By 1978 the Datsun Z was starting to get heavy with luxury features and
slower with emissions requirements, but it was still a decent looking car with nice sounding inline-6 under the hood. You can pick them up for cheap and nobody is going to lament the loss of the L28E if you are looking for a swap candidate…like this one. Find this 1978 Datsun 280Z 6.0 LSx Swap offered for $16,000 opening bid (with zero bids) on ebay, located in Denver, CO.
The 280Z was the successor to the seminal 240Z car and lives in a
middle ground of 260Z/280ZX before the revival of proper Z performance with the
300ZX. As the US emissions standards tightened, Nissan was forced to enlarge
the displacement in an attempt to maintain performance. However, in 1978 the 280Z was powered by a 2.8 liter inline-6 that made a few more ponies than the previous 2.4 liter (and 2.6 liter) engine.
In the place of the cast iron boat anchor L28 now sits a 6.0 liter alloy head, iron-block GM LY6 V8 borrowed from a Silverado pickup. The engine has been given a mild work over with various upgrades from the GM parts bin and is now putting out an estimated 450 horsepower.
On the inside, you are greeted with a set of Autometer gauges (some pro-com, some sport-com) installed in the original dash and the shifter from a T56 6-speed manual gearbox. It looks like a great place for daily driving or a track day.
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