280Z powered by a RB26DETT
Follow my progress of building and a RB26DETT swap into a 77 280Z. I’m aiming for somewhere between 900 and 1000 hp when I’m finished, but it will be a long road. I will keep the site updated on everything from stripping the 280Z, to building the RB26DETT, and finally installing the engine and other components. Once everything is done, the 280z will be used to track my results at the drag track.
I picked a 280Z, for the most part, because it was the first thing I found between old Z cars and 240sx’s. I wasn’t terribly picky, I was just looking for something that would be a quick and easy swap, and this 280Z fit that perfectly. I had plenty of idea’s for the RB26DETT, including swapping it AWD and all into a late 90′s Monte Carlo, but in the long run its going to cost me quite a bit building the engine and drive train up, and I didn’t want to add to that with tons of expensive custom modifying.
Project 280Z donor car
My donor car was a 92 R32 GT-R that I drove for a year or so. I could, and probably should, have kept more parts off of it to make everything easier, but I wanted to keep the shipment weight down so ultimately quite a bit of it got left behind. In a perfect world I would have kept the block, rear-end, ant transmission. Leaving all that behind isn’t a huge deal, the parts that I’m going to be replacing them with are tons better, but would have saved me quite a bit of money and made the project finish quicker.
I will try to update at the very least the blog once a week, if not pictures of the project 280z. Hopefully before too long I’ll be into the exciting stuff.