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Old 01-12-2008, 08:38 PM
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Question Call me crazy, but...

Disclaimer to all the SBC conversion haters out there:

I DO NOT CARE about keeping it all Nissan, mixing American and Japanese, yada yada yada. I just want some advice on what I have already decided to do. Don't try to convince me otherwise. Finally, I got plenty of respect for ya'll, this is just what I want to do.

Now that's out of the way, I'm going to swap in either an LS1 or LS2 with the T56 tranny into my '78 280Z. I think it would be the best of both worlds - light and beautiful body, with awesome power under the hood (kinda like Unknown898, but possibly w/ an LS2). What I'm wondering is, will the stock frame withstand the 350 ft-lbs of torque, or do I need to reinforce it to avoid my car becoming a pretzel? Also, what rear end should I go with? I plan to end up with a sleeper that's nice for roadtrips, but will spank at the local drags.

Hey, if I ever get bored with 400 hp, I can always bolt an intercooled centrifugal blower on there and have a 600 hp Z!!! Hmm....a power/weight ratio of .25:1 ::drools::
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Old 01-12-2008, 08:54 PM
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Have you checked out the Darius 240z?

His homepage: http://www.servinitup.com/


I personally liked the car's previous version, but it's nutzo...

EDIT... also, hybridz.org has tons of info on making an LSx setup... they specialize in crazy motor swaps.

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Old 01-12-2008, 09:45 PM
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I agree with you - that widebody kit looks like crap, IMO. Enough people already say my Z looks like a Porsche. The videos, though...holy crap. THAT'S the sound I'm going for! That jet engine whistle...wow.
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THAT darius is the same from the stunting and servin it up vids? thats nuts. ive always seen teh trailers and clips but i had no idea. and teh wide body is very nice IMHO but its for a race car. not a car. notice how it no longer had lights but holds VERY VERY wide tires. all track. gotta do what you gotta do for performance. but any who, thats nuts, i never knew that was him. soooo... what exactly does he do? build his Z stunt and make vids? cause they seem like they got money to blow and have awesome lifes. lol.
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all i see are a bunch of blow hards
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Old 01-13-2008, 04:39 AM
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didn't know darius had changed it up. count my vote for the previous incarnation as well.
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Old 01-13-2008, 11:11 AM
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Here's a better shot of Darius' car

Back on topic, LS-2/T-56 is the way to go. As long as the frame rails are straight and not rusted out, you will need a minimum of front and rear triangulated strut tower braces. Ideal would be subframe connectors and a roll cage.

The stock R-200 will handle the power but you should upgrade the axles to CVs. The u-joints are the weak point.

Take a look at this guys page. He has a LS-2/T-56 in a 280Z
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'nother dead thread post. Beautiful car. i agree with snow, its not a street car anymore. but who cares. the streets are only fun when the fuzz aint lookin. Race track is always fun.
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