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    LSx Z's, Duramax Diesels, Tractor/Truck Pulls, NRCTPA, 1/10 SCT Racing

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  1. 1976 280z 5.3 TR6060 Build

    Honestly it's been so long I'm not sure. These are two different z's so I'll have a combo of the two and beef up the mounts where needed. The single ear diffs are plentiful in the junkyard but I'm hoping to find a dual front eared explorer diff in my searching.
  2. 1976 280z 5.3 TR6060 Build

    I just found some time to read through 5 pages of this setup. I do like the way it’s headed but I’m probably going to do something similar to what I’m attaching pictures of below. I have kept these pictures on my phone in an album for years so I could remember what the part numbers and stuff used were. The diff will move upwards under heavy launches and acceleration in general so I will be mounting a brace to the transmission tunnel somehow. I love having a welder at home, just wish I had that 4 post lift in one of the posts in that link in my garage!!!
  3. 1976 280z 5.3 TR6060 Build

    Thanks but I didn’t paint the car myself, I had a local budget paint shop do it for me. They wouldn’t strip off the plastidip so I had to do that myself. It’s not the best but it’s a 10 footer lol. Hey! Funny thing is I just picked up a 2007 Explorer diff cover like SunnyZ to bolt in my own 8.8 setup. It will cost around $600 total, then with selling the other 300zx turbo parts I already have I will come out nearly even and have a Ford 8.8 IRS. Stay tuned for more (it could be a year though based on me not driving it for a while, I’m tired of it being out of commission)! Supposedly it shifts smoother but I like it so far. It was a pain to build the shifter at the start but once I figured that out it’s been fine. It’s held up to everything I’ve thrown at it and it’s stock besides the carbon synchros (factory wore out quickly but was grinding when I bought the used tr-6060). Once I get the 8.8 rear end in then I’ll hopefully turn it up a little more and take it to the track. Right now my street tires may be saving my driveline but everyone knows you get “used to the power” after a while. I have a cam I haven’t installed and my injectors aren’t maxed out.
  4. 1976 280z 5.3 TR6060 Build

    After having our first child 12 weeks ago I found the time to strip off the plastidip and cash to get a coat of paint slapped on the old Z. GM Torch Red suits it well! I liked the white that was on it but deep down I like washing red cars. Added attention already I can tell just from driving home from the paint shop. I acquired a used 240z rear bumper that needs some polishing, new rear factory size speakers, FairladyZ emblem for my victory spoiler and some other goodies I’ll be installing in the coming months. It’s been nearly a month since the paint job. I have a lot of polishing and waxing to do here soon with meguiars products and reinstalling my emblems I refinished along with the bumpers. I can’t wait to get this thing out soon! Such a blast to drive especially with the turbo! I’ll see if the pictures will post and I’ll update with more after the car is reassembled and cleaned up. Seats and new carpet are next. And lastly an 8.8 IRS upgrade 👍🏻 Oh and note that the pictures are not in direct sunlight so it is a lot brighter than it seems. New corvette and camaro red factory color.
  5. I typed in "5.3 windage tray on ls1" on google and look at the images tab. Their are 10 bolts that hold it on. Cutoff 20% of the front of the pan. This will be right in front of the second set of bolt holes (leave 8 bolt holes left to attach it to the engine). http://forums.hybridz.org/gallery/image/28961-random-toolscustom-partsmcwindage-tray-mods/
  6. I'm actually running a 5.3 windage tray with an ls1 oil pan on my 5.3. I saw a post somewhere and it showed how far back to cut the windage tray off on the 5.3 one and I've not had any problems at all with it. 5 minutes with a cutoff wheel and done!
  7. I typically go into the auto parts stores and they let me behind the counter and I looked for the perfect size and then they'll ring it up. My heater control valve was the first thing I fixed on my z 4 years ago! Bronco heater control valve was my replacement for the factory one until I went with a new vintage air unit.
  8. Hi, I'm looking for a used msa victory or retro spec downforce spoiler for my 280z. Fiberglass is acceptable. Looking at all tall spoilers but not the whale tail style. If you have one you are interested in letting go please PM me or comment below. Thank you
  9. Ohio Mile Sep 30-Oct 2.

    That's awesome Keith!!!
  10. 1976 280z 5.3 TR6060 Build

    Not yet, I'm still waiting on new wastegate outlet clamps so I can line up and weld the pipe this time. I will be taking it to the track soon hopefully!
  11. 1976 280z 5.3 TR6060 Build

    Well I've been driving/fixing the tune and have ran a 1/2 mile event earlier this month with RenekahsZ! Being able to run wide open without a speed limit is just flat awesome. Sadly I only made 1 shake down pass up to 5k rpm for 5 gears and ran 125 mph. I'm currently waiting on new clamps for my wastegate downpipe because I blew it off between the 3-4 or 4-5 shift on the track. I want to drive this car every day!!! I am only running a 5lb spring right now and it is very streetable but I've had a 10 lb spring installed for a short time and it is a completely different animal! Ridiculously fast which was the goal! Probably only 500hp but I drove this thing with a straight 6 for a while... I highly recommend the turbo after the v8 install. Next will be hooking up the AC lines again because the turbo setup rearranged my crimped lines. Hoping to gap rings on the next 5.3 I will be getting soon and a sloppy mechanics budget build boost ready engine to swap in sometime. I already have an ls6 cam to put in! keep turning those wrenches! It's worth it!
  12. Georgia 1/2-mile 2016

    Turbo! Turbo! Turbo! Lol we had fun even though I broke on the first pass but i will be doing this type of event again. Parts are already ordered to fix the wastegate downpipe malfunction. Looking into the spoiler too that keith has.
  13. SpeeD Hut Gauges

    Sorry I'm late to the party lol! I used the 4" gauges and have them slid into the back of the factory black pods very tight with a piece of 3/8" vacuum hose all the way around. Works very well (nearly 12k miles so far). I even put some set screws in behind them just so they wouldn't fall in worse case scenario. I found this install method from another guys page on here years ago. Group buy is the way to go, or it used to be. My build thread has the info and the guys handle/name on here for the group buy. If I did it again I'd go 4.5" but I wasn't sure they would fit easily! Good luck choosing all the features!
  14. I actually have a push button that I have wired in and when I want to go in reverse I just hold that button. When I let go of the button after I shift into reverse the 12v is cutoff from the solenoid. And you are correct, it's very hard to shift into reverse overcoming the detent spring. It's a pain sometimes but hey it works and it was cheap! Like $10.
  15. 1976 280z 5.3 TR6060 Build

    Thanks for the complements and yes it is a blast to drive! I hadn't realized how much I missed driving this thing but after a 7 month hiatus for the transmission rebuild and turbo add on it was well worth all of it. Actually drive it to work yesterday for the first time since late October 2015. I wish I had time to but I'm in a wedding this weekend and won't be able to on Saturday. I missed the last cars and coffee in Knoxville due to tuning issues but will try to be at the next one. PM me and we can meet up somewhere soon and I can take you for a ride once I get this tune figured out.