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240z + 1JZ-GTE (manual)

Discussion in 'Hybrid Z cars' started by johnymd, Sep 4, 2010.

  1. johnymd

    Z Club Member

    I thought I'd start a thread on the conversion I began in earnest this morning.

    I took the old engine out of the Z last weekend and I desided to strip the rear end down and do an R200 conversion. I got that all back together last night including a quaiff and adjustable platform strutts so this morning it was sitting back on its wheels and I could move it out of the garage to make room for the soarer. I drove it back from my dad's earlier this week which was its last road trip. Apart from driving into the garage this morning.

    The stripdown went quite straightforward and the engine and box were on the floor by lunchtime. It was then a case off stripping the bits off I didn't intend to use like: air con pump, power stearing pump, and exhaust downpipe (mine will have to be a lot lighter to the engine than this one). I moved the drivers side engine mount to a position further forward to see if it would line up better with the stock Z front mounts and it does. The other side not quite so easy but I think it can be done. Most people seam to weld in a new crossmember but I didn't want to do this if it was not nessesary. I had to cut the gearbox mounts off as apart from being about 4" too far forward, they hit on the box. So, stuck the engine and box in and it seams to fit pritty well. I've set it up 1.5" from the firewall and 1/2" above the rack. I may set it a little lower and further back but I think removing the rocer covers will then be impossible. I'll have a think on it. The next job then is to fabricate some engine and gearbox mounts but before I can do that I need to deside what type of mounts to use and get them.

    Here's a few pics of the day.

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  2. Martin W

    Martin W Well-Known Forum User

    interesting swap, keep us all posted:thumbs:
  3. tel240z

    Z Club Member

    Blimey john thats a good days work take my hat off to you, :bow:
  4. johnymd

    Z Club Member

    I tend to get a lot done in a day, the problem is getting motivated to start. I would like to have the car back on the road within the next couple of months. It will then be a drivable work in progress. The bigest problem that could slow me down is saving up for parts I may need.

    The main parts I'll have to save for are:
    Fuel pumps and swirl pot
    CV adapters
    Uprates radiator

    The rest of the parts will come off the soarer
  5. datsun dave

    datsun dave
    Z Club Member

    Bloody Hell thats a fantastic days work i take my hat off to you.
  6. Wyn

    Z Club Member

    This should be a good thread :thumbs:

    Have you already coverted the tank etc to run injected?
    What you using back there ?
    I take it them lines n/s of the bulkhead are for fuel?

    Also I spy what looks like the o/s brake lines run through the inner wing
    Is that right ? Looks neat either way :thumbs:
  7. johnymd

    Z Club Member

    Thanks Dave. I had to get the engine in today 'cus my wife said "you'll never get that engine swapped today"

    Done nothing to the tank. Going to run a lift pump - swirl pot where battery used to be - HP pump adjacent to swirl pot (don't know if that's the right way, any advice welcome).
    The fuel line were new 6 years ago when I first put the car together.

    I wanted the clean look so hid the lines and loom, also the washer pipe are moved. I then cut off all the clips and welded up all the holes.

    FAST EDDIE Well-Known Forum User

    crack on dude, and keep the pics coming too!:thumbs:
  9. Wyn

    Z Club Member

    Each to there own but I would not run a fuel pot/pump of any sort in the engine bay, esp if turbocharged !
    Tis askin for trouble imo ?
  10. johnymd

    Z Club Member

    I'm always open to advice.
  11. grolls

    grolls Well-Known Forum User

    looks like its gonna be a stonking thread....oh and I spy an interceptor in pic 2 mmm nice, but ouch 7.2 litre and a fuel bowser behind it...;)
  12. Mr.G

    Z Club Member

    Nice, the engine looks very at home in their, amazing progress.

    I was going to run a swirl pot on mine but in the end I had the fuel tank cut open and baffles welded inside it and have a BOSCH 044 pump mounted by the diff, if i were to do it again I'd get a company like ProAlloy to make me one from scratch but copy the contours of the old tank and maybe have a pump mounted inside the tank.

    One thing to look into, and you may have already done this - I swaped my fuel feed pipe and made it my return and I run a new larger bore pipe as my feed.
  13. moggy240

    moggy240 INSURANCE VALUATIONS OFFICER Staff Member Moderator

  14. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Treasurer Staff Member Moderator


    Very interesting swap John, thanks for including us on the project.

    Good Luck.
  15. 240z

    240z Well-Known Forum User

    Looking great - :thumbs:

    Is the gearbox the one with the shorter extension housing (I think it is from the pics)? I'd be interested to see where it positions itself within the car. I know I'm going to have to go R154 at some point..
  16. Bantambunny

    Bantambunny Well-Known Forum User

    Looks fantastic so far so it'll be really interesting to see this progress but sits really nicely in the engine bay :)
  17. johnymd

    Z Club Member

    Not keen on the Betamotorsports crossmember as it sets the engine in the wrong place for RHD cars. I'm going to make up my own mounts.

    You may be right Phil about the extension housing. With the engine 2" from the baulkhead the gearlever is at the front of the hole. I'm going to try and set it lower in order to get it further back but this will involve cutting some bits off the ali sump. I thought the soarer extension was the one to go for - it apears I may have got it wrong. I can probably live with it where it is and change it later.
  18. zedhead260

    zedhead260 Well-Known Forum User

    Do you think that with the engine so far back it will make the front ride high ?

  19. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Treasurer Staff Member Moderator

    So is the L6 going into the Soarer ;)
  20. johnymd

    Z Club Member

    Been playing around with the engine/gearbox location again tonight. The engines still sitting 2" from the baulkhead but I've lowered the front 1/2". The gearlever comes out in the right place because the design of the lever steps it back a couple of inches. I've looked at loads of picture of 240z's with 1JZ's in them and they are all in about this position. So I'm pretty happy with that.

    Templated the engine mount plates that bolt to the block last night and started cutting them out today. I've used 5mm plate and i'm welding onto this 50X50X5mm box section which will go out, down, and forward slightly fo meet the existing engine mount location. I'll then make up a through bolt design based around some GTIR mounts. If you look at one of the attached pictures you'll get the idea.

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