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Friday, August 28, 2009

RB26DETT Cam Timing Adjustment

Cam Timing adjustments.
Intake side
Advancing timing - turning the pulley counter clockwise - you gain power at low RPM.
Retarding timing - turning the pulley clockwise - you gain power at high RPM
Most adjustable cam gears can be moved +/- 10 degrees which is 20 degrees of cam timing on most aftermarket cam gears.
Variable valve timing on the intake cam. 3 different setups. Seems to be popular on GT-R's in Japan now.

Parts for RB26 Timing Belt Change

Timing belt -13028-20P25
Tensioner- 13070-42L00
Idler- 13074-58S00
Tensioner Spring- 13072-58S10

Water Pump - 21010-21U26
N1 Water Pump - 21010-24U27

R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R Specifications and Production Information

Wheels up!


R32 GT-R(43934 total) production

1989-4555 1990-8426
1991-7081 1992-7961
1993-6204 1994-7465

Variations of models

  • Standard-40390
  • Nismo-560 (only 500 sold to the public, perhaps...)
  • Vspec-1453
  • Vspec II-1303
  • N1-228
Dates of Production and Prices 8-21-1989 to 2-14-1994 
1st model 8-21-1989
4,445,000 yen

Nismo 3-11-1990
4,441,000 yen
2nd model 8-20-1991
4,510,000 yen
3rd model 2-3-1993
4,545,000 yen
Vspec 2-3-1993
5,260,000 yen
Vspec II 2-14-1994
5,260,000 yen

Paint codes 1989-1994

  • AH3 - Red Pearl Metallic  - 2364 cars
  • BL0 - Greyish Blue Pearl (special order) - 141 cars
  • KH2 - Gun Grey Metallic - 19729 cars
  • KG1 - Jet Silver Metallic - 1620 cars          
  • KL0 - Spark Silver Metallic - 5161 cars
  • TH1 - Dark Blue Pearl - 1145 cars
  • 326 - Crystal White - 8055 cars
  • 732 - Black Pearl Metallic - 5666 cars
  • 2M8 - White #326/Black #KH3 (Police cars) - 14 cars
Update: GT-R Registry has a full breakdown of colors and types. Check it out. They managed to get lots of the missing FAST info.

In 1989, Nissan Skyline GT-R chassis codes - VIN numbers- started at chassis number 54, or BNR32-000054 and went to chassis number BNR32-005083. Although FAST and one other reference differ.

Total of 4365 cars paint codes pulled for 1989, and in a huge surprise KH2 dominated with 71.8% of the cars being gunmetal. A distant second was 732, black with 17.5%. Third place - silver only saw 5.4% of the bodies. TH1 - or one of two blues that are seen on R32s only showed up on 3.2% of the cars. Last place, but always faster, red with only 1.8% of the cars being red.

Even though this list is missing (5083-0054=) 5029 - 4365 = 664 cars, its a pretty good guess at the numbers and percentage of cars in each color available in 1989.

Chassis Codes/VIN numbers

  • 8/21/89  -  00051~017467
  • 8/20/91  -  212001~223299
  • 1/93     -  300001~314649

  • First         BNR32-000051
  • Last          BNR32-314649
  • Last VSpec    BNR32-313609 (10/13/94)
  • Last Vspec II BNR32-313930 (10/20/94)

  • Nismo  BNR32-100001~100560  (3/11/90) 
Coefficient of drag
  • CD 0.40
  • CLF 0.20
  • CLR -0.15

9 Second R32 GT-R. 

Maintenance Requirements for RB26DETT/ R32

Air filter element
Every 36,000 miles
Mobil 1 10-30 , 15-50

3,000 miles or 6 months
Oil Filter
OEM 15208-60U00
Fram PH3682 
Mobil 1 M1-208
OEM(R34) 15208-9E000
Every 3,000 miles
Spark Plugs
BCPR7EIX (one heat range colder iridium)
Every 60,000 miles
Timing Belt
OEM 13028-20P25

