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The Journey of a 16 Year Old's #ratlyfe S130


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Hello Everyone! My name is Tate, I'm 16 years old, and this my 1983 S130 Turbo! I purchased the car 6 months ago with my own money that I had saved up from my job at a local pizza parlor. I saw the Z on craigslist for $2k and I had to get it. When I first got it...I knew nothing about how a car worked or what the hell a turbo was. The previous owner had installed an AEM Methanol Injection Kit (which I'm currently running water in...I know my turbo thanks me for that.) He also had installed an AEM Boost Controller with the setting set to 14psi on the stock Garret AiResearch T3 Turbo. I haven't changed it since I bought the car and I don't plan to. I know I don't have an intercooler yet and that I'm still on stock injectors...all very bad things to do with a high Psi setting on a stock turbo but that will all change soon. I actually just purchased an intercooler kit from CXR Racing. The best part about this car...only 75k orginal miles. I have done all the body work and painting myself on this car, as well as putting on the new wheels and tires and other upgrades. I have purchased everything myself and I can't wait to get her up to the high 300 range of whp...that is, if the Xenon S130 L28ET guide isn't lying to me (; I'm very proud of myself and this Z is nowhere near done...so please stay tuned and follow my progress! 


 


Here is what the Z first looked like when I bought it...God, I don't even know how I thought that ugly ass wing and those turbo decals were attractive...


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I still have this Center Tail Light  panel by the way if anyone wants it...I know they are pretty rare.


 


The first modification I did was rip out all the ugly 80's maroon interior and respray everything gloss black because #racecar


 


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Then I took off that ugly wing that worked better as a lunch table and order a custom JDM Plate


 


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Yeah....maybe I should move that JDM Plate to the front...


 


But first...let me paint my tailights black...


 


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Here are some front shots I took...


 


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My buddy who has an R8 met up with me...


 


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Then one day...it dawned on me. I HATE THIS UGLY FADED 80's RED. LET'S MAKE THIS CAR RATTY. SO I DID.


 


First...I resprayed the whole thing in primer grey...


 


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It was better...but I still wasn't loving it. My wheel and tire choice bothered me. It didn't scream agressive...it whispered "please don't hurt me." Not my thing. YES I KNOW THEY ARE EPSILONS BUT THEY WERE SO HORRIBLY CURBED FROM THE PREVIOUS OWNER I HATED THEM ANYWAY.


 


So I traded with my buddy for some nice 'hipari' 195/55 tires and some pretty sweet steelies. 


 


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Mmmmm....MUCH BETTER.


 


Group Photo with me and my JDM Buddies...


 


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Fixed the JDM Plate by the way...(:


 


It still wasn't doing it for me though...something was missing.


 


I had seen something on, HybridZ...at least I think was HybridZ...where some dude with an s130 bought a Victory Spoiler for an s30 and put it on there...it looked pretty good and he said it fit fine. Good enough for me. SO I went down to MSA and demanded that they sell me an s30 Victory Spoiler...however to my dissapointment they were out. SO I got a BRE one instead. The salesman at MSA said "Are you sure you know what you're doing kid?" And I said "No but I saw it on HybridZ so, I'm sure I can figure it out." 


 


AND BAM IT LOOKS SO GOOD.


 


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Then I decided...hmmm...I've had it primed for the longest time...maybe I should try painting it black myself...


 


Yeah...bad idea.


 


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You can't tell in the photo but I did a really shitty job. 


 


So I decided to do what any 16 year old boy would do...rat it out again. The new paint you're about to see is heavily inspired by Gage Kerr's 280z. That thing is so flipping sweet...


 


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Then I got my tsurikawa chain...a real one from Japan...because honestly, I love shakotan and bosozoku culture. 


 


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I also got this sweet windshield banner made that says "party gang" in Japanese. It is the name of the car club that me and my friends created. 


 


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Got my Crown Royal shift boot... 


 


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GALLARDO 


 


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And this is the most recent photo I have of her...taken today...stay tuned for more progress! Love it or hate it...I really don't care. This is my Z and I love what I've done to it!


 


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Rear license plate must be lit at night so good that you changed it. Yeah your new spoiler is way better that that other 'thing'.

 

 

Julian Searls is building a replica Morgan three wheeler. Is it.... ?

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Sell me your steelies. i can make a good use of em.

 

and btw, if you spray paint, you can get a good job out of it but just rent out a booth and borrow a compressor, buy a gun for $40 and get it done correctly and it'll be your own job.

 

i spray paint cars or booth em depending on the car. 

 

i picked up a zx too and need some damn wheels to run flush. know what those steelies are from by any chance?

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