NZ Performance Car - - Con­struc­tion -

In more re­cent years, es­pe­cially in the street scene, Stageas have been grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity — per­haps we’re fi­nally start­ing to catch on to what Rob­bie Ward and Co. were do­ing many moons ago? Who knows, but one of those cur­rently prov­ing its po­ten­tial is Jay­den Keats’ VH41-pow­ered ex­am­ple. “It’s been run­ning for around six months now, but I have pulled it back into the shed for a man­ual con­ver­sion, as the auto just wasn’t cut­ting it,” he says. The mo­tor came out of a Nissan Cima Y33, and while it’s not quite at that stage yet, Jay­den tells us that in fu­ture the en­gine bay will be home to a big ol’ snail and cams to re­ally squeeze the power out of the 4.1-litre V8 heart trans­plant. “It’s still got a wee way to go, and it’s been a bit of a chal­lenge to get it to where it is cur­rently at. I re­ally didn’t want to cut the bon­net, so it had to be sat low enough and far enough back that it cleared,” Jay­den ex­plains. To get it se­curely tucked un­der­neath the bon­net, he spent a de­cent chunk of time per­fect­ing the en­gine-mount de­sign.

A set of BC Gold coilovers has been fit­ted, along with ad­justable arms in the rear. Work­shop X side skirts from a Lau­rel have been mod­i­fied to suit, while a drag-style wing can be found down back. Oth­er­wise, the Stagea looks like your run-of-the-mill gro­cery-get­ter — only with a touch more go with a sin­gle de­pres­sion of the loud pedal … it will make for one hell of a tow car, or what­ever else Jay­den de­cides to use it for.

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