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S30 VG30ET build

Post by vgwagon » 15 Oct 2010 07:51

So I've been pretty busy recently with my fleet, I replaced a bunch of metal on my VG30 powered 69 Datsun 510 Wagon....well over a hundred hours right there. I also picked up 3 300zx's over the last 2 1/2 months and 2 of them were rusted out pieces of junk, but they ran at least. Basically scrapped 2 of those 300zx's in the last month to make one really nice 86 300ZX na2t. I recently finished swapping the interior to black and a bunch of minor things since then so now I get to just drive it.

Now on to the really neglected project.
73 240z. I've owned this car for 13+ years. It's been a shell for most of it's life, and slowly over the years I picked up various parts until I amassed 90% of the parts needed to complete it.
My goals for the car have been pretty set from the beginning. VG30ET
So for the last 2 weeks I've been on holiday's. The first week I did the black dash swap for the Z31 and some other little things.
This week I made the big decision and trailered the S30 into work.
First order of business was getting body panels bolted down and doors latched. Next was swapping in 88T front hubs to 5 lug the front of the car. Future plans to get Modern Motorsport rear stub axles and Z31 flange adapters to be able to run Z31 rear CV's.
The time finally came to mount the engine and transmission. After an exhaustive search for other VG30 swapped 240z's I gave up.
Only one still documented on the internet, ZR8ED on HybridZ but I didn't like his mounting setup.
BLOZ UP from here started to do one but never completed it and the pictures aren't up anymore but I liked his set up a little bit more.
Anyway I figured a way to mount the transmission that centered the shifter perfectly without cutting one mount and still utilize the stock mount and cross member.....with that out of the way I dropped the engine in from above and bolted it up to the trans. VG30 fits nicely in the bay with room to spare.
A couple wood blocks and an angle meter and the engine position was set. Next up is making engine mounts. Started with the passenger side. There is a little issue with alternator placement with where I want to put the mount so I came up with a solution. all thats left is the drivers side mount and it'll be fully installed. I will be building my own exhaust manifolds and relocating the turbo to clear the steering shaft but at least it's in.
Tomorrow I will be building the drivers side mount. Here are the pics so far.

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Denis Gagné
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69 510 VG30e swapped
73 240z VG30et swapped
86 300zx na2t VG30et converted

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Re: S30 VG30ET build

Post by jason » 15 Oct 2010 07:58

Nice work Denis!
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Re: S30 VG30ET build

Post by Ash510 » 15 Oct 2010 16:04

wow looks good Denis, I like how far the engine sits back. keep us posted.
I would love to do a 240 but no space,time or money :(

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Re: S30 VG30ET build

Post by vgwagon » 22 May 2011 22:08

Picked up a Holset HY35W with v-band clamp and 3.5 inch downpipe. Time to start building manifolds soon :roll:
Anyway, some drivetrain updates.
Got all the suspension and both CV's in.
CV's were a little tight but man all this stuff is super nice to work with. straight bolt in affair.

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69 510 VG30e swapped
73 240z VG30et swapped
86 300zx na2t VG30et converted

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Re: S30 VG30ET build

Post by Byron510 » 22 May 2011 23:49

So how close to being a runner is this car?

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Re: S30 VG30ET build

Post by vgwagon » 24 May 2011 07:01

Byron510 wrote:So how close to being a runner is this car?

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About as close as old blue is to being fully restored. :roll:

No fuel or brake lines, no weatherstripping, no brakes, no cooling system, no heater, no carpet, no seats, no headliner, windshield not in, drivers window regulator not right.......it's a long list.
Denis Gagné
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69 510 VG30e swapped
73 240z VG30et swapped
86 300zx na2t VG30et converted

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Re: S30 VG30ET build

Post by vgwagon » 12 Oct 2012 20:54

Made some progress on the 240z
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69 510 VG30e swapped
73 240z VG30et swapped
86 300zx na2t VG30et converted

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Re: S30 VG30ET build

Post by vgwagon » 12 Oct 2012 20:55

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Denis Gagné
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69 510 VG30e swapped
73 240z VG30et swapped
86 300zx na2t VG30et converted

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Re: S30 VG30ET build

Post by Ash510 » 13 Oct 2012 12:24

Looks like you are having some fun again, keep up the good work. Will we see it on the road soon?

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Re: S30 VG30ET build

Post by PoorMtnKid » 13 Oct 2012 19:53

That engine bay makes that motor look so small! Nice work
looking for pass. side arm rest

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Re: S30 VG30ET build

Post by vgwagon » 11 Apr 2013 23:36

Some updates, I've fallen way behind with updates so I'll just jump to where I'm at now.
Brakes are fully functional now, park brake operational, clutch operational, tackling the wiring clean-up and still have to finish the wastegate dump tube, the remainder of the exhaust which the back half will be full aluminum, fuel lines need to be run, fuel tank in the process of being built, fuel pump and level sensor to be installed, coolant plumbing and induction still need to be hammered out........it's a long list.
Found a cool gauge in the aem line.....it's a wide band and boost gauge in one. pretty cool. I've uploaded a few pictures.
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AKA VGwagon

69 510 VG30e swapped
73 240z VG30et swapped
86 300zx na2t VG30et converted

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Re: S30 VG30ET build

Post by vgwagon » 11 Apr 2013 23:37

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Denis Gagné
AKA VGwagon

69 510 VG30e swapped
73 240z VG30et swapped
86 300zx na2t VG30et converted

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