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I have sold a few colin's kits. Nothing for RB to VQ though. 

 

The adapter piece is nice, but you end up using a bunch of random parts.  You use the release bearing sleeve from a v6 200sx,and the VQ release bearing.

 

Shifter is definitely the hardest piece of the puzzle.  Plus it takes a few weeks before you get the parts.

 

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I've ordered two 2jz kits, and one 1uz kit.  But I'd imagine it would be the same stuff for the RB stuff.

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Thanks for the heads up on the adapters. I emailed them today and got a list of the parts I will need to be able to run the 350z or 370z transmission. Looks like I'll have to fabricate the transmission mount and shifter bracket. He did say that I could use the flywheel and clutch for the RB26. I was going to use a Southbend z31 clutch. Hopefully that will work because I hate selling new parts.

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Well as with most projects there's going to be some set backs and this one is no different. My buddy was supposed to come over this weekend to weld in the passenger side frame rail. Since we had done the driver's side already I decided to bang in the old frame rail so the new one would slide over the top to save us some time this weekend. I finally got everything in place and notice some rust on the floor pan (big surprise). Long story short we had to postpone welding in the frame rails to deal with the floor pans.

 

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I didn't want the weekend to go to waste so I decided to tackle the fenders flares. A huge thanks goes out to Lee Nash for documenting his fender flare installation here http://forums.hybridz.org/topic/96953-my-240-rb26-build/page-9#entry976894 It made the entire process a lot easier. 

 

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I couldn't find those threaded blind nuts so I'll have to order them online and finish installing the flares. Now when my buddy drops by he can weld the fenders together along with the floor pan and frame rail. Ah nothing like progress.

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All the way from Australia! The RB30 has landed. Now to get the head off the RB26 and freshen everything up. I plan to get the rings and bearings replaced along with getting a valve job on the head and a crank collar pressed on. Then swap all the ancillary parts I had already bought for the RB26 such as the Nitto oil pump and OEM water pump. I had to order the timing belt from England and the crank collar from Australia. Hopefully they'll be here next week. While everything is at the machine shop I'll be able to clean and paint the engine bay. Still pushing for it to be ready this summer.

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After four months my fenders, cowl and headlight buckets have finally arrived from Retro Spec. There's not all lot of room in the garage so I'm storing them on the car for now. The weave is a little wavy and patched on one of the headlight bucket on the top but all the other parts look great. The fenders were already cut for the fender flares by Retro Spec so that will save me from having to cut the fenders. I'm still prepping the engine bay before I paint it (maybe this weekend) but should have everything permanently mounted next week. The engine should go to the machine shop on Friday as well. Progress.

 

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Pretty awesome build thread.

 

Just out of curiosity why did you decide to go the RB30 route? 

Thanks.

 

The RB30 is a larger displacement engine which produces more torque down low. They can handle 600hp stock with a RB25 or 26 head.

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I'm thinking about ditching my SDS EMS and going with AEM or Haltech. I found a used AEM 30-6620 V2 for sale. Looking for feedback from anyone running this EMS. My plans are to use traction control, built in boost controller and boost by gear since I'm sure traction will be an issue.

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I hate AEM. Customer support is pretty poor.

That's unfortunate. Guess I'll keep looking.

 

 

Since I didn't pull the trigger on the EMS decided to work on the roll cage with my buddy. I got the hatch area stripped out and found some "interesting" artifacts:

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A great tip I got from the powder coater was to use nail polish to touch up the weld spots. So I'm off to the nail shop to match the powdercoat. lol

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Looking good!

 

Have you looked into the ECUMasters EMU yet?  If not that, I can always get you a megasquirt!

Thanks. No I haven't researched ECUMasters yet. A big part of my decision will be based on what the tuner is comfortable using.

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