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  1. 4 points
    With GT-R values soaring in Japan I made the decision close to two years ago to start seriously hunting for the cleanest BCNR33 I could find. I knew if I waited any longer there would be no possibility of ever being able to afford one. I enlisted the services of Iron Chef & the initial scope was a Grade 4 or 4.5 S3 97/98 GTR in Black; but this essentially was like trying to find a needle in a haystack. A few months into the search after seeing Piggaz 33R, I changed my mind and started searching for a QM1 White car. As each week went by it became more & more difficult to find cars worth inspecting, and when they were inspected, they almost always had issues with rust underneath and/or strut tower rust and/or structural seam weld rust. Around the half-yearly mark, a 97 QM1 S3 caught our eye though we missed out on that and then found it a dealership in Japan for around the $60k mark. I then spoke to ImportR from SAU about his S3 GT-R, but while initially entertaining selling it he didn't have the heart to part with it. Alongside Steve's 7000km S3, his 33R would have to be the next cleanest out there. Around the 14 month mark I'd started giving up hope and was toying with the idea of S8 RX-7's, but then I received an email from Iron Chef regarding a '96 QM1 Prostock R33 GT-R up for auction at USS Tokyo. The auction grade was 4.5 with 49,000kms & service history. The car just looked like a complete showstopper and upon inspecting it in the metal - Kristian, Troy & Myself realised 'this is the car'. After a bidding war the car was mine, & then slowly I started finding out about it's very interesting history. I have since been in contact with Prostock Motorsports who provided details about the build & the fact that the previous owner is very happy & suprised the car has ended up in Australia. The GT-R spent it's entire life in Tokyo & this thread will present the two year period where the car was completely overhauled.The car was maintained at Nissan Prince Tokyo from it's beginnings and then sent by the owner (an older gentleman) to the GT-R Specialist ProStock Motorsports in Saitama Japan for a full overhaul in 2016. The invoices of the work was jaw-dropping, for many people it would be considered a once-in-a-lifetime build & after driving it - I feel it's the perfectly setup street car. After a visit to Rigolis, they described it as one of the cleanest GT-R's they've ever seen. Nearly every single part has been replaced with brand new, while the undercarriage & seam seals remain original without rust (even the strut towers). Thankfully, the chassis rails haven't been jacked like nearly every other GT-R either. There is a little bit of minor surface rust in a couple of small spots, which is why I suspect the car may have been stored outside at some point in its life. But that was always expected, my S15 which has been in Australia since new has the exact same. After a 4 hour marathon at the RTA which took a supervisor to overrule their know-it-all yet clueless staff member on RAWS importing rules & regs; the car was registered and the first drive was so damn sweet. As for the exterior, I absolutely love it and photo's don't do it justice. The paintwork is original & this was confirmed with a micrometer yesterday. As for my future plans, I haven't even been thinking about it - I love the car as it is, it's been an amazing experience to drive & I'm sure I'll never be able to part with it. The Skyline GT-R is a very special car when you can find the right one, so good luck to whoever else is searching for one & thanks for reading
  2. 2 points
    Given your tone, I'll let you find it for yourself, rather than pulling the spare nipple out of my parts box & measuring it for you.
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  4. 1 point
    Sort of, you cannot put a old 80's rb30 from a VL in a 90's R33, but, you can if it has the 25/26 head and associated fueling and emissions stuff. Plus I believe if you register it as a ground up built kit car, you have some leeway, engineering out the wazzo though, I'm thinking back a few years now so things may have changed. I belive the main concern is meeting current emmisions standards, which with some cane juice and tuning shouldn't really be a concern. Happy trails
  5. 1 point
    Well, I suppose even the cosmetic modding scene goes through stages. There was chrome, then neons, then the black bonnet fad, then shadowchrome/matt black, then stance and now I guess big F-Off wings are back in vogue?
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    Ouch.... So far we've covered asthetics. Which no one can agree on... ever. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We've also covered performance, which, depending on the driver, conditions, modifications and ease of accessability will always be different. And then there's the argument for fun factor. Again completely subjective. Some people like straight lines, some corners other hard parking events. Fun is different to everyone. Soooo I'm starting to think it might be that people like to argue and presenting half baked ideas as fact might be reinforcing that R33 owners are jerks. Maybe if people weren't so black and white we could all agree that they're all cool cars, and are far more interesting than my Nans Corolla. Also the only thing I'll add about VNs is I've never desired a VN before. I don't want it added to Forza or Gran Turismo... for some reason. [emoji848]
  8. 1 point
    There is a difference between bolt on type mods vs a completely different engine though, especially when it comes time that it cops a defect you have to reverse an engine swap, which likely will not happen and the car will be retired.
  9. 1 point
    We have the 25 year law and as of August of this year we have been getting the 33 gtst here. No gtr for the 33 yet. I got my 32 a year ago and I’ve just now started to notice the us dot com shops have started to add the Skyline to their inventory parts search which is making it a lot more convenient.
  10. 1 point
    Been a while since I posted, but car is currently getting a Turbo Upgrade and retune as the current turbo was on its last legs. Will post results soon but Turbo has been upgraded to a BorgWarner EFR 7670.
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