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Hey there guys, I've been on here now for a couple months since i got my GTR (http://www.gtr.co.uk/forum/135664-2000-uk-r34-gtr-v-spec.html) so thought it was about time i properly introduced myself, well my car!!***8230;

Unfortunately I think its fair to say, without getting into fisty cuffs, that Jons idea of "immaculate" and mine, are worlds apart!! I've already told him what I think!! enough said!***8230;


Anyway I must have been desperate enough to have one, so i payed the man, and, i feel, rescued a very-much unloved GTR! So here i am now, Hi, and thanks to those who have already welcomed me, and offered help and advise with the increasing work load!

Thought I would start this Thread inspired by reading the threads started by northstar34, GT4 Addicted and others to cover the ongoing work,(i've just finished up a long contract in Germany 12 hour days and lots to do) the car is now at FQ. And i now have time to write something. Feed back and advice always welcome!

Day one of ownership!***8230;.


It's not a good picture but there was smoke coming out of the gear gator!! The Syncros were obviously fu*ked, crunching from 3rd-4th but only when hot and very significant at high RPM! Just wasn't expecting smoke! Not a good start, Baptism by fire perhaps!!! lol Anyway an hour in a Halfords car-park confirmed that the cause was almost diffenently down to the last mechanic carelessly spilling transmission fluid all around the stick and not wiping up!!

Naively thinking I would be able to have the gearbox rebuilt in Germany i checked all the levels were good and continued to drive home!

Journey home was fine, no major dramas, but its quite clear the map is awful! dyno print shows 324.4 wheel HP, don't think so!!.. Nothing happens below 3000 rpm and it just felt a bit flat and lifeless!***8230; My 2 tonne 740 feels a lot more sprightly!!

The chap i use too work on my other cars is an expert mechanic and holds a doctorate in engineering, a real perfectionist and meticulous with every detail! And i thought, was no stranger to modified vehicles, for example he built a 600ps mk1 golf GTI using the VR6 and all the drive train from a Golf R32***8230; Yes 4 wheel drive!! Problem is he has never worked on a Nissan and he's "computer specialist" put him off! they don't have the software!

The local Nissan dealer couldn't even find anything wrong with the Gearbox!!! Idiots!!***8230;. So i couldn't resist asking if they could at least run diagnostics! Would have loved to have been in the workshop as the mechanic realises somethings amiss!! (PFC, don't think they'd seen one of those before!!) i decided after a few distress calls here and there best, and only solution was to send it back to England were a "professional" could do the work!

Short of it is, unless you actually have "a Golf" nobodies got the slightest clue where to even start! Lucky i got European recovery!!


After talking with lots of different technicians, i felt confident and reassured by this list of experience of Lee at FQ:
"Just a bit about us and our experience.

Suzuki JWRC Team Sub Assembly/Transmission Department Manager
Hyundai WRC Team Transmission Department Manager (3 years)
Hyundai WRC Team Damper Department Manager (3 years)
Hyundai WRC Team Lead Technician on Kenneth Erikssons Car
Hyundai WRC Team Lead Technician on Juha Kankkunen Car
Ralliart WRC Team Lead Technician on Richard Burns Car
Peugeot BTCC Team no1 Technician on Paul Radisich Car
Peugeot BTCC Team no1 Technician on Tim Harveys Car

The above is just a small portion of what I've done in the past as well as
my colleague who has spent the last 5 years as a no1 technician on the
Suzuki WRC team

We both compete in motorsport up to world level so we understand customers
requirements from road driving to out and out competition

Im going to have a look at some of your requirements today and get back to
you with some costing."


After my car finaly arived the box was then stripped, it was clear that the syncro rings were just worn and fortunately no metal particles were found in the oil! The problems shifting are a result of aggressive bad gear changes during the last 60,000 miles! 10 new syncro rings, plus seals and gaskets etc. ordered through Abbey motor-sport (thank you very much) are still on there way and should be with us now in the new year!! Even Middelhurst could'nt help with this!

Its a beasty!!!



Sorry for the pictures, supplied via email on BlackBerrys. I haven't seen the car now sience the middle of October!
 

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Whilst waiting, I decided to try and cheer up myself a wee-bit, by going shopping!!:chuckle:

Two new G2860-7s…. These actually arrived at first missing the Actuators!.. Bit of a fight apparently, but finally exchanged for a fresh new set!




HKS intake pipe kit, courtesy of Nazam


Twin Turbo Baffle pipe, thanks to Ian and Gareth at Eltech



KLS Twin Turbo Manifold and Elbows


 

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The car allready has HKS down pipe and decat and a HKS SS (super silent) cat-back system which did sound really great, Just thought perhaps maybe a little lumpy (turns out thats probably the map) at idle! Especially in Germany were you don't always want to annoy the neighbours on start up at 6:30!!..



