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  1. Hello Im Will and this is my 75 280Z the day I recived it as a birthday gift from my dad the the original owner. And this is my dad the day he bought the car in 1975. In 1990 my dad made the choice to do a sbc swap in to his z and this was the result A nice but low cost swap that has stood up to the test of time . Over the years the car has had many different carb setups but this was the state of the motor when I got the Z. And its a bit tired and needs some new life breathed in to it , and thats just what i am going to do . Please feel free to offer helpful tips and tricks and any advice thanks Will S.
  2. Hey guys was curious if anyone has a BBC write up. Picking up a L78 6.5L 396 BBC for my 78 208Z 2+2. Car had a SBC in it over the summer and i wasnt impressed. Stumbled across the 396 for a good price. Was wondering if anyone has done this swap or a similar one. Curious about fitment and clearance.
  3. First and foremost, I would like to apologize to everyone with those super sweet z cars that opted not to molest them. This will make you cringe. Some of you will probably love this build more than you should. I have been a SUPER long time lurker here, as I have been tooling on this car for the better part of 7 years, 4-5 hours at a time, 3 months at a time. One thing of note, is that I stayed on a very slim budget for the most part, cheap as possible, expensive as necessary. I did have some non-negotiable goals, one of which was taking a lot of inspiration from the Shelby Daytona car... My true love in life. Now before more long story, some z pr0n. These were the pictures I was provided with when responding to an ad for a super cheap 240z 6 hours from me. I didn't afraid. It was every bit as aweful as it looked in those pics. When we went to load it on the car dolly, the rear end seized and we had to pull the drive shaft anyway so we just wheeled it around on the jack to get it to the dolly. The fuse box also tried to catch fire, the car ran on even after ignition was off, it had a aquafina bottle as an "nhra legal" overflow lololol... the seller was kind, but man, he was really trying to sell this pile. At this time it had a small block Chevy 305 and a th350 in it already with a custom driveshaft already made. So I was stoked that a lot of the work was done for me. This was not a blessing, literally everything the previous carsmith had done was brutally wrong and was shady in one way or another and really just sucked and didnt work. couldnt catch all gears, super drive line problems, suspension felt like it was going to fall off on decel(later found out that a tire on the front was literally full of water, only after installing all new poly bushings on the whole car), seats moved a lot but were power seats with no power, I mean, holes in every panel, completely destroyed wiring harness with countless shorts. You know, a real mans tear provoking nightmare. And I welcomed it. Now, I started this pretty young, and have gone through many life stages while working on it, changing my outlook a little at a time. The first 2 years with the car, I was unmarried and renting a house with a tiny carport. It was hard to do much, but since I purchased the car very cheap, I decided my next tax refund would go towards things like all new weather stripping(which ended up sitting in a box for 4 years) and a body kit to kind of modernize the look, but not be too ricy... failed that kinda. I wanted the perfect blend of muscle and import. I feel like it worked out well in the end, a lot of things would have been done differently if I started it again today, but fukkit. A big part of this project was learning to fabricate and do body work and all that fun stuff. What I realized was I hate body work and take my hat off to people who do it well. I had a few things I did great, but I really did not have the patience for it after waiting to really drive the thing for 6 years. I ended up just sealing the body with a nice epoxy primer so that I can further build and finish the body work some winter in the garage I now have. I just shot it with a cheap rustoleum job and put the glass back in and drove the hell out of it for a day until I realized it wouldnt really shift anymore. Then some where in between the putting the body kit on and actually painting it, I got married, bought a house, became a foster parent... lots going on, even less time and money for the car. Progress was slow, but one spring I just sat down and steeled my will with the only option I had. Sort out the impossible. I had been stopped by the 5 speed swap failure of the previous spring. But I decided to figure it out. The drivetrain was a complete mashup, sbc v8 into the mythical jeep bell housing from the iron duke, into a ford pattern t5 out of a 96 v6 camaro 5 speed, into the original custom driveshaft into an r200 lsd out of the 280z. All of the hydraulics were also from a jeep. I had many problems getting this bell housing to actually work, despite seeing people all over the internet saying it was a sure thing, yet no one ever actually doing it themselves and having details, or the details that some could find referring to Napa part numbers that haven't existed for a decade. Neat. Well internet, despair no longer, for I have made it work! Details will be in another post, because this is going to be a huge convoluted post even without that juju. Painted Pics! As of a month or so ago, I have been tearing up the streets in this new ride, it still has tons and tons of work to be even close to finished, but it is SO fun to drive anyway. No interior, jank gauge mount... lack of gauges... you know, the optional equipment Between last year and this year, the brake system decided it was its final year of life as far as rubber goes, so I had to completely redo it, I took advantage of that to install a disc brake conversion on the rear(I know, its heavy but it was 120 bucks more than all of the parts i had to put into the factory old drums and it felt wrong), new soft lines, new hard lines, new calipers and pads up front, new booster, and a new master. She stops real nice now. Now, I would like to say, that I tried to take good pictures, but I failed, and I am going to show you guys anyway, because I have no shame. I mean, I drove that thing around the way it looks and loved it. It is for me to enjoy as a street legal go-kart and nothing more. Just a toy to be abused. MOAR PICS! I will try to be a active for a bit to answer questions people may have about putting parts that should never be together into one of these things, I have learned A LOT. I mean, nothing on that is stock anymore but the gas tank, headlights, and the front calipers... everything else came from some other donor... chevy, jeep, nissan, mazda, ebay, and other datsuns. yay.
