Putting a BMW engine into my Datsun...What's your project?

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  1. GeorgiaGuitars

    GeorgiaGuitars Member

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    This is what has been taking up all of my guitar buying/playing/enjoying time/money/energy.

    I blew the original Datsun motor and replaced it with a BMW 2.5L engine and transmission. It should be all done in a week or 2. With a mild tune, it will make 230hp, a stout improvement over the stock motor. Should be a blast in a 2400 lb. car!

    I could post this on a BMW or Datsun forum but I like the people here better...


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    Anybody else working on anything fun?
     
  2. V-man

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    I wish. I have a '68 Vette I'd like to say I am doing the same with... no $ right now.
     
  3. EricPeterson

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    That is awesome, please post some follow ups, I would love to see it complete.
     
  4. Jonathan

    Jonathan Member

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    Awesome.

    I've always felt the design of the inline-6 is something special. Righteous idea.

    Please keep the post updated!
     
  5. Peteyvee

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    Beats the heck out of the Z motor that was in there. Should be a blast to drive...
     
  6. GeorgiaGuitars

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    This is the car. It's a 1971 240Z.

    I wanted to keep an inline 6 due to the balance of it in the car. People like to put small block Chevys into these cars and take all of the handling and fun out of them. The BMW motor is actually only 11 lbs. heavier than the stock motor and sits in the same spot so the balance isn't compromised. The shifter even lined up to the same place.
     
  7. Peteyvee

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    I could tell it was a 240. My neighbor had two of them he totaled up on blocks in his driveway and I used to see those things every morning. We used to call them his Japanese art sculptures...he was the worst driver I've ever known too. Drove me to work once (about 2 miles) and I counted 5 moving violations on the way there...never asked him for another ride either. :rotflmao
     
  8. kev

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    That is SWEET! All I've ever seen/read about with the Z swaps are small block Chevys (nothing wrong with that idea either, for sure!)...I like this option though!

    Is your Z a 240 or 260?

    If I were cool, I might have a fun project, but alas...lol!


    EDIT: LOL! See? I'm not even cool enough to post fast! LOL
     
  9. Stike

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    Sweet, I wish my 71 looked as nice as yours, one day......
     
  10. spamassassain

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    Nice! Been showing your pix around the office - we have a couple of car nuts here including a BMW guy and a Datsun guy - both liked it! Can't wait to hear what it's like to drive.
     
  11. LHanson

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    Great idea, man.
     
  12. The Golden Boy

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    rmconner80 Cantankerous Luddite Silver Supporting Member

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    The 4 speed is going to suck all the life out of that engine. You should swap out a later Z 5 speed. While you're in there. ;)
     
  14. GeorgiaGuitars

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    Already done!
     
  15. bsacamano

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    Such a great looking car.
     
  16. j2b4o

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    Nice!!
    When you blow that you should shove a 1uz yota motor in there! Lots of Z's running that motor now, it's all the rage lol. Becoming a big swap item for the BMW 3's also. Easy 340~ whp with a good tune and exhaust & nearly unkillable.

    Currently I'm looking for an ae86 to shove one in!!
     
  17. htm62

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    Awesome!! That was my dream car when I was growing up. Would still love to have one but $ always gets in the way. Good luck, beautiful ride!
     
  18. 84superchamp

    84superchamp Silver Supporting Member

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    dig it!

    my latest project was much simpler than yours: i found a chrome front bumper to put on my Durango to replace the black one. i might be out on a limb by saying this, but it may be the only durango around with a chrome front bumper (came off a Dakota). they are normally the same color as the body and fairing.
     
  19. Tripower455

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    I just did the "J-Mod" (shift improver) on my Crown Vic today, but that's not really a project. The last big one I had was my '66 GTO.
     
  20. JES1680

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    That is so cool two of my favorites. First gen Z and BMW I6. I have a new goal now. :)
     

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