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Hello Today I will be posting about my project that I am currently working on at the moment. The car is a

1983 280zx Turbo, I will be attempting to put a engine from a 1985 302 ford mustang 5.0L & transmission in the Z,   

The engine is upgraded with a Holley 850 double pumper & I also am going to try to save the turbo off the 280zx engine and adapt it with a mod if I can maybe upgrade it so it has better airflow? 


A few rough steps that ill be working on will be consistent of :


1. Rebuilding my 302 engine with a kit I found.


2. Rebuilding my transmission with another kit I found.


3. Gutting a ripping out everything in the engine bay that I don't need.


4. removing old transmission.


5. removing old electric fuel pump


6. Removing old exhaust system & replace single with double (Not sure where to get it from tho)


7. Installing new fuel pump & regulator 


8. Figuring out where the mounts need to go to hold the transmission


9. welding new mounts for transmission


10. Figuring out where the mounts need to go to hold the V8 engine


11. welding the new mounts on for the engine


12. Replace old shocks with new ones (Before the heavy engine & transmission is mounted)


13. replacing old brake pads with new ones


14. Sanding down body and engine bay (Getting it ready for new paint job)


15. Painting the body with a new paint job


16. removing & Installing new ECU that will control the 302


17. Installing rebuilt Transmission and bolting to new welded mounts


18. Lowering V8 302 engine into the car and bolting it into place to newly welded engine mounts


19. reconnect ecu and other wires needed 


20. connect the new fuel line


21. connecting the ignition 


 "Please feel free to comment what I might need to add to my to do list to complete my project "


Links to Items I will be using:


302 Engine Rebuild Kit: http://www.summitrac...WxWIaAiyg8P8HAQ


Transmission Rebuild Kit: http://www.latemodel...zD6JxoCCCDw_wcB


Turbo: The 280ZX turbo is a T-3 so I can upgrade it 


ECU: http://www.automotix...AuecaAmCA8P8HAQ


Fuel Injector Kit: http://www.buyautopa..._vuUaAkYJ8P8HAQ


Fuel Pump: http://www.summitrac...ts/hly-12-801-1


Fuel regulator: http://www.protuning...&id=56128534817


Shocks: http://www.ebay.com/...eb6e542&vxp=mtr


Brakes: http://www.cquence.n...OhAYaAqef8P8HAQ


Clutch: The 280zx has a stage 3 clutch and i'm not sure if I can use it on the 302 but id like to.


Electronic Distributor: http://www.americanm...entV1&year=1985


Alternator: http://www.americanm...ished-8793.html


Any parts I may have missed please feel free to comment it, for any haters out there this is my first swap like this so please keep your hating comments to yourself, Thank you.

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You will more than likely need a larger radiator to cool the 302, also a custom drive shaft will have to be made.

If you are going a with a carburetor there is no need for computer, pro comp makes a cheap two wire distributor, all you need is a coil and hot wire.

It is easiest to perchase a one wire distrubutor, there are several ford styles floating around ebay.

when I did a 302 swap in my 240 I left the stock springs, the engine is around 100 pound heavier then the L28 for me it made very little difference to the suspension.

Probably one of the trickiest things to get right is the clutch setup, you will need a larger master cylinder, I went with a will wood pul style slave. I am now running a hydraulic throw out.

There are a few other small details that would need worked out, gauges and what not.

Good luck on the build I had lots of fun with mine

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