Hoodedreeper's R34 Skyline GTT

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Hoodedreeper's R34 Skyline GTT

postby hoodedreeper » 06/28/19 @ 14:47

Firstly I would like to apologise if 2001 isn't classed as retro, but these were first manufactured in 1998 so it guess it counts?

** LONG READ **

Some may remember my Supercharged MX5 that I built over a space of 5 years. The car went through several phases/looks, some may argue I ruined the car. I saw it more as a development of style and to push the boundaries of what I was able to do.

This is very cliche, but I think most who are of similar age will (hopefully) relate. Growing up with video games such as Gran Turismo and Need for Speed, a particular car of the late 90s grabbed everyone's attention, the Nissan Skyline R34 GTR. With The Fast and The Furious movies making a huge impact aswell, the car became a dream for many many people.

Fast forward almost 2 decades and the prices of these cars have rocketed, almost to the point of being unattainable. In 2023 when the R34 becomes legal to import into the US, I've got a strong feeling the market will either dry up or prices will rise even higher.

The MX5 was a really fun project and I learnt a lot about mechanics,auto electrics and thinking outside the box. Unfortunately for me to be 'happy' with the car (we're never really 100% happy are we?) it needed a lot more money throwing at it. The front end needed a repair/repaint for the third time, engine bay needed repainting and the spare engine chucked in. Thats without the cost of a new clutch & flywheel, powder coating of parts etc

So I cut my loses and broke the car for parts in September when the insurance and MOT expired. The plan was to gather as much money as possible and then search for a car, whether that's already on UK soil or imported. But things never go the way you want....

I announced the decision in May and of course in the mean time I was doing my research on which chassis is best, engine specs and parts available. Trawling through the typical UK selling sites there wasn't anything that ticked all the boxes. I reached out to a very well known importing company called Torque GT to start the Import process.

After a couple of weeks of browsing through the Japanese auctions and getting my head around grades and what meant what, I hadn't found my ideal dream car (I understand this process can take weeks,even months!) While I was waiting for the weekend the pass and Monday's auction listings to go online I carried on the search in the UK, this particular white R34 kept appearing, but something didn't seem right...

It had the correct engine with a manual transmission, it looked bone stock and quite clean in the photos. I contacted the seller and answered the questions I was bursting to ask. I requested some photos of the underneath and wheel arches to which he supplied me with the following day. The next day (Sunday 17th June) we were due to attend a car show, instead we skipped that and travelled 3.5hrs to go view the car.

Everything was correct and the car was as clean underneath as it was on top. On the test drive there was a knocking from the rear driver side, I managed to get him down on the price thinking it'll be a knackered shock absorber or strut mount. The knocking ended up being the boot spoiler not bolted down on one side! The money was transfered over and I was the new owner of an R34 GTT! All I could put it down to not selling was the facelift front bumper (perhaps because it doesn't look like a Skyline?)

Nissan Skyline R34 GTT Series 2
RB25DET NEO 6
Manual Transmission
Approx 96k Miles (speedo still in Khm)

Imported in 2016 by IBE Cars in Huddersfield
Resprayed in original QX1 Pearl White in 2017

Stock except custom de-cat exhaust and HKS air philter

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Re: Hoodedreeper's R34 Skyline GTT

postby hoodedreeper » 06/28/19 @ 14:54

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Re: Hoodedreeper's R34 Skyline GTT

postby hoodedreeper » 06/28/19 @ 15:03

Fast track a couple of months and the following has been done

H&S Performance in Norwich have always taken care of my cars so the Skyline was no exception.

Oil Change
Spark Plugs
Fuel philter
Japspeed Radiator
Thermostat
Drive Belts
Cambelt & Tensioners
Waterpump
Coolant change
Gearbox Oil change
Diff Oil change
Brake Fluid change

Meister R Zeta CRD Coilovers
Shorter front drop links
Wheel arches and suspension turrets undersealed
17" A-Tech Monoblock Alloys refurbed and powdercoated in Bronze,tyres swapped over from original wheel
Full alignment

OEM Side repeaters re-tangoed
HKS SSQV Blow off Valve fitted
Calipers painted red
Replacement OEM steering wheel sourced from Japan
LED Tail Lights

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Re: Hoodedreeper's R34 Skyline GTT

postby hoodedreeper » 06/28/19 @ 15:09

In August I ordered a new set of wheels, I wanted a set of these for the MX5 but they don't make them wide enough in a 15". So I'm very happy to be able to have a set on the Skyline

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Choosing a wheel design was difficult enough, let alone deciding which fitment to get. I decided on 18x8.5 ET30 and 18x9.5 ET30, playing it safe due to the arches are original and mint, would be a shame to ruin them because of the offset being lower.

