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Hello
I am in the same place you are.
I just put in a 81zx motor with a p79 head in my 71z , I am using the stock cam and the p79 head exaust manifold, the car is in the muffler shop having 2 exaust put on and a exhaust flange from a 280 motor since the early flange won't match up with the 280 exhaust , got it at the local junk yard for $5 , the price for the exhaust is $160 cheaper than a header , I have not had a chance to run the car much so I will let you know how it turned out, I think the carbs will work fine though
 

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> Here's what I think. The P79 head has much
> better combustion chambers than the E88.
> However the E88 has better exhaust ports and
> will give you a higher compression ratio
> with the 280ZX block. If I am correct, that
> block has flat top pistons. You should have
> about 10.2 to 1 c/r with the E88 head. The
> p79 will be 8.8 I think, can't remember as
> there are so many combo's. I would decide on
> your compression ratio, then that will tell
> you what head to use. Personally, I would go
> with the E88 as I like a higher c/r. Makes
> for great throttle response.

Does anyone have an opinion os the N24 head someone knowledgable told me that this is a rally good head .
 

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> The n42 head is pretty good. It has the
> 44mm/36mm valves and fairly good ports and
> combustion chambers. I have a friend who had
> an L28 motor built with an N42 head. All he
> had was flat top pistons, and header. He
> used stock carbs, cam, valve train and no
> porting. His car did a [email protected] with a
> 4.62 rear end. Now that's a lot of gear, but
> his motor ran VERY well.

Thanks Ian. That very setup has been suggested to me before with the suggestion that I use a mild Stage 2 cam from Crane. The only thing different is that my engine is fuel injected. I don't know how that effects it,if at all.
 
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