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Saturday, March 23, 2013

2001 Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec II R34 with 764 KM

2001 Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec II
No typo. That is 764 km. 474 miles. Lets just say its as good as new for a 12 year old car.  This Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec II is as new, and they even say it has the "new car smell". Who had thought that it would translate the same from Japanese.  They want 8,000,000 yen or about $85,000.  No you can't import it to the US legally, but some Canadian might be able to put their hands on it in a couple of years.

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Nissan Skyline : Nissan Heritage

Nissan USA has started to embrace some of the Nissan Skyline heritage from Japan. Never officially sold in the US, the Nissan Skyline has a long history in Japan. Watch the videos below.


Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R
The Skyline 2000GT (S54) was launched two days before the second Japan Grand Prix in 1964. It was necessary to work round the clock to produce the 100-unit minimum required for GT approval in time for the race. The story of how the 2000GT had put up a brave fight against a Porsche soon spread around the country and the "Skyline legend" was born.




Start of the Skyline Legend 
An epic lap during the 1964 Japan Grand Prix sparked the imagination of motorsports fans across a nation and marked the birth of a legend.




Calsonic Nissan Skyline GT-R 
The GT-R, reintroduced with the R32 (launched August 1989), made its debut at the opening race of the All Japan Championship in March 1990. In the four seasons running up to the last All Japan Championship held in1993, the GT-R achieved a spectacular record, winning all 29 rounds. This No. 12 Calsonic ("CalsonicKansei" at present) Skyline (K. Hoshino/Masahiko Kageyama) was victorious in 1990 and 1993.




Source: Nissan News

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Friday, March 22, 2013

R34 vs RX7 vs S15 in a Touge Battle from Hot Version

Touge Max Finals Triple Car Battle JDM Racers Hot Version International



Check out this video from Hot Version of the MCR R34 GT-R, vs the Fujita RX-7, and the Yashio Factory S15 on the Touge. This is pretty crazy. Check out the video after the break to find out who wins.

Touge Max Finals are run with 3 cars for the first time. The Finalists are the MCR R34 Skyline GT-R, Yashio Factory S15 Silvia and Fujita Engineering FD3S. Keiichi Tsuchiya, Manabu Orido and Nobuteru Taniguchi fight it out with Initial D rules on the Touge.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Cleaning and Axleing in Long Beach

Nismo Nissan Skyline GT-R. Show or Display
I don't think that axleing is a word. It is now. When I looked over #500, before I drove it the first time, I noticed the right side outer CV boot was torn. Its a pretty common problem with the Nissan Skyline GT-R. As you drive, the grease that lubricates the CV joint eventually all gets tossed out, then the axle does bad things. So it is something that you want to take care of.  Since I was feeling like working on the car, starting on some cleaning and detailing, I decided it was a good time to hit the axle.

Remove the cotter pin from the outer end of the axle
Cotter pin and cap come off axle nut

36 mm socket to get the axle nut off
Removed the ABS/wheel speed sensor. You can see the torn boot

After the wheel speed sensor and nut, dropped the tie rod end. Removed the end link off the sway bar. Loosened up the top hat of the shock. Removed the lower ball joint. Disconnected the tension rod from the lower control arm.

Axle cleared of the hub.
The right side axle can be tough to remove


This shows how I got the axle free on the right side. There isn't much room, but one or sometimes two pry bars, and a hammer can pop the axle free. There is a clip in the front diff that retains the axle.



I have my car jacked up on the right side. However the front diff may leak some oil if the car is level.  After a couple of good hits, check and see if the axle is free.

Right side axle removed
Torn outer boot. 


I will change the inner and outer boot. Put some Neo HPCC grease in the ends(this is what Suzuki from Shift recommended).  Next will be the rest of the prep to get this thing on the track eventually. It needs front differential ,transmission, transfercase, and rear end fluid changes. Should think about a decent set of brake pads. The divided twin turbo pipe needs to get installed. I even have a front strut tower bar I picked up. There is a leak from the back of the passenger side valve cover(1/2 moon, they always leak). I have a set of spark plugs(BCPR7EIX) for it, and I should probably replace the coil harness. The Full Race  ETS Pro ATTESA controller, would also be worth it to install. This is going downhill?uphill? fast. ...Maybe this year.


