A while ago I posted about my obsession with period-correct NISMO accessories. I need all of them. I love seeing mods on an 80’s or 90’s Japanese sports car that came from the era when that car was at the pinnacle of technology. As outdated and unstylish as they may be in today’s tuning world, they speak to a bygone era and give us a taste of the road that tuners a generation before us paved to get us where we are today.
Back when I wrote that post, I had recently picked up an old NISMO strut tower bar for cheap on Yahoo! Japan Auctions.
It was in “original” condition. That is to say it was old and rather beat up. While a patina can be charming in certain details of a 25+ year old collectible automobile, this isn’t one of those details I wanted to show it’s age.
A bit of powder coat here, some new hardware there, and a bit of work replicating that decal all added up to what was basically a brand new old NISMO strut tower bar.
What was in the car before was the standard orange Skyline STB that I’ve seen on a lot of R32 GT-R’s. I’m not sure if it came on EVERY GT-R, because I’ve seen some with no STB at all. But missing accessories on decades-old cars don’t mean, at all, that it was never there to begin with, of course.
In a few weeks I’ll be posting another “after” photo that has an even more dramatic effect. The car is about to go under the knife at Alamo Autosports in Arlington, TX for some fairly major surgery. Most will be under the water but the new intake manifold and powder coated RB covers will be some additional bling under the hood that should pretty things up quite a bit.