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Hello everyone, long time lurker here. Initially had an 86’ 300zx N/A that I loved and adored, however I’ve sold it since I had to leave the US for a bit, and now I’ve bought a 1978 2+2 280z Automatic. Now, I’ve never done an engine swap. I’m familiar with engine maintenance, parts installation, and that’s really it. I’m interested in taking on the task of swapping the stock L28E engine and installing an RB20. I see several RB20s on EBay going for fairly affordable prices with the transmission. I’ve read that it’s simple, and that there’s an actual guide out there, however I can’t find it! I’m not craving amazing amounts of horsepower, I just want a car that I can drive somewhat reliably and have fun with. If I install the RB20, it would remain stock for sometime. What parts on the 280z would I need to upgrade, if any to support this engine and daily function of the vehicle? Tl;dr Rookie in over his head bought a 280z, wants to install RB20 that comes with a 5 Speed Transmission. Needs the guide, also wants to know that with the installation of this engine and wiring harness for it, what parts he needs to upgrade on the vehicle to reliably sustain this engine. Thanks!
The title pretty much says it. For years I've been wanting to buy an early Z car and do an LS swap. About three months ago I finally convinced the girlfriend that it was a good idea, and about two weeks ago I picked up an almost rust free '70 240z I spent a whole lot of time lurking on here, and recently made an account. I'm very excited to start, but very nervous! The amount of knowledge on this website is amazing! But I'm still nervous. I know that a rear end swap should be in the plans along with the engine swap, and I guess that's my biggest hangup right now. I read through all of the stickies in the drivetrain section and my head is swimming... r200? r230? The 'Ultimate IRS Swap' thread really caught my eye as it seems like almost a 'fix it and forget it' solution. It does seem like it will be further into uncharted territory for me... Anyway, if you made it this far, thank's for reading my long, desperate introduction!