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One of the best driving roads near Seoul is a twisting road through mountains south of the city. It's a dream touge - it's got the curves and bends and elevation changes - but it's an access road to a huge amusement park owned by Samsung. Meaning that it's three lanes across in each direction and the pavement is utterly pristine.

There's a tricky corner though. And in a strange and unfortunate bit of fate last November, in two completely separate incidents, two R34 drivers crashed out in the exact same place. One was a fatality, the other survived but with extremely serious injuries. Neither car was heavily tuned - one was a 450bhp car, the other was mostly stock and running a 100% stock engine.

So...both cars were totaled. However, there are bits and pieces that could be salvaged off the wrecks. Like the Brembo brake calipers. Or the Getrag transmission.

There are quite a few bits I'd take off a rolled and wrecked R34 GT-R sitting in a junkyard and be able to put to good use on my car. However, I hesitate. Less than 40 GT-Rs of all types are still running in Korea, and everyone knows everyone. I didn't know the guy who died or the guy still in the hospital, but my friend does.

Would you feel comfortable with parts on your car, that used to be on a car that killed its driver? If one is completely unsuperstitious, then parts are parts, and bits like an R34 transmission plus all the driveshaft bits and clutch all in one swoop, bought for a song, is a no-brainer.

But with a superstitious wife, and having been in an Asian culture for nearly eight years, I do wonder. And how much difference would it make to you if you knew the driver, or if it was a stranger?

This is nothing new - people die in car accidents every day, and the wrecks get parted out, usable bits sold on, etc. But these aren't Honda Accords - they're Skylines and the drivers are very much a community wherever you go.

Thoughts?
 

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Would you rather see the bits rot in the graveyard so to speak, or salvage them and keep one more GTR on the road? :D
IMO they would be better served keeping a GTR in tip top condition than just becoming scrap metal.
 

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look at all the second hand parts market on ebay how many possible drivers died and had their cars totalled? But it doesn't matter I guess, any car that is broken we are on to it like a bunch of vultures :D

I think its best not to know :(
 

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Would you rather see the bits rot in the graveyard so to speak, or salvage them and keep one more GTR on the road? :D
IMO they would be better served keeping a GTR in tip top condition than just becoming scrap metal.
that's true, and if I wreck my car (or bike for that matter) and don't make it, I would definitely like to see the hard work and effort I've put into the thing live on in another car. And I'd probably never have given it another thought - for some odd reason, a significant number of GT-Rs in Korea (there used to be over a hundred) have ended up totaled. Maybe the guys can't drive, who knows? There has been a distressing pattern among R32 wrecks - drivers dying from internal injuries sustained in side impacts with trees. Clear evidence that the R32 does not have sufficient side impact protection. All single car crashes btw, and an added risk factor with driving an RHD car in an LHD country - if you slide and go off the road, you're right on the impact side of the car. A fair number of GT-R parts floating around in Korea are obviously salvaged from wrecks, particularly engine blocks - for a small country with an even smaller number of Skylines, there sure does seem to be no shortage of RB26 blocks and heads when you need one!

I just give it pause and thought because we lost one of our own recently. Maybe it's not superstition, but just being reminded of our loss and that I'm not completely over it. I shouldn't connect the two (salvage parts and mourning a man I really looked up to and to be honest, aspired to be like someday). Like trees in November...

Anyways, it is a definite waste to let parts rot away into rust, and surely once the parts are off the car they'll get traded at market value. It's the initial removal that seems to strike a superstitious chord. And I recall reading that the Japanese completely avoid cars where the driver had died, and such cars are really only sellable to non-Japanese.
 

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Buy the parts, karma is only in the mind.:thumbsup:
 

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Kismet,
Do NOT take them. They are cursed. Instead, remove the parts that I need, I will send you a list and please ship them out ASAP. I am also cursed, so it will not influance me at all!
 

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Kismet,
Do NOT take them. They are cursed. Instead, remove the parts that I need, I will send you a list and please ship them out ASAP. I am also cursed, so it will not influance me at all!
PMSL! Brilliant stuff :)

I guess I'm going to go hunting for a Getrag, two propshafts, and a clutch....
 

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I thought you lot out yonder were world specialists in selling imaginatively sourced human organs, I can't see a pair of Brembos from a crashed car causing you too much anxiety :) Steam the gore off and spray `em with Dettol, they'll be fine (the calipers I mean, not kidneys....) ;)
 

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I thought you lot out yonder were world specialists in selling imaginatively sourced human organs, I can't see a pair of Brembos from a crashed car causing you too much anxiety :) Steam the gore off and spray `em with Dettol, they'll be fine (the calipers I mean, not kidneys....) ;)
ROFLMFAO
 
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