300ZX Z32

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M M
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300ZX Z32

Post by M M » Fri Mar 12, 2021 5:41 pm

So I recently bought this NA manual 2+2 , it belonged to another Zclub member and is in great condition.
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My plans are:
- Change the wheels for something slightly wider and mesh design like a BBS RS or Style 5
- Upgrade the cheap coilovers to something better
- Fix up some of the rough edges like the peeling window trims etc
- Get a 99 Jspec front bumper and possibly some sideskirts
- Turbos
- Couple of other bits and pieces

M M
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Post by M M » Fri Mar 12, 2021 5:44 pm

First up.

If I'm going to drive a panty dropper like this, the mood lighting needs to be right.

Found the perfect spot for the LEDs where you can't see them from the driver's seat but they will create a nice ambience on the dash & console.

Drilled some holes:
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LEDs in:
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Will try and get a good shot of the effect a little later.

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Grunzter
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Post by Grunzter » Fri Mar 12, 2021 7:40 pm

Very tidy car!
Surprising how the colour changes under different light.
1980 280ZX #33 IMSA GTU Race Car ...nearly done!
(Sold) 1984 300ZX Z31 2+2 Turbo
(Sold) 1980 280ZX 2+2

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bernjean
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Post by bernjean » Sat Mar 13, 2021 4:54 pm

Yes, my old Honda a lighting like that, it's actually quite good for night driving. Not bright enough to affect anything but just good enough to see all the controls. Well done that's a great upgrade.
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M M
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Post by M M » Sun Mar 14, 2021 6:11 pm

Thanks. Yeah the color is quite interesting, almost looks dull when it's cloudy but it really sparkles when the sun hits it.

Today I cut & polished some bits that were looking a bit dull or had scratches, then waxed the whole thing. It's looking really good now.

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I also found some factory turbo manifolds on ebay so I bought them. Going to slowly start collecting all the bits I need to convert to turbo.

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Grunzter
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Post by Grunzter » Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:12 am

Cool, the turbo change will be a nice little project, and will keep the cars value, and will no doubt be a lot of fun.
Keep us up to date!

There seems to be a few being wrecked on TM at the moment, you may be able to get Turbo motor with all the accessories for a reasonable price... no idea what they are worth.

Cheers Grant
1980 280ZX #33 IMSA GTU Race Car ...nearly done!
(Sold) 1984 300ZX Z31 2+2 Turbo
(Sold) 1980 280ZX 2+2

M M
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Post by M M » Wed Mar 17, 2021 1:38 pm

Will do, thanks Grant. If I could find a complete motor that will be ideal, will see what I can find.

Yesterday I removed the ugly lights from the front bumper, looks so much cleaner now.

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Grunzter
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Post by Grunzter » Thu Mar 18, 2021 7:54 pm

Now that you point them out, totally agree with you. good move!
1980 280ZX #33 IMSA GTU Race Car ...nearly done!
(Sold) 1984 300ZX Z31 2+2 Turbo
(Sold) 1980 280ZX 2+2

M M
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Post by M M » Mon Mar 29, 2021 3:39 pm

Thanks.

Last week I painted the window trims that were flaking.
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Went to Night Wars on Friday. Car ran extremely consistently, ran 15.3 something all night bar 2 runs. I got to third round of DYO but jumped the light by 0.03 so was knocked out. Going to go next round and try take out DYO.
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Also, these arrived:
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And I scored two turbos off Trademe a few days ago so waiting for them to arrive.

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