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  1. I think you will need the F body to go through the factory hole. Just buy a shifter with an offset built in. Sort of Z shape, my PRO shifter came with 2 or three handles one offset to the rear. HTH, Richard.
  2. Almost all of us keep the Z pedals. Swap the clutch master and it all works fine. We swapped the Datsun push rod from the Wilwood or Tilton. Doing this makes it a very simple part of the job. HTH, Richard.
  3. I put 280Z stubs in, will they fail, no idea, but they are stronger than the 240z series one stuff that was there. Have the rest pretty tough already, so I felt if a stub breaks we can swap them for other stubs that will match the rest of the stuff. Which is: 930 CVs, 300m shafts and DSS inner flanges for the 8.8. The rear stubs are the only part of the car that is still Datsun, lol. JMHO, Richard.
  4. Glad to know the DD AC mount works, I could not find anyone that had used it, just JCI. Nice job. Richard.
  5. When you are done, there will be so much time on your hands, you won't know what to do. Good grief what a lot of work. If this had to be done by a pro, it will be a mid 6 figure bill. Great job. I seem to have said this before on the thread. Keep posting pictures, I hope I speak for others, we love to see the progress. Richard.
  6. I have all poly, no big deal, it is not supposed to be a lexus. R
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    TrackZpeeds CXRacing LS1 T56 240z

    Almost too pretty to race again. Lots of work left but a stunning start. R
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    78 280Z LS3 Project

    WOW, just WOW. Nice nice job.
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    TrackZpeeds CXRacing LS1 T56 240z

    Keeping a good thought for all of you out there. R
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    Best LS Swap Kit?

    I used the complete CX Racing kit. ALL of it. There were no instructions but everything worked. There are a lot of little details that need to be attended to. I found it well worth the money, but it looks like based on other posts it only works for 6 speed cars. I can't say enough READ, READ, READ, this forum. Days and weeks of research will save you hours of time and tons of dollars. These LS swaps have been around a while and all the mistakes and triumphs have been made before. Sure there are multiple ways of doing anything but the stuff that works is used over and over again. HTH, Richard.
  11. First suggestion is to take pump out and make sure it is compatible with your LSX power level. Pulling it will let you know for sure which is which. My thought is Larger line is supply, smaller is return. It appears there are two vents one to the engine eval and one to the filler. HTH, Richard.
  12. I had to notch the mount a small amount for the shaft to clear. HTH, Richard.
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    Gauges gone nuts

    Something is loose all those items get ignition/accessory power. Check all the main connections that feed the fuse box. Just guessing. Richard.
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    TrackZpeeds CXRacing LS1 T56 240z

    That is going to be fantastic looking. Great job on the waiting too. Richard.
  15. Keep working, a rushed project will not be the way you want it. There are things to be done right and doing them takes patience. I rushed and some things are not how I would like them. Richard.
  16. Yup, media blew out for months LOL. Nice work. Richard.
  17. Get it in some sort of primer fast. Freshly sand blaster cars start to rust in hours not days. Don't touch it with bare hand salt and oil from it will speed up the rust process. On 09090 we put POR 15 right over the bare metal, Almost 10 years later it is still like the day we put it on. JMHO, Richard.
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    Which CV kits are best for an R200 240Z?

    J Mortenson, I agree the set up we have is far from perfect, it is a compromise. It allowed us to build the car and then upgrade, as time went on. We had the 8.8. We chose the 280Z outers because we had them, we also had extra struts and we can always go to billet stubs if necessary. With whopping 205 wide tires though, I doubt we will need it; street car period. We basically built the entire rear strut from the adjustable control arm to disc brakes to strut top outside of the car and just swapped the whole thing into the car. If building a turbo LSx, for drag racing the breakage will be just be a matter of when not if. As to bolts: Mtnickels still has four bolts, we have four bolts so not a ton of difference in the mounting. We tried to do everything bolt on without having to go custom, weld this, machine that etc. PS we built a GTM from Factory Five and used the Porsche stuff on it with an LS and did not have issues. We were familiar with it and like it. The other options with different strut mounts, bearings, intrepid hubs, etc. all have upside and of course the down of cost and complexity. Great discussions though, from stock to way away from stock. Richard.
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    Which CV kits are best for an R200 240Z?

