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Shokuji J-Tin Show Pictures!

Filed under: Events
by Alvin G @ 1:22 am on April 21, 2013

Today’s  J-Tin show in San Leandro was a success with well over 100 tasty vintage Japanese rides of all makes and models. Our caravan from Z Car Garage included 7 Datsun Roadsters, 1 Z car and 510 wagon. From L to R:

Ken’s ’69 SR20 SRL, Eddie’s ’66 SR20 SPL, Todd’s ’68 SRL, Francis’ ’68 SRL, Mike’s 67.5 SPL,  Mark’s ’66 Turbo SPL, Eric’s ’69 SPL, Matt’s 510 wagon, and the ZCG ‘67.5 SRL:

The weather was beautiful at the marina and there was no shortage of stock, restored, modified and zany rides. Here are some highlights…

There was a strong Datsun prescence with trucks,  Z-cars, 510 coupes, sedans, wagons and even a few Bluebird coupes:

It was truly a JDM wheel-lover’s paradise with everything from TE37V to SSR Mk2s:

Interesting engine swaps including several F20C(S2000)  and SR20DET drivetrains into sleeper Toyota coupes and this super clean Lexus V8:

Stock, solid axle 510 sedan and a wildly modified truck:

Some of the cleanest Toyotas and Mazdas I’ve seen:


Before we left the marina we gathered our roadsters for a quick photo:

Thank you to Ivan and James at HJCG for organizing another superb event. We look forward to the next gathering in July where we hear an autocross will also be part of the fun!
More pictures after the jump!
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More Upgrades For Ken’s Z32 TT

Filed under: Featured Cars and Projects,Performance
by Alvin G @ 12:12 am on April 19, 2013


Our last report on Ken’s 300zx included suspension and extensive power upgrades. Ken came back to ZCG for tuning and installation of:

-Ash-Spec inlet pipes
-BDE motor mounts
-Quaife LSD and 4.10 Leader Gears

Here are the new Ash-spec inlet pipes compared to the old:


You can thank your lucky Z stars for BDE low-profile Z32 motor mounts, a smart alternative to OEM that allows more clearance larger for intakes:

A set of 4.10 Leader gears along with a Quaife LSD were installed:

 Ken tells us that he feels a noticeable increase in acceleration and traction from the rear end mods. With Rob’s tuning the Z now puts down 418hp/396tq to the wheels!  Peak numbers may be nice but check out the overall gains…a solid 40-50 hp/tq improvement from 3500rpm to 6500rpm:

Enjoy the Ride Ken!




Reminder: ZCG is Closed 4/18 and 4/19

Filed under: Events
by Alvin G @ 8:52 pm on April 17, 2013

With travel and upcoming events Z Car Garage will be closed on the following days in April:

4/18

4/19

4/26  (for the Solvang Datsun Roadster Show)

 

We will return to normal Business Hours on April 29th.





Foxy 5.0: Kevin’s ’92 Mustang

Filed under: Featured Cars and Projects
by Alvin G @ 11:47 pm on April 16, 2013

Kevin B has been with Z Car Garage for a long time and owns a pristine Cherry Red Pearl Z32TT(to be featured soon). Kevin also owns this surprisingly clean Fox-body Mustang GT and wanted it to be as fast as his Z.

He came to us for a complete Vortech supercharger install to wakeup the venerable 5.0L V8. Here are some of the goodies:


The Vortech kit designed for Fox-body Mustangs has been around for years and still has great fit/finish. Here are some before/after shots:

A closer look at the black finished supercharger and plumbing:

We ran a baseline dyno before the blower install and the mighty 302 put down a very healthy 199hp/264tq at the wheels. Not bad for its at-the-time crank rating of 225hp/275tq.  With the Vortech this ordinary 5.0 becomes a monster with 328hp/361tq to the wheels! Check out the significant gains especially throughout the entire rev range: well over 300lb of tq is available from 2,500 to 5,500 rpm:

So which is faster Kevin, the ‘Stang or the Z? Tune in next time as we feature Kevin’s pretty 300zx and think twice before you roll that “slow 5.0” sitting next to you at the stoplight 🙂




Caravan to Shokuji J-Tin Show 4/20/13!

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by Alvin G @ 10:30 am on


We are just a few days from the Shokuji J-Tin Show in San Leandro. Interested in driving to the show with fellow Datsun/Japanese car owners? Join us by meeting at Z Car Garage on Saturday morning at 8:00am sharp!

ZCarGarage
140 Archer St.
San Jose, 95112

FYI, the organizers have changed the registration requirement: You can now register AT THE SHOW for $12 before 9am. Remember to spread the word invite your friends as admission for spectators is free!

Here’s a video of last year’s caravan from ZCG:

See you at the shop!





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