After some research, i came across the EVC from Apexi and on an old video featuring the HKS demo R34 with the v-cams and the EVR. Turns out both these systems are no longer produced, and supper rare, typical!!.. start a "wanted" thread!***8230; Luckily t04z-gtr GT-R Register - Official Nissan Skyline and GTR Owners Club forum - View Profile: T04Z GTR[/url] just happened to have one lying under his spare bed!!! we agreed a price, ouch!!!$$$$$***8230;. lol and a couple days later my mechanic has it laid out on the workshop floor!






so now i can control the sound exactly how i want it and still retain a straight through system when needed!
 

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Welcome mate, sorry to hear you've had the same probs.

Middlehurst...lets not go there:mad:

What ever you need to know about skylines, is on this forum and if you can't find it through 'search' just ask, a friendly member will always guide you.

But lm more than sure, with your credentials, after a few months research, YOU'LL be building YOURSELF a beast of a motor.:wavey:
 

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Sorry to hear about the gear box.

Im sure it'll get sorted now that it's in good hands
Do you have any pic of HKS downpipe???
Bought one but want to make sure it's the right one
 

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Sorry to hear about the gear box.

Im sure it'll get sorted now that it's in good hands
Do you have any pic of HKS downpipe???
Bought one but want to make sure it's the right one
Sorry chap only got the images my mech has been sending via BlackBerry! I think its been on the car a long time now, before the last owner. so I wouldn't think you would be able tell what it is any longer! As long as your welds are good and not so corroded, I wouldn't think it makes a deference if its HKS or any other make! Its not like you can see it!
 

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The rubber boot around the gearlever is a favorite for rotting out, trans fluid splashes out and causes just what you had, bad smells and smoke in the cabin. £8 for a new boot sorts it out or Nismo make a baffle plate which goes inside the transbox
 

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You have to change the gaitor boot with a drive shaft boot, much stronger and seals better ;) Nice car and great project :thumbsup:
 

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i think you emailed me a pic of the engine bay didnt you? a while ago

the apexi filters are not even GTR ones, the top one looked like an RX7 one that had been bodged, and the rubber intake tubing was completely wrong again

it just screams bad previous owner (pics in a muddy pit dont really help)

i would have just walked away tbh

However

its nice that your putting it back to how it should be :)
 

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what did you pay for the car mate if you dont mind me asking and how much are you planning on spending on it to get it back to the way it should have been :)
 

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bit confused

why did you buy the car if it was that much unloved?

good luck on the project

That's ok Matt, I'm quite a complicated person, in a rather complicated situation anyway!! Lol long story short, I wanted a straight UK model with the right mods as a base. I know how rare these UK cars are and I don't expect a 10 year old jap car to be perfect! The others I had seen wernt really any better, with less upgrades and a bit more expensive. I think I'm probably quite fussy when it comes to my cars, and I would say this one has been driven and enjoyed, not necessarily pampered! I work away and its really difficult to get back to England just to view a car! The really good stuff gets snapped up quick, so yes I had to make a compromise, and I was probably a bit hasty, I know I committed most of the cardinal sins of car buying! But I knew that any of these cars would need a fair bit of attention to get it to a level were I would be happy! Maybe I could have put up with a crunchy box, but why should I! And for what, it will need doing sooner or later.sounds like its quite a common problem on these cars. I do relish a project, just didn't realise I would get so carried away (inevitable though lol!!) The problem seems to be shoddy workmanship, ill post more picks later to show how "immaculate" the car is. At first inspection all looked well, but when you start to delve deeper you start to uncover areas were the garage perhaps haven't showed the respect the car deserves! Like I said I'm fussy!!:;-):
 

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The rubber boot around the gearlever is a favorite for rotting out, trans fluid splashes out and causes just what you had, bad smells and smoke in the cabin. £8 for a new boot sorts it out or Nismo make a baffle plate which goes inside the transbox

Sound's like a good plan, which drive shaft boot do i need (part numbers?) already talking to Eltech about a baffle plate as they are doing some suspension work for me. They have baffle plates for the 32 and 33 but there not aware of a problem with the 34 i told Gareth to experiment with the box whilst its out!
 

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If you have already ordered bits from Abbey give Scot a bell they will have the correct gearlever boot on the shelf
or an AMK front CV boot kit for a Jeep Cherokee fits :chuckle:

the baffle/splash guard kit for inside the trans box is in the Nismo book
 

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Hi Steveline and welcome on this wonderfull board!:smokin:

I Know how difficult is to buy a car like this .... In my case i was very lucky to find a really nice car at the first try with the help of this board and Mark from Abbey Motorsport :smokin:

I Know some sellers don't have the same idea of immaculate or perfect condition than buyer... :eek::confused::chuckle:

I had no bad surprise on my car... Only good ones... Some minor details to correct but i think it's ok on a 10 years old car....

I wish you good luck for the end of your rebuild... And don't hesitate to ask help here... There's lots of helpfull people... :bowdown1:
 
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