By the time you get to read this our competition Nissan 350Z will have a new owner. Sad times for us. Good times for some other lucky bugger!
Anyway, with that in mind, it was on to the final touches this month. With just a week to go before the big day there was still plenty to do. The first thing on the list was to order the last piece of bodywork enhancement, a polyurethane front lip from the guys at Tarmac Sportz.
There’s two main reasons for this. First I knew we’d get it 100 percent on time. And, perhaps even more importantly, I knew it would fit without any messing about or wasting time we simply haven’t got.
Now although it doesn’t happen all that often, for once I was spot on in my estimation. It landed in super-speedy fashion and was fully-fitted in a matter of minutes. These splitters really are excellent quality and all they take to install is a couple of self-tappers and a squirt of Tiger Seal. I didn’t even have to put the car on the ramp!
This particular item also enhances the front of the car no end, finishing off the look and finally making the 350 as mean-looking as every true muscle car should be. Suffice to say, I’m pretty chuffed with the result and if the new owner isn’t, well, they’re more than welcome to send it back! I’ll give it a good home, like.
Anyway, after such an easy morning’s work, the last bits to do included tidying up the interior. This is simply because, over 80k miles and a good few years, parts of the dash and door cards had become scratched worn and tired. Well, that and the fact it looks like the previous owner had taken on a spot of plastic painting in a dirty room with his eyes shut!
Still, a quick strip, followed by a rub down and paint with some black bumper spray was all that was needed to get everything looking factory fresh. Certainly another decent result for a relatively small amount of time invested.
Now, there was of course, one final thing that no project car, let alone competition car, can be without. I’m talking about a spanky new set of wheels. We thought long and hard about which ones we should choose. It’s not an easy task, with the multitude of offerings on the market nowadays. It’s also a huge balancing act between budget, style and fitment.
As it turns out though, the choice was really, really easy for us. We saw these Autostar TSRs and immediately fell in love. It’s true we were originally looking for gloss or satin black wheels to fit in with the stealthy look, but this Hyper Black finish is absolutely stunning! We just couldn’t help going all magpie and ordering a set.
With 9.5x19s on the front and 10.5x19s on the rear, both in a relatively low ET22 offset, they would also fit perfectly, which tends to help quite a lot when it comes to things of this nature. On the money side, they’re an absolute bargain too, which helps even more.
It only took a day or so for these to turn up and, I have to say, although they look amazing in the pictures, that’s nothing compared to what they look like in real life!
All that’s left to do now is to get some tyres wrapped around them, fettle the arches a bit. Job jobbed… well, almost…
Front splitter £138
Autostar TSR wheels (set) £680
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Words & Photos Midge