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So news. My apartment complex told me no more Z work or I get the boot.... So I rented a shop and have just been working till midnight every night there. I decided that I was not happy with my engine placement at all. So I built a cradle and pushed the engine as far back as I could. Which allowed me to use the front half of an 08 g35s driveshaft as my entire shaft. More to come very very soon. 






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  • 10 months later...

Well I totally got caught up in life for awhile but I am back!!! Since I last posted I moved out of my shop and into another house, and have gone through a daily project cars which presently has me with a 1990 Toyota Celica All-Trac. Time for a massive update, as I didn't stop work on the Z for those are don't have me on FB. 


Z Update: 


Progress since I last posted is quite extensive so I will just list what has been installed and built. 


-Twin Disk QuarterMaster Clutch with organic disks

-Q45 Differential with Nismo CLSD center

-T3 Mustache Bar

-T3 Shortnose R200 Mount 

-New Wheel Bearings

-Modified rear control arm crossbar

-Hybrid Z31T/Pathfinder CV axles

-240sx rear disk brakes

-Hawk pads in all 4 corners

-Rebuilt S30 Calipers (Will likely be replaced)

-AEM 380lph fuel pump in an external surge tank

-Carter low pressure lift pump

-1/2 aluminum fuel likes front to back (will be redoing with braided AN line probably)

-Aeromotive FPR

-GKtech 350z shifter

-Widened Work wheels to 17x9.5 and 17x11.5

-CX Racing Intercooler

-Ron Davis Radiator

-Synase R35 blow off valve


I also made my turbo collector pipe and down pipe as you will see in the pictures which I am pretty proud of asides from how close the downpipe is to certain things. I have way more pictures than I am posting but a lot of them are stuck on my old broken phone and I haven't had a chance to recover them as of yet. 

















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I am going to be redoing my upper core support in favor of a removable unit for easy of maintenance and I just don't like how I did it honestly. I just bought a tig welder so tat opens up my possibilities and I decided I a going to take a Cusco strut bar and turn that into a removable aluminum upper core support. The lower will be the same 1.5" DOM tubing I have in there now. 




Expect more updates to come a little more regularly than this last update. I will try and post some more pictures after I recover the old pictures from my broken phone. 

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great work 

i think you are serious about this build 

dont stop now keep it going 

CANBY is coming 

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  • 1 month later...

Small update. I finished remaking the core support and I am finally happy with how it looks, and the radiator is no longer the lowest part in front of the car. On top of that the upper core support is now removable while still being stiff enough I can jump on it and it doesn't bend at all. The engine is getting assembled tomorrow, I turned a head gasket job into a full rebuild. The head engine was cleaned and decked, ARP headstuds and rod bolts, Cometic 2.3mm head gaskets, regapped rings for boost, king rod and main bearings, and new seals all around. I also have a Wilwood clutch slave cylinder setup and a Tilton clutch master cylinder. 













In other news I bought a way newer car than I am used to as a new daily driver, a 2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS awd with 15k miles on it. I needed something reliable and still different from most new cars. 








More to come. 

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  • 1 year later...

I have been really bad about keeping this thread up to date. I have made loads of progress since I have last updated this and it will probably just be better for me to list everything I have gotten done so far.


Rebuilt the 1UZ-FE and installed stiffer valve springs to compensate for the boost

Modified my custom transmission crossmember

Finished brake lines 

Assembled fuel system including surge tank

Built my clutch slave bracket to work with the pull style slave cylinder

Installed oil catch can

Custom driveshaft installed

Intercooler mounts fabricated 

T3 front and rear control arms installed

CV axles installed

Valve covers powder coated 

Throttle assembly finished

Oil cooler assembly installed


As far as what is left to get the car running there is just exhaust, wiring, cooling, intercooler piping, and some loose ends to tie up. I am hoping to have the thing fire for the first time in the next month but I am bad at estimating time so we will see how that goes. 














More to come soon. 

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Lots of very cool work going on there.


Now only to grind down that silly L on top of the intake and slap a dataun badge on there....😁

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4 hours ago, Lockleaf said:

Lots of very cool work going on there.


Now only to grind down that silly L on top of the intake and slap a dataun badge on there....😁


The badge is just glued on, and don't worry it's coming off when I get around to it. 

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On 3/1/2018 at 6:56 PM, FlannelFairlady said:



















Well this deserved to be quoted! Love this!

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Downpipe is all welded up and I welded on a support tab which I will be be bolting to the engine through a pair of heim joints to allow the downpipe to have some flex while keeping it supported. I am definitely going to wrap the downpipe with some good quality exhaust wrap and make a heat shield that will cover the entire valve cover.  









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Work has commenced on the wiring for the car. I started by laying some nylon rope and cutting everything to size so that the harness can be made off the car and to keep everything nice and tidy. I decided to mount my sealed fuse power distribution unit in the engine bay and to use the case from the original 280z ecu to mount my ms3pro. I'm making sure to take my time with this as any shortcuts will just mean potentially more work later. I have new connectors for everything and am using the best wire I could get my hands on for anything that didn't come with my ms3pro harness so basically just the power distribution side of things. I will need to order some more wire, sleeving, and another crimping die for my end to end splices. 







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