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    My S130

    Story will be in the next post as I need a post to post links/pics lol

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    Hey, my first post. Some of you may recognize my username, most probably won't though lol

    Anyways, I bought my 280ZX back in May 2008 for $400 and this is how she looked the day I bought her:

    The head was taken off and rebuilt at a local machine shop, then it was just parked for over a year till I picked her up, and this is how the engine looked when I got it together for the first time:

    yay for vacuum line mess lol

    Then got it on the road and doing mods here and there, dynoed it when she was basically stock (doubt a Flowmaster muffler would gain me much lol) made 113whp/145wtq

    Along the way, I lowered it using el-cheapo coilovers and Tokico Blues.

    With the engine, got an N42 intake manifold ported out for a KA24 throttleody, and gasket matched on the other end along with shaved and painted. Modified a Clifford Research header to fit in my car that I got out of the junkyard for $20. Got a JDM valve cover and painted it UBER JDM TYTE purple got the exhaust done about 3 times (straight pipe, no cat with dual Cherry Bombs). Cressida AFM swap (is larger than the stock one)

    In the interior, I got a pair of "Paddy Hopkirk" seats off a friend of mine for basically free, along with a short shifter, Nismo knob, Honda boot, and Pilot Steering wheel.

    Drivetrain-wise I've got a new Dan's Driveline driveshaft (just a replacement), a Stage 1 clutch, and an R180 from a 2+2 (got it as a replacement since I blew my original one up, has 3.54:1 instead of 3.36:1 gears).

    With all those mods, the car ended up looking like this:


    (no, the boso pipes aren't permanent lol)

    And with the engine in that phase, with 140k+ on the bottom end, she laid down an impressive 130whp/152wtq, with NO headwork!

    And then I was finally mostly happy with it and just daily driving her up until two weeks and two days ago... Then this happened:

    Long story, my fault, no citations or insurance involved, gonna fix her up and do a full suspension restoration, along with re-doing part of the header and exhaust so I can go even lower.

    So this is basically how she sits today(except under a car cover):


    Got the front suspension pulled out for redoing/cleaning:

    oooohhhh yeeeeeaaaaa, like that droop travel? lol

    looks like I haz some cleanin to do... lol

    As far as plans go, these are it as of now:
    -rebuilt brake calipers up front with high performance pads and fluid
    -Kouki 280ZX rear control arms and brake setup for lighter weight with high performance pads and fluid
    -slotted rotors (most likely slotted and drilled even though I know drilled don't do shit lol)
    -All polyurethane bushings
    -powdercoat all suspension hard parts (most likely a "transparent copper")
    -remove engine and trans to get cleaned really well as well as replace the oil pan gasket and rear main seals
    -CV axles to replace my lame half-shafts
    -Pillow Ball upper mounts for 3/4" moar lowarrrrr
    -"frankenstein" R200 LSD (more on that when I get to it)
    -custom upper strut bars if I remember to lol

    and for the best part of all, my wheels that I still need to order lol:
    -14x10 -45ET Diamond Racing wheels with 195/65-14 Falken 912's!
    Yea, I'm a fitment whore lol

    so yea, that's basically my Z's entire story.

    Since the accident, I'm "stuck" driving my first car and my baby, my '69 Firebird:

    and my dad's 300M for cold winter mornings when a heater is a nice thing to have lol

    damn that was alot of typing lol

    BTW: I've got those stock 6 spoke wheels for sale, pm me if you're interested

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    Dude!! Welcome to the forum. I had no idea your Z had been hit! That sucks man!!

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    That ZX cleaned up real nice, sorry to hear about the crash. Welcome to JNC!

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    oh hey.




    and the mandatory frame rail clearance pic:


    So I got it back on the road. Used Koni red strut inserts that are 2.5" shorter than my stock 280ZX Tokico HP's.



    (I know that the strut is on the wrong side in that pic, I didn't realize that till I put the hub on XD )
    And that's what I've done in the time that I forgot about this website

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    This thing is CLEAN. :tu: I love nice survivor JNCs with bolt-ons and subtle mods. Keep up the good work!

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    Do you actually drive it like that, or was that a playing with the coil-overs day?

    It looks sweet like that, but yikes!

    To low to even bother with bumpsteer spacers? I imagine it must bumpsteer like a mother. Then again I guess that low, there isn't much room for bump.

    Your frame rails are your bumpstops. lol.


    It's really nice. One of the few ZX's that I've seen that I really like. Nice work!

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    lol, daily driven that low

    and actually, my car doesn't bottom out on any bumpy roads or whatnot, just when I have to get over something...

    I didn't bother with the spacers yet because I wasn't sure if I was going to go with 15's or 14's at the time... Now, I know:

    15's all the way! lol

    (oh, and almost none of this car isn't a bolt-on haha)

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    oh hey guys... long time no post lol

    little update on my car:











    got my wheels and tires on FINALLY haha

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    That is the sickest 280zx I have ever seen!!!!


    I know 510 guys have used 280zx rear trailing arms for a wider stance,,,, , maybe you could try using 68-73 510 rear trailing arms to pull the wheels in about an inch on each side......


    And you should get some 1" Bump steer spacers for the front...... (Did you shorten the struts?)

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