UPDATES: 08/20/10 Wow! It's been a year since I've updated. Car has been parked all this time. There has been some sun and weather damage to the paint, specifically in the rear where it got the most sun. Although, by early Summer, I had already covered the rear deck panal to protect it and the tops of the rear leather seat. Additionally, I covered both front seats as well as placing a tarp across the front windshield to protect the dash and steering wheel from sun damage. Within the next couple of weeks, I anticipate pulling the car into the garage, dropping the oil pan, and inspecting the crank to verify my problem is the rod bearings and replace them. I've also decided that while I have the car in the garage, I'm going to take the time and do several additional modifications. I'm going to finally finish the E36 projector install, ensuring they fit more even and secure. I'm also going to re-wire the stereo and Ungo alarm system. I plan to eliminate some components of the Ungo which are really unnecessary such as the motion sensor and secondary shock sensor. I've also acquired a Phenolic intake spacer kit for the VG engine. With installing it, I work on cleaning up the engine bay, problem solving my wideband issue, and look at opening up my upper intake manifold as well as doing some polishing on the lower, upper, and intake plenum. I also intend to remove the front Stillen Lip and clean it up a little. Where it had to be cut, the edges are a bit rough and there is a small split in the lip due to some goofing off one snowey night. So, I plan to clean up the lip and repair the crack. More recently, I decided to remove the rear Stillen skirt and it is sold. I've also decided to perminently eliminate the Stillen Wing and seal the holes in the trunk. I think overall this gives the car a bit more mature and aggressive looking stance. I've decided to keep the Stillen 3rd brake light cover on the trunk. I hope to have this car back on the road by the first of next year! 08/13/09 I recently experienced some increased noise in the engine. I initially thought it might be increased lifter noise yet it seemed lower. I decided to go ahead and pull both valve covers which required me pulling the intake upper intake manifold. I could not identify any reason for the increased noise although I did not some curious markings along the tip of a couple cam lobes. I do not believe this attributes to the noise at this time. I believe the cam lobe markings are related to them having been ground....I will be contacting Schneider regarding this observation. However, I went ahead and installedsix new lifters (OEM only!). Of course this resolved my lifter noise, yet the other, more firm, rattle was still present. I have come to the conclusion this noise is a rod bearing. I have decided to pull the oil pan (again!) and replace the rod bearings. I believe the failing oil pump has contributed to this bearing going out. As soon as I get my other project Maxima out of the garage, I'm putting my turbo Max back in for repairs. She still starts, runs, and drives....but I have parked her so to avoid risking damage to the block or crank.I have further decided to put my turbo Maxima up FOR SALE. This is not becuase of the rod bearing, which I plan to fix. It is simply the fact I feel I have outgrown this car. It was my dream car in my twenties, but now in my thirties, it just doesn'f fit for me. As others have told me, I "need a grown up car." I am asking $6500 and includes the second project Maxima (runs) as well as ALL parts and Maxima related accessories I have. This would be a Uhaul truck worth of engine parts, interior, sets of seats, doors, hoods, electronics, etc which I am selling. Please feel free to contact me by my AOL email address.06/26/09 I've been driving the car for several weeks now. Things seem to be pretty much all in line. I've got a slight lifter noise off the right bank. This is certainly from having installed older lifters in effort to resolve what I originally strictly a lifter issue. However, having successfully replaced the oil pump and new electronic oil pressure guage, the oil pressure appears right in line and lifter noise is minimal. I only get slight lifter noise at higher rpms after engine has warmed up. So, I've determined I'm simply going to replace all lifters on the right bank to fix the issue. AS part of the oil pump work, I went ahead and replaced the cam and crank timing sprockets with the newer VG parts which allow for the better round toothed, 100k mile, timing belt. Naturally I upgraded the timing belt to the 100k mile belt. I've also again redone the intake piping, pre-turbo. I've also replaced the oil feed line for the turbo as it begun to leak (my fault). It leaked becuase I had allowed my intake to put pressure against it near the fitting at the turbo and it ultimately cracked. I also recently replaced my front driver's side ball lower ball joint.I've also added a gel cell battery into the front driver's fender for additional power and reserve up front given I've placed my red top Optima battery in the trunk. No electrical issues have been noted. Although, my fuse on the memory wire off the Clarion CD player keeps blowing. I fear it is an internal short with the unit itself as I've inspected the wire with no identifiable break or short noted. I've installed a newer Ungo alarm system. It allows for remote start, but I'm not interested in this feature given my car is a manual. As part of the new installation, I've installed an electric trunk release. I installed this with stock Maxima parts and set it up to allow manual release from beside the driver's seat as well. I've also installed a heated mirror switch with a set of heated mirrors. Truly a great feature IMO...anyone who has had them knows what I mean! Still got a lot to do on the car in terms of getting some things taken car of and increasing the joy of driving her daily. Will continue to update!I've also bought another Maxima. It's a '90 dark gray Max. Needs a lot of TLC to include lots of front end body parts (which I have) and a torque converter for the transmission. It also needs some serious rust removal and metal work in the rear. The rust does not affect the stability or strucural integrety of the car, but definately requires attention before it becomes a daily driver! It will also require a front driver's control arm (front bushing blown). Getting to be pretty common on these cars.4/12/09 I have installed the oil filter relocation kit. The oil filter is now located directly beside the fuel filter via a custom made bracket. I've installed the new oil pump along with new timing belt and gears. I found a crack in my intake piping; pre-turbo. Subsequently I've had to redo my plumbing. I've also installed a newer and fancier Ungo alarm system. Has remote start which I will not install or utilize. With this alarm, I've also added an electronic trunk popper which operates through the alarm. In doing this, I've set it up to also keep the manual release located beside the driver's seat. Additionally, I'm finishing up installation of a secondary battery. I'm installing a gel cell battery in the driver's side fender. I've had to fabricate a battery support and securing brackets; the process is near completion, just some weding and painting to finish up. Also, I've installed my new electronic oil pressure gauge. I also installed a newer side mirror switch which has the mirror defronst function. Since I've updated the side mirrors from a newer 3rd gen and have this feature, I will simply have to make sure my vehicle has the wires inside the doors in order to utilize this funcion. I've otherwise simply tried to clean up the engine compartement and streamline my piping as well as replace some damaged vacuum lines and repair any cracked wiring. Specific to the interior, I've replaced my cracked leather center console lid with a "new to me" mint leather lid I purchased off a fellow www.maxima.org friend. Ultimately, I hope to have this car back on the road by the first of the week following Easter Sunday! I hope to have new images of these updates available soon.Additionally, I have some new parts for sale. As always, I can provide picks!Page One: I would like to show the transformation of this 1989 Nissan Maxima from the time I bought it in 1998 till now. "In the beginning!"