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VH45DE 300ZX PerformanceVH VH45 Z32 VH SWAP

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#101 PerformanceVH



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Posted 23 March 2016 - 07:35 AM

Great service at EFI Source! The MS3 Goldbox is manufactured right in Pennsylvania about 10 miles from my house! Anyone looking for a universal standalone should definitely take a look at the Goldbox! 

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Posted 10 May 2016 - 04:38 AM

I've been making some small progress with the Z. Have a few other spring projects going on at the moment.
I was able to install some gold foil tape from DEI on the hood and firewall to keep the heat out. It came out pretty good. The foil tape does not have any stretch at all and was a pain to install on the hood.
Next I need to get the steering rack modified for manual steering, and then the clutch & brake master cylinders installed along with the hard lines.

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Posted 10 May 2016 - 12:28 PM

Looks like a candy bar wrapper!  Interesting to see how well it holds up over time..


Phil - 1978 280z + 4.6L SOHC DOHC Ford, just a 300hp Lincoln Engine Folks, nothing to see here....

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Posted 07 August 2016 - 05:33 PM

Hey guys! Sorry for not keeping you all up to date! I made a career change and I don't sit in front of a computer all day anymore. So in the past few weeks I have made some very good progress on the car.

I put the engine back together and spray painted the block with 2K epoxy primer and 2K Titanium Metallic. Stuff works amazing! From now on that's how I am going to paint engines. It dries super hard and doesn't chip up when you tighten bolts down. Nasty stuff so make sure to use a respirator.





I Finally made a set of engine mounts for myself! Also modified the oil filter housing to accommodate -12AN fittings for the filter housing/thermostat.  

Finally dropped the engine in!


I modified a Nissan Rogue manual steering rack to fit into the Z subframe. It works amazing! 255's on epoxy floors with the engine in and I can turn it with my left hand. It's tough but much easier than the Z32 steering rack with no P/S.


I found a Non-Cruise Control OEM 3spoke steering wheel center section. I couldn't be happier with how it looks!

Next I need to get the braking system in, then I can start to figure out how I am going to run the exhaust. I am going to have to run the steering shaft between the headers. Should be interesting!

#105 Ba11erz



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Posted 13 August 2016 - 12:18 PM


You must be doing something right. I've gots nithin' but h8 h8 h8 h8 h8 h8! Even if I get my engine started in the next century, it'll never surpass what you've conjured up with that angry "Bruce Banner" Build. Keep updating papa. -Si

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 09:10 AM

Any updates?

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 07:57 AM

Hey, love the 45, and your choice of color and bolt kit makes that thing look like it was pulled out of a jdm race bike or something. Spot on. I had a question about your brake setup, are those srt8 rear calipers? I ask because I broke a bleeder on my brother-in-laws srt8 jeep and couldn't believe how cheap you can get refurbished brembo 4-pots for and thought they would be a great size to up the s30's front braking power.

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