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Tech Spec: Modified Datsun 280Z


L28 high-comp 2.8-litre straight-six, fully balanced, Isky Racing cam, springs and retainers, Tomei adjustable cam gear, triple Mikuni 44PHH carburettors with custom fuel rail, aluminum radiator, 280ZX distributor, MSD 6AL-2 two-step ignition with Blaster 2 coil, MSD plug leads, Holley fuel pump, Pacesetter exhaust manifold, Fujitsubo Legalis R exhaust, 280ZX close-ratio 5-speed transmission, Competition Clutch stage 2 clutch, Competition Clutch lightweight flywheel, Kaaz 1.5-way Super-Q LSD, R200 3.90 diff with Arizona Z Car solid diff mount


9×15-inch (front) and 10×15-inch (rear) Star Road Glow Star wheels, 205/50 (f) and 225/50 (r) Toyo R888R tyres, Arizona Z Car coilover kit with camber plates, Toyota 4-pot front calipers with Brembo cross-drilled/slotted discs, Brembo HP9000 pads, Porterfield Racing rear brake shoes, Wilwood 1” brake master cylinder, stainless braided brake lines, Arizona Z Car billet moustache bar, Techno Toy Tuning front and rear lower control arms, Techno Toy Tuning track control rods, Techno Toy Tuning outer tie rods, Techno Toy Tuning roll centre adjuster


Honda NSX Yellow Pearl paint with House Of Kolor Galaxy Grey on arch flares, airdam, spoiler and taillight panel, Dapper projector headlights with HID, genuine JDM OEM short-stalk wing mirrors and Fairlady badges , Marugen Shoukai ZG-spec arch flares, chromed Euro bumpers, BRE spoiler


Bucket driver seat, reupholstered OEM passenger seat, Crow 5-point 3-inch harness, Renown Monaco steering wheel, EZ Wiring 21-circuit harness kit, Autometer Sport-Comp gauges (speedo, tacho, water temp, oil pressure, fuel), Innovate MXT-2 wideband O2 sensor

Feature taken from Retro Cars magazine. Words: Dan Bevis. Photos: Viktor Benyi



15 Stunning Modified Nissan Z Sports Cars You Need To See

The Nissan Z series is a force to be reckoned with, be it on the street, or the tracks. These are beautiful, fast cars that look great and run even better. Earlier known as Datsun, Nissan became Nissan in the 1930s, while the original company was formed in 1911. Despite America and Japan being on opposing ends during WWII, Nissan made a lot of military vehicles for the US Army in the 1953 Korean war.

And yet, Datsun and Nissan entered the American market as late as 1969, for the 1970 model of the Datsun 240Z, the first of the Z-series of Nissan cars. At the time, the Japanese and American models were built to a different specification. This is the reason why JDM cars are so popular in the US. Even if it does take 25 years to legally import them here. On that note, here go 15 awesome pictures of Nissan Z sports cars, modified to utter beauty.

15 Datsun 240Z: "LouZfer"

Known as the Datsun 240Z, this nifty little ride arrived on American shores like a storm in the port. With 150 horsepower in 1970, this was Japan's warning to the US automotive market – beware of our cars. This beautifully modded Datsun 240Z belongs to Atlanta-resident Scott Koehler and is lovingly dubbed "LouZfer."

14 Nissan 350Z: Like A Phoenix From The Ashes

A certain Brian McCann was moving his stuff from Alaska to Arizona when his Nissan 350 Z32 was stolen, stripped of parts and left on its side in the dust. McCann did what he should, he reclaimed the car and built it up from scratch again (with the help of some friends) and turned it into this beautiful, classy creation that we love.

13 Nissan 370Z: Little Red Riding Hood

While we love the stock Nissan 370Z, or the Z34, nothing beats the beauty of this red Kamikaze-Z that has been heavily modded inside out to look like the dream it is. Without getting into all the technical stuff under the hood, take a look at the rear wing. Dramatic and cool, it's a Varis wing, along with various Varis carbon-fiber body parts.

12 Nissan 370ZX: The Race-Ready Z

This one is a modified and race-prepped 2020 Nissan 370Z so built by Z1 motorsport, and supposed to race at the 2020 Global Time Attack Racing Season. To make it race-worthy, a roll cage has been added in, and frankly, we were sold at that overtly massive but awesome rear wing.

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11 Nissan 370Z: The Perfect Canvass

We love the orange-blue wheels. But, you can do almost anything to a Nissan Z, and we’d probably still love it. And while we don't quite understand if this is paint or a wrap, we know that some extensive bodywork was done to this car, along with lowering its stance.