Every 60,000 miles
Suspension ball joint grease
Every 72,000 miles or 4 years
Manual transmission fluid
GL-4 75 –90
Redline Shockproof
Every 60,000 miles or 2 years
Differential Fluid - Front
GL-5 85W-90
Every 60,000 miles or 2 years
- Center
Nissan Automatic Fluid D
Every 60,000 miles or 2 years
- Rear
LSD GL-5 80W-90
Every 60,000 miles or 2 years
Fuel Filter
Purolator F44663 , 1996 Infiniti J30
Every 15,000 miles
Wiper Blades
Bosch 40921-21 (R33)
As required
Radiator Cap
OEM – 21430-4B700

Brake Pads- Front
AP460 R-4S
FMSI D460, D647, D1182  HB178
As required
- Rear
AP109 .595 R-4S
As required
Brake Rotor - Front

As required

As required
Power Steering belt
AC belt
Alt/ WP /Fan
4PK 950
4PK 925
4PK 880
4PK= 4 rib
950= 950mm

R32 GT-R at Buttonwillow. First class ride to and from the track.
R32.4 GT-R at Buttonwillow. First class ride to and from the track from Emergency Hookers.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Dan Gardner Buttonwilllow Raceway June 2009


Dan’s Scion TC that he runs in NASA and the WERC series.  Time Trial, Performance Touring, and a 3 hour endurance race in one weekend is enough to wear a volunteer out.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Pomona Swap Meet Videos

Couple of the cars I found interesting at Pomona Swap Meet. August 16, 2009

RB25 Powered S14 Drift Car

Walk around . Tuning an RB25DET powered S14. Turbonetics GTK-450 turbo. Power FC , LC-1. Datalogit. Dynojet. 440 whp/420 ft-lb . Having some issues with the boost controller controlling boost.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Team SCS - Battle of the mEats - Final - Dromo 1

Team SCS - Battle of the mEats - Final - Dromo 1. 8 of the 10 drivers were from Team SCS. Ferdie from SCS set fastest time of the final session with a 20.031.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Battle of the Meets at Dromo 1 August 22,2009



Dromo1 - Orange, CA
1431 N Main St, Orange, CA 92867

Sponsored by: SocalSubies

We will be hosting a kart battle best out of three races August 22nd. Everyone is welcome to attend/spectate.

Schedule of events:
9:30 - 10:00: Meet and Greet, set up
10:00 - 11:30: team check in
10:30 - 12:00: Qualifying
12:00 - 2:30: Eliminations
2:30 - 3:00: Awards
3:00 - 3:30: Clean up

I am going to be on Team SCS this Saturday at Dromo 1 indoor kart track.  There are some decently fast people on Team SCS.

US Attorney Thomas O'Brien stepping down


Recently there was a letter from the US Attorneys Office to some Kaizo owners about 60 days to export or surrender their vehicle, written by Thomas O’Brien.  It seems he is going into private practice. I wonder how much an hour he wants to give some advice against his old job.  He is joining the Paul Hastings law firm.


LOS ANGELES—U.S. Attorney Thomas O'Brien, who has overseen a number of high-profile cases as head prosecutor for the Central District of California, is stepping down to go into private legal practice in Los Angeles.

The U.S. attorney's office said Monday that O'Brien will join the Paul Hastings law firm on Sept. 1.

O'Brien led the prosecution of Missouri mother Lori Drew in the MySpace cyberbullying case. He also oversaw a grand jury investigation of alleged molestation by priests in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

O'Brien was nominated in 2007 by former President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate that October.


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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Arizona Revoked Motor Vehicle Title Hearing Decision

A fax copy of Arizona : Findings of Fact Conclusions of Law Decision and Order . Something we found out when we were doing research.  We edited out the names of the title claimant , and vehicle numbers. The owner had their title canceled by the Arizona Department of Transportation.  After review the title was re-instated. 



Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 ATTESA Codes


1,5 Front right wheel sensor and circuit

2,6 Front left wheel sensor and circuit

3,7 Rear right wheel sensor and circuit

4,8 Rear left whel sensor and circuit

11,21 Front right inlet solenoid valve and circuit

12,22 Front left inlet solenoid valve and circuit

13,23 Rear inlet solenoid valve and circuit

15,25 Front right outlet solenoid valve and circuit

16,26 Front left outlet solenoid valve and circuit

17,27 Rear outlet solenoid valve and circuit

31,32,33 E-TS solenoid and circuit

34,35,36 E-TS fail safe solenoid and circuit

41,42 ABS actuator relay and circuit

43,44 ABS actuator motor , motor relay and circuit

45,46,77 ET-S/ABS control unit ground and circuit

47,48 E-TS/ABS control unit power supply and circuit

51,52 E-TS actuator motor and circuit

53,54 Pressure switch and circuit

55 Air bleed switch and circuit

56 E-TS oil level switch and circuit

61 FR and RR G sensor 1 and circuit

62 FR and RR G sensor 2 and circuit

63 FR and RR G sensor 1 or 2 and circuit

64 G sensor 1 power supply and circuit

65 G- sensor 2 power supply and circuit

66 Side G sensor and circuit

75 Throttle position sensor and circuit and sensor


R34 Vspec codes

21 Front right wheel sensor (open circuit)

22 Front right wheel sensor (short - circuit)

25 Front left wheel sensor (open circuit)

26 Front left wheel sensor (short circuit)

31 Rear right wheel sensor (short circuit)

32 Rear left wheel sensor (short circuit)

35 Rear left whel sensor (open circuit)

36 Rear left whell sensor (short circuit)

41 Front right outlet solenoid valve and circuit

42 Front right inlet solenoid valve and circuit

45 Front left outlet solenoid valve and circuit

46 Front left inlet solenoid valve and circuit

55 Rear outlet solenoid valve and circuit

56 Rear inlet solenoid valve and circuit

57 Battery voltage

61 ABS actuator motor and motor relay circuit

63 ABS acutuator relay circuit

64 FR & RR G sensor 1

65 FR & RR G sensor 2

66 FR & RR sensor 1 or 2

68 G sensor voltage

69 Side G sensor voltage

71 ATTESA E_TS PRO/ABS control unit and circuit

72 Throttle position sensor

73,74 E-TS/LSD actuator motor

76,77 Pressure switch

78 Air bleed switch

79 Oil level switch

91,92,93 E-TS solenoid

94,95,96 E-TS fail safe solenoid

97,98,99 LSD solenoid

More ATTESA Information.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

US Department of Justice Letter : 60 Days to Export or Surrender.

One Kaizo customer recently received a letter from the US Department of Justice about his vehicle.  The letter is a little vague as it says “if my information is correct…” , this sounds like they are second guessing themselves.   They then say that non-compliant vehicles are subject to seizure and forfeiture. 

Then the letter states that the vehicle must be exported within 60 days of receipt of the letter.   We had a conference call with a few key people yesterday to start talking about organizing.  If you want to try and be a part of this, please contact me at tyndago at .  Based on the information we have, this vehicle was imported as parts, and reassembled by the owner here in the US.  The US allows for vehicles to be imported into the US as parts, and there fore was not “illegally” imported as the US Department of Justice is implying.



Thursday, August 13, 2009

Guidelines for Entry of Partially Dismantled Vehicles - Australia


Australian requirements for the entry of partially dismantled vehicles. I thought this was interesting as I was looking it up based on requirements to ship a damaged vehicle to a customer in Australia.


As a result, there is a need to clarify the point at which a disassembled vehicle ceases, for Customs Tariff purposes, to be considered as a complete vehicle but rather is considered as parts for a vehicle. Parts do not require an import approval from the Department of Transport and Regional Services.

