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Everything posted by budgy

  1. 240Z VQ37HR Swap

    Fenders moved up and snip snip EDIT: Added photo of the inner edge, didn't want any sharp edges that could wreck a tire or a finger in some bizarre unforeseen incident.
  2. 240Z VQ37HR Swap

    Decided I would start a thread to chronicle some of my build so I can look back and remember the fun I had doing this. ZFever has harnesses for the VQ37HR working great with Osiris/Uprev which makes this swap a reality now. Got a few pictures as the car is now, I blew up my 3.2 stroker build not long after that action shot was taken. Block I believe failed due to heat stress. Got some pics of that aftermath, I thought the engine would just run cooler if I dumped a ton of coolant into the crankcase. Blew off a PCV line and had a crazy amount of vapour pour out of the engine bay on the track. Got my heart pounding This engine actually still started and ran by the way! I have a collection of parts coming in soon, but will try to make large updates rather than a ton of small ones over the course of the winter. Found an excellent shop to do paint/body and most all of the work will be handled by professionals, I really don't have the time to do this kind of project on my own. But many props to those of you that make the time and do it all on your own. Will have turn signals, and even a CEL. The redline on the reflash will actually be set @ 8100RPM, but not sure I will need to go past 8 so I am happy with the look of the tach, the 10K tachs to me I do not like the spacing as much. These gauges were a design that I basically copied/inspired from the AWR guages made for Miatas.
  3. 240Z VQ37HR Swap

    Thank you! Yeah we want this thing to be more corrector as opposed to less corrector
  4. 240Z VQ37HR Swap

    Thanks for the feedback! So realistically, lining up the lip of the flares with the fenders sounds like it makes sense.
  5. 240Z VQ37HR Swap

    Flares being fit, I think we will move these rear ones up about 1 cm, the tire is going to be out a lot more once the what looks like 6 degrees of negative camber are gone Might run a small spacer to get a bit more flush if need be, but really happy with the fitment altogether. Correcting the body line with the door, looking much more chiselled. Lots more exterior body work getting done soon, I didn't take photos but most of the holes in the engine bay are welded up now too. Simple roll bar, functional, strong, I love some of the full cages people run, they look glorious but realistically I am not going to race this car, it might see an open lapping day here and there so it can be enjoyed properly and stretch its legs.
  6. 240Z VQ37HR Swap

    I see a lot of the old images I used to link from facebook aren't visible, maybe one day I will clean that up...but I did manage to get something else cleaned up. Not the full motor as I am not rebuilding it completely. But the most visible aluminum pieces have been cleaned up using some dry ice and some sandblasting. While its apart, got a Z1 motorsports clutch/steel flywheel, heavy duty clutch slave going on. JWT C2 Exhaust Cams, ATI Crank Pulley, new oil galley gaskets. The goal is to have 400 crank horsepower but just be reliable and maximally responsive. Was not originally going to do one, but a simple roll bar that is safe for mostly street use is going in soon. The front upper radiator support is going to be modified to be bolt in/out for much easier engine install and service. Most of the exterior body work is done now. But once the metal work is done things will start moving quicker. We have the roof in slick sand and other areas will follow once the metal work is completed, then it can sit around and shrink for a good long while before being properly sanded down.
  7. 240Z VQ37HR Swap

    Yeah the metal on the front end of the donor roof was a bit janked. The old roof was perfect, so the two have been merged to prove philosophically that two wrongs can make a right
  8. 240Z VQ37HR Swap

    Lots of work happening here finally! I am looking into getting a GT-R intake manifold for this engine and I am nervous about fitment as there is basically no more room under the hood as it is. Can anyone confirm if a GT-R manifold is taller than the stock plastic intake?
  9. 240Z VQ37HR Swap

    Things have moved pretty slow on the build as a couple hang ups caused big delays. Door Hinges were sent to MSA for refurbishing and the company that does the work I guess was delayed due to come contract they scored so those are finally coming back soon so we can mount the doors and make sure the drip rails will be done properly due to my roof swap. Waited about 6 months for those if they show up now. Could not find any used ones locally or any junk yards that had them. No luck calling around either for spares. There was also huge delays to even get the motor in the car and get the project started in earnest, I ordered the mounts and headers from McKinney in August 2016, I wasn't told at the time of order that the headers were going to be all that long of a wait, hell I saw another member had some headers and they looked great, but I ended up waiting about 6 months for headers. So the car was never brought to the shop for tear down until February 2017 when we were hoping to have the car in by late October or November in 2016. After all that, the mounts from McKinney I will say are a bit disappointing, they are very strong, but the trans mount is not usable, it does not even reach close to the transmission, we got measurements for a driveshaft to Mack over a month ago but haven't heard back even after asking for updates. So the communication of it all just sucks. In his defense, I haven't even told the guy about the transmission mount not being usable because I just want the damn driveshaft first. The main engine crossmember mount is also a little bit short of making full contact with the frame rails in the engine bay so we may have to do some fabrication this way as well. All in all, a few lessons learned on my part. 1) Don't buy hardly any pre-fabricated pieces for a motor swap, just get a proper local shop to build custom ones. It will be cheaper, done better and done much faster. 2) Should have bought a donor 370z for other parts too, instead of cobbling pieces together. Although at the time I was buying up parts in August 2016 I was optimistic things would go smoothly and on time and that I would have a driveable car this summer so ponied up to get the pieces I needed quick instead of being patient and waiting for a donor to be available for a reasonable price, even though I ended up waiting around for a long time for other critical pieces I lost the entire driving season anyway. So that was a lot of money spent for absolutely zero benefit. Definitely has been a disappointing year, somewhat disenchanted with the entire aftermarket auto industry over these experiences. But still optimistic that it will be worth it in the end. I am basically just accepting the fact that there is no way ill drive it until next spring even if the build is done much before then.
  10. 240Z VQ37HR Swap

