2003 Nissan 350Z

2003 Nissan 350Z

We swapped the stock V6 automatic drivetrain for a home-built Chevy LS1 V8 and a Tremec Magnum six-speed. Follow along as we build a blisteringly-fast track car.

Latest updates

Sep
27
Sep 27, 2018
Project LSZ: Installing the LS1

We finally drop our homebuilt LS1 into our Nissan 350Z.

Sep
24
Sep 24, 2018
Project LSZ: Final Drivetrain Prep

We prep our drivetrain for installation into our 350Z.

Aug
24
Aug 24, 2018
Project LSZ: Removing the Stock Drivetrain

We remove our 350Z's VQ35DE and prep our car for its new V8.

Jul
20
Jul 20, 2018
Project LSZ: Let's Get This Party Started

We meet LOJ Conversions, our stewards for this swap.

Apr
30
Apr 30, 2018
Project LSZ: Finding an Intake

We install a MSD Atomic Airforce intake manifold on our 350Z.

Mar
20
Mar 20, 2018
Project LSZ: Assembling the LS1

We finally put it all together

Mar
19
Mar 19, 2018
Project LSZ: Building Heads

We find and assemble a set of 243 Chevy LS1 heads for our LS-swapped Nissan 350Z.

Mar
18
Mar 18, 2018
Project LSZ: Changing a Chevy LS Reluctor Wheel at Home

Yes, it's possible to change your crank's reluctor wheel at home.

Mar
15
Mar 15, 2018
Project LSZ: What Does It Weigh?

We weigh our V6-automatic Nissan 350Z.

Mar
12
Mar 12, 2018
Project LSZ: Time for Some Baseline Testing

Before we shoved a V8 under the hood of our tired Nissan 350Z, we needed to complete some laps on track.

Mar
09
Mar 9, 2018
Project LSZ: First Track Day Prep

Time to get our Nissan 350Z ready for its first track day.

Feb
05
Feb 5, 2018
We Bought a 350Z

We choose a victim to receive our LS1.

Jan
11
Jan 11, 2018
Project LSZ: Bottom End Assembly

We assemble our LS1's bottom end.

Jan
05
Jan 5, 2018
Project LSZ: Installing Cam Bearings

We install and adjust the cam bearings in our LS1.

Dec
22
Dec 22, 2017
Project LSZ: Crankshaft Balancing

We balance the crank for our LS1.

Dec
05
Dec 5, 2017
Project LSZ: 799 Problems And Our Heads Are One

We try–and fail–to beat the system with a set of used 799 heads.

Mar
20
Mar 20, 2017
Honing Cylinders

We hone our LS1's cylinders

Feb
15
Feb 15, 2017
Honing In On Honing Time

We get our LS1 block ready for honing.

Jan
25
Jan 25, 2017
Pumped for Pistons

Shiny new parts start arriving for our LS1

Jan
09
Jan 9, 2017
LS1: Tapping Our Block

We clean our low-buck LS1's threads.

Dec
16
Dec 16, 2016
Does our LS1 Measure Up?

We dissect our Chevy V8 to see what's broken.

May
24
May 24, 2016
$400 Well Spent: LS1 Engine Teardown

We crack open our 350Z's new heart.

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