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Old 13th August 2018, 05:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My R34 GTT to GTR replica

Been a member on here for a while but not owning an actual GTR i haven't been that active. As I've seen a few other GTT pop up i thought i'd do mine since it is going to be a GTR replica (would love a real one but £££££)

Back in January i purchased an R34 GTT, but it had a blown engine.

Pictures attached are how it looked. I was not a fan of the bonnet, front wings or skirts.

I purchased a replacement low mileage engine from The GTR Shop showing good compression. I had the following carried out just to be safe:

Refrsh:
- Water pump
- cam belt
- Aux belts
- spark plugs
- oil and filter change
- All gaskets changed
- Polished crank, new bearings and N1 sleeve
- N1 oil pump
- Components sandblasted and block painted

I also purchased the following body work:
- R34 GTT to GTR Z-tune body kit (bumper, wings, skirts, rear bumper, GTR style rear quarters, light pods)
- standard GTT bonnet
- Full underseal
- Full windows out paint job in original colour
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Whilst the engine was out i had the bay fully painted to match the rest of the car rather than the usual matt look. I also had the car fully under-sealed.
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I got an R34 GTR spoiler with carbon wing to finish of the outside look:
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In March the engine was run in on a rolling road ready to go to the paint shop:
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And that's when the fun began.

The body kit was a terrible fit! every part had to be cut and re-shaped. The bumper was supposed to be a GTT version (lower top part so bonnet fits) but was sent a GTR one.

So i made the decision to have the GTT bonnet i had cut and welded to look like a GTR bonnet. (picture is early stages it was all sanded back and made to fit straight, please also note the bonnet is open in the pic) I am sure I'll buy a carbon bonnet in the near future anyway.
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Progress on the car was very slow, i won't go into details on here but finally about half way through July the car was painted ready for everything to be bolted back together (doors, bonnet, bumpers, mirrors, handles etc were all removed for paint this is part way through re-assembly):
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Then after another 2 weeks and now into August, with no progress on the car, with no commitment as to when it would be done, i made the decision to have it removed from the paint shop and returned to the garage.

It was in a bit of a sorry state, but in my mind it had to be done.

Also my wife passed her driving test and had taken owner-ship of my daily so i am now car-less.

The garage checked it over and gave me a list of items to be sorted

1. Coolant needs to be checked and re-bled.
2. Power steering needs to be fully checked.
3. Idle control as it’s idling at 2000 rpm (possible air leak).
4. Refit the passenger door card and assess issue with electric windows (working when it left garage).
5. Use Consult and check all live data on the car make sure everything is working as it should be.
6. Refit the door trims and rubber surrounds around the doors.
7. Clean and refit the boot trims.
8. Refit the front and rear wipers and front wiper scuttle panel.
9. Refit number plates.
10. Refit the washer jets and washer lines on bonnet.
11. Refit petrol cap. (still with painter being painted)
12. The car needs to be checked over for any other issues since leaving us and going for the body kit and painting
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And that brings it up to date. Pics of how it is now looking from Friday. Couple of bits to re-fit. Full detail is going to be done to bring it back to spotless. Hoping it'll be finished for me to collect this week.

It has some parts i am not happy with so i will be hunting for items on here.

This has been a long and stressful experience for me. One i now know i will never repeat. I am hoping once i get the car i'll love it but this has left a sour taste in my mouth and i am considering getting rid as soon as. We shall see what happens!
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That's a real shame, the car is looking lovely! Was it a painter you knew? Or recommended by someone? I feel annoyed just reading things like this, we've had a few similar stories on here over the years, people leaving their cars with "reputable" tuners only to have it take years and then end up with parts missing or put onto other cars!

Hopefully once it is all back together and you get to drive it things will change, sounds like you deserve some good luck too! Should be some light at the end of the tunnel now it's all coming back together, keep going.
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That's a real shame, the car is looking lovely! Was it a painter you knew? Or recommended by someone? I feel annoyed just reading things like this, we've had a few similar stories on here over the years, people leaving their cars with "reputable" tuners only to have it take years and then end up with parts missing or put onto other cars!

Hopefully once it is all back together and you get to drive it things will change, sounds like you deserve some good luck too! Should be some light at the end of the tunnel now it's all coming back together, keep going.
Recommended by a friend. Just want it all to be over!

Spoke to them today and they have misplaced the rear fog and reversing light in bumper. Currently looking for that
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Oh FFS I hope you get it sorted soon and can start enjoying the car soon!
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Got the rear Red GTR fog light if the buzo's don't manage to find it, on the house.
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Had MOT on Friday and failed. Rear track rod end and rea brake pads

Garage managed to get the parts Sat morning, fit them and retest.

So it is now ready to collect. Going up Tuesday.
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Where you got to go to collect it?

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So how much have you save from buying a GTR version?
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So how much have you save from buying a GTR version?
Around 20k? It's a big price difference.



But anyway, after less than a days ownership the gearbox locked itself into 3rd (tiptronic box).

Went to test a few things the following morning and the car would fire up but immediately cut out.

Car was taken back to the garage i got it from on the back of an AA lorry
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Now that's shite, man

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And she's back. So far so good! hoping i can now start to enjoy owning an R34 lol
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Few new items.

3" Japspeed Cat back exhaust
HICAS Eliminator kit.
Front drop links for lowered cars.
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Nismo front splitter painted and fitted. Finishes the front end off nicely
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