It was drawn to my attention that I have not started a build thread. I've been visiting this place since 2006... my bad. For the whole 5 of you reading the forum these days... firstly- Hello. Secondly, welcome to the affray that is my ‘not-a-rebuild’. More on this later... Hold on to your hats, I’ll be taking a while getting this thread up to speed for the last 13 years of my Z ownership. Hopefully you get a laugh / cry along the way. Some days of Z ownership, if you're not doing one, you oughta be doing the other. Right in the feels, huh? Part 1 – the beginning. I was always one of those kids that pulled his toys apart. You know the type, the kid who would break it down and put it back together within hours of getting something for christmas or a birthday- sometimes correctly, and sometimes not as well as it was originally assembled. Some people are happy just to know that something works, but people like me need to know WHY. I grew up in an environment with a lot of other kids, parents were teachers, and I spent a lot of time at their workplace, so I was learning from an early age. With access to a classroom full of toys, I enjoyed playing with blocks, and later, in primary school, the Lego technics blocks were my go-to thing where I could build some wild contraptions. Contraptions with motors, gears and pneumatic cylinders. I made some cool stuff. Oftentimes I’d build from the instructions, then I’d modify it a bit more and make it ‘better’ (well, better in my mind at least). I became a speed demon, making billy carts and grass sleds- some worked, some were a complete failure. When I was a little older, bikes were my thing, BMX for those who are interested, and with those bikes, I’d pull them down and build them back up and lust over the shiny chromolly 3 piece cranks and bodacious BMX handlebars pictured in the magazines as possible future ‘modifications’. These mods were slow though, as I’d be saving my small-change pocket money and odd job income for my next mechanical ‘hit’. Simple times. I did my school time taking subjects in chemistry, biology as areas of interest. I was terrible at math. I thought I’d follow in the footsteps of a friend of a friend, and do an engine rebuilding trade after school, I thought that’d be pretty neat. With the math shortcomings, I came to the realisation early that engineering in a formal (academic) sense probably wasn’t aligned with my strengths. Towards the end of high school, I bought my first car. It was the mighty VN commodore (it was a Calais- bitches loved it), and this didn’t remain stock for long. It was repainted, had a set of extractors and cold air intake fitted, and some sweet late model (at the time) commodore SS wheels. After school, I patiently waited for my HSC results and what I might choose to do for the rest of my teens and early 20’s. It turned out my grades were a little too good to do a motor trade, and instead I pointed myself towards university study. I commenced studying a medical science bachelors degree in the early 2000’s, learning the workings of things at a molecular level. Did some ‘mad science’ with DNA splicing, gene expression and protein mutations as part of a large final project however my mind outside of this was cars and speed. In my time off from this, I’d zoom back out to the macro level, and surprisingly, found a lot of synergies between what happens under a microscope and what occurs in mechanical systems. I persevered with the Commodore until 2006, when I started to look for other cars. Something fast and sporty. I’d started looking at the carsales ads and noticed a few cool Porsche 928’s the ‘land shark’, back then, had for under $20K. I should have bought one- they have appreciated quite nicely in the last 10 or so years, however I'd probably be bankrupt by now being a uni student trying to maintain a Porsche. By chance though, one day driving home from work, I passed a Z32 parked up on the side of the road in a well-to-do area of Lake Macquarie, NSW. I rang the number, met the bloke (a retired school principal), and before long I was having a test drive. The Z bug bites. That test drive was about 2 hours. The seller was getting a bit nervous by that time, and was about to report it stolen, as he decided to stay at home, and said It's be worth taking a 'proper drive' not just around the block. I shouldn't have gone back. It would have been a good trade for a 1991 model commodore. I ended up buying that Z. It was a 1993 (series 2) NA slicktop in the 2+0. VG30DE power, and a very neat example. Back then, the Z’s commanded a good price. My particular example was about $13K which was very keen for what it was. It had the leather seats, electric both sides, suede leather trim panels, and the interior was immaculate. The engine itself was unmolested and well maintained. The original engine trim clips were still fitted- many here wouldn’t know that the AAC loom and a heap of other parts are affixed to the 2 metal brackets attached to the side of the plenum. I haven’t seen a Z with those still attached for years... Then it had some of the cool S2 stuff like the proper climate control, directional lighting when the blinkers came on, brake ducting deflectors on the castor arms, full factory under tray, and a factory brazillian and third brake light (amongst other things). I liked that car. I had it for all of a few weeks before the mods began... Stay tuned for the next installment.