18 December 2009|
|Reader Rides >> January 2010|
Location: Freeland, PA
Vehicle: 1995 Nissan Skyline R33 GTR
Engine/Performance Info/Modifications: ’02 vspec 2 motor, HKS super silent exhaust, custom equal length downpipe, greddy airinix intakes, HKS ssq bov v.2, turbo xs manual boost controller, tomei metal gasket kit, nismo low temp thermostat, act 2600 clutch, apexi afc neo, nismo rear 1.5 lsd
Wheels & Tires Info/Modifications: Volk F-zero challenge wheels, kumho ecsta spt 255/40zr/17
Suspension Info/Modifications: apexi N1 coilovers, factory front and rear gtr strut bars
Exterior Info/Modifications: painted the front lip silver to match the rest of the car, carbon gtr endcaps for the wing, tinted windows
Interior Info/Modifications: veilside carbon fiber steering wheel, veilside f1 shift knob, veilside racing foot pedals, nismo carbon fiber 320km dash cluster, nismo carbon triple gauge cluster
Audio/Multimedia Info/Modifications: Eclipse avx2404 dual din headunit, Sirius satellite radio with receiver screen custom mounted in dash where the ash tray used to be.
PAS: How long have you been a car enthusiast?
Owner: I was always interested in cars but I would say it was back in about 2001 when I bought my first modification which was a body kit. While that was getting put on and painted car show season started and I went to my first car show. I was still wet behind the ears at that point and I couldn’t get over all these crazy show cars that had to be worth $100,000. I was hooked like bobby brown when he took his first hit of rock and smacked whitney. But unfortunately I think he got the help he needed where I am going just as hard 3 projects later.
PAS: What was the first vehicle you ever owed? Did you modify it? If so, what modifications were performed?
Owner: first vehicle I ever owned was a 1999 subaru impreza 2.5 rs. Did I modify it? Hahaha that is funny. That’s like asking so did Jordan hit that game winning shot in the championship? Seriously though I modified the heck out of it. Do I have enough room to go on about this one. This one was my baby you know, it was my first project that my dad and I started doing together. So it holds a lot of sentimental value to me especially since my dad passed away unexpectedly along the way so he won’t get to see our project when it is finally finished again. I made it your typical crazy show car from the early 2000’s. custom paint, air ride, lambo doors, clear hood, turbo kit, perrin front mount, perrin intake, everything chromed, veilside exhaust, stop teck big brake kit, custom fiberglass interior with 13 Stewart Warner gauges and 13 tv’s. 20’ slide out tv in the trunk with the polk momo set up. It was really a one of a kind Subaru. It used to get parked in the hot wheels booth at the HIN shows.
Owner: I would have to say my dream car is a skyline. I was always interested in finding out more about Godzilla. The more I looked into it the more amazed I was by the potential that this car has in its stock form. The Japanese made this car able to handle so much more power than they put it out with from the factory. that’s why it’s a tuners dream because you can do your bolt ons granted they are expensive but with just the bolt ons you got about a 500 hp car that you can drive every day. I’ll take my Japanese Ferrari any day, haha
PAS: Are you a shop owner, work at a shop or have been previously? Describe your experience(s)
Owner: I am not a shop owner but from so many bad experiences it made me want to learn to do things on my own. So my carbon fiber gsx was pretty much all put together at my home garage. It took awhile to get it right but it was worth all the blood, sweat ,tears to be able to say I built a car like that. So now I try to do as much as I can on my own. I look at it like I would rather screw it up on my own then pay good money to have somebody else screw it up. Once I break it or realize I really cant do this then I will let someone else work on my cars now.
WHAT DO PAS EDITORS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THIS RIDE?
Truth be told we don't see a lot of Skylines for upcoming features these days. The Motorex days are long gone and the offices of other Skyline importers are being raided by the feds for illegal activity. Legit and clean Skylines are becoming hard to come (especially GT-Rs) by because everyone that wanted one already has it or just can't import one. With subtle upgrades and in daily driven trim, we picked Gordy's car as the Top Reader Ride because well its a real Skyline not some fake-ass tails on a Civic. To get inside PAS Mag, Gordy has work to do, this thing needs some more body mods like CF or vinyl, bigger wheels and man, Gordy c'mon 350hp?! Doesn't a Camry have like 270hp now?
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