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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 :)

 

21 hours ago

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More of this lovely stuff will find its way onto the little March soon!

Nothing serious, just having a tinker trying some different techniques for stuff and things.
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2 days ago

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4 days ago

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Quick easy jobs

We have the rest of this week open to quick jobs that we can smash over in one day or possibly overnight.
Can't use the hoist sorry, it has a racecar on it 😂

Get in touch if you have something you want done.

NOTE: engine conversions don't count as "quick n easy" :P
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7 days ago

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New video up on our Youtube channel :)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sscq3LDdIks
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1 week ago

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Our intercooler related activities continue!
A custom WTA set up for this TD42 powered Nissan Patrol.
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2 weeks ago

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Our dyno session for the March on Friday showed a couple of gremlins that needed attention (I think they are now executed) but it also showed gains in both power and torque.
This is about all we can extract from our much loved Garrett GT2860RSs - and to be honest it's probably plenty for now!

More prep work to come!
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2 weeks ago

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2 weeks ago

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With the heavier pressure plate comes heavier loads on the slave cylinder.
To ensure this doesn't result in the slave cylinder tearing out of the bell housing a brace has been made and fitted.
Still a lot of little things like this to take care of.

Maximum effort for maximum results!
(I hope 🤣 )
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2 weeks ago

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Massive shout out to the lads at Tuning & Performance - Auto Super Shoppe - Dyno Tuning & Repair Specialist
Bit of a late Friday arvo simple test and tune that evolved into a Friday night "stop being a PITA car" session.

Great result though, clutch held, made more power and torque, found a tiny little gremlin that would have made a day at the track frustrating, established the next set of minor changes to improve the car further.

I'm not going to say I'm ready for the final round because that ended badly last time 😂 I will say this stage of the prep work is sorted :)
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2 weeks ago

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Your business name here!

An opportunity has come up to have your business logo as part of our warpaint for the final round of NZ Superlap Series 2021. 15, 16 May
You will also receive social media plugs/advertising via Facebook and YouTube plus other options depending on the package we develop together.

$1000 buys the spot on the bonnet.
$500 buys the spot on the rear panels.

Get in quickly to start our discussions we already have a couple of potential partners but are keen to lock something in ASAP.

HUGE potential for the next season BIG plans simmering away!
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