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Chris' R34 Skyline GTT

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  • #61
    Congrats Chris on the birth of your daughter, exciting times ahead!!

    She will no doubt turn into a petrol head and JDM fan so you can’t ever sell the GTR!!!


    • #62
      I can't believe the last update was in July!

      In September I was lucky enough to attend the 2nd show of the year dodging the national lock downs, this was Modified Live Snetterton. Would have been rude not to as the circuit is only a 20min drive away.

      On the drive home the car threw up the TCS,SLIP and EML lights on with no change in the drive of the car. I took it to work the following week and I experienced a very bad misfire on the way in.

      Not having access to Nissan Consult I did the paperclip trick and code 21 appeared, which points at the coil packs.

      I removed the coil packs to check the resistance to find 4 out of 6 had no resistance. I'm guessing they're fine on initial start up but break down when they get hot (driving for 10mins after start up the misfire reappears)

      I also noticed 3 out of 6 cylinders had oil down the spark plug chambers and on top where the coil pack sits. So I started to strip it down while I wait for a replacement gasket and half moons to arrive from Conceptua Tuning.

      This was the first time working on the engine especially an RB, and wow what a ball ache this was haha

      With the gaskets and spark plugs changed it was a waiting game for the OEM coil packs to arrive from Auto Extreme

      Refitting is very straight forward so it didn't take too long to put everything back together

      With the car reassembled it was time for a test drive. What better way than a 100 mile trip around the Norfolk coast. The car didnt play up at all and ran like a dream. An added bonus Mia had slept for the whole time, winner!

      I'm looking forward to the salt free roads so I can enjoy this again


      • #63
        I've been wanting to try a new photo look/technique for awhile but hadn't had the spare time.

        The car had been neglected since the end of summer last year and I can't remember the last time it was washed. Unfortunately with winter and moving house it wasn't at the top of my priority list (plus living in a flat didn't help)

        With the car washed, now was the time to go out and take photos. I'll let them do the talking

        A big thank you to David Cox aka Shooting Dave for videos, it certainly helped. Just need more practice now


        • #64
          I just realized your Skyline has the same Recaros as my Opel has from the factory xD
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          • #65
            Sadly no updates with the car

            Took the car to a couple of local meets


            • #66
              Some nice photos you got there! Might need to try out that long shutter time with flash/light tactic as well.


              • #67
                Its been a year since I last posted anything constructive (new coilpacks, rocker cover gasket etc)

                The R34 had taken abit of a back burner due to the Micra K11 and Colt CZT but it's time to give it some well deserved attention

                Back in 2020 when the UK went into its Covid lockdown, I repainted the intercooler pipes in a stone effect paint. While re-assembling I noticed the paint had started to come off, thinking it'd be fine. Fast forward a year or so and the paint didn't last as long as I had hoped.

                With the car currently off the road for the winter, it was a good opportunity to sort this.

                I went with a VHT wrinkle black paint, something subtle but not plain and boring. The wrinkle texture wasn't as pronounced as I remembered but its a big improvement from before

                Heres a before photo

                (Apologies for the phone photos)

                Sorry its nothing exciting. Next up is a service and a good clean ready for spring to arrive.

                The turrets are now showing signs of corrosion so I need to start saving for the work to be done. I knew it was coming and we all know its nevitable. I'll probably buy the replacement panels from SR Autobodies and save for the labour costs


                • #68
                  Looks rather neat, gives it a bit of a cast iron look I think.


                  • #69
                    Apologies for the thread bump, another year has passed since the last post, hopefully 2023 will have more updates.

                    As always, the daily driver gets more attention and the R34 gets neglected. The Colt CZT was sold last August and I purchased an MX5 NC1 Sport. From October 2021 > October 2022 I had only driven the Skyline 1000 miles

                    I'm due to get married in April and have been holding out spending any money on mods for the MX5 till after the big day. Rather than doing that I promised myself I'd drive the Skyline more and sort out a couple of minor things on it.

                    I usually wait until March/April to put it back on the road, but the UK weather had been dry and the roads reasonably salt free. So with that, I decided to tax the car, give it a clean and blow off the cob webs (litually).

                    I remember driving the car last year and hearing a whistle/whine on acceleration aswell as a struggle to build boost. I did a smoke test and there were no leaks. I also did a vacuum pressure test on the actuator and it held pressure no problems.

                    I removed the intake hose to check the play to find it does have about 1mm in-out play, the same amount the last time I checked (April 2020) Not ideal!

                    With the car back together I took it for a test drive and it all seemed fine. The Greddy Profec OLED boost controller was set to my low boost setting (7-8psi) and it built up boost with no issues. The whistle/whine noise had disappeared too, strange. I also blanked the blow off valve to see if that eliminated any issues, but it drove the same.

                    I made a video for my Youtube which goes into more detail of getting to the turbo etc including some in-car footage of me driving.

                    [video size="medium"][/video]

                    I purchased a used turbo with the intention to send it away to be rebuilt, easier said than done. I contacted the first 1.5 pages of a Google search and not a single company can do a standard rebuild on this turbo, only a Hybrid rebuild.

                    Not wanting to constantly buy used turbos to get by, I started to crunch the numbers on what was required to go the hybrid route. The kick in the teeth was having everything previously purchased but it all got sold to pay off debt

                    The cambelt is due this summer as it'll be 5 years since it was last done. The clutch will also need replacing because I don't have any history or evidence of what it currently has. I don't want to go through all of this effort and it slips on the dyno.

