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Old 31-08-2014, 12:25 AM   #1
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R33 GTS25t to GTS-R, or something like that.

A few years ago now I stumbled across a Nissan Skyline in a showroom at a local garage, at the time I had only heard of the GTR and had no idea about any other model. I was looking for something rear wheel drive and something that I could part ex my JCW cooper S against.

After a chat with the garage, a deal was struck (with cash my way) and the Skyline found a new home on my driveway.



It wasn't long before the car was home that I was searching for a new set of wheels to replace the 17" AVS rims.

I spotted some rather cool looking wheels on Phil Morrisons S15, and decided that's what I wanted. I bought some Falkens for the front and some Toyo R888's for the rear.



I noticed the ride height was raked with the new wheels on so tried to adjust the rather firm Tein coilovers to lower the rear to match the front. Not a chance in hell would the locking collars free off, only one thing for it, Bin them!

Jerrick was the man to sort me out with a set of Zeta S coilovers. I had previously bought MeisterR coilovers so new they would be spot on.
I wasn't disappointed, transformed the way the Skyline drove, I was chuffed

I also replaced a few bushes with Superpro poly bushes which stopped stuff wobbling about.
I cut the type M front bumper to allow more airflow to the intercooler and to make it look less pants basically.

I painted the dash and fitted my Sparco wheel while I had the car in the workshop, the rubber coating stuff was peeling and needed brightening up a touch.







Various blue hoses and Conceptua stuff (k&n ect) were added to brighten up a rather dull looking engine bay.



I then got an itch for painting things, brakes, engine covers and other bits and bobs.

I spotted a manifold for sale, so I bought a genuine Plasmaman plenum from Bigchief, then the fun began.









Then on went the painted cam covers





Then the brakes



The Skyline stayed like this for, erm, not very long at all.

I'd decided I wanted a GTR bumper so I bought a second hand FRP copy. It was shit so left it in the garden lol.

I purchased a genuine plastic GTR bumper and a carbon fibre GTR grill.
Fitting was a piece of cake, I cut my bumper carrier and painted my GTR intercooler black at the same time. It looks loads better black IMHO as it doesn't stand out.





Test fit





Decided to get the splitter painted silver too when the bumper got sprayed

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Old 31-08-2014, 12:50 AM   #2
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The Skyline went on a few road trips and a few down to Santa Pod.
I ran a rather poor 14.3 at 104 mph, wheel spin in first second and third. Awful.
A few more carbon bits also appeared.









I needed wider tyres.

I bought wider tyres,

They caught like a mofo.

I needed wider arches,

I bought wider arches.

Then I bought spacers lol.



Yep, they will do.

And these too.



But a drastic step had to be taken to fit them. Fronts rolled and flared, easy.
Rears, needed the arch cutting out and the two skins welding together.
Oh shit.

My balls grew that day....











They stayed in grey primer for a while.
I then had an idea to paint them in silver hammerite, with a paint roller.
What a massive mistake that was, as you will find out later on lol.

So it looked like this



And then this



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Old 31-08-2014, 01:22 AM   #3
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Then I had another silly idea.

369.5 BHP isn't really that much, a top mounted turbo would be much better I told myself....

Hmm, I started collecting bits and bobs and moving things to make space.

I removed the TurboTechnics hybrid, lines and manifold.

I also painted my spare cam covers red then fitted them.

Tial 44mm external wastegate with screamer



Relocated my PAS res



Does this make it an RB25DE?



OBX top mount manifold and downpipe with flexi bought.
GT35 bought
Conceptua oil and water lines bought
Gaskets and bolts bought
Heat wrap bought
Various silicon hoses and Ali joiners bought
Lots of time ****ing around
Stuff machined by Ash (Wilecoyote) thanks bud

Bits bolted together, stood back and admired





Ran to check for leaks, no leaks found.

Paint another set of cam covers



Decided they looked better on the grass than the engine, so.......

Painted my other cam covers VHT wrinkle red



Then my daughter was born and not much happened

The Skyline stood like this for a while as a lot was going on.
New baby, job interviews and ultimately a new job

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Old 31-08-2014, 01:39 AM   #4
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I fitted a turbo blanket a few months ago which started me off again



I decided I needed to get it back on the road, and looking semi presentable.
I checked over the car after being stood, it fired into life again fine with a new battery.
The suspension and bushes were all good still, everything worked.
The brake discs have taken a battering though, which will be addressed in the coming weeks.
The gearbox input shaft bearing is still rattling it's bollocks off and the clutch arm still squeaks but it still works.

I decided to paint the arches properly with KL0 this time round but my god was I in for a fight.

You painted them in Hammerite I hear you all laugh, it's oil based you fool.

The primer reacted,

The paint reacted,

When I finally got them painted and fitted, the foooooooking things started to wrinkle after the first two days.

Rears can go to the bloody bodyshop, which they did. Along with my genuine GTR rear spoiler.

Fronts before the reaction



Then the MOT was booked.

It was 25 miles away, my police officer mate said I could drive to and from a pre booked MOT with no tax and MOT. So I did.

Passed, then round the corner to tax. Well happy.

Getting it onto the MOT ramp was fun though. Recovery truck ramps were used to get it on the lift due to the bumper being so low.

Drove home, off boost as not mapped yet, with a big grin again.

That takes us up to this week.
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Old 31-08-2014, 01:43 AM   #5
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This week I've been mostly annoyed with Royal Mail.

I've fitted some gauges, oil pressure, temp and boost, but it seems they have lost the oil filter sandwich plate I ordered to only the boost pressure gauge works



My rear spoiler and arches were collected from the bodyshop and fitted as soon as I got home.

Thanks to Dave_R33 for my stickers



Today I raised the front coilovers 10mm as I'm running ET 5 front and ET-10 rear on 255/35r18 all round and the fronts caught a bit.
They were not seized as I'd lubricated them with lithium grease before fitting.

I took the Skyline for a run (off boost) down the coast road to make sure the height was fine.

I stopped by the sea defence, as you do, to take some pics.
I'm really happy with the way the car is looking at the moment.
It just needs the rest of the 20 year old paint sorting now (and the mapping)













Hopefully my sandwich plate turns up soon so I can get it fitted and my oil changed.
I've got my 10w-40 and K&N oil filter waiting.

Then off for mapping................
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Thanks bud!
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Old 31-08-2014, 01:56 AM   #8
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Awesome build story. Enjoyed that. What's next then? Mapping I take it?
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Yes mate. Just waiting for a date.
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I've seen this car in person and it does look good. That modified spec 1 bumper that's now on my car looks good too. The second hand gtr one you mentioned, not so much.
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Cheers Dan, I'm glad the bumper found a new home
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Old 31-08-2014, 05:20 PM   #12
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Looks goods
so how did you get the gtr bumper to fit thought they were wider?

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Easy mate, trim a tiny bit off the bumper corner, about 8-10mm off the very corner.
Drill some more holes to mount to the bumper bar.
Cut the bumper bar to clear bumper.
Make some brackets to fit GTR grill.
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Sounds easy enough cheers

did the bumper cost much?
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It cost me about the same as a fibreglass copy
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