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That's one thing among many I really enjoy about Colorado....there are no rust problems with vehicles that live in this state.
Yeah, but that lack of rust causing moisture and oxygen is tough on Colorado's human inhabitants 馃檨

My octogenarian Mom had to move back down to sea level to avoid having to use constant supplemental O2. She no longer needs any supplemental O2. And my young nephew had horrific nosebleeds when visiting due to the lack of moisture... This was in the mountains above 8,500 feet though, Black Hawk and Central City.

Beautiful state though, I really enjoyed my trips there!
 

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It's been a long second since my last update, but between trips taking the wife to the hospital and snow I haven't had the time to work on the MO. However today I was able to put in some hard work and got the transmission attached to the engine. All the work has been done at my father in law's place, but his patience is running thin... lol. But here are some pics of where I'm at. Also I have a small issue I could use some advice on.

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Front view, tomorrow I'll attach the motor mount.
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Rear View, as you can see I have the transfer case attached I will need to add the catalytic converter after I torque down some bolts.
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Side view, still have to attach the power steering belt.
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Other side view, I didn't have enough clearance to attach the upper transmission cooler portion. Im hoping tomorrow I will be able to do it without having to remove coolant manifold, but if it won't go I'll remove the manifold and attach it.
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Here's my issue, my MO is a 2005 but the engine is from a 2004 and the front transmission sensor mount is of by half a centimeter, It still fits but I'm wondering if I'll be safe using silicon seal it off. No fluids are in there but still unsure if this is okay, I'll post a separate thread about this.

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Thank you for the updates and your excellent photos -- I really enjoy viewing them!

Who'd thunk there would be a difference like that between 2004 and 2005 -- I hope it works out after so much effort. Your workaround to the mismatch does sound hopeful...
 

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More work done today, I was able to add the intake manifold, front exhaust manifold, some vacuum lines, power steering hoses. I was able to tear apart the passenger side driveshaft, plan on repairing it and reinstalling it afterwards. Also the rear exhaust manifold is getting stuck stop I will tackle that tomorrow. Here are some pics of the progress....

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front view
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Transmission Side
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Rear View, the manifold that is fighting me on the install.

Alright guys, I'll try to work on it more tomorrow and keep you updated.

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Alright guys, after heavy snow and the holidays I was able to get back to work on the Murano. So far I was able to reattach the front and rear exhaust manifolds, mount the transfer case, repair and install the front axles, fill the trans case with Lucas 80/90 trans oil, added most of the hoses, all the accessory components (except a/c), moved three subframe to under the Murano, and attached the rear driveshaft. Started to jack up the subframe but realised I needed another jack to get it done, this took all morning to do. The temperature started to drop quickly and darkness was starting also, so I found a stopping point. Most of this was done without pics, but here's pics of where I'm currently at.

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very close to lining up.
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Top view i have good clearance
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Front View A/C strapped top the front so it does not interfere with subframe install.
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Passenger Side View needs to be jacked up more so that it aligns better.
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CV Axle repaired (new boot installed)
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How much the passenger side needs to be jacked up.

Anyways here's the current plan for tomorrow:
1. Finish installing subframe and steering column
2. Install the a/c compressor
3. Finish installing hoses and plugs
4. Install radiator
5. Repair and install exhaust downpipe
6. Add fluids
7. Install new stabiliser links
8. Reinstall front end components
9. Install new brakes and rotors
10. Prime engine and pray it runs good!
 

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It's been a long second since my last update, but between trips taking the wife to the hospital and snow I haven't had the time to work on the MO. However today I was able to put in some hard work and got the transmission attached to the engine. All the work has been done at my father in law's place, but his patience is running thin... lol. But here are some pics of where I'm at. Also I have a small issue I could use some advice on.

Here's my issue, my MO is a 2005 but the engine is from a 2004 and the front transmission sensor mount is of by half a centimeter, It still fits but I'm wondering if I'll be safe using silicon seal it off. No fluids are in there but still unsure if this is okay, I'll post a separate thread about this.

Paul
I can't tell whether that sensor is a bolt-on or there's fluid running into it. If the former, you should be OK as long as you can get it mounted securely. If the latter, I'm not sure what would solve the problem, as I can't visualize what the sensor would look like bolted in place.

BTW, that's the first good look I've gotten at the mounting studs that the sub-frame mounts to. Those are pretty stout looking.
 

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More work done yesterday: I was able to mount the subframe, mount the a/c compressor, reattach the shocks and stabilizer links, and plug most of the front engine components. The issue I'm facing is reattaching the rear engine plugs, the clearance is ridiculous. I'm probably going ro remove the upper intake manifold to complete this. Here are some pics...
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Still need to attach rear engine plugs,hoses, etc. Install the radiator, fill her with fluids, torque the bottom end, install exhaust down pipe, finish the steering.
 

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Did you get it fired up? I鈥檓 doing the same thing. Just got the block back from boring it .020鈥漮ver. Will assemble in a day or two. Complete rebuild kit cost $500can from Ebay.
How come you pulled the front end off the car? This is the 03 I bought for $700 with engine issues.
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