vviseZ - 1978 Datsun 280Z Build Log [HLS30457973] Total Spent - $15,583.00

To Do List:

  • Tachometer
  • New gauges
  • Indicators
  • LED illumination
  • Rebuild center console
  • Remove AC unit from dash
  • Sound dampening
  • Replace Serpentine Belt
  • Airdam
  • Spoiler
  • Blackout rear light housings
  • Blackout bumpers
  • Distributor Cap
  • Vacuum lines
  • Battery
  • Headlight covers
  • Fender mirrors
  • Nardi steering wheel
  • Toggle switches
  • Fender flares
  • Fuel regulator relocation
  • Fuel lines
  • Rear bumper delete
  • Heater core delete
  • New wheels
  • Brake rebuild
  • Center panel fab
  • Fender flares for real
  • Lowering springs
  • New lug nuts
  • Hazard switch
  • Driver window crank
  • IMSA rear spoiler
  • Repair clock
  • Brake master cylinder
  • New front air dam
  • Mount trip reset
  • Hood release handle
  • Chrome delete
  • Dashboard cover
  • Coilovers
  • Airfuel mixture gauge
  • Tune air fuel ratio
  • Battery terminal leads
  • Battery relocate
  • Speedometer cal
  • USB
  • Trunk board
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Wrap headers
  • Check timing
  • Driver side glass
  • Gauge LED redo
  • Rear diffuser
  • Rivnut flares



I've been battling with installing coilovers for 3 weeks now. Everything that can go wrong has.

The setup had CV companion flanges on it. Swapping those revealed the hub was from a 240Z and had different spline count than my 280Z flanges.

Swapping 240Z stock flanges onto it revealed that they still cannot attach to 280Z halfshafts.

Top it all off the brake lines are imperial on the big break kit upgrade, not metric.

I took some pictures out of desperation to get back some motivation as to why I'm doing this.

Wheels Are Powdercoated


Rose Gold Baby!

New Digital Gauges


I got new gauges installed from Intellitronix and they look amazing. Video Link. To get them setup I had to install a new speed sensor, new water temp sensor, and new oil pressure sensor. The wiring took a long while and the speed sensor has a custom fabbed adapter that I had to make from the old sensor.

A lot of work but it's sooooo worth it.

Engine Bay Beautification Continues


Got a nice new stainless steel hose for the rad, and wrapped the driver side headers. The other headers will be wrapped eventually as well.

Suspension Setup


I picked up new coilover suspension with big brake upgrades on all 4 corners. 4 pot willwoods in the rear and even larger 4 pot custom calipers up front. They clear the 15s with half inch of space.

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