  4. Hello all. I'm starting this thread not only to document for myself but to ask questions to those who have already been down a road very similar to mine. Not new to the car scene, have had a couple of project cars thus far. Bought this VW Corrado completely stock minus exhaust and steering wheel. Turned into a shaved bay, stage 5, 4 year project while I was still in school. The reason It took so long was because I was a part of the FSAE team at Akron and that took up the majority of my time. Ended up selling the Corrado to a younger guy that wrecked it. SO... Here we are Graduated with nothing to do after work... I stumbled upon this Z in the fall of 2014, hearing about it through my cousin. Gentlemen was moving to SC and had left the car here with his brother. The car had sat in a garage for the majority of the past 30 years. All the work being done to it back in the 80's This included the SBC swap and Suede interior. The 240z was never a car I thought I would buy, I always thought they were awesome, but I couldn't see myself owning one. Well, that changed when I found this one. I quickly began working on it (my dad got really excited too) just to see if it would run. It did, after buying a few parts and cleaning a few things but I wasn't happy with it... I wanted more power, so I thought... do a cam, do some heads call it a day... Then things changed when a friend hooked me up with a set of Holset VGT turbos. So here I am today, joining you guys that know way more than me about the S chassis for help where I may seem like I am doing something wrong. I have already made a few friends at the StanceNation Texas meet, have followed many extremely awesome builds, and have over the past year gathered ideas for my car. Look forward to building this car, Thanks ahead of time for the help!
  5. Back in action! Came across this threw a friend of mine. 1974 260Z (11/74). Got it for a great price. Sat in a garage for about 3 years. Was drug out of a barn by my good friend about 8 years ago. He then swaped in the motor/ trans and ended up selling it before it drove, to the guy i got it from. He then carried on a decent swap. The car has a very nice COMPLETE aftermarket harness. Has very little rust. All of it is exterior. Flairs and fenders could fix it all . Original paint (and pin striping?). Has Eibach springs with Tokico adjustable struts all the way around. Larger Gen 1 Yota brakes up front. And a few other nice features. It goes down the road very nice. One of the best riding z's Ive had. Sadly the Motor dose have issues. It had a faint knock. And a few other issues I noticed after having it for a few days. At the time of writing the the motor is completly stripped. Will go into more detail later on what i found. (Bearings) Anyway Its awsome to be back and have a Z again. Heres a few pics. Currently has a lil beef under the hood. A small block Chevy Vortec 350 (1996??). Fed by a Holley Avenger. I was told its a 650 but Havent verified. Mated to a T-5 (from a camaro? Havent done the research yet). Which is spinning an open R200 (Ratio unknow still). Ahh the joys of buying projects. More to come!
  6. Hello, I am hiving a issue that I have been trying to fix for some time now, from a stop in hard acceleration my car bogs very bad. I have messed with timing and checked for vacuum leaks and cant find anything so I decided to turn to the most trusted people on the internet you guys. Engine specs - GM 350 small block - L-82 350ci/350hp GM Camshaft, Hydraulic Flat Tappet, Duration @ .050 in. 222/222, Lift .450/.460, - Stock 350 truck heads with porting - Stock valves ,rockers ,lifters, push rods, connecting rods ,and pistons - 1 rams horn exhaust manifold with porting , 1 standard exhaust manifold with porting - holley street dominator open plenum intake - edelbrock 650 cfm carb - MSD street fire HEI distributor with matching wires - Accel header plugs - timing set to 14 deg initial adv Transmission - TH 350 stock GM - B&m shift kit - Stock stall Here is a vid of the bog in question bog @ 2:52 from a roll it seams to be fine roll pull @ 1:46 Any help or ideas would be a great help thanks. Will S.
