View Full Version : My 83 280zx turbo

02-26-2013, 12:18 AM
Sup guys,

I'm Chris, good friend of Nick's (Midnight11). We've known each other since 7th grade lol. Anywho, not a mustang owner, have high respects for them, especially the new 5.0s :D

Figured I'd join and help spread the word of the forum and bullshit with a bunch of car guys!

This is my 83 280zx turbo i've had for almost 5 years, and have the same problem you guys do which is investing in a rolling money pit lol.


I got it bone stock and unmolested but neglected from a car collector, so far its got quite a few goodies.

Engine: 2.8L inline 6 turbo
*Compression ratio bumped up from 7.4:1 to 8.3:1 with a head swap
*Z31 watercooled T3 (ported turbine housing)
*Full stand alone Megasquirt II v3.0 that i built myself component by component, fully programmable via laptop mounted to my dash
*NXS Manual boost controller set at 12psi
*Greddy Type S Blow off valve
*DNA Motoring Front mount intercooler
*CX Racing SR20 radiator
*Walbro 255lph fuel pump
*Apexi 3" Turboback exhaust
*Flowmonster 3" test pipe
*N42 non webbed non egr intake manifold
*Custom ram air intake
*Exedy Stage 2 Clutch kit
*Suspension Techniques 1" sway bars
*Energy suspension poly bushings all the way around
*Eibach pro 2" lowering kit (springs are way too soft)
*Tokico Blue HP shocks
*Honda Integra (DC5) seats

Future mods:
440cc injectors
T3/T4 garrett turbo w/ Turbonetics External wastegate
Water/meth kit
Wilwood 4 pot big brake kit up front
300zx Z32 rear calipers
XXR 16x8 wheels

Lemme know what you guys think!!

02-26-2013, 12:33 AM
Welcome, Chris! What kind of power does that put down?

02-26-2013, 12:50 AM
Welcome! Neat toy you have there.

02-26-2013, 12:54 AM
Welcome chris! is the brake kit on?

02-26-2013, 09:21 PM
Thanks guys!

DirtyD, i've never dynoed it, waiting on the bigger injectors, water/meth, and t3/t4 so that i can get it on the dyno to re-tune. If i had to guestimate by the butt dyno, maybe 260-270whp.

Midnight11, No :(. They will clear 15" wheels, just not my 15's because i have a 1" drop center. So i'd either have to go with 1" adapters which are $99/pair for good ones, or i can just bite the bullet and get bigger wheels. So i'm gonna get some xxr 16x8s that sit almost flush with the fenders and some tires with my tax return and sell my old wheels/tires. Minor setback, but welcome to having a project car lol

02-27-2013, 07:28 PM
Turbo, were you ever on DI.net?

02-27-2013, 07:33 PM
Turbo, were you ever on DI.net?

haha yes i have the same username for that forum. Who are you on di?

02-27-2013, 07:41 PM
Not anyone big, my username was slowxsilverxcelica I've been on a cruise with you before left from target in GP

02-27-2013, 08:29 PM
Not anyone big, my username was slowxsilverxcelica I've been on a cruise with you before left from target in GP

yea dude i remember you. I'm guessing you've moved on to bigger and better things with the 5.0 world huh?

02-27-2013, 09:57 PM
Lol yeah, went from a celica to a versa hatchback to the 5.0 lol

02-27-2013, 10:43 PM
Welcome and cool car man.

03-02-2013, 12:30 AM
Welcome and cool car man.

Thanks buddy! Will have some updated pictures for you guys by Tuesday as my rims come in on monday :D

06-18-2013, 01:58 PM
Awesome car interested to know the numbers

Dominic Toretto
06-19-2013, 09:52 AM
Very nice car. Looks like it is well kept. I had an MK3 Supra turbo that I miss :(. Always been a fan of the 80s and 90s Jap cars. Not to be too critical but some wider wheels to meet the fender would definitely make the car look far more purposeful and aggressive whenever you want to go for another wheel set.

Just yesterday while at the carwash I saw an S13 drive by and heard a blowoff valve. If I get into another Jap money pit it will be an S13 with the SR20 swap.


10-28-2013, 07:51 AM
I bought a 1983 turbo 280 ZX just like that brand new in '83. They were pretty cool cars and ran ok for their time. I never did anything to mine and sold it with about 80,000 miles on it. Good luck with the build.


10-28-2013, 10:52 AM
I love all z cars till the 350z came out.

My first car was an 85 turbo z31.
And then I had a 73 ls1 240z.

I've always wanted a z32tt