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#1 Dark240Z

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Posted 3 weeks ago

I have an intro thread, but I figured I'd start a build thread to be able to track the progress of this car over the next year or two. 

 

I bought my S30 (72 240z) from a good friend I went to college with. He tried to get me to buy the car when we first met, but I never really had the time or the energy to start a massive project. I've been busy with my first project (turbocharged 8thgen Honda Si), as well as a new home which has placed a large parasite on my bank account. 

 

Due to an insurance payout from my daily being totaled, I got into something a little more economical and finally told my friend I'd come by and pick up the Z. 

 

Here she is being picked up and brought home

 

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And here she is parked in her current resting place next to my other project :D

 

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I just picked the car up as of 4/30/17, and I expect this build to take a few years - being that I plan on taking the car down to bare metal and then rebuilding it with as much modern technology as I can. So far, my build is expected to go as follows:

 

Suspension, braking, and Undercarriage:

  • Techno Toy Tuning Coilover system 
  • Techno Toy 5 lug (5x114.3) conversion
  • Techno Toy LCA, Tension, and lower cross-member upgrade
  • Techno Toy rear-end conversion (ditches stub shafts for 5 lug hubs) 
  • Wilwood BMC 
  • Brembo conversion of an unknown type (TBD)

 

Exterior

  • Front Valance (type TBD)
  • Fender flares (TBD)
  • Duckbill Rear Spoiler (TBD)
  • Custom retrofitted projector headlights (I can retro headlights, so it just depends what's available at the time) 

 

 

Interior

  • Modernized Gauge cluster, modernized HVAC controls with AC added (vintage air or similar) 
  • Upgraded head unit and speakers
  • Bride Racing seats, harness bar, 5 pt. racing harnesses 
  • Reupholstered carpet and headline

Engine/Transmission

I'm a little torn here, so I have two options:

 

Option 1:

  • RB26DET
  • 300zx Transmission
  • 300zx rear diff 

Option 2: 

  • LSX crate motor
  • T56 6-speed Transmission
  • SR230 Rear diff

 

A lot of this is up in the air and tentative depending on how the build progresses. I'm open to advice/input so feel free to drop a comment if you have experience! 

 

 

 

 

 

5/3/17 

Made my first major stride of progress today. Yanked the L24 motor and 4 speed out! 

 

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I plan on having the interior fully stripped by the end of the week as well. My goal is to get it as bare-bones as possible and then determine where/when I can send it to get blasted and primpered

 

5/11/17 

 

As I was stripping the car, I found what I had hoped I wouldn't. Nice area of rotted metal on the driver side rocker. Luckily I bought the car under the condition that there was no rot, so the previous owner is currently making arrangements to come up and patch the metal for me. 

 

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But the good news is, the rest of the car is coming along. Most of the wiring harness is out, and the dash is almost ready to come out!

 

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Edited by Dark240Z, 2 weeks ago.


#2 juxsa

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Posted 3 weeks ago

looking forward to seeing your thread as your build progresses 






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