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Old 01-26-2016, 07:43 PM   #1
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R32 GTR Rust to Riches

Hey all, been collecting photos of my 32 project for a while and decided to put them all together for your enjoyment and my wallet's torment.

Backstory, USAF stationed in Okinawa, got my first 32 in 2012 before they went too crazy in price.

It was a beautiful 89 Silver from mainland. Here are the photos the day I picked it up.





Got the car inspected and cleaned up, did a few repairs and got to enjoy the car with my buds.











Then one day I saw a TH1 Dark Blue sitting on the base for sale lot. The car was overpriced but I wanted the color. This would be the beginning of the end for me.




So I put the silver 32 up for sale and started looking online for my next 32. (Final photos of the silver 32)







Sold the silver 32 for 13k making a profit of 6k or so, thinking I was set up I bought a little more rough 1991 TH1 GTR. (Photos of the car in mainland)
Car was promised in running condition with little rust. Took the dealer at their word and dropped the cash.





The car arrived at the port a week or so later, me excited to drive my new car, started it up took a walk around and noticed jugs of water sitting in the passenger seat. Didn't think much of it until I noticed a pool of water rolling on the ground by the engine bay. So much for driving it home, got a flat bed and got it home...
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Old 03-27-2016, 07:00 AM   #2
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Lets see some more info man, Ill be in Okinawa in the fall and hopefully will be picking up a R33 GTR.
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Your logic makes no sense

You had what seemed to be a good chassis that was maintained well, Wanted a different color, so instead of just paying to have the car painted the color you wanted you sold it and bought a stock R32 in shittier condition?
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Your logic makes no sense

You had what seemed to be a good chassis that was maintained well, Wanted a different color, so instead of just paying to have the car painted the color you wanted you sold it and bought a stock R32 in shittier condition?
Woah, what's with busting the guys balls on something that happened in the past? Not to mention that he explained that he got screwed by the seller.
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Old 03-27-2016, 08:40 PM   #5
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Woah, what's with busting the guys balls on something that happened in the past? Not to mention that he explained that he got screwed by the seller.
Not exactly trying to bust his balls. Just making sure I'm following correctly.

Kinda bad on him for taking the dealerships "word". 90% or those guys just want that cheddar and don't know shit about cars. They say its in good condition just because the engine "Runs" and the wheels haven't fallen off.
Either that or they do shitty body repairs to hide all the rust to where 1 year later the rust bubbles through.

That sucks but just saying that was weird that he sold a solid car just for a certain color.
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Who cares? We've all made poor decisions with cars in the past, no need to rub sand in the wound.
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Old 04-01-2016, 02:47 PM   #8
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Your logic makes no sense

You had what seemed to be a good chassis that was maintained well, Wanted a different color, so instead of just paying to have the car painted the color you wanted you sold it and bought a stock R32 in shittier condition?
Thanks for the feedback, my money, my car. thanks!
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Old 04-01-2016, 02:56 PM   #9
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Sorry for the super late reply, I never got notified my post got approved!

Anyway, the Blue 32 arrived and I got photos of it as is before I touched it.









Scored a set of LMGT1's off a buddy as well!






Took my cash I made off of the silver car and stocked up on parts for the blue one. Joys of pulling the plenum before even driving it.





New fuel/water lines


Recaro confetti buckets
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Old 04-01-2016, 03:19 PM   #10
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Got it all back together with new rubber lines when disaster struck again...





The worst feeling...



Had a pin rust hole in the metal cross over line, ordered a new metal line and all back apart again.


The first drive was magical


And the first night home after she got plated and inspected.


Next parts started coming in.
YAJ score






OEM timing set


N1 Spats


Charge pipe kit


Ferrari F50 brake kit and Tein Coils


Car was finally coming together





Next was to clean up the bay some more, sent some parts off for powdercoating and paint the bay.






Finished result with the powdercoating and paint.