The following tariff precedents have been created to clarify this issue and to provide uniformity of information to importers and brokers to assist them in complying with entry of goods under the Customs Act 1901 (Customs Act):


  • Precedent No. 15439800 relates to bodies for passenger motor vehicles for the purposes of subheading 8707.10.91. For these goods to be considered as parts they must be imported with at least the engine, transmission and all wheels and axles removed and these components must not be shipped on the same vessel; and
Engine transmission axles, and wheels removed, and a motor vehicle is considered parts in Australia, and you don't need import approval to import it. Nothing about titling or registration here, just the actual importing though customs, and the duties that have to be paid. 8707.10.91 mentions the duties.

RB26DETT Tech Video : Tomei vs Jun Oil Pump

A quick video comparision of a Tomei oil pump to a Jun oil pump. All the serious cars I work on, I try and put a Tomei oil pump on them. Cars like Jeffs R32.4

Chevrolet Volt at Plug In 2009

I even make an appearance in the video. See if you can see me.

Wangan Midnight Live Action Movie - 2009


From Japan. Wangan Midnight live action movie. Does it have a slightly Fast and Furious feel to you ? It does to me. Maybe its just me. Anyway, cool Z's and GT-R's battling P cars on the big screen. I wonder if people do this "Midnight" stuff in real life ? I wonder....



Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Kit Car Discussion from 2006 on Freshalloy Forum

About 3 years ago, we had a discussion with several people, including Detective Hsu that handled much of the Motorex investigation on the Freshalloy Forum.  I have been posting on Freshalloy, originally as Motorex, then as tyndago since 1999/2000.


Yes thats a twin turbocharged LS1 powered R34 from Australia.

If you search the forum for information on importing, you will probably find, about every month, someone will come on their with an “idea” of how to import cars to the US.   About every single month, a new “idea”.  Actually the same idea over and over. Sometimes a little twist here and there, but mostly the same.   I care about the consumer. I care about the guys that are buying cars. I want them to be fully informed in exactly what they are buying. After I left Motorex, and there was no more VCP-17, I did not care as much about tracking down these guys.

Read my first post carefully.  Understand what I am saying. 

Specialty constructed vehicles. I had a chance to look at some specialty constructed vehicles. "Based on" R33 and R34.
Interesting operation. Seems to follow the laws to a T. Nobles and Cobras are brought in as specialty constructed cars, why not GT-R's.
Now the only "legit" ways have been shut down, people will find other ways. This way is as close as I see to being correct.

Then I had this to respond to one guy saying I was doing a disservice to people in saying they were “as close as I see to being correct.”  Understand what I am saying there.  I pick my words fairly carefully.

Trust me, I am normally the one in your shoes. I have seen and read the rules and regulations. I have done it through the RI channel since 1999.
Ever see a Noble ? How about a Cobra Kit car ?
The Nobles have an engine that was never a certified US engine. Not in a twin turbo configuration.
The kit car thing is such a gray area. Its reading into it as much as you want to read into it.
Ie parts. Any parts are an approximate disassembled vehicle. In the example... the kit car manufacturer DOES NOT provide the engine/transmission - you buy it from somewhere else. #2
Car parts are not considered - Motor Vehicles. #5 no longer applies, as a chassis is no longer a motor vehicle. See how it can go around and around.
" "2" above; an individual or firm that assembles kits for hire or resale, that produces assembled kit cars for resale or that produces complete kit car packages for resale"
If you build it yourself, no matter what configuration it has, you don't need to meet EPA requirements. You can't build a car for someone else. You can't hire someone to build the complete car for you.
The laws and regulations are in place, doing it though all the RI/Import regulations is no longer possible. Lets exploit the open channels. People want cars, this way is open.
As long as its done, the way that one guy is doing it. If you buy a car, have it disassembled, import it, import the engine from it, and reassemble it, then thats going around the Clean Air Act. If you buy a certified chassis, and then go from there, its not illegal by what I read.


