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#1 Z8driver

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 10:30 AM

After installing a 289 in my 240Z, which I call my Z8, I wrote up a description of the process, and included drawings for the motor mounts etc. I thought this might be of interest, and helpful to some of you, so here's the link:

Click here: 240Z V8 Conversion – Small block Ford

Happy reading!

#2 naviathan

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 10:34 AM

SWEET! Thank You! This will help a lot when I go for my 351W swap.
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Posted 06 November 2007 - 05:02 PM

Brian,

This is one of the cleanest conversions I've seen. I was working at some of the same items, but your solutions are much simpler. I wanted to install the engine without universals on the steering shaft just as you did, but I was thinking of the cradle mounting Corvette isolators with fabricated engine mounts. Much more involved.

My engine is a 1992 Police 5.0 from a Mustang with 17,000 miles. Cop tried to do a 180 turn and missed a shift, mustang slid back into a power pole and inserted into the body so far it bent the rear end. This is coupled with a cleaned up Explorer intake (lower half has been ported) and GT-40P heads, cleaned up and slightly ported. I found some of the old
Coast Mustang GT-40P shorty headers (remove the collectors for space).

I've been doing the heads and prepping the block for reassembly, while waiting to dig into the mounts. Up till now just sketches.

Car is a near Rust Free 76 280Z coupe.

Also using a T-5 transmission.

Your writeup has saved me untold amount of time.

Thanks,
ecp48
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1978 280Z Parts Car
1976 280Z Hybrid 5.0 in process
1974 260Z RIP RLS30-036213 (Remains Crushed, 07-19-05)
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#4 Z8driver

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Posted 07 November 2007 - 08:38 AM

I'm pleased that you've found the description helpful. Good luck in your conversion!

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Posted 07 November 2007 - 09:47 AM

Excellent write up! Great pictures! CAD drawings! WOW!!

I believe this documentation is even better than JTRs manual.

Maybe I'll switch to the Blue Oval team.
Doug

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#6 grumpyvette

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Posted 07 November 2007 - 10:01 AM

Nice Impressive Job!
Thanks For Posting The Details
the more I look thru it the more impressed IVE become!! CONGRATS
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#7 Mike kZ

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Posted 07 November 2007 - 11:59 AM

What a great write-up!! Well done!! This is going to be a new Ford Sticky!

#8 74_5.0L_Z

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Posted 07 November 2007 - 12:53 PM

Great write-up!!!

I think that you give the wrong length for your driveshaft. Mine is 19.25 from center to center, and you quote yours as 28 1/4.

But still, great write-up.

#9 Z8driver

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Posted 07 November 2007 - 03:23 PM

Thanks for letting me know about the error in the driveshaft length. It's really 18.25", I changed the writeup to reflect that.

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Posted 07 November 2007 - 07:00 PM

You probably could have saved yourself a good bit of effort with a Ron Tyler diff mount. but interesting solution non the less.

#11 LMoore56

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Posted 08 November 2007 - 06:41 AM

Very nice job, good and clean, just like the factory but better.

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 04:27 PM

WOW...thanks. I was just about ready to scrap the idea. You have just breathed new life into my conversion. Thank you.
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#13 jbk240z

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 01:20 AM

A very nice wrtieup indeed!! A very clean install.

#14 Z8driver

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 09:39 AM

Thanks for the feedback, I'm glad that my write-up has been some help. Makes taking the time to document the conversion worthwhile.

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Posted 23 December 2007 - 06:31 PM

I was only thinking about doing the swap until I read your write up. I then stopped thinking and started doing. I ended up not using your mounts. However if i had not read your article i would have still just been thinking about it. I now have the engine and tranny installed, took less than two days including fabbing the mounts. All that is left is to hook everything up. i think I will have it done in about another week.

You have saved me alot of time and most of all inspired me to just do it. The swap was actually easier than all of the work I did just thinking about it.

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Posted 25 December 2007 - 12:54 PM

wonderful writup..thanks
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Posted 25 December 2007 - 07:37 PM

My goodness...what I wouldn't do to still have a machine shop at my disposal. How much do you estimate the swap to cost overall? By the way, gorgeous job, and excellent blueprints.

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 06:07 PM

Well, I hate to think about the costs too much, but I probably spent a little over four grand in the conversion (not including the cost of the car or motor). That would include clutch, driveshaft, limited slip R200 diff, new cooling system, bell housing, Tremec, oil pan, mounts, powder-coating, suspension rebuild etc etc. Lots of little things add up pretty quickly. Some of this cost is offset by left over Datsun parts that I sold after the conversion. By doing more shopping at the junk yard rather than buying so many new parts, one could reduce this cost significantly.

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 08:21 PM

wow thats all i have to say. nice one.

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 04:43 AM

Dayum dude, i got more information just from your 1 "article" than i have from months of surfing all over the web. From me and my son, and a lot of others...THANKS.
I came here with a header question but after just browsing your article, you have answered every question i have had for a while now, but if i have any more i am sure you have it covered... :biggrin:
Now for my 500 Z project to start




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