First I am in this forum a lot. Without the pioneers before me we would never have taken on the job of putting an LS1 in a 240Z.
I admit to being a car junkie, at one point there were 4 series one 240Zs at once, paired to two.
Have been in the car business over 20 years. www.northracecars.com if anyone cares we make stuff for FFR cars and for Fox mustangs. If this inappropriate delete as needed.
FFR Daytona coupe replica
So it all started in the mid 80s with a series one car in my home town. Bought it as it was less rusty than the mustangs before it. In 92 bought 09070, not knowing anything about it other than I had been without one for several years. Back to school and life stuff.
I actually drove the car and then we started the restoration. NO Rust
Done. 9070 factory auto dealer air. August 1970 production date. Just no grunt.
We sold the GTM and started thinking about LS in a Z So for $500 we bought Ruby.
Ruby had a sunroof so we fixed it first
Ruby had too much rust too.
Ruby was sold so someone could save the front clip. Good bye.
Then came Leslie. This is the first day, all stock six which was sold.
Fixing the floor surprising little rust for a local car.
Under side of Leslie
Sanding down to put in frame rails
Fitting bad dog rails they are straight floor not so much. lol
Frame rail installed Don't laugh at my welding
We installed the bad dog rails figuring the car would just twist in half if we did not.
On the to fuel system
New top of tank
To fill hole in tank.
Now that we filled the big hole the little one needs a pump.
Pump has its own sump and sits on the bottom of the tank with the return going to the sump. So far no issues And I hate the sound of an external pump
Engine out fenders were not actually bolted on as the bottom of the rocker panels had not been tapped for bolts. In short the car was a mess.
We bought the kit from CX racing. complete and worth every penny in my opinion.
Prepping for LS install. Note all new stainless brake lines, fuel lines etc.
We are in the highlight version of the build.
Rustoleum red is the same as Porsche red which is what this was supposed to be. Car was green originally. And it has rear ended someone as the front aprons are welded back on. A mess like I said.
Put in the LS1 in. I bought a wrecked 04 GTO, changed pans, alternator, shifter, swapped the clutch to and LS7 one, and had the harness cut down. All the stuff that needs to be done to make the swap.
John's cars AC set up is tight. but fits and works.
So very sorry for the bad pic, but is a bad mount I cobbled to hold the 8.8. Came from a 95 Lincoln mark 8. We put 3.73 gears in and traction lock.
Front mount is from TTT.
Waiting on Z car depot or Spitsnaugle to make a mount I am happy with for the 8.8
Modified the Datsun push rod to fit the Wilwood MC.
To mate the 8.8 to the Datsun stub I bought the Z car depot ends and the DSS end for the 8.8 to fit the a 930 Porsche CV. Mounted everything in the car and then measured for the axles. Had them made and made a mess putting it all together.
As it looks now.
It had 80 miles on it when we left for the hot rod power tour! Went from KC to Des Moines to Davenport to Champagne to St Louis and back to KC did not do Indy or Bowling Green. 1300 miles later, had small oil leak fixed by tightening the by pass and filter, never figured out which was leaking. Blew out the 40+ year old wheel cylinder on the left rear. Other than that it performed great.
There is so much I am leaving out but will edit as my time permits.
In short CX racing kit. Gauges from speed hut. JCI compressor. Vintage air mini, with a condenser my local gut sourced. EZ wire main harness M&M cut down engine harness. Factory headlight and turn signal switches. From the outside and inside it looks like a 1971 240s with a fat exhaust pipe.
Projects left to do. Install proper 8.8 mount. Springs and struts will be done at the same time as the 8.8. Rear discs and 280 Z stubs (28 vs 24 spline). Finish interior. Polish wheels a little. All of which I hope to get done over the winter.
Ask all the questions you want. If you have a negative opinion leave it at home. The amount of blood, sweat, time and money involved is mind numbing so keep any all negative comments to your self please.