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Old 11th July 2017, 06:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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R32 GTR - Weekend driver

So having drooled over lots of for sale adverts of R32s for a while I eventually decided just to get one. Why not hey? You only live once etc...

I had a reasonably specific list of requirements I was shopping to - had to be Gun metal grey, Standard seats and interior, and as few mods as possible.

By this time its a year later and prices are £5k higher than they were before, so I jumped on a car that met my requirements, and as a bonus was for sale through The GTR Shop.

After a few conversations with dave - who's more than helpful - I got the train to Durham where I was picked up in it.

Four and a half hours later I was back home with this:






Runs sweet, fairly high mileage but I don't plan on adding too many to that. Just a few events and weekend drives.

Upgrade wise the brakes are lacking, so I'll either be doing a full fluid, line, pad and disc change or possibly keeping an eye out for some brembos. Other things will just be generally tidying up the aesthetics of the car - cleaning, polishing and painting various things in the engine bay.
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Old 11th July 2017, 06:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey Mikey, cars looking great. I've some refurbished R33 GTR Brembos sitting in my Shed to go with your newly found love lol, just drop us a PM if interested.
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Great looking car mate, got mine from the Gtr shop last September, top blokes.
Hope you have many great times with it.
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Old 12th July 2017, 01:50 AM   #4 (permalink)
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gunmetals are always nice.
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Old 13th July 2017, 04:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks guys.

So the current spec list included in the paperwork is below. I think a few items were swapped out before the sale but not sure to what extent. I'll be going through to confirm what is and isn't present.

Apexi Power Intake Air Filters
Series 1 RB25 AFM
Nismo Cat-Back Exhaust - ?
Nismo N1 Turbo Elbows - ?
Nismo 555cc Injectors - ?
RB Motorsport Ignition Coils - ?
HKS 1.2mm Head Gasket
Greddy Profec B Boost Controller
Aftermarket Intercooler - ?
HKS Hard Pipe Kit
Nissan R32 N1 Turbos - ?
Greddy/Trust 10 row oil cooler
Nismo High Pressure Fuel Pump - ?
Nismo Single Plate Clutch - ?

R33 GT-R V-Spec Calipers - ?
Tein Superstreet Coilovers

Also in the folder is a print-out from MGT showing:
433hp @ 7500
348lbft @ 5136
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First little project has been rejuvenating the inlet pipework - hopefully before Brookands this weekend!

I had the parts glass bead blasted and then polished using a scotchbrite wheel. I may try getting them anodised to stop them corroding again, but we will have to see how good the casting is.

Half polished:


And finished:


Should see the results of the anodising tomorrow!
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Old 13th July 2017, 05:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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looks great Mike!!! Make sure there's no medium left in those pipes before you refit them.
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Thanks Dave, they'll be thoroughly cleaned and rinsed during the anodising process so they're be completely clean.
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Old 13th July 2017, 08:16 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Looking good, however it has RB20/Series 1 RB25 airflow meters not Z32 ones.
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Thanks, just need some spare time to get the car up on the ramp and have a look over the rest of the parts.
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Old 25th July 2017, 08:26 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Well the anodising worked but wasn't pretty, imperfections in the casting meant that the final finish was discoloured. The parts are now corrosion protected however so I gave them a quick coat of bake-on silver to spruce them up. This was all a bit rushed the night before Brooklands Supercar Sunday so I could get it back together in time, so no pictures as of yet. I may still anodise the cam covers to stop the paint flaking. Still can't decide on a colour for them though!

In other news the car is driving well, had a run down to Goodwood today for a Spitfire experience, I waited around until the end of the day as I couldn't resist the opportunity for a few photos. Their photographer got some as well, but here's a taste:





I have noticed the brake fluid is slowly declining - are there any common leak areas in the brake system? Would be helpful to have a few pointers as to where to look when I get it on the ramps.
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Skyline ownership has been going remarkably smoothly, the brake fluid issue seems to have fixed itself (if only) but the significant fluid drop hasn't been seen again.

One thing that has been happening is an intermittent running issue. The symptoms were that after a period of driving and only after giving it some stick on boost the car would missfire for a second and then pick up again. This would happen two or three times before the car would cut out completely. I'd turn the key off and then fire it up again and it'd spring into life. This could happen 3/4 times on a 45 minute trip.

After some research this could be a multitude of things, boost leak, AFMs, dump valves, coil packs, ignitor, etc, etc.

As always, cheapest thing first. This meant taking the AFMs off and following an online guide to re-soldering the connections. Got these back in the car tonight and in the 20 min drive there was no evidence of the symptoms. Success! for now...
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So in case this comes up in a search, the AFM repair worked great, removing the black silicon and plastic cap, re-soldering the connector pins and then sticking it all back together.

After this the summer months were enjoyed with lots of shows!

Beaconsfield Services Meet:



Coventry Motorfest:
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Hindhead Tunnel Run:



Tsevents Drive It to Caffine and Machine:




The car was running great throughout all of this, which of course wasn't going to last long. Towards the end of summer an exhaust leak started to develop in the engine bay, which I confirmed was not from the downpipe or cat.

Assuming it was manifold or turbo gasket, I started tearing into the engine bay as winter closed in. First turbo out and nothing looked amiss, which was getting me worried! Luckily (if you can call it luck) the rear turbo to manifold gasket was ruined when I pulled it apart, so not all for nothing.

In the process I also found that the ABS unit was the cause of the brake fluid drop, so that has been swapped for a Z32 unit. There were also plenty of hard and cracked rubber hoses!

I'm also taking the opportunity to have the turbos rebuilt (saw some oil in the inlet) and everything cleaned and painted.



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Progress is happening!

Some small jobs completed, like renewing the nismo oil cap:
Before:


After:


And swapping over to a Z32 ABS unit (bought from ebay) that isn't leaking. Hopefully this will fix my brake fluid loss and less-than-inspiring pedal feel.
Before:
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After:


And some bigger jobs like repainting the cam covers, intake manifold and all of the boost piping.
In the spray booth (definitely not at work):



Colours are BMW Hockenheim Silver for the cam covers, and gloss RAL 7031 for everything else.


Should look great with everything back in! (The orange hoses will be going).

Lots of ordering completed - parts from Opie Oils, RHD Japan, JDM Garage and Conceptua Tuning (via ebay). Plus turbo's refurbished by Turbo Dynamics. Great service from all of the above, really happy with cost and quality!


Now the exciting bit - shiny stuff and bolting everything back together - hopefully in the right order!
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Everything is now on the car, should be starting up tomorrow.

Intake side complete:


ABS on and both turbos fitted:




Fingers crossed for no leaks tomorrow!
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Thanks!

One of the biggest things I wanted to achieve while it was apart was tidying things up. Removing everything that didn't need to be there and blanking up unused hose barbs correctly etc.

A big part of that is removing all the recirculating pipework around the turbos as the BOV vents to atmosphere. So blanks were bought and the hoses binned, and I made an aluminium plate to support the boost pipe through the wheel well. Much nicer!



Also got the CAS back on and the water hoses


Also - it runs! fired up perfectly, nothing leaks, no weird noises etc. Just got to get the bumper and undertray back on, wait for some good weather and then go for a spin.




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God I love that colour combo! Looks subtle but striking at the same time.
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Old 29th April 2019, 07:32 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Brilliant read! I'm in a similar position with my R33 GTR, getting close to having the turbos out and then manifolds off to fit the new Nismo gaskets and have a tidy up!

How did you find the plenum with the engine still in? Everyone says it is a total PITA to do? I have the Nismo plenum to go into mine, wondering whether to have a go myself...

Keep up the awesome work and updates!
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