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Old 30-12-2013, 06:00 PM   #1
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Project Pics Take 2

Starting up a new build thread as my last one met with an accidental untimely end.

All good though and I get to start a new online journal

And I suppose I get a new "starting" point

Year: 1991
Model: CZ32 Slicktop
Engine: VG30DETT
Transmission: Manual
Interior: Leather/Custom

The car has already gone through something of an evolution...

Here's how the car ran when I bought it with an HKS air filter, BlitZ Catback, what looked to be GFB atomic boost controllers (yes plural, some numbnutz fitted one on each side...) and UAS H/D clutch



And after adding tuneagent dump pipes, tuneagent front pipes, metalcat high flow cats and a UAS X-pipe



I wish I had some pics of the car from a couple of years back but I can't find any

I was fairly happy at the point until I had some work down by forum member Zed4Life aka Zedcare. Mark left a threaded insert (accidentally dislodged during a PTU changeover) inside the timing covers and told me it would be OK to drive home to Sydney, and not knowing any better I took his word for it. Needless to say it wasn't, and the timing belt had skipped teeth (and was showing a few choice holes) by the time I got home. I sent Mark a fairly polite email to the effect that I wasn't going to be an arse about it but this was what had happened; he declined to respond and cue epic rebuild...

The current mod list stands at

So here's how the mod list currently stands

Audio Eclipse PA5422 Four Channel Amplifier
Eclipse SW6200 12" Subwoofer
Eclipse SE8465A 4x6 2 Way Speaker
Eclipse SC6500 6.5" 2 Way Component System
Kenwood KCA-ip500
Kenwood KDC-MP443 CD Player/Receiver

Body GZA Cleared Rear Sidemarkers
GZA Rear Wiper Delete Kit
International Auto Specialists HID High Beam Kit 6000K
Nismo JDM Center Panel
Nismo Total Clear Corners
Nismo Clear Side Indicators
Nissan Series 4 Tail Light Set
Nissan 3rd Brake Light Panel
Super Vision HID Low Beam Kit 6000K
Unique Auto Sports Greddy Style Front Bar
Unique Auto Sports Border Style Carbon Fibre Bonnet

Brakes Brembo F50 Brake Kit for R34 GTR
Chili Brake Master Cylinder Brace
Goodridge Braided Brake Lines
Nissan R34 GTR V-Spec II Rear Brakes
Unique Auto Sports Brake Air Deflectors