Head on over to the FA forum to check out the full post.  There is a bit of back and forth both ways.  Again this is from 3 years ago.  This is not a new discussion. This is not a new thing.

Source : Freshalloy Forums

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Croydon Wholesalers R32 GT-R Top Speed Run

Croydon Wholesalers Racing Nissan Skyline GT-R shortly after the new Holinger 6-speed sequential box was installed. The run was held at Ohakea Airbase near Marton, New Zealand, in September 2001 during filming for a sadly still-born video project that released an audio CD with the Skyline recorded this same day. On this run Glenn Suckling pulls away from a standing start through all six gears to sit on the redline, reaching 305kmph before braking hard at the end of the two-mile runway. Listen and you can hear the Goddie hitting redline.

They still hold the title of quickest 1/4 mile GT-R on a DOT tire. 8.55 with a T88 and big nitrous. 

Importation and Legalization of Automobiles to the United States.

This was written several years ago. Before there was a US Department of Homeland Security.

There is too much misinformation out there about the actual importation and legalization process . The actual process requires the satisfaction of several government agencies . The government agencies concerned are :

1) NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) or DOT (Department of Transportation)
2) EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
3) Customs Service.( Part of Homeland Security now)
4) CARB ( California Air Resources Board) if you are in California.
5) Local Department of Motor Vehicles.

There is a lot of information about importation of vehicles . It is a little difficult to transfer several years of knowledge and experience into a few lines of information. The truest way to learn the information is though doing it and from reading the Code of Federal Regulations , along with the local laws and information.

1)My state doesn't have emissions testing , so is it any cheaper to legalize my vehicle ?

No , its not any cheaper as the vehicle , and every vehicle when first sold new must meet Federal Emissions Standards . If your state does not have emissions standards , that does not mean you , or your state does not meet them . It merely means there is no in use testing. Federal emissions standards are FTP testing. It is run on a dyno from a cold start . Though an 11 mile drive cycle. All of the emissions from a vehicle are tested , and the vehicle must meet certain criteria for the year it was produced .

2) I want to bring in a Toyota Supra from Japan (any vehicle not produced for the US market) , I have seen people have them here already , why do you say I can't have the car ?

"All eligibility numbers are for left-hand drive motor vehicles except where right-hand drive (RHD) is identified after the model. While there is no specific restriction on importing a right-hand drive vehicle, an eligibility number based on a substantially similar U.S.- certified motor vehicle may not apply. Our experience has shown that the safety performance of right-hand drive vehicles is not necessarily the same as that of apparently similar left-hand drive vehicles offered for sale in this country. However, we will consider them "substantially similar" if the manufacturer advises us that the right-hand drive vehicle would perform the same as the certified left-hand drive vehicle in crash tests. If the vehicle is not substantially similar to one sold in the U.S., the RI would have to demonstrate that the vehicle, when modified, would comply with the applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards, which could involve crash testing several vehicles. " from the DOT website.

3) What is FTP ?

Federal Test Procedure, or FTP means the test procedure as described in Sec. 86.130-00 (a) through (d) and (f) which is designed to measure urban driving tail pipe exhaust emissions and evaporative emissions over the Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule as described in appendix I to this part.

4) What is the DOT ?

Department of Transportation . Mostly we are concerned with the NHTSA . National Highway Transportation Safety Administration . OVSC . Office of Vehicle Safety and Compliance

5) What is FMVSS ?

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards

6) What is EPA ?

Environmental Protection Agency

7) What is CARB ?

California Air Resources Board.

8) What does the customs service do ?

9)Whats an HS-7 ?

It is the DOT form required to import a vehicle

10) What is a 3520 -1 ?

Its the EPA form required to import a motor vehicle. 3520-1

11) What is Show or Display exemption ?