  7. I have owned this 240Z for about 14 years. Before I bought it it used to run 8.50s in the 1/4 with a big motor. It can handle anything you can put in it. There is an article in a 1997 Hot Rod magazine about the car when it was running 8s. Currently it runs 9.60s with a 350 small block Chevy on 125 shot of N2O. That is as fast as I wanted to go and wanted it to be street legal. I have not races it for the past 6 years and have just taken it to car shows close by. It would take more than $60K to build this car so you can save a lot of money and time by getting this turn key street monster for less than half of that. This is what I do recall from the time I used to race it: Full 2x3 frame and cage from the front to the back. 355 SBC. 750 DP Holley. Iron heads with a lot of work done to them. 12.5:1 Nitrous pistons. Solid cam. Very dependable motor with low runs. 350 Turbo trans with the best stuff built by Steve Casner. Manual Valve body. 9" Ford rear with 31 spline spool held in by ladder bars. Hooks hard. I don't have a whole lot information more than what I posted above. If I find more information, I will post. Serious buyers only. Prefer local buyers. Buyer should come here to take the car as I will not get involved in shipping. Sorry no trades as I already bought the new toy a while ago. I just need to open up some room in the garage. Price: $27,700 Price As of 5/24/2014: $25,700 Price As of 6/10/2014: $23,700/best offer Contact me if you are serious about buying. Sorry I don't have a lot of time to chat about cars. [email protected] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1cfy3MWp6U
  8. like the title says im looking to buy a flywheel for a 2 piece rear main pre 86 SBC with a lt1 t56 transmission I've done my research and i know it takes a custom one like the fidanza /centerforce etc just wondering if anyone had one that they didn't need maybe from a project that took a different route if so let me know.. paypal is ready
  9. Hi guys. I just picked up a rebuilt 1997 mark vi vortec 454 .030. The engine was done to stock specs. The guy I got it from started a project and abandoned it so I got the complete long block for a great price. Everything was rebuilt/replaced on the engine. These run about 9:1 stock compression and I'm assuming that it's going to be right around there give or take .3. I have a question. I'm going to be upgrading the cam before I get further into the project. What is the largest cam that the vortec heads can handle without machining the valve guides for seal to retainer clearance? I don't feel like taking the heads off and totally disassembling them. I need a quick cam change. I will upgrade the valve springs if necessary. I'd also prefer to stay with the nonadjustable valvetrain vs. spending more money. It's already going to cost an additional $1200 or so in parts for me to get this to work. Engine will be a carb engine with an edelbrock performer RPM intake. Hei distributor. Vehicle it's going in is my truck. 1992 Chevy k3500 mason dump 4x4, nv4500 5 speed with 4.56's front and rear. Truck is heavy but I need this engine to have some power. I don't tow, but do get loads stone (6000lbs on average) and the 350 that was in it required downshifts on hills even unloaded. I'd like this to pull above 5k and not die out like the TBI 350 did at 3800. Truck weighs 7540 with me in it. Any advice? Thanks.
  10. Hello, I have a question for anyone who is running the stock or stock like aluminum 3 core radiators with their SBC's. What radiator hoses are you using? I bought two of the "universal" hoses from o'reilly's and my total was over $50. Just wondering if anyone could pull the numbers of their hose so I can see if I can find a cheaper option. I haven't put the engine in the car yet, so there is still time to return the hoses if other options are available. Thanks, Han
  11. Mounts

    Hey guys. I'm brand new here and need some info. Not new to car forums so I know all about the search function. I was just wondering if anyone could either send me some info on sbc mounts. I would like to build my own seeing as there doesnt look to be a whole lot to them. I have found people saying they've done so, just wondering if anyone has been nice enough to publish dimensions, or if I will have to try to make them by trial and error, make a mess and end up ordering them. thanks folks
  12. Seattle-ites out there?

    Hello all, I picked up a 72 240z in October and have been working on it ever since. It has a 327/Turbo 350 that was NOT done following the JTR manual. Everything is "custom" when I say custom I mean whatever the guy could find in his barn in the corner. This car has been definitely molested. I have utilized the site like crazy figuring stuff out. Its not as bad as it sounds but this car will never be a show car that's for sure. It runs awesome I can at least say that. I would love to find some other Z people in the area. I am in Kent. I was a VW guy for years and years owning a Scirocco 16v. This car is much more exciting. Cheers!!
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