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I have recently come into possession of 1985 Nissan 300zx Turbo, and an '85 300zx (non-turbo) Both have a manual transmission. The turbo starts and runs fine, but the body has some nasty structural rust in the floor pan, and one of the columns, and also has bad frame damage to the right quarter panel. The non-turbo motor will start and run for a few seconds, but then dies, and won't start again without waiting at least a day... I don't want to deal with the non-turbo motor and its problems, because it has over 180K miles on it(the turbo only has 140K), and was not taken care of, so the problems could be numerous. All I want to do is put the turbo motor into the non-turbo body. This all seems fine and good, but for a few exceptions. The turbo has a few nice additions as part of the sports package. It has electronically controlled suspension, with a switch in the center consol, (soft, normal, or firm options) which is really cool, but I don't know of anywhere to find a replacement for this suspension if and when it decides to give out. Does anyone know where to find that? Also, the turbo gauge cluster is different, since it has the boost gauge and etc. Does anyone know anything about the differences in the wiring harnesses, or how difficult it is to switch them out for this car? and my final question, After the cars been driven for about a half hour, driven relatively hard mind you, the turbine glows orange. I'm planning on putting some insulation around other parts of the motor to help protect it from the insane amount of heat produced by this turbo, but is there anything else I can do to cool the turbo aside from buying an intercooler kit for it? Those weren't cheap for this car, last I checked. I'd appreciate anything you know about all this, or just any tips in general for doing an old nissan motor swap.
 

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Thanks!
♣Zen31ZR♣ said:
As far as the turbo glowing orange, this is pretty typical of all turbo cars. I'd worry if it didn't glow....
The reason I wondered about it is that there appears to be some heat damage to various wires and hoses that are near the turbo. Is there supposed to be a heat shield around it to protect all that?
 
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