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Tonyorlo last won the day on November 24 2017

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  1. Tonyorlo

    Budget build ZX

    Looking through Rotas site, I really like the Shakotans. I have seen them on zxs when I googled it so it’s a possibility. They kinda go completely against the budget idea that I had but though. I did not see offset options on their site though. I tried searching for into on custom LCA but did not find any results. Fabricating it would not be a problem between the what I have and what friends have. As for tire size, I want to go as wide as I possibly can for traction and for looks but I think with the minimal power and weight of the car the costs to go that wide would not be worth it.
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    Budget build ZX

    Wow I am surprised a 275 will fit in the stock wheel wells. That’s pretty exciting though. I have been a bit lazy on searching on the forum. I need to spend more time looking and I am sure I will find all my questions answered already. I have never messed with a MAF efi system outside of repairing my stock vehicles. I’ve only worked wth speed density. I am glad to hear it’s pretty basic, so trouble shooting shouldn’t be to painful. I mainly want to remove the smog equipment just to clean everything up. Also what’s the little blower for on the passenger side of the engine? Sorry i should of been more clear on the dash pad. I would like to find a stock dash to drop in it, are they hard to come by? The previous owner had a carpet cover on it. I wouldn’t be against a cover like you suggested g tech, if they fit well.
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    Budget build ZX

    Well I see there’s always a few ZXs on eBay being parted out, and Car-part.com seems to have quite a few on there. I figure I could get some steel fenders from one of those 2 places. They will be easier and fit better than glass ones anyway. I really wanted the wheels for my dodge colt, but your car looks really good with them, I may just leave them on the car for now. I wanted to source either some aluminum slot wheels, or steel “circle track” wheels (not sure what they are called). I’ve ran megasquirt on a few of my vehicles and I would like to go that route someday. I could easily set up a crank trigger and run LS coil packs in waste spark. For now getting it running with what it has is the goal. Few questions that I do have -Are aluminum slots or mags hard to find for the ZX? -What’s the widest tire than I can fit under it front and rear? -Will the efi give me fits removing the smog and she? -Are lower quarter latch panels available? I kept coming across stuff for Zs but not ZXs. -Are good dashpads obtainable? I jist really want want to make this a autocross Car. I’ve ran on the track with my GTI but my friends have gotten into autocrossing and I am dieing to try it. This seems like a great foundation for that. Thsnks for rhe reply!
  4. Tonyorlo

    Budget build ZX

    I bought this car for a very good price. It was advertised with no title which I was fine with because I wanted the wheels for my 78 Dodge colt and I could use parts from it on my 260z. When I arrived to buy it the owner found the title. So that changed my plans. I still want to steal the wheels for my colt, but I want to make this car a DD/autocross Car and maybe a track Car some day. Previous owner replaced a lot of parts and said he had the top end off and that he think the cams timing is off. The engine harness has been cut up, someone used crimp butt splices for the injectors so I will have to go through all the wiring. The shell is very solid aside from the rear lower quarters, fenders and valance. My goals/plan -Pull too end off engine and check it out -Clean up wiring -simplify vacuum system/remove smog stuff (I know some advise against it) -clean up engine compartment (plumbing and wiring) -shave rear bumper, repair rust -new fenders and valance (not sure if I will go steel or fiberglass) -clean up interior -simple stereo (amplified 2 way components) -respray the Car the factory color Im currently getting a game plan, I want to do this on the cheap, but not incorrectly. I will post pics when I make any progress.
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    New to Zs from WV

    Yeah I did some searching earlier and discovered they are complety different. I haven’t seen my 260 for awhile until today and I can clearly see the differences. I would like to make a road legal autocross track car. Is the zx a bad foundation for that? The 260 I have needs a ton of sheet metal replaced.
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    New to Zs from WV

    Digging this up from the dead. I currently have zero time for vehicles, but one came along that I could not pass up. A 83 280zx for $300, I initially wanted to buy it just for the wheels to put them on my 78 Dodge colt. Honestly the car was worth the price for the wheels alone to me. It was advertised without a title which was ok because I figured I could use parts off of it on my 260. Well after asking some questions I was told the car was from out west and is very solid, and the owner had replaced a handful of parts. When I arrived to pick it up he had just found the title so that changes all of my plans now. I need to resarch on the site more to see what will interchange between the 260 and the 280. I could make a very clean car between the both of them. I like the interior from the 260 and it also has a fiberglass fenders and hood. The efi on the 280 has been torn into it looks like. I would much rather keep efi, and possibly go megasquirt down the road. I would like to tear tear into them this winter and get one on the road.
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    New to Zs from WV

    Sorry I haven't been on here for a while. Thanks for the comment on the ghia! Im from Wheeling, I pass through Parkersburg often when I am headed to Charleston for work. Your not going to find too many solid Zs in this state lol. He has slowly been dropping off parts at my house. Once I get everything I will see what I have and what I need and get a game plan. I've always bought parts for vehicles as I built them, but I think for this one I want to have 90% of the parts bought before I ever turn a wrench on it.
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    New to Zs from WV

    I've been on this forum a few times during my searches for megasquirt answers. I recently acquired a 74 260z. The guy that owned it bought it in the late 70s, during the 80s he auto crossed it and ran it on the road courses. It's sat since 91 in his garage, now that's he's older the car is going to too much for him to tackle to get it back on the road. I asked to get a chance to buy it if ever decides to sell it. Well he ended up giving it to me, he just wants to see it back on the road again someday. He's owned half a dozen zs theought the years and collected a ton of parts. He's giving me them all as well as he un burys them. I got it to my garage yesterday, after doing a quick once over on it it's going to need both full floor pans, rockers, doors and a new hatch. He's giving me the doors and hatches that he has. He installed fiberglass fenders, and he said the rockers and quarters are glass as well. He's got a fiberglass hood for it. Ive always wanted to build a "wide body" car and being that this one is not in perfect shape I think it's a good candidate for that. I've found the quarters and fenders I like from ztrix.com. I'm a "Chevy guy" but I like and respect all engines. As easy as it would be to throw a sbc or LS engine in I want to stay with a Nissan 6cyl. If I didn't go with a Nissan then it would be getting a Buick V6. I would like to make 200-250 n/a horsepower. I am going to try to gather all the parts for it before I tear into it. I have to finish my current project a 72 ghia. I want to make a hot street car out of it. It will be auto crossed and road raced on occasion. I plan to come back to here for answers.