1981 720 SD22 (scrapped 04Sep07)
1983 Sentra CD17, 255k, bought 06Jul08, gave it away 22Jun10.

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VC Gasket

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Post by 83_maxima » 13 years ago

I had a difficult time finding a valve cover gasket for my wagon's LD28. Neither Napa or Checker (Schucks-Kragen) listed it in their catalog and our wholsale parts supplier at work (WorldPac) didn't list it either.

I ended up going to the dealer and getting it for a little less than $30.

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Post by asavage » 13 years ago

Fel-Pro VC gasket VS 50215 R (box says, "Replaces 13270-V0702")
from RockAuto.com, $14
from NAPA online, $17

Victor VS38333 (NAPA NGAVS38333)
from NAPA, $19

OEM 13270-V0702
from nismoparts.com, $26
Regards,
Al S.

1982 Maxima diesel wagon, 2nd & 4th owner, 165k miles, rusty & burgundy/grey. Purchased 1996, SOLD 16Feb10
1983 Maxima diesel wagon, 199k miles, rusty, light yellow/light brown. SOLD 14Jul07
1981 720 SD22 (scrapped 04Sep07)
1983 Sentra CD17, 255k, bought 06Jul08, gave it away 22Jun10.

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