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Let me kick start this amazing feature by introducing to you guys the ‘Devil Z’. Why the formidable name you may be wondering? The Devil Z is a car which has been renowned for it’s superior tuning, speed and most of all, its difficult handling which can only be controlled by the best of drivers. It is no coincidence that this car is the flagship of a 1990s manga series which has been revolutionised into the popular arcade game it is today, Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune.

To see this rare, old school car on the streets today is already a privilege itself due to its ancient roots, however, to see the Devil Z in Thailand combined with countless hours of mechanical work is a whole different story. Okumi’s 1969 240Z demands attention and it has certainly received ours!

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Okumi has embodied the elements of Shakotan and Bosozoku on his classic S30 Fairlady to literally scream out JDM. These terms are part of the deepest roots of Japanese automotive sub culture that exist today and only the diehard JDM fans will truly understand their meanings. Shakotan literally means ‘lowered car’ and Okumi’s Zed can also be referred to as a car designed for the Bosozuku, a term referring to enthusiasts who do not give a hoot about the authorities.

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Okumi’s Fairlady is in my opinion, one of the most gorgeous cars ever built and he certainly has avoided any cheap and fake parts. He has built his car with the essentials of quality, reliability and finish kept first in mind. Not to mention, most parts fitted onto this car were meant for other makes and models! Okumi has taken that extra step and created a machine which is one of a kind.

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Okumi keeps a miniature scale sized model of his car inside. Created by a good friend, the attention to detail on this model is just incredible.

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This dog was just chillin’, check out the stance on this guy!

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This dog was just chillin’, check out the stance on this guy!

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A closer look of Okumis exhaust pipes.

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These OEM tail lights look as if they just came out of factory. So clean!

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The Fairlady has had custom 6-2-1 stainless steal headers installed and these exit in the most dramatic way possible, in the shape of double lightning bolts. A Zokusha’s car is most easily identified by their neck- breaking exhausts and some enthusiasts have gone as far to style them into the shape of stars and squares!

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On the way to the garage it started to rain, so a quick wash was in order.

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Imagine seeing those exhaust tips on the road.. What would your first thoughts be? Okumi’s exhausts are two metres in length and constructed from stainless steel. Fortunately for him, they are detachable as to avoid any unwanted police attention.

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Okumi promises us that his exhausts do deafen innocent by- standers and just by looking at how they are constructed, We do not doubt that.

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What’s keeping it safe on the roads of Thailand are TEIN HA adjustable coilovers. Again it has been raised to suit the conditions of Thailand’s roads. You don’t want to be damaging the body of this beautiful Z, don’t you agree?

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The Z is sitting on SSR Mk II, 14x9J at the front 14x10J in the rear. I think this is just a perfect match; a classic wheel to suit a classic car.

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As previously mentioned before, Okumi has sourced many parts for this car, some from other cars. His braking setup consists of custom fitted Mazda RX7 FC3S brakes for the front and custom fitted Toyota SW20 MR2 brakes in the rear.

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It is evident that Okumi was influenced by the popular manga series “Shakotan Boogie” back in the 1980’s. The series was about a driver and his Bosozoku Fairlady Zed S30.

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I remember talking to Okumi about where he originally got the car from. He says, “I found the car in a collector’s showroom, just sitting there all alone, not being driven or anything. My belief is that these cars should be driven and not sitting in a showroom doing nothing. I immediately fell in love with the car and I offered to buy it off him and he said yes.”

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What’s so special about the Z is it’s timeless shape. The shape which all fairlady’s possess even to this day.

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The mismatching doesn’t stop just at the brakes, it continues on all the way into the engine. Running Toyota 2JZ-GTE direct ignition coils, a Mitsubishi 4G63 crank angle sensor and the managing ECU is a WOLF 3D V400. What the “F” right!?

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Most of the modifications were done in house and the parts were sourced from all over the place. Some parts were ordered and some came straight from the junk yard and all was built locally. “Every part was either a replacement or from a different car, somewhere old or didn’t look pretty to look at but they do the job and always on budget,” Okumi explains.

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Yep that is correct, Nakai San was in this car and the signature on the dashboard certainly verifies that!

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The interior looks like it just came out of factory. The leather looks brand new and is well maintained after all these years. Okumi has added a bit of character to suit his liking.

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So that’s the wrap guys, Okumi’s one of a kinda Devil Z. I have so much respect for Okumi. It’s hard to imagine that this is rolling on the streets of Thailand, where the roads are just horrible for any car. However, what we love most about Okumi and his car is that he has kept it old school, sticking to the classics. Not modernizing the car with engine swaps and no drastic changes to the exterior and interior but still maintaining the Bozo style look that he always wanted.

Specifications

Model/Year: 1969 240Z
Engine: F54 Head L28 Block
Intake: RB26 Individual Throttle Head
Exhaust: Customised 6-2-1 Stainless steel extractors
Fueling: RB26 Injectors, Toyota 2JZ-GTE Spark Ignition coils
Electronics: Wolf 3D V400 Plus ECU, 4G63 Crank Angle Sensor

Suspension
– TEIN HA coilovers

Wheels
– SSR MkII 14×9 F, 14×10 R
– Custom fitted MAzda RX-7 FC3S Brakes
– Custom fitted Toyota SW20 MR2 Brakes

Body
– Customised Boso-style body kit

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I started Street Cover back in 2011 and was inspired through cars and photography and that gave me the idea and passion to start up SC. I love my family, friends, food, adventures, travel and my dogs. I currently own a S15.

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