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  1. Thanks to all who have chimed in. It's nice knowing you are on my side. MOALASKA, you are spot on. Our rig had 90k on it when she blew. Present update is the mechanic is gonna try to fix the top end and not replace the motor. He is also recommending a new clutch cuz of vibrations he feels. Clutch wasn't on my radar, but at this point I'm really desperate to get our home back, so I said go ahead and do that too. Quote is $3,500. Prly high, but one finds oneself between a rock and a hard place and 600 miles from home.
  2. Thanks for the input Derek. Unfortunately I'm not knowledgeable enough to do the work myself. I've got to decide if fixing it makes sense. I love the RV and would like to save it. The mechanic is leading me toward the new engine route, not the fix it route (though it sure would be nice to just repair whatever broke, though I don't even know if that is possible).
  3. So our luck finally went south. My 1984 Nissan Sunrader that we are wintering in blew its engine (massive white smoke, rapid drain of radiator fluid). Other than that, it is such a sweet RV and I'd put a lot of TLC into her (springs, tires, interior upgrades). Now what? It has the Z24 2.4L gas engine. Anyone been thru similar and can talk me thru my options? And hopefully make me feel like there actually could be light at the end of the tunnel. Or at least a different way of looking at things. I'm in Tucson, 600 miles from my home in CO. RV is at mechanic's now.
  4. Thx. Did as you advised. On Napa, inputting VIN, it shows a driveshaft for 110" wheelbase truck that is 66" long. My 21' rig is 142" wheelbase and driveshaft roughly measured 104". Am I missing something?
  5. Yes, thank you for these tidbits. My carrier bearing and especially the rubber mount look shot. I'll replace them too when I get the drive shaft off. Question: will the carrier bearing and rubber mount be the one that pulls up at RockAuto for a 1984 Nissan 720 2.4 (RWD). I've run into problems before ordering online for my Sunrader where the part my Sunrader has is not the same as the one listed for the stock 720 Nissan mini truck (eg, fuel pump). Here's what I find. https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/nissan,1984,720+pickup,2.4l+l4,1210329,drivetrain,drive+shaft+center+support,12743 Not sure why it says the I.D. is 1.18". It is certainly bigger than that.
  6. I crawled under and looked at the u joints. One of the three, the middle one definitely had some movement in it when wrenched on. Seems like that could be my culprit. Thank you to all who responded.
  7. The shaking is pretty violent until I get rolling up about 20 mph. Also problem is intermittent. Not sure if that helps in the diagnosis but that's what it does.
  8. Oops, typos above. Every "shutter" is supposed to say SHUDDER, as in vibrates or shakes.
  9. I have a 1984 Nissan Sunrader in a 720 pickup (2.4). It's in pretty good shaped overall. Owned it 2 years. One problem that I struggle with, is that when I start out in first gear or even second gear it shutters and I have to really play with the clutch and the gas to get the shutter to go away, while slowly increasing my speed. Once the shudder goes away I can continue on to 2nd 3rd and 4th gear no problems. It doesn't always shudder. But it does enough to be annoying and it certainly need it to be fixed. It seems like a problem I can live with as well and I have for the last at least a year and a half as other problems have taken priority. Would someone please let me know what they think is the root cause of the this shudder. To me it seems like it's got to be somewhere in the clutch or drivetrain. Feels like something wobbling until it stops wobbling, so to speak 🙂
  10. PS. Yes! That is my fuel pump in the link you have sent. Thank you for leading me to this link. You may have saved the vacation! This forum is the best.
  11. Thank you for the reply and the lead. My part looks like to the attached pic. "Transistor Fuel Pump, 12V <circled dash> GND, Judosha Kiki CO. " with the part number no longer visible. That is the gas tank to the lower left. All this on passenger side, under carriage, beneath gas cap. The rigs M.O. is thus. Runs fine for days or even weeks. Then one start up runs for 5 min. then dies. Cranks but won't restart. Will turn over for a sec with starting fluid (no flooded?). Seems fuel pump not kicking on with key "on" but not turned all way to cranking. Tapping/banging on fuel pump can rectify for some time. Fuel filter just above and out of picture. Replaced fuel filter and found old one rattled when shaken. Cut off bottom of old one and found inside orange coffee filter like part detached. Old/broken filter was 18 months old. Not sure when it broke.
  12. 1984 Nissan Sunrader. Need to get a new fuel pump but I'll be darned if I can figure out the correct part. It's on a 1984 Nissan 720, 2.4. I ordered the one PartsGeek recommends, but it came and was obviously not the same. Mine is mounted right next to gas tank easily visible from passenger side. Fuel filter sits right next to it. Any help greatly appreciated.
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