Engine 300 Degrees Fuel Rail
300 Degrees EGR Elimination Kit
ACL Forged Pistons
ACL Race Series Bearings
Aeroflex Silicone Couplers
ARP Head Studs
ARP Main Studs
ARP 2000 Series Rod Bolts
BNR 180amp Alternator
Border Racing 60mm Intercooler Piping
Bosch. Motorsport Threaded Fuel Filters
Brett Dempsey Engineering Rebuilt VTC Intake Sprockets
CazRacing Engine Polishing
Concept Z Performance Bronze Valve Guides
Evans Waterless Coolant
Earls Superstock Braided Hose
Earls AN Fittings
Earls Pushlock Fittings
Earls Prolite Braided Hose
Ferrea 1mm Oversized Intake Valves
Ferrea 1mm Oversized Exhuast Valves
FilterMag RA Series Oil Filter Magnet
Gates Kevlar Timing Belt
GZA Radiator Overflow Cap
GZA Engine Bay Dressup Kit
Grooveryder Fabricatinos 2.5" intercooler piping
JUN Auto Adjustable Exhaust Cam Gears
JUN Auto Stage 2 Cam Kit
K&N Engineering, Inc. Extreme 3 Inch Pod Filters Reverse Cone
Mike Smith Performance 60mm Compressor Inlet Pipes
Mike Smith Performance High Flow Exhaust Manifolds
Motorsport Connections Stainless T Bolt Clamps
Motorsport Connections Billet Oil Filter Sandwich Plate
Nismo Oil Cap
Nismo Radiator Cap
Nismo 740cc Fuel Injectors
Nismo Thermostat
Nissan GTR Charcoal Cannister
Odyssey Batteries Dual Purpose Battery
Perth Zed Performance Silicone Heater Hoses
Perth Zed Performance Silicone Idle Air Hoses
PlazmaMan Polished Alloy Power Steering Reservoir
Procoat Ceramic Coated Upper Plenum
Procoat Ceramic Coated Lower Plenum
Procoat Graphite Intercooler Coating
PWR Thermo Fan Shroud
PWR Twinpass 53mm Radiator with Oil Cooler/Heat Exchanger
RedZedMikey Stainless Bolt Kit
Russell Pushlock Hose
Sard Radiator Cap
SCAT Connecting Rods
Setrab Oil Cooler
Smithys Place Fuse/Relay Cover (Small)
Smithys Place Polished IACV Feed
SPAL Thermofans for Oil Cooler
SPAL 16 Inch Thermo Fan Curved Blade
SpecialtyZ Expansion Turbo Outlet Pipes
SpecialtyZ 2.5" Alloy Accordian Pipe Replacements
Speedflow Fuel Rail Fittings
Speedflow Sandwich Plate Fittings
Splitfire Super Direct Ignition System
Stillen Engine Damper Brace
Tomei Multi Layer Steel Head Gasket
Turbosmart AN Fitting Kit
Turbosmart Silicone Radiator Hoses
Turbosmart Silicone Intake Hoses
Turbosmart FPR1200 Fuel Pressure Reg
Turbosmart Plumback Blow Off Valve
Turbosmart E-Boost 2
Unique Auto Sports 3 Inch Bellmouth Dump Pipes
Unique Auto Sports GT2871R Turbo Kit
Unique Auto Sports Alloy Lower Radiator Hose
Unique Auto Sports High Performance Engine Mounts
Unique Auto Sports Battery Box
Unique Auto Sports FMIC Lower Air Guide
Unique Auto Sports X-Flow Center Muffler
Unique Auto Sports Custom Rear Mufflers 3 Incch (Pair)
Unique Auto Sports Starter Motor
Unique Auto Sports Racing Harmonic Balancer
Unique Auto Sports 3 Inch Custom Exhaust
Unique Auto Sports Plazmaman Intercooler
Unique Auto Sports Alloy Engine Splash Shield
Unique Auto Sports Radiator Air Guide
Unique Auto Sports Cryogenically Treated Crank Shaft
Unique Auto Sports Cryogenically Treated Crank Shaft Girdle
Unique Auto Sports Ported Heads
Unique Auto Sports Oil Catch Can and Radiator Header Tank
Unique Auto Sports Custom Intercooler Piping
Vi-Pec Plug in ECU
Walbro Twin in-Tank Fuel Pumps
Z1 Motorsports 58mm Throttle Bodies
ZSpeedPerformance Chrome Throttle Return Spring Covers

Interior Autometer Electronic Gauges
Barry Hopkins Auto Trim Custom Leather Interior
Interior Innovations Leather E-Brake Handle
International Auto Specialists High Power LED Kit
Link DisplayLink Digital Display
Nissan OEM Replacement Door Handle
Nissan Series 4 Leather Gearknob
Recaro Speed Seats in Leather/Suede
Smithys Place Laser Etched Stainless Door Sills
Street 2 Strip Gauge Hood
Unique Auto Sports Carbon din panel

Suspension Bilstein PSS9 Coilover
GZA Stainless Lower Tie Brace
Nagisa Auto Fender Braces
Okuyama Carbing Front Strut Brace
Powertrix Rear Strut Brace
Powertrix Adjustable Front Sway Bar End Links
Powertrix Adjustable Rear Sway Bar End Links
Tuneagent Adjustable Rear Upper Control Arms
Tuneagent Adjustable Tension Rods
Unique Auto Sports HICAS Lockout Brace
Unique Auto Sports Tension Rod Support Brace
Unique Auto Sports Front Upper Control Arms
Unkown Adjustable Traction Rods
Whiteline Front Sway Bar
Whiteline Rear Sway Bar

