’71 Nissan Skyline 2000GT – Old School Flavor – Modified Magazine

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Nissan Skyline

Mike Castillo Shows Off His Four-Door Hakosuka Skyline.

Castillo is an old-school type of With preferences for Nissan and Mike has owned quite a few older Japanese cars in his Working as a Toyota parts guy by trade, he has seen it all – and quite a bit himself. I’ve several cars since I began driving in 1995, my first car, a ’75 with an 18RG motor, tells us.

Then I had a 2.9-liter, 240Z, then an ’81 Starlet, then a ’73 followed by an ’89 turbocharged S13 Next up was a ’73 Nissan GT. Not a bad lineup in our minds, but everything has build up for Mike, mere to his current car: a ’71 2000GT Skyline.

As a longtime Nissan fan, the was always ‘the car to own’ for me, no what year it was, says. The four-door skyline was of the car that started it all for Nissan, many Grand Prix in Japan. This car had it all; I the first time I saw one, I had to get Easier said than when it comes to rare cars, considering how difficult it can be to the right car and trim, not to mention the importation laws here in the

Thankfully, Mike’s Skyline is old that it’s legal to own and on public roads in California. all, it’s a certified by now! It’s also right-hand drive, which some getting used to, to Mike.

The most memorable I’ve had with the car was the drive when I first bought it. I had driven a right-hand-drive car before, and home from San Bernadino to San during rush hour, I real quick how to get used to on the wrong side, he says a laugh. But to sit and own part of Nissan’s

I will never forget day.

It took me a long to realize how I wanted to build the Mike remembers. When I got the Skyline, it had a built motor a cam and a few mods, including triple 44 carburetors. The car was pretty quick, but I got of barely beating civics! The came down to two options for build the factory L-series or swap in something else.

While the Skyline purist will surely shun his Mike knew he had to drop in a motor to get the results he wanted.

I had to get power, simple as that, says. The RB20DET has a lot of potential and is of the horsepower goal I wanted to (with very minimal I don’t regret the swap, no how many purists told me to the car alone.

With the RB, I have gas mileage and more power can’t hate on that! We the simple setup Mike has proves to be more than considering the light weight of his low-tech car.

Nissan Skyline

The suspension of Hakosuka has been upgraded in all the ways to help cope the increased output of the RB motor TEIN Flex coilovers a tightly dialed in ride, with Nismo front arms and Cusco rear arms. Shod in a set of classic bronze RS Watanabe wheels, the stance and look are perfect.

Low but functional – after this is a street car.

On the the Skyline is fairly subtle. the full factory interior, the car roots are as evident as ever.

A boost gauge and R32 oil and water gauges are some of the few signs to what lies underneath the A GT-R shift knob is in and the Nardi wood grain wheel looks right at Mike has also included a stereo system, because all, a man needs his tunes.

Although, before you run out and buy one for yourself, in mind that these JDM might be hard to adjust you can read Japanese.

The exterior is and JDM race inspired. The body is clad with a few choice and an array of GT-R badges. the body itself isn’t 100 original. That’s OK, though.

As a car that has had many OE pieces (like the motor, for example) good to know it has been on and repaired with care. tells us a story about the car he from its previous owner. I got the car, I learned that it was in an accident in Okinawa.

As the owners pulled up to a body the shop owner told ‘Sorry, we’re full,’ but as turned around to go try another the body shop owner what kind of car it was. All had to say was, ‘Hakosuka’ [a nickname for the meaning Box Car]. The body owner immediately stopped all his and pulled the Skyline in and started on the car same day.

These old get a lot of respect in Japan, as many of are owned by Yakuza, a Japanese crime syndicate.

That’s a cool fun fact, which Mike’s car, quite gangster. And we love it!

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