12) I want to import a race car how do I do it ?

There are two ways to import a race car .

  • Temporary
  • Permanent

13) I want to do the work myself , why can't I ?

Registered importers are supposed to perform all modifications as the modifications are covered by safety recall insurance . If the RI did not perform the modifications there is no way for them to ensure the modifications are done correctly.

14) Why do you care if I import a car and sell it ?

If this guy sells it to someone , without the person fully knowing about the car they may have some problems .

The only person that has something actually to lose is the guy that buys this car . If I can use some of my knowledge about this , to possibly help someone out , then I will .

Does anyone remember the call I got from the guy with a Skyline in Canada . Someone had told him that he could import the car to Canada . Then drive it for a year before he had to legalize it . Have to tell him that there is really not much I could do for him . I gave him his options . He didn't think he was doing anything wrong . But hes the guy that gets screwed.

15) What do you know about the petition process for vehicles at the DOT ?

Do a keyword search . Search for Lancer Evolution . You will see two 87 page documents from me for the LHD Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII and VIII . The first few pages are the actual work . The rest of the pages are substantiating documentation from Mitsubishi press releases , and service manuals.It took me about a month to do the Mitsubishi petition . Get the paperwork and information together . Do the research , etc .
In February , 2003 I flew over to the DOT in Washington , DC and dropped off my petition . At first I bundled the VII and VIII together as they are on the same chassis CT9A . The DOT did not like this , and I had to go and split it into two petitions .

It took about 2 months for them to decide they wanted to see it different . Then took several more months before they published the VIII petition in the Federal Register . Another month to publish the VII petition . Comments from Mitsubishi on the VII delayed the closing of the petition a week. There are comments from Mitsubishi on the VII petition also.The week after Mitsubishis comments I called the DOT to find out if they wanted me to formally comment on Mitsubishis comments , and they told me to stand by. Its been about 3 weeks now , and I am standing by. In all its been 11 months since I started the project .11 months. Sure in that time , everyone in the DOT has changed , some rules have changed .

In the end, Mitsubishi kept making challenges, and we kept responding. Their final challenge that really took the sails out of the project was the claim that the side impact structure of the European car, and the US car were different. We were set to X-Ray the side of the car, but the money ran out, and the project was shelved.

16) I hear 1996 and up cars need OBD -II . What is OBD -II ? Do cars made for other countries have it ? No system was required by other countries until recently .

17) What about converting my car to run on propane, or other cleaner fuel ?

Alternative Fuel Certified Retrofit Systems Under current California regulations, conversion of emission-controlled vehicles with retrofit systems to operate on alternative fuels, such as propane and natural gas, in lieu of the original gasoline or diesel fuel is only allowed if the retrofit systems have been evaluated and certified by the Air Resources Board. The certification must be obtained by the manufacturer of the retrofit system and is issued by the Air Resources Board once the manufacturer demonstrates compliance with the emission, warranty, and durability requirements. View a list of certified retrofit systems for 1994 and newer model-year vehicles. (Word97 - 56K) or (Acrobat - 110K)

18) Kit cars. I want to take a car apart and import it as a kit car. Is this legal ?

Motor vehicles" must comply with the Clean Air Act and may not be disassembled nor purchased in a disassembled form for the purposes of evading the Clean Air Act or the Imports regulations. In these situations the kit car body/chassis combination must be certified by the manufacturer, must be in a configuration which was previously certified by EPA subject to the guidelines discussed at "2" above or, in the case of an importation, an EPA form 3520-1 must be filed at the port of entry and the vehicle imported by an eligible ICI who must ensure that the kit car body/chassis complies with all applicable emission requirements. At the present time, there are no ICIs eligible to import kit cars.


Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash test results --

Crash test data - Edmunds / NHTSA - NCAP Offset Crash test results - > Code of Federal Regulations - Emissions Information - Kit car titling in Illinois -

Nissan Skyline – Fully Legal for $3000

Here are some caution words.  Found this over at Zilvia forums.  I don’t have too much of a  problem with the car, I have a problem with the words the seller uses - “fully legal”,and only for $3000.  That is simply not possible.  This person can maybe get a title for this car in some state for $3000 , but the car is not “fully legal”.  Possessing something, does not make it legal. 
This state titling thing seems to be confusing to most people.  They assume that because they are titling a car, its legal.
If this car was imported as a complete car, and they bypassed Customs, DOT-NHTSA , EPA regulations, then the car may have been able to be titled, but its not legal.    Offering the service to “legalize” and title the car as a Nissan Skyline is just not legal.
With all the current goings on with the Kaizo investigations, and New Jersey investigations, maybe these guys aren’t that smart. Probably not.  There was even this R32 GT-R in Texas from a while ago that was seized by Homeland security.
The car they are selling is a GTS R32.  Maybe a $2000 car in Japan. Shipping, and getting a title for it costs, but its still just a GTS. You would be better off with at US legal 240 for that kind of money.  No matter what you do, this thing is still a GTS.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Seibon Carbon Customer Appreciation Day August 29

Seibon Carbon is opening up its doors for its first customer appreciation day August 29,2009 11 am - 6pm. Tons of drift, time attack, rally, and show cars are going to be on display including Seibons 2008 SEMA Show vehicles. 20159 E. Walnut , Walnut CA.

Swing on by to check it out.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Hardees Biscuit Hole Commercial

A quick man in the street A to B test. Hardees is the same as Carls Jr on the East coast.

This made me laugh. Good stuff.

Toyota Small Sports Car on the Fast Track

Akio Toyoda confirmed that they would be launching an affordable sports car within the next few years. Toyota has been working with Subaru on an affordable car that they expected to show it at this years Tokyo Motor Show.

A self-described "car nut," he said, "I am passionate about driving and I race as well.... I want to see Toyota build cars that are fun and exciting to drive." Referring to the new sports car, Toyoda said, "I am very excited about it, and I plan to fast-track it."

Source: Edmunds Inside Line

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Nissan Skyline GT-R’s for Sale

We always are watching eBay auctions, looking at the cars that come up for sale. Here are a couple of interesting ones.

The first car is a US DOT, EPA, and California legal R32. The next is an R34 from Canada, that someone managed to get some paperwork on.
For a US and California R32 GT-R, the Buy it Now price on this car is about right. In the $40,000 range. This car can be driven and registered in any state. No state legal, or parts car here with this R32 GT-R. It used to be up, but its no longer up. Ebay has a habit of taking GT-R auctions down. However, the US legal cars, they normally take down, the other cars like the R34, they manage to keep up.

Its always humorous to me, how people assume when they are able to get a title or register a car that everything is ok. Canada allows cars over 15 years old, and this R34, well they started in 1999. Not yet 15 years old. So how do you get it registered ? VIN Swap ? Friends in the right places ? Guess we won't find out. At 105k though, this guy is way out there on a price for a not legal R34. If the car were closer to say $35k, it might be around correct.
So as always, buyer beware. Know what you are buying. Real cars have real paperwork.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Whats Going On With Kaizo ?

dsc01688-500x375 Lots of people out there are wondering what's going on with Kaizo. As always, there is as much bad information, as good information. People misread, or take half truths and spin them into whatever they want to say. As we wrote earlier, federal agents searched and seized three vehicles, and records from Kaizo’s offices. Yesterday we spoke with Daryl Alison of Kaizo. He informed us that his lawyers have advised him not to speak with anyone about the on going investigation. There have not been any charges filed and the case is sealed.

Some of Kaizos customers have been contacted by ICE, and agents have come out and photographed cars, and asked questions. Here is an excerpt of one of the agents visits to a Kaizo car.

