I bought my Z on e-bay in the Spring of 2002. She was a 1-owner car from Tennessee, with very little rust but a faded repaint. I got her roadworthy over the course of the next 2 summers, then started the process of "refreshing" her - a metal-up repaint.
It took about 18 months to take the body panels off, strip the outer shell of paint, strip all the removed panels, primer, jamb, hang panels and paint then car, with a week or two of re-assembly (weatherstripping, glass, lights, etc.) It was a lot of hard work, I learned a lot, and was very happy with the end result considering it was my first attempt at anything like this.
In Spring of 2007 I added the side stripe kit to complete that "old school 70's look" and I think they really set off the wheels.
The wheels have their own story: In 2002, I was looking for a set of slotted aluminum mags that were commonly added to 240's by dealers before they left the lot. I saw these turbine-style Shelby Cobra on e-bay and got them for a steal. They were purchased for a 280Z in the 70's and never used. The center caps were still sealed in plastic. The wheels are stamped "Shelby Cobra" on back of the rim (maybe have a mdel # too, I can't remember right now) but I've never seen them on another Z, or any other car for that matter. They're similar to other Turbine-style wheels, but have subtle differences.
I have owned this little beast since 2002. It started out life as a 12a Auto, Canary Yellow, Standard 13" rims, rust spots here and there, Dodgy interior, very dodgy stereo. How UGLY!!!!!
I started off small, Popped 2 x 8 inch subs in the boot, upgraded to a very standard cd deck.
I then brought another stereo upgrade to a mp3 player and a 15" sub.
By this time i had blown up the auto gearbox a few times so decided it was time for an update.
SOOOOO.. I threw out the 12a, the auto, the rims, the head deck (i kept the sub ;) ), the old exhaust, the seats, and tranfered into her the info in the specs section.
Once the main transplant was finished, i ran her on the first ever Ipswich Rotor Crew Dyno Day and took out first place in the 13b NA category.
I have just sold the vehicle to my sister in law, so that i still have access to it and get to still drive her and so i dont lose money on her.
2.4 L inline 6
Twin Hitachi SU carbs
4-speed standard tranny
o- RX5 13B block
o- Race Bridgeport
o- 3mm Carbin Apex Seals
o- 55mm Throttle Bodies
o- Injection Perfection Manifold
o- 4x 550cc Injectors
o- LT10 Microtech
o- CAS and Bosch Coils
o- 12A Turbo Gearbox
o- Custom Gearbox Mounts
o- Custom Tailshaft
Dealer-added A/C (removed by original owner, but I have the parts)
All factory options have gone.
Sunroof (installed by original owner)
Tokico HP struts and springs
260Z rear sway bar
MSA tension/compresson rod kit
MSA 6-into-1 header
Pertonix Ignitor ignition module
Pertonix Flamethrower II coil
Shelby Cobra wheels
Firestone FireHawk tires
Alpine head unit w/Kenwood 6x9 rear speakers, custom kick panels w/Infiniti 6.5 speakers up front
o- 17" Tempest Rims
o- Custom Dual 2.5" runners to the diff, 3" over the diff, Dump Pipe Muffler.
o- Woodgrain Steering wheel, handbrake lever, Gear shift knob[
o- Pioneer TV screen with in built DVD, 15" sub, 2 x (6x9s), splits. Including Pioneer IPod Adapter.
o- Cadence Amp
o- Recaro Rally seats.
o- Cobalt Tacho, Air fuel ratio, Water Temp Gauges.
o- Custom door cards
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