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280z LHD Conversion & VQ35 Build

Discussion in 'Hybrid Z cars' started by OwainIJ, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. OwainIJ

    OwainIJ
    Z Club Member

    Hi all,



    Been a while since I posted an update. Have made some good progress on the build. Wasn't able to get the car on a jig anywhere nearby so did some measurements myself and car looked OK so got stuck into the repairs. Will get it onto a jig hopefully once all the repairs are finished to check properly before painting.

    So far have managed to repair some rust holes on the support rail, front corners behind the light cowls, patch floor repairs and have modded the bulkhead to RHD.
     

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  2. OwainIJ

    OwainIJ
    Z Club Member

    For the bulkhead, didn't end up using the full panel, just cut out a patch of the replacement bulkhead, used a laser guide/measurements to align where the hole for the steering column should go and used the patch panel as a template to cut out the existing bulkhead and then welded in the replacement panels. Just blocked up the holes on the LHD side. Seems to have worked pretty well :)
     

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  3. OwainIJ

    OwainIJ
    Z Club Member

    Finally had a stroke of luck with the bodywork and managed to find a original rear quarter repair panel so should be able to make a good repair on the drivers side. As the damage wasn't as bad on the other side ill probably try and do a patch repair.
     

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  4. OwainIJ

    OwainIJ
    Z Club Member

    Engine and gearbox mounts finally arrived as well (been waiting 4 months for these) so got them mounted this weekend. Have gone a different route with the front crossmember mod. have cut the ends off and will fabricated a new plate to fit between them and fit around the sump on the engine. Am taking the power steering pump off and relocating the alternator to its location to give space for the steering. Am looking for a way to relocate the oil filter. Has anyone got any tips for a remote oil filter kit for a VQ engine?

    Have also shot blasted and repainted all the suspension parts and welded new perches on the struts for the coilover setup. New bush kit and bearings arrived and had started to build these up but ran out of time before i could get any real progress done. This week ill hopefully get the new crossmember plate made and get cracking on test fitting the new suspension setup.
     

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  5. johnymd

    johnymd
    Z Club Member

    Great work. Keep the pics coming.
     
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  6. Robbie J

    Robbie J
    Z Club Member

    Any updated pictures? It's great to see your progress but also scary as I might find stuff like this once I strip my car....
     
  7. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
    Z Club Member

    Top notch work. That life makes everything a lot easier! Looking forward to an update ...
     
  8. leeDutfield

    leeDutfield
    Z Club Member

    intrested in a update
     
  9. OwainIJ

    OwainIJ
    Z Club Member

    UPDATE - project is still ongoing, delayed by various things from rugby injuries keeping me out of the garage, moving house & taking on a chevy c10 project too but getting stuck into the Datsun again. Progress so far is:

    Full dry build of all suspension/driveline/mechanical parts
    Custom exhaust built for VQ35HR (headers will be ceramic coated)
    Tested & failed to run car with existing harnesses taken from donor car. Sent the harness over to Z-Fever for a standalone conversion.
    Relocated oil cooler with remote oil cooler kit
    Custom brackets and parts for everything it seems (AC parts, Oil Cooler, RH pedal box, T3 strut tower braces, exhaust, Engine tensioner, bumpers and many more)
    rebuilt steering rack
    Convert wipers to rh side & honda civic wiper motor
    Started on bodywork repairs
    Convert over to 240z bumpers ( but removing rubber parts & welding together rear to make 1 piece bumper)

    Waiting on the wiring harness to come back before being able to do any work on the engine. Cracking on with the body repairs to get it into the bodyshop & paint as soon as possible.

    Pics and more updates to follow!


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  10. OwainIJ

    OwainIJ
    Z Club Member

    more pics...



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  11. OwainIJ

    OwainIJ
    Z Club Member

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  12. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
    Z Club Member

    Don't use that header, hang it on a wall!

    Great project ... don't let this one drift. Moving etc - sod that - keep the pics and info coming. That pics with all the loom on show looks a nightmare.
     
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  13. Woody928

    Woody928
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    Awesome job, keep up the good work. I'll be really curious to see and hear this once its finished! :coolgleam:
     
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  14. ZedzDead

    ZedzDead
    Z Club Member

    Great stuff, particularly love the banana headers, VERY cool !
     

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