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Old 03-22-2010, 11:58 PM
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Z33 Drift project

I've been a member of this board ever since the early days but do not frequent the board much, sadly. It's hard to keep up with all the boards and all the hype on each one.

I wanted to introduce you guys to the 350Z Drift project we are building between my dad and I at our shop, Vildini Motorsport. We plan to compete in this car as privateers and our long-term goal is to be able and take drifting to our homeland in Argentina. We have been involved in many forms of racing from: bmx racing, downhill mountain biking, go-carts, autocross and drifting.

I hope you guys take the time to go through my blog page I created for the build and give your feedback. The blog also includes part of the re-make of our famous SR20 powered Datsun 240Z.

Enjoy: www.alexvillabrille.com
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:56 PM
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Today was another progressive day and got some work done on the car. We modified the temporary suspension we have on the car to get an idea of the stance we want to achieve once our new spring rates arrive and we actually install our track suspension. Installed the Arizona Z Car 6-piston front brakes and 4-pistons rear. Also put on the rear bumper. Pictures are courtesy of Joseph Todaro from www.JDMThreads.com

Check out the blog for the complete details and more pictures, but here is a teaser for you:

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Old 03-26-2010, 09:43 AM
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Nice work! I remember seeing the SR powered Z back at the JGTC event several years back. Glad to see you all are still doing well!
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Old 03-26-2010, 05:27 PM
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Is this the same SR Z33 project as posted on Ratsun.net?
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Old 03-28-2010, 11:59 PM
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Yes this is the same project as posted on other forums.

Another update!!

A couple more days of super long hours we are able to complete quite a few things on the car. In short we are getting closer and closer each week as we are trying to work on the car every day after 6pm when we stop working on customer cars.

Car is all painted, 1 set of the MB Battles were painted gold, DigiDash installed and pleanty of other parts installed. Check out the entire blog post for complete details at www.alexvillabrille.com but here is a small teaser of how the car sits curently:

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Old 04-10-2010, 07:33 PM
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More updates! I painted 1 set of the MB battles gold already. Waiting to get tires so that i can pull the current ones off and paint these wheels gold as well.

We also mounted the engine/trans and got tons of new parts in this week finally after selling the individual throttle body setup. I will be updating the blog again with the final welding/position done on the mounts and many of the parts installed onto the motor to continue the build.

A little teaser, but check out the rest on: Alex Villabrille - BLOG

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Old 08-03-2010, 08:39 PM
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I cant believe how long its been since the last update. We have been trying to catch up on all the work we had come into the shop so that now we can make time after hours to work on our projects again.

Motor and trans are now permanently installed which can be seen in the picture attached and also read the entire new blog post at: Alex Villabrille BLOG

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Old 08-10-2010, 05:05 PM
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More progress these last few days on the fuel system and some more suspension parts installed too.

Read the full blog post at: Alex Villabrille BLOG

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Old 08-11-2010, 08:59 AM
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Ummmm... That's not an SR...
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by 280zx2by2 View Post
Ummmm... That's not an SR...
der... it's not a 240Z either.

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The blog also includes part of the re-make of our famous SR20 powered Datsun 240Z.

To get back on topic... absolutely sick setup!
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Old 08-14-2010, 06:40 PM
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Continuous progress thankfully this past week which has really began to motivate us everyday. This time the exhaust system has been finished and is ready to be heard!

Check out the full blog post at: www.alexvillabrille.com

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Old 08-14-2010, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by NismoPick View Post
der... it's not a 240Z either.


Cool story bro. Lrn2forum.


Originally Posted by 280zx2by2 View Post
Is this the same SR Z33 project as posted on Ratsun.net?


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Yes this is the same project as posted on other forums.

As far as I remember this was an SR project and he was getting heat for using the SR, people make jokes about putting L18's in their 240z's.


There were even mock up pictures of an SR in a Z33 if memory serves me well.


EDIT: Memory is my bitch.


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Old 09-20-2010, 12:05 AM
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Not getting any heat about doing the SR20 we just couldnt pass up the deal we got on the LS1 and decided to make a monster SR20 back for our 240z now.

Well we had been hard at work but realized the car wouldn't be ready before I leave to Argentina. So we decided to buy a practice car in the meantime so I can hit events and get some more seat time while we can finish the 350Z at a calmer pace. We will end up upgrading the cam now and do tuning on E85.

I posted a new blog entry over at www.alexvillabrille.com that you can read about the new purchase and the upcoming event I will be attending!

Here is a teaser photo:
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I feel bad for the lack of updates to the blog, but we have been working so many hours to do as much customer work as we can during the day and then at night stay after and work on the missile car to get ready for the next and coming track day.

Check out www.alexvillabrille.com for the complete post and more pictures!

I updated the blog with a long post of what we have been up to lately since before I left to Argentina in September. Here is a sneak preview picture of what we are up to:

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