It was hard to give up the R32 altogether as I still love the shape and the driving feel, and hence I decided to move to the top of the range at the time, the R32 GTR.. which has the ATTESA AWD system (usually RWD, however when lack of grip is detected, power is transferred to the front wheels), twin turbo, and the slightly large 2.6L engine.
The GTR’s can be expensive to run and maintain, but they start with a lot more power, and 300kw at the wheels is not too difficult with the stock engine and drivetrain.
It is quite a different experience to driving the old R32.. in some ways it doesn’t “feel” as fast as it revs a bit slower, and boost comes on a bit slower, but when it moves, it really halls some arse. Due to the ATTESA system, you can also power out of corners much faster, without having to worry about the tail letting go. The phenomenal grip is really what separates the GTR from the GTS-T probably more than anything.
This one had a clean body, and the engine compression checked out very well, meaning it should be a good base to start from. Just like the old R32, a few things are a bit rough, and need attention, but over the next few years I hope to fix up the small things, and have a very fast street car, that can also do some track days now and then.
Yes, project32 was sold today..
A good deal came up on another car I was interested in, and somebody was keen on taking the R32 for an reasonable price.. so it is gone..
It has been a long time between updates, not much was changed in that time as was fairly happy with the car as it was.. A few weeks before it was sold installed Whiteline front and rear swaybars, which made a big improvement to the overall handling. Probably one of the best handling upgrades I had done, other than the suspension.
Looking back, have owned the car for nearly 5 years, and it was a long journey.. A lot of hours were spent, and there was probably a lot more I could have done, but to be honest, I was becoming a bit bored of it, and didn’t want to spend too much more time or money on it.
This site will remain as an archive, and I may choose to update things with the new car.. which is still an R32, this time the top of the Skyline range of the time, an 1992 R32 GTR.
Here are some final photos taken a few days before it was sold.
Had to fit a new starter motor as the other one was having trouble starting the car, and draining the battery. After buying a new battery and putting it in, and checking the alternator – this left one thing as the possible cause, the starter.
Just thought I’d post up the differences between an actual r33 vs r32 starter as I took a photo before I put it in. They are both interchangeable and work the same, but interestingly the R33 starter is actually a bit smaller.
I’ve decided to switch to wordpress to save mucking about too much on the structure on the site,
just so I can focus on the content. Seems to be the way everything is going anyhow,
and it will allow things such as comments, better archiving of the content, and much
less stuffing around on my end.
To start with you can find the old project32 structure and content here – When I have some time, I’ll try and migrate all the old content into this wordpress structure,
oh, and choose a more suitable theme