Jared Cullop’s Retro Lime Green 240z
You have probably heard the expression “clean enough to eat off”, and Jared’s 240z is exactly that. It’s not often you come across a build that makes your jaw hit the floor in absolute awe but that’s what happened when I first gazed upon photos of this 240z. The 70’s lime green really says something - not just about the car or owner but the approach to the build itself.
The overall aim was to capture the original 240z concept but bring it into the 21st century whilst in the process keeping all the good bits that make the owner nostaglic about the original. As Jared explains "I had owned some pretty serious sports cars, such as a 997S Porsche that I put a supercharger on and Moton suspension. So I quickly figured out that I wouldn't be happy [with the 240z] without the power, braking, and suspension that I had grown accustomed to".
Jared had owned some 13 zeds inclusive of this 1, previously having worked on many himself. However like many of us he was somewhat frustrated that he could never build it exactly the way he wanted it. Having built a Z with a 350 conversion once, it just didn’t meet his expectations of the perfect Z. "I had spent years listing out just how it had to be: a '70-'72 Lime 240Z manual with near to no rust and very straight. Then, I'd make it perfect.."
Jared's passion for Z-cars started at an early age, in fact as young as can be. After being born in 78’ Jared was taken home in a baby blue 74 260z 2+2 with white interior. His parents had a whole circle of friends with early Z’s so he was surrounded by them growing up. It’s obvious they left quite an impression on him. I just fell in love with them he admits.
A definite soft spot for Jared is the interior. "Since I have so many childhood memories of the interiors, I didn't want to modify that... only to make it perfect." and who can blame him the 240z interior really grabs you and I’m sure many of us remember our first ride in an S30 Z. The interior is a true work of art and Jared spent many hours tracking down each original piece erm... piece by piece. In fact tracking down all these pieces is 1 of the reason the build took so long. As anyone with a 240z will tell you some parts can be quite difficult to get, but often they are still available.
After getting back into a Z after the power of the Porsche 997S Jared admits he was somewhat disappointed. "It was a let down. My 'scarlet thread of truth' in this car is to honor the Z for all that it is, and to bring its performance back up to where it would be today if Nissan kept their focus for the brand."
So when it came to the engine Jared opted for the light weight SR20DET. Jared knew that light weight was important when it comes to the overall enjoyment of the vehicle. The modern lump was tuned for big HP but more importantly good torque. The major requirement being a strict diet of 93 octane pump gas. The impressive results of all the tuning done is 2 settings depending on driving mood. The figure: 320RWHP and with the flip of a switch the ECU changes mapping modes to produce 437RWHP, factor into the equation how light the 240z is and you have quite a handful.
When it came to the bodywork the original car wasn't too bad, but lots of work was still done. Absolutely "NO BONDO!" The car went through a 3 year rotisserie restoration by one of the biggest auto restoration names on the East of USA: Miller Brothers Hot Rod Barn. "I didn't want to mess with the lines of the car, so we just laser-aligned everything to make sure it's perfect. We even hung plumbs through the shock towers and then made sure that the car was 100% square. All bodywork was done with metal and a meticulous grinder operator, Guy Reed."
Other bodywork details include: A fiberglass chin spoiler which was fitted to keep the dreaded front-end lift at bay, and the bumpers have been cleaned up (de-rubbered), welded together, triple chromed, and snugged in to the body just a touch for a cleaner look. All stainless parts and rubber on the car are new. All bolts on the car (every last screw) has been made perfect and nickel-plated.
Probably 1 of the most striking features of the car, after the amazing body work and lime green paint are the wheels and suspension set up. The 17" CCW Classics with brushed centers suit the Z perfectly and feature polished lips, fitted with 235/40-17 Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires to give the Z loads of grip.
Suspension is a smorgasboard of Arizona Zcar goodies and includes Arizona Z Car Coilover System, with 375lb springs, AZC Billet Control Arms (front & rear), AZC Billet Quick Steering Knuckles, AZC Camber Plates, Momentum Custom Camber Plate Covers, Suspension Techniques Sway Bars, Wilwood 6-Piston Front Disc Brakes from AZC, Wilwood 2-Piston Rear Disc Brakes from AZC, AZC/Wilwood Brake Proportioning Valve.
The engine probably received the most treatment in the pursuit of perfection and the full spec list [too much to list here] says a lot about how much work has gone into this car. The 2002 Silvia SR20 engine was built by National Speed. The bottom end receiving a long list of upgraded internals to handle all the extra horse power being lashed out. The top end received new cams and the Greddy short runner intake manifold with ported throttle body allow the engine to breathe better. The massive turbo is a Garrett GT3071R which delivers boost and a tial external wastegate prevents boost creep from building up. The incoming charge is cooled via a McKinney Motorsports Intercooler, but perhaps the real work of art is the exhaust system that tucks up nicely along the transmission tunnel and exits the rear of the vehicle in a subtle almost stock fashion.. A true testament to keeping this Z looking subtle and true to it’s original form.
Finishing the drive train details off is a lightweight flywheel, competition stage 4 clutch, Nismo R-200 limited slip differential (3:73), 300ZX half shafts, McKinney Motorsports engine cradle and Nissan Silvia S14 5 speed transmission.
So after all that hard work how does Jared feel? "The newness hasn't worn off. I'm a test driver for a Porsche magazine, so I'll take it out to a track and see what it will do soon. But right now, I’ll grab a beer, sit, and stare at it". Who can blame him either? Not us.
|Vehicle Category||Details and Modifications|
|Previous Rides:||Porsche 997S|
2002 Nissan Sylvia S15 engine built by National Speed (nationalspeedinc.com)
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Arizona Z Car Coilover System with 375lb springs
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17" CCW Classics with brushed centers and polished lips fitted with 235/40-17 Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires.
Perfectly stock. Everything works. It does however have a little switch on the driver's side of the center console that allows the driver to choose between ECU maps. Flip it towards you, and it has 320RWHP and flip it away and it has 437RWHP.
NO BONDO. Car went through a 3 year rotisserie restoration by one of the biggest auto restoration names on the East of USA: Miller Brothers Hot Rod Barn. I didn't want to mess with the lines of the car, so we just laser-aligned everything to make sure it's perfect. We even hung plumbs through the shock towers and then made sure that the car was 100% square. All bodywork was done with metal and a meticulous grinder operator, Guy Reed. Other than that, it has a fiberglass chin spoiler to keep the dreaded lift at bay, and the bumpers have been cleaned up, welded together, triple chromed, and snugged in to the body just a touch. All stainless and rubber on the car are new. All bolts on the car (every last screw) has been made perfect and nickel-plated.