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About Cones

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  • Birthday 01/21/1980

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    R32 Skyline GTR
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  1. I'm jealous! I didn't get much seat time before the bearings retired lol. I'll definitely make up for the lost time though!
  2. I've had to adjust my expectations on this projects timeline, and I'm not hopeful to have my car back that soon, but maybe I'll get lucky.
  3. As you may have seen in the Newbie section, I recently imported a beautiful, one-owner R32 from Japan and, wouldn't you know it, I spun a couple of bearings after just a week of driving. I wasn't planning to rebuild so quickly, but I guess that's how it goes with these cars. Because I was concerned about prolonging the life of the motor, I had already purchased a Haltech, Koyo radiator, fuel filter, spark plugs, wide band, boost controller, etc. - just the basics for a healthy stock motor - and was scheduled for a tune, but never made it that far. Fortunately I was just outside of the driveway when I felt it go so I was able to shut it down immediately, preventing a more catastrophic failure like a rod through the block. I debated tackling the rebuild myself with a mechanic friend who's a Nissan wiz, but ultimately decided to have it done by the pro's at Driver Motorsports in Virginia, USA. If you haven't already checked them out then do yourself a favor right now! Driver Motorsports Website & Driver Motorsports YouTube. I quickly fell way down the rabbit hole and this has turned into much more than I had originally planned, but isn't that how it always happens? My goal is to retain a fairly stock or OE appearance, but I need mo powa babeh! As I write this post the block is at the machine shop patiently awaiting it's turn, and I hope to have the car back with enough time to rack-up a few miles (km's) before winter is here. Fingers crossed! About the build: CP pistons (86.5mm) Manley rods JHH block brace ARP studs & bolts Tomei gaskets Nitto 1.1mm oil gallery restrictor Ross head drain Driver Motorsports custom catch can w/ sump drain Nitto oil pump Trust extended sump Twin low-mount 2860R-5’s ID1050’s w/ DW400 pump NGK 7’s Fluidampr crank pulley Oil filter relocation Haltech Platinum Pro ECU Koyo radiator Infiniti J30 fuel filter Apex-i pod filters AEM wide-band AEM boost controller Spec twin disc clutch Cube short shifter GKTech HICAS delete GKTech front uppers New inner & outer tie-rods All new poly bushings New rotors w/ Hawk pads Fresh tires (tyres?) Future Mods: Tein coilovers E85 conversion Tomei cams Valve springs Somehow address the transmission (likely just a set of gears) Maybe a big single turbo at some point (and bigger intercooler) Address the cosmetic issues of a nearly 30/yo car BBS LM's!
  4. Sadly, no update at the moment. Block has been at the machine shop since late August, but they're typically a 3-4 weeks turnaround time. Hopefully soon though! How are you enjoying yours? Anything new?
  5. That sounds awesome, definitely interested. I'm hoping to have my car back mid,September
  6. Very cool! I've seen two R32's in Waldorf within the last two months, and a close friend of mine has a 32 and a 35, so there are a few in the area. We'll have to do a meet-up/cruise when I get my car back. Hopefully by end of September.
  7. Haha I grew up in Virginia but moved to Maryland two years ago. I'm in Southern Maryland, Hughesville area. You're just over the Harry Nice then, right?
  8. I did give some consideration to a single turbo setup. No question they make power more efficiently, but I'm happy with a mild build at this point. Also, retaining a fairly stock appearance is appealing to me so I decided to stick with the low mount twins. The forged internals and brace leave me the option to go nuts if I ever change my mind down the road. But that's assuming my wife let's me have access to the savings account again....
  9. The front differential is integrated into the sump and, at higher HP levels, the twisting force can cause the block to flex and potentially crack. The brace is a billet girdle that reinforces the button end to prevent the twisting/cracking. Mine is from JHH Racing.
  10. It's at a shop now in queue for the teardown, and it has quickly turned into one of those "since the motor is out" situations. But if I'm going spend the money to rebuild the motor I should do it properly, right? Forged internals, addressing the oiling issues, block brace, -5's, fuel, clutch, etc., etc.
  11. You're not kidding. I'm learning that lesson very quickly - spun a bearing after less than 500 miles of driving. 😩
  12. Hello to all! My name is Tim and I recently imported an R32 GTR from Japan. I am a lifelong car enthusiast and, like many enthusiasts my age, the Skyline has been a dream car since my Gran Turismo gaming days. I have already spent countless hours reading through this forum, and I will continue to do-so, but I created this profile so I can be a contributor as well. Hopefully a good one. Cheers!
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