Ruben Cardona 2003 Nissan 350z  

Ruben would say his 350z is different in several ways, but what stands out the most is the creativity & design in the details. Be different from the cookie-cutter builder. You want your ride to stand out, to be unique, to be yours.

Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
2003 Slammed and Widebody Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  
Ruben Cardona  2003 Nissan 350z  

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Ruben Cardona

2003 Nissan 350z  

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“Never let your dreams die“

Ruben was born in Guatemala City. He is now 22 years old and is currently working as an Auto Body Tech.

His interest in cars, specifically in the 350z, started at the age of 12. He was living in Guatemala and started playing Need for Speed Underground 2. Ruben found himself completely captivated by the green 350z in the game. He couldn't get it out of his head. He then made a promise to himself that one day that car would be his.

This car choice simply came down to the body lines. Plus since the game, it has always been the car of his dreams. For Ruben the 350 is the best Z with the cleanest body.

He went to do his driving test when he was 17 in a 2003 Honda Accord. He did not want to risk driving his Z without a license. It took him months to get the money to finally have it in his hands. This has been his first and only car. This has been his goal since day one.

Now when he sees his car parked anywhere Ruben goes back and thinks about everything that has happened to be able to have the car finally look like this. It’s hard to believe at times that he has finally achieved something that he always dreamed of as a child; something that seemed impossible, now a reality. 

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Being born in a poor country he never thought any of his dreams would be attainable, but once he moved to the United States everything began to change. He feels a sense of pride when he sees it parked in a lot knowing that this build is his. He loves when people ask him questions about the Z. He is often humbled because thanks to this car he has met so many people from all walks of life. He will always be grateful to his Z for that.

Few words of advice that Ruben can offer during his journey building this ride is “Research each part you want to buy. Never buy something just to have it; you always have to have a vision if that part is going to look good in your next setup; you may want to sell it when/if you no longer want it in your new setup. Always try to create something unique, be different, and if you can customize something; do it. Don’t overthink things and do not take shortcuts. Always take your time in each stage, in each installation, never rush anything, and if that installation is going to take a couple of days, do not rush it, take your time. Focus on every detail. And if you can get a manual car, do it, you'll have more fun in the end.”

Ruben would say his 350z is different in several ways, but what stands out the most is the creativity & design in the details. Be different from the cookie-cutter builder. You want your ride to stand out, to be unique, to be yours.

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Modifications:

Suspension Modifications -

  • Airlift 3P Management
  • Air Demand Struts
  • Dynofit Camber Arms

Brakes/Wheels/Tires Modifications -

  • Heritage Wheels 3pc 19x10.5 (-52 front offset / -75 rear offset)
  • Z1 Performance brake rotors
  • 326 Power Japan lug nuts
  • Custom tire lettering 

Interior Modifications -

  • Custom painted dash, console, and door panelling 
  • Braum Elite racing seats with 5 point racing harness 
  • Enjuku Racing harnesses bar 
  • NRG steering wheels + hub & quick realest
  • Custom diamond stitch carpets,
  • Custom Headliner
  • Shift knob
  • Custom trunk setup (custom bracketing and black hardwood flooring)
  • LED trunk lights
  • Custom door panels
  • Diamond stitch doors inserts and pillars 
  • Dragonzeee Air Tank Decal
  • Double din head unit

Exterior Modifications -

  • Custom Molded widebody Rocket Bunny kit
  • Rocket Bunny front bumper
  • Rocket Bunny splitter / front canards 
  • Custom fenders front and rear (vents on rear) 
  • Molded Drift Dialects wing
  • Chameleon lemon green wrap with black accents
  • Cat-Back Exhaust 
  • Street Aero diffuser
  • Ezsplitters side skirt
  • Halo headlights
  • Battle Aero chassis mount wing 
  • Custom wing decal (dragon design)
  • Fibreglass Eyelids 
  • Carbon fibre mirrors covers 
  • APR Performance splitters rods 
  • Carbon fibre license plate cover 

Ruben has had some help piecing this car together along the way. @teamtwinkie moulded the Rocket Bunny widebody kit in order to give the body clean flush lines. @diverseminds.ceo printed out the custom dragon banner you see on the wing. @_nissubishi_ did most of the bodywork, installed the air suspension,  along with the installation of the Braum racing seats, harness bar, and harnesses. Installed BattleAero chassis mount wing custom fitted from a Genesis Coupe and finally fabricated the rear bumper for chassis mount access. The bar bracket was welded by @acapulco.mufflers.

Ruben still plans to do a total colour change, something unique. He also wants to customize the wide-body a bit more, add something that is one-off and makes the car stand out even more. In the meantime, he plans to continue to advance in his career as a tech.

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The car scene has shown him that you can create many connections, meet many important people, or companies; but whatever you get to do, always keep your feet on the ground and always stay humble. This experience has brought him so much more passion for cars. And lastly, always try to be a good example for the car community. 

The car of his dreams will always be his 350z. A close second would have to be a Nissan GTR Nismo and doing a full Liberty Walk conversion.

Some parting words from Ruben. “Everything you can imagine from a young age or an adult, you can achieve it no matter the situation you may be in. Everything is possible if you have perseverance and consistency. Never stop dreaming, no matter what you work on or how much you earn. I know you have the power and the vision in each of you. I bought my Z by working in a car wash and then I started buying my parts working in a restaurant. This goes to show you can achieve your dream car as well no matter what life throws at you.”

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