A Datsun 280Z is cool enough for most people, but the builder of this car decided it needed a bit more grunt! Pretty sure that M3 engine provided it!
From the seller: “BMW S50B32 swapped Datsun 280Z.
Where to start…
This is a very very reluctant sale, but family has to come first and as a growing family we need to move to a more accommodating home.
The car itself was imported from Arizona. The engine was broken, the interior was destroyed, but the body was in very good condition.
Once the car arrived it was completely stripped, sand blasted, epoxy primed, underside coated in Gravitex, and then the work began.
Repair work was carried out to the dog leg panel on drivers side, a small section on lower rear arch again on the drivers side and 2 very small patches in the floor. The car was converted to RHD drive at this stage.
A custom rear half roll cage was made and fitted. Fabrication to the gearbox tunnel to allow the fitting of the seats. Arches trimmed for fitting the ZG flares.
The S50 engine fitted without issues on custom engine mounts, the 5 speed BMW gearbox again fitted with no issues on a custom gearbox mount. The engine runs on an Alpha N map to allow it to run the velocity stacks. Standard M3 manifold wrapped in Funk Motorsport heat wrap. Manifold back custom made exhaust system that goes up and over rear axles as opposed to underneath. It has just had the ARP bolts and ACL bearings fitted, along with new plugs, new clutch, new lightened flywheel, and Mobil 1 oil. Cooling is via a Mishimoto radiator and twin Spal fans on an electrically operated thermostat.
Suspension is taken care of via BC racing coilovers, Apex engineered front and rear control arms and track rod ends. Brakes are Wilwood front and a rear disc conversion made by Dave Jarman.
The R200 diff was rebuilt and a quaife LSD was installed. Original axles were replaced with the Z31 turbo half shafts. A technoversions diff mount has also been installed.
All brake and fuel lines are braided. It has a custom made aluminium internally baffled file tank, with a Bosch 044 fuel pump.”