Friday Feature: Nick’s 1990 Nissan 300ZX

Odometer (ILX):  32,391

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As obsessed as I am with Honda and Acura vehicles, some of my friends are equally obsessed with their own respective brands.  One example of this is my good friend Nick.  He’s so in tune with the 1990-1996 Nissan 300ZX that he’s gone to great lengths to capture his passion on a “Z32” (chassis code) Wikispaces site.  Ask him anything, and he’s a walking 300ZX encyclopedia.  I’ve tried to stump him before!

Take a look at the massive list of upgrades to Nick’s Aztec Red 1990 300ZX Twin Turbo.

ENGINE

  • Stage I IPP Longblock [Wiseco pistons, shotpeened rods, ACL bearings, viton valve stem seals, and a lot more)
  • JWT Sport 500 Turbos
  • QFAB 2.5″ Turbo Inlets & Accordion Pipes
  • Z1 Silicone intake “boost” hoses
  • AVS Intercoolers w/ silicone couplers
  • Specialty Z 6qt Oil Pan
  • Stainless steel braided turbo oil feed lines & coolant lines
  • NISMO 555cc Fuel Injectors
  • Super Split 2.5″ downpipes
  • 2.5″ Test Pipes> HKS Hi-Power exhaust
  • Specialty Z High 5 Puck Clutch
  • 350Z HD clutch fork
  • SZ/RPS Segmented Flywheel
  • UR Underdrive Crank Pulley
  • HI BilZki overdriver water pump pulley
  • Mishmoto knock-off radiator
  • BDE Urethane Motor Mounts
  • 25 Row Oil Cooler
  • Currently running Mobil 1 0W-50 Racing Oil with a NISMO VeruSpeed Filter
 SUSPENSION/WHEELS/BRAKES
  • Powertrix SS Coilovers [8k/6k Spring Rates]
  • Adjustable FUCAs
  • Adjustable RUCAs
  • Adjustable tension rods
  • D/S front rotors
  • Hawk HPS Pads
  • MBC Brace
  • Rota P45R Wheels 18×9.5 +20 offset, with 266/35r18 tires all around
 ELECTRONICS
  • Socketed 8-bit ECU with NIStune Daughterboard installed
  • Running my own custom tune
  • Old-school 2nd gen APEXi AVC-R Boost Controller
  • HKS Boost Gauge
  • New OEM ’95 TT Wiring Harness with new-style CAS
  • Custom injector adapters (to use 555 Injectors with new-style EFI harness)

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One of my favorite commercials in all of automotive advertising is this fun piece featuring Barbie & Ken.  Thanks to my blog reader Tim for tipping me off on this a few weeks ago!

I won’t make the mistake of drag-racing Nick anytime soon in my Acuras.  I might, however, give him a run for his money if I ever get ahold of a 310-horsepower, all-wheel-steering, 2014 Acura RLX.  This new ad from Acura Canada really gets me excited about it.  Thanks to AcuraConnected for sharing it!

Have a great weekend!  I’ll leave you all with a few new ILX pictures featuring some Arizona landscaping.

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5 Responses to “Friday Feature: Nick’s 1990 Nissan 300ZX”

  1. have a good weekend Tyson. Up here in the soggy NW we will be having some Phoenix’ish type (Winter) temps in the upper 60s.

    • Temps in the 60’s are the best. Unfortunately in AZ we’ve already started climbing into uncomfortable range. Let’s hope the A/C unit at my house gets through another hot summer!

  2. That’s quite a 300ZX Nick has there! It’s hard to find those in good condition or that haven’t been wrung out. I think I’ll aways have a soft spot for Nissan. Nice shots of the ILX, too! I haven’t been motivated to take any photoshoots of the Accord since I feel I haven’t been able to accomplish any more on the HFP conversion. 😦

    • Yeah, that’s a bummer about not being able to readily source parts for the HFP kit. I’m confident you’ll be able to pull together the pieces you need if we just keep our eyes and ears open. Do you have any drives planned between now and when we get together in May?

      • Yeah, I’m sure I will soon enough. In the next few weeks, I’ll be going up north for a family visit and the following week will be OKC. After that? Who knows…where ever the wheels roll.

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