Transmission Concept Z Performance Chromoly Clutch Pivot Ball
FilterMag TM Series Transmission (Diff) Magnet
Metropolitan Driveshafts Custom Chrome Moly Tailshaft
Nismo Gear Box Mount
Nissan OEM Replacement Speed Sensor
Nissan OEM Replacement Flywheel Assembly
Nissan OEM Replacement Clutch Master Cylinder
Nissan OEM Replacement Clutch Booster
Nissan Series 4 Manual Transmission
RaceClutch Jim Berry 4000lb Single Plate Clutch
The Lab Bolt on Catch Loop
Unique Auto Sports Single Piece Braided Clutch Line
Z1 Motorsports Z1 Premium Short Throw Shifter
ZSpeedPerformance Solid Shifter Mount


Wheels and Tyres Dunlop SportMaxx
Nismo 50mm Wheel Studs
Rays Engineering Gram Lights 57s
Rays Engineering Duraluminum Lug Nuts
Sumitomo HTRZII

Here's a dyno running 100 octane and agressive timing



And how it currently runs with a conservative 98 octane tune



And some pics of the car







Anyways updates to follow below....
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Old 30-12-2013, 06:31 PM   #2
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Custom Bonnet

So a little while back the carbon fibre thing started to wear a little thin. I must be getting old because the factory styling is looking better and better all the time... I like the functionality of the Border design but just want it looking a little smoother, a little more factory.

So the logical thing to do seemed to be to modify a stock design.

After a botched first attempt by a body shop that turned out to be either incompetent or blind or both, I started ringing around classic/restoration specialists (thanks Tektrader for the tip) for someone that could actually modify and fabricate ally. After speaking to a couple of places I settled with Gladesville Auto Body Works http://www.gladesvilleautobodyworks.com.au/ -not because they were the cheapest or the flashiest, but because the owner (Nat Stillone) was genuinely interested in making something that I was going to be happy with.

Jamie was good enough to give me the hood off his wreck (ex Andymac car) in exchange for some spanner work, and this is how the first draft came out. Note the rear vents are still to come at this stage.





The pic below shows the alloy frame that Nat made to support the main louver. I was very specific about not wanting a glass/ally/bog job.... At this stage the main frame is riveted in place but it will eventually be TIG welded once the fitment etc is OK.



So here we have draft number 1 being test fit. Unfortunately the fitment is very tight and we did run into some clearance issues.









Flash forward a couple of months and I was back for round 2. This time Nat had put a little curve in the louver to give some more clearance at the front.





It was still sitting a couple of mm high over the drivers side headlight. No touching, no fouling, just sitting a little high. Cue measuring and checking...



Couldn't find any problems, but still not quite sitting flush. It seemed the alloy must have warped a little under welding. Easy fixed...



At the moment the hood is back in the shop -the "massaging" with the rubber mallet left a few high spots to chase and then they'll chop and fill it. Plan is to get it ready to paint and then I'll book a booth for my brother to paint the hood as well as the JUN front bar and TwinZ bar that I have sitting in the garage
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Old 30-12-2013, 06:39 PM   #3
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Really liking that bonnet.
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:20 PM   #4
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Really liking that bonnet.
Cheers dude, me too!
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:26 PM   #5
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Stock pics

Found these from when I first bought the car. Looks like I was still living at my mum's house (pics taken down the street) so that must put the pics around 2004.













Not quite stock but not far from. I actually quite liked those wheels but moved them on when I got a killer deal on some racing hart CP035's, which were in turn moved on in favour of the Rays Gram Lights that it's wearing now.

