Jump to content

300ZX TT - A18GCK


Raja93

Recommended Posts

Since riding around in my older brothers 300zx since the age of 6 and dreaming of owning a perfect example with a 99 spec front end, the day has finally come where I’ve got that dream Z, albeit with no engine in there! and many many more emojis is what I’m feeling now.

Leaving early morning and taking the 3 hour drive there tomorrow to see her all finished. She’s being fully cleaned and all dust removed tonight for another 2-3 hours, ready for tomorrow.

Cannot imagine what she’ll look like in person, but these photos will give an idea. Me and the wife will be sure to take a tonne of photos, which I’ll upload for sure.

On the return journey, we’ll be popping into Jimmers to say hi and check out the engine too.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Look at the brothers parked up together the bodyshop says haha. Front end sitting a tad high as it’s engineless, but other than that, an absolute dream come true.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Link to comment
Share on other sites

10 hours ago, Raja93 said:

Look at the brothers parked up together the bodyshop says haha. Front end sitting a tad high as it’s engineless, but other than that, an absolute dream come true.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Sisters, not brothers. Anything mechanical is actually considered female. it harks back to the French I believe and their use of male/female pronouns. My car is definitely a "her"; costs me a lot of money, but great fun when you are in her.... 🙄

  • Haha 1

1990 Black MT NA LWB = 2014 - 2020 (Sold)

1991 Red MT TT LWB = 2015 - 2017 (Stripped & Scrapped)

1991 Red MT TT LWB = 2017 - 2021 (Sold)

1991 Black MT TT LWB = 2018 - 2021 (Sold)

1989 Red AT TT LWB = 2021 - XXXX (Kept)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

6 hours ago, TheRealNips said:

Sisters, not brothers. Anything mechanical is actually considered female. it harks back to the French I believe and their use of male/female pronouns. My car is definitely a "her"; costs me a lot of money, but great fun when you are in her.... 🙄

Gender neutral these days!

  • Haha 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted (edited)

Set alarm for 5am ended up waking up at 4:30 from sheer excitement haha. Anil and his colleague are true old school craftsman, pay attention to every single detail, some details even the most picky of enthusiasts won't notice.

From the honest and transparent advice, to the regular updates, the understanding of how our cars are shaped and put together in the proper manner, I could not have asked for or imagined a better job. He genuinely suffers from OCD, which works out to be a huge benefit to the customer. He hasn't discounted the price or paid me to say kind words about them, I just feel true craftsman like them who are so rare to find, are worth all the credit they are due. 

I congratulated them on achieving such a fantastic finish and thanked them for all the work they have put into my pride and joy. Highly, highly recommend them to anyone who is after the perfect finish. I made a lot of sacrifices to fund this work, but both me and the wife wouldn't think twice about the decision. 

Had a good look at his Skyline, Chevy Nova and Civic track car he's had for around 15 years. Proper enthusiasts providing impeccable work for the like minded enthusiast! 

If anyone wants any advice on using them, don't hesitate to ask. 

I also made a table of all the body trims, clips, retainers and rubbers I bought with associated part numbers and quantities. I've passed this onto AdamD for his respray, but if anyone else wants this document, please ask and I will send to you. 

Edited by Raja93
  • Like 1
  • Love 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Superb to see the results Raja. And a lot of hard work has clearly gone into this!

I expect at some point down the road I may consider a full body respray so I'd love to take you up on your offer of the doc if that's ok.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted (edited)
8 minutes ago, sumshiftyguy said:
Superb to see the results Raja. And a lot of hard work has clearly gone into this!
I expect at some point down the road I may consider a full body respray so I'd love to take you up on your offer of the doc if that's ok.


Thanks for the kind words and glad you’re enjoying the updates. More to come! Yep sure, happy to send over. Message me your email address and I’ll ping it over to you tonight .


