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PROJECT LS1 280Z V8 Conversion
1976 Datsun 280Z
Ryan and I have started the conversion of a '76 280Z to a LS1 engine with a T56 6-speed transmission.
I promised Ryan if he graduated from the Naval Academy I would have his 1976 Datsun 280z car restored.
He graduated in 2009... This is the history of the never ending journey....
April 2nd, 2013
6 Point Harness and seat permanently installed
March 12th, 2013
Rear Diffuser being put together
Dec 28th, 2012
Ryan and I went over to check out the progress. Looks very good and sounds even better!
The exhaust is just temp clamped on, but the sound is incredible!!
Dec 23th, 2012
Since nothing of any protection was between the gas tank and the rear end,
and we needed some kind of cross-member/brace for the rear deflector/diffuser mounting.
Side exhaust coming together. The reason the side and intakes on the exhaust are low, on the bottom, of the
muffler is so the muffler can sit higher up in the Datsun 280Z tunnel. Dual 3" inlets and outlets.
Dec 17th, 2012
Custom metal side skirts in the works, ported for exhaust in front of the rear tire.
Still need to be finalized, painted, permanently mounted and stainless steel added around the exhaust exit.
Muffler being made to sit up in the drive shaft well. Side exhaust made into it and will exit out side skirts.
Front and rear glass installed.
Oct 6th, 2012
Some great pictures just came in. Heard the Vintage Rubber Door Weather Stripping Seals worked good.
Not like the crap from MSA and Black Dragon. Flares and front/rear spoilers are on.
The load times were affected with all the pictures so I had to split them up onto a separate page.
Some helpful files I have put together for those people interested in putting a LS1 V8 into a Datsun 280Z