It’s been several months now since I first started thinking about making winglets. I was in the market for a Greddy intake for my SR20DET and was actively searching the forums when I ran across a pair of ARC Magic ones for sale off of a nice S14. They really accented the front of the car nicely and I started thinking to myself that that looks like something I would like to offer my customers. So I began to check into it, doing my usual product research before undergoing prototyping, and found that the aftermarket was giving me a great opportunity here. Most of the parts available are made from either carbon fiber or aluminum and are universal fit. Correct me if I’m wrong, but a part that fits well on a Mini Cooper probably will look really off if you try to stick it on a 240sx or a S2000. Cars aren’t all shaped the same in the front so a universal part is never going to look like it was intended to be on there except for a few select cars that happen to follow its profile.
That’s where my idea to make “specific fit” winglets came from and while I’m at it I may as well make them more street friendly. A lot of people, including myself, who enjoy customizing their cars like to lower them. Which is fine if your car only sees a race track or something, but what about the enthusiast who just enjoys driving around on the street? I wanted to make them be able to be stiff enough to hold their shape going down the road and yet still be able to flex should the occasion arise where that would be preferable. Aluminum will bend if you kiss a driveway with it. Carbon fiber will do you one worse because it had the potential to crack, ruining your expensive part. But ABS plastic if it’s thick enough can do both, be somewhat rigid and still flex some when it needs too. The only problem is that it looks like a piece of plastic.
Here’s a short story with a good point. I enjoy racing video games when I’m not mad scientisting out in my shop and my favorite is Forza Horizon. Last September my wife got me a pre-ordered copy of the game and it finally came in. Much to my surprise, it came with a few extras on top of the bonus car packs, like a really nice carbon fiber vinyl for the Xbox 360 controller. Well I couldn’t just leave it in the box so I put it on and it looked really good. Fast forward to winglet prototyping and the problem with it looking like a piece of plastic. Now we have a solution. Wrap the plastic in carbon vinyl! But not just any vinyl, it has to be good quality stuff that will stand up to outdoor use or I can’t put the UAC name on it because I really try to make good parts that I would want too.
Take over the world! As you can imagine, making a specific fit winglet for many different sports cars and sport compacts is a big task. I actually have to have my hands on each car that I’m making parts for unlike the universal fit guys. But in the end I really feel that I will be able to offer the better part. It will take some time to make all the templates and tooling needed to pull this off but hopefully if all goes well it will give my company something else unique to offer my customers.
Cup holders for the 240sx have been something that I have wanted to make for a long time, but I was having a hard time getting the vision down for how I wanted to make them. A few years back I made a prototype for the ash tray holder out of vacuum formed plastic but it was proving to be rather difficult to make out of one piece. The plastic kept thinning out too much around the cup body and I just couldn’t seem to get passed it so I set that project aside for awhile. Fast forward to the spring of 2016 and I found myself thinking about it again but this time the current concept hit me and I started work right away. The idea was that instead of using the vacuum forming technique, I would make it from CNC cut ABS plastic components and add injection molded cups in for the drink holders.
The first unit was the S13 Console Cup Holder which has two cups and drops in snugly into the center console box. I always try to maximize the available space so this one features two 2 3/4″ diameter cups that are 2″ and 3″ deep. The console box pocket has a step in the bottom of it because that is where Nissan put the seat belt computer so I had to work around that, thus the staggered cup depths. Next came the S14 units both the front cup holder and the console box. These were fun to make. The console box area on that one is huge so I was able to outfit it with an oversized holder along with another 3″ deep cup like the S13 one has for our currently most versatile unit. The front is also really cool. After taking some measurements it appears at first glance that a cup insert won’t fit here at all. But if you think outside the “box”, then it all comes together. All that was needed was to crop the edges a bit and then it fit like a glove.
I really have to be careful when making parts like this because the engineers at Nissan really like to earn their paychecks. All the time I am finding things that are over engineered and not symmetrical when they don’t have to be. Take for example the fourth cup holder we released for the ash tray spot in the S13. That bad boy doesn’t have a straight side on it, and the corners, not one of them is the same! Tell me why does it have to be shaped like that? Without meticulously measuring it, it appears to be a rectangle with four radiused corners, but that’s far from the truth. I really wanted to make this unit from one piece of injection molded plastic but the tooling for that is really expensive and at our current volume of sales I just couldn’t justify the cost. So again I went with the router with the cup insert technique. If you flip it over you will notice that there are two shims glued to it under the mounting tape. These were necessary because again Nissan thought that the ash tray needed to have a slightly angled mounting surface instead of a flat one. There must have been an hour left on the clock before the engineer got to go home and he needed something to do.
Speaking about the inserts, All of them are wet sanded and polished by hand to have a high gloss finish. The way they come in when I order them is just really not up to my standards so I take the extra step here to make something that really looks good. I am a man that takes pride in his work and I really want my customers to be happy with their purchases. I try to make products that not only look good but also fit nicely. So many times I have purchased something aftermarket and have been disappointed with how it pales in comparison to a factory part so I try my best to make it as good as an OEM part. I know that statement doesn’t carry a lot of weight since every China / Mexico / Indonesia / fill in the blank company says that but if you ever get the chance to see some of our stuff in person you’ll see what I mean.
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I get asked a lot how I came up with the idea for the wiper motor cover, so I thought I would talk about that for a bit. It all started with my own project car Bo40. She is a 92 Silvia coupe conversion with a KA24DE that has been tastefully modified to handle corners with a little more speed than Nissan intended. One of my goals with her is to build a show car but that has proved to be a very large task considering her age. But despite that I like to think that she is coming along nicely and that I have a pretty decent engine bay but I’m always trying to eliminate points that pull it down, which brings me to the wiper motor. I’ve seen what seems to be countless nice engine bays either in person or online ranging from project cars to full blown show queens and the one thing most of them have in common is this ugly wiper motor hanging on the firewall grabbing attention away from all that hard work that the owner has put into it. Well, my bay was no different. So I decided to do something about it.
After a lot of trial, error and a lot of hard work I created the first wiper motor cover, and many more came after it. They are a made from plastic and cover the main body of the motor leaving the cylinder section exposed. Mounting consist of removing two of the four bolts that hold the motor down, unplugging the connector, and sliding the cover into place. Once it’s on there, just bolt the two bolts back in, plug in the connector, and you’re done! I took mine one step farther and chromed the case for a new looking wiper motor that’s really trick. You can have one too if you have an S13 or S14. Just check them out on our site Unique Auto Creations for the rest of the details. Remember to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube pages.
Hey everybody, I just wanted to start out by introducing myself. I’m Jason Ross and I’ve just recently founded a new business called Unique Auto Creations or UAC for short. This is the realization of a life long dream for me, to be in business for myself and do it while making some really cool parts for the imports that so many of us love so much.
I’ve always had a fascination with making something custom or taking something old and making it look really good again. So it was only natural that I started making a piece or two for my own project cars. Well that turned out to be really enjoyable for me and one day I started to think how cool it would be to share these parts with other enthusiasts that were just as crazy about cars as I am. So I continued to hone my fabrication skills and kept dreaming up new ideas until the one day I could bring them to light.
A couple of months ago I finally got up the nerve to pull the trigger, go fourth with no fear, and make this dream a reality. Thus UAC came into being. I know it’s really small right now but I hope that you fellow tuners out their will support me in this endeavor and keep up with the new and exciting parts that we’ll be coming out with in the near future.
Currently we are just making parts for the Nissan S-chassis but eventually I would like to expand to other makes and models. So if you don’t have a 240sx, be sure to check back from time to time to see if I have made something cool for your car too. Also make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube pages.