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    Which engine for the Z?

    Ok, I'm redoing the engine in my Z and have a few options at my disposal. I can put together a high compression 2.8 with either fuel injection or triple carb it. I have a turbo motor sitting in another car. And I have a Ford 302 v8 auto. Or...I've got several good stock motors.. What do you guys suggest?

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    I vote for Stock with ITB... :twisted:

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    My vote is L28ET. 8)

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    My vote goes for the carbed L28. I just love the aesthetics of the good old L-gata motor, and as a plus it comes in as a factory engine, which means that you won't need any fabrication (which can be a pain in the butt). Additionally, there ale lots of hi-po parts available in the US, and thinks like complete carb kits are easily available. I know that the aftermarket support is nothing comapared to the Ford 302, but do you think your car would retain even a small bit of its character if you swapped in a V8?

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    I am leaning toward the triples right now. They look bitchin, sound bitchin, and in general perform bitchin..if tuned right. Plus, you just dont see that many in s130 chassis..at least not as much as s30's.

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    I vote turbo. I went from SUs to megasquirt to megasquirt turbo, and I won't be going back any time soon. My car was so anemic feeling pre-boost, it's like a whole other car now. And that is awesome.

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    Well, it depends what you like. I had rides in several FAST cars (including a E46 M3, various 911s etc., Evos and such), but I don't think this is what I need in my Z. I'd like to have a characterful, responsive oldschool motor that would perfectly match my right foot and my car. This is why I LOVE the carbed L28s...

    Edz280zx, this is for you.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sGH-2uzOB8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFm5gMyNPGI

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lE9igvMJ4WQ

    Those were the days when carbs were the way to go when it came to high performance engines... I am more of a carb guy than FI guy, so I admit I'm biased. But anyway, there's nothing that comes close to a high powered carb engine.

    (they're much harder to maintain, use and tune than FI engines, but who cares?)

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    What's the difference in the catagory 'Fuel Injected 2.8' and 'Stock'?

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    Sorry, I guess I should have been more specific. I've got enough parts for a high compression (10 to 1) motor. I could fuel inject it or do the triple webers. I would probably put a cam in it either way. And I've already got a coated header. The stock motor would be just that: stock.

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    I'm doing a 280ZXT swap into my 280Z right now since it seems to be the easiest and best bang for the buck power wise.

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