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    Re: Project idea

    Post by Addicted2Speed on Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:03 pm

    So you got the job? Congrats! I'm now working two jobs so as soon as I get some money saved up and some bills paid, I'll take insurance off the lude and start the tear down. What'd the wife end up choosing?
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    Post by EclipsedSilver on Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:26 pm

    Yeah, i got the job. They really liked me. Guess i sold myself better than i thought. they tried that tag-team rapid question thing that they are so fond of in interviews. I was able to answer each question as they came AND talk a little. They needed someone who is a team player, and who's a little 'anal retentive', both military attributes. I'll be a Lot Attendant for Enterprise Rent-a-car. Basically just washing cars, vacuuming, picking up and dropping off customers. I'll start out in the $7 range and in 90 days move to $8 an hour.

    Thanks Addicted2Speed. I can't wait t see some more progress.

    Hope you're sitting down. She wants an RX8. She gets the better car, but I'll get the better engine in 2-3 years. I've already picked out a kit for her car, hopefully a RE-Amemiya. If not that, then a Veilside. And thank GOD it's a rotary. I've been wanting to get my hands on one for a while. All the Mazda rotary engines have been praised because of their light weight. The unmodified 13B-MSP Renesis Engine has a weight of 122 kg (247 lbs), including all standard attachments (except airbox), but without engine fluids (such as coolant, oil, etc.). Tuning is gona be FUN. Wink
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    Re: Project idea

    Post by EclipsedSilver on Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:20 pm



    Here's a little better shot of the Blue Ice Explosion that i want painted on my valve cover. Will look pretty sweet with a Candy Silver base and a red Mitsubishi diamond. I'll need to be sure to save the extra powder and have the DOHC valve cover painted when i do the turbo swap.
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    Re: Project idea

    Post by Addicted2Speed on Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:43 pm

    Right on rx8's are pretty nice, but they're a beezy to work on. Just from my experience.
    The blue ice looks dope on te's!
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    Post by Addicted2Speed on Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:03 am

    And what's the minimum wage there? I'm so lucky to live where I do, low cost of living, and minimum wage is almost 9 bucks!
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    Re: Project idea

    Post by Dminted on Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:23 am

    I like the blue ice on those wheels it looks great, it should look pretty awesome on a valve cover too. Congrats on the job man, I wont be looking for work until I'm done with my degree, still like 3 years away, lol just time to sit back and relax.
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    Re: Project idea

    Post by EclipsedSilver on Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:10 pm

    I'd get a small job for your spare time, more money to buy parts and get that front clip sooner. so ner. lol

    Since my beautiful wife wants an RX8, i'm looking into a RHD conversion. Hope to get one without an engine so i can (eventually) swap a 13B-REW in the 13B-MSP (multiple side port) RENNISIS' place. It's funny Dennis, we always get our girls the newer car. lol

    Hopefully in the next couple of years, i can buy a DR30 Skyline sedan as the R34 won't be legal in America until 2024. BY then I'll just buy one in Canada through a Registered Importer and drive it across the border into Montana. The sedans are rare in the US as far as Skylines go. The coupe and GT-R's are more common for a rare car. Granted, its not the ever popular R32 (thanks to Initial D). I COULD get an R33 through a Registered Importer from Canada, as long as it's a '96-98 R33. So yeah, I'm thinking about going that route.
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    Post by Addicted2Speed on Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:23 pm

    I thought about doing that, buying a Skyline in Canada and driving it over the border. Unfortunately that's easier said than done. Especially since now the border patrol is told to look out for black listed cars. You can still get lucky and get the brainless officers that don't know any better, it's been done before!
    Even the r33s are technically illegal to just "drive" over the border. But from the sounds of it, you already know all this. Sounds like you did all the research I've done in the past haha. We were both thinkin the same things.
    I'll probably refrain from ever owning a Skyline unless it's a classic c110. As soon as the 34's hit their classic car mark, everyone and their mom will be importing them, and since r32s and r33s are pretty much dirt cheap in Japan, by then, I'm sure the 34s won't be the gems they are today. I think I'm gonna attempt to get something else a little more rare, RHD older Z car or something of the sort, hell I would even like to import a real 90's Honda NSX.
    The DR30s are badass, and you're right, it'd have a bigger wow factor, at least among the REAL enthusiasts that know anything. C110 with a rb swap would be my ideal import project though.
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    Re: Project idea

