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  1. 1973 240Z LS1 V8 swap

    I saw the car in person- it was the best of all the ones I looked at, but still needed little things. I preferred the original orange hood vs. the black. I'd get the gauges working- there's a vendor or two that can mod the speedo/tach to work with the LS1 setup. I actually didn't mind the interior. The red looks better in person than the pics. Good luck with the car! -Dave
  2. 1973 240Z LS1 V8 swap

    I'm getting that impression.. The engine is also off a 2001 Pontiac. If it were a brand new crate motor or a Vette LS6 motor, I'd probably be willing to overlook the issues. On the bright side, there's a real neat Datsun 510 build locally (12A rotary turbo) that I may check out. Actually looks like a well sorted little track/street car Not nearly as good looking as the 240 though. -Dave
  3. 1973 240Z LS1 V8 swap

    The main gauges don't work right now. There's something hooked to the ECU which lets your phone work as gauges? Also, the window rollers need replacement, so the passenger one needs to stay up, and the driver's window can randomly fall down a bit. Other than that there are no claimed defects. Says he drives it daily. He's looking for $19K right now. My other option is to just wait a bit and see if he'll come down later- it's been on the market 30 days now. I was planning to head down there and check it out Sunday. It's closer than Utah Seems like it's a recent swap, and didn't get fully sorted out yet. He was still in the process of cleaning up the engine bay and getting to the PS pump delete. I'd definitely want to fix those gauges- that would bother me no end. Thanks! -Dave
  4. 1973 240Z LS1 V8 swap

    Talked to the seller- the pump has a delete bracket he hasn't gotten around to installing yet. It's been up for some time, so there's some room. I can borrow a few $, hopefully it'll get me up to where he needs it to be. Aero Z- where did you get your tubing for the 'cold air' inlet? Looks like a good idea to push the filter in front of the radiator where the air is nice and cool. Thanks everyone! -Dave
  5. 1973 240Z LS1 V8 swap

    What do you all think of this one? https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/cto/6001952399.html 1973 Datsun 240z. ls1 5.7 liter v8 from a 2001 trans am t56 6 speed transmission ground control coilovers with hyperco springs, front sway bar with all polyurethane bushings, most suspension parts are brand new. Adjustable lower control arms, j30 disc brakes all around, big brake kit in the front. champion 3 row radiator with dual fan shroud, r230 v LSD differential with q45 axles, msd high pressure fuel pump, unitrax one piece driveshaft. Tire size is 245 24 17 in the front and 275 40 17 in the rear (fenders are rolled but look stock. Fresh Datsun orange paint job 5 months ago. Interior is all stock and in great shape with the exception of an intersport made in France steering wheel. The car has no issues whatsoever. The car was tuned by Izzy Performance and made 305 wheel horsepower. Seller knows his price is very high, and may have substantial room in it- what would be a fair price to pay? After the last 2 garbage scows I looked at, this one does look promising- I'd rather pay more (reasonably) for a well sorted car. Even if I do prefer carbs and mechanical fuel pumps Please don't be shy in pointing out defects. Not sure if it's just me, but the dash looks like it has a cover over the top? I quite like the outside, but the inside is a little 'red' for my taste, though I could deal with it. A good friend of mine is pushing me toward an LS car- he knows how to tune and turbo them- he has a 10 second Holden he drives daily! (Doubt the Z needs that kind of power) Thanks!! -Dave
  6. 72 Z with 383- good build?

    I was really hoping the mechanicals were in good shape- and the seller made it sound like the car ran well. I noticed a paint defect in the engine bay in his pics. I get the impression he's the kind of guy that buys old junkers, resprays them, and flips them fro profit. Oh well- at least I got to eat at Cracker Barrel!!
  7. 72 Z with 383- good build?

    Epilogue: Went to see and pick up the car today. In person, it was a sh%^$^ show. crack in the front bumper, window seals are toast, and driver's door doesn't close right. And it was the worst amateur paint job I've seen in a long time. The flats were fine, but the masking job was one of the worst I've ever seen. ENTIRE interior needs replacement. EVERY FU%$#^ING piece. Headliner was sagging down (pushed it back up- it sort of stuck). Trunk isn't old carpet. More like old crumbly dusty foam garbage. And.. dun dun... no seatbelts. It did have coil overs, which were probably hit by paint overspray. I didn't see any bad rust on the body but.. it had the most hideous thick undercoat I've ever seen. What's under it? Nobody knows. Swaybar bushings are cracking- I didn't bother looking at the other suspension bushings. Now- if it ran strong and good, I could maybe work with it. I take it for a ridiculously short test drive.. and.. motor won't rev pst 3000-3500RPMs. 460hp? My ass. More like 165. I'm being generous. Seller says the carb is running 'fat'. BULL. Trust is down the toilet at this point. It's either the ignition system, the distributor, the whole carb setup, or something is jacked with the engine. Does not pull like a 383 stroker should, even down low before it gagged on itself. That sucked- search continues... The seller had the gall to talk to me about the gentlemen's agreement I made him to buy the thing. YES, YOU BROKE THE MF AGREEMENT when it didn't meet the description, JERK!! He said it's already sold to another CA guy. I hope the buyer isn't on here, he's going to get a surprise.
  8. 72 Z with 383- good build?