Other visible mods Blitz exhaust (which sounded awesome) and auto meter boost gauge. It's really not all that different to how it looks now... still wearing the same paint.
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"last one met with an accidental untimely end"

What does this mean exactly Rob? What did I miss?
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"last one met with an accidental untimely end" What does this mean exactly Rob? What did I miss?
Nothing dramatic -I had a bloke show some interest in the car while it was for sale. Things turned a little nasty when I refused to meet him at my home for a first meeting/inspection. He'd done a little digging online and knew a little more about me than I was comfortable with so I asked mods to hide the build thread for a little while -unfortunately there was a misunderstanding within the mod team and it was accidentally deleted. No harm done just one of those things.
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Ah ok... Was thinking much much worse than that lol
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That does sound at least a bit dramatic...
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That does sound at least a bit dramatic...
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"Untimely end"?
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unfortunately there was a misunderstanding within the mod team and it was accidentally deleted. No harm done just one of those things.
its ok Rob, you can say it. Ross is a jerk and deleted it by mistake. sorry again mate.
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"Untimely end"?
Maybe they are trying to give you a hint

I still want you here for the group buys though

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Just that somebody threatening to find out things about you where you live leading to you asking your build thread to be hidden - that's dramatic!
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Just that somebody threatening to find out things about you where you live leading to you asking your build thread to be hidden - that's dramatic!
Ha dramatic was being called from multiple different numbers being called a **** and a mother****er etc... There are some interesting people out there!
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its ok Rob, you can say it. Ross is a jerk and deleted it by mistake. sorry again mate.
Man anyone who goes out of their way to call on a Friday night and explain is definitely not a jerk All good.

Besides it's only the internet, the car is still here!
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Ha dramatic was being called from multiple different numbers being called a **** and a mother****er etc... There are some interesting people out there!
Well the shoe does fit...

Kidding mate, glad that there's a full engine mod list in the one place - will give me plenty to reference from!
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Your slicktop appears to have been in extraordinary condition from the beginning, Rob. Always a huge bonus
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New Seats

Not so new any more but new since the last build thread.

So I used to have these really nice OEM seats that had been recovered in a premium black leather. These ones



Anyway they were really nice and I could never see what the fuss was about with Recaros, until I drove a car with some and was hooked on the "grippiness" from a more performance oriented seat.

So I sold the leathers and bought some second hand Recaros and started making enquiries on having them recovered. Turns out it was cheaper to buy a brand new set of Recaro Speed (which are like the SRIII that were an option in later series Zeds) in the cover I wanted than to recover a second hand pair, so they went to a new home and I ordered a new set. I went with black Ambla leather with black suede inserts.

The first thing that struck me was the weight -they are so light! I think I've shaved 18kgs from the car compared to the OEM electric driver/manual passenger combo that I had before.

Anyway some pics





Fitment is pretty good. I bought the Recaro double locking sliders and Z32 base frame rails. The instructions were in Japanese but I figured it out eventually... the kit came with an assortment of good quality high tensile fittings, and I sourced some Zinc plated high tensile fittings for bolting the frames to the car. The fit as you would expect an OEM product to, the only modifications I had to make was cutting some bolts down when I dropped the assembly a little lower (the frames are modular so you have a choice of three heights).

The ride takes a bit of getting used to -I live in a battleaxe and am used to reversing out the drive so I noticed the restriced movement in the shoulders right away. Legs stay in pretty tight too. All in all very happy, I've done a couple of long drives and they're very comfortable in a "supportive" kind of way, and really hold you in place on tight corners. Being an OEM product (the frames actually come with all the relevant numbering etc on them) it's nice to know I'm not going to get hassled about them.

Oh and if anyone is wanting some new Recaro goodness for their own ride check the link here https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...3431118&type=3

EDIT hmm pics came out a little darker than I'd like, might try some more when the sun pokes out again tomorrow
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they look good

heaps better than the originals.
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