Posts Tagged ‘JPC FABRICATION’

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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Happy New Year! With the craziness of the holidays finally over and the haze of a week long food coma subsiding, I’m beginning to get back to business on the Z build. I’ve got a lot of work to do and plenty of updates forthcoming, but before I get into all that, I thought I’d take a look back at one of my previous builds – my 1969 Mustang Coupe.

This car has a lot of sentimental value to me. Bought during the trials of a failing relationship, the Mustang was a much needed distraction from the emotional uncertainty I was living with at the time. But what started as a welcome escape, soon rivaled the relationship in the amount of grief it caused me… Rather quickly, the Mustang went from plans for a fun weekend cruiser, to a complete two year tear down. In that time, everything would be rebuilt or replaced.

As the car emerged from its two year rebuild (completely restored), the relationship was ending. We had been through so much together, I honestly didn’t even want to look at her for one more second… my ex or the car! Why keep a painful reminder of what I had just been through? Much less cherish it… then everything changed.

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SPL Radiator JPC Fabrication Z32 300ZX

Bear with me for a moment… have you ever heard of the book “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” by Robert M. Pirsig? The title tends to get thrown around in automotive circles – usually by car guys (watching other car guys) struggle with a stubborn part, [miss] diagnosis, or any other issue causing a hapless mechanic distress.

It’s cited in such a way as to say, take a break/calm down, get in a focused state of mind, and the answers will come; “you know, like ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.’” Having finally read the book last year, I can honestly say; people who throw that statement around have probably never read it!

The book touches very little on the art of motorcycle maintenance (or any Zen like state to accomplish said maintenance). The author himself stating, “it should in no way be associated with that great body of factual information relating to orthodox Zen Buddhist practice. It’s not very factual on motorcycles, either.”

Having said that, it’s a fantastic book, and I highly recommend it (for reasons other than the title implies). But I digress… at this point, you’re probably wondering what all this has to do with radiator repair? Stay with me just a little longer.

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