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Edited by Raja93
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted (edited)

Few points to note. The front bumper hasn’t been fully bolted on as they want to make it easy for Jimmer to remove for the engine work. They still have to fit the new decals to the rear spoiler, fit the rear wiper arm and realign the rear number plate as it’s very slightly wonky. The rear quarter window trims I purchased the Kuruma Z replacements as you can’t purchase OEM 2+2 replacements without buying the whole quarter windows. Unfortunately they are a very dark shade almost black and did not match the OEM door trims so they kept the originals. They are going to apply a oil to the original one to darken it down to match the 2 year old nice door trims. The rear bumper as with a lot of Z bumpers has slight ripples as you get from sun damage. I didn’t mind this and opted to keep my original bumper rather than buy another used one which will have the same issue long term. They still stripped right back to the bare material and did the best they could with it. I was nervous about the spoiler choice but I’m very happy I went with it. I feel it compliments the Z boot perfectly, adds a nice curve to the otherwise very straight block like rear ended, which modernises it a touch to make it timeless - in my opinion of course. Appreciate the original spoiler for all its own merits also, just a personal preference. I’ve always like the CSL-R spoilers but prefer this one as it’s less curved.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

ff7df02e-d9e5-4288-a0ec-9cd58cbed8eb.jpg708337c2-a879-431a-aaeb-ed0167d0b25f.jpg2ef62329-0db4-4e53-a292-0fae52c19c83.jpgcbeb2b7e-1bbd-4980-8e8c-48e57f4cf51e.jpg603f0ac0-6ff6-4d4d-bbb2-41d0e173ab6d.jpg68352089-7394-4aca-9df2-ccf3670812db.jpg36074fff-7869-42a8-96d9-a68155b127f7.jpg9c7d12f2-2560-41cd-9b1b-53e98caf61ff.jpg27340aab-5acf-402d-b426-6aaefd2979c7.jpgd5f92714-08e3-47b1-a4f0-2bb157592337.jpge02e8a87-a2fe-40a1-9eac-97c530013e1f.jpg4b053461-b879-4720-bfe7-d82ee1fdcadb.jpgb33548ab-2ac4-4fe6-a454-ba41a2cb0432.jpg00e47ca9-cbac-4e0d-bdc2-226d4adf2507.jpg0261722a-8320-41a2-9a29-90c40bbec35b.jpg

Edited by Raja93
  • Love 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Popped in and saw Jimmer on the way back. Pleasant visit as always. Took a look at my newly built engine with all the new bits on - very exciting. He was telling me how some of his customer cars with high HP fare against some expensive super cars, which has got me even more excited. The traction control Greg Gush can install sounds absolutely fantastic and capable of putting down the high horsepower very well. The benefits of modern tech courtesy of the Link G4X and Greg’s magic!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

02275c27-2a03-42c1-91e5-59ab3358a9d5.jpgef6ca2e9-463e-4a4c-a261-d08db8594f7a.jpg779455a9-47be-4719-be03-47c271ad1157.jpg328bb399-4644-494c-afc8-dbb240b81193.jpga4664f79-e68e-40f9-bb8b-f66c15ffed02.jpg19e871fc-ca93-46d6-b055-6bd35a8c348a.jpg002c2058-2915-4fb9-8885-93f3522a874f.jpg6aa85a68-aaa7-495c-af8c-895f4e239edd.jpga94a9130-fb08-426c-a3d4-4f1076be0e31.jpg
  • Like 1
  • Love 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

All looking fantastic mate!
 

You may have mentioned already, but what was the main issue that had caused the engine trouble, was there anything specific, or just wear and tear over the years?

  • Love 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 minutes ago, Dazsw said:

All looking fantastic mate!
 

You may have mentioned already, but what was the main issue that had caused the engine trouble, was there anything specific, or just wear and tear over the years?

