So gang, those of you unfortunate enough to follow me would attest to the lovely smell of 20W50 emanating from my z's rear end. The time has come to do something about it. Unfortunately personal circumstances dictate that I only get the odd hour or two here and there so this is gonna be slow. In fact it all started in the last summer. Been meaning to write this up for ages but no time, so doing it on my commute now. I was planning on rebuilding the original engine over a year or so but a kind gent sold me one of his "nice" L28 handiworks. I did a power run on the smokie L26 to have a baseline to satisfy my OCD and the NEEEEEEED to know. Which looked surprisingly progressive for an engine drinking a litre every 300-400 miles! Bought a light weight flywheel and ATI damper to go with. The SFI damper from MSA was unavailable but also there are some mixed reports on the net of them coming apart. I've learned a lot researching this and had no idea what a massively important component this is! http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/topic/45275-harmonic-damper-problem/ Clutch was a big question which many of you kindly helped me think about. Went for a 280zx Turbo 2+2 clutch as I don't want a heavy pedal but in theory something designed for the additional weight and power of the 2+2 turbo should cope with what the new engine and I throw at it. The car is mostly street driven with the odd track day, so no quarter mile abuse. Worst case I replace it for a performance one another time. Having the world's smallest garage which the PO originally built for his Mini back in the 70's, I needed to create some working space. The blue print ... The reality ... The neighbours texted my wife to say it looks like the forensics have arrived at ours! My good buddy and I then set about dismantling the engine bay and building the engine crane ... I think his white overalls added to the forensics effect well Found some absolute horrors like a totally loose damper or the finger tight transmission bolts! Gulp!!!!! Just reached London Bridge, so next instalment to follow this eve.