Dressed to Kill: Carlisle - Best Nissan (2003 350Z)

Honor, Courage, Commitment – the three most powerful words that every member of the US Navy adheres to. The thought of war is something that although a reality to Americans is still unsettling and Brian Neumann of Waldorf, Maryland is no stranger to it. Having served three tours as a Navyman in Iraq, this freedom fighter is also a proud tuner enthusiast with his muscled-out ’03 Nissan 350Z.

What began as a mishap to his beautiful Z soon evolved into a five year journey to this point, as Neumann explains, “I hit a chair that had fallen off a truck… after inspecting the damage, the car needed a new front bumper, fender, side skirt and headlight.” Like most projects, good comes from bad and it was not long before Neumann dove head first into the build. Replacing the damaged exterior went in way of a Sarona full aero kit matched to a set of Mike Bean one-off custom fenders and a 2007 350Z headlight swap. Thanks to Gary Best Kustumz, the coupe was shaved and prepped for the VIS carbon fiber vented hood, Stillen rear quart window louvers, VeilSide Version 3 rear spoiler and a re-spray in Daytona Blue with black-cherry ghost flames.

Dressed to Kill: Carlisle - Best Nissan (2003 350Z) Dressed to Kill: Carlisle - Best Nissan (2003 350Z) Dressed to Kill: Carlisle - Best Nissan (2003 350Z)

Next on the exterior mod list were the roller replacements. The OEM Nissan wheels were tossed aside for a set of 19-inch Stern ST1 wheels with custom center caps sized at 8.5-inches up front and 9.5-inches at rear. A sticky set of 245/35ZR and 275/35ZR Nitto NeoGen rubber wraps the two-toned wheels providing the much-needed traction. Thankfully, because Neumann’s Z came with the factory “Touring Package” the brakes need not replacing as they are large 12-inch Brembo units.

Inside Neumann’s Z cabin is complete new world. Ace Upholstery of Waldorf, Maryland re-wrapped the bland factory interior with a combination of blue suede and black leather, using gold stitching for accent. The center console, dash and glove box panels were all then treated to the exterior colour spray with a warm gold as the highlight around bezels. The factory audio setup was also given a tweak consisting of a Sony CDX M9905X head unit and Sony DVX100 DVD player. A set of MA Audio HK598 and HK898 amplifiers provide the power to the highs and subwoofers along with a Kicker KX400.1 unit. For noisemakers Neumann enlisted Audiobahn goods consisting of four 25mm tweeters for the highs, four 4-inch mid-woofers and another four 6.5-inch mid-bass woofers. Out back in a custom sealed enclosure are three Kicker subwoofers (two CVR 12-inch and one L7 10-inch) that provide the ground shaking bass. For visuals, there are a pair of Valor 7-inch LCD sun visor monitors up front and a Pyle 7-inch LCD screen built into the trunk enclosure.

Moving onto the reason Neumann loves his 350Z and what truly makes it stand out, the power plant! The Z came from factory with a soft 3.5-litre, V6 tagged as the VQ35DE, but Neumann wanted more. After contacting Sikky Manufacturing, the plans were in motion for a GM LS2 (6.0-litre, V8, 400hp) engine swap. As Neumann puts it, most would ask him “…what do you have in that thing” to which he would just smile. A Sikky 350Z LS2 billet mounting kit allowed for the new engine to sit properly while the aid of a new oil pan, oil filter relocation kit, Wilwood 7/8” master cylinder, power steering lines and a custom billet short shifter allowed for the complete swap. A T56 transmission from a Pontiac GTO then matted to the powerful LS2-engine allowing for proper gear clenching. With the additional power, the 350Z’s fuel system also needed an upgrade and thus an Aeromotive -8 billet fuel rail, A1000-6 fuel pressure regulator and twin Walbro fuel pump assembly assured proper delivery.

Dressed to Kill: Carlisle - Best Nissan (2003 350Z)

Despite the nay-sayers and Nissan purists hating on Brian Neumann for his unconventional approach to his Z, truth is, this Navyman has his bearings set right on course. Having built this project from the ground up solo and with friends, it is not doubt this Daytona Blue Z has taken top prizes on the show circuit. We commend Neumann for his unique vision and efforts in making his dream car a reality proving that “Honor, Courage, Commitment” is all that one needs to succeed – Hoo-Ah!


 

ESSENTIALS // Owner Brian Neumann • Location Waldorf, Maryland • Vehicle 2003 nissan 350z

More Vehicle Features

LETHAL OVEROSE

The debates between FWD aficionados versus the world will never die. Sure some people jump camps but most Honda guys are front-drive for life. The AWD and RWD guys will mock the FWD but the FWD guys know with a…
Read More

NXST Level: Russell Antonio's Jade Motorsports 1995 Acura NSX-T

This month's cover car is the stuff that dreams are made of. I mean, what serious import enthusiast hasn't drooled over the thought of owning and modifying an Acura NSX? Well, the owner of this exquisite looking 1995 Acura NSX-T…
Read More

What Price for Perfection? Harold Lin's 2011 BMW 1M

Let's suppose for a minute that you are a sports coupe. What would perfection look like? What would it sound like? How would it feel, as a car, to be the undisputed champion in your class. If that were the…
Read More

Getting Hyphy: Calvin Wan's 1993 Mazda RX-7

Written by Dave Pankew |Photos by Chris Manacop (Cipher Media Group) Ever noticed how a message can get totally lost in translation? Often it’s due to the lack of market research done in the socio-economic climate translations and regional slang…
Read More

Devil in a New Dress: Billy Vaughn's 1999 Nissan Silvia S15

Written by Eric Eikenberry / Photography by Eric Eikenberry Although you might not recognize it right away, this cool-looking, Army Green Silvia S15 is famous. In fact, we bet you’ve seen it before. Most people we know are at least…
Read More