Feature: Playing in the rain – Kevin’s Fairlady Z

.

I’ve always been a fan of the Z32; it’s shape is so iconic to the 90’s sports car.  It’s one of those cars that I love to look at, but would never have the patience to build.  So, with that said, I’ll leave it up to people like Kevin Hurst to build them for me to look at.  I met Kevin when he moved into my old apartment complex a few years ago.  I had noticed his Z in the parking area a few times, mainly due to the concave 5-Zigens and it being 1 inch off the ground, but I never saw a driver.  We eventually ran into each other when I was washing my car and instantly started talking cars.  I mentioned my blog and it was decided that I would eventually get to photograph his car.  A few months and mods later, we finally both had a break in our schedules to take some shots and grab some lunch.  Check out the results past the break.

.

.

It’s not often you see rain in Southern California, but since Kevin had just washed his car it started pouring rain.  Oh well, we continued on anyway. Since the last time I saw the car, Kevin swapped the 5-Zigens in favor of a set of 3-piece custom DP Motorsports Carrera Cups.  The 5-Zigens looked awesome, but these do a good job of matching the era of the car.  Even with the damp road, the 275/40 Toyo Proxes did a good job at keeping all 350whp in check; not that we used all of them.

.

.

The stock body lines of the Z32 are very unique.  If you recall, the Z32 was one of the very first cars to be designed using a CAD program.  As a result, the change in style from the previous generation Fairlady is quite dramatic –  in a good way.  Kevin’s Z retains the stock bodywork, as he chose to concentrate on building the performance of the car.

.

.

.

While the VG30 still retains its stock turbos, a plethora of other modifications allow them to work at full capacity.  In it’s latest dyno session, the Z managed to squeeze out 349rwhp & a sufficient 371rwtq @ 14psi.  Kevin has since purchased a set of Garrett 2560R slugs and plans to instal them after refreshing the engine.  A Centerforce dual friction clutch and a Shaftmasters aluminum 1-piece drive-shaft assist in transferring said power to the rear.  The J-spec tails give you something nice to look at as he’s passing you too…

.

.

.

Brakes are typically an overlooked item when building a car, but not so in this case.  When Kevin is flying around the Streets of Willow and realizes he’s going to fast I’m sure he steps on the brake.  When he does the Motul RBF600 fluid flows out of the Z1 Motor Sports master cylinder, through a set of custom Specialty Z steel braided lines, into the Wilwood Superlite calipers which in turn uses the Wilwood pads to squeeze the living hell out of the 12.75″ Stillen cross drilled rotors.

.

.

.

The aggressive stance is a side effect of the many PowerTrix suspension goodies invisible to the eye.   PowerTrix coilovers, adjustable sway bar end links, FUCA’s, RUCA’s, adjustable tension rods, and rear traction rods make up a good sampling of what’s underneath.

.

.

.

The interior is home to a few choice upgrades.  The first being 99′ J-spec shift knob mated to a red-stitched leather boot.  The Blitz SBC boost controller mounted under the radio helps keep the boost in check during spirited driving.  Comfort and stability are provided by two Corbeau CR-1 seats.   Kevin is big into hockey, and even referees on the weekends.  You can see his hockey bag in the back covering up the massive PowerTrix rear tower bar.

.

.

The more I look at well built Z32’s, I begin to wonder why it had such a falling out towards the end of the 90’s.  It literally went from being one of the most popular, well praised sports cars to a car lot paper-weight.  It’s a shame because they really are awesome cars.  It’s because of the Z32 that we can enjoy the Z33 and Z34 today.

.

.

After we endured the shoot in the rain, we decided to go grab a bite to eat.  There is a Pho place next to the apartments that Kevin frequents, but I’ve never been to.  But, once we got there we realized it was closed on Wednesdays.  Who closes their restaurant on a Wednesday?  Kind of a random day off…

.

.

Anyway, determined to eat Pho on the rainy day, it was decided to drive to Artesia and hit up my favorite spot – Pho Tasty.  Nothing like a hot bowl of soup to end a day of playing in the rain.  Hope you enjoyed Kevin’s Z as much as I did!  Stay tuned and thanks for visiting!

.

Mod List:

Engine:
VG30DETT
Stock 370cc injectors
NGK PFR6B-11B Spark Plugs (gapped to 0.035″)
AMS 4 pc. Pulley Set
Z1 Side Mount Intercoolers
Z1 Dual POP Intake
Powertrix Engine Grounding Kit
Z1 Motorsports High Capacity Oil Cooler Kit
Z1 Motorsports Silicone Intake Hoses (black)
CZP Coolant Overflow Catch Tank
Nismo Radiator Cap
Greddy Magdrain (magnetic drain plug)
Performance Electronics:
Custom Tune by SpecialtyZ
HKS Twin Power Ignition Amplifier
Blitz SBC i-Color Spec R Boost Controller
120amp Alternator

 Transmission:

Z1 Premium Short Shifter

Zspeed Solid Shift Mount Bracket
AMS Steel Braided Clutch Line
Centerforce Dual Friction Clutch
Shaftmasters Aluminum 1 Piece Driveshaft
CZP Chromoly Clutch Pivot Ball
OEM Automatic Transmission Mount

Suspension:
Powertrix Race Coilovers (8k/6k)
STILLEN Anti-Sway Bars
Powertrix Adjustable sway bar end links
Powertrix FUCA’s
Powertrix RUCA’s
Powertrix Adjustable Tension Rods
Powertrix Rear traction rods
Powertrix Rear Strut Bar (powdercoated black)
AMS HICAS Elimination Kit w/Z1 solenoid bypass fitting
New OEM Inner Hicas Tie Rods
Z1 Motorsports Rear Subframe Bushing Collars
SPL V.4 Outer Tie Rod Ends
Energy Suspension Steering Rack Bushings
Energy Suspension Front LCA Bushings
Energy Suspension F@R sway bar bushings 21mm & 28mm

Exhaust:
Megan Downpipes
Megan Testpipes
Resonated 3″ H-Pipe/Axle-back

Brakes:
12.75″ cross drilled rotors
Wilwood Forged Superlite calipers
Wilwood brake pads
Motul RBF600 Fluid
STILLEN Cross Drilled Rotors (rear)
STILLEN Metal-Matrix Brake Pads
Z1 Motorsports Brake Master Cylinder Brace
SpecialtyZ Custom steel braided brake lines

Wheels/Tires:
5Zigen FN01R-C Time Attacks (17×10″ +35 all around)
Nitto NT555RII Tires (275/40/17 all around)
DP Motorsport Carrera Cup (F:17×8.5″, R:17×9.5″)
Yokohama S.drive 255/40/17 \ Toyo Proxes4 275/40/17

Sound:
Alpine 6.5″ Front Components
Kenwood 6.5″ Rear 3 way speakers
Dual Head Unit

Interior:
1999 JSpec Shift Knob
Z1 Motorsports Red Stitched Shift boot and Ebrake boot
Corbeau CR1 Seats (Black Micro-suede)

Lighting:
Kaixen 5000K HID Kit
1999 J-Spec Tail Lights

Fluids:
Motor oil – Royal Purple 20W-50
Transmission Oil – Royal Purple Synchromax
Differential Oil – Richmond Gear Oil

Miscellaneous:
AIV Delete
PRVR Delete
EGR Delete
Carbon Canister Delete
PTU Relocate

 Tuned by SpecialtyZ on 4/20/10:

349rwhp, 371rwtq @ 14psi