Quick intro - I'm an Army vet with a lot of time on my hands. Started this hobby in late 2016 with a LS1 Genesis Coupe, then I dropped in a LS3, then supercharged it. Got bored, bought a beat 2004 GTO with LS1, swapped in a LS3, then supercharged it. Got bored, seen a 300zx for the first time ever in life and bought it the next day... 9 days later the engine was in! Follow my journey, ask questions etc etc... I pride myself on being an unorthodox builder! I do all my own work (except for painting etc, credit given where due), and I use bare minimum tools, making everything I do and document possible for those without knowledge or skills. All my build are documented in forums, YouTube, and Instagram - LS3_LaFlare is my IG and Youtube, check em out!. Anyway, lets get started... Here are my previous builds so I can't be called a liar lol:
And now.. I purchased a manual 1990 NA 300zx 2+0 and actually drove it about an hour home. Previous owner had it for over 20 years and was an older gentleman who couldn't really get in/out of it, nor could he wrench on it when need be, so fortunately for me it was unmolested, stock, and well taken care of for a damn near 30 year old car.
Was a blast to drive home! The weight difference from my 3800lb GTO was noticeable immediately, cockpit feel was amazing, shifting was butter smooth (I was used to driving stock and built T56s that are naturally super notchy), but braking left a bit to be desired. I knew this was going to be the perfect platform for a swap, and even better than my previous builds!
Got it home and, unlike previous builds, I decided to KEEP my drivetrain from the outgoing build and dump it into the new project. So I pulled the engine/trans out of the GTO and sold the GTO as a shell for 5k.
Other than a nasty power steering fluid leak, the car ran and looked great. I paid 1800 for it and had not one complaint. I drove it for a day or two while I pulled the GTO apart and sold the shell. My garage is small so that limits me in a way.
Got the engine/trans pulled out of the GTO. It is a 6.2 liter V8, or LS3, with a 1.9 liter LSA supercharger w/ stock pulleys putting out 7lbs of boost. The LS3 also has a LS9 camshaft, king bearings, polished PAC springs with titanium retainers, ported LS6 oil pump, ATI ZL1/CTSV balancer, mishimoto oil cooler, only used Schaeffers 5w-50 racing oil, and more. It was also an m12 T56. I struggled for a while to decide which trans to use and ultimately decided to keep the z32 5spd, as it regularly pops up for $500 and I've read it can hold some decent power/tq. We'll see if I regret that or not.
Now, the interior had covers so fortunately I didn't have to sit in the filth, but the interior was pretty nasty so I phoned someone to come detail the interior with all the latest and greatest chem guy stuff. While still stained, it smelled and FELT clean enough to sit in. I will probably buy leather covers after another try at cleaning. Top is before, bottom is after.
Another angle. Again, top before, bottom after.
Now... time to pull out the old V6!
Here is that nasty PS leak I mentioned. Caked everything, even much of the trans, and under the car for the most part.
Continuing... Man, space SUCKS. I'm still new to this platform, and some gave me advice to drop it out the bottom, or remove the trans.. but naahhhh, got it out in one swift pull out of the top.
Got it out! You can see how much smaller the footprint of the LS is compared to the V6, or many other engines for that matter. Sold the V6 for 100 bucks.
Now to clean the engine bay and delete any unnecessary wiring and parts. This includes the interior.
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