10 Nissan 370Z: Rounded And Riveted

A lot more rounded with plenty of rivets and body panels, this Nissan 370Z looks more flowy than menacing. However, considering no one ever messes with a Z-series without having a go under the hood, we're pretty sure this one too has been exploited to its maximum potential, and the gentle, beguiling looks are nothing but a honey trap.

9 Nissan 300ZX: Lightly Modded

The Z31 300ZX may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but was a beautiful model from Datsun/Nissan at the time. This one is a special anniversary edition with plush leather seats and dual-tone paint. Minimally modified, it looks beautiful and clean-cut with enough power under the hood to blow you away.

8 Datsun 240Z: Retro Red Rebel

Owned by Dave Scholz, this red Datsun 240Z has been modified but done so keeping the sanctity of the '70s in mind. While the interiors and the exteriors have been upgraded, they all follow a retro theme, and the car looks all the more beautiful because of it. And FYI, the car’s name is Rebello.

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7 Nissan 240Z: A Blue Ride To Beat The Blues

Californian resident Johnny Tran was getting sick of being pulled over for his modified Nissans. So he decided to trick the system by getting a car that was pre-1976 and thus exempt from the authorities bearing down on him and his mods. This is his little blue wonder that he loves to zip around and buck the system in.

6 Datsun 280Z: Beautiful In A Blue Resto-Mod

Built from scratch after being completely ravaged, this beautiful Datsun 280Z resto-mod in deep blue looks very modern while retaining those classic lines. The leaner lines of the original seem to be beefed up in this and we are sure that under the hood lays a powerful engine just raring to have a go at the roads.

5 Nissan 300ZX: A Sleeper? Not Really

So this one may not look like its raring to go with its sleek white paint and blued-out windows, but Andy Turpin’s 1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo is one cool mod. And while it may not look as tripped out as the others on the list, there’s beauty in simplicity, especially when restoring it has been a labor of love.

4 Nissan 350ZX: A Silver Dream

Dan Wierck’s silver Nissan 350ZX may have taken a long time coming, but it is a dream come true. A lot of hard work and aftermarket parts, including body panels and kits have gone into creating this car, with a lot of man-hours were put into it. The results on this are so good, we’d all start vying for a JDM any minute now.

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3 1977 Datsun 280Z: Father To Son

Sometimes, a love for Nissans and mods is inherited. In this Datsun 280Z’s case, it was Alex Mira and all that he learned about modding and cars came from his dad. This particular mod 280Z also won the Pasmag Tuner Battlegrounds award, and many more because of all the hard work the father and son duo put into it.

2 Nissan 300ZX: A Dream Come True

An eight-year-old fell in love with a Nissan 300ZX commercial so much that he swore he would have one when he grew up. So when Skyler Slade grew up, he owned not one but two Nissan 300ZX's. He has gently modified them, keeping the outward appearance in theme with the originals but with better stance and blingier wheels.

1 Nissan 350Z: Subtle In White

The power of the Nissan Z series does not lie in its looks, though people do modify them to look like racing beauties. The real power, as the owner of this subtle white Nissan 350Z knows, lies under the hood and behind the steering wheel.

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Classic With A Modern Twist

There is a build style in the domestic world known as the ‘resto-mod’ where you take a classic car, like say a ’69 Camaro, and build it to look like a restoration but add in new or better parts like you would in a modified build. It combines the taste and attention to detail of a full restoration while still giving the car a unique character. Chris Forsberg’s 1975 Datsun 280Z is an excellent adaptation to that in the world of Japanese classics.

The car maintains the look and lines of the iconic Z but you can still tell it’s a street car that only Chris could dream up. Compared to his Formula Drift 370Z, it’s certainly not radically powered, but it’s still impressive all the same.

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“I bought the car as a street car,” says Chris when he was asked about the build. You can see that just by looking at the body itself. It’s wider, lower, and features improvements from the Dapper Lighting headlights and taillights to the CarbonSignal G-nose-style body kit.

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It’s still faithful to the original lines of the 280Z, and even the color matches what could have been but is actually a paint code from an early ‘70s Pontiac Trans Am. It’s not a show car which we’ve seen proof of when he first showed it off to the world and it was still white. However, it’s not a full-on track car either.

Sitting Pretty
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Sitting inside the Z, you’ll not find a roll cage or even a roll bar. You will, however, find a pair of seats by CarbonSignal that look the part of an older racing design with modern touches that keep you planted during hard turns and slides. The carbon/suede door cards and center console mimic the original interior but also gives that vibe of modernization. Of course, there is a hydraulic handbrake. We’re talking about a three-time Formula Drift champion, but at the same time, you’ll find the original handbrake. Remember: street car not show or race car. He still must park it.