More parts still arriving. Rocket dancer flap!


Test fitted
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Old 04-01-2016, 03:39 PM   #11
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So be this point the car was running well but turns out the "rust free" car wasn't so rust free. Next up body shop!



Dropped the car off (ugly wheels are to clear the BBK)



Got a call the next day saying its worse than they thought. So now add a full glass out job as well!





















So why they had the car I was refinishing the LMGT's


New Stickers


New paint and surface the hubs to take out any rash


Waiting for new tire install


OEM parts coming in!
New emblems!


OEM body parts




As the car got closer to completion at the shop they asked which color I'd like. I wanted the TH1 color but something just a little different to set it off.
They sent 3 samples back.

OEM TH1


TH1+heavier flake


TH1+fuck ton of sparkle


I made my choice and they got closer to paint.



New door due to rust behind the mirror




All the rust removed


Exciting day!










Dropped the LMGT's back off a few days before the car was finished. First time outside in new paint.

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Old 04-01-2016, 04:21 PM   #12
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Old 04-01-2016, 08:12 PM   #13
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Woah, what's with busting the guys balls on something that happened in the past? Not to mention that he explained that he got screwed by the seller.
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Not exactly trying to bust his balls. Just making sure I'm following correctly.

Kinda bad on him for taking the dealerships "word". 90% or those guys just want that cheddar and don't know shit about cars. They say its in good condition just because the engine "Runs" and the wheels haven't fallen off.
Either that or they do shitty body repairs to hide all the rust to where 1 year later the rust bubbles through.

That sucks but just saying that was weird that he sold a solid car just for a certain color.
Well, thanks to this honest person, who has experience , I now know what to look out(or rather, who not to trust anyone) for when when buying a japanese car, especially from certain areas, because she tries to spread the world across this forum. Sileighty was being rather polite to say busting his balls lol...

Did you get rid of the silver one for any other reasons? Seemed like better car.

Anyways, I feel like that shit wouldn't fly in America..? Anyone have experience???? cause I wouldn't know but this guy got rather fucked lol
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Thanks for the feedback, my money, my car. thanks!
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Such a beautiful car! It's really coming together nicely
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I'd rather have a car in the corner I want then repaint. But the condition was something he could not help
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Old 04-02-2016, 01:46 AM   #17
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Did you get rid of the silver one for any other reasons? Seemed like better car.
Silver car was nice, had a few issues that I got sorted but nothing too bad. Just love the TH1 color.

The blue car was cheap, I expected issues and like I said earlier, I turned a good profit on the silver 32.
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Old 04-02-2016, 01:47 AM   #18
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Such a beautiful car! It's really coming together nicely
Thank you, I'll post more this weekend!
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Keep the Skyline classy.

You live and learn right?
Hindsight is 20/20 because you ended up repainting the car which you could have done with the original.

In either case, you now have the car in the colour you want.
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But the condition was something he could not help


He's getting it there though.
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Did you change an original TH1 car? Please tell me you went OEM color. Rare ass color that looks awesome imo. How much you want for those recaro's?
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Looks like this build is heading in positive direction. Sucks about the rust, but at least you're getting it sorted.
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Old 04-03-2016, 12:03 AM   #25
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After about two months in the body shop they called and said she was ready for pick up!

Day of pickup


Back home, glossy!



With friends


Another issue arose a few weeks later when the shifter stopped working and I heard a click in the transfer case. The plastic shifter bushing decided it didn't want to live anymore and fell into the tcase.



Least it looked good on the tow truck


Got that fixed then my buddy wanted to do a photo shoot.















Even made it on JDM culture!
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Looks great man. If you want to sell those seats, please let me know. Would prefer the SR3 version but you have the SPJJ. They are not confetti just so you know, they are crayola.
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Stunning! She is beautiful! Everything is tastefully done. Bravo good sir.
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Love this. I know what you mean about color changes. Messes with my OCD.
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