Z32 300ZX TWIN TURBO POCONO RACEWAY HPDE AUDI CLUB OF NJ SPL SUSPENSION ZTUNER ASHSPEC

Photo Credit: Ryan Grae Photography

Almost two years ago to the day I stood in the grandstands of Pocono Raceway, watching my first high performance driving event. As the cars whizzed by, I couldn’t help but wish I was out there.

Last Saturday, that dream finally became a reality.

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Z32 LED HEADLIGHT RETROFIT HALOGEN 300ZX TWIN TURBO

Years ago, I remember thinking my first Z32 had incredibly bright headlights (compared to anything I had driven at that time). Flash forward 10 years, and my 06 (non HID) Honda Civic puts it to shame. What a difference 10 years of technology make.

I was incredibly disappointed while driving my current Z at night; it was damn near dangerous how lousy the stock Halogen projectors were. HID retrofit kits are fairly cheap, but they’re well known to not work correctly (and for being illegal) when installed in “non HID” designed housings, the most common issue being a non focused beam shooting bright light everywhere without the proper cutoff (blinding other drivers in the process).

So when a forum post introducing a new LED retrofit kit popped up (that was said to work correctly with the old Halogen housings), I took a chance and got in on the group buy. Here are my first impressions.

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Z32 JSPEC J-SPEC DIY PAINT RATTLE CAN TWIN TURBO AH6 CRP CHERRY RED PEARL

Finished up my DIY J-Spec bumper paint job this weekend! When I twin turbo swapped the car last year, I needed a bumper with openings for the added intercoolers. Luckily, I scored a used J-Spec bumper for a great deal a while back, but it was baby blue.

I drove around like that for 6 months or so, until couldn’t stand it anymore. I got estimates around $300 to $400 from body shops (outrageous), and up to $600 if I wanted it “blended” into the fenders & hood. The rest of the car is original paint, and I wanted to keep it that way. So I decided to just tackle the job myself.

Follow along and see just how I did it!

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JSWORKS_Mustang_Goodbye

I said goodbye to my 69 Mustang this week. Bittersweet to say the least. I’ll save the metaphors and just say after 6+ years and a lot of memories, it was time to move on. 

We shot our last scene with her on a beautiful moonlight night almost two weeks ago… she was supposed to leave the next day. Two weeks later – and a few “snowpocalypses” in between – she finally went on the trailer this Friday.

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Z32 300ZX PARTS CAR CRUSHED SCRAP

The white Z finally met its maker this week… in spectacular fashion. I can’t say I was sorry to see it go. After a year of trying to rebuild her, countless dollars, and 15 stitches; walking away from that car was the best decision I ever made.

Hindsight is 20/20 they say, and it’s clear to me now I should have never tried to rebuild it in the first place. I’m also ready to admit that much of the fire to save her stemmed from starting this blog, and having people follow the build so closely. In all honesty, I was afraid if I walked away, would people think I walked because the car was a hopeless basket-case, or would they think I couldn’t get it done because of my “disability.”

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Robert Downey Jr. New Year New Me Meme

I’ve struggled with what to write about on this blog lately. Is it a car blog? A film blog? A window into my own personal thoughts? Over time, it’s become a bit of all three I guess, and I’ve decided I’m fine with that (although as the reader you might disagree).

All joking aside, I want this to be a place where I can comfortably talk about the things that are happening in my life – the things that drive me – whatever they may be. To inspire others from my own personal journey. That has always been the goal of the documentary, so why not this site too.

I’d like to talk a bit about happiness. 2013 got off to a rough start, but in terms of happiness, it was a banner year for me. And I can honestly say I’m happier than I’ve ever been. I’ve learned so much about myself, and accomplished even more. The Z is built, the documentary is progressing, and I’m so much closer to the life that I truly want. But more importantly, I’m happy in the here and now – I’m more present, more alive, than I’ve ever been.

It wasn’t always that way.

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I’ve been sitting on this trailer for almost a year now. Sure, I’ve shown it to some people I trust, and the response was always great, but in my mind, it was never going to be good enough. This is not just the story of this project, but the story of my life.

I’ve written on this blog before about struggles with my hyper critical nature. And suffer from a serious lack of trusting my own judgement. But the time for that is over. I just finished a long stint of edit gigs in NYC, and fresh off the heels of my “This Doesn’t Define You” post, came back to this project with a renewed determination to finish this film. This is the most important thing I have ever done with my life to date. And I’m here to tell you that I won’t just finish it… but smash it out the fucking park.

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