Scored this little (or rather, huge) gem at the local public auction...
1996 Q45T. The best packaging ever since it's the trim that does NOT have HICAS or Active Suspension or 4WS so less things to fail...
Picked it up for the cheap, did the basic fluid maintenance on it and it purrs. Swapped out the notorious Knock Sensor under plenum but the code came back, so I just spliced a wire on the plug that sits atop the engine and mounted another Knock sensor somewhere easy to reach on bank 1. No check engine codes ever since and it's treating me well.
I got a few quick questions for you:
1) Is the 1996 Q45t really 4039lb? What's added to it that's so heavy compared to the 1990-93 model?
2) If 4039lb is for the curb weight of a Q45a what would be a realistic expectation of weight of the Q45t which is sort of a stripper model?
Now I've always been the kind of guy that rows my own gear, so I am looking at eventually doing a 5 speed swap on it, I know it's been done before but information is scarce.
I have read this thread on this forum:http://forums.nicoclub.com/q45-5-speed-project-t336991.html
and this article on the tech articles:http://www.nicoclub.com/archives/nissan-240sx-vh45-engine-swap-information.html
But it's down to the little details I have concern about, namely:
1) Will a 1996 car (only year with the OBD2 setup, and missing the VVL) run properly with the transmission harness unplugged from the rest of the harness?
2) What exactly is the driveshaft situation? I have heard that you can do 300ZX front half shaft + Q45 rear and then there are those that say it simply has to be one-off no matter what.
3) Clutch pedal setup: I hear a 300ZX pedal will do just fine. Will it be possible to retain the automatic brake pedal while just adding a 300ZX manual clutch pedal to it? Can I just maybe hacksaw a bit off the left side of the brake pedal and mount some aftermarket pedal covers to cover that up?
Thanks for your time and patience reading all that. If you have a more relevant thread to this swap please let me know too.