    Post by EclipsedSilver on Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:21 pm

    Yeah, i've done the research. lol. I wanted an R34 so bad i could litterally taste it. As far as an R33, as long as it's been manufactured between january 1996 and June 1998, it's on the Approved list set forth by the NTHSA and DOT. As long as you go through a Registered Importer, you're safe. You will have to have the car brought up to US specs, and have it titled and everything, but other than that, you're gold. If you want a classic Skyline, or any classic JDM car, contact JDM Legends in Utah at www.jdmlegends.com. I've been talking with Ryan Rudd about the Skylines, and got some price ranges. Unfortunately, they don't offer any type of financing, so I'd have to make a deposit on a DR30 and pay the rest when i go pick up the car. So if i go that route, i'm about 2-3 years out. I'll contact him and see if it's possible to get a DR30 that just runs, have them just do whats necessary to get the car legal. I can attatch an aftermarket speedometer in the factory location to tell how fast i'm going. http://icsw.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/import/elig100111.pdf Basically, if it's on this list, it can be imported. also, you can check out http://forums.nicoclub.com/so-you-want-to-buy-a-skyline-in-the-us-t159216.html in the first post for more reading. One of the contributors to the forum worked for or with Motorex when the scandal blew up. for more on the scandal, read http://skylinegt-r.wikidot.com/0-60mrex. I was surprised to learn about that. It almost dashed my dreams of owning one of the coolest JDM cars on the planet. Then i Found NICO (Nissan and Infiniti Car Owners) Club. After reading about JDM Legends in Modified, I learned that Skylines were still coming to the US. Just, not as much as before.

    Did you know that JDM Legends is owned by Trey Cobb of COBB Tuning? Just some food for thought.
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    Re: Project idea

    Post by EclipsedSilver on Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:25 pm

    Not to brag, but I'm probably the only guy on the JTO forum or Facebook page who knows the most about Skylines or importation. But, I arm people with the information, IF they're willing to read for themselves. lol
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    Re: Project idea

    Post by EclipsedSilver on Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:25 pm

    I just did some looking on eBay for parts to turbocharge the Eclipse. they are as follows: Turbo manifold: $196; Turbo (with filter and oil feed) $158; Intercooler $60; Intercooler piping $95; Blow off valve $20; the look on the Mustang GT driver's face when a "ricer" blows his doors of AND passes every gas station in sight; PRICELESS. To hell with MasterCard, it pays to Discover! lol

    But in all seriousness, the parts listed will run me about $550. I might be able to get better deals around town, but some things i don't want to skimp on (like the turbo manifold for the 4G64. I won't have to swap out the head for a 2G GS-T or GSX head if i go that route. I might be able to get the T3 or T4 turbo off a wrecked GS-t or GSX or other car with a turbo) The intercooler might be cheaper from AutoZone, oil feel i might get from eBay. I'll keep the current intake. The blow off valve will come from eBay. where else can i get a brand new BOV for 20-60 dollars?
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    Re: Project idea

    Post by Dminted on Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:41 pm

    I would agree that you do know a lot about the Skylines and have definitely taught me enough to know quite a bit about them too, lol. I would still rather have an R34 over any other car holding a GT-R badge, I just love the looks and style of them and have not really been a big admirer of the others. I guess I will just have to wait for my time to come to be able to have the most amazing car ever.

    I know absolutely nothing about turbos so I wont comment on that but I have gotten more interested in the idea of running a turbo on my SOHC. I have heard that the D series are capable of really good power outputs on a turbo setup.
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    Post by EclipsedSilver on Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:57 pm

    Ah, the tuning bug, it never goes away, you projects just get bigger. lol. I'd love to turbo the Eclipse. It's more the work and satisfaction of doing it that i like. As far as turbo's are concerned, I'm a noob. I have no idea how to install them, work on them and only know the basics. They have to stay oiled, and synthetic works best (good thins i already use the stuff. lol) Turbocharging your Civic would be nice Dennis. I'd love to see a turbo SOHC other than my own. lol

    As far as the Skyline is concerned, I'm glad i could teach you something. I'll teach everything i now if a person is willing to listen. I, too, love the looks of the ER34 GT-R's (four door model). Many people think that the GT-R only came in a two door, but refuse to look into it. Then they hate on me for using Wikipedia as a reference. Unfortunately, Wikipedia is about the only place i can think of for information of that sort for the Skyline. Oh well. Seeing as how the R32 is about to turn 25, i may try getting a four door R32 and swap in the GT-R motor and trans as the R32 did not offer a four door variant of the GT-R.