How did you first hear about Kaizo? Do you have the "blue plate" (the one that the cars from Japan have with the VIN)? Did Daryl Alison discuss the legality of the "installation" (i said, "what installation". he said, "nevermind")? Did the car come with an engine? What is the primary use of this vehicle? Were you able to title it for road use? Were was the car previously titled? Did Daryl Alison provide to you a Japanese owners manual? Did Daryl Alison provide documents on the importation of the vehicle? Did Daryl Alison provide any original Japanese paperwork?
He then proceeded to take detailed photos. Items of interest were head and tail light assemblies, side view mirrors, Kaizo serial numbers on firewall and door jam, speedo, odometer, and 3rd brake light.
He was interested in the writing scribed on the lenses of all the exterior lights, and in obtaining a photo of the engine serial #.... which he was not able to do,

We have been talking to many other owners of imported cars. In New Jersey a few owners have received letters asking for inspections of their vehicles. Some owners are talking about organizing, and coming together to really look at the convoluted laws . There is already a grassroots organization going on behind the scenes. The government treats imported parts as contraband, however they make it clear in the rules that its not illegal to import vehicle parts.

EPA requirements- Engines

B. (2) Engine not in Vehicle or Chassis
EPA regulates the entire vehicle, not individual parts, for cars, light trucks, and motorcycles. If an engine is not installed, and is to be used in a car, motorcycle, or light truck, it may be imported as an automotive part. No approval or Customs bond is required by EPA. Importers should be aware, however, that replacement of an engine in a U.S. version vehicle with an engine of a different type or model year which is not currently covered by an EPA certificate or will be covered by an EPA certificate prior to introduction into commerce may violate EPA regulations.
This section under "kit car policy".
The production, sale and importation of automotive bodies alone (i.e., no chassis, engine or transmission) are not regulated by EPA since such units are not considered "motor vehicles" under the Clean Air Act. EPA form 3520-1 is not required for imported automotive bodies. A motor vehicle from which the engine has been removed is still a motor vehicle and is not considered a body.

No engine and no transmission is significant in accordance with DOT requirements.

A disassembled vehicle that is shipped without an engine and transmission is treated for importation purposes not as a motor vehicle, but instead as an assemblage of motor vehicle equipment items. Such an assemblage can lawfully be imported into the U.S., provided any equipment included in the assemblage that is subject to FMVSS, but was not originally manufactured to comply with that FMVSS or was not so certified by its original manufacturer, is removed from the assemblage prior to entry into the U.S. Equipment items that are subject to the FMVSS include tires, rims, brake hoses, brake fluid, seat belt assemblies, glazing materials, and lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment.
That is direct from the DOT website. So as far as importing car parts, or a disassembled vehicle to the US, its legal as long as the parts aren't anything that is covered by FMVSS.

Fast Lap with Billy Johnson: Buttonwillow (configuration #13 CW)

If you loved Sport Compact Car , head over to MotoIQ. Check out this fast lap at Buttonwillow Race 13CW with Billy Johnson. A 1:45.5 time. It looks like a pretty easy 1:45.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Nissan GT-R Wagon

2009-gtr-f34-nissan-fe-500-3 Edmunds Inside Line has just posted an article  on the Kids Heart  hybrid of a Nissan GT-R and a Stagea Wagon  .  Kids Heart is a shop started by Tezuka Tsuyoshi , well known for driving the Bee-R R32/R34 Nissan Skyline in D1 Grand Prix.  The base for the conversion is a M35 Stagea with a VQ25DET , 276 hp engine.  A V-6, 2.5 liter, single turbo engine from Nissan, that we don’t see here in the US.  The previous generation Stageas were even available though Nissan/Autech as the Stagea 260RS with the full Nissan Skyline GT-R all wheel drive, and the RB26DETT.  Cool wagons, to haul the kids and dogs around.   Even with rear wheel drive and a VQ25, this car should still be fun to haul the rugrats.


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