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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tamura and Kaneko Talk About NISMO, Five Letters Taken from the Words NISsan MOtorsports



Check out these two video interviews with Hiroshi Tamura and Noboru Kaneko about the upcoming NISMO line up and its upcoming product.  The first model to embrace the new more widespread use of the NISMO name and heritage is the Juke. Check out the press release and pictures on the Nismo Juke here. We will also see a NISMO GT-R coming up in 2015(2014 World).

I am looking forward to some future NISMO product to go along with my #500 Skyline GT-R.  It is a good thing to see Mr. Tamura (an R32 GT-R owner, and product planner for the R34 GT-R) as the Chief Product Specialist for NISMO.


OKOHAMA, Japan - NISMO: known around the world racing fraternity for nearly 50 years, and passionately embraced by grassroots Datsun and Nissan club racers and electronic race gamers alike.


With the addition of the new 2013 Nissan JUKE NISMO model in the United States - joining the potent second-generation 370Z NISMO - the NISMO name is about to become much wider known among the general populace.

To give more information about NISMO, here are two interviews with Hiroshi Tamura, Chief Product Specialist, and Noboru Kaneko, Chief Vehicle Engineer and General Manager.

Hiroshi Tamura
Chief Product Specialist
NISMO Business Office
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Tamura divides Nismo customers into two groups; “high-life seekers” who want distinctive paint, bodywork and interior features, and “petrol-heads,” who want improved handling and more power. Nissan established Nismo in 1984. In Japan and other markets, it has built versions of the Skyline GT-R, Sylvia (240SX) and Micra subcompact

Read more: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/chicago-2013-nismos-for-all-my-men-204227.html#ixzz2NNyjv1ol 
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Noboru Kaneko
Chief Vehicle Engineer / General Manager
NISMO Business Office
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.




Source: Nissan News and Automobile

Saturday, March 09, 2013

NASA Auto Club Speedway March 3, 2013 Group B Race ST SU GTS Video

NASA Auto Club Speedway March 3, 2013 Group B Race ST SU GTS Video




National Auto Sport Association at Auto Club Speedway March 3, 2013.  Group B Race - Super Touring, Super Unlimited, GTS Race.

http://www.gtrusablog.com/2013/03/nasa-auto-club-speedway-march-2-2013.html
http://www.gtrusablog.com/2013/03/nasa-auto-club-speedway-march-2-2013.html



 View this entire album: NASA Auto Club Speedway March 2, 2013


 View this entire album: NASA Auto Club Speedway March 3, 2013

RIPS Pro Built R32 GT-R : Lightest in the World?

Lots of tubes, a floor and firewall

This is an old post, over a year old, but I think that Rob from RIPS still had the car. Either way, it is pretty cool. Almost a tube frame R32 GT-R. He said that without a powertrain it was about 450 KG or just under 1000 lbs. Rob is pretty well known for his RB30 builds, and has been having some fun with a Stagea called MGAWOT, and currently building up an R34 GT-R called MGAWOT II.

Custom Dash and steering wheel mount






More pictures of the build here: http://s1101.beta.photobucket.com/user/Bradj32/library/R32%20GTR