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It would have also been very easy to convert the gauges to a full set of digital units with LCD or LED displays, but instead Chris used a set of Speedhut meters featuring a speedometer that takes its speed and odometer readings by GPS. The sweeping needles keep with a restoration theme but come with modern, programmable touches.

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However, there are some modern parts that you will recognize right away, like the Clarion navigation unit and the Techno Toy Tuning harness bar, which the Takata Racing 4-point harnesses’ shoulder straps are guided through.


There is one thing that you won’t see under the hood or even the chassis but it’s one you’ll feel when you turn the steering wheel. There is no power steering pump on the engine nor is there a remote pump. Like many modern cars coming off showroom floors today, there’s an electric motor that acts as a power steering assist built into the column.

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Once you look under the hood you soon realize it’s more than just a show car, too.

Skyline Powered

The original 2.8-liter is long gone; “The actual swap was the only thing that was done before I purchased the car,” admits Chris. “Other than that it was a stripped Datsun on stock suspension and everything.” That’s not to say the engine remained stock, though. The RB25DET and matching Nissan transmission were modified for reliability and additional power.


Internally, the pistons, rods, and crankshaft were untouched as the RB25 is proven to take the abuse required to make 500 horsepower.


Outside, however, is another story that starts with the TiAL Xona Rotor 3071 turbo with an OCD Works ‘T51R Turbo’ mod to give it that true jet intake sound that everyone loves. The compressor intake features an AEM 4-inch intake filter while the boost side is connected to a set of AEM custom charge pipes, a Mishimoto M-Line intercooler, and a Custom Plenum Creations carbon/billet intake manifold.

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On the turbine side, a DOC Race v-band exhaust manifold mounts the turbo with a TiAL QRJ blow-off valve also employed to relieve pressure. With more boost comes the need for more fuel, and a set of Deatschwerks 650cc top-feed injectors mist out the fuel into the manifold, controlled along with ignition through an A’PEXi Power FC D-Jetro ECU. Along with increased fuel demand, you also get an increase in heat in the engine, which Mishimoto comes back with its dual-pass oil cooler and radiator.


With this much power, you also make that much more torque so you need to improve the drivetrain to handle the new power output. The FS5W71C internals are more than enough to take on the new power, but the clutch was changed over to an ACT 6-puck clutch kit. In the back, the differential was swapped from ‘long nose’ R180 to Nissan’s stronger R200, which required the use of Techno Toy Tuning’s complete R200 rear conversion. That package includes the mounts for the R200, a coilover conversion which also allow camber adjustment on the Koni shocks, new weld-on camber plates, and rebuilt axles to fit the differential.


We must talk about handling, because the Z was never designed with this much power in mind.

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The brakes, the suspension, and the original skinny tires just won’t hold up for very long. The original rolling stock were replaced by a set of SSR MS-1 wheels in a 16×9-inch fitment for the front and 17×10-inch for the rear, and the tires are Hankook Ventus R-s3s in 225/50R16 and 255/40R17 sizing front and rear respectively.

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Techno Toy Tuning GTX2 components replace the front control arms and caster rods to adjustable items, as well as convert the front to an adjustable coilover setup, big brake kit with Wilwood 4-piston calipers and rotors, and adjustable rear control arms.

Best Of Both Worlds

“The overall build of the car is focused on adjustability and reliability,” says Chris, “This is not just a show car or a track car – it’s a street car. I wanted to make the car comfortable enough to drive on the street but also to have the ability to handle a serious day of thrashing around the track.”

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By the time you’ve read all of this, you’re probably left with a question. In fact, it’s one that can easily be asked even before reading this article: Why not a 350Z or even a 370Z?


The answer is simple – you can do more with a retro car than a modern one. “I chose the 280Z for a street car over a late model 370Z as I am able to do a lot more custom modifications to the engine and chassis and still be street legal as a classic car,” Chris explained. Many states in the US have strict guidelines on what you can do to an engine or car for emissions. Just ask anyone from California, New York, and even Maryland where Chris is from.


However, many of these states have very relaxed regulations on cars built before 1980 as the pollution controls were either non-existent when new, or repairing and replacing them is too much of an unreasonable burden on owners.

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That’s not to say it couldn’t have been done. We’ve seen Chris build a 370Z that could match this and beyond; he has an entire stable of them at his race shop.


That’s not the point, though. This is a car that checks all the boxes of a resto-mod, street car build – classic lines, modern touches, and decent power.

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It’s as good as any 370Z Chris could build but it has the definitive look that the modern car tries to imitate but won’t ever duplicate. Why try to mimic the original when you could make an original even better?

With that in mind, you could very easily say that this 1975 Datsun 280Z will be better than any 370Z. Well, at least until that car becomes a classic.

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