Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  

1978 280z 2+2 RB20DET

Recommended Posts

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? 



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.




Edited by HootyHoo

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

  • Create New...