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Bought the car in 2017 from a local importer that mostly dealt with Skylines. He had purchased it to put alongside GTRs at shows to grow his business. I have always wanted a glass top car, and this one checked that box. Also an SiR, so checked that box. I looked up the VIN on a Japanese registry, and this was fully optioned when sold. B16A, LSD, glasstop, electric everything, leather, AC/PS, OEM mirror covers, OEM window rain guards, OEM floor mats front and back, everything, the works.

Car was first registered in Japan in October of 1989. Car had 78,600 KM as of September 2010, and 79,500 KM as of January 2013, the last two times it went through shaken (Japanese three year inspection). Car was exported in June 2015, and I bought it about a year later. According to the exporter, the car belonged to a mechanic at Feel's Honda Twincam, and it has all of their products installed on it (ECU, I/H/E, strut tower bars, etc). I'm not sure if they did anything with the engine, have yet to put it on the dyno, or open up the motor, but it does have an aftermarket clutch for sure based on the feel.

Car had ~83,000 KM on it, just around 50k miles, undercarriage looked great on the lift, no noticable surface rust anywhere. BUT the car had been painted at some point in Japan, as it was originally optioned with the OEM black. The engine bay is still black, but the car was presented to me in red... with a 'Mugen' body kit. I put that in quotes, because the exporter took it to a show, and one of the judges told him it was not authentic. Rear seat also needed to be rewrapped in vinyl. I used this as a strategy to talk down the price some saying I didn't like the fake kit, and it would be hard to get the car back to stock. Walked away with it for $7500 cash, put it in storage, and resumed collecting parts. In storage it sat until last year, when I felt I had most of what I wanted for the car, and to the body shop it went.


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Next few posts are going to be from the body shop. I originally just planned on going back to the OEM black... but, during the dismantling of the car, we discovered that the body kit was in fact, all authentic. The last kit I saw for sale was years ago, and the seller wanted $15k for it, twice as much as I had bought the car for. I took this as a sign, that I had something special, something I had only ever dreamed about, and deceided to do a full on glass out, doors and hatch off, check of the entire chassis to verify there was no damage, previous repair work, or hidden rust anywhere. JDM glass isn't that safe anyway, so I figured for another couple of thousand it would be good to replace it with all new USDM spec glass. I did not have them pull the roof. I am keeping all of the JDM glass though.
No rust was found anywhere on the car, except a little bit under the passenger (left side) door sill, just some surface rust where the sill mounts to the chassis. Killed that, we're good to go.


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The Mugen kit is all fiberglass. The front and rear bumpers had both been repaired previously in Japan. The body filler used was pulled out by the body shop, and replaced with fresh new fiberglass. All parts of the body kit have been upgraded to strengthen the mounting tabs, and line everything up better than OEM. It's not cheap, and the body shop has been great with me.

Oh yeah, I'm modding this thing. Found a B16A JRSC w/LHT aftercooler. It's going on. Had the body shop cut out the space for the aftercooler in the bumper. Don't kill me, keeping the cut fiberglass, and have extra paint. They can repair it like new if I go with a custome radiator/cooler combo in the future if I end up tucking the bay.


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You can see in the pics the front and rear bumper had a few different repairs done. All of the body filler was removed, and they were both rebuilt with new, stronger fiberglass. All mounting tabs strengthened, and every gap massaged to fit within a credit card's distance. It was a lot of work. I spent more on the front and rear bumper being sorted out than I did on the car. Also had the tow hook bulge smoothed out in the rear bumper, because it looks dumb. Despite being part of the aero the kit provides, it makes the tow hook connection impossible to use.

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Car is breathing, letting the paint vent a bit. Above pics are dusty, outside, and no polish or anything done yet. Black base, with a custom midnight purple flake in it, eight layers of clear, and will be ceramic coated in a few months when everything has aired out. Color is stunning.

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Beautiful and special car, thanks for sharing all of the pictures. The bodywork for a kit to be done right is never appreciated, extremely difficult. Kudos for doing this car right!
 

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This color is very crazy. Depending on the light source, amount of light, and angle you look at the car, it has a lot of different looks to it.
Here it is outside on a sunny day.

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