This is what I have to work with. Thus begins my swap thread and project blogging and whatever. Not to mention the welds or rather the metal around them broke on the left part of the hatch, so that needs to be repaired. These I believe are actually copies of the Nissan motorsport race headers and street headers, and look like a very good replica too at initial glance. I should hopefully be getting that next week, and that'll totally jumpstart my build! It is different from other L series heads, because it uses hydraulic lifters.
Here's some pics: I also got some more cleaning done on the engine tonight. No doubt the end result of the Z would be nicer, but I'd have to wait 'til I'm in my 30's, and that's just not cool; I want something I can enjoy now! This means that it can't over heat in city driving, it has to idle fairly smooth, get decent gas milage when I don't have my foot in it, and it must be pretty reliable. Shoved my hand right through the license plate section there, lol Found these in the car. No rust through, and any surface rust was ground out, fixed and 'chemically sealed' in door frame when recently refurbished with new door seals. They had better be perfect at that price.
Currently has black carped interior, new interior rocker carpet sections, and full carpet floor mats. Initially I put it up for sale because I saw an all-original, one-owner '73 Z with low original miles on it that I thought I wanted, but the more I think of it, do I really want a car that I can't modify, that takes 10 seconds to do 0-60 instead of 0-100? This is a difficult decision. When I get a full gasket kit in, I'm going to take all the accessories off the front and give them a proper cleaning. Oh well, I wanted to replace the timing set anyways. He was supposed to send me a Z32 transmission, bellhousing adapter, custom driveshaft, short shifter, and shift knob, but instead decided to take the money and, well, not run? There are many choices off the shelf for after-market exhausts and many local shops will make and fit up what you want….
We'll see how that ends up. I immediately opened the hood and confirmed this, then checked the odo which read 114k. The bends all depend on cost. I intended on flaring the car but put the project on hold due to my dilema on cutting the fenders. I got the head off the L28 it was a real pain since one of the head bolts broke off in the head and it was looking pretty messy so I don't think I want to chance running high boost pressure off it. The tendancy is therefore to lower the dB limits which may penalise many owners, in towns, cities, certain periods of the day and circuits which have remained hollowed places at which to enjoy our sportscars.
This should give a great lasting polish, and will greatly reduce intake manifold temperatures. Front body work off Progress Engine out! Wired for door speakers and door locks, but both removed with interior refresh. A lot happened since then; I worked as a sales rep for Audi and got to lease a 2012 S4 for 6 months. I'm going to be picking up a Z32 transmission with bellhousing adapter, custom driveshaft, Fidanza shifter, and Nismo black satin shift knob for cheeeap! Tires have a under 200 miles on them with deep tread. Not sure how many people would need a stock sized replacement down pipe for their 280zx.
If anyone is interested, not all was pre-paid and reserved. I'll post progress as often as I have batteries for my camera. I like what he's done with his car, and hope to have my fuel delivery system setup as good as his. Since it's too much money so far anyway, I don't guess it matters. Warped Reality A common misconception is that, if you spend a lot of money for high-quality headers with thick flanges, leaks will not be an issue. So, can you give me a ballpark on how much power I could be making? The car runs wonderfully, stops on a dime, and has the best transmission I have in the fleet.
I desperately need to find a garage to store and work on the car, because I'm moving soon. There are some bits of sorting left for the discerning owner, but for most interested parties, this car is ready to roll. I'll be very happy to answer any and all questions. Hey guys, my name's Corey. Edited February 14, 2014 by Xnke. Last step once that is done is to take care of the fuel system, which I've decided to go with a fuel cell so I'll need to cut out the spare tire well and fab up a cradle. There are lots of guys in both places that have done a similar swap, although the guys on zcar.
See picture link for more information. Struts are in decent shape, the car sits on lowered Nismo 'blue' springs and has the same 'blue' front and rear anti-sway bars. Also Im sure if you ask, somebody will be able to give you the dimensions needed to fabricate a downpipe for the S30. On to pics: Had to grease the flatbed truck to shimmy the car off because 3 of the 4 calipers were seized. .