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 Post subject: 1978 280Z
PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2008 4:56 pm 
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Hey guys,

Just picked up my first LHD car.

Its a 1978 280Z, with the fugly bumpers, 14" centrelines, and a rear window louvre, which will be replaced with nothing, 16x8 sportmax 002s, and nothing respectively.

Good to be driving a zed again, though I must say, its slow as ****.

Plans are to keep it a daily, with a few handling/braking modifications as time/money permits. So some decent springs, shocks, general maintenance stuff, and maybe some decent rotors/calipers down the track. :)

Edit. Removed stupid rear window louvre, and gave it a wash today. New pics.

Dave


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2008 7:57 pm 
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Looks to be a clean example, welcome back to the Zed ranks.

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Thanks Richard. :)

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USA Daily: 2014 Nissan GT-R, very minor modifications for the track
USA Project: 1978 280Z, minor suspension upgrades, VK56DE conversion in progress. SOLD
AUS Race Car: 1973 240Z, L28ET, Autronic, GT35R. SOLD
AUS Project: 1972 1600, 3200km old S15 SR20DET, ground up rebuild. SOLD
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pretty sweet

is that a 280z, not a 280zx??
is that why it looks more like a 260z than the 280zx we have here??
what are the other differences??

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looks nice... whats is it like in california? how come you're over there?

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Wak,

Yes, its a 280z. The last of the S30 chassised cars. I don't really know many other differences. Its essentially a 240z with L28E, R200, 5-speed, and slightly different trim bits.

Ryan,

I've lived in CA for almost 2 years now. Met, fell in love with, married a Californian girl whilst she was studying in Melbourne.
Its pretty nice really. Right near the beach, good town etc etc. Hope the economy picks up because seriously.

Dave

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Can you legally ditch those bumpers? They look pretty out of place.

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that is what i want then......

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yeah, that looks to be a tite ride, surely you can just put on a set of 260z bumpers, and nobody will be any the wiser?

Worst case scenario, if you were to get pulled over just undo the 4 bolts on each end and stick the stockers back on.

BTW, those wheels are teh win.

I picked up an L28E recently, I think I'll ultimately be joining the ranks of the 280z brigade (although until now I thought the 280z's had a carburetted 2.8 in them).


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Bob,

Yeah as I said in the first post, bumpers are going. To be replaced with nothing. Don't need the extra weight, and it does't cost anything to take stuff off the car. :D

Dorifticon,

Cheers for the props for the wheels. They're actually growing on me, and as I hardly ever see them I reckon i'll probably just paint the centres black so you can't see their ugliness until I can get some sportmax 002s.

Thanks guys,

Dave

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All the wheels need is some treatment with a hole saw :)

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hey there Dave,

Its looking great! The 'beach shack' is looking good too :) Whats it like driving a Z from the passenger seat-or have you forgotten how to drive on the right side of the road already?

Andrew


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Andy!

Welcome. :D

Driving on the wrong side is a bit tough to get used to. Esp as I haven't driven a manual for 18months or so. First time was, woh, clutch, woh, where the hell are the indicators, sh*t, etc etc.

I've only mistakenly gone from 3rd to 2nd once so far. The diff is a 3.54:1, so 3rd gets me up to 100kph+. Wasn't at all happy about going back to 2nd. :D

Will post more pics after wheels/suspension. :D

Dave

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you fellas and your international travel...

nice car dave, so i guess you're there for good(ish)? The Lagwagon has been retired after its datnats glory and i now have a 1600 i'm punting around tracks.

you could always ship your turbo zed accross and swap some bits over. would fix the slow as **** bit :D

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