    Just talked to the seller again. Car does have coil over suspension, adjustable shocks, and most likely upgraded sway bars. It will need new carpet in the trunk too (probably original). The engine does have manifolds, and he agrees with me- it's over carbed, probably better served with a 4150 on an RPM Air gap manifold. I could probably sell these for more than the single plus manifold combo (though the duals do look cool). He was going to swap headers too if he kept it. The engine fan is the motor mounted clutch fan, not electric. I'm assuming the motor is set back pretty well, otherwise this shouldn't fit. -Dave
  9. 72 Z with 383- good build?

    What should I look for suspension-wise? I'm not as familair with the Z suspensions. Looks like a lot of guys slap in a coil over kit. Thanks! -Dave
  10. 72 Z with 383- good build?

    I zoomed in on the engine pic- those are Edelbrock Performer RPM heads. Unless they're fake. Looks like the whole top half is Edelbrock. I had the same heads on my Mustang about 20 years ago I agree the HP numbers are high. Unless it's running at 100% tune. I had a Cobra kit years back which dynoed around 350 RWMP, so about 405-410 HP at the engine with a Ford crate 351W. With manifolds, I doubt it. Maybe 375-400 at the motor if you're lucky. The carb combo is funny.. I wonder if it was something someone had lying around. I would have tossed a 700-750cfm 4150 4-barrel on there and been done with it. On my 351, the 700cfm 4150 was not a limitation. There were guys on the Cobra forums that went with 8 stack fuel injection. Not that it made more power, but because it LOOKED cool (that it did!). Twin Edelbrock carbs and their intakes seems like a more expensive and complex way to go about it. I wonder why they would go with manifolds- maybe clearance? I'd swap them later if headers fit. If I get this I'd definitely do: Carpet kit (looks like some missing in the footwell) Steering column cover Add back some of the missing rubber bumper bits, maybe front bumper. Coat those side pipes black. The chrome isn't doing it for me And a steering wheel and shift knob later. Those things are crying 'Autozone' Seller claims the previous owner drag raced it once with slicks. I'm assuming it has the 280 or 300 rear end If it didn't grenade, and at least a World Class T-5 trans.
  11. 72 Z with 383- good build?

    May just be the plan- though I'll head up Monday. Consolation prize would be buffet and the tables on the way back
  12. 72 Z with 383- good build?

    Seller says it's running and fully functional, he just didn't street register it for use. Assuming everything works as he says it does, I'd be happy with it for now with a carpet kit and a new wheel and shift knob. The motor does have aluminum Edelbrock heads, which is a plus. I'm assuming T-5 trans, though I'd have to look to be sure. A TKO would be a nice surprise Out here in CA, you can't even touch a rough one for $9k The last one I looked at locally was a disaster- and the one up North needed a bunch of work. This one looks like minimal work to ready for use, I just wish I could see it up close. The seller is an older guy and not very computer/internet savvy. I'm figuring it'll cost me ~$500 for gas and trailer rental to get it home. -Dave
  13. 72 Z with 383- good build?

    Hi Guys, Found another Z, this time a bit of a drive from me- I'd have to drive the truck there and trailer it back. Currently non-op, but I can register it here with the title later. 383 SBC build with 5 speed (I assume a T5). The guy bought it from the previous owner who daily drove it, but it's been non-op on his property ever since. I guess she has a big ranch and drives his toys around there (must be nice, I'd have a motorcycle track!). He claims everything works to the best of his knowledge, but it hasn't been on long trips. Dash cover is glued on (I assume cracked dash), gauges swapped for aftermarket. He says the clutch chatters on easy launches, probably has some aggressive race-y clutch on there, I've experienced that before. https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/cto/6037857257.html What do you guys think? Pluses for me is the body is relatively solid (I could live without the hood bulge, but I think it's needed to clear the carbs/filter), he claims no rust, and it's supposed to be mechanically solid. Interior work I can handle slowly. Carpet kit, steering column, maybe a better wheel to match the car. I'm assuming the side pipes are damn loud (my cobra kit was), so that'll need some work later on, maybe replace with a more traditional layout. I'd plan for a full fluid change too- brakes to oil to radiator. And to play the CA registration game. At least I have AAA. Thanks! -Dave
  14. 73 240Z with SBC V8- worth it? Good build?

    Thanks guys, I thought it would be worth asking the experts first -Dave PS- I posted a reply on the one for sale at 9K in Van Nuys- drove there for a look since it's maybe 20 mins from me. I wouldn't buy that one for $5K- whole driveline needs replacement, as well as suspension and brakes.
  15. 260z with SBC? Worth it?

    This is an old post, but I checked out this exact car, and the owner took me for a ride. Owner is nice, but not a mechanic. Farmed out major repairs to shops, looking to get some of his money back. The car has some major issues.. suspension needs bushings, body work is pretty rough. Major deal breaker is the builder seems to not have known what they were doing. The car is geared WAY too low. Power seems in line with what he claims- probably a solid high 13 to mid 14 second car. Motor makes a weird squeal when taking off- clutch maybe? He said he was draining white liquid from the trans when he first got it (scary..). Had flushed it multiple times. Headers hang WAY down and scrape on driveways. Shifter is STIFF. Never driven a Muncie before so I can't tell you if it's normal. I didn't actually drive the car. He has already changed out the clutch master/slave unit, and thrown $$ at it to make it run. If it were sold cheap, I'd LOVE to see it completely overhauled and built into something fantastic.. but at 9k.. I'd pay a couple more grand and get something better sorted.