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I thought I might as well start one of these although I'm not sure how frequently I'll post updates.

 

On 08/04/2022 I became the proud 3rd owner of this black 2007 Nissan 350Z GT which I brought from @jr6yam at a low 56,831 miles. I never thought I'd own a Z as I always had my eye on a grey Golf R but in the end I decided to go for something with a little more character (and much cheaper!). Regardless, a 3.5L V6 is plenty of car for someone my age.

 

Link to original sale post by @jr6yam.

 

Further Details

Manufactured: 10/08/2006

Registered in the UK: 02/03/2007

Colour: Ebisu Black

 

Current Modifications

  • Milltek Resonated Cat-Back System
  • SGS Boot Struts
  • Honda S2000 Short Antenna
  • Sony XAV-AX5650 head unit (integrates with the existing steering wheel controls)
  • Auto Folding Mirror Mod
  • Goodridge Braided Brake Lines (Front & Rear)
  • Stoptech Discs (Front)

 

And that's it! The previous owner kept the car pretty much stock with the tasteful modification here and there. I intend to follow the same path.

 

Since I bought the Z, it has had a 3 year ceramic coat applied, a paint correction and a full detail (04/05/2022) which cost me £400 in total. I've done a few other miscellaneous bits and pieces such as applying Gummi Pflege to all the seals/rubber and installing a new high-flow HKS air filter.

 

Future Jobs

- Removing two (now four) broken bleed nipples as they both sheared off during removal. In progress.

- Replacing all the bleed nipples with much stronger titanium alternatives to prevent the above from happening in the future. In progress.

- Replacing both front fender protectors as the two bolts on both sides have fused to the U clips. I can't even take the front bumper off at the moment. Done.

 

First photo was taken the day I brought it home.

 

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04/05/2022: The Z had a full detail, paint correction and 3 year ceramic coat done by Lee @ Demon Detailing which cost £400. The paint correction really gave the car a breath of new life.

 

Yes, I know the photos are sideways. Changing the rotation didn't do anything 😐

 

 

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My first car alongside the new Z. Unfortunately the trusty 2009 Aygo had to go upon my new acquisition. Before the Aygo went, I thought it fitting the get a photo of them together.

 

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18/05/2022: A new Sony XAV-AX5650 head unit was installed so I could use Android Auto. The head unit and steering loom (to integrate with the existing steering wheel controls) both cost £504. Installation was done by Huets which cost another £210.

 

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On 12/07/2022 at 22:41, MONKEYSOCKS said:

Looks great mate! Where did you get the paint correction and ceramic coat for that price if you don't mind me asking? 

 

Appreciate it! Lee @ Demon Detailing did a cracking job. Do note that he recently raised his prices so I'm not sure if he still does the full package for £400.

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Today at the beach. Lee comes in every 3 weeks or so for a maintenance wash so looking nice and clean.

 

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9 hours ago, jr6yam said:

Good to see I sold it to the right person 😁

Glad you're looking after the old girl. Keeping the spreadsheet up to date?

 

I'm pleased you approve. I thought I'd modernise the spreadsheet approach so I switched over to Fuelio. Does all that the spreadsheet did on my phone and, most importantly, no need to save receipts!

 

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Replaced both front wheel arch protectors as some ground bolts had seized to the U clips preventing the front bumper from being removed. Hardware (bolts, washers etc.) were also replaced alongside the protectors.

 

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I had a crack at a full exterior detail. No need to spend £40 just for a maintenance wash. Interior next!

 

I used the two bucket method and flipped each mitt after a few wipes. Most of the surface dirt and debris came off during the pre-wash due to the ceramic coating. My rinse bucket was pretty much clear after I'd finished!

 

Products

Pre-wash: Bilt Hamber Touch-less snow-foam (2:3)

Soap: Autoglym Bodywork Shampoo Conditioner

Wheels: Car-Chem Iron DeTox, Bilt Hamber Surfex HD (1:10) and Autoglym Instant Tyre Dressing

Wash Mitt: Gyeon Q²M Smoothie

Wheel Mitt: Gyeon Q²M Wheel Mitt

Drying Towel: Purestar Duplex

 

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A while back I sheared off a brake bleed screw trying to bleed a calliper. I didn't want to deal with this issue in the future so I decided to replace them all with stronger titanium bleed screws. Despite the fact I applied copious amounts of WD-40 Penetrant and lightly tapped each screw with a hammer, three more sheared off at around 50NM :( At least the new screws looks great...

 

Any ideas on the best way to get these out? I was thinking drill out as much material as possible then hit them with a high-quality screw extractor. Might re-tap depending on the quality of the threads.

 

 

New titanium bleed screw and genuine Brembo dust cap

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Old Brembo bleed screws

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The worst outcome

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1 hour ago, davey_83 said:

Sorry to see this pal, one of the rear inner bleed nipples on mine weren't budging so left it be at the recent brake fluid change. Take it you're replacing the inner caliper nipples also? 

 

Yep, replacing both screws on each calliper. The last brake fluid change was back in 2019 so I reckon someone just ridiculously over torqued them. The service manual states 13.5NM but I've found these titanium screws require at least 20NM to stop brake fluid from bleeding. Could be due to the slightly different shape or damage to the calliper threads.

 

I could trying welding a nut on...

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