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Mack last won the day on January 21 2006

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  1. a lot of the stuff is pretty close. head bolt holes are pretty damn close, and you could probably make it work just by offset drilling the MB head holes closer together (side to side, not front to back, obviously). The only other major hurdle is the thrust bearing location. Merc has it betwen cyl 4 and 5 and L is between 3 and 4. Not insurmountable, but just to give you an idea of what you will be dealing with.
  2. Ive got the swap, I hardly even notice the shifter position.
  3. there are ways around this. S13 rears bolt right in if you modify the top mount to fit in the 280ZX strut tower. the fronts.... require a bit more modification. I've stalled in the middle of putting S13 front hubs and coilovers on my 280zx using mostly off the shelf parts and the stock 280ZX lower control arm. the only piece of the puzzle I havent figured out yet is the fact that I need a longer tie rod. Inner or outer, doesn't matter, it just needs to be longer by about 2 in on each side. But then I will be able to run 300zxtt big brakes by simply bolting them on and full S13 coilovers
  4. I rated the cam before the head work and throttle body, because you need the cam to take advantage of both of those. and swapping out a cam can be done without pulling the head. Porting the intake really won't do anything, at least on an EFI intake. You can smooth it out, but to actually port it would be a huge pain in the ass and you may as well build a custom one at that point. That being said, I did take the injector screw bumps out of the ends of mine as well as smooth out any bumps and ridges I could get to. if you want more compression, you'll need a different head or to
  5. Some ways for more HP... easiest to hardes. A cold air intake/aftermarket air filter/mod your stock air box. 2.5 mandrel bent exhaust. with the proper muffler, it SOUNDS awesome as well. a header. although it wont do much other than sounding cool without a lot of other work. A cam. easy, bolt in power if you know how to work on these engines valve bowl work. Just blend the valve bowls into the upper portion of the seats if you ever have it off for a headgasket. more compression. flat tops and the .080" P79/p90 head mod. Or the maxima N47 head.
  6. I wonder why the torque was so low in comparison to the HP?
  7. thanks BLOZ UP! I was kind of worried for a second there, but then I figured teh z stores disclaimer is probably a blanket statement left over from the L series, which are a lot more finnickey about cams from my experience. I am probably going to get this regrind. 131H because it will allow me to retain my stock springs and it won't be too wild, as this is still in a truck. no need to build a high rpm monster, haha! I think a retune would make it run optimal, but without it, being a MAF system, it will still put out more HP because the MAF is measuring air coming into the engine and
  8. Hello, I am in the middle of a headgasket on an xterra (suprise!) and I figured I may as well throw a set of cams in it too "as long as I am in there". I have found conlicting ino on the net about what needs to be done. Can I use regrinds? the MSA site sells regrinds but only offers "Warranty on camshaft requires use of new rocker arms, proper springs, proper lifters " what the shit does that mean? why would I need new rocker arms when it doesnt even touch the lobe directly? I called them and they of course were no help. They just recommended replacing the entire valvetrain because "pre
  9. I am very interested in this build. I still have the block I took a crank out of and sold many moons ago, as well as a COMPLETE LD28 that I am holding on to for now.
  10. also, keep in mind, calculating the difference in diameter would give a better indication than the total area, since the middle of the valve is solid and air only flows around the perimeter of the valve face.
  11. I am looking to purchase a 280ZX gnose for my kaminari widebody car. If anyone has one or knows where to get one (short of importing from JDM land...) please, contact me or post it in here. I'd even take a shitty zforceproductions one if someone wants to get rid of it. I can pay or trade parts for it. thanks!
  12. You might want to give Guy Henson at Damn Good Motors in Minneapolis a call. He is a real personable buy and does some of the best custom cam work I have ever witnessed. He even designs his own camshafts, down to the profiles and ramps for existing engines and has worked on some rather odd stuff. He is VERY good at one offs and customization.
  13. yeah, you really need a maxima N47 (or shaved P90/79) to run those numbers. I ran a stock MN47 on an f54 flat top with a felpro gasket for years. (daily drove in phoenix heat too!) Hell, it would probably still fire up if I put the intake back on! the calculated cr on that is about ~11.5:1. it ran on pump premium with a total adavance somewhere in the high 20s. with a stock cam. keep in mind that the more quench the less advance you NEED, as the flame front doesnt need to travel as far. Having MS&Se helps a lot as well. EDIT: to throw in some experience tha
  14. See if you can get some before and after flow numbers with the valves. I'd be interested to see if they make that big of a difference!
  15. the benefits of it would be that if you had fine enough electronic control out of it, theoretically you could throttle the engine with it and run a 300 + degree "full race" cam and have all the power in between that your little heart desires. You could also set it up completely mechanically, but the control would not be optimal. Complexity? not much really. it would add a few moving parts to a standard head. nothing nearly as complex as the vq37hr system, or even a honda vtec for that matter as it uses a hydraulic lifter esque part. I know all of you are thinking "oh great, now we won't
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