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I am wanting a project car, but unsure of what to get, a 240z, 280z, 300zx? Any suggestions? Whats the difference between the 240 and 280 performance wise?
 

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Well first off I know for a fact that the 300 labor is going to be expensive as ****. Dont know too much about the 240 and 280 but i would sure as **** go with the 300zx for a project. Those things are extremely fascinating!!! I still cant get over the z32 engine design. check out 300zx.com
 

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240z - 2.4 liter engine (70-73)
260z - bore increase to 2.6 (74)
280z - stroke increase to 2.8 plus fuel injection (76-78)
280zx - new body style
all of the Z models parts are pretty interchangable, but the earlier years are lighter. Find the least rust covered body you can, and work from there.
 

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Isn't there 2 body styles of the 300z? Which one, or are they both the same?
 

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Nissan made two versions of the 300. TT or NA. You could chose to have a 2+0(no backseat like the 350) or a 2+2(nasty longass car with a backseat). So cjones i prefer, and any real Z32 fan would, to go with th TT 2+0. Everyone check out 300zx.com they are the best z32 retailer and shop in the world(except Japan). Also if anyone intrested in learing more about the 300zx check out Twinturbo.net
 

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Nissan made two versions of the 300. Z31 or Z32. The Z31 was made from 84 through 89 and the Z32 was made from 90 through 96. The Z32 seems to be the more common of the two
 

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OK let me get this straight. I would be better off going with the late 90's model with TT right? I get confused when there s talk about the Z31-Z32, considering I don't know which 1 is which. I want 500-600 HP out of my project car, so which one would get the much HP the easiest and how? What can I do to it to get that HP?
 

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z31 is the 300zx they put out in 86-89 i think.(dont know much about those) and z32 in the 90-96 300zx. Two completely different bodies and engines. the z31 came with a inline 6 and an inline 6 single turbo. z32 came with v6 and twin turbo v6. the easiest way IMO to get 600hp is to go TT z32.
 

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Thanks guys, you've been a big help :cheers:
 

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Hey, what about a Silvia? You can get an 89 240SX, swap in a SR20DET.. upgrade the turbo and you'll be runnin 400hp easy. A friend of mine has one, he walks my Z on the highway.
 

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That seems like a good idea, but I like the look of the Z cars.
 

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Man, get the Z32! I loved that car; it has timeless lines to it. Sporty and sexy all the time.

From what I remember, Z31 stands for the 1st gen 3L Z, Z32 is for 2nd gen 3L Z. The Z32 came as NA or TT. If you got the TT, you can easily get 400+hp out of it with a few mods. Exhaust, pulleys, ECU reflash, headers, intake and you're ready to :burnout:
 

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It's a hard decision when I like all the models. What about the 280z's? What kinda HP people getting out of them?
 

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probably as much as 300 with a turbo L28 engine. You can also very easily swap a small block chevy in. Thats what I am going to do one day.
 

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you can get a 240 or 280 & put a chevy smallblock in it...and make CHEAP horsepower, up to 5-6-700, easily. Check out jags that run for conversion info. That would be the least expensive and simplest way...even upgradingg brakes suspension, along with driveline will be cheaper than a Z32 build. But.....

Check out the Jim Wolf Technology website for their Z32 TT kit. It makes a lot of horsepower. Look in a Z32TT engine bay, though, there ain't much room to work in there.

If you've got funds and time, a Z32 would be cool. If you're looking for something on the cheap that you can do the work on yourself, the 240's & 280's are really easy to work on. I still want to do a 240ZV8 myself!
 
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