I've had my 260Z for about 6 years now with a mild Ford 302 that was getting tired and boring, so when an interesting engine came up for sale I impulsively jumped on the deal. Its still Ford Windsor based and I figured would be a relatively straight forward drop-in, but small differences tend to claw away at the bank account QUICK! The heads had taller and bigger exhaust ports, so custom headers had to be made... the engine was lacking a mechanical pump, so the fuel system had to be upgraded, the old distributor and ignition was incompatible with the new roller cam so MSD took a bunch of my money. The $1000 oil pan it came with wouldn't clear my crossmember, etc etc.
updated pics from Apr 17
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Anyways, I just fired it up for the first time 2 days ago and took it out for a shakedown around the neighbourhood today....... and its already painfully evident that this car, in its current configuration, is stupidly overpowered. I've always loved how aftermarket flares and wide wheels look, but my car is too clean to go under the knife so now I'm basically shopping for as wide a tire as I can fit on these wheels, under the stock fenders. I might luck out with a 225 or 235 in the rear, so it'll need to be something very sticky. Slicks?!?! It never sees rain, hmmmmmmmmm!
New engine is in. Its an SBF based Dart block with 4 bolt mains, Diamond pistons, H beam rods, TFS-R heads, and some other goodies. I decided to keep it carb'd despite the new engine coming with a lot of EFI parts - maybe I'm stupid, but I just think it helps maintain some "old school" character. 4 mpg? Who cares
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If you're having headers made, might as well give the fabricator some creative freedom and see what comes out! He absolutely killed it. Its such a shame its basically almost entirely hidden under the car. Im gonna have to buy some mirrors or cut a hole in my floor so I could look at them while driving. 1-7/8 primaries 4-2-1 into a single 3.5" back section
I guess its still a muffler? More like a Coke can.. added just for good measure, in case the system was too loud. It sounds amazing.. not a muscle-car 'hollow' rumble, but kind of an exotic bass feel to it. Very happy with how it turned it, which was essentially a guess.
Edited by thedarkie, 19 April 2017 - 10:14 AM.