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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 :)

 

2 days ago

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Abby the Barina is starting to take shape at last, hope to have her rolling by the end of the week 🙂 ...

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3 days ago

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A little bit of progress on the HGT Precision Gearbox installation today.
Not tooooo much because it's a Sunday.

I've figured out a few of the little tricks to make this all happen AND I've banged up another YouTube video for you all 🙂
(see comments for link)
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4 days ago

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I can't explain how excited I am to have finally purchased one of these fantastic pieces of engineering!!!

HGT Precision Gearboxes build awesome into everything they do with these boxes.

CNCd 7075-T6 billet case and diamond ground high precision gears is just the start.

We are looking forward to unleashing more of the potential lurking in the little March.
Not only that, the reliability and reduced running costs (compared to straining the Nissan box beyond its limits) should increase the "smiles per mile" ratio significantly!

Our Link ECU Extreme plug in ECU will take care of engine stuff and things while that fancy gearbox clicks through the gears like magic.

This is going to be EPIC!!!!

Thanks a million to Richard from HGT Precision for the fantastic service! 🙂
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5 days ago

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Coming soon to Youtube:
Glenn ruins another perfectly good car!
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5 days ago

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And surgery begins on the little Barina!

Time for a LOT of cutting!
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7 days ago

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Because everyone loves a blow job from twins...... wait I can't say that......

Ummm more boost from our new Pulsar Turbos from Jason at Infomotive in Rotorua!!!!

Pulsar Turbo Systems New Zealand

Yummy GTX2860RS 😁
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1 week ago

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The noisey thing is temporarily back in its home while we wait for some shiny things to arrive.

Plenty of other things to crank on with.

Time for some new blades for the Sabre saw.
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2 weeks ago

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EDIT: FOUND!!!

Thanks to everyone who shared or kept an eye out or tipped off the Police and the Police themselves.

Let's hope she is in a repairable condition!

STOLEN!!!

If you see this ute kicking about with rego HCZ807 please ring the Police, taken from Tauranga overnight.

Fitted with VG30DE + five speed from an old school Cedric or similar, even if the thieving scum have painted it the sound will give it away.

Custom sports bar made from 38mm roll cage tubing powder coated black.
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2 weeks ago

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Lots of bits have gone back on but it's time to attack a couple of other jobs tomorrow.
Good progress even if I did cheat and make it a long weekend 🙂
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