So I mentioned that I received a list of modifications to the car that had been translated into Engrish for me.
The “Tomei CP” has to be referring to the ECU…as that is not mentioned elsewhere but is definitely on the car. I’d be interested in some details as to the tune it has flashed onto it. I may have the user manual in the stack of books I received. But I’m sure it’s not in English if I do have it.
The one thing this doesn’t list is the NISMO 1.5-way LSD that’s in the rear diff.
A: Agreed value or go home.
At first I was going to add it on my standard auto insurance along with our other two cars. That’s how I had Rooster – my NA Miata – and the black NB insured as “pleasure use” vehicles with a low annual mileage estimate. We got all the way to the end of that process on the phone when it occurred to me to ask, “What happens if, God forbid, the car gets stolen. How do you calculate the replacement value?”
The answer was unsatisfactory. Since there is no precedent for a Nissan Skyline GT-R in the US (in their process) it would be a depreciation algorithm based on original invoice price (Around $40k US back in 1989), time (25 years) and mileage (roughly 95k miles).
There is no. way. in. hell. that would come even close to the car’s replacement value on a 25 year old Nissan.
I was done. Done with driving. Still loved driving this particular car…a lot, but I was ready to take a break from the marathon driving.
As such, the day was entirely unceremonious. I was reminded, by Facebook, that it was the anniversary of Paul Walker’s death and the poignance of bringing my JDM R32 home on this day didn’t escape me. I was able to relate to his on and off screen personas in some small ways so there was a bit of gravity as my mind wandered around that topic.
I used a metaphor in a blog post a couple of years ago where I described a west-bound road trip as a race against the sun. As the time ticked by, the shadows changing and the use of my sun visors eventually being a necessity, I thought fondly of that trip. The difference this time is that I was racing the sun to my home at the end of my adventure, not away at the start of it.
I had set my alarm for 7am not realizing it was the alarm on my phone that is set to go off on “weekdays only”. Despite the fact that I was in a different time zone and way earlier than I’m used to waking up, maybe due to the light peeking through the blinds, I still awoke naturally at 7:10.
A quick shower and a clean shirt and I was downstairs, ready to roll. As we stepped out the front door I think my parents were as eager to see the car as I was. It was dark and cold the previous night so they didn’t venture outside to see it.
Without going into my life history – I’ll just say that my parents have observed my car hobby evolve over the last two plus decades. While I still lived with them, both in New Jersey and here in Texas, they saw me go through many cars. They knew how much I’d admired this one for a long time.
I showed them the high points and then we were off to a nice breakfast at a place they frequent. After that – I was on the road.
To say I was exhausted even before this trip is an understatement. Just moved in to a new house, awkwardly busy schedule at the office, Thanksgiving with family an hour and a half away, lack of sleep from the excitement of the impending adventure. Regardless, I dragged myself out of bed at 6:15am and – thanks to my graciously generous wife and kids – was taxi’d to the airport for my 8:15am flight.
The layover in Atlanta saved some money on the one-way ticket but it also made the journey that much more exhausting. I had just enough time to find the gate for my transfer and hop in line to board.
Finally, I reached Richmond. I texted Chris at Japanese Classics “Just landed!” to which he replied that he’d be waiting at the curb. That he was.
Well, I spoiled the surprise. I had to call Chris at Japanese Classics and while we were chatting I had him spill the beans on the Christmas present.
It is, indeed, full documentation on the car. He was able to trace the ownership back an additional step in the car’s history and found that the previous-previous owner still had an entire folder of documentation on the car. It was shipped from Japan and will come with the car.
I think this is pretty awesome.
Got a bunch more photos a little while ago. Here are a few. More to come.
Also purchased my temporary tag so it’s legal to drive home!
Update: Car is in the warehouse, cleaned up and photographed. I talked to the importer last night. I have a few new concerns that I need to think through on my own. Won’t post them here until I have made some sort of final decision on whether or not to buy because I don’t need you slackjaw mouth breathers filling my mind with your stupid opinions.
Since I’ll be picking the car up in Richmond, VA and driving it back to Dallas, TX – I thought I’d plan an interesting route for myself.
Leg 1: Dallas, TX to Richmond, VA to Charlotte, NC
I’m planning on flying out of DFW to arrive at RIC around 1:30pm. The car will be right at the airport. So the inspection and transaction will (hopefully) go quickly and get me on the road by 2:30 or so. That’ll put me at my parents’ house in Charlotte by 7pm. Just in time for a home-cooked meal and what will hopefully be a great nights’ sleep. Because the next day will be LONG.