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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!
You know that saying there are no atheist in foxholes? Well there are no new posters in a car forum without problems! A little about me first I guess! Anyways I am now a couple months into owning a beautiful mess of a 73 240z! Love the car! I use to be a Camaro/Chevy guy and got a 77 when I was 18, but then I drove my parents newly acquired 70 240z about two years ago, and I fell in love! It was so small and agile compared to that big old pig! Do not get me wrong I loved my Camaro, but that Z was just too much fun! The Z had IRS, it was light on its toes, zoomed around corners with grace, er more grace than a second gen Camaro. I had to have one. So last year I sold off all my old Chevy stuff, except for a few memories, she was my first car, and bought a wonderfully clapped out z! Fast forward to now and I have actually gotten a lot done. Poly bushings (except for the tension bar bushings because I saw on the forums thats a bad idea!!), new floors, full length frame rails, got my motor running like a champ, got the twin SUs cleaned pretty swell, and so much more! So far I loved the car. Small, easy to reach around, easy as hell to work on and just fun. Trust me I owned an old 86 BMW 3 series awhile ago and that makes working on these Z cars seem like a Lego kit! Also that old 3 series (the e30) was a rallycross car. This Z is not my DD and it is 100% my little rallycross build! Alright so fast forward to now. I really need to post this to the proper thread and search the classifieds bits. Well I was going about happily replacing my shocks and I got the lovely stuck shock in the strut housing issue. Front right (passenger) corner here. Trust me I tried everything to get that darn shock out of the strut. Read all about it in Z car forums. Tried a slide hammer, heating the tube, PB blaster for two nights straight, flipped it and tapped the bottom to get a punch on the bottom of the shock, tapping the sides of the strut tube, Pb blaster in the new hole on the bottom of the strut, everything!!! I even cut a small hole in the side and tried to punch the shock a little to loosen it! Nothing! It is one solid piece of metal I tell you! So opening question in my opening remarks... Anyone know where I might by some chance be able to source an unmolested passenger front strut housing for a 73? Car is already fully over its budget, which is expected, so I am trying to stay 240, I really can't fork over the dough to completely swap to 280 suspension parts and replace the new shocks I just bought for the 240 bits. So ladies and gentlemen, any ideas on locating a strut? Anybody have one, or know where I can find one? Trust me I am hunting my local craiglist and ebay like crazy. Thanks for any response! Looking forward to getting more involved in the Z community now! (also have this on another forum if you see a duplicate)