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Old 11-06-2011, 04:49 PM   #1
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Sideways Z31

Hey guys I'm new to the forum and thought I would introduce myself and my car. I have a 1988 300zx that I am in the process of rebuilding. This is my third Z31. I have a 85 NA motor that I preformed a NA2T swap on. My plan is to put this motor in the 88 chassis. I have a few upgrades that I have purchased and cant wait to throw into this car I have a Mishimoto front mount intercooler a HKS SSQ limited black edition BOV. I plan to start this motor off with stock boost for a while but after I have made sure that everything is in proper working condition. I plan to up the boost to 12psi. My plan for the car is to have this as a solid DD and able to drift on weekends. I have located myself a kaaz LSD out of a 1990 240sx se. I am swapping the LSD into a new housing that I am purchasing. Well time for some pic of the car!







Here is a pic of my exhaust that I picked up from CMperformance


Here is a pic of my Mishimoto front mount


And here is the BOV


Well I am going to start prepping the chassis tomorrow so more pics then!
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Old 11-12-2011, 03:11 PM   #2
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Okay well I am having a very slow start on this project and was hoping to get a sooner start. I have a few questions for any of my readers. I'm purchasing a Cusco MZ 1.5 LSD for this car and was wondering if anyone has any experience with this diff my plans are to swap it into the R200 open diff housing off a 1986 Z31 and swap the companion flange on the drive shaft to make it fit. Any comments on this or any helpful suggestions?
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Old 11-14-2011, 06:13 PM   #3
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:10 PM   #4
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Managed to get a little work done on the Z today and shot a few pics of the 85NA2T motor. Here's how the motor looks as of today.







and here is the newly painted cover

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Old 11-16-2011, 08:05 PM   #5
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Just got my LSD!





Switching it over from 1.5 to 2 way and putting it in pumpkin soon.
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Old 11-20-2011, 01:24 AM   #6
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Hey guys! got my Z in the garage today and started prepping for the motor swap and to prepare the chassis. My plan is for me and the girl to have the motor pulled and interior out by tomorrow. I shot a few pic of the car in the garage today and I plan to post more tomorrow. The process has begun.







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Old 11-20-2011, 01:31 AM   #7
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That's a clean z31, those motors make lots of torque too
That should be a blast to drive
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Old 11-20-2011, 07:44 PM   #8
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So got a little more work done to the 88 turbo today. So far I have half of the interior out, the top half of the motor is off, and the motor is all disconnected from everything except the motor mounts. Tomorrow I should be able to pull the motor. I also managed to pull the old exhaust off and I shot a few pics of the size difference. Here are some pics of the exhaust.





Here is a pic of the new paint on the pully's from the motor it changes color from blue to green to a really nice purple. I plan to use this color for the framing, roll cage, and suspension. That will be at a later date.

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Old 11-21-2011, 03:44 PM   #9
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Here are a couple items i fab'd up for my z31.

Here is a set of solid aluminum motor mounts that I made for my Z.


This is a custom shift that I made.


Even has hide away storage lol.


And this is a set of motor mount that I made for a guy on a different forum.


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Old 11-23-2011, 03:40 PM   #10
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Got the motor pulled today. Also managed to get the clutch, pressure plate, and flywheel off the 88 turbo motor. I have started prepping some of the engine bay for the new motor to go in. I plan to have this running sometime next week. I hope that all goes smoothly. I have busted a few rusty bolts. Here are some pics of the engine bay.





Here is the motor I pulled.


Here is the motor going in.
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Old 11-23-2011, 05:17 PM   #11
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Nice work bro! Gl with the build.
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Old 12-08-2011, 04:56 PM   #12
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Slowed down quite a bit not going to get finished when expected so I am going to start with the chassis next month. But here is the motor with everything but the intake.



and color changing pullies!

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nice mounts what do u charge do make a set ? an keep up the good work
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Old 12-16-2011, 05:25 PM   #14
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Thanks, I was making these mount for around $45 shipped. But I dont have access to a lathe anymore. I plan to purchase one in the near future! Ill let you know if I pick one up soon. Thanks for the comments :P
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Old 12-16-2011, 05:38 PM   #15
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great looking work I really like these cars
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yes those are classic...

pics of said drifting asap!
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Well like I said im on a hold till after the move and after that I have had a recosideration. I want to so called start over get the rust repaired and build the motor. I dont know how long I am looking at now so I have been looking for a solid dd that I can drive for now. I almost bought a S13 but the guy back out of the deal. I found a good looking 85 turbo z31. Ill post pics of that one. It looks like thats what I am going to pick up.
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Old 12-17-2011, 10:42 AM   #18
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Heres what Im planning on buying I have it secured with sale pending!

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Your car is pretty nice, man! I'm Definitely in for more pics. And that '85 is SWEET.
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