I believe Nismo recommend this fitment for the GTT, so that was some reassurance

Colour choice was also another challenge, the current bronze wheels look awesome against the pearl white and I had my head set on that. But then I saw the GT Silver was an option and well....you can see from the photos that I made the right decision (or did i?)

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This is one of the rear wheels to help show the concave, the fronts are a lot more straight spoked due to the width

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With the bodywork being in mint condition (except the difference in colour on some panels due to the pearl) my attention would be under the bonnet. I can't afford a full forge build,top mount turbo etc so went for a cheaper route. I'd been collecting parts on the quiet and had reached a point where I could finally show what I had been hiding

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Stock Turbo Stage 3 Hybrid (spec below) (Rebuilt by Universal Turbos)
Genuine Gasket Set
Tomei Exhaust Elbow (not pictured)
Apexi Power FC ECU
Z32 MAF
R35 GTR 570cc Injectors
Walbro 255 Fuel Pump
Blitz FMIC
NGK BKR7E Plugs
Splitfire Coilpacks
Competition Clutch Stage 2
Lightened Flywheel
Braided Clutch line

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Re-Profiled Compressor Cover
T38 Compressor Wheel
360 Degree Thrust Bearing
T3 Billet Backplate Modified
T3 Bearing Housing Modified
Hi-Temp Turbine End Piston Ring Seal
T38 Turbine Wheel
Re-Profiled Turbine Housing
Ported Wastegate and Larger Poppet Valve
1 Bar Actuator
Up-Rated Actuator Bracket

My aim is 400hp,would be over the moon if it was more
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Re: Hoodedreeper's R34 Skyline GTT

postby hoodedreeper » 06/28/19 @ 15:11

The new tyres for the Work wheels arrived and I didn't waste any time getting them mounted and fitted to the car. The front ride height is left untouched from the 17s, the rears were raised 20mm (its still veeeery close to the arch lip)

I think playing it safe with the offset of 30 was a wise decision, it may not be the 'fitment' that kids nowadays wanna see, but I think its perfect :)

Not long after purchasing the car, I already had a vision of what I'd like the car to look like. My very first car/project was a red Nissan Micra K11, one of the things I loved about that was the Nismo livery. That car taught me a lot of cars in general especially thinking outside the box when it came to modifying. I knew the livery would work well on the R34 so it had to be done.

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A big thank you to Unique Signs & Graphics in Norwich for designing it all from scratch and for fitting it. These were also the guys who designed and fitted the HKS livery on my MX5

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I also tried out some coloured smoke grenades, I'll be having another go at night at some point

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Re: Hoodedreeper's R34 Skyline GTT

postby hoodedreeper » 06/28/19 @ 15:13

No major updates just yet, only more photos

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Re: Hoodedreeper's R34 Skyline GTT

postby hoodedreeper » 06/28/19 @ 15:15

Took some autumn photos

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My Tomei Exhaust elbow arrived from Japan via Nengun. The quality and workmanship on this is incredible!

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I found these on Yahoo Auctions and JDMParts Rupewrecht arranged the purchase and delivery. Originally they had a 2-3 week production time as they're made to order. But these were ready to be shipped within a week!

The quality is very good, the pieces are quite thick so not thin and flimsy like some carbon/FRP parts. They've certainly got some weight to them!

