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Z-series Engine Swap

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Categories: Engine Modifications | Engine Swaps

NOTE: for the Z-car, see Fairlady#Coupes

The Nissan Z Engine is readily available in both USA and Australia in early 1980s Datsuns and Nissans. They came in displacements of 1.8 (Z18), 2.0 (Z20), 2.2 (Z22) and 2.4 liters (Z24). The Z-series and L-series Engine are very closely related, it is possible to put a Z head on a L-series bottom end with the use of the Z24 front cover. Z18s are a top little motor and readily available in Australia. If price is no object, the CA18DET is a lighter and far more powerful engine. However, if you come across a Z18T and the price is right, it makes a little Datsun 1200 move out with style.

Also see: 
* Nissan Z Engine
* Z18ET engine swap
* Fairlady (for the Z-cars)



Z-series is the 2nd generation of the L-series engine and both use the same block. So oil pans and mounting is the same as fitting an L-series engine.

Z18ET in 1200
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See Main Article: Nissan Z Engine


crossmember & sump sections.

Z20S in 120Y
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Z18 in Bluebird (factory install)
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Mazda truck
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Z18ET in 510
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Z18 in B210
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POST for sale (sedan with Z18ET setup)


Z20S in 1200
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Z20S in 1200
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Z24 swap into 1200
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Nissan Z18T in Galant
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Z-series uses the same transmissions as the KA-series engines. The bolt pattern is the same as the L-series but the lean is different.

Crossmember & Sump

Z-series Engine uses same crossmember mounts points as L-series engine.

This one for Z18T was done differently:
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Oil Pan

720 4x4 pan modified to fit stock 1200 crossmember
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But why go to all that trouble?

Vanette Z-22 sump fits stock crossmember:
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Z-series engine requires a rear diff than can handle 98-137 ft. lbs. of torque. H190 is recommended.

Hilux diff

Roller Rocker Head


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