The car was bought in July 2019 as a winter project. It had been sitting on a drive for 10 years and needed a bit of love and rebuilding.
The engine although in place, wasn't connected up, so that needed doing. There was an after market intercooler kit to fit and a bumper to fettle into place. Everything was done myself and I have learnt a lot about zeds through this project!
The car is now running, albeit with a seized caliper! At the moment it is staying on the drive until the caliper, timing belt and other service related jobs are done when I can then MOT it and start using her.
Future plans include: Tidying up engine bay, fitting decent boot lid, spraying all alloys the same colour, finishing the ICE system inside and working out why its the only zed that will drive onto my really steep drive!
300ZX UK Spec TT manual. Marine Blue (TK3), black leather trim. Built Nov '93.
First registered to Nissan UK in May '94 who owned the car until I bought her in Mar '98.
Project 1547 Journal
HKS Air Filters and Dual MAFs
Selin Dual MAF Translator
BDE Goose Honk Killer
HKS EVC 4
HKS Intercoolers and Stillen Intercooler Ducts
NGK Iridium Plugs
Koyo Racing Aluminum Radiator
RPS Max Street Clutch and Segmented Flywheel
Nissan Cast Iron Clutch Release Fork
Goodridge Stainless Steel Clutch Line
CDF Racing Aluminum Crank Pulley
Eibach Pro-Kit Springs (0.8" drop)
Frank de Ruiter Camber Correction Kit
KYB AGX Adjustable Shocks
Nismo bushed FUCAs and Tension Rods
Stillen Anti-Roll Bars
Carbing Type I Front & Rear Strut Bars
Cusco Brake Master Cylinder Brace
TechnaFit Stainless Steel Brake Lines
AP Racing Front 6 Piston Calipers, 343mm Discs and EBC Bluestuff NDX pads
AP Racing Rear 4 Piston Calipers, 330mm Discs and Ferodo DS2500 pads
Blitz Technospeed Z1 18x8.5J (35mm offset) and 18x9.5J (41mm offset) Wheels
Michelin Pilot Sport 4 245/40 and 275/35 Tyres
Racelogic Traction Control
In storage for next stage of development:
JWT 530BB Turbos
AshSpec Massive V3 SMICs
AshSpec 2.5" Intercooler Piping
AshSpec 2.5" Planar Piping
Robert Bastian 62mm Billet Throttle Bodies
Nismo 740cc Injectors
MSP Exhaust Manifolds
Specialty-Z Super Split Downpipes
A pretty subjective and controversial subject, OEM+, however I personally think it is a great way of defining the type of upgrade ethos and tastes that I have for cars. I would not classify myself as a purist, my ethos is quite simple; I try to retain the original form of the car, whilst upgrading the underpinnings to improve performance and reliability to a modern standard along with some choice and subtle styling alterations.
The interpretation of OEM+ is a [rightfully] grey and shady because everyone has different ideas/tastes, how much alteration is too much? This gallery is not suggesting what is right or wrong, it is simply demonstrating my example of a Z32 that I consider to be a modernised OEM variant of the original.
This 1993 Twin Turbo Manual 2+2 Z32 started it's UK life in April 2007, imported almost as standard from Japan showing 54k miles. I have been gradually upgrading, modifying and "restoring" it in the years since then. The underbody protection and cavity wax program, which took me over a year in my garage, revealed (with the help of boroscope probes) that all the sill and cavity sections were all in excellent condition and, as the car is generally not a wet weather or salty road car, it will hopefully remain that way for another 30 years.
Upgrades have all been done using carefully selected components to complement and improve, whilst remaining within the realms of what I wanted from the car. In comparison to many of the other Z32's that I have experienced, during my build, sacrifices have been made in performance in order to maintain an element of comfort; that said, performance is still a huge improvement over the stock setup. It is not competitive on the track against the dedicated track weapons, but is very "streetable" where it spends most of its time. I have refrained from being drawn into continuous performance targeted modifications which ultimately effect the experience on the road, namely ones that alter the noise, vibration and harshness (for example solid or poly bearings/bushes/mounts).
The main external modification to note is the wheels. It is my belief that wheel choice and particularly wheel fitment with the correct ride height, are one of the most important factors to consider in order to maintain a modern OEM look. After years of research, I knew that I wanted 19's and I knew the exact widths/offsets that I wanted, however it was proving to be a struggle to source them without custom offset wheels at a huge cost. The practically new Volk TE wheels that I stumbled across for sale from a Z33 fell nicely within my criteria, and whilst I had (and still have) some reservations about certain aesthetic aspects of the design, I decided to take a punt, which I think was successful, I've really grown to like them.
This was my first attempt at owning a red TT car (my dream car). It was bought from up north with "some" rust to fix. My friend and I worked on it over several years on days off only to realise that there was nothing holding the rear sub frame on. I decided enough was enough and stripped it for all the parts and sold the shell, engine and gearbox to an MX5 owner who was going to put the engine in one of his MX5.
RIP car....I tried to save you...
Bought in November 2014 for £800, this was my first ever Zed, genesis one might say!
The car was in a bad state and over time, I have got it de-rusted and returned to stock. The interior has been replaced to a stock vugalor/leather interior. The after market alloys were replaced with OEM wheels painted black/red that I found on the internet. It has been lowered by 20mm front and back. As NA, its loud and in the future I may replace the exhaust as when in 5th on a motorway, it can drone between 2000-3000rpm. The paint needs completely re-doing as it was a red car, that was re-sprayed as a black car and the black is now starting to peel off.
The car has been around the world with me, 10 countries, 70,000 miles, over countless road trips and it was even my daily drive for 4 years!
Sadly the car was sold in Feb 2020, but to a chap who is currently rebuilding it. Long Live JBJ!
Pictures of my red Zed. This is my "show" car, the one I take to shows and enjoy day outs in. I hope one day to get it to an excellent standard.
It was bought August 2017 with blown turbos. They were swapped out with 2nd hand ones from a forum member just to get it back on the road as a temporary measure, However its still going!
In its life it had a completely red interior (back to stock now), its been chipped and tuned and boosts at over 20psi. I have sinced reduced the boost to keep it alive! I have slowly turned it back into a stock car with a stock front bumper, lights, etc. The wheels will be changed eventually as well because although they have grown on me and do suit the brashness of the car, they are 255 and the car needs something wider really because it will spin up in every gear!
The future will sport an engine rebuild, new turbos, upgraded fuel pump and some new injectors, then be tuned professionally too future proof it for the coming years.
1996 Series 4 300ZX JAP Spec TT Manual.
Painted in House of Kolor Purple
My zed now named ziggy was imported in 2015 and was originally an automatic. It has since been completely overhauled, stripped to its base shell and rebuilt by myself.
This zed is only a few in the club to be a series 4 model which are getting very rare.