Allow us to reintroduce you to Al’s Nissan 350Z. This car isn’t new to the scene by any means and has always pushed the boundaries, even back in 2010 when we first met Al. Although quite unimpressive compared to the current status of this car, Al’s previous iteration sat flush on Work Meisters at a static height most people wouldn’t dare drive at. But that wasn’t enough for Al.
What most people wouldn’t notice are the things that make this build so unique. The first customer owned Stardast overfenders you see on the car aren’t how they came from Japan. Every piece was cut up and modified to flow with the car and to fit the aftermarket bumpers like a glove. The overfenders themselves are held on by custom TiBurnt hardware burnt by Al himself. Along with the antenna, all emblems and rear wiper, the gas filler door was shaved and the indentation on the overfender filled and smoothed, and the gas cap was replaced with a flush cap welded in the trunk rail. After trying a couple aftermarket spoilers, Al decided none of them suited his car which resulted in the 40+ hour project of creating his own from scratch. To give the front end a more aggressive look, custom headlight eyelids were fiberglassed into the hood itself. To complete the car, a custom color was created by Al and sprayed by Justin Pryor of JP’s Autobody in Pilot Mound, MB. The color has unofficially been dubbed “Orange #13” because it was the 13th color they tried.
One of Al’s goals for this build was functionality. Air suspension was almost a requirement and features Air Lift Performance struts paired with Accuair E-Level management. While a lot of builds seem to showcase air suspension setups with displays filling the trunk, Al didn’t want to lose any usable space. The compressors sit behind the rear bumper, and the air tank sits in an otherwise unused, hidden compartment behind the driver’s seat. Work Schwert SC2 in 19×11.5 -22 wrapped in massive 295/30 up front and 19×11.5 -40 with 305/30 in the rear go perfect with the air suspension to give the car an aggressive stance.
Performance wasn’t left out of the equation, either. A Vortech supercharger along with an upgraded fuel system, intercooler, clutch and flywheel was installed bringing up the power to over 400 RWHP on the first iteration of his tune. The engine bay was also shaved, tucked, and pretty much every piece of metal was polished. Many hours were also spent shaving, tucking, and polishing pretty much every wire, hose and piece of metal in the engine bay and finishing everything off with TiBurnt Titanium Hardware throughout.
The car was (somehow) finished in time for Driven Winnipeg (2015), leaving the paint booth only hours before the show. An impressive feat, but maybe the most impressive part was being able to keep it a secret. Although the build itself wasn’t a secret by any means, there was never a hint that the car would be finished in time for Driven after constant questions of “when will your car be done?”.
The best part of this shoot was being able to hear and see the public’s reactions to the car. We parked in a pedestrian-heavy area and it took no time at all before people swarmed the car, posed with it for pictures, and looked at it with general confusion. “What kind of car is that, Porsche?”. “Is that a Lambo?”. “How does it drive that low?”.
We look forward to whatever Al has left in store for this car. We’re also happy to say that Al does indeed daily drive this car to work (when it isn’t raining).
JP’s Autobody & Custom
Special Thanks To:
Justin and Kaylene Pryor, JP’s Autobody, Jeremy Wall, Matt Stephens, Billet Metal Works, Brett Evans, Dave Tran, Danny Dunning, Speed Factor Racing, Shawn Perdonic, David Demchuk, Rajan Khinda, Auttumn Trim, TiBurnt, The Beer Fridge.