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Hi everybody,

I thought to share with you my R32 GTR restoration in Croatia.

I bought the car in the UK end of 2019 and was with the same owner since 2015.

It's a genuine low mileage car (76xxx km's when purchased ) with the necessary background checks in Japan to link all the dots about this car as importing one either from a dealer or through auctions with an Importer wasn't an option I wanted to consider (I know trust issues is a real thing) and confirmed later by Denis and his staff (original clutch, belts etc.).

With rust only on the surface, most parts were showing their age such as the rubbers etc.

After searching for a shop to restore it as the car was worthy to put money on to keep it for many years to come, I've contacted Denis Piljek after seeing what he and his team have achieved on the R31 and R33.

After discussing what I wanted and various other things, I've decided to go ahead with him as he really have an eye for details, entrepreneurship, standard processes in place when restoring cars and his vision about scaling his business, I knew he was the right person with the right team meeting my standards while still making my project financially viable without forgetting his genuine friendliness, easy to reach and communication because I don't want to spend time running after anyone.

We did agree on a date to pickup my car as I couldn't drive to Croatia due to the weather and time constraints, he did send me a driver with a trailer to get things started.

Upon reception, his team have done a full check of the car (paint thickness, engine compression etc.) then started dismantling the car without failing to keep me updated on its progress with >1500 photos only for January.

Then I've decided to make a trip to Zagreb to visit him and his team and his warm welcome confirmed I was right choosing him.

Because he couldn't make it on time to pick me from the airport, he did send me one of his staff member, a gesture really appreciated.

His shop is like a candy shop for grow up Mens, give him a visit if you don't believe me.

On top of being clean and organised with dedicated hubs, he have a whole warehouse for dismantling, assembling and detailing cars while the others are for body work, metal shaping, engine assembly, metal blasting etc., well thought when restoring cars.

He did assemble a great team (good ratio of junior and more experienced Takumis to learn from each other) leveraging on the strength and capacity of each, such as Kruno, despite his young age, is responsible for the parts supply with a global network he did grow over the years that he can reach to find rare parts and regardless of the car they are working on (learned tons from him).

I had a great night out with Kruno, Bruno and Franko with a quick visit to his shed, lots of car discussions and driving through Zagreb by night which have sealed our friendship (thanks boys for your time :) ).

We went out to eat with Denis the following evening, had great discussions about leadership, entrepreneurship and car business management in general (learned tons from him too).

Then was time to leave Zagreb, he kindly picked me up the following day to drop me at the airport and left with a head filled with lots of memories.

Hope you all enjoy this journey with me.
 

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Some pics when the car was picked up and on its arrival at Denis shop
 

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Going to be a great thread hope it goes well,obvious question is what kind of moneys is it going to cost??i imagine considerably lower than doing it in the uk,would love to do to my own car but just way to pricey to do in the uk


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Going to be a great thread hope it goes well,obvious question is what kind of moneys is it going to cost??i imagine considerably lower than doing it in the uk,would love to do to my own car but just way to pricey to do in the uk


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Great question, the way he bills is per the hour not as per an estimate,("Yeah, it's going to cost you 10k" and you end up with the car not being done and monthly bills pilling up because you're being charged for the daily coffees)

I can't discuss the rate here however it's way more affordable than what you may think, I was a panel beater myself and have neither the time nor the space to do it and paying him to do it is costing less than me doing it.

It depends as well on the car he's starting with and if you see mine, the final cost of the project should be between the R31 and R33 he did.

Contact him and if necessary, give him a visit, you'll understand why he's getting cars sent to him from all over the Europe.
 

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I had a PM with Denis last year? He detailed prices for me for the different processes (general labour, mechanical, paint, etc) very reasonable and if I can afford to get something like this done myself, I'd certainly consider it!

Having fun doing bits myself at the moment, I've not braved removing the engine or anything big like that though! Lol Good luck with the build, I'm definitely subscribing to this! ?
 

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As a guide what can you expect to pay for a full resto? The yellow R34 owned by Tonigmr2 was on F/B today and it looks an awesome job by the garage.
 

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As a guide what can you expect to pay for a full resto? The yellow R34 owned by Tonigmr2 was on F/B today and it looks an awesome job by the garage.
I can't discuss the exact rate here however they're competitive enough for me to get my car sent to Croatia and financially viable to eventually make a profit when seeing where the JDM market is going now, have a chat with him and he'll detail you how much a project may cost with a good basis.
 

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I spoke to Denis about taking my R33 GTR there, it does seem like a well oiled machine.
In the end I ended up taking my car to SR Autobodies who are doing a complete strip down rebuild on mine, similar to your car.

Cost wise, they were actually very similar, so the U.K. isn’t always mega expensive
 

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I spoke to Denis about taking my R33 GTR there, it does seem like a well oiled machine.
In the end I ended up taking my car to SR Autobodies who are doing a complete strip down rebuild on mine, similar to your car.

Cost wise, they were actually very similar, so the U.K. isn’t always mega expensive
Valid point, car restoration is a really small world and depending on where you go, cost could be similar however other factors have to be considered and for me it's the fact that's a well oiled machine he has in place.

Do you have some pics of yours to share or a thread please ?
 
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