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  1. s30ss' S130 project

    With the engine out, I've just been focusing on little things that my car is missing. So far, I've gotten all of the lug nuts and center caps, a set of hood vents, a not trashed arm rest, and a shift boot. I was thinking that the trim around the old auto shifter was interchangeable between auto/5speed. But such is apparently not the case.
  2. s30ss' S130 project

    With the help of a couple buddies, the siezed short block came out. There's so much room for activities! Then I decided that the rattle bombed black hood should at least be a little closer to the right color, and shot a coat of primer on it.
  3. s30ss' S130 project

    It's not off the table as an option, but as of right now, the goal is simply to get it moving under its own power using as much of what I've got laying around taking up space. Admittedly, if I'm gonna do an l28et, it would likely end up in my 260z later, anyways. More on that later.
  4. s30ss' S130 project

    My 2 year old daughter came out to join in the fun for a while. I love that she's so curious about what I do with the car. She went running back to the house shouting "Daddy's car, racey-car!" My wife was less than amused. And then the trans came out! The u joint at the front of the drive shaft was sloppy as hell, almost makes me wonder if one of the previous owners was trying to see what would give up first.
  5. s30ss' S130 project

    Slowly making more room, and then off came the head. Thrown rod on the number 2 cylinder would explain why the engine was siezed...
  6. s30ss' S130 project

    And then one day I started pulling stuff out of the engine bay, because I got tired of scrubbing the body. (It was slow going with a soft scrub pad and a bucket of water.) Also removed the dealer installed trim strips that run down the body line.
  7. s30ss' S130 project

    Turns out that underneath it all, the car is actually in pretty decent shape. All rust is superficial, except in the spare tire well.
  8. s30ss' S130 project

    With so little time on my hands to make serious progress, I made it a point to clean a little bit or tinker with it every time I had an hour or so to spare.
  9. s30ss' S130 project

    Anyhow, the car had a siezed engine, was missing some parts, and had a seriously hacked up and heat damaged ecu harness. Initially, my plan was to drop in a 351w & t5, but with working 7 10's at my lame seasonal job didn't really allow the extra time to go parts hunting. Now thinking about things a little more, I realized that I've got an extra f54 l28 short block, 5speed, and several heads also laying around, and some SU carbs, so in the interest of getting my Z car jollies off, it makes a little more sense to humpty dumpty it back together with what I've got. If I end up absolutely loving the car, I can always revisit the swap ideas. Upon getting the car home, I also discovered that it had a thick mineral buildup on the exterior that I previously thought was just dust/dirt, so I set to work cleaning things up and assessing what I'd gotten myself into.
  10. s30ss' S130 project

    So this past summer (august 2015), I basically tripped across an 81 280zx t-top car about 10 minutes away from my house. Got to taking with the owner some and decided to pick it up because my 260z has been down for almost 2 years now and in storage at a buddy's shop back in my hometown; about 200 miles way. So on an impulse, I brought it home. Only cost me a dual dgv setup that was laying around and taking up space!
  11. What part of Montana are you in? Possibly interested in some of the zx interior bits.
  12. Keep the v8 or swap to 2JZ?

    Bumping an old thread, I know, but what's the status on this thing? I'm waiting on my taxes to come back to get started on a dodge 360/727 swap, and I'd really like to see more pictures of this car.
  13. Thanks. I agree, these cars really seem to have been designed with swaps in mind. Its great when there's a wide variety of interchangeable parts within a make, but when things from other brands fit with little or no fab work... Well that's where things can get real interesting. The only thing that I'm kind of concerned about right now is the drive shaft. I'm really hoping that I can just change out the front of the shaft from the th350, but I'm guessing I'll probably end up having to shell out the dollars for something custom made.
  14. Hello all, I've been referencing this site for several years for various projects I've done on my early 260z. Decided to finally join, but I'll probably continue to lurk until I start in on my next project. I've got a dodge 360 that I've been sitting on for about a year now that has 30k on a rebuild, and has a few of the standard v8 bolt ons (edelbrock carb and intake, headers, mild cam, blaster coil). After doing some reading, I've come to find that the 5 speed from a 94-01 2wd Dakota bolts right up to the v8; and lightly modified truck mounts make the engine a drop-in affair in an s30... Add to this that I've got a buddy with a formerly SBC powered 77 280z that he offered to me for $400, it sounds like it might be a fun project. Currently, I'm still just collecting parts, but once I get the ball rolling on this I'll post up progress reports.