Nissan Fairlady Z S31 – Super Street Magazine

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Nissan Fairlady Z

Rocky Auto Rocks Out With Their Tow Hooks Out

If you’re not up to date on the old school scene, let me quickly get you up-to-speed. Since 1985, Rocky Auto has been the JDM hot rod shop of Japan. Their specialties are Fairlady Zs and Skylines of long ago.

And Rocky Auto can do just about anything you want to them. From maintenance and service to full on restoration jobs, no job is too big. But what Rocky Auto has been known for lately is their crazy swaps.

Although they do S20 and L-series build ups, their meticulously clean RB swaps have earned them world recognition. RB25 and RB26 motors have found their way into S30s and Hakosukas with turbos, individual throttle bodies, and with working AC and accessories. Just about anything a customer wants can be done.

You can even have them find you a car and have it built to your own preference.

This particular S31 Fairlady that they built is not for the faint at heart. It is not for the guy that wants an all-original Z, nor is it for the guy who wants a fun, inexpensive old car. It’s for those with expensive taste and a hard-on for speed.

S30 and S31 Fairlady Zs originally came with an inline-six cylinder (L-series engine). So what better to put in there than the latest and greatest straight-six from Nissan? The RB26DETT from a newer twin-turbo Skyline is the answer and isn’t a cheap option at all.

While many Z owners opt for the RB25 and natural aspiration, Rocky Auto decided this particular Z was going to be nothing but pure insanity.

Every baller ride has to have carbon fiber, even if it’s a retro ride. A carbon fiber hood, strut tower bar, GT side mirrors, a huge GT wing, and custom carbon-fiber gauge surrounds let you know nothing but the best materials were used for this build up. No corners were ever cut to save money. Another perfect example are the Brembo brakes.

The front Brembos are from a Ferrari F50 while the rear Brembos are from a Ferrari Modena. Big power requires big brakes, and this setup is no f-ing joke.

Nissan Fairlady Z

Underneath each of the custom widened fenders are monstrous Work Meisters (18×10 fronts and 18×12” rears).

These are more like deep pots and pans than deep dishes. I don’t really like new school wheels on older cars, but I just can’t hate a thing about this car. With that kind of power, I’d hate to have just 15” wheels under each fender.

Behind each Work Meister wheel Rocky Auto installed a set of custom ordered Arogasta coilovers. Geesh, when does the ballin’ stop. I can’t even imagine what it cost to have a large suspension manufacturer stop all production to make one set of custom coilovers for a car that they probably will never sell another set to.

With all the performance out of the way, everything from the body, chassis, and interior parts were restored with new parts. New paint, door panels, carpet, headliner, seats, weather-stripping, and dash were all sourced. Sitting inside you’d never think this car was over 30-years old.

I think the Z-car game is officially over. It’s going to be very hard for anyone to build a Z-car that’s as crazy as this one. Rocky Auto went all-out with the performance and did everything with style. It doesn’t look like a crappy fast racecar.

It’s a fast f-ing car that’s fully restored to hang with any showcar.

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