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Thursday, July 22, 2021

4069 km 1994 NISSAN SKYLINE-R R32 GT-R VSPEC II For Sale

1994 Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec II with 4069km for sale

This 1994 Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec II, with 4069 km will be offered at the Bonhams Auction at the Quail Lodge, on August 13, 2021. 

To bid on it - https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26887/lot/129/

THE NISSAN SKYLINE

Routinely voted by the classic car magazines as one of the greatest Japanese cars of all time, Nissan's high-tech Skyline GT-R burst onto the motoring scene in 1989 to universal acclaim. Built specifically to contest Group A, the original R32 GT-R Skyline dominated the Australian racing scene, earning the nickname 'Godzilla' and ultimately, banishment from the ATCC. Debuting at Mallala in June 1990, the R32 race program was run by Gibson Motorsport and from the outset it was clear the car had the potential to be a race winner but it wasn't until 1991 that everything came together for the team and drivers Jim Richards and Mark Skaife crushed the opposition, including a win at the all-important Bathurst enduro. Despite increased minimum weight and reduced boost bar for 1992, the Skyline continued its winning ways, famously scoring a repeat win at Bathurst in the toughest condition - and a hostile reception from the crowd when Richards and Skaife took the podium.

1994 Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec II with 4069km for sale




In road going form, the R32 was powered by a twin-turbo RB26DETT in-line six allied with a sophisticated 4WD system and HICAS all-wheel steering, the R32 was a devastating road car. On paper, these cars were stated to produce 276hp, however these were usually underrated numbers to please the limiting laws in Japan. Unofficially the Skyline held the lap record on the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife.

1994 Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec II with 4069km for sale




THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This beautifully well-kept R32 GT-R comes direct from the place of its birth following a lifetime of coddling and care. Having only one owner from new, the original purchaser fastidiously garaged and cared for his homegrown supercar. Kept dry and properly stored, this example appears to still have the same set of original Bridgestone tires it was delivered with when new—a small testament to the level of detail and extent of care bestowed upon the car.

Very original in presentation, the car was fitted with a NISMO (Nissan Motorsports) rear trunk spoiler. Such a rare occurence to find an R32 GT-R with no aftermarket modifications, let alone with the rare Vspec II optional package. Victory Spec, or Vspec models were produced to celebrate the racing success of Nissan in the Group N and Group A racing series. Setting it apart from the standard R32 GT-R, the Vspec II package includes 17-inch forged BBS wheels, larger tires, retuned all-wheel drive system as well as Brembo 4-pot brake calipers. Further, this example comes optioned with a trunk mounted CD-changer with a rarely seen center console controller. Finished in Spark Silver metallic (KL0 code) with a black interior, the car presents beautifully and is in fantastic original condition.

1994 Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec II with 4069km for sale





Showing only 4,069 kilometers at the time of photographing, the car still appears as new with very little signs of wear. The engine still showing the gold coating on much of the hardware, evidence of little to no heat cycling which quickly ages these engine bays. Complete with original service books, owner's manual, key, spare tire, and some documents also speak to the lifetime of attention given to this Skyline. This R32 did receive a routine maintenance in recent time to ensure the car is ready to be operated. Rarely seen anywhere in such unmolested condition, they are particularly rare on these American shores where the Skyline-model was never sold new.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Big Bird 2 Updates : BB2 Engine Going Together

RB26 head being assembled

Well, it is finally happening. Combining some new parts with the old RB30 block to create what is essentially a three liter RB26DETT. Or if you prefer RB30DE to a RB30DETT.  Why have a single T, when you can have two T's.  

RB26 head assembled


Bottom end, aluminum rods are visible

Along with the RB26 head, this engine is using a stock crank, CP pistons, R&R Aluminum rods with L19 rod bolts. The pistons, and oil pump gears have been WPC treated


RB30 block and RB26 head mated together

This engine is using a Tomei oil pump, with a Supertec Spline Drive  .The RB30 should be able to meet our goals. It will have a pair of GTX2971 hung off the side on JGTC exhaust manifolds if they all will fit. Our limiting factor will be the size of the exhaust wheel, but that is what nitrous is for.  Nothing too crazy.  Lets see once we get the car out to get the engine, and turbos fitted. 


RB30 block and RB26 head mated together




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Air Conditioning Troubleshooting Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 - ECU Issue

I always try and mark parts. Otherwise I never remember later

This was a bit of an odd one. We had a car that had a non functioning AC system. The system was charged, good pressures. All the codes came back good, but the clutch wouldn't engage/ system wouldn't turn on. 

Air conditioning relay ground is on pin number 9

The ECU mostly provides a ground to turn most things "on".  The power or hot side comes through a fuse. When the ECU makes the ground the circuit is completed. This includes things like the fuel pump relay, and for the air conditioning though the dual pressure switch, the air conditioning relay. 

On this car, I had used an ECU that I had in stock for a friends car. It had some other weird ECU issues, and this ECU seemed to clear them up.  However when later troubleshooting the AC issue, we found it was not providing the ground for the AC relay.   We swapped ECU to another ECU, and the AC functioned correctly.   

Burned circuit in the ECU. 

It even showed up on the case, but it does not appear like the case contacted anything in the circuit





GT-R ECU pinout, looking when mounted



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Midnight Purple II R34 GT-R sells for $310,000 on Bring A Trailer



Just a few days after the last 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec sold for $315,187 another MPII car sold for $310,000 on Bring A Trailer. It is interesting to see these cars bringing this much money. With only 282 cars produced, and currently legal for the US under the Show or Display exemption, it is a desirable car.  For those that don't want to wait until the R34 GT-R is 25 years old, Show or Display is an option. 

There are a lot of misconceptions about the Show or Display exemption.  Show or Display is an NHTSA exemption, not an EPA exemption, not a title, not a registration exemption. It just allows you to import certain, specific, approved vehicles under that exemption, without meeting required Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. 

Some people think they get a title that lists the vehicle as Show or Display. Some people think that a Show or Display car is always limited to 2500 miles, both of those statements being false. The NHTSA doesn't issue titles, once the car is over 25 years old, it is free from the Show or Display requirements. 

Show or Display is not open to just any car you want to import.  A Show or Display car must be approved, and must be individually approved.   The 2021 list of approved vehicles for Show or Display is here



Sold at $310,000 on Bring A Trailer




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