ok so I bought my zed in october 2018 as a weekend fun car; so I have had it coming up to 9 months now... As far as I could tell with my limited knowledge the car was fairly OEM-ish.. which is what I was looking for. Plus this was the colour I wanted along with good condition, full-ish service history and not bad mileage etc for the age (67k). I am zed noob, but keen to learn and this forum has been invaluable in that! so thanks
The original plan not to do much to it.....then I came to this forum and starting meeting you lovely peeps.... haha! So I have already done some little bits to tidy her up, but have some other bits now planned...
I know my zed is not mind blowing or unique; but it's mine (and I adore it!) and I wanted to put up what little bits I have done, the bits others have helped me with or done for me. The post mainly for me to see what has changed in my months of owning it.
Pic of when I got the car - 2007 rev up GT gunmetal (with the old plates on)
The first thing was my plates..
I have a car reg which I popped on there; you know so if I forget my name or something...
Alloy Scuffs Sorted
2 days into my zed ownership I a managed to scuff my front left alloy while parking... gutted was an understatment! Luckily it was a mark on the edge if the rim.... so took it to a local company who have managed to sort for me. I don't have any before/after pics... too devastated... but my rays look pretty sweet again!
Next up was battery..
The connections looked a bit corroded also upon testing the power seemed low. I was also finding that the zed if left for a day or two was sluggish to start up...Long story short, I ordered a Bosh S4 005 from RAC...ended up with RAC performance battery instead (left the fitting guy to it and came out to find he installed the RAC battery as the guy couldn't be bothered to go get the one I ordered. I even made him coffee!). anyway the guy refused to swap it back or take it out and left as he was too busy to deal with me. A phone call to RAC to have a 'small' whinge meant I got a free battery so yay... The battery seems decent tho! Car starts like a beaut each time now.
Double Din Goodness...
Next up! tunes.... so I had the standard tape deck (lol) and CD player when I bought the car... that had to go and be updated to this century... I bought this from amazon along with a DAB aerial. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07B5DY2K6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I don't mind admitting I made a right hash up of it trying to do it myself... so then called a chum of a chum to sort it for me... I can happily pull the centre console bits off and searching the forum had some great advice ofc! It was more I am a bit of a noob and in this case needed some assistance!
Something I can do! For now keeping the OEM box, I grabbed a HKS super Hybrid (oo green!). I had a very dirty OEM one sat in there previously.
Next up....Brakes... (kind of important!)
I knew when I bought it I would have to sort out the brake discs/pads as it had some judder when stopping at higher speeds. The ever helpful zed shed @Keyser was gracious enough to sort me out here. I posted about my zed shed adventure previously (see below link) with the long and short of it being I bought new mtec brake discs and cogsworth streetmaster pads all round; so judder gone and she stops properly!
Small Refurb of 'cr4ppy scratchy plastic' door panel bits
So had to tidy up the scratches of the door panels... my ocd was kicking off... before and after picture. is it perfect? No... is it better? I think so!
Windscreen Wipers Arms Refurb
I ended up grabbing some new ones off Ebay as I thought the seemingly both my corroded arms were a bit bleh. Thank you forum for the how to guides on getting the arms off... the pumping action was spot on! lol So I sanded them down, primer, a few matte black coats and lacquer. I did the same for the rear wiper altho not as bad as the front ones! So again not perfect but better!
Engine Bay Bolts tidy Up
Lots of my bolts are looking a bit corroded, so decided to go with some new titanium black dress up ones... I test fitted some and I think they look great (I know I need to sort the cr4ppy plastic out too! all in good time!) I still have these to finish along with replacement strut brace bolts. The titanium cost pennies so doing this as and when...lol.
Done! - Front Bumper Respray
Taken it to a local company to fix the stone chips and small chunk missing from the front right... should get it back tomorrow!! will try and post before/after pics
Done! - P3/Major Service Plus!
P3/Major service plus Spark plug change, Coolant change & Gearbox and diff oil change - I don't have any more detailed history on the zed about when things like the spark plus, coolant and diff oil etc was changed. So figured let's just get it done so I know it has been! hoping she will run like a dream when I get her back! tho!!
Clutch Slave Cylinder replaced... will see when shes comes back from service how shes going.. but noticed on longer journeys when shes hot a little bit of sticking... most of the time its ok.
New ZORST.....squeeeeee so excited for this.... will post what it is with pics later when 'it' arrives!
New HFCs ... cant wait to hear it....!
Tarmac Sports W brace... the other one is rusted to fook!
I have badgered @Keyser for the work on these bits! Don't worry many, many cakes/biscuits will be bought
Coming less soon
Nissan bonnet and boot badges changed for Z badges (bought via the forum. they look great!)
Clear reflectors for front bumper... I know little things....
Carbon fibre battery/reservoir covers
Z gear knob (mtec engineering one)
Planned (maybe!).... at some point...
Remove the 'brick' plate holder on the front bumper
Carbon fibre slam panel
Carbon fibre engine cover
Carbon fibre hood dampers
do 'something' with plenum itself.. paint/ polish? not sure yet...
so yeah! fun times! I will chuck some more pics/updates when I have em!
Thanks for staying awake peeps... if you haven't...then hope you had a nice nap!
Sorry for my terrible english and dodgy sentences!!