    Decided to get rid of the aftermarket sunroof for the cleanest possible look. Removal of factory drip rails was poorly done. Got a fair bit of metal work to do before she goes into primer, but things are finally about to start moving forward more rapidly. Wanted to share a photo of a truck that was painted the same way my car will be. It's why I chose this small shop, guy does excellent paint and body work.
  11. 240Z VQ37HR Swap

    ZFever builds complete harnesses for these swaps Little sneak peak of what was being worked on today!
  12. 240Z VQ37HR Swap

    Progress! Something very satisfying about seeing the rust that was there and now gone!
  13. 240Z VQ37HR Swap

    Wolfcreek is now known as Futofab and they make the CV Axles, I actually purchased mine through Techno Toy as they are a Futofab dealer and it just made things easier for me being in Canada for shipping reasons. Not entirely sure they would work with the 350Z R200, if the housings are the same I guess it would not be an issue.
  14. 240Z VQ37HR Swap

    Typical Datsun stuff, hopefully its not too bad to fix behind the battery tray that thing is a nightmare. Hoping I get mounts and headers from McKinney soon so it doesnt hold things up before body primer. Drip rails very disappointing to see what was basically just flat steel welded in before. A whole new 'C' shaped piece will have to be made and welded into place.
  15. I am paying attention to this, I would gladly pay $400 for a set of these if it comes with everything needed. The only thing that would prevent this is if someone has a minty set of originals they are willing to part with for $1,000 right now.
  16. 240Z VQ37HR Swap

    Getting sent off for water/media blasting soon!
  17. 240Z VQ37HR Swap

    Thanks for the tip! Did some fairly extensive reading on that today and I think that may be what we do, sounds like the heat/sound stuff from them is fairly light and still very rugged. Got some more updates to share, she was a decent looking car before but she was definitely a cake face
  18. 240Z VQ37HR Swap

    Car is off to get the paint/body work done. Hopefully not too many typical Datsun surprises. Feels good to have some real progress. Go and check out LangesShop on Instagram, this guy has an incredible little shop built on his own property, does amazing work mostly on older trucks. Will give ideas on what the finish paint should look like. EDIT: Forgot to ask a few things if anyone has advice on the matter; I am looking to find the JDM Headlight covers with the metal trim, if anyone has some for sale or knows a good place to look for them it would be much appreciated. I must ditch these cheaper plastic ones as I think they will look out of place with the rest of the build. Also, I am wondering if there is any consensus in the community in terms of underbody paint protection. I want something that will look good (gloss black preferably) but I am looking for something that is rugged and excellent rust protection without adding unnecessary weight to the chassis. I will be avoiding rain and gravel to the best of my ability but I intend to drive this car a lot so something functional is needed.
  19. VQ37HR into a 240z; Questions.

    For my swap I am using a VQ37HR out of a G37 with a CD009 6-speed out of a 370Z, the motors themselves are identical and are interchangeable with their factory respective transmissions.
  20. Why do people even make such ridiculous claims on power? I mean beautiful and powerful engine. I am guess they are over estimating the actual power figures by about 100 horsepower.
  21. 240Z VQ37HR Swap

    Car is going into the shop for phase 1 of the build soon. Just waiting on mounts and other goodies from McKinney and Engine/transmission/wiring harness from ZFever. Made a harrowing drive to Montana a couple days ago to pick up a ton of stuff from Techno Toy, just happened to be after a pretty major blizzard. CV Axles from Futofab. Also a one off, Walnut w/Mahogany stripe shift knob with the correct thread pitch for the 370Z transmission.
  22. 240Z VQ37HR Swap

    Not sure what happened there, Flickr is usually safe for me. Screenshots are the next best thing; custom gauges by New Vintage USA. Redline is actually 8100, but I like the way the 8K spacing works over 10K. doing custom tach redline would have added significantly to the cost. These were not cheap but I am happy I did them seeing the night time shots.
  23. VQ37VHR swap Questions *1974 Datsun Z

    Not sure you found the answers you need on those coolant lines but you can bypass the throttle bodies rather than routing the coolant through them instead would be better than 'capping' the lines that will almost always spring a leak. Just have the lines connect to each other directly rather than 'through' the throttle bodies. You can still remove some of the excess lines, have the added benefit of a potentially colder inlet air and no chance of a leak. I would be a little concerned about welding shut the coolant passage on the engine itself as on a modern aluminum engine a ton of R & D is done on effective coolant flow to reduce hot and cold spots in the engine. My concern is if the flow was somehow changed it could warp the block over time...maybe I am being paranoid.
  24. VQ37VHR swap Questions *1974 Datsun Z

    Blew my stroker build chasing down a 993 Porsche Turbo on the track a couple weeks ago. Was thinking of doing a VQ35HR as I knew the VQ37HR is more challenging due to the intake system control. I would strongly suggest getting in touch with Z-Fever out of Florida, the VQ37HR stuff is not on their website but they can modify the harness to work and probably save you a ton of time. Once I knew they got it working with factory ECU I decided on VQ37HR as well, more power and more plentiful to find replacement engines if you ever have issues. Good luck!