280z “Yvonne”

rods pic

rainy day

This is Yvonne, my beloved 1978 Datsun 280Z.  The paint is mostly original and overall it’s a pretty decent survivor.  All of the gauges and lights work, the L28 ran pretty strong, and it came with some nice period “mag” wheels.

I haven’t done much with the car since I’ve been focusing on the engine and power train swap.  There are a lot of “when I get around to them” type things that I would like to do, all of which have to do with refining the usability of the car:

  • modify the center console to fit the shifter more closely
  • install my stock subaru sub/amp box
  • install a dash cap to cover the cracks
  • install a bigger steering wheel: 13″ Grant + modern tires + bad back = no parallel parking

I wish I had picked up a 1975 body, so that I could get smog exemption, but it would have been hard to find one at my price point that was this nice.  Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to put in the extra effort to get a BAR approval sticker.

L28 engine out

This is a shot of the L28 coming out.  The L28 is actually a pretty good motor.  It’s not terribly powerful, but it feels robust and the power delivery is smooth.  My $100 harbor freight engine crane color matches the car, which is cool except the crane was a tiny bit too short to do a side extraction.  I’m very, very glad that I took the time to tag all of the wires when this motor was coming out.  The effort spent there really paid off when it came to hooking up the gauges and ignition box.

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§ 6 Responses to 280z “Yvonne”

  • HAMLET says:

    I HAVE A 75 280Z AND A 88 5.0 STANG. I WANT TO PUT THE 5.0 MOTOR IN THE Z. JUST NEED SOME ADVISE PLZ. WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT TAKES. WHAT MOUNTS I NEED AND THAT KIND OF STUFF. PLZ GET BACK AT ME…

  • Terrell Wherry says:

    I would like to build a 1975 280z with a 1991 5.0 Mustang motor. I need to know what all is involved. If the Air condiction will work and if all the gauges will work with this motor. Please email me your cell number or call me at (256) 990-4391. I really would like to talk to you about this modification.

    Thanks,
    Terrell Wherry
    256 990-4391

  • Brian Hennebury says:

    Hi there I really like the work you did on your Z……..I am in the process of doing a 302 and T5 swap of my own……my question is what set up did you use for the transmission cross member?

    Any ideas or help would be great.

    Thanks

    Brian

  • liveveloce says:

    hi brian. I originally bought the JTR transmission brace but for some reason it wouldnt work with the mount I had, so I fashioned a brace out of 1″ square tube and bolted it to the old transmission crossmember “ears.”

  • Brian Hennebury says:

    Hey there, me again, I was wondering if you could possibly send me a photo of the transmission mount you made and also how did you mount the engine….did you make your own motor mounts? I will be starting my swap in a month or so and would like some ideas…..thanks again

    Brian

  • joe says:

    Hello i would like to know what motor mounts did you use and did you have to do some modifications to fit the engine thanks

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