A couple of the hydraulic lifters were getting stuck causing idle issues and compression issues as a result. We believe it was due to the oil pump slowly failing, due to age. By failing, it couldn’t provide sufficient oil pressure and oil to the heads, therefore starving the lifters of oil. This was a symptom of its way to failure. One of the turbos was seized as from memory one of the boost pipes was hanging off on one side, causing the opposite bank turbo to over boost, and seize. Compression was down on a good couple of the cylinders - I’m on my phone at the moment so difficult to scroll back and check, but I detailed the issues back in last September/October. I’ve got a photo of the old engine heads and they are squeaky, I mean squeaky clean, which backs up the amount of oil changes you and all the owners have done on this car. No sign of any darkness or varnish layers as you get with engines that have not been maintained. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Looking amazing this bud  👍  dare i ask what mods you have done to the engine? Traction control is a absolute must i never turn mine of though 🤷‍♂️ long story short on a recent trip out i out accelerated a new Audi RS6 advent 😳 the poor guy couldn’t believe it after i slowed down to give him thumbs up 😂 

  • Haha 1
  • WoW 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 21/05/2022 at 18:53, Raja93 said:

A couple of the hydraulic lifters were getting stuck causing idle issues and compression issues as a result. We believe it was due to the oil pump slowly failing, due to age. By failing, it couldn’t provide sufficient oil pressure and oil to the heads, therefore starving the lifters of oil. This was a symptom of its way to failure. One of the turbos was seized as from memory one of the boost pipes was hanging off on one side, causing the opposite bank turbo to over boost, and seize. Compression was down on a good couple of the cylinders - I’m on my phone at the moment so difficult to scroll back and check, but I detailed the issues back in last September/October. I’ve got a photo of the old engine heads and they are squeaky, I mean squeaky clean, which backs up the amount of oil changes you and all the owners have done on this car. No sign of any darkness or varnish layers as you get with engines that have not been maintained. 

No worries bud, oil pump is something we don't ever really think about on cars, water/coolant pumps usually get changed, but you tend to forget about the oil pump with it being away in the depths of the engine.

Safe to say it will be good for many a year once you have finished it 🙂

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 23/05/2022 at 13:33, gray said:

Looking amazing this bud  👍  dare i ask what mods you have done to the engine? Traction control is a absolute must i never turn mine of though 🤷‍♂️ long story short on a recent trip out i out accelerated a new Audi RS6 advent 😳 the poor guy couldn’t believe it after i slowed down to give him thumbs up 😂 

Thanks mate, appreciate it. Engine has pretty much had the usual PowerZed rebuild bits, probably similar to yours. Forged internals, AMS manifolds, Z1 B.A intercoolers, bigger intercooler pipework, 3" exhausts, turbos, better cams, 740cc's (already on there), higher flow fuel pump and some other bits n bobs. 

Jimmer mentioned that to me haha - sounds like your Z is an animal. He also mentioned flooring it in a high BHP Z on a test road near Greg's, and although the car felt like it was trying to break loose a little, it never came unstuck from the road. In a normal Z, it would have flung out sideways when flooring it like that he says. Sounds absolutely fantastic, and will help in keeping up with modern cars TBH.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 23/05/2022 at 14:22, Dazsw said:

No worries bud, oil pump is something we don't ever really think about on cars, water/coolant pumps usually get changed, but you tend to forget about the oil pump with it being away in the depths of the engine.

Safe to say it will be good for many a year once you have finished it 🙂

Exactly yeah, I never would have thought that was the underlying cause to it. Anyway yeah, glad its all sorted and will be for a long, long time 😀

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Another batch of photos he sent through, showing some of the detail and also some great angles captured - better than my pictures!

This reminds me I need to get 5mm or so wider rear wheels. Ever since I put 10mm spacers on the fronts to clear the brakes, the rears have looked a bit skinny. Thankfully the bodyshop roll the rear arches on every Z they do and weld the inner arch lip to the body, under seal all the rear arches as well. They even filled all the cavities with wax which is fantastic.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

IMG_2361.jpgIMG_2362.jpgIMG_2363.jpgIMG_2364.jpgIMG_2369.jpgIMG_2368.jpgIMG_2365.jpgIMG_2366.jpg
  • Like 3
  • Love 4
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Unfortunately, your content contains terms that we do not allow. Please edit your content to remove the highlighted words below.
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of Use