Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Miata sunset

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My flatmate found this photo on his phone on the weekend, such an awesome shot! Just thought I would share it on here

Monday, June 18, 2012

Project Z update

Here in New Zealand it's the middle of winter and although it's depressing seeing online coverage of all the awesome events going down all the way over the other side of world right now, the off season definitely gives us the time to get some good work done on our project cars.

I know I've been a bit quiet on the subject of how we're getting along with the S30, and to be honest so much has been happening all at once and I haven't had the time to stop and take heaps of photos! But I thought I should slow things down and post a quick update of what's been going down. Over the last couple of months we've mainly just been collecting parts and now the time is coming where we'll soon get to put everything all together. As well as our new badges, Nardi wheel and G-nose kit, we've now also acquired...

ZG-style flares. Boss!

Genuine Datsun fender mirrors (the same as the 240ZG ones!!)

A rear boot spoiler.

...and most recently a set of  297mm Wilwood vented and slotted 2-piece brake discs. We spent a little while playing with them in the lounge pretending we were in Tron, but then this weekend we decided to actually put them on. Although I understood the general concept of how disc brakes work, I learnt so much from the hands on experience of actually helping out and watching.

First we removed the original Wilwood rotors.

Over the last couple of weeks we've been making custom coilover suspension from a set of old 240Z struts and Cosmo coilover sleeves that we found on Trademe. We've been so lucky to have a really talented bloke Mikey (see his 240Z build here!) help us out with modifying them to fit our Z, and together he and Pedey have finally finished this task. Last weekend the back struts went in (view this photo to see how it went!)

This weekend we successfully managed to mount the brakes onto the front struts and now all four coilovers are in.

When we bought the car it already came with these R32 GT-R callipers which we were pretty stoked with!

I try to be as hands on as possible when working on cars but I'm no mechanic... and I'm also not very strong and I always have a fantastic manicure... so what I can do is limited! But that's okay with me, as just watching and being able to understand everything that is happening is what I enjoy the most.

We haven't dropped the front of the car yet so I'll update when we do that next! I'll admit that the part I'm most looking forward to with the Z is seeing the wheels go on for the first time. They should be here hopefully within a month or so and I am SO impatient... it's not fair that it has to take so long! But it's SO going to be worth it :D

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Work CR01 appreciation

CR01s are possibly my favourite wheels right now! I love how they have the look of an old school Japanese wheel but are actually a completely new design (they were released last year).

Photo from Work Wheels USA

 I keep noticing pictures of cars rocking them lately and thought I’d share a few of my favourites on here, some old some new!

Photo from Speedhunters

Photo from CarsXHype

Photo from Jon Sibal

Photo from Shirtstuckedin

Photo from Fatlace

Photo from ILDS

What are your favourite Work wheels and why? You can check out my kicks page for a list of my favourite wheels!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Lexus LFA visits New Zealand

I’d heard of the LFA before but didn’t think I’d ever be seeing one over here on our shores in New Zealand. So last week when I heard that Toyota New Zealand would be bringing one in to display in their showrooms around the country, I took the opportunity to pop over and check it out for myself.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with the car, here is a quick run-through of why it’s so awesome. Firstly, it’s the most expensive Japanese road car ever made and to purchase one would only set you back just under NZ$1million. The LFA body consists mainly of carbon fibre and only 500 models were ever produced. Under the hood sits a 4.8-litre V10 engine capable of around 560hp.

To be honest, I didn’t really see why the car comes with a million dollar price tag. I'm not saying that it isn't awesome of course! But after seeing and hearing an Aventador (which costs less too) I definitely prefer the overall style and engine package that the new Lamborghini has to offer over the LFA. I didn't get the same feeling of childish excitement that I experienced being in the presence of an Aventador. Perhaps this was just because a) I didn’t get to hear or see the LFA in action and b) I didn’t get to go in it or drive it. Judging from the reaction it seems to get all round the world (the most common one would have to be ‘it’s my dream car!’) I’m sure my opinion would change if I had the opportunity to experience it under either of those circumstances – who knows, maybe one day I’ll get to. I hope so! What do you guys think?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Melbourne photo diary

On Friday night I flew over to Melbourne for the long weekend and caught up with two of my close girlfriends who are based over there. I'd never visited Melbourne before and I truly fell in love with it; I can't wait to go back again. Also the shopping is AMAZING!!!

But there was one purchase in particular that was actually the sole purpose of my trip - we had a company in Melbourne (Topstage Advanced Composites) fabricate a replica 240ZG 'G-nose' and seeing as it actually fit within the size and weight restrictions for checked luggage, I flew over to pick it up and bring it back home for the next stage of our S30 build.

We packaged it up (thank-you Jesse and Susan for your help!) and I took it to the airport with me - unfortunately it really resembled the shape of a giant banana, which resulted in me getting the funniest looks from people! The check-in staff thought it was hilarious and said it was definitely the weirdest thing they had ever seen anyone check in as carry on luggage. I'm still surprised that I got away with it, considering my whole trip was cheaper than shipping from Aus-NZ was going to cost us.

So here it is, ready to be prepped and fitted. The next step will be taking the car over to Grant at GT Refinishers to work his magic. I can't wait to see what it looks like on our S30... so exciting!