Av8ferg

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    So,  I know I need to replace me current engine.  I’ve considered rebuilding it but I’m also considering replacing it.  I found an engine about 5 months ago at a salvage yard F52/P79 from an 82 ZX.  I put $20 down to hold it.  Total cost delivered to my house is $480.  Wanted to build a mild performance engine...nothing crazy that’s not a turbo.  This engine has 165k miles on it and is warranted to run.  After pricing out all the parts I’m looking at around $1000 in parts to build back stock.   

    Fast forward, was on CL today and ran across this engine for $2500.  Says is a performance L-28 with all the specs.  When I look at $1500 total to buy and build a stock engine is it a better deal to just buy one like on the listing.  No engine labor and it might be a good buy.  I’m not sure because I don’t know what all this crap mean he’s listing in the add it what it means.  I’m not building a race car. 

    Goal: Reliable, daily driver with some extra get up and go for fun.  

    What do you guys think? 

    https://charlotte.craigslist.org/pts/d/locust-datsun-l28-race-prepped-engine/6948842508.html

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    I looked at that ad last night, hmm guess it sold, think I saw it on face book.

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    Welll that happened fast.  Sold already, must have been a good deal. 

     

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    The head alone would cost you $2,500 or more to duplicate. It was probably a really good deal .That's why it's already gone...

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    10.7:1 compression with a .475 cam using stock efi.

    Seems awful close to a ill running car.  Buuuut slap a pair of SUs on there...

    See where I'm headed Ferg. LOL

     

     

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    Yeah, that may not have been a good street car.
    I like the SU carb idea. I know these EFI systems are touted as reliable though. Anybody got an SU intake and carbs for sale.

    As these cars age I think one of the weak links is the wiring and sensors for the EFI. Fusible links etc. The Bernoulli Principle that carbs use is timeless, plus you and your wife get to smell like a gas tank when you go on a date.

    I’m gonna do something like Dave WM and take my old engine and put it on a stand and drive my wife and neighbors crazy.


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    Big ole lumpy cam and a tweaked motor paired with fuel injection AND a modern ECU makes a pretty sweet motor! FI is great as long as you update the electronics with a Haltech or similar system. .... just sayin’....

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    That project died a quiet death. I contacted him in the beginning and got a little hope it would come to life, but eventually it just faded. I think the fact that there are so m any excellent pro options out there killed it. Haltech is NOT CHEAP but it is extremely well built and well supported.

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    2 hours ago, siteunseen said:

    What ever happened to the "hellfire" ECU that guy was trying to do on here?  4 years ago last month.

     

    Yeah, Lenny had a new family member and project stalled.

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    1 hour ago, EuroDat said:

    Yeah, Lenny had a new family member and project stalled.

    Yeah- stalled and he kept the parts folks let him borrow to make this work - real nice.

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    Steve,

    I just saw this post and wanted to clarify/or ask what parts you are referring to? I'm not aware of borrowing any parts and not returning.... If so, and I owe somebody something, please let me know so I can correct this. I know I loaned out some known working stock ECUs to a few people so they could verify if theirs was good/bad so I do recall some items being shipped around, but don't remember have a loaner of someone elses. Do you know what the part was? Was this something of yours?

    Len

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    Steve,

    I figured out what/who (I hadn't checked my pm box in 4yrs) & have emailed them . Apologies in the open forum for my lapse in returning the part, remedies in the works.

    Len

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    20 hours ago, superlen said:

    Steve,

    I figured out what/who (I hadn't checked my pm box in 4yrs) & have emailed them . Apologies in the open forum for my lapse in returning the part, remedies in the works.

    Len

    Hey Len,

    @superlen  How's life? Long time since we heard from you.

    Chas

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    Chas,

    Thanks for asking. Yes, it's been since my daughter was born. I had forgot just how fun little ones are and how much your world revolves around them. Everything is going well. Busy, as usual. My oldest child (27) just got married, and my youngest (5) just started kindergarten. Looking forward to finishing up the HellFire & related projects now. I miss working on the Z.

    Len

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