Everyone with an R33 coupe MUST do this. Skylines are great cars, very desirable but unfortunately thieves know this too and they’re a common target. This fix will remove one of the most common points of easy entry to your Skyline.
Did the engine oil this evening after work, decided to do it now as the engine needs to be hot, but for the trans oil tomorrow it needs to be stone cold (as the fluid expands when hot, and its harder to judge how much to put in when you’re putting in cold fluid).
Another car, another cabin filter. See a trend here?
Today’s useless information is regarding the R33 model of Nissan Skyline.
After selling the M3 I (thought) I wanted something bigger, comfy and fast. I spotted this V36 Skyline 350gt on trademe, and liked how it looked. Blue exterior, 18″ wheels, luxury sport pack, full leather interior in tan, woodgrain trim and the 311hp VQ35HR.
It was in New Plymouth, so after a phone call I decided it would be a great idea for me and the better half to take the Fit and trek over there and back. It was about 5 hours drive north on the saturday, we stayed the night and 6 hours return.
The seller was a bit odd but seemed genuine enough. He claimed to be selling to buy the bigger V8 Fuga, but I now dispute this claim as I noticed he was selling another V36 skyline not long after I picked this one up. Anyway, it drove nicely and had heaps of power on tap. It was very tidy inside and out.
The next morning, as we started to head for home I noticed an odd smell coming from the dash vents. Cat pee. WTF? It didn’t smell yesterday. There was a cat at the motel (which tried to hitch a ride in the Fit) so I reckon that bastard got up and pissed in my fresh air intake. Anyway, it was bad enough that we had to stop at the next town so I could grab an air freshener.
When we finally got home i used a Wurth ac deodoriser which worked wonders. You set the car to recirc, full fan and set this “bomb” off in the car. It sucks the stuff up and through all the AC vents. Its great. Does make a small mess on the dash but it’s easy to wipe off.
I did the odd thing, like changing the front tyres as the width and profile were wrong, causing some rubbing at full lock. I also got a spare remote key cut and coded.
Also found out whilst in town one night that the battery was stuffed. No idea how I got home from New Plymouth with it, looks like it had dropped a complete cell. Went to start the car and it was dead. Managed to jump-start it, only to find that due to the dead cell the alternator couldn’t supply enough power to run the car. In the end to make it home I had to drive it at night, with no headlights, only fog lights on (as the alternator couldn’t power the active HID headlights), no radio, no heater/climate control, and nothing else electric turned on. If I gave it more than half throttle it would lose power and shut the throttles (fly by wire). It was a long, and stressful drive home, literally not knowing if I would make it.
Got a new battery from work, problem solved. According to the date sticker the battery was made in Nov 2007… a year after the car was made and a few years before the car was imported here. The battery had an old repco receipt stuck to it. Bastards, someone had obvious swapped in a shit battery and kept the good one.
Car ran great after that. It was really good at traffic light drags, stupid fast in a straight line, but less fun in the corners. It absolutely eats up miles when going long distance, but it’s too heavy and the suspension didn’t seem to be up to containing that mass in corners very well. I did have a couple of “moments” in the wet though. Even with traction control on it would easily step the rear out and require some opposite lock to bring back in line.
Ultimately it was too boring for me. Great engine, great body, great interior but average chassis.
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So one thing I had craved since my Skyline was stolen, was another one. They’re really good cars but tidy original ones are hard to find, even more so now, many years later.
I swapped the terrible Laurel for this, drove all the way down to Timaru. Got there and he had removed his nice 17″ wheels off it and installed mismatched R32 GTST wheels with bald tyres. Thanks. In order to complete the deal I managed to keep the wheels from the Laurel with good tyres and swap them over in the car park of a supermarket so he now had the Laurel on his dodgy wheels.
It was very tidy, mostly stock (just exhaust and a BOV fitted), and drove great. Once again in white, but this time without the skirt kit.
On this one I removed the BOV pipe as it still had the original BOV fitted, so no point in running two. I also replaced the wastegate actuator with one from an RB20DET and bypassed the factory boost solenoid (which runs 8psi changing to 10psi over 3500rpm). The 20DET actuator is a solid 10psi at wastegate pressure. This made a noticeable difference in turbo response, it was quicker, but it also meant on hot days I was getting some detonation at times. I ended up going back to stock to save the engine from det. Whilst there I noticed all the turbo to manifold bolts were loose, so that helped.
Unfortunately only a few days me owning it and I had already stuck the front bumper into a hidden, high curb and taken paint off. That made me angry for a while.
Originally I ran on the 16″ polished GTST wheels, which I think looked OK, but the offset was too weak so they stuck in the body too far. I swapped some wheels with a mate for his 17″ Enkei RP01s, and they looked fantastic.
I ended up getting bored with this and swapped it for me next car (another common theme).
Update 8/3/20 – This car is currently off the road with rego on hold. Hasn’t had a WOF since 2015.
This was a bad idea from the start. In a knee-jerk reaction to getting my speeding ticket in the Integra I decided I needed to get rid of it and get something slower. So I got this.
It’s a C33 Laurel, I have always liked the look of them, just a big solid tank. This one had been converted to SR20DET and manual, lowered and on R32 GTST wheels. It was otherwise standard, with the lovely brown interior.
This is one of the worst cars I have owned. It was well built, no doubt, but just a combination of badness made me hate it. The engine was laggy, the early D2 suspension was so hard it made your insides hurt, and the chassis is so floppy it may have well been made of rubber (I guess having no B pillar does that).
I had this for two days before driving down to Timaru and swapping it. My partner didn’t even see the car, let alone ride in it!
I’ve since spotted it in various Facebook posts, so it’s still around. I do hear rumors that at some point after I sold it someone grenaded the engine though.
Last spotted end of 2017 on Facebook
Update 8/3/20 – This car is still reg/WOF and on the road
Its been a while, over a year since my last post here. Kinda just lost motivation and inspiration on what to post here. No one really reads it anyway so im just rambling to myself.
Regardless, apparently this is meant to be a good outlet for everything that is floating around in my brain.
Its 2016 now, and time for a quick update. Since selling the M3, ive had a few more cars. Immediately after the M3 I purchased a 2006 Nissan Skyline 350GT in the V36 chassis.
I chose the Skyline because whilst a Turners one day poking around i came across one and it really appealed to me. Nice looks, lovely interior, and a 311HP V6 engine. They are all auto, and in the case of the one at turners it was a Type S (Sport) model, in pearl white.
To drive one of these things is interesting. Huge power on tap and will spin the rears if you arent paying attention, and the auto is actually quite a nice unit, very responsive in auto or manual modes. In manual it even rev matches on downshift, blipping the throttle. Sadly all that power is kinda lost on a chassis that is mushy and suspension that is woefully soft.
I didnt buy the one at Turners, the salesman was a bit unfriendly so i decided to buy one privately. I ended up with a blue Type SP, combining both the performance model and luxury model. Full tan leather, heated seats, paddle shift, adaptive headlights, and more aggressive bodykit.
It was a great car, and a great cruiser, but it really lacked the fun factor and was dull to drive.
I sold that, and moved on.