QUOTE (Gendut @ May 11 2009, 08:00 AM)
Anyone know how much it would cost to do this CONVERSION ?
Places where they can do the conversion in sydney ?
Just wait for the castings etc. To re-invent the wheel would be insane as the costs are ..............I don't count any more.!!!
I can give you the part numbers and each little nut and bolt for the job including what can be re used and what gets tossed. The actual bodywork is about 2 days work including paint, if that. You certainly don't have to remove radiator, bumper and all the front etc. That bit is simple.
The gearbox will be a straight bolt up (when the castings are done) and the input shaft is supplied with throw out bearing. If you want to auto gearbox it is much simpler but less thrashable. The tailshaft dimentions and gearstick setup will also be bolt up stuff. Getting all the bits for the box is by far the biggest job.
I have peeled off every bit of 35k just with my little bit of R&D. I will probably go through every bit of 55k before you can get the kit for a reasonable price. I am thinking it would cost about 15-20k excluding the donor box , a BNR34 6 speed Getrag with your 350Z shifter in our shifter housing. This should include the electronics but we have yet to go there. That would be a roadgoing machinery inspected unit. Of course you could get something cheaper but not with the quality finish. From in the cabin, you won't be able to pick it as the stick and boot etc will be the original, possibly sitting about 25-30mm higher..
The alternative is to buy a doner half cut and simply buy the adapter bellhousing and shift mechanism clutch throwout bearing and tailshaft from me.
Getting the first one done is always the most expensive especially when no one has the enthusiasm and doesn't believe. You have to flog them every step of the way (or is that just machinists). Once its done, they all want to own it as if it was their idea.......................... and how common is that little trip.
I know its not the first awdz but it is the first to my knowledge that will be supplied as a kit for the road with a step by step instruction on how to do it. It should take about 2 weeks to drive in drive out provided you have a workshop that doesn't work on everyone elses car instead of yours. (Does that sound bitter?)
My job is slow because there is some additional plumbing to fit the turbos around the new engine mounts, miss the new cross member and externally waste gate because of the mounts again (making sure we miss the front drive shaft. The APS sump won't fit (hits front diff housing) but we are CNCing a sump extension from some billet aluminium to accomodate the oil return lines, fit an external filter, add oil capacity etc etc.
I'm having the engine /turbo/tuning done in Brisbane but I will be crafting the gearbox fit in my workshop as we are much quicker cleaner and more dedicated at this stuff and less exposed to a lack of enthbusiasm and distractions. I discovered you can't R&D in someone elses environment, they just crumble when you fabricate, assemble, trial and adjust , then throw it out as a bad idea.