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    DANDAN's 91 Z32 VH45 swap and manual trans conversion

    I am in the middle of a swap as the title indicates and decided this was the best place to put up a build thread. I hope that other people can use this information to help with their swap. I try to put in what I paid for each thing as well



    Engine is about to come out and it still looks super cramped in this engine bay


    1991 Nissan 300zx Z32 Red
    Auto --> Manual Conversion
    VH45 Swap from a 1994 Infiniti q45t(80k on odo)



    I spun a bearing in this Z about 3 weeks after I bought it... The last owner claimed the engine had just been rebuilt 10k ago. how typical of craigslist haha

    What I need for the transmission
    let me know if you have a different opinion on any of this or insight
    Have
    z32 manual transmission $100 craigslist
    clutch pedal $10 junkyard
    clutch master $5 junkyard
    transmission crossmember (came with trans)
    transmission subharness $10 junkyard
    2+2 manual trans driveshaft $15 junkyard
    8 5spd Flywheel Bolts $36 zspeedperformance

    NEED
    adaptor plate for vh->z32 ~$410 - $550 with machining of bellhousing
    resurface flywheel ~$60
    9 Pressure Plate Bolts with Washers
    Trans front and rear seals
    starter, same for tt and na (and auto to manual?)

    starter spacer $17.50 if necessary (need to determine if tt or na trans) zspeedperformance
    If trying to use a TT trans in an NA you would either have to grind down where the starter mounts so that it could engage the smaller NA flywheel or just use the TT flywheel, which could be used with only a TT clutch.

    TOB comes with most clutch kit
    powertrix $32 oem
    z1 has koyo oem bearing for $30

    pilot bushing
    $4.72 from powertrix

    oem shifter bushing/ OR metal/bronze shifter bushings (may need 2??)
    $2.50 from powertrix

    Clutch master cylinder rebuild kit - $20 z1motorsports

    Clutch slave cylinder - $46.81 z1

    shifter bracket?
    $85 - chasebays

    clutch release fork assembly, $92 total with all optional items from z1 (GET FOR Z33!)
    Solid Cast Iron Clutch Release Fork
    Throw Out Bearing Sleeve Retainer Spring
    Clutch Release Fork Retainer Spring
    OE (Optional Chromoly) Pivot Ball with Stainless Steel Washer
    Optional Throw Out Bearing Sleeve
    Optional Clutch Release Fork Dust Boot

    Transmission mount. z1 has solid aluminum trans mount for $65

    Clutch lines - ($30 powertrix $40 z1)
    SZ SS CLUTCH LINE LONG VERSION from powertrix
    make sure has all same hardware as z1

    bolt kit to bolt trans in, $30 AMS

    1994 q45t with 80k on it and a misfire issue
    -new gasket set
    -fix misfire (one injector and the mafs both ohm out wrong resistances)



    I am parting out the remainder of the car if anyone wants anything cheapp
    It does have a car phone.





    It IS possible to pull the vg30de engine with the auto trans attached.
    -remove exhaust
    -remove driveshaft
    -unplug everything in the engine bay
    -remove radiator, airbox, ac condensor
    -remove alternator
    -unbolt engine mounts from below the crossmember
    -pull the engine halfway and disconnect the remaining wires and piping
    -jack it the rest of the way with a friend managing the engine position

    I removed both fenders, the bumper, and crash bar as well before removing the engine



    I am finishing cleaning up the engine bay to be painted and getting ready to pull the vh45 as well.

    Drift Nirvana 5/25/13 at summit point racetrack

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    Re: DANDAN's 91 Z32 VH45 swap and manual trans conversion

    I do plan on running the car at some drift events, so i have a lot of suspension work to do, but Im getting started

    I ordered...
    -a reman rack from auto parts warehouse for $210
    -powered by max 7mm tie rod spacers $10
    PBM has GREAT customer service
    -z33 inner tie rod ends $110 from z speed performance
    -I will be shaving the bump stops on the control arms and may look into modifying the knuckles

    Still need...
    -spl outer tie rod ends $240 (more than the whole rack...... might look for a different adjustable solution here)

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    Re: DANDAN's 91 Z32 VH45 swap and manual trans conversion

    Very nice project man, just shoot me an email/pm if you need some help or any VH swap parts. I do have more stuff available that isn't listed online.

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    Re: DANDAN's 91 Z32 VH45 swap and manual trans conversion

    This project is slowly coming together, but I need to take more pictures of the progress. I picked up a 350z and have been busy modifying that for daily driving so this took a back seat last month.

    Now that I am back on the full grind with the 300 I am getting ready to pull the vh45 out of my q45t and just need to pull the rear subframe and differential to finish stripping the z32.




    I picked up the inner tie rods and decided to run stock outer tie rods for the moment. I am going to install 10mm spacers on the new rack before it goes in. I am also going to be attempting to gain better steering angle with a few other experiments. Modifying the bump stops on the stock control arms is the first experiment. I will also attempt the larger looking q45 control arms on the z32, also with shaved bump stops. There are no aftermarket knuckles, so I may need to add that to my fabrication list down the road.

    I had a steering issue in the z32 before it was off the road. I think I may have found the problem. A lack of bushings....


    Picked up a bunch of hoosier A6 295 30 18s for the wheels that you will see soon. Right now the 300 is just sitting on stock 07 350z wheels



    Here is a shift knob that I made for the car. The bottle is filled with fiberglass resin.



    Here is my buddy's kouki s14 we just put a os giken diff in. Its got an NA 2jz


    My new daily, i do love Zs....
    Put on injen intakes, custom exhaust, tein monoflex coilovers, beefy 295/30/19 rear rubber and just getting started

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    Re: DANDAN's 91 Z32 VH45 swap and manual trans conversion

    Also just picked up a few sets of hoosier slicks for the 300
    295/30/18

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    Re: DANDAN's 91 Z32 VH45 swap and manual trans conversion

    Pics up later
    Last edited by dandan; 07-26-2013 at 01:33 PM.

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    Re: DANDAN's 91 Z32 VH45 swap and manual trans conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric@PerformanceVH View Post
    Very nice project man, just shoot me an email/pm if you need some help or any VH swap parts. I do have more stuff available that isn't listed online.
    We will be in contact!

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    Re: DANDAN's 91 Z32 VH45 swap and manual trans conversion









    Harness ready to be pulled

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    Re: DANDAN's 91 Z32 VH45 swap and manual trans conversion

    Ive been really busy with my 350z these past few weeks, but turning back full attention to this project now

    vh is out and about. harness is almost removed from the car




    Next step is to clean, teardown, clean, rebuild.
    -full gasket set from STA
    -arp headstuds $318 from driftbuild
    -oem headgasket
    -new pulleys and tensioners
    -RMS is the same as vg30 if it doesnt come in the gasket set

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    Re: DANDAN's 91 Z32 VH45 swap and manual trans conversion

    welcome to the club

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    Re: DANDAN's 91 Z32 VH45 swap and manual trans conversion

    Love the build so far... and LOVE that bottle shifter... Pretty freakin cool!
    Forums are for helping!

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