Datsun 280Z with a LS3

1975 Datsun 280Z with a LS3 V8

This 1975 Datsun 280Z was built and owned by David Carroll. He has done a fantastic job of turning this classic coupe into a serious autocross contender.

1975 Datsun 280Z with a LS3 V8

1975 Datsun 280Z with a LS3 V8

Originally David had a 5.7 L LS1 V8 swapped into it but after becoming addicted to autocross racing and wanting more power he soon upgraded to a Tilden Motorsports built LS3. The 6.2 L V8 produces 540 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels.

1975 Datsun 280Z with a LS3 V8

1975 Datsun 280Z with a LS3 V8

1975 Datsun 280Z with a LS3 V8

Behind the engine sits a Centerforce DYAD clutch system, T-56 six-speed manual transmission, custom driveshaft, and R200 rear end with 3.54 gears from a Infiniti Q45.

1975 Datsun 280Z with a LS3 V8

1975 Datsun 280Z with a LS3 V8

The front suspension has been upgraded with a Techno Toy Tuning camber kit and the rear has their SNR200 kit as well. Coilovers with Ridetech springs can be found on every corner along with beefy Wilwood disc brakes. The factory steering rack was tossed for a Silvermine Motorsports electric unit.

1975 Datsun 280Z with a LS3 V8

1975 Datsun 280Z with a LS3 V8

1975 Datsun 280Z with a LS3 V8

If the body looks a little different than a factory 280Z that is because David has installed 240Z grill, front and rear bumpers, custom aluminum splitter and spoiler, and JPN Garage super flares.

1975 Datsun 280Z with a LS3 V8

1975 Datsun 280Z with a LS3 V8

1975 Datsun 280Z with a LS3 V8

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6 Comments

      • MOPARfan

        No. I was talking about the trend, not asking to stop writing about them. I don’t remember when was last time I saw Z with something different than LS or 2JZ swap.

        • AnonUsername

          To be honest man I completely get it, LSx swaps are a dime a dozen but if you don’t like it or don’t get into it why complain about it? At the end of the day it’s still a engine swap into a different car which is what this site is all about even if one guy (you) doesn’t like 10% of them just because they have LSx engines in em. It’s still the most modern and easy swap out there with tons of support by the aftermarket.

          Cliffs notes: If you don’t like it just move on rather than complaining for the sake of complaining.

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