Friday, March 08, 2013

Nissan Skyline R34 Serial, Chassis Number, or VIN


I found these charts that they call the serial numbers, but they are the chassis number or equivalent of a VIN number. There were a few minor errors in the chart on Japanese Sport Cars, so I corrected them.  The first R34's were produced in 1997. You can see the prototypes all started with chassis number 000051, the same as the R33 GT-R. Interesting.  The first R34 GT-R's were produced in 1998 starting at chassis number 000051, and going to chassis number 000104. The Altia Nissan Skyline GT-R that Automotiveforums.com raced in World Challenge, the ex-Super Taikyu race car was chassis number 000092, so it was a pre-production car.  This chart only goes though 1999, so will have to see if I can find some newer information. 
R34
HR34 Nissan Skyline GT (RB20DE engine 2000 cc, FR)
ER34 Nissan Skyline 25GGT, 25GGT-X (RB25DE engine 2500 cc, FR), 25GGT Turbo, 25GGT-X Turbo (RB25DET engine 2500 cc turbo, FR)
ENR34 Nissan Skyline 25GGT Four (RB25DE engine 2500 cc turbo, 4WD)
BNR34 Nissan Skyline GT-R, GT-R V-Spec (RB26DETT engine 2568 cc twin turbo, 4WD)
ModelFirst Chassis NumberLast Chassis NumberTotal Produced
1997
HR3400005100006919
ER3400005100010353
ENR3400005100007525
1998
HR34000070
000201
000077
005133
7
4933
ER34000104
000201
000138
020188
35
ENR340000760000805
BNR34000051
000201
000104
000710
54
510
1999
HR340051340095034370
ER340201890287538565
ENR34001499002476977
BNR34000105
000711
000180
005865
75
5155

Nissan Skyline R33 Serial, Chassis , or VIN



I found these charts that they call the serial numbers, but they are the chassis number or equivalent of a VIN number. There were a few minor errors in the chart on Japanese Sport Cars, so I corrected them.  The R33 prototypes were first produced in 1992.  I find it strange that the R33 GT-R - BCNR33 starts with chassis number 000051 in 1994, but there is no listing for 1993. Although from the numbers there, 850 cars from 1994, so its not all pre-production.
I wonder if any of the other odd 3, 70,14,5 chassis produced in 1995 and 1996 give us any clue to N1's.

Some of these numbers don't exactly jive with what I have seen listed other places so if anyone knows how they counted them, let me know. 

Total Production 1995-1998: 
16250
        9871 Normal
        6551 Vspec (Including N1)

1995 : 8446
1996 : 4093
1997 : 2708
1998 : 1175 
R33
HR33 Nissan Skyline GTS, GTS-G, GTS-S, GTS-X (RB20DE engine 2000 cc, FR)
ER33 Nissan Skyline GTS25, GTS25-G (RB25DE engine 2500 cc, FR)
ECR33 Nissan Skyline GTS25-S (RB25DE engine 2500 cc, FR), GTS25t-M, LSTS25t-M (RB25DET engine 2500 cc turbo, FR)
ENR33 Nissan Skyline GTS-4 (RB25DE engine 2500 cc turbo, 4WD)
BCNR33 Nissan Skyline GT-R, GT-R V-Spec (RB26DETT engine 2568 cc twin turbo, 4WD)
ModelFirst Chassis NumberLast Chassis NumberTotal Produced
1992
HR3300000100005252
ER3300000100005151
ECR3300000100005858
1993
HR3300005301070310651
ER3300005201164311592
ECR3300005902262422566
ENR330000010011261126
1994
HR33010704
050001
028335
052154
17632
21154
ER33011644
030001
015988
030510
4335
511
ECR33022625
050001
032228
051879
9604
1880
ENR33001127
005001
003316
005197
2190
198
BCNR3300005100900850
1995
HR33052155
080001
081001
063561
080011
082095
11406
11
1095
ER33030511
050001
050005
051001
034724
050002
050024
051301
4214
2
20
301
ECR33051880
100001
101001
063435
100019
101987
11556
19
987
ENR33005198
010001
011001
006841
010014
011067
1644
14
67
BCNR33000901
020001
021001
009270
020003
021070
8370
3
70
1996
HR33082096
100001
100101
093230
100003
100210
11135
3
110
ER33051302
070001
070101
056515
070005
070147
5214
5
47
ECR33101988
130001
130101
114502
130010
130258
2515
10
158
ENR33011068
200001
012590
200001
1523
1
BCNR33021071
040001
040101
024700
040014
040105
3630
14
5
1997
HR33100004
100211
106521
100004
106519
106921
1
6309
401
ER330701480721111964
ECR33130011
130259
130013
134398
3
4140
ENR33220101220805705
BCNR330401060427062601
1998
HR331069221099713050
ER33072112072473362
ECR33134399135381983
ENR33220806220984179
BCNR330427070437431037