    Not saying better or worse in any way. Just my opinion. 930 CV joints, inners and outers which are 28 spline with 300m axles from RBP manufacturing. The inners mate to an 8.8 with 28 spline rear end from a Lincoln with aluminum case. The outers mate using Z car depot 930 to Z hubs. We used 280Z stubs, which are much stouter than the 240Z stubs 28 spline also. LS1 power, 6 speed, 3.73 gears have not had any problems so for but not a lot of miles on the completed set up. More pics in the thread on Gen III and IV forums. HTH, Richard. PS we put rubber hose on the axle to keep the boots compressed.
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    TrackZpeeds CXRacing LS1 T56 240z

    I see a bit of the same issue I hope we all have, Tail happy even with wide tires. Nice Job, Nice Video. R
  21. No expert, but cantilevering off of the mount is probably not a good idea. JCI has a mount that does the 4L60 and it ties into the floor. The CXR ties into the front mounts and into the tunnel. Keeping the stock mount may or may not be the answer it may be better to start from scratch. CXR on the left with a T56 JCI on the right with a 4L60E I hope. HTH, Richard.
  22. First I am in this forum a lot. Without the pioneers before me we would never have taken on the job of putting an LS1 in a 240Z. I admit to being a car junkie, at one point there were 4 series one 240Zs at once, paired to two. Have been in the car business over 20 years. www.northracecars.com if anyone cares we make stuff for FFR cars and for Fox mustangs. If this inappropriate delete as needed. FFR Daytona coupe replica So it all started in the mid 80s with a series one car in my home town. Bought it as it was less rusty than the mustangs before it. In 92 bought 09070, not knowing anything about it other than I had been without one for several years. Back to school and life stuff. I actually drove the car and then we started the restoration. NO Rust Done. 9070 factory auto dealer air. August 1970 production date. Just no grunt. We sold the GTM and started thinking about LS in a Z So for $500 we bought Ruby. Ruby had a sunroof so we fixed it first Ruby had too much rust too. Ruby was sold so someone could save the front clip. Good bye. Then came Leslie. This is the first day, all stock six which was sold. Fixing the floor surprising little rust for a local car. Under side of Leslie Sanding down to put in frame rails Fitting bad dog rails they are straight floor not so much. lol Frame rail installed Don't laugh at my welding We installed the bad dog rails figuring the car would just twist in half if we did not. On the to fuel system New top of tank To fill hole in tank. Now that we filled the big hole the little one needs a pump. Pump has its own sump and sits on the bottom of the tank with the return going to the sump. So far no issues And I hate the sound of an external pump Engine out fenders were not actually bolted on as the bottom of the rocker panels had not been tapped for bolts. In short the car was a mess. We bought the kit from CX racing. complete and worth every penny in my opinion. Prepping for LS install. Note all new stainless brake lines, fuel lines etc. We are in the highlight version of the build. Rustoleum red is the same as Porsche red which is what this was supposed to be. Car was green originally. And it has rear ended someone as the front aprons are welded back on. A mess like I said. Put in the LS1 in. I bought a wrecked 04 GTO, changed pans, alternator, shifter, swapped the clutch to and LS7 one, and had the harness cut down. All the stuff that needs to be done to make the swap. John's cars AC set up is tight. but fits and works. Getting closer So very sorry for the bad pic, but is a bad mount I cobbled to hold the 8.8. Came from a 95 Lincoln mark 8. We put 3.73 gears in and traction lock. Front mount is from TTT. Waiting on Z car depot or Spitsnaugle to make a mount I am happy with for the 8.8 Modified the Datsun push rod to fit the Wilwood MC. To mate the 8.8 to the Datsun stub I bought the Z car depot ends and the DSS end for the 8.8 to fit the a 930 Porsche CV. Mounted everything in the car and then measured for the axles. Had them made and made a mess putting it all together. ITS ALIVE As it looks now. It had 80 miles on it when we left for the hot rod power tour! Went from KC to Des Moines to Davenport to Champagne to St Louis and back to KC did not do Indy or Bowling Green. 1300 miles later, had small oil leak fixed by tightening the by pass and filter, never figured out which was leaking. Blew out the 40+ year old wheel cylinder on the left rear. Other than that it performed great. There is so much I am leaving out but will edit as my time permits. In short CX racing kit. Gauges from speed hut. JCI compressor. Vintage air mini, with a condenser my local gut sourced. EZ wire main harness M&M cut down engine harness. Factory headlight and turn signal switches. From the outside and inside it looks like a 1971 240s with a fat exhaust pipe. Projects left to do. Install proper 8.8 mount. Springs and struts will be done at the same time as the 8.8. Rear discs and 280 Z stubs (28 vs 24 spline). Finish interior. Polish wheels a little. All of which I hope to get done over the winter. Ask all the questions you want. If you have a negative opinion leave it at home. The amount of blood, sweat, time and money involved is mind numbing so keep any all negative comments to your self please.
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    Richard Oben LS1 series 1 240Z build

    Here are the pics of the progress. Sorry so few, there was a deadline to get it all done.
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