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About Us

The Lab is a light engineering & automotive/repair fabrication company specializing in Nissan 300ZX Z32s, Nissan Navara V8 conversions & carrying out mild to wild modifications on almost anything owned by someone wanting special attention to detail & high quality workmanship.

Owned & operated by Glenn & Christine Hodges, Glenn has over 12yrs experience in the aircraft servicing & repair industry & has been working on cars & selling car parts professionally (as well as a few outboard motors, some marine equipment & some farm bikes) for over 30 years.
The Lab was founded in 2010 & we operated from a modest unit in Tawn place in Hamilton, we have since relocated for the short term while we try to enjoy the early years with our little girl, a return to a larger building is in our future plans.

One of the best things we offer is on the spot quick thinking & solutions to problems other places may struggle or not even be able to solve, This ability is demonstrated fairly well with our little Nissan march racecar that now holds ~650hp & AWD, a fairly serious upgrade from the factory layout!

TIG, MIG, arc & gas welding, lathe work (up to 320mm diameter max) & general fabrication done on site with access to virtually unlimited machinery via sub contracting.

From basic maintenance to complete engine rebuilds, making a letter box through to a full automotive restoration/rebuild, The Lab can help you.

Please feel free to check out our extensive albums on out Facebook page or view our brief descriptions of notable projects listed here (we will be adding more very soon!)

Contact Glenn directly on 027 2789691 :)

 

1 day ago

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Scientists record near record low temperatures at Scott Base after cold reception of Cindy's new ute tax chills the entire southern hemisphere.
Scientists have apparently stated this is the best thing for global worming in decades and if Cindy keeps up with these obscene policies the whole global warming saga will be over and the threat of an ice age could be on the horizon.
Cindy was unavailable for comment at the time of publication - because I didn't try to call her - because this is satire - beware of what you read on the internet - it's not always entirely accurate :)
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2 days ago

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Feels good to be getting back into a rhythm with some of the backlog in jobs!
REALLY really sorry for the huge delay some of you have had!

Some cool things lined up for the future but there may be some quiet spells on social media while I stick head down and get things done!
Have a great weekend everyone! :D
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3 days ago

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One of those there....... ...

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5 days ago

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Today's main job used less of my day than expected.
So I made some cosmetic improvements to the rear diff on the March.
The goal is to tidy up a lot of stuff we've not had the time for in the past, we should have a much prettier machine when we are done!
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6 days ago

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Not the best day for it but the Gloria has finally departed heading for home!

Absolutely had some challenging moments but apparently the owner had a blast on her first big drive & she never missed a beat!

A full tune is on the "to do" list when she gets home.

Happy faces all round 🙂

OK on to the next one......
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1 week ago

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Today I looked at some Datsuns. ...

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1 week ago

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Cool to hear JB is celebrating 11 years of ownership of this Z32.

Some time in 2009 I think it was I completed a rescue of this car after finding it in a pretty tragic state at the back of a local car yard.

A deal was struck to grab it and return it to roadworthy condition.
It was never supposed to be an over the top build but it scored a rebuilt/repaired engine and a new paint job (Flare red instead of silver)
It was a while ago now but I think it got some new shocks, deff got a set of 17" DTM Kalibers in white - that might not have been to everyone's taste 😂
And a manual conversion to really make it something a bit more special.
Having barely been run it its first big trip was to Taupo for a track day celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Z32 (and BNR32?) being launched.
We had a few punters hire the car and it's fair to say at least a couple showed it no mercy!

11years and 80000kms later she is still going strong, we've done a cam belt kit (ran out of calender time) rebuilt and fitted some Japanese mufflers (Apexi?), sorted out a small fuel tank leak (that fought us pretty hard!) but otherwise the car has been super reliable and gives JB plenty to smile about :)

Happy birthday mate and congrats on another anniversary with Flamez :)
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2 weeks ago

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Thanks to our good mates at Nissin King Izuzu PartsWorld we now have a very special frakendiff all sorted for the March.
One for the back to be sorted later on now that we have the recipe all sorted 🙂
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2 weeks ago

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OK she is listed on Trademe
Link in the comments

It's an auction so we will see what the market says 🙂
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