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WANTED: Z CAR BASED BODY KIT INFORMATION AND PHOTOS. I've been researching the history of Z Car based body kits and design for many years trying to put together enough information and photos to create a showcase of it all to share wit the Z car community. To that end I am now actively soliciting photo submissions and historical facts of anything related and searching for owners, former sellers, designers of all Z car based kits or add-ons, past or present, or from anyone with more information, to get in contact me about what they can contribute. Among the many designs I am searching for, the highest on my list are: designed, but never produced kits and add-ons, Piranha Z kit in Europe, examples of Puckett Automotive Design & Development Z kits, Nalle GT (Shelby Daytona style), Daryl Starbird's Flash Gordon looking futuristic Z car called the "StarBird", the Prima Donna cars (4? produced), Tomahawk Z kits outside of California and all variations of the Ferrari GTO body kit movement that started with the Eagle GTO in Campbell, CA or the McBurnie kits (Thunder Ranch). Photos of all historic body add-ons such as cowl hoods, hatch replacements, front and rear spoilers, side skirts or pipes and tail light replacement kits are being looked for as well. If you have any photos or information or stories to share, please contact Eric Neyerlin - owner of ZPARTS.COM

 


Puckett Automotive Ad Flyer
submitted by Bill Aldridge


Z Club of UK Magazine


Alpha Engineering Sales promo

 

 

COULD THIS BE THE NEW 240Z? I've been wanting to reveal this photo to Z lovers for a long time. Anybody know what you are looking at here? I hope to be photographing one of the few in existence in the near future. If I get the go ahead, the photos will appear here. Guesses welcome, but no answers will be given out until I know facts better.

 

 

RON JONES' 240Z DRAGSTER. Car is due to come out of body shop repaint in late April. Owner intends to send in a fresh set of still and action photos plus full specs, to feature at ZPARTS.COM. For now enjoy the this great "launch" photo.

 

 

Z CAR WHEEL SHOWCASE. I get so many inquiries about what brands, sizes and designs of wheels, new & used, are available for the 4 lug Z cars, that I have decided to work on a pet project of showcasing the best examples I can find. Click on photo to view a trial format for showcasing owners cars and wheels. If you would like to have your car and wheels showcased here, contact Eric for submission guidelines.

 

 

WHO IS THIS MAN AND WHY SHOULD YOU CARE? Rumor has it, in the near future, he's planning to tell you. Tip, if a Z guru can massage an L6 head better than Don Juan why would he prefer jazz clubs in Spain? Send your guess to Eric

You are looking at history here, Z fans.

 

 

BROKEN STUB AXLES ILLUSTRATED. Now that some 240Z have aged past the 30 year mark, it is becoming increasingly important that present and future owners of 240Z cars learn about certain dangers lurking inside the older cars, chief of which, may be cracked or broken stub axles.

In worse case scenarios, a 240Z can loose a rear tire at speed and cause a driver to loose control of the car, not to mention, cause extreme damage to the rear wheel well and suspension components.

Shown here are 2 photos and some illustration overlay to introduce owners to the topic. Hopefully a full article with documented solutions to the problem, will appear later. If you have direct experience or solutions to the problem please send them to eric@zparts.com

 

 

Preliminary photos of one of the few original Nissan restoration program cars produced in the late 1990's.

Example here is of Arvin M's beautiful and pristine 1970 240Z. When documentation is finished, many details of restoration will be recorded including original "D" hubcaps, incorrect year parts used by Nissan and close-ups of how restoration shop finished areas of interest to current day restorers.

 

 

Illustrated photo series showing Paul Henley's custom 240Z "rotisserie" stand that he built to aide him in his ground up restoration of his 240Z in England. Approximately 19 overall and detail photos will be in the series. Each has text and measurement overlays to aide other Z owners in constructing their own rotisserie stands.

 


 

Mark Owens fabulous "Red Stomper" V8 Z. Incredible car both in power, clean workmanship, performance and of course, "Looks". 80+ shots were taken before Mark sold his car last summer. More are planned with new owner.

A magazine has requested first crack at the photos, but there's no harm in sharing a few new ones with all of you that have only seen the Featured Car Photo and Specifications pages.

