2009 Nissan 370Z - Alex Chunn
I’ve always had a thing for the Z chassis ever since I saw a 350Z while on the school bus heading home. So as a birthday present to myself I went out and purchased a stock, silver, fully loaded, 370Z and the rest is history.
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2009 Nissan 370Z
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I am currently working on starting my own automotive business. I am 25 years old. I grew up in North Georgia and lived there until I joined the military where I moved around for a little while. I got out of the military in April 2021 and now live in Mississippi.
What got me into cars you ask? Well, I grew up working on almost anything that had a motor and always enjoyed it. Then while I was in high school a guy named TJ Hunt started making YouTube videos on his Subaru BRZ and I became hooked! My roommate who was already into the car scene at the time told me I should join him at an Atlanta car meet and I loved every second of it. After that, I knew I had to be a part of it all.
I’ve always had a thing for the Z chassis ever since I saw a 350Z while on the school bus heading home. So as a birthday present to myself I went out and purchased a stock, silver, fully loaded, 370Z and the rest is history. I decided to build this car for a pretty simple reason, I can not leave something the way it is without wanting to modify it. It has just evolved drastically from nerf guns from when I was a kid and now it is cars!
Owning and driving my car has a huge sense of independence and freedom to it. It is the first car I ever bought! I had the ability to modify it however I please. When it was completely stock it handled well but after the modifications, it handles like a dream!
My car has a few things that make it stand out vs the normal Z cars you will see. Probably the most noticeable one is the “Satin Charcoal Metallic” wrap with the “Satin Purple Metallic” accents. Between that and the carbon fibre pieces scattered around the outside, it does a good job of grabbing attention.
Things that have been done to my car:
- Z1 Lower Intake Manifold
- Z1 Upper Intake Manifold
- Mishimoto Oil Cooler
- R2C Black Series Intakes
- Aftermarket Cams
- Purple Oil Cap
- Purple Radiator Cap
- R35 GTR Injectors
- ADD W1 Oil Catch Cans
- Z1 Semi-Solid Motor Mounts
- Megan Racing Headers
- Z1 Test Pipes
- Borla Catback Exhaust
- Nismo V2 Front Bumper
- Nismo V2 Rear Bumper
- Seibon VSII Carbon Fiber Hood
- Hood Latches
- Crown Carbon Crafting Carbon Fiber Duckbill Spoiler
- Carbon Fiber Door Handle Covers
- Morimoto RGB Halo Headlights
- Halo Smoke Rings Cover
- ”JDM” License Plate Cover
- ”Z” Rear Emblem
- Street Aero Side Splitters
- Street Aero Rear Diffuser
- Purple Decals
- Satin Purple Metallic Wrap Accents
- Satin Charcoal Metallic Wrap
- Purple 4 Point Racing Harnesses
- Braum Harness Bar
- Purple LED’s
- Interior LED Conversion
- Black MST 18x9.5 Wheels
- Z1 20mm Rear Wheel Spacers
- BC Racing Coil Overs
- Z1 Adjustable Suspension Kit
- Eibach Front and Rear Swaybars
I have done 98% of all the work on my car myself, not including extra sets of hands. The only things I didn’t do myself were tuning it, installing the driver’s side header (if you have ever attempted this you understand the struggle), the installation of the cams, and mounting the tires! Everything else was done by yours truly, sometimes with extra sets of hands.
My advice for anyone who is wanting to buy a Nissan 370Z is in order to make one “fast”, it is going to take a pretty penny and a lot of hard work. I would also advise getting it as the 6-speed manual trans because that thing is amazing! Do not make the mistake I made, yes mine is an auto, just for a good deal on the car. Never forget that it is YOUR car. People will always put in input and tell you how you should do this or you should do that, but in the end, you do what makes YOU happy!
All the modifications are pretty simple to do yourself, just time-consuming. The only difficulty mod I have was modifying the OEM headlights into Halo headlights. I don’t advise doing it unless your headlights are able to fit into your oven. Doing it with a heat gun is quite difficult and is a two-person job.
Future plans for the car vary. In a perfect world it will be as follows:
- SOHO Air to Air Supercharger
- Vortech Cog Pulley Setup
- 1200cc Injector Clinic Injectors
- Welbro 485 Fuel Pump
- CJM Billet Fuel Pump Top Hat
- CJM Fuel Return System
- Specialty Z Flex Fuel Kit /w gauge
- Forged Pistons and Rods
- Built Trans
- Custom Side Exit Exhaust
- DRL’s for Nismo bumper
- LED Headlight Conversion
- Paint Akebono Calipers Purple
- RS1 Carbon Vented Fenders
- Braum Black Bucket Seats
- Touch Screen Head Unit
- Carbon Fiber Steering Wheel
- Carbon Fiber Trim
- Gauge Pillar
- Boost gauge
- Fuel pressure gauge
- Forgestar F14 Deep Concave Wheels
- Akebono Brake Kit
When I was in Missouri I was a member of a club known as Devastating Concepts, also known as DEVCON. Now that I am in Mississippi there isn’t an established chapter out here, so with the permission of the leadership, I have started up my own chapter! Our chapter currently does not have an Instagram but will at some point so keep an eye out for “Devastating Concepts Central Mississippi”!
The car scene has done a lot for my mental health-wise. It has made me great friends and some I would even call family. I enjoy being in the scene because you are able to show the hard work and dedication you have put into your car. It means a lot to hear someone else say they like what you have done to the car. It kinda validates your hard work and tastes!
Everyone has a dream car. I have two. The first is a fully built C6 ZR1 Corvette! The second is a fully built LBWK Ferrari 488! One is much cheaper than the other but it is always nice to dream.
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