Started on Aug. 17 by ww

1972 Datsun 240Z Powered by a Skyline RB26DETT


After 5.5 years on this project, I finally drove it home last friday and it made it’s “public” debut at the Monterey Historic Races at Laguna Seca!

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March 21
What could it possibly need now...

How about an E85 conversion?! Yes, the RBZ is “Going Green”! It’s time to order …

Jan. 25
Preliminary tuning is done!

Didn’t quite make it to what I was looking for, but the injectors appear to …

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Aug. 19, 2008, 4:05 p.m.

Wow! You put an awesome power train in a beautiful car! How much is it putting to the ground?

Aug. 20, 2008, 10:53 p.m.

Thanks. Right now, while the motor is still being broken in, it's limited to just over 280 rwhp. Once the break-in is complete, I'll be tuning it for just under 500 rwhp. :D

Aug. 21, 2008, 1:15 a.m.

Here's a few "In Progress" shots: <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">

Jan. 25, 2009, 10:53 p.m.

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March 11, 2009, 8:19 p.m.

The perfect swap idea-YES, but your execution is simply top notch. Well Played.

March 12, 2009, 12:51 p.m.

The car is looking great man! Bryce

March 12, 2009, 7:05 p.m.

squeaky clean.. has to be the ultimate Z sleeper

March 14, 2009, 9:41 a.m.

looks awsome, but definate sleeper. Sure it would blow the doors off more than a few unsuspecting turds.

June 3, 2009, 4:31 p.m.

I saw this car at Eurosunday a couple of months ago. Incredibly clean. Great job on the build!

July 29, 2009, 8:44 p.m.

you'll need some good rubber to get power to ground...ultra light car...lots of hp = mo tire!

Oct. 26, 2009, 2:29 a.m.

Wow what a stunner....

Dec. 12, 2010, 6:10 p.m.

Very Nice!

March 12, 2011, 3:44 p.m.

Nice Job! What a shame that engine model didn't come stock!

April 5, 2011, 10:40 a.m.

Very nice. How did you mount it? I'm working on a 240sx RB20DET swap very slowly. She's up to the rims in mud now and that makes it hard to work on her. :-(

Dec. 20, 2011, 12:03 a.m.

N Sperlo, the motor and trans mounts were custom fabricated. All you need is a tape measure, some steel, a band saw, a welder and voila! ;)

July 17, 2012, 12:48 p.m.

This is awesome dude, props for all the work you've done. Your car is inspiring, and I like the fact that it's the first model Z. I'm interested in building/restoring a 1977 280z myself, which I chose because of the 5-speed trans. Anyway, beautiful car and when I look at the pics I get inspired to work on mine, great job.

Nov. 2, 2012, 6:47 p.m.

Wow, nice work!

Nov. 2, 2012, 7:09 p.m.


April 22, 2013, 7:01 a.m.

Wow, you have FOUR coolers sharing the same airflow...Does it overheat on track?

April 22, 2013, 7:44 p.m.

Nice! Always loved these beasts...

Aug. 30, 2022, 8:37 p.m.

Nice Z car. Good job updating it with the goal of "What If the Factory Had Done This". It's what I did to my 1800E when I shoved in a period correct Volvo 6 cylinder to replace the I4 it came with because I was getting embarrassed by the 6 cylinder Datsuns and cheap Porches.

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