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A friend of mine is currently cutting out the engine cover text aswell as the fuse box diagram to help keep them looking 'OEM'. Plus it breaks up all the carbon
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Re: Hoodedreeper's R34 Skyline GTT

postby hoodedreeper » 06/28/19 @ 15:16

It was a very nismo christmas this year! The fiance spoilt me rotten by buying me a Nismo speedo cluster

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I also treated myself to some Nismo goodies from Nengun and Yahoo Auctions

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Spent Boxing Day afternoon fitting it all

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Which brings me to my next mini update, engine cover stickers!

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Keeping with the Nismo theme, i purchased an R33 strut brace with brake stopper on eBay. The brace had certainly seen better days so i started to refurb it.

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And heres the finished item

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Another little change I made was to swap the bulb in the ignition barrel to an amber one, to help match the red/orange illumination in the cabin

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Re: Hoodedreeper's R34 Skyline GTT

postby hoodedreeper » 06/28/19 @ 15:20

Fitted a tsurikawa and a hannya omamori to the 34

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I've finally got fuse box diagram sticker fitted, it finishes off the carbon a treat

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While the camera was out I couldnt help but take a few more photos

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The rear lights got swapped back to stock, after the 2nd set of LED units were faulty :(
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Re: Hoodedreeper's R34 Skyline GTT

postby hoodedreeper » 06/28/19 @ 15:21

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After reading up on a Speedhunters article by Jordan about his RS4 audio upgrade, I was that impressed I decided to bite the bullet and treat myself to one too.

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The DMX7017DAB is a double din mechless unit with a large touch screen display. The minimal buttons along the bottom edge gives it a more modern look without distracting you much.

It has the bells and whistles you expect to find on a modern aftermarket stereo like DAB, Bluetooth, rear USB, steering controls etc. What drew me to this was a couple of things. The first being the integrated dash cam.

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With the dash cam plugging into the back of the unit, you can view the Camera aswell as play back recorded footage and photos. The camera has a built in shock sensor, a message promptly appears if the car has been hit in your absence, and you can review the footage straight away.

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The second feature that I loved was the ability to mirror what my phone does. For Android an app called Android Auto is required. This allows you to mirror Google Maps/Waze onto the stereo, while still being able to listen to Spotify/Google Music and make/receive phone calls! Very handy for those road trips or convoys to car shows

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Another feature the Kenwood unit has is a reverse camera. You can pick up a generic camera off eBay or Amazon for not a lot of money but I didn’t want the extra grief of splicing and hoping the built quality would last. So I went with Kenwoods unit and I’m glad I did. Direct plug and play and all I had to do was splice into the reverse light loom

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I finished the install when darkness fell so I’m eager to see the quality in the daylight :)

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The rear speakers have been crackling for awhile so this was one job that needed addressing more than anything. I didn’t know what I was letting myself in for until I was half way through it…

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The rear seats, door cards and trim had to be removed before I could touch the parcel shelf. The parcel shelf area was covered in a black dust, thinking it was the parcel shelf material disintegrating, I was wrong.

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As you can see, there wasn’t much left of the stock Clarion speakers, no wonder the sound quality was so poor! The new speakers dropped in a treat and I managed to reuse the original fixings. At the point I wished I had bought the wiring adapters but nevermind.

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With the rear interior put back together it was time to tackle the front speakers. This was a lot easier, a few trim clips and screws and access was easy. Luckily the front speakers already had the adapters (weirdly enough) so that was plain sailing.

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I did buy some sound deadening pads to put on the inside but space is limited and daylight was becoming less and less. I’ll tackle this at a later date.

The last thing on the list was to install the slim subwoofer. I was hoping it would fit under the seat, but upon removing it I didn’t realise the centre is humped and tapers down. So I decided to put it behind the seat instead.

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The wiring is a lot simpler, all of the wires go into a single plug, none of those nasty terminal screws we had ‘back in the day’. The hardest part was routing the live cable through the bulk head (wheel and arch liner off and it’s straight forward from there)

So there we have it, a full multimedia upgrade! I still need to play around with the equaliser, then I’ll get a video sorted
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Re: Hoodedreeper's R34 Skyline GTT

postby hoodedreeper » 06/28/19 @ 15:22

Not long after I purchased the car I used the Turtle Wax headlight restoration kit. Unfortunately it didnt last long before the lights became cloudy again. I got recommended by a friend of a mobile company who do them for a very reasonable price. So I got the car booked in and well....the photos speak for themselves!

