It’s our giveaway 350Z – and that means YOU could be driving it home!
If you missed the last 350Z entry, you may be wondering what this rather hairy-chested, 300bhp bruiser is all about. Well, this is our 2018 giveaway car, so the premise is that one jammy bugger will be calling this their own immediately after TRAX in October. Although, that being said, we just couldn’t give it away as standard, could we? That just wouldn’t be cricket! Instead we’ll be bolting on some well-chosen mods and getting this one up to scratch before we hand over the keys… after which I’ll probably go and have a little cry in the corner somewhere.
Anyway, after a full steam valet last month, I thought it only prudent to get the big Nissan up on the ramp and give it a good once-over. To be fair it’s pretty damn solid too, which always comes as something of a relief. It looked spot-on when we bought it, but it doesn’t matter if you’re a mechanic, a dealer or a total car-buying novice, you never really know until you spend a couple of hours prodding around with a screwdriver!
Lucky for us, this one is just a clean as we thought, even the brake pads had some meat left on them, which seems to be pretty novel for any second-hand 350!
Still, we can’t have this one going around to all the events this year and then on to its new owner with just ‘some meat’. So, we got on the phone to EBC Brakes and ordered a full complement of goodies.
As I’m sure you already know, these funky-looking BSD discs are grooved to help remove gasses more effectively than more conventional uni-directional slotted discs, and they’re available for 80% of the cars on the market. The Yellowstuff pads are also world-renowned as some of the very best for fast-road driving, not to mention a few track day heroics on the weekends. In other words, they’re absolute perfect for our Zed.
Of course, while I was waiting for those, I had to follow the usual procedure for when you decide to get to work on a new project. The most painful job of all – searching high and wide for that sodding lock-nut key!
It must have been a double lucky day though, after rooting around all the usual places, there it was, right under the passenger seat! So, for once at least, I won’t have to break out the welding kit and air chisel! Another novel concept I’m sure.
It didn’t take long for the hardware to arrive and, being top-quality direct-fit parts, it took even less time to bolt them on. So, that’s exactly what I did.
The final piece of the puzzle is to bed them in properly of course. But, as I haven’t got a show to go to for at least the next 3-days, and Jules is away this week, I think I’ll skive off for a little longer. After all, I may as well give it a service while it’s on the ramp, eh? I’m nice like that.
EBC Yellow Stuff Pads £197
EBC BSD Discs £474
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