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Post by wannabethestig » Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:33 pm

So i was helping out a buddy today on a 300zx twin turbo and was thanking God i don't have my old one still.

300zxtt = hardest
72 gmc with a 327 = easiest

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Post by supakat » Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:24 am

Yea, z32's are a pain. Easiest I worked on was a GA16DE B14 200sx. Also an 83 Chevy Blazer.
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Post by i_slide » Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:27 am

Z32 was the hardest for sure, I did a n/a to tt swap and everything was hard to do on that car except pulling the actual engine. The harness was hard to get too, the intercooler pipes, just putting on the intakes are a pain. (Never again) Second that though was pulling a CVT trans from a ford freestyle at work. Those are a pain, there just an odd ball car that shouldn't have been made for those short years.

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Post by 500hpKA240sx » Mon Mar 04, 2013 3:14 pm

kinda depends on what your doing...
-94 toyota 4 runner: cake (timing belt replace after it broke)

-7 different s13 240sx: cake (engine rebuilds, tranny swaps, interior swaps, damn near everything)

-01 chevy s10 vortec: medium "need patents" (spark plugs "driverside" have to remove steering column to get to them and front wheel bearings)

-05 mustang gt: easy (fender replacement and whole pass side taken apart and painted)

-08 mustang gt: easy but ingnorant...( door panel removal for internal work, had locked torx bit bolts and regular size bolts just a big mess IMO)

-01 escort zx2: easy (motor/tranny swap)

-08 chevy aveo: hard (head swap, belt broke from tensioner pulley failure and you need special tools for the water pump install, everything is just hard to get to)

thats just some off the top my head...

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Post by ReEducationThruLabor » Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:59 pm

With the engine in the car:
Hardest: 3000GT VR4
Easiest: S14 (nothing like a longitudinal inline motor)
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Post by LPime001 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:17 pm

I have not worked on too many cars, but from my experience:

Hardest: 1991 MR2.

Easiest: 1991 RX7. Helped my cuz remove, rebuild and reinstall a 13B in his FC. Tiny little motor in huge engine bay = pleasure to work on. LOL
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Post by signals13 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:30 pm

Easiest 94 altima motor pull, 92 Sentra all kinds of stuff, 240sx's, hardest dang range rover

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Post by wheelman » Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:44 pm

Hardest - 1995 GMC Astro Van. Changing the plugs required going in through the wheel wells and fighting with badly formed heat shields that trap the plugs half way out. I had to take apart most of the dash to get at the back of the engine to replace the cap and rotor, plug wires were an adventure in blind routing. Never again, although I have to say the 4.3L V6 and transmission in that rig make a great package.

Easiest - This is a toss up between a 1970 Ford F100 with no power accessories and my 1973 Datsun 240Z with an LT1 swap. I could literally stand in the engine bay of the Ford to work on things and I did the swap on the Z so I know every inch of the car.

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Post by Walperstyle » Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:00 am

Easiest would be one of my two Ford F250's. 1984 and 1993. So much easier than the Chevy of the same Era. Dizzy at the front, everything easy to see.

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Post by kacam24det » Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:47 pm

Easiest vehicles I have worked on are 1952 International Harvester L-120 complete body tare down had the whole vehicle in about 3 hours minus the cab, motor, and trans. Removed the bed also for complete restoration.
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1967 Camaro- Replaced floor boards, quarters, roof skin, and all other panels.
1923 Ford Model-T complete custom build
1968- GTO Complete resto quarter panel replacement, replace fender skirts, and floor board patch panels
1971-Corvette Stingray Complete resto
1976-Corvette Stingray Complete resto
1980s' style-Monte Carlo, done 50 to 100 of these completes
1990s' Caprice Bubbles, done 50 to 100 of these completes
1989-97 Nissan 240sx, Complete resto engine trans swaps
1987-2000 Camaro's Firebirds- Complete paint jobs, front end collisions air bag replacements motor and trans swaps
2006-2012 Toyota Camarys, Corollas- Eveything imaginable
Now Hardest
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Mini Cooper timing, trans swap, airbags front end collision
Dodge Stealth complete motor rebuilds
Pontiac G6 retractable top
VW Bugs- body tare downs collision work PITA
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Post by z240xs » Sat Mar 23, 2013 6:31 am

hardest= 02 F250 powerchoke headgaskets and head bolt to main stud conversion

easiest= honda civic five speed trans R&R or R&O/H&I takes like 25 mins to R&R one they are so cake
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Post by DRFTPUNK » Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:00 pm

Easiest, my s13 id ive done almost everything that can be done to it.

hardest: Moms Cadillac seville with v8 northstar. thing is such a pain in the ass for everything. I want to punch a GM engineer just thinking about it.
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Post by Marcus » Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:08 pm

Can't think that long and hard....but I will say never work on an AC system in a stretch limo Hummer that some peons put together in California.

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Post by redpotatoes » Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:52 am

DRFTPUNK wrote:Easiest, my s13 id ive done almost everything that can be done to it.

hardest: Moms Cadillac seville with v8 northstar. thing is such a pain in the ass for everything. I want to punch a GM engineer just thinking about it.
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Post by Marcus » Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:29 pm

Topped it this week. MX450 Street sweeper. Stupid....so stupid.

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Post by yvang07 » Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:16 am

Being employed at a Nissan dealership, I've appreciated how easy alot of the cars are to work on.

I don't really have a single car to point out but I must say newer cars with the reloadable "canister" type oil filters are so pointless. Especially since some require a proprietary tool, on top of being super torqued on as though whoever did it last wasn't planning to ever change out the filter ever again. Also, cars that have a plastic/metal under cover in which you have to remove to get to the oil filter/drain plug are a little nuisance. I understand it's for protection but they (the manufacturer) couldn't be nice and add cut outs for both? :/

Here is the perfect example of a car that has both, if you ever have to work on one....lol save yourself the misery and just turn em away haha.


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Post by Rb26kouki » Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:41 am

Lol by far 300zx hardest i hate those things
Easy any honda lol

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Post by shift_down » Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:20 am

Oh man, Honda is so easy! I changed the head, timing belt, water pump, and all that jazz in like 5 minutes.
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