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MTZ added a topic in Introductions280ZX 2+2 Resto-Mod - Hello from Sydney!Hi Everyone!
Finally i have been able to find my first Z project since i joined the forums back in 2016 and I am keen to start with my resto-mod for this lovely 1979 280ZX 2+2.
A bit of background with my journey, I have been into S30's and S130's and finding out years later that my grandfather had a 240Z and has not mentioned it until one random day, my grandmother said "Your Father and I almost got into an accident, i couldn't control the car! I think we were using your grandfather's Datsun."
Fast forward some 20+ years or so (could be more), an opportunity came in at the right time and found this 1979 280ZX 2+2 that is not that far from my current location. After some interesting conversations with the seller, and i hope most people can relate to this, this is how it went...
Had a "look", "Hmmm not that much rust"
"Actually, it's not in pretty bad shape at all!"
"Done i'll take it."
it's current sleeping in my garage, came with boxes of goodies, and will definitely need a engine and transmission for a start.
Moving on to the fun part.. Noting that I am NOT a mechanic or an expert which is how i landed here. I am in no rush to complete the build and would like to take my time, understand the car, get the right tools, do things the recommended way etc.
Goal and scope for the car engine would be to get it registered and running an RB25DET. As this is my first resto-mod/build, I am moving towards a weekend car theme and would have parts easy enough to acquire. RB26DET has always been the cherry on top but not at this stage and build. I would want to stick to Nissan engines (SR's and VQ's) however, the idea of a 2JZ is making the decision difficult - RB vs 2JZ at it's best lol.
I have been doing some light to moderate research and there are a few swaps done for S30's but not that much documentation and parts available for S130's which is probably causing me the most anxiety at the moment.
i'll kick off some questions, might be stupid questions but let's see how it goes.
1. With the goal and scope, will i even get this roadworthy and registered?
2. S30 Engine Mounts compatible to S130?
3. Recommended performance / racing team shops?
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