 

 

 

More SILVER SHADOW pics. Owner Kevin Wallace graciously accommodate my request last year for an even nicer set of photos of his unique looking custom Z car. Here is #1 of aprox. 8 to come.

See first set of photos at Silver Shadow SideBar.

 

 

 

First photo documentation of method of removing S30 model metal panels using spot weld circular cutter tool. First panel removal will be of rear tail light section no longer produced by Nissan.

Note: In response to one visitor's questions about the procedure, I now have a quick description of the steps involved published here that may answer most questions while waiting for the full article to be published.

 


Panel removed -50k


Staking center mark


spot weld locations

 

Firewall sound and temperature insulation. Ben Suckling, of Australia, is working on installing a great looking and effective firewall heat and sound insulation treatment to his freshly painted 240Z. I've requested that he photo document his project and send in a write up to share with others, which he has agreed to. Here is a sample photo of his work to date.

July 4th, 2002 Announcement: First photo display of Ben Suckling’s 240Z project has been published featuring his custom installation of sound and thermal insulation materials now up for viewing. Click on image

 

Jim Darnell's custom 240Z, nick named the "GODDESS Z" by myself. (Actually, I name many of the custom cars I feature, such as the Silver Shadow & Red Stomper, owner permitting, of course [:>)

Jim took his car through many custom stages, from first having Luciano Sarra "french" the door handles, remove the rain gutter, weld up the cowl and head light cones seamless to the body to later additions of a lower body kit, custom painted on emblems, unique side pipe design, ultra nice paint job and last, but not least, the very colorful and dramatic, under-the-hood mural of the volcano Goddess. Jim even had his stock air cleaner signed by Mr. K himself! Fascinating car to study up close. Hopefully I will be able to show all online viewers a bird's eye view of everything later on.

Note: My first photo shoot captured many excellent images, but I feel I need more to round out my documentation of this car.

 



 

Examining, repairing, re-keying and replacing Z car locks.

  • Detailed write-up by long time Z specialist.
  • Detailed photos of hidden lock damage, code stamped, outline copies and worn key comparisons and internal worn parts.

 

 

First "spy photo" of new design work by Rory Bateman, designer and builder of the Tomahawk Z, one of the highest quality and beautiful Z car based body kits ever. Depicted here is the first weather proof, solid top design for the S30 kits still in it's prototype stage. Not obvious is that the top is a 2 piece featuring a 280ZX T-Top insert section. More Tomahawk Z kit photos and kit history in the Tomahawk Z Showcase section.

 

 

Example of 240Z convertible project featuring the frame reinforcement and rear fiberglass "cap" work and design of well known southern California fabricator and customizer, Sam Freeman.

Mr. Freeman's fiberglass cap design, unlike most S30 convertible designs that use the cannibalized, overly rounded, stock hatch to cover the trunk area, avoids the out of harmony consequence of that approach by carefully reworking the metal inboard of the rear fender body arc to blend into an integrated fiberglass cap in order to pick up where Nissan's design team left off, thus bringing the convertible's design into balance and scale with the car's forward design features

Take a look from the rear and sight toward the cowl up front and see how the rear fender metal body work (gray primer) and fiberglass cap (white section) are integrated to harmonize with both the forward fender design and the arc of the cowl. IMO, this is the attention to detail that is most often missing on most S30 convertible conversions.

June Announcement: Sam Freeman's Z SPIDER Convertible Kit now for sale at ZPARTS.COM

 

 


Inside bracing


Under body bracing

 

Photo article illustrating all the interchangeable Nissan clutch components, transmissions, speedo gears, specs and part numbers needed to perform transmissions swaps between 1970-1983 Z cars.

 

 

The MONSTER 4x4 Z Car is back and now it's listed For Sale at ZPARTS.COM. While the ad is being prepared, I thought visitors might like to see 2 new photos not previously shown on ebay.

For another original photo of this 4x4 car, see Michael Spreadbury's collection of "monster Z car photos" .

To learn more about this car for sale, you can read the owner's former ebay ad description of vehicle or write to Eric at eric@zparts.com

 

 




If you have a suggestion for a new photo or technical article or would like to submit one for consideration, please contact Eric Neyerlin, owner of