Trust The Process: Peter Cervantes’ 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R

Peter Cervantes cut his teeth on modified cars in the racing scene of Guam from a young age. At just 13 years old, he was spectating street drags, becoming more and more attached to the world of cars. His passion for cars was also partly due to his father, who passed down his enthusiasm. Cervantes’ house also served as his dad’s shop, which is where he would hang out to learn from his old man.

While stationed in Atsugi, Japan with the Navy, another sailor he knew owned the 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R you see here, and Cervantes bought it from him. With his long history of being around modified cars, and working on a few himself before this, it was only a matter of time before his Skyline GT-R went under the knife.

A boatload of Nismo factory exterior options and a Jun front lip are just enough to alter the shape of the car while staying true to the original design. With so many of his parts being sourced in Japan, this Skyline is clean and proper - the way the Skyline should be. Under the hood, the R32 packs a single-turbo conversion and enough bolt-on supporting mods to bump horsepower up to a healthy 542 whp.

This whole build didn’t come together overnight, however. Little by little, Cervantes embarked on his first real full build. A couple engine components here, a suspension upgrade there, all while maintaining a priority on his family life. His process was well thought out and properly executed, resulting in a well-rounded and impressive R32 GT-R that he can be proud of on the street, and at the local show.

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Peter Cervantes’ 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R is featured in PASMAG #160. More info at
Videographer: Jr Torralba (@jayare.eos) | Edited by PASMAG
Photography by Joe Savellano (@adobo_joe)


Owner: Peter Cervantes
Location: Oak Harbor, WA
Vehicle: 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R
Engine: Nissan RB26DETT 2.6L Twin-Turbocharged I6
Horsepower: 542 whp
Club: Lowballers


Facebook: /peter.cervantes.79
Instagram: @pchan_cervantes


  • Arc cooling plate
  • JP 640x turbocharger
  • Custom turbo manifold
  • HKS (intercooler piping, intercooler, 100mm intake, cam gears, timing belt, V pro)
  • Sard 660cc injectors
  • Nismo (fuel pressure regulator, spark plugs)
  • Splitfire coil packs
  • 50mm V-band external wastegate
  • Tomei (poncam B, metal head gasket, oil restrictor)
  • HPI (clear timing belt cover, oil cooler and relocator kit)
  • N1 water pump
  • Oil catch can
  • Upgarage test pipe
  • Koyo radiator
  • Engine ground kit
  • Blitz boost controller


  • Custom downpipe
  • HKS Hi-Power exhaust


  • Nismo Super Copper Mix clutch


  • Volk Racing TE37SL - 18x10.5 +15 (f/r)
  • Nitto NT555 tires - 265/35/18 (f/r)
  • R34 Brembo calipers
  • Nismo S Tune brake pads
  • Dixcel rotors
  • Stainless steel brake lines


  • Do Luck G sensor
  • HKS Hipermax IV coilovers
  • Nismo (A-arms, upper arm set, rear arm set, connecting links, tension rods, front tower brace)
  • Cusco (rear tower brace, lower chassis brace)


  • Nismo N1 (front bumper, hood spoiler, headlights, side skirts, trunk lip)
  • Jun front lip
  • Custom (rear diffuser, front splitter, side skirt extensions)
  • HID headlights
  • Strobe lights
  • LED tail lights


  • Momo Illest steering wheel
  • Circuit Sports quick-release hub
  • Recaro SR3 Le Mans Edition seats
  • Nismo (short shifter, shift knob)


  • Panasonic head-unit
  • Kenwood amplifier
  • Carrozeria (rear speakers, front door speakers)
  • Bazooka Tube 10-inch subwoofer


02 Peter Cervantes 1990 Nissan Skyline GTR pasmag

03 Peter Cervantes 1990 Nissan Skyline GTR pasmag

04 Peter Cervantes 1990 Nissan Skyline GTR pasmag

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