                    I've spoke to a local tuner (J's Garage, whos very very familiar with RBs) and he's advised on what needs doing.

                    Hybrid Turbo rated to 450hp (AutoExtreme)
                    Fitting Kit braided lines, genuine gasket set (AutoExtreme)
                    Xtreme Heavy Duty Clutch & Lightened Flywheel
                    GTR Injectors

                    Link G4X
                    IAT sensor
                    J's Garage Trigger Kit
                    Boost solenoid
                    Injector flow test & fitting
                    Fitting and Mapping

                    Tie rods/track rod ends/wheel alightment needed too

                    With a geniune cambelt kit/waterpump the total for the whole lot comes to around £6800 GBP / $8k USD / $12k AUD

                    Which means the MX5 will be up for sale in the coming months to help pay for it.​


                    • #70
                      One thing that kept sticking out like a sore thumb were the chipped intercooler pipes visible through the grille.

                      "Taking the bumper off and painting the pipes won't take me long"...a phrase I said to myself numerous times, how wrong was I.

                      The rubber couplers put up a fight but they pipes were finally removed. Unfortunately I forgot to take some photos along the way, but it's all shown in the Youtube video at the bottom of the post.

                      The pipes were badly chipped/corroded so I took them right back to bare alloy with a wire wheel brush ready for painting.

                      The bumper brackets underneath the headlights had corroded badly and were in desperate need of a repaint too. A minor set back but a job I thought wouldn't take too long.

                      There were stripped back to bare metal too, followed by Hammerite Kurust and then Hammerite Smooth Black

                      Thats when I noticed the holes in the engine bay had chipped and corroded. I couldn't leave it like it so I got stuck in sanding that down ready for rust treatment

                      The opposite side was quite bad too so I did that at the same time

                      The area was keyed,cleaned and masked up ready for primer and paint

                      I wish I had known about this sooner, I would have taken it to have the paint scanned for a colour match aerosol. Unfortunately all I had was gloss white, so the shade is waaaay off, but at least its treated and sorted.

                      The turrets will need sorting at some point so I'll get the engine bay re-painted at the same time.

                      The side areas underneath the headlights also had light corrosion so they received the same treatment

                      I ran out of daylight, impatience got the better of me and rather than waiting a week for my next day off I carried on into the night under an LED work light.

                      There's something about freshly painted parts and new hardware that gives you a great feeling of achievement no matter how big or small the job is/was.

                      I wish I had taken the front reinforcement bar off to treat and paint but I wanted it back together so I could drive it. When the bumper is next off I'll do it then

                      Here's the Youtube video with more details

                      Nissan Skyline R34 GTTWhat begun as a short quick job of repainting the intercooler pipes,soon turned into some rust repairs. It's a rabbit hole of repairs, ...


                      • #71
                        You may remember me making my own rear diffuser back in June 2020.

                        The company who powder coated it, didn't do a great job and it was flaking after a year. It's been one of those jobs I've been meaning to do and I finally had a chance to sort it.

                        It was most noticable along the edges and around the bolts/rivets

                        I found someone new to sand blast, he had them for a couple of weeks before they were ready (he does it in his spare time). I didn't take any photos during this next process, but I did film it for the Youtube video which will be at the end of this post.

                        I started by cleaning up the parts with a wire brush, wiping them down with white spirit before I started the painting stage. I gave the parts a coat of Kurust to help with any corrosion followed by Zinc Primer, black stone chip and then Hammerite Smooth Silver.

                        There was an issue with the main body of the diffuser, the powder coat just wouldn't come off. The guy who blasted it said he tried various ways including increasing the pressure but didn't want to go any higher because he didn't want to distort the panel. He tried a carpet pad with 40 or 60 grit paper and it still wouldn't shift.

                        I thought about getting it acid dipped but it'd already took more time than I had hoped to get to this stage. In the end I purchased another sheet of mild steel and re-made it.

                        It didn't take long to get it cut out and drilled

                        It then had a coat of stone chip and 3 coats of Smooth Silver

                        To help prevent it going rusty and prolong its life I decided to add a bead of clear silicone around the edge of the fins and over the top of the rivets. I know its not a very neat thing to do, but I don't think many will be on their hands and knees to check the condition.

                        While the diffuser was off I checked the condition of the boot floor and found alot of surface corrosion. I did my best to get the majority of it down to bare metal and treated with Kurust.

                        I found my first hole With the wedding just weeks away I'll have to get this sorted at a later date

                        I then did the same with the diffuser and gave it a coat of zinc primer followed by underseal. (I didn't have any stone chip at this stage)

                        The exhaust heat shield got painted in VHT Black and refitted with stainless hardware. Sadly no photos of that.

                        The hicas wiring wasn't secured very well, I honestly can't remember how it was prior to removing the diffuser.

                        I found the grommet inside the boot and pulled the wiring through

                        It always seem to rain on my days off so refitting was no different haha But I'm glad its all back together now, it looks complete now

                        I'm very happy with the result, it'll be much easier to touch in any stone chips or sort any corrosion/damage in the future.

                        Nissan Skyline R34 GTTI struggled to find any diffusers that suited the GTT, I've seen some universal 'top secret style' ones fitted but I felt it was OTT fo...