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Since the Nismo addiction started I've been on the hunt for an S-Tune boot spoiler. As you can imagine these are rare as rocking horse shit and near on impossible to find. I found a company in Australia who makes a copy but its no longer available.

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I did find one on Yahoo Auctions, but it came complete with the spoiler blade and the price landed was £800+*

I happened to see a post on the Skyline Owners Forum facebook page about someone's own design for some spoiler legs. Messages were sent back and forth for a lil while and I made a purchase.

His friend was developing some covers but there would be a delay due to finishing the mould, getting orders etc. I went with the Carbon Fibre option, who doesn't like carbon?!

These took approx 4 months and they landed on my door today (12th April). The delay was due to the raw and painted versions being made and delivered first before the carbon versions got put into production.

Fitting was quite straight forward as its all been moulded to the underneath of the OEM spoiler,so it fits like a glove. The spoiler bases have adjustment so you can put it where you like (within reason)

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Re: Hoodedreeper's R34 Skyline GTT

postby hoodedreeper » 06/28/19 @ 15:23

Hanami is one of THE most beautiful things on this planet, and I'm extremely envious and jealous of the Japanese and this beautiful season. With my social media exploding with various images of this iconic scenery, I knew I had to try and replicate it as best as i could.

In the UK its a relatively small window when the blossom is in full bloom and how long it lasts for (also adding a lack of spare time to get such photos) makes a good challenge. I spent a couple of weeks driving round the city trying to find the perfect backdrop, this was harder than I thought.

I finally found somewhere good enough and I did my best with what I had

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I've been going to a car show called Modified Nationals for the past 11 years. This year it moved date and location which ended up being scorching hot and a far better surrounding, win win!

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Myself and a couple of others have started our own Cars & Coffee meets and today (28th April) was the first meet of the year. The weather just about stayed dry for the majority of the morning, I was met with a couple of more R34s

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Seeing this V-Spec 2 Nur roll in made me go complete fan boy. You just dont get to see this car out in the 'wild' very often.

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The full album can be seen here > https://www.flickr.com/photos/93923515@N07/albums/72157708154531655
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Re: Hoodedreeper's R34 Skyline GTT

postby hoodedreeper » 06/28/19 @ 15:25

I've been looking at replacement seats for a couple of months but have always been undecided on which ones. Last week we took a visit to GSM Performance to consult with the sales team on various seats and to try them.

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Being a 'bigger build' comfort was top priority, and trying the seats out before commiting was a major advantage. It was a tough decision as there were so many nice seats,but in the end I went for the Recaro.

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I managed to source some R34 GTR Bride rails that had been modified to fit the GTT. Upon ftting I noticed the Recaro seat mounts were a lot wider than the rail. Several hours of swearing later, I had some brackets made up and everything bolted together.

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I'm unsure if the GTR seat rail is different height wise, but the seats do slope down which has changed the driving position abit

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One feature I really like is the reclining lever that's neatly camouflaged into the harness cut outs.

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The suede centres make the seats pop a lot more than the all leather equivalent

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Its abit snug inside, the side bolster does currently touch the doorcard. I'm hoping I can modify the mounts I made to bring it over abit.

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Re: Hoodedreeper's R34 Skyline GTT

postby hoodedreeper » 06/28/19 @ 15:26

After 24hrs the seats had marked the doorcards quite badly, so I had to sort them out ASAP. I removed the doorcard to have a look, hoping I could modify and retrim the arm rest. But upon a closer look the whole door card would need re-doing and I didn't really fancy all that work. So I adapted the rail mounts instead.

I started with the driver side by drilling another hole next to the first one, the seat was still hard pushed against the doorcard. To explain it briefly it required a lot more moving over than I first thought. The bracket on the rails was fouling the bottom of the seat so those had to be cut off. The belt buckles were too short to be bolted to the rear inner rail mounting hole so additional brackets had to be made. Then it was a headache trying to hold the seat up to get said bolts in while holding the seat up to line it all up while making sure the belt buckle didnt fall down.

*sigh*

But I finally got it all sorted and theres still room between the seat and the centre console.

