Sunday, January 27, 2019

Writing a Page of Nismo Catalogue?

No, I haven’t engineered a new engine, but it’s still a cool little story that I thought would be worth sharing, but first let’s make a step back to my several visits to Omori Factory over the past 12 months. As enjoyable of an experience, resto-modding a car can reveal a bit of an excruciating one if you have OCD. Not all the parts need to be swapped for brand new ones and in my personal experience, as I’ve been documenting the build of my own BNR34, there have been plenty of occasions where replacing wasn’t deemed necessary, nor made financial sense, if you can live with such a choice. Let me explain.

Think about polishing your favorite pair of shoes: they clean up very well, you take care of a couple of scratches here and there eventually ending up with a great looking pair - all is well in the world. Now you move on and proceed to put them back in the closet and in doing so, place them besides your latest, yet to be worn pair. All of the sudden those small marks that you were able to almost completely buff out, those little wrinkles that used leather naturally produces over time, that minor scuff on the left toe, they all pop up so much more! If you have even just a bit of OCD or had to endure the pain of dealing with a dent on your car, you know the feeling.

That is exactly what happens when you start re-fitting used parts in a car that has been restored from the frame up: the patina, the little marks, the slight yellowing, all those things that you didn’t notice before because they blended together in their used state, they now clash agains fresh, generously coated paint, shining carbon fiber, new plastic and anodized brackets. Replacing these items with new ones might appear to be the obvious remedy, but that’s not always the case. Certain parts, due to their location or function, are simply subject to wear and tear more than others and even a brand new unit will be indistinguibile from the one it just replaced after a few thousands kms. 

This is where I got creative and, thanks to the support of the staff, was able to formulate some “mini-refresh menus” using special powder coating, clear coating and anodizing treatments to make parts better than OEM. One of these ideas seems to have been noticed and well received from the management, so much so that, there is a 80-90% chance of it ending up on the Factory Line menu and offered as an option to regular customers. Now, bragging on the Internet is not the classiest thing to do on a Sunday evening, but when else will I ever have the chance to say that one of my ideas served as a pilot for Nismo to release a new refresh service? Jokes aside, it is a relatively simple option and nothing earth-shattering, but I find it really cool that this is actually happening!

I can’t reveal more at this stage, but keep your eyes on the Omori Factory website for an announcement in the coming months.

Until next time.

2 comments:

  1. LOL. Oh Ale, you have done it again my boy! Haha! Well for GT-R enthusiasts like us looks like that's gonna be awesome. Just wish every country has an Omori factory that we can rely on.

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  2. Might I say, great post Ale! But that LX0 R34... damnnnnn that's beautiful!!

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