Wednesday, August 13, 2014

15k: Datsunofagun Can Move: 1978 Datsun 280Z 6.0 LSX Swap

By 1978 the Datsun Z was starting to get heavy with luxury features and slower with emissions requirements, but it was still a decent looking car with nice sounding inline-6 under the hood.  You can pick them up for cheap and nobody is going to lament the loss of the L28E if you are looking for a swap this one.  Find this 1978 Datsun 280Z 6.0 LSx Swap offered for $16,000 opening bid (with zero bids) on ebay, located in Denver, CO.

The 280Z was the successor to the seminal 240Z car and lives in a middle ground of 260Z/280ZX before the revival of proper Z performance with the 300ZX.  As the US emissions standards tightened, Nissan was forced to enlarge the displacement in an attempt to maintain performance.  However, in 1978 the 280Z was powered by a 2.8 liter inline-6 that made a few more ponies than the previous 2.4 liter (and 2.6 liter) engine.

In the place of the cast iron boat anchor L28 now sits a 6.0 liter alloy head, iron-block GM LY6 V8 borrowed from a Silverado pickup.  The engine has been given a mild work over with various upgrades from the GM parts bin and is now putting out an estimated 450 horsepower.

On the inside, you are greeted with a set of Autometer gauges (some pro-com, some sport-com) installed in the original dash and the shifter from a T56 6-speed manual gearbox.  It looks like a great place for daily driving or a track day.

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  1. Nice looking swap and car overall, wooooha I love it. But I don't think it'll sell above 12grand unless he details it more to look amazing, finishes up some stuff and gets more pics of the suspension/underside/chassis. Still some more work to do on this one like LSD rear, coilovers and such.

  2. $16k is way too much for a car with house carpet in is and a missing rear bumper. Stock diff and suspension too. Worth about $6000.

    1. Knowing what the stock rear bumper looks like, I don't particularly miss it. First thing I'd (try) to do is brakes. Then I might get around to completing the 240z rear bumper conversion like s/he did on the front end.
      I concur with your assessment that $16k is too much, but would put this car around the $8k mark, assuming rust-free-ness and no other old-car problems (weatherstripping, missing interior bits, random leaks of indeterminate origin, etc).


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