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#1 budgy

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Posted 19 September 2016 - 09:45 AM

Decided I would start a thread to chronicle some of my build so I can look back and remember the fun I had doing this. 

ZFever has harnesses for the VQ37HR working great with Osiris/Uprev which makes this swap a reality now. 

 

Got a few pictures as the car is now, I blew up my 3.2 stroker build not long after that action shot was taken. Block I believe failed due to heat stress. Got some pics of that aftermath, I thought the engine would just run cooler if I dumped a ton of coolant into the crankcase. Blew off a PCV line and had a crazy amount of vapour pour out of the engine bay on the track. Got my heart pounding :)

 

This engine actually still started and ran by the way! 

I have a collection of parts coming in soon, but will try to make large updates rather than a ton of small ones over the course of the winter. Found an excellent shop to do paint/body and most all of the work will be handled by professionals, I really don't have the time to do this kind of project on my own. But many props to those of you that make the time and do it all on your own. 

 

 

 

Will have turn signals, and even a CEL. The redline on the reflash will actually be set @ 8100RPM, but not sure I will need to go past 8 so I am happy with the look of the tach, the 10K tachs to me I do not like the spacing as much. These gauges were a design that I basically copied/inspired from the AWR guages made for Miatas. 

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#2 seattlejester

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Posted 19 September 2016 - 09:58 AM

How the hell did that engine keep running?!

 

Looking forward to you breathing some new life into the car, looks great



#3 djwarner

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Posted 19 September 2016 - 10:09 AM

BTW the link you posted tried to hijack my browser. Don't click on the link.



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Posted 19 September 2016 - 10:27 AM

BTW the link you posted tried to hijack my browser. Don't click on the link.

Really, worked fine for me!



#5 budgy

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Posted 19 September 2016 - 11:39 AM

Not sure what happened there, Flickr is usually safe for me. 

Screenshots are the next best thing; custom gauges by New Vintage USA. Redline is actually 8100, but I like the way the 8K spacing works over 10K. doing custom tach redline would have added significantly to the cost. These were not cheap but I am happy I did them seeing the night time shots. 

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Posted 19 September 2016 - 11:52 AM

Keep us updated and best of luck!

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Posted 12 October 2016 - 08:37 AM

Car is going into the shop for phase 1 of the build soon. Just waiting on mounts and other goodies from McKinney and Engine/transmission/wiring harness from ZFever. 

Made a harrowing drive to Montana a couple days ago to pick up a ton of stuff from Techno Toy, just happened to be after a pretty major blizzard. CV Axles from Futofab. 

Also a one off, Walnut w/Mahogany stripe shift knob with the correct thread pitch for the 370Z transmission.
 

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Posted 22 January 2017 - 08:07 PM


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Car is off to get the paint/body work done. Hopefully not too many typical Datsun surprises. Feels good to have some real progress. 

Go and check out LangesShop on Instagram, this guy has an incredible little shop built on his own property, does amazing work mostly on older trucks. Will give ideas on what the finish paint should look like. 

EDIT: Forgot to ask a few things if anyone has advice on the matter; I am looking to find the JDM Headlight covers with the metal trim, if anyone has some for sale or knows a good place to look for them it would be much appreciated. I must ditch these cheaper plastic ones as I think they will look out of place with the rest of the build. 

Also, I am wondering if there is any consensus in the community in terms of underbody paint protection. I want something that will look good (gloss black preferably) but I am looking for something that is rugged and excellent rust protection without adding unnecessary weight to the chassis. I will be avoiding rain and gravel to the best of my ability but I intend to drive this car a lot so something functional is needed. 


Edited by budgy, 22 January 2017 - 08:19 PM.


#9 1969honda

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Posted 22 January 2017 - 10:12 PM

I've heard really good things about lizard skin

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Posted 23 January 2017 - 06:02 PM

Thanks for the tip! Did some fairly extensive reading on that today and I think that may be what we do, sounds like the heat/sound stuff from them is fairly light and still very rugged. 

Got some more updates to share, she was a decent looking car before but she was definitely a cake face :D

 

 

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 01:10 PM

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Getting sent off for water/media blasting soon! 

 



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Posted 14 February 2017 - 01:56 PM

Typical Datsun stuff, hopefully its not too bad to fix behind the battery tray that thing is a nightmare.

Hoping I get mounts and headers from McKinney soon so it doesnt hold things up before body primer.

Drip rails very disappointing to see what was basically just flat steel welded in before. A whole new 'C' shaped piece will have to be made and welded into place. 

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#13 Pharaohabq

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 09:52 PM

That's looking pretty amazing!  Can you tell me more about the CV axles you said you found?  I'm looking to use a 350Z LSD in my swap.

 

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 12:24 PM

Wolfcreek is now known as Futofab and they make the CV Axles, I actually purchased mine through Techno Toy as they are a Futofab dealer and it just made things easier for me being in Canada for shipping reasons. Not entirely sure they would work with the 350Z R200, if the housings are the same I guess it would not be an issue. 

 



#15 Pharaohabq

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Posted 02 April 2017 - 08:33 PM

Well the "cups" are supposed to be compatible witht he 280zx cups, just the shafts need to be sized properly...  Supposed toand work with are two different things though.  I am going to use the LSD R200 though so I'll have to figure something.



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Posted 11 April 2017 - 06:44 PM

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Progress! 

Something very satisfying about seeing the rust that was there and now gone! 



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Posted 01 May 2017 - 09:02 AM

So what's the plan on wiring up the Engine?  THinking about getting another S30, and bought a spare 37HR for my 370z.....but this swap has me really thinking lol.


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Posted 08 May 2017 - 10:23 PM

ZFever builds complete harnesses for these swaps :) 

Little sneak peak of what was being worked on today! 

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Decided to get rid of the aftermarket sunroof for the cleanest possible look. Removal of factory drip rails was poorly done. Got a fair bit of metal work to do before she goes into primer, but things are finally about to start moving forward more rapidly. 

Wanted to share a photo of a truck that was painted the same way my car will be. It's why I chose this small shop, guy does excellent paint and body work. 

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