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Datsun 510 Love at Z Car Garage!

Filed under: Featured Cars and Projects,Maintenance,Performance
by Alvin G @ 12:50 am on February 14, 2018


Love is in the air this week with three Datsun 510s at the shopūüíė Each one has a unique history with different powerplants and wheels! Expect full stories on the blog soon.

Ben W’s SR20DET-powered 510:


Larry Oka’s Far Performance tribute B-Sedan 510 racecar:


Kurt’s iconic VG30ET-powered 510, “The Strutless Wonder”

Old School Rules! Six S30’s at the shop today

Filed under: Featured Cars and Projects,Performance
by Alvin G @ 2:18 am on February 9, 2018


Rob and the crew realized that all six of these S30s were being worked on and a brilliant photo ensued. Great shot Josh! Expect full stories on these Z’s coming soon to the blog. From left to right we have Glenn’s 1972 RHD 240Z-L, and¬†Art’s 1972 240z:



Ben’s 1974 260z:


Rob’s 1971 240z (aka Butterz)


Erich’s 1973 240z


And Steve’s 1972 240z (white)

Rob couldn’t help but add some Van Halen moves. He’s got it bad for Z cars!

Stay tuned!

FOR SALE: 1973 Nissan Kenmeri Skyline

Filed under: Featured Cars and Projects
by Alvin G @ 2:37 am on July 25, 2017


This 1973 KGC110 Kenmeri Skyline is for sale. It is well sorted and ready to be enjoyed!


For more details, videos and pictures please check out our For Sale section HERE.

FOR SALE: 1971 Nissan Skyline 2000GT

Filed under: Featured Cars and Projects,Performance
by Alvin G @ 12:29 am on March 15, 2016

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Gary’s 1971 Nissan KGC10 Skyline is for sale. For more information please visit our FOR SALE page.

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EVENTS: The 2015 Japanese Classic Car Show

Filed under: Events
by Alvin G @ 6:39 pm on October 4, 2015


Every year, one of my favorite events to attend in Southern California is the annual Japanese Classic Car Show in Long Beach.  JCCS is like a big reunion of old school friends, surrounded by the finest vintage metal made in Japan. The iconic Queen Mary cruise ship and the Long Beach skyline is a perfect backdrop for Zs, 510s, Skylines, Rx-7s, Rx-3s, Celicas, Corollas, Land Cruisers and other interesting Japanese old school cars!


Founded by Koji and Terry Yamaguchi, JCCS has been running for 11 years strong now and the bar is set higher ever year. I remember the first year of JCCS, and it’s hard to believe the inaugural event was over a decade ago! ¬†I love this show and the Z Car Garage crew keeps coming back¬†every year to soak up the sun, see old friends and drool over some spectacular vintage builds.


Attendance was impressive but surprisingly not over-whelming like¬†previous years and this made photographing¬†cars a breeze! ¬†Sure, a bulk of the cars are the same annually but the small percentage of new cars tend to be amazing. ¬†At JCCS we love that every pass up and down an aisle of cars reveals¬†a new detail, emblem, decal, or set of wheels. ¬†Also, this¬†is a more adult car show (no loud Drake/EDM, no booth babes, no car parents towing around scraping cambered-out¬†red Power Wheels with kids¬†in them) and a breath of fresh air compared to the “party” vibe of the larger California shows.


Nissan’s Debut at JCCS

The OEMs participated in record numbers this year. That’s right, in addition to Mazda, Toyota and Honda our beloved Nissan stepped up for the first time with a great showing of rare and unique vehicles from their vault. My favorite was the 1997 R390 GT1 Le Mans race car, sent over from Japan just for this event! Nissan‚Äôs collection also included included a 1975 Bluebird-U 2000 GTX, 1972 Datsun 510 and 1967 411. Our friends at JNC were lucky to drive the Dime and Bluebird over the Monterey Car Week.


Completing the “heritage” lineup was this little/big truck combo ‚Äď a 1960 Datsun 1200 “surfer” Van towed by a 2016 Nissan TITAN XD pickup. Fingers crossed this new diesel rig “passes” emissions. Ha!


Here are few of my favorite Nissans and Datsuns, starting with that not-so forbidden fruit commonly known as the hakosuka.


There was no shortage of Skylines this year and my favorite was¬†Eric Khamchan‚Äôs KGC10. It’s racing livery removed from previous shows revealed a stunning shade of metallic blue. The killer stance with wide, gun-metal Watanabe wheels stuffed under the flares set this one off from the rest:

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We first saw this short-nosed Skyline at the¬†Solvang Datsun Roadster Show and were surprised by its intact “surf line” rear fenders, ¬†G-series 4-cylinder power and super rare Hayashi Racing Techno Phantom wheels:


Eric Bauer’s ¬†Hako sported period-spec goodies throughout¬†like these Dunlop CR65 tires and C-pillar vent:


The only 4-door with molded rear flares sitting pretty on deep step-lipped SSR MKII wheels:


Another red Hako with gold Watanabe’s and a striking peanut butter interior:


Finally, this Kaido themed racer replete with external oil cooler, livery and side-exit exhaust:


Z-Car Extravaganza

Z cars from all generations were in full force with cars spanning¬†the tarmac near the Queen Mary to the bayside lawn. ¬†I’m a big fan of subtle modified Z’s but I can also appreciate pristine, bone-stock examples and the occasional shakotan build. This¬†S30 had subtle body-colored flares, deep Simmons wheels and a neatly executed RB25DET engine swap:


By contrast¬†Richard Madlangbayan‚Äôs RB25DET-powered S30 is wildly flared with retina-searing paint and extensive aero. ¬†To-die-for NISMO LM GT2 wheels were re-barreled and stepped up to 18″ by¬†FiveOneWheels. Check out the rear diffuser, side skirts and spolier too:


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This was my first time seeing Kevin Yeung’s “White DevilZ” in person. It had some ludicrously sized fenders, WORK Equip 03 wheels with a huge wing and more aero. My favorite part? The L-series powerplant force-fed by an HKS turbo kit. I think I overheard Kevin telling a fan that “he had plans to track it”…

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The guys from JDM Legends displayed this immaculate, super sano S30. From the iconic Watanabe wheels to the triple-carb’d L-series this car was a real treat to view.


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