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  1. 78 280Z LS3 Project

    Wow, you have literally taken home the bread in every aspect.. Putting our Z-Car guys name in the clouds on this build.. Your patience, commitment and loyalty to this car is very, very well respected on this forum.. I speak for everyone when I say we ALL want to see you over come all of the problems that everything and EVERYONE throws your way. What an incredible build. This project will probably go down in Z history for nicest swap. No joke. Massive respect and kudos to you. Have a question now, I see you used the J C I engine mounts correct? So, I see you had a problem with the headers fitting? Im wondering what headers you used to not fit// im sure it would be a combination of the engine itself and all of your additions in there. I am STILL TRYING to get an engine mount kit PLUS headers that will NOT make you redo your steering rack in a 280 ls1/ls2 swap.. Again, I know you have it in you to finish, you've already shown incredible patience and persistence! Keep on truckin my friend - We're ALL behind you!!
  2. Okay Gentlemen, thank you for the answers. I will be starting a build thread on here shortly.. I have a 76' 280, that's been already restored last year by myself and a couple guys. I was an apprentice mechanic years ago, after that I was an apprentice in the body shop next store. Learned lots and saved a lot of money the last few years with my own personal and family cars.. I would've loved to get the swap done first but the idea was still a twinkle in my eye years ago. Last month I pulled the engine and trans/harness and sold it to a nice fellow who drove down here from Georgia to pick up everything, incl. drive shaft, all mechanical components, water pump, pulleys, starter, fan, etc;; I live in the southern most part of Ontario in Windsor CANADA! (the gutter of ontario... due to meth... lots of meth) The dude drove 15HRS. ONE WAY with his old man, who has never been to Canada until that day. Nice japanase people (I think) .. Anyways, kept the body harness in tact, and right now, in the process of stripping the engine bay of all the junk and little spot welded on, tie downs and little brackets etc; stripped it down to bare metal and now spot welding, patching holes and smoothing it all out. Now, my questions that I would LOVE some insight on ARE: #1. [What] Engine mounts + exhaust manifold COMBINATION are going to be good for NOT having to mess with the STEERING SHAFT. I have seen the most recent company who started this which is the adjustable stainless mounts from CX racing. Anyone have experience with those? In recent years I have had some CX parts here and there, and I must say, it looks like they are doing much better now a days, and not looking like a knock off company these days. Mind you my LS1 is most likely going to be an f-body and f-body t56. Dont mind spending little extra $ and do NOT need crazy headers. I know the Sanderson *? I know thats not right but the brand is slipped my mind, I believe its the JTR headers the supply? Keep in mind with any of my inquiries **I am NOT building for max speed> going for strictly reliability .. for time being. #2. I have cut off my original trans mount and I am now wondering how much, and where (roughly) do we need to push/hammer in the trans hump? I know, I know, kind of a D-I-Y thing, and I have no issue with that. Just would like to get a rough idea for my first fit with the trans. I know I will taking it out at least once or twice when the time comes. #3. The f-body trans, Is my first choice because I have heard that is the most correct size in length and least time tinkering with it to fit. Question is, what do I have to change on that particular T-56 if i do need to do anything with it? ALSO for the f-body LS1, I CAN use the stock oil pan that comes on the engine from factory - for this swap - CORRECT??? Thank you for your time and still trying to figure out how to post pictures.. Sorry still getting the hang of everything on here! Bare with me! Any.. and the more the merrier for replies and answers. Not everyone has the answers and you guys have helped a ton in the past already. I have learned a ton, but with my particular swap, engine, and year of car - this is the best type of way to learn , because it is going to be specific to my exact build. Yes, I have been through almost everything, and have printed out, diagrams, templates, pictures, and solutions to help me along the way. Anything I ask, is now just preferences and trying to get the best possible solution for my exact situation.
  3. Yeah I'm going with a "plug and play" harness. I know there's going to be some modding with both options. If I don't go with a brand new one I'll send my stock one into get revamped. Is there a go to new plug in harness for an LS1? I see a lot of different set ups, Chevy thunder, wiring specialties, painless, etc; I don't have a problem spending the money to really cut down on the messing around with the wiring. That's the one thing that will give me a snag on this swap. All the mechanical things will be fine.
  4. Problem is the whole harness is taped together with a mess and I am selling my whole harness to this guy. Can someone please answer me if I can use the EZ wiring just for my lights and signals?!
  5. Thank you for your reply. Reasons why I want to pull everything is because it is a pretty junkie harness and I'm also selling it to another guy. I'm wondering if I pull the passenger side, can I get the EZ harness and run new wires to my lights and signals. Am I right when I say the GM harness covers both sides of the engine so I don't need anything from the Datsun harness to go on the ENGINE of the LS.
  6. Stock Car Mafia's '78 280z LS2 Build

    Hey man - unbelievable work you have done. What an inspiration to get mine done to HALF the quality yours is! Your build is literally exactly what I'm doing. I just pulled my L28 and following some auction donor GTO/vettes. My biggest dilemma right now is this. Did you take out all of your stock harness and start from scratch for your lights and turn signals? I'd love any help on this since I'm selling my engine and harness to another Z owner. I don't want to keep any of of and run that EZwiring harness for my lights and signals. I just can't find anything on it. Thanks a ton in advance brother.
  7. Every guy doing this swap I see has taken out every piece of harness to replace it with a new one?
  8. Welcome gentleman! (+Ladies?) I have had my '76 280Z for a few years now. Ran a bigger turbo L28 for all the time I've had it. I have recently restored the body and paint, I now need the heart and brains to go with this broad of mine. I have just pulled out my L28 and now need to have a few questions answered. Here is my situation: I can attain a full GTO/C5 LS2/T56 from salvage auction. Or I have a few local engine options I can go with. But I can't find a T56 for the life of me (in Canada, just over the pond from Detroit, A.K.A the gutter of Ontario) First question: I have taken the ECU box of out the drivers side and fed the engine harness through and have taken it all of from the engine. The passenger side however - do I take ALL of the harness out? The pass. side routes to the starter, body grounds, this junk fuse panel (for lights?) alternator, lights, turning signals, etc; do you guys take that all out and run a whole brand new harness from the passenger side connections under the glove box? I've heard of the EZwiring kit, is that something to run for the lights/signals with the LS? Secondly: if I were to go with the LS2 from the salvage car is there somebody or a company that revamps the harness for these engines? My goals for this swap are simple. Have a GOOD running engine and car in a whole. I don't need a wireless engine bay, just clean. I don't need over 450hp either. I want the engine and harness set up to be reliable as possible for I am wanting to go on long drives with this and drive it almost daily in good weather. I want everything I need (aside from odds and ends)before I start putting the LS in. I am going with the JCI mounts and drive shaft for what it's worth as well. I have a good amount of money set aside for this whole ordeal, it my 4th engine swap (rb20, SR engines previously) so I know how somethings are done,! but I do not want to cut any corners with this swap. I want things done right and done right the first time. I have also been looking at a million threads on this but I can't seem to find a few things I want to now. I already have more questions but I want to see the reply I get with this first. Thank you very much for your time and effort in advance. Cheers.
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