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Phantom last won the day on November 22 2019

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    Yakima, Washington
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    four cars & older home on 4 acres with a pond, a creek, and 100 trees. How do I keep it all going?!? I don't!

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  1. yup - an exhaust system properly tuned to the engine can make it sound really sweet. I know that my LS1 starts to sing at about 2500 rpm and then just continues all the way to redline - and the exhaust system is responsible for 80% of that.
  2. I had one of the first "on the road LS swaps" It was complete in June of 2003. My car was the development "mule" for the JCI kit (www.brokenkitty.com) In 18 years none of John's parts have failed. My car is running a totally stock LS1 so I'm good with just an R200 LSD and "sticky" compound street tires. FWIW - it is an old wives tail that these cars are nose heavy. Before I started my conversion my car had a 50/50 balance, 1400 lbs of both axles. When I completed the drive train conversion it was 1400 on the front and 1430 on the rear. Then I did an interior upgrade and the car gai
  3. S30's run the full voltage/amperage through the column switch assembly. It would be better if you installed a relay so that the full current runs through the relay and just actuation current through the ignition switch like more modern systems do. It will extend the life of your switch and keep the wiring sizes more compatible. Bottom line is that the S30 ignition switch really isn't sized to handle the current required for a V8 indefinitely. Overall remember that you have a vehicle with 40+ year old wiring that is getting brittle and you'll be finding oxidation on all your connectors.
  4. In my LS1 conversion uses stock 1998 Camaro fans and shroud that fit my recored stock Datsun radiator. I have have had no issues with cooling in the 17 years I've been driving the car. You might check out the fan shroud dimensions on the new LS3 Camaro. If it would fit your radiator/engine bay it would be a plug & play with the stock LS3 wiring harness.
  5. You may want to look at licensing the car with a "collector" tag. That may get you around the smog regs? I had an issue in Texas once where I failed emissions because I didn't have catalytic converters on my LS1. The problem was that the inspector made his decision based on the year of the engine rather than the year of the car. In Texas the deciding factor was the year of the car.
  6. It seems that there are many applications where the Z32 5-spd is carrying 600 HP without failure. They do, however, have "soft" synchro issues - especially 2nd & 4th and tend to start having problems if driven "spiritedly" a lot.
  7. I have the original JCI air conditioning set-up as it was developed on my car. It uses all the original stock Datsun equipment except the compressor which JCI provided along with the mount. My engine is '98 LS1. The AC compressor is mounted high on the driver's side with the alternator below it. If you want I can take photos of the install If you want although some areas are difficult to see fully installed.
  8. JCI developed their components on my 280Z. The 280Z tunnel is larger than the 240Z but the solution can be the same. Since the tunnel will be covered by the console and carpet use a ball peen hammer and dent the tunnel out where the reverse switch goes. They had to push mine out maybe 1/8" to clear ok. Yours will be a bit more. I've had no issues since the original install in early 2003.
  9. I like to take my Z to car shows over the summer months. It's a daily driver so the paint is 22 years old and has 100,000 miles worth of rock chips etc. The interior is getting a little worn and the wheels are definitely not the "in" style. It is, however, usually the only or one of a few Z's at the show and tends to draw a fair amount of attention. I also spend my time standing beside the car (rather than sitting in a chair behind it) and talking with people as they come by. I've heard a lot of nostalgic stories about the Z's people used to have. I also keep my racing helmet sitting on t
  10. Having an LS-1 powered 280Z for 16 years now I'd love to be able to incorporate all the "new stuff" that has become available since then. First off would be an LT4 with a 6-spd behind it going trough either an R230 or a Ford 8.8 IRS. Brakes & suspension would be TTT. Subtle Z wide body to accommodate at least 305X17 tires on new Rota wheels. Keep the LED running lights but upgrade the headlights from HID to LED Upgrade AC Upgrade sound system to new Alpine components. Repaint the car to either a Mercedes or Audi metallic gray with a darker gray racing stripe.
  11. This was Bill Reagan's restoration project. You should have seen his custom. I was in Z Club of Texas back in the 90's and Bill was known for his knowledge of the Z's.
  12. Sjoost - I went to a local custom interior shop and took them a house carpet that I wanted to use on my '77 280Z. He made it work and I now have a totally unique carpet.
  13. Go to www.dapperlighting.com and look at the HID and LED products they offer. I have a set of their HID lights I bought several years ago and, other than a failed relay, I've been happy with them. They are very responsive to customer issues and will work with you until the issue is resolved. The HID lights definitely need to go through a relay. You may not need that for LED headlights but relays are always a good idea to avoid running power vs control current through your column switch.
  14. Hey - they're all the L series - L24, L26, L28, LS1 - right? 😀
  15. Jon, For reference purposes here's a few dyno runs on a bone stock '98 LS1 running thru a single 2 1/2" exhaust.
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