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With the seats in I have to admit it was abit of a struggle getting out without brushing against the steering wheel. I decided to go with a quick release steering wheel, but it had to be a slim version. A friend had a Vac Motorsport race quick release for sale which would do the job nicely. The centre of the quick release boss looked too small for a horn button, so he included some Fast and Furious-esque NOS buttons to use as horn buttons.

The Nardi deep corn wheel has served me well in pretty much all of my cars, but it was time for it to retire in favour of a smaller, more modern equivalent. I decided on the Sparco L360 in leather, mainly for its 330mm size and it's flat bottom.

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Of course,this wasn't going to be an easy job, not with my current luck lol

I wanted to mount the horn bracket inbetween the HKB boss and the first half of the quick release. This was to make the wiring neater and hidden. The first half uses a Nardi bolt pattern (whats the problem with that you ask?)

Well...the horn button bracket uses a Momo bolt pattern. Even redrilling the bracket would make it lean over to one side and not be central. So the only way was to mount it between the second half and the steering wheel. Luckily theres a gap between the two brackets, the wires were heat shrunk and taped to neaten it all up.

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Once it was all mounted together, I lined up the supplied horn button from Sparco and it fits :/ Just my luck lol
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Re: Hoodedreeper's R34 Skyline GTT

postby hoodedreeper » 06/28/19 @ 15:27

A year had passed and what a rollercoaster the first 12 months had been, time flies when you're having fun 'ey! I've made some before and after photos :)

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postby hoodedreeper » 06/28/19 @ 15:28

Some photos from the same mini shootshoot

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Re: Hoodedreeper's R34 Skyline GTT

postby hoodedreeper » 06/28/19 @ 15:29

In the future I plan on getting the interior trims skinned in Carbon Fibre. I've decided to paint them instead for the time being. I wanted something subtle but eye catching if seen in the right light.

White would have been too much and so would Red, so I decided to go Black, but which one? Working in a Motor Factors it was a bonus to have a rack full of aerosols, along with being able to mix paint if need be.

Ford Panther black has always been a favourite,so it was an easy decision

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I really need to sort out the lower dash trim to get rid of all of the scratches from the stereo. I can get a brand new one from RHD Japan for £130 + shipping + import, but its not an urgency just yet

While I had everything out I replaced the cig lighter bulb for an amber version. This meow matches my ignition barrel light (photo further up)

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This was also the perfect opportunity to swap the bulbs in the climate control for a better quality LED. After several recommendations these were purchased from an eBay seller in Australia

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postby hoodedreeper » 07/28/19 @ 14:56

June is Prom month for a lot of students, I was thankful to be asked to do a couple (only have photos of the first one). It was great to help out fellow Skyline lovers, hopefully see them on here in a few more years time lol

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Me and Lu took a drive out for a bite to eat, ended up doing a 100 mile coastal drive around Norfolk, oops! Managed to stop at a couple of places for a snap

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Every year Myself and a group of friends organise a charity car meet raising money for The Big C Charity and East Anglia Air Ambulance. On the night we raised £1300 and we still have a raffle going for another week or so. Here's a photo from the night

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Re: Hoodedreeper's R34 Skyline GTT

postby hoodedreeper » 07/28/19 @ 15:33

I've been looking for a rear tow hook for awhile but couldn't find one I liked, so I made one

Using the original one as a template, I extended it so it would be visible underneath the bumper

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The original is a 2 skin pressed piece with a bracket on the side. Mine is made from 6mm steel sheet, I understand its not as strong but I don't intend on using it for towing, its purely for aesthetics

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We've recently had some thunderstorms (doesn't happen all that often) I was lucky enough to grab this photo while out at a car meet

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Which kinda brings me onto my next update, this weekend just gone at Silverstone Classic. I went along with the GTR Drivers Club, it chucked it down with rain most of the weekend but it was still a great weekend. Nissan UK and Nissan JPN supplied the hospitality along with loaning us a 2020 Nismo Model along with their GT-R50 prototype. Seeing photos of this online I didn't like it, but its not quite as bad in person lol

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Next stop.....JAE in 2 weeks time
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