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alainburon

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  1. Well, after months of research and reading through posts on this and other forums my project has officially begun. I would like to thank all of you for posting information about your projects progress. This makes life a lot easier for the rest of us in understanding what we are getting into. The plan: Install a stroked LS3 (416 CID 605hp/560ft. lb. torque) and a T56 transmission on my S30. Install Bad Dog frame rails; have a custom aluminum tank built that will allow dual exhaust. Fit a built R200 LSD with 300zx turbo axles and billet stub axles and adaptors. Send the body to a restoration shop for complete disassembly, paint and body work to be completed. Replace all weather stripping and send dash to be refurbished. I’m sure other things as well, I will update as I go. I plan on not cutting any corners on this build regardless of what it will cost, my estimate so far is between 45 and 50K, who knows I may be off there too. This is the second car I purchased and I have owned it for 23 years. The car means to me more than it will ever be worth therefore I don’t care how much I spend on it. This project should take a couple of years since the body shop is telling me 6 to 8 months from the time they get the car. Here are some pictures of what I’m staring with. The car looks OK in the pictures but it is a long way from being done right.
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    78 280Z LS3 Project

    I was able to vacuum the A/C system this weekend to 30 inches of vacuum. Held vacuum overnight and charged it the next day. Not bad for idling in a 105 degree garage. I think it will do better on the highway. Now to get the oil pressure and engine water temperature gauge synchronized to the ECU.
  3. I'm with you man, dual all the way back is the way to go. Don't send your parts back just yet. I had my exhaust built since I don't possess fab skills. The hangers were made to fit as well. X pipe was flow tested to ensure it works properly. I don't have pictures of the hangers but I will try and get you some in the next couple of days.
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    78 280Z LS3 Project

    Thanks guys, I appreciate the kind words.
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    78 280Z LS3 Project

    I got the exhaust completed and the car back home. Now the next step is to get the gauges synchronized with the computer sensors and set up a time to have the car tuned.
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    78 280Z LS3 Project

    Thank You, I still want to have it repainted. There are some flaws that my anal self just can't live with but it looks good from 10 feet away....LOL
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    78 280Z LS3 Project

    Had the 4 alignment done and dropped the car off at a friend's house to get the exhaust redone. The exhaust was just too close to the inside of the rear tires for my taste so we decided to redo the entire thing since I still needed to have the section between the headers and X pipe done anyways. It felt good to drive it a few feet after all these years. IMG_1123.MOV
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    TrackZpeeds CXRacing LS1 T56 240z

    looking good
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    78 280Z LS3 Project

    I'm back working on the Z again. Was able to get the Headlight Harness completed and installed. That harness controls the headlights, horns, side markers, turn signals, electric fans and A/C trinary switch. It should all stay tucked under the fender liner for a clean look. I fitted all the body panels back on the car. Getting ready for a 4 wheel alignment and then to get the exhaust completed, I should be able to get that done this weekend if it the rains holds. It's a shame to do all this work and have to take back apart again when it goes back to the body shop.
  10. These are Custom built Door Sill Plates with the Hybrid Z logo. I had 2 sets made but only used one. They were never fitted on the car just put in place without bolts for taking the attached picture. Stainless hardware is included. Please feel free to ask any questions. 832-840-0605 $100 Shipped
  11. You hit the nail right on the head. The main gains from long tubes is low end torque and it changes your power band completely having more usable power throughout. If chasing numbers is the goal then long tubes are not worth the money but if getting the most performance out of your LS motor is the goal then there is no other way to go.
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    TrackZpeeds CXRacing LS1 T56 240z

    Congratulations, well done sir.
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    TrackZpeeds CXRacing LS1 T56 240z

    looks good man, good luck on the race.
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    78 280Z LS3 Project

    Thanks I will have it on the road this year. Had a set back and it's going back to the body shop in May to be repainted. It bummed me out to the point that I have not touched the car in months. I decided to go with the Odyssey Battery 34-PC1500. It had good reviews and I can get it locally if anything goes wrong.
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    Richard Oben LS1 series 1 240Z build

    Looks great, hope you get to enjoy it for a long time
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    alternator to starter wire gauge

    I ran a #4 from the battery to the starter then a #4 from the battery to a distribution block. A #4 from the distribution block to the alternator. I used milspec wire for all that.
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    TrackZpeeds CXRacing LS1 T56 240z

    Those axles do look stout, how much torque are they rated to?
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    78 280Z LS3 Project

    After 6 years it's alive. I could not upload the video but will try again later. IMG_0519.MOV
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    78 280Z LS3 Project

    The dash is in, it still needs to be wired but we are getting one step closer.
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    78 280Z LS3 Project

    Thanks Richard, I get a lot of inspiration from you guys. Looks like we will be starting the motor this weekend then I should be on the road by the end of October if everything works as expected.
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    78 280Z LS3 Project

    Thank you, It's a K&N Air Filter RC-5171 it flows 1654 cfm and my motor requires 1038 cfm according to all the calculations we have done. It is a pretty good size but I wanted to make sure I was covered in case I increase the Nitrous shot. I angled it downwards a little in order not to obstruct the radiator too much.
  22. Great build, looks really clean.
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    78 280Z LS3 Project

    Thanks Guys, We are moving forward again. After numerous attempts we finally got the cold air intake completed. The goal was to make a one piece intake without any welds showing. We made one out of aluminum first and just could not make it smooth enough around the welds to chrome without compromising the integrity of the welds. Not to mention the 4 inch tubing did not line up very good especially if the weld is close to a bend. There seemed to be a step that even though was not noticeable in raw aluminum it would have been magnified once chrome plated. So we decided to go back to the drawing board and make it out of stainless. The guys at Prospeed Autosport formerly D3 Performance did an amazing job welding the intake and the chrome platers gave it the finishing touch. We put the Air Temperature Sensor as far away from the engine bay as possible in order to minimize heat soak and added a 6AN bung for the oil catch can system. I also worked closely with K&N to ensure we have the right size filter for this motor. The last thing I want is for the filter not to flow enough air for the motor and I have seen that numerous times. People using a tiny filter on a big power motor. We also made a bracket which we powder coated black that attaches to the front of the air filter to keep it from moving around. We should be able to fire it up in the next week or so. Can’t wait to hear it run for the first time in years.
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    78 280Z LS3 Project

    We had to relocate the wiper delay module to the driver’s side foot well due to spacing constraints in the passenger side area. I was able to get the Cable X Box as well as the T56 Reverse Lock Out Module in the same spot. That’s where the factory ECU was located therefore everything is hidden behind the original ECU cover. We are using a Milspec connector to run all the T56 Reverse Lock Out Module, master cylinder, Temperature sensor (for Home Link Rear View Mirror), windshield washer pump and engine bay light wiring through the firewall next to the brake booster.
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