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Josh Wilson: 1978 Datsun 280Z

Competitor: Josh Wilson
Location: Lake Stevens, Washington, USA
Vehicle: 1978 Datsun 280Z
Horsepower (whp): 750
Club: Close Enough Engineering

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Facebook: Josh Wilson
Instagram: @thehepatitisz

Photography by Emerald City Outcast, Keiron Berndt


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ENGINE & PERFORMANCE

  • Thompson Motorsports blueprinted 416ci LS3 shortblock
  • Frankenstein Engine Dynamics Stage 1 ported and polished cylinder heads
  • High pressure ported oil pump
  • BTR Stage 3 PD camshaft
  • LSA supercharger and snout ported by DC Porting
  • ZL1 S/C lid with reinforced intercooler
  • Olson Kustom Works Phenolic S/C and lid spacers with integral methanol injection ports
  • 102mm Nick Williams throttle body
  • Improved Racing crankshaft scraper

EXHAUST

  • Hawk's Third Gen LSX long tube headers
  • Custom daul 3" exhaust
  • Vibrant resonators and mufflers

PERFORMANCE ELECTRONICS

  • Custom ECU tune by Turbo Gixxer Tuning
  • All custom wiring throughout
  • 2-position active rear wing with (3) modes
  • Fender and rear mounted 'gap cameras'
  • Autometer gauges
  • Electric power steering retrofit

DRIVETRAIN

  • TR6060 6-speed manual transmission
  • Spec stage 3 clutch package
  • Custom short throw shifter
  • Manual clutch pedal assembly from 1975 280Z
  • Driveshaft NW 1000hp steel driveshaft
  • R200 CLSD from Nissan Z31T (3.7:1)
  • CV Axles from Nissan Z31T
  • Chequered Flag Racing 27 spline companion flanges
  • Silvermine Motors 5-lug front hubs
  • Redrilled 5-lug rear hubs

WHEELS & TIRES

  • Weld Racing RT-S S77 wheels - 17x9 -14 (f), 17x11 -14 (r)
  • Nitto 555 G2 tires - 255/40R17 (f), 315/35R17 (r)

BRAKES

  • Slotted vented rotors from 1984 300ZX Turbo (front and back)
  • 1990 Toyota 4Runner S12W front brake calipers w/ semi-metallic pads
  • 1987 Nissan Maxima rear brake calipers w/ semi-metallic pads

CHASSIS & SUSPENSION

Front Suspension:

  • T3 GTX2 front lower control arms and TC rods
  • T3 Outer tie rods
  • T3 Roll center adjusters
  • T3 Bolt in camber plates and top hats
  • BC Racing BR adjustable coilovers
  • 1” MSA solid sway bar

Rear Suspension:

  • T3 Adjustable rear lower control arms
  • T3 Moustache bar for R200 differential
  • T3 Bolt in camber plates and top hats
  • Custom rear control arm mounts
  • Custom drop mount braces
  • BC Racing BR adjustable coilovers
  • 7/8” MSA solid sway bar
  • Poly lower control arm bushings

Chassis:

  • Custom roll cage by Garage Auto Hero
  • Bad Dog 0.125” frame rails
  • Bad Dog front sway bar frame rail braces
  • Custom front fender and strut tower braces
  • Removable tubular radiator core support
  • Custom seat mounts with integral rocker panel / tunnel bracing
  • Tube frame trunk bracing with fuel cell mount
  • Custom rear subframe bracing

EXTERIOR

  • 9 Lives Racing 'Big Wang' with custom uprights and end plates
  • Ztrix fiberglass hood from
  • Custom ducted hood vent
  • Custom hood cutout for LSA supercharger
  • Custom front bumper/bash bar
  • Front lower valence delete
  • Skillard front grille
  • Headlight covers
  • Type 1 front air dam
  • Custom front splitter (extends to oil pan)
  • Custom undertray and rear diffuser (extends forward to oil pan)
  • Skillard aluminum side skirts
  • Clinched “Muscle” fender flares (3.9” in front, 4.7” in rear)

LIGHTING

  • Dapper Lighting projector housings with HID bulbs

INTERIOR

  • RetroSpec Carbon fiberglass dashboard
  • Autometer speedometer, tach, oil pressure, water temp, fuel, voltage and boost gauges
  • Custom switch panel in dash console
  • Custom aluminum center console with shift boot and cup holders
  • Street Faction heel plates
  • Sparco Grid 2 seats with EVO II black seat inserts
  • 425 Motorsports Planted seat brackets
  • Schroth Rallye Cross 4-point harnesses
  • Momo steering wheel hub
  • NRG quick release hub adapter
  • Sparco flat dish suede steering wheel
  • Skillard door panels
  • Skillard rocker panel covers
  • Skillard laser-engraved sill plates

AUDIO, MOBILE ELECTRONICS & MULTIMEDIA

  • Pioneer stereo head unit
  • 5.25” Pioneer door speakers
  • 4” Pioneer rear speakers
  • 6.5” Tang Band subwoofers with custom enclosures in parcel hatches under trunk floor
  • (3) rear-facing 'gap cams' with screens mounted above rear view mirror

FAVORITE MODIFICATION

  • Custom louvered hood vent for radiator ducting

FUTURE MODIFICATIONS

  • Paint

PHOTO GALLERY

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