    And for a bit of light reading: Following the end of R34 production in 2002, Nissan announced their plans to separate the GT-R model from the Skyline name, creating an entirely new vehicle although it would be loosely based on the same platform as the Skyline. This new car, now known simply as the Nissan GT-R, debuted in 2007 in Tokyo. Released to the consumers in 2008, it was the first GT-R available worldwide, entering the North American market for the first time.

    Although based on the FM platform used by the V36 generation Skyline, the GT-R uses an evolved Premium Midship (PM) platform. The car retains its heritage by using the chassis code CBA-R35, or simply R35.

    Why oh why Nissan couldn't keep the Skyline true to it's roots is beyond me. The V6 over the straight 6 is sort of understandable. Costs and rising fuel prices. Meh.
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    Re: Project idea

    Post by Dminted on Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:17 pm

    I listen to what you say about the subject because I can clearly see that you have done your research. I know the new GT-R is not technically a Skyline which is why I said anything with the GT-R badge. But I almost might consider an R32 after seeing a pic of one and I really liked it.

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    Post by Dminted on Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:21 pm

    I wouldn't go as crazy as they did on that one like having it scrap the ground but the basic style of it in this photo and the color really popped for me.
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    Post by Addicted2Speed on Wed Apr 11, 2012 12:14 am

    Yeah I've read all that, and you've gotta actually use the import company to run through customs and everything, that's where just driving it across the border gets a little sketchy, that was my plan for a long time and I even had 8 grand saved at one point, did some further research and found it was going to take a lot, lot more cash than just the cost of the car. I've read all the scandal stuff on JK industries and Motorex like they were bed time stories hahah. So I'm right there with ya.
    But if jdm legends is still up and running and capable of getting the c110 in the condition I'd want, it sounds like they'll be my guys, when the time comes that is haha.
    Personally I like the r32 gts-t more than the r34, of course if offered either car I'd take the 34, but I'd be just as happy having an r32, little bit smaller, little bit lighter, and still capable of swapping any motor you'd want in it. I dunno, I'm just more into late 80s early 90s styling I guess.
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    Post by Addicted2Speed on Wed Apr 11, 2012 12:16 am

    And Dennis as far as boosting your d15, the stock internals can handle up to "around" 200hp with a forced induction setup. So if you don't go to crazy on the size of the snail, and keep the boost reasonable, you'd have no problems.
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    Post by Dminted on Wed Apr 11, 2012 12:18 pm

    Thanks for the info, I am still undecided on turbo and won't even think about for a while.
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    Re: Project idea

    Post by EclipsedSilver on Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:34 pm

    Yeah, I'm like you Dennis on the R32. Too low and the wheels are too wide. Other than that, its freaking sweet. As far as a turbo, if you keep it small you can get away with boosting a bone stock motor. I'd recommend AT LEAST putting new gaskets and/or rings. If i can talk Sarah into letting me acquire parts I can start on it this winter. But that's kind of low on the list at the moment. I need to get the car back so i can start work. Got orientation Monday at 10am. Hope to have the car back by next Thursday or Friday.
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    Post by Addicted2Speed on Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:16 am

    http://corvallis.craigslist.org/cto/2920160001.html
    Seriously considering offering this guy 450 bucks just to see if I could pick it up hella cheap and turn it into a drift machine!
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    Re: Project idea

    Post by jlopez95 on Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:22 am

    i love the r32 n the r33 but my favorite r34
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    Post by Dminted on Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:02 am

    my fav is the R34 too and I like the R32 but I don't really think I would ever want an R33.
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    Re: Project idea

    Post by EclipsedSilver on Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:48 pm

    yes, the R34 is the last of the Great Skylines. The V35 (infiniti G35 here in the States) broke with the tradition and by many purists isn't considered a "true Skyline". who cares? If it's badged as a Skyline, that's good enough for me.

    The 34 is my favorite, preferably a four door GT-R V-spec II in Bayside Blue. The first Skyline I own i will repaint in the blue. But for now, I'll settle with Skyline colors on the Eclipse. Razz

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