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Was at Tas Super Series round 3 on Sunday 15th, good turn out with 5 Z's running

including this genuine Scarab. very nice!!

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Been told about this car Mick from dover was telling me about havent seen it in the flesh yet Sort kills any orginality putting the ls1 in it

 

Mick

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I had a good look at this.  It's a tidy car and the engine conversion has been done well.  Did you get any pics of the blue Z that was running in regularity?  I really liked the colour.

 

It was good watching Mick have a battle with the 350Z in one race, almost like watching a time warp  :)

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It is left-hand-drive I assume, cant quite tell from the pic..

Be worth $35,000 + in the U.S.  Great car

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It is left-hand-drive I assume, cant quite tell from the pic..

Be worth $35,000 + in the U.S.  Great car

 

yes, it's left hand drive.

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Kim Ewart from Gold Coast Qld, has been a long time tarmac rally competitor, and has bought or built up a few quite rapid tarmac cars.

This one, withe the engine fitted, and the five stud hubs, and late model dash, i'd say, is not a genuine Scarab, but one of the two LHD 260z's that were moved on up here in Qld a while back.

Note the orientation of the wiper arms.

Didn't the proper Scarabs have a bonnet bulge grafted on for aircleaner clearance?

Kim knows enough about Z's to not molest a rare one!

 

 

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Arrrrrr , that makes sense, the proper scarabs werent the prettiest zed, they had bolt on body bits from the pics Ive seen.

That zed in the pic is rather shmick looking.

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mental note to self: take a camera to all track days!

May not be a genuine Scarab, I wouldn't know.

Has wheel spacers or 5 stud adaptors ? on front over

what look like Willwood type calipers.

Blue car is Jason Winter's, here's pic from earlier car show

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Didn't the proper Scarabs have a bonnet bulge grafted on for aircleaner clearance?

 

They were available in a variety of options. Standard was a louvered bonnet. Hood scoop/bulge was an optional extra.

Scarab also sold kits so you could convert your Z to a Scarab, but its the 250 or so Scarab built cars that are worth the most.

 

A list of features commonly provided with a Scarab conversion:

 

Standard Features:

Drivetrain:

• Balanced, blueprinted Chevy 350 (300hp) smallblock with electronic ignition

• specially designed cross-flow radiator

• high-performance water pump

• flex fan to cool the 22-quart-capacity system

• Borg Warner Super T-10 4 speed with special Hurst competition shifter linkage

• complete exhaust system with a pair of glasspack mufflers

 

Suspension:

• Koni adjustable shocks

• front and rear sway bars

• Teflon compression strut bushings

• high-performance rack and pinion mounts

• and springs by Scarab

• torque control arm, it is essentially a quarter-inch-thick piece of steel bent into a U shape, with about 3/8” of rubber laid in the bottom of the U. Scarab installed it from beneath the front differential mount, bolting front and back into holes tapping into the metal framework of the differential insulator. The torque control arm minimized the forces on the mount and on the front end of the differential itself without totally eliminating the cushioning effects of the insulator like a solid mount would.

 

Brakes:

• Disc/Drum (power) with HP pads/shoes or optional FIA 4 piston calipers

• Later cars could be had with four-wheel discs, and those with drum brakes could have optional finned cast-iron drums

 

Interior:

• Door panels are soundproofed and covered in glove soft, hand-sewn Scottish leather

• Momo leather steering wheel

• Seats were re-padded and covered in Scottish leather and velour to match the door panels and console lid

• Deep pile carpeting

 

Exterior:

• Trans-Am front air dam, rear Trans-Am spoiler

• Twin exterior rally mirrors

• louvered hood and access panels

• Scarab logo with associated emblems

• high-speed driving lights

• All exterior Datsun badging was removed from the Scarab factory cars: the low production volume of these vehicles was highlighted by Scarab factory-specific badging that included raised Scarab lettering to replace the Datsun front fender nameplates, and Scarab Performance black-and-gold rectangular decals in the lower left corner of the windshield and the lower right corner of the rear hatch glass

heavy gold medallions containing the Egyptian Scarab Beetle emblem

 

 

Optional Features:

• Drivetrain:

• 350 SB (325 or 370hp naturally aspirated)

• Turbo (425hp)

• automatic transmission

• Limited slip differentials in R-180 or R-200

 

Brakes:

• four-wheel discs

• finned cast-iron drums

 

Interior:

• Recaro contoured, reclining bucket seats with headrests

• 12 coats of hand-rubbed lacquer

 

Exterior:

• whale tail

• reverse scoop hood with side fender louvers

• rectangular headlights

• flared fender packages

• rear window shade

 

Wheels:

• Cromodora Turbina wheels

• Campagnolo or Appliance Wheels

• BBS wheels

• Pirelli CN36 tires

 

 

 

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I know there are a few pics of scarabs on this website, but when I search I get gogledeegook..

Mind you Im not sure I want to see one with those rectangular headlights..  :P

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Kim's isn't a genuine Scarab, very nice car indeed though he should be up living on the Coast soon so hopefully we'll see him at some sprint events.

 

I brought his L28 that he built for Targa TAS. He drove down, did Targa drove back and dropped the LS1 in. He tried to pass it off as a Scarab for Targa and I think he was met with a middlefinger :P

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Well targa cant let anything in that might beat a porsche now can they just wouldnt be cricket Remember the datsun 1600 that beat a porsche and won the classic section was promptly disqualified for having 240k struts what a huge advantage that was

 

Mick

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I can understand why they knocked back this car for Targa with the LS1.  I wonder if you would be able to run a proper Scarab replica with a small block though?

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