Archive for March, 2012

They say bad luck comes in threes. If that’s true, then I definitely hit the trifecta this week.

The irony of my last post title “Firing on All Cylinders!” couldn’t be more palpable. After dropping the cross-member to install Ashspec’s 2.5” intake piping (and BDE motor mounts), I grabbed a hold of the driver’s side turbo compressor wheel to check for play.

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It’s been crazy the past few weeks! Between the Z build, working on the documentary, and just working in general (to earn a living) – I’ve barely had enough time to sneak in a date night with my fiancée, let alone manage the blog.

So I thought I’d compile a sneak peek of a few things I’m working on to give you an idea of what’s been happening up to this point.

On the documentary front – I took the plunge and purchased (on credit cards) a used but capable HD camera, hard drive recorder, and associated gear. Up to this point, I’ve been calling in favors and borrowing pretty much all the gear we’ve used to shoot.

I’m funding the doc out of pocket at the moment, and all the expenses of a shoot add up quick! So I’m eternally grateful for friends like Barbara Kopple (and the Cabin Creek Films family) as well as Frank Caratozzolo for the use of their equipment.

But with the car build and documentary in full swing, I really needed equipment on hand to shoot at a moments notice (and stop bugging my friends in the process). All it took were weeks of wading through mind numbing technical specs (and pestering tech savvy friends like Frank and Jack Wrenn) to settle on a camera… For you tech geeks out there – I went with a Sony HVR-V1U HDV camera and Atomos Ninja HD recorder (allowing uncompressed HD capture out the HDMI port). Full review of this setup coming soon.

Speaking of Jack Wrenn, I’d like to take a moment to introduce him. Besides being one of my closest friends since college (where we both pursued our Media Communication & Technology degrees), he’s become an accomplished all around film & TV guy in his own right.

 

Jack’s been with Philadelphia’s Center City Film & Video for over 6 years and worked on shows for networks such as – A&E Biography, DIY Network, WE Channel, SI Network, and Comcast On Demand (as well as met a number of high profile celebrities!)

So when I decided to pursue the crazy idea of making this documentary, he was the first person I called. Jack’s been down since day one, volunteering his free time to be my principal Director of Photography (as well as Grip, Gaff, and Audio all at the same time), and I wouldn’t be at this point without all his dedication and hard work.

 

 

We had a successful shoot a few weeks back utilizing all the new gear. I spent a day ripping into the Z, removing most of the stock parts in anticipation of all the shiny new stuff!

Click past the break to see a sneak peak of the upcoming installs and sponsors.

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This week I took a break from metalwork to start on the suspension. If you remember from the Racing Is Expensive! (Got Used?) post, I picked up some suspension bits from a Z I stripped a few months back – including Ground Control coilovers, Tokico Illumina (5 way adjustable) struts, and Stillen (gen 2) front upper control arms.

Today we’ll look at installing these along with a new 300 Degree Camber Kit. The rest of the Z’s suspension is on order from SPL Pro Suspension.  Sean over at SPL is a supporter of the project and agreed to become a sponsor! (More on SPL and their top quality suspension products in future posts). But for now, let’s get started!

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