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NSM 350z Build...My 2nd 350z!

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Hi, guys some of you might of read my first build thread https://www.350z-uk.com/topic/120574-my-dream-come-true/

 

Unfortunately I had decided to sell my Sunset Orange 350z due to needing some cash to inject into my business, if I'm totally honest with you the car had a rough past life and over my time owning it I had put so much life back into it but got to the point where a few of the battle scars on the paintwork would need some serious money to rectify which I wasn't prepared to do, don't get me wrong when I sold it, it was a very nice example but me being a detailer there was tiny little paintwork issues that drove my OCD crazy!

 

Anyway after being Zless since October my life hasn't been the same since! Being apart of car culture is a big part of my social life at home and when you live and breathe cars day to day not having your own pride and joy just well....sucks.

 

So reach for the stars they say, I wanted to join my good friend @Killick.z and be apart of the Nismo club so I had my heart set on a Mk1 370z Nismo but after yearly projections for business and so on I come to the conclusion that I would maybe be living beyond my means, one day maybe but for now I'm more then happy to be apart of the 350z community!

 

So waiting until July this year was my plan then I would be on the hunt for a low milage silver HR, but then the unexpected happened and all of a sudden I find myself in Zed ownership again!

 

So on Sunday I travelled up North to England/Wales border where I went to view a fellow forum members low milage silver 55 plate Z.

 

Now I had my heart set on a HR but for the price, low milage and all original paintwork I couldn't resist!

 

So here it is 350z DE Silver, one owner from new with 31,000 miles on the clock!

 

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So had a few spare hours today so decided to just get the bodywork cleaned and decontaminated. The wheels are beyond saving but I've got my LMGT4's to put on anyway B)

Car was pretty bad due to being sat on a driveway surrounded by tree's, a lot of moss and build up in every crack and crevice but nothing I couldn't sort out. Procedure was as follows.

 

Citrus Pre Wash

Snow Foam

Rinse

Hog Hair brush & APC - Boot Shut, Door shuts, Petrol Cap, Weather strips, all rubber trims, wing mirrors, badges, front grill & light surroundings

Rinse

Snow Foam

Hog Hair brush and APC steps repeated

Wheel Arch flush

Rinse

Two Bucket Method Wash

Rinse

Iron Out Decontamination

Clay Bar

De Tar

Snow Foam

Rinse

Gyeon Wet Coat applied

Rinse

Hand Dried with Drying Towel

 

Aim was just to get the bodywork cleaned and decontaminated, had some left over Wet Coat so used that to give the paintwork some hydrophobicity and to aid drying. Really pleased with the results, absolutely love this colour and I cannot wait to get this in the bay for a full weeks worth of detailing!

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I guess you bought Jetset Pete's car then?

Looks so much better after all your hard work detailing and will look great with the LMGT4's on it.

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Ohhh she's in good hands :blush:

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Nice :thumbs:

 

Congrats.

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2 hours ago, Ponsonby said:

I guess you bought Jetset Pete's car then?

Looks so much better after all your hard work detailing and will look great with the LMGT4's on it.

Yep have got big plans for it!

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Cracking looking car Lewis. very well looked after, and in great hands now also. Looking forward to see what you have planned for her....

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A great story and a fantastic looking Z. B)

 

Welcome back and enjoy the car. :thumbs:

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Had Friday to myself so time to do some more deep cleaning on the Z.

 

I had flushed the arches out when I did the clean and decontamination but knew it needed wheels off to properly get them clean. Huge chunks of mud had gathered onto pretty much everything, especially on the back arch lip, as many of you know dirt and moisture sits on this lip and thats what causes the rear arches to rust so was important this was seen too.

 

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Procedure was as follows:

 

KKD Citrus pre wash

Jet Wash flush

KKD Ferrum Iron Fallout

Agitate all components with Hog Hair brush

Rinse

Surfex HD Degreaser, agitate with Hog Hair Brush

Rinse

Auto Smart Tardis

Rinse

Hand Polish Calipers w/ Auto Finesse Tripple

Chemical Guys Bare Bones Undercarriage spray

 

Pleased with the outcome, I will do them again at some point and see to the surface rust and treat it with Hammerite but makes sense to do that when I'm changing the brake lines

 

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Put my LMGT4's on as well, absolutely love the silver on silver, looks even better then I envisioned 

 

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Next job was the engine bay, did that whilst I snow foamed and rinse the whole car just to take the dust the rain water had left the day before.

 

Procedure for this:

Surfex HD Degreaser

Hog hair and EZ Detail wheel brush to agitate

Jet wash rinse

Blow dried with MetroVac Air force blaster

Hand dried with Microfibre towel

All plastics treated with Auto Glym Vinyl & Rubber care

 

Again only a moderate clean always room for improvement!

 

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Last job of the day was the headlights, were really cloudy and yellow, so pulled into the unit after drying the car to restore!

 

Procedure as follows:

 

Mask up around headlight

Wet sand & polish using;

3M Trizact 3000

3M Trizact 6000

Lake Country Microfibre Pad & Menzerna 400

Rupes Yellow Pad & Yellow Fine polish

Machine Polisher used - Rupes BigFoot Mini (LHR 75E)

IPA wipedown

Kamikaze Miyabi Ceramic coating used to protect

 

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Photos never do Headlight restorations justice but a huge turnaround, look new again!