Nissan Skyline R32 Serial , Chassis Numbers, or VIN


Came across this chart one day while looking up Nissan Skyline numbers, they call them serial numbers, but they are chassis numbers or the US equivalent of a VIN. It is probably based off the Nissan FAST parts lookup.  I think there were a few minor errors in their chart on Japanese Sport Cars, so I corrected them. This first chart covers the R32, but I will also put up R33, and R34. The R32 was first produced in 1988. You can see from the low numbers in 1988, they were all probably prototype cars. Used to test out the production lines, and builds.  Most anything under 100 from what I understand is generally pre-production.  As you can see below, there were actually R32 GT-Rs built in 1988. Chassis number 00001 to 000053. The first six Nismo's were built in 1989, with chassis number 100007 being the first built in 1990.

R32
FR32 Nissan Skyline GXi, GXi X (CA18I engine 1800 cc, FR)
HR32 Nissan Skyline GTE,GTE X, GTE X V (RB20E engine 2000 cc, FR)
RR32 Nissan Skyline GTS, GTS X, GTS J (RB20DE engine 2000 cc, FR)
RCR32 Nissan Skyline GTS S (RB20DE engine 2000 cc, FR), GTS-t, GTS-t M (RB20DET engine 2000 cc, FR)
ER Nissan Skyline GTS25 X (RB25DE engine 2500 cc, FR)
ECR Nissan Skyline GTS25 S, GTS25 X (RB25DE engine 2500 cc, FR)
HNR32 Nissan Skyline GTS-4 (RB20DET engine 2000 cc, 4WD)
BNR32 Nissan Skyline GT-R, GT-R V-Spec, GT-R V-Spec II (RB26DETT engine 2568 cc, 4WD)
ModelFirst Chassis NumberLast Chassis NumberTotal Produced
1988
FR3200000100006161
HR3200000100006363
HCR3200000100009090
HNR3200000100005050
BNR3200000100005353
1989
FR320000620069726911
HR3200006401797517912
HCR3200009104150241412
HNR320000510034793429
BNR32000054
100001
005082
100006
5029
6
1990
FR320069730125115539
HR3201797603754719578
HCR3204150308236040858
HNR320034800094705991
ECR3200000100005959
BNR32005083
100007
013758
100560
8676
554
1991
FR32012512
050001
013935
052802
1424
HR32037548
110001
047013
117226
9466
7226
HCR32082361
250001
097543
262346
15183
12346
HNR32009471
030001
011623
033227
2153
3227
ECR3200006001009310034
ER3200000100008484
BNR32013759
210001
017466
215652
3708
5652
1992
FR320528030543981596
HR3211722713053913313
HCR3226234728884426498
HNR320332280360802853
ECR320009850020101026
ER320100940147124619
BNR322156532233007648
1993
FR32054399055005607
HR321305401373716832
HCR322888452976348789
HNR320360810371041024
ECR32014713015542830
BNR323000013063486348
1994
BNR323063493146498301

Thursday, March 07, 2013

They Think the Rendering is Scary...

Skyline GT-R Police Car Rendering


Saw this rendering of an R32 GT-R at the Auto Evolution website.  They called it "scary". The steelies and push bars do add some character.  Its not that scary, actually there were R32 GT-R police cars, along with several others used in Japan.  There are even Kyosho 1/18th scale models of the real thing.

Police cars come in all sorts of forms, but the Nissan Skyline R32 we see in the adjacent rendering is definitely one of the scariest we’ve seen.


Here is an R34 GT-R version of a police car



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