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Hey team, 

I've got a C33 Laurel, 1989 Club L stock RB20DET. My current engine has more than done it's dash and I've been looking for a replacement for a while now. I've looked into the RB25 and even going with another 20, but I've come to the conclusion that what I really want is a JZ motor in her. 

I'm no mechanic, I know the basics and thats it, I'm after any advice or any links to other builds of similar nature that might help me figure out everything I'm going to need to do this transplant. I'm not too concerned about dropping the engine in itself, more any modifications I'll have to do to fit in the gear box and how different the JZ Looms are from the RBs.

Also if anyone's selling a 1JZ and/or r154 gbox to suit in NZ hit me up.

Any helps appreciated,




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13 minutes ago, PranK said:

This will be a nice build. I love laurels and yours looks tidy! Any more pics?

Thanks I’m pretty happy with the way it looks, took me a long time to find a Leather Interior but was well worth the wait.

I don’t have a lot of great photos unfortunately but these show most angles. 

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Didn't we just do a version of this thread over there?

xJZ is not a great swap for a nissan chassis, everything is on the wrong side.

Of course it can be done (anything can be with enough time and money), but unless you are doing it for your youtube subscriber numbers, don't do unnatural things with a nissan!

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Thanks Duncan, yeah I’m a little sceptical about it still but just getting a good idea of what I’ll be in for. Not concerned about YouTube subscribers just a big fan of the JZ engines and keen to try something different. Cheers 

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