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Liams 77' 260Z Streeter

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Hey all, 

this is my second time posting in the forums after looking for an L28 block a while ago but the story is this!:
For a long while ive always liked 80's, 90's and early 00's performance cars (japanese in particular) and started to get curious about going back a little further to the late 60's and 70's. Surely enough i started looking at Datsuns and the 70's Z series kept popping up. This then lead to reading peoples Z project builds and i was hooked. I thought i need to get one of these cars. i have to, and so i did!
I have a 77' 260z 2 seater that as nice as i think it is now, i wish to treat with some love by means of a restomod project.
 

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So it turns out the original photos were physically too big to fit in the text box so i had to resize them down to 2000 pixels in width and maintaining aspect ratio to get them to fit.
but here she is!

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Gidday and Welcome

 

Nice looking car. It is hard to tell from the photos but much rust ?

Restomod, what kind of things have you got in mind ?

 

Cheers

 

PB

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Looks like a nice honest car, you've got an original door mirror for an AU market car. They are very hard to get, keep it on there!

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thanks guys!
 

 

 

Nice looking car. It is hard to tell from the photos but much rust ?
Restomod, what kind of things have you got in mind ?

 

The car doesnt have too much rust.
Some small bubbles above the fuel filler door and little bits here and there under the hood
the driver side kick plate is a bit eaten through. but on the whole not too bad i suppose  :)

 

as far as the restomod goes
this is going to be a long one as i intend to redo almost everything i can lay my eyes on whether it be modification or restoration parts of the car.
Im starting the engine first so i can better understand the L-Series motors and hope you guys can help me along the way with the vast wisdom ive seen written here.
I bought an L28 (N42 block and Cyl. Head) a couple months ago without ancillaries and started stripping to inspect so i can plan our what i should do with it.

 

my mission is to get as much power out of the block as i can while keeping it "safe" and drive-able. im looking at a generous budget around the $10k margin.

 

 

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heres some pics of getting it apart.
i gave the Cyl. Head a quick wash in the Torrent wash (excellent water blaster by the way)
and the block a run in the Hot wash.

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Nice. Original colour?

 

I like your plan with the engine. I am having the same thoughts because my engines number does not match so it won't no harm.

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original colour yes but not the original paint (on the outside atleast)
there are little signs here and there that suggest so.

 

i want to get the block out to machining and am thinking of getting the Cyls bored out to 89mm to get the 3.0L displacement but i am concerned with wall thickness. Now that ive got the block dipped and sonic tested i can ask, is this safe to bore out that big?

 

 

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Have a read of Lurchs posts, he seems to be Gandolf of L-Block.

 

There is a good post somewhere where here of what can be done VS purchasing a built engine.

 

Sorry, can't point you to the link as I mostly browse the forum on the phone.

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original colour yes but not the original paint (on the outside atleast)

there are little signs here and there that suggest so.

 

i want to get the block out to machining and am thinking of getting the Cyls bored out to 89mm to get the 3.0L displacement but i am concerned with wall thickness. Now that ive got the block dipped and sonic tested i can ask, is this safe to bore out that big?

That's a woefully incomplete sonic test.

 

You need minimum on 120thou / 3mm left after final boring.

That block 'might' be OK to bore to 89mm if you offset bore it, but the sonic test needs to measure the thrust faces as well...

 

BTW, 10k wont get you far if you want  to build a proper L30...

 

 

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