 

Great day, more jobs off the list, love how its looking now with the LMGT4 wheel on!

 

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Just wow. That effort has certainly shown in the photos bro. That's some serious improvement and the alloys, just uft. I'm glad to see you back in a Z in time for summer! 

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Great to see this zed staying in the OC under the care of an enthusiast.

Looking box fresh especially with the headlights done and LMGT4S on.

Such a simple but timeless wheel design.

Still don't understand why the Omori factory only does limited runs of these as each time a run is produced they're sold out in a flash.

Definitely a demand for these rims worldwide.

 

I've only ever cleaned my bay with cloths being apprehensive about hosing or jetting.

Age old question.

What did you cover to rinse the zed bay off with your pressure washer.

I've only got a weak portable Worx pressure washer so it'd be a fraction of the power of a proper one, but being a bay rinse virgin I'm still a bit nervous :lol:

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Looking good Lewis and the wheels really finish off the car.

I am sure that Pete will be delighted that his car has gone to such an enthusiast.

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On 08/03/2020 at 11:11, HEADPHONES said:

Great to see this zed staying in the OC under the care of an enthusiast.

Looking box fresh especially with the headlights done and LMGT4S on.

Such a simple but timeless wheel design.

Still don't understand why the Omori factory only does limited runs of these as each time a run is produced they're sold out in a flash.

Definitely a demand for these rims worldwide.

 

I've only ever cleaned my bay with cloths being apprehensive about hosing or jetting.

Age old question.

What did you cover to rinse the zed bay off with your pressure washer.

I've only got a weak portable Worx pressure washer so it'd be a fraction of the power of a proper one, but being a bay rinse virgin I'm still a bit nervous :lol:

Thank you, it’s getting there :D

Yes I agree one of the best wheels for the 350z imo

 

In regards with pressure washer and engine bays. Most modern engine bays are ok to jet wash as long as you don’t go silly like putting the lance right close up against a plug. Steam cleaning is a more ‘safe’ way of doing it but as you could see mine was so bad and with a lot of debris and dirt in the side crevices so needed pressure to flush out. 

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More than the updates I know that every hour spent on the car detailing, you'll be taking a visit to satisfaction city. It's getting to know the new car in detail and making it your own. For me you can get in a car and drive it all day long, but it's not yours until you actually go through it in the fashion above - LOVE IT!! 

 

Wheels looks unreal on silver too pal B)

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4 hours ago, davey_83 said:

More than the updates I know that every hour spent on the car detailing, you'll be taking a visit to satisfaction city. It's getting to know the new car in detail and making it your own. For me you can get in a car and drive it all day long, but it's not yours until you actually go through it in the fashion above - LOVE IT!! 

 

Wheels looks unreal on silver too pal B)

You know @davey_83 ;) Thank you!

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Treated my car to a major service yesterday!

 

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Engine Oil

Oil Filter

Magnetic oil plug

Coolant

Diff Oil

Gear Box Oil

Spark Plugs

Aux belts

Air Filter

Swapped exhaust out for another standard one that was in good condition as the one on it was blowing.

 

A good days work didn't run into any problems until I decided to take the back wheel spacers off because one of the treads on the wheel spacer bolts was completely knackered. Anyway came to the last nut to take off and it someone had a good go at it before and was rounded :angry:, after 2 hours of agony, with some help I managed to get it off! Phew!!

 

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Gave it a little run out to check everything was ok and there was no leaks ect. Car drove like a dream, it was nice before but now its just perfection :D

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23 minutes ago, Lewis Schwier said:

Treated my car to a major service yesterday!

 

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Swapped exhaust out for another standard one that was in good condition as the one on it was blowing.

 

 

I think I recognise that exhaust 

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Car looks great!

 

I need to do a full/P3. I'm slowly collecting all the various fluids. I've got the Engine Oil, Brake Fluid, Spark Plugs, Filter, crush washer and magnetic sump

 

Interested to know if you had any good deals on the below fluids. (My opie oil basket is pretty expensive currently with multiple bottles of redline stuff in there to make full quantity)

 

Coolant

Belts

Diff Fluid

Gearbox Oil

Steering Fluid

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9 hours ago, Ponsonby said:

I think I recognise that exhaust 

Yes! Thank You, was in good condition considering its age. Was really nice of you to give it to Pete, a fine example of what the forum is about :)

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8 hours ago, Mikey_S said:

Car looks great!

 

I need to do a full/P3. I'm slowly collecting all the various fluids. I've got the Engine Oil, Brake Fluid, Spark Plugs, Filter, crush washer and magnetic sump

 

Interested to know if you had any good deals on the below fluids. (My opie oil basket is pretty expensive currently with multiple bottles of redline stuff in there to make full quantity)

 

Coolant

Belts

Diff Fluid

Gearbox Oil

Steering Fluid

I think I paid just under £300 for all the fluids, plugs, belts, air filter and mag drain plug. The only deal I got was the P1 service kit from Tarmac Sportz (Oil, oil filter & drain plug)

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Good to see this is in good hands! Saw it advertised and was tempted myself:p

Interested to see what else you got lined up for the Z!

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Looking good Lewis!

 

Pete

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Another nice looking car, really enjoyed your first thread. I'll be staying tuned to this one given the detailing aspect especially  :wave:

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