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From CAN to ZCG: Jack’s 370z Roadster

Filed under: 370z,Performance
by Alvin G @ 10:44 pm on May 30, 2012

At Z Car Garage we have had the pleasure of working with customers throughout California and the occasional out of state Z-Car fan that is willing to go the distance for that ZCG touch. How far would you drive to visit us? Jack W. drove his 370z roadster all the way from Canada! A roadtrip to San Francisco turned into an opportunity to arrive early and get the Z tuned…we happily obliged!

Jack’s Z34 came to us with a few bolt-on mods already in place like an Akrapovic exhaust system and dual intakes. ZCG installed a pulley and UPREV tuned for more power.

Thank you Jack for making ZCG Internationally known 🙂

Crushing An Icon: Skylines To Be Destroyed

Filed under: Events
by Alvin G @ 10:19 am on May 27, 2012

Sorry for sounding upset but this came up in today’s news…The Nissan Skylines from the Fast and the Furious movie are going to be destroyed because the owner/builder “broke some rules” importing them to the States from Japan. Are you kidding me? This is what is important to our government, DOT, etc.? Read more about it in the Greenbaypressgazette

Vintage Skyline Meet July 1 !

Filed under: Events
by Alvin G @ 9:04 pm on May 22, 2012

The folks at HJCG are hosting a pre-1986 vintage Japanese car gathering on 7/1/12 in San Leandro, CA. The organizers are also trying to bring all Skyline owners to the show so this should be the first, if not the largest group of Hakosukas in one place! So drive your Datsun and we will see you there:

At Z Car Garage we are fortunate to be a part of many Nissan/Datsun enthusiasts lives and here is another amazing story of how we helped one man reunite with his beloved 240z…

To Rob and team of Z Car Garage,

Thank you for being a big part of reuniting me with my 1971 240Z on my 50th birthday.

I’m not sure whether you know, but this was my very first car, purchased for me by my father when I was 16 years old. Did I have a cool dad or what? He paid $4700 for the car in 1978. Although it was about 7 years old when I got it, it was in great shape and probably the most awesome car I could have had during high school. After a year, the seller experienced seller’s remorse and actually contacted my Dad to buy the car back. Of course, there was no way I was giving that car up, and over the next 20 years, my 240Z was my pride and joy.

Besides being a reliable means of transportation, I have numerous fond memories of this car, most notably proposing to my wife in this car 19 years ago. On that night, we had dinner in SF and afterward, I drove to the Marin headlands. With a romantic view of the City, Golden Gate Bridge and some champagne and strawberries, I proposed to my then girlfriend, who might very well have said yes because the car made me so cool.

But, after 20 years, I unfortunately started to notice exhaust fumes seeping into the car, and by this time, it was no longer my primary mode of transportation (more of a weekend car). With the exhaust issue and the fact that I didn’t have room at my new home for three cars, I decided to store the Z at my father’s place. My plan to temporarily store the car until I had time to address the exhaust issue turned into a 12 year separation between me and my 240Z.

For my 50th Birthday, my cousin, Trent coordinated with my wife to get my car running again and secretly moved the car from my dad’s place to your garage. Along with many assorted relatives, they planned to surprise me with the restored car during a party we held at my house. Of course, it was a HUGE surprise to walk out my front door and see the Z sitting on my driveway after 12 years in storage! It’s amazing how good it looks, and I especially appreciate how the restoration is not “over-the-top”- as close to stock as I maintained it.

Everywhere I drive now, someone comments on how good it looks. Besides looking great, it also runs great. The carburetors are perfectly tuned, the clutch is tight, and the suspension has greatly improved the handling. And it’s not bad for my ego either.

It’s great to have my 240Z back and I can’t help but smile whenever I get in it.

Thank you again to you and your team,

Ken M.

As you can imagine we were very eager to help Ken’s family bring the Datsun back to life and back on the road. ZCG focused on making this car sharp looking with an emphasis on driver enjoyment. Cosmetic upgrades included re-chroming and straightening both f/r bumpers with fresh OEM rubber trim:

Requisite 16×7 Panasport wheels shod with Bridgestone Pole-Position  re760(225/50/16) tires are at all four corners:

Underhood the engine bay received some serious attention with a full clean/detail, all new coolant bypass hoses and upper/lower radiator hoses:

The intake manifold was removed, cleaned and de-smogged. New intake/exhaust manifold gaskets installed along with a new header and full exhaust system. Driveability being a priority Rob and the crew tuned the carbs to perfection: steady idle, crisp throttle response, and smooth power delivery in all gears. I drove the car briefly to take photos and even I fell in love with it 🙂

The chassis also got some serious love with a complete front/rear suspension rebuild that included new bushings throughout, 5-way Tockicos, Eibach springs, sway bars, and new steering rack bushings. The interior on this 240 is incredibly clean. We added a Kenwood head unit and an MSA rear speaker box: Nothing flashy in this handsome cabin!

Did I mention how much I want a ’71 240z now? Thanks to Ken and his family for letting ZCG be a part of their Z Car passion. This is what we live for!

Check the gallery for more detailed pictures:
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Summer Fun: Rolex Reunion and Brisbane Car Show

Filed under: Events
by Alvin G @ 9:11 pm on May 10, 2012

Summer means motorsports and car shows with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the ride with fellow Nissan/Datsun/Infiniti owners. Here are two special events coming soon from Z Car Garage and ZONC:

If you are a fan of vintage racing come out to Laguna Seca August 17-19 for the Monterey Motorsports Reunion. ZCG is hosting a VIP Car Corral for your Nissan/Datsun/Infiniti. To park in the corral you MUST purchase the corral tickets through ZCG! It is only $10, allows you to park with other Datsun owners, and it’s literally footsteps away from the track and venue, unlike general parking. See you there!  You can download the flyer in .pdf format below: Monterey Motorsports Reunion – 2012
Pictures from last year’s event are HERE

The Annual Brisbane Car Show will be held on July 28 so mark those calendars!

Pictures from last year’s show are HERE

You can download the flyer in .pdf format below:
Brisbane Car Show Flyer – 2012

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