Another R33 lost – Fast and Furious “Big Bird” to be crushed

In what is yet another chapter in a long line of Skyline’s to be crushed and destroyed by Homeland Security, a man in De Pere Wisconsin recently had two of his R33 Skylines seized by ICE.

One of which should look familiar to fans of the original “Fast and Furious” movie, “Big Bird” was a nickname given to the yellow Skyline loaned to Paramount during shooting.

Find another way home Pizza Boy!

According to the article, Justin Beno, the owner of the Skylines had owned these vehicles and registered them through his respective state. However when found that these vehicles lacked the proper bond paperwork and further HAD THEIR JAPANESE VIN TAGS REMOVED, the registration was rescinded.

Mr Beno then foolishly decided he would try and sell these Skylines to a private buyer, but failed to disclose full information to the undercover agent. And that’s where he lost these cars, as he told the undercover agent it would come with a Florida title, which he would have to transfer.

While I’ve never seen a state titled R33 have it’s registration rescinded, and can certainly sympathize with Mr. Beno’s situation, it’s his own damn fault. Having sold my own R33 recently, you can bet your bottom dollar my paperwork and facts were laid out in proper fashion to the new owner.

He got stuck with his Skylines, and instead of telling the prospective buyer the truth, he lied with an obvious intent to mislead and dump the problem onto someone else.

The feds found his case to be so egregious, that they charged him with 2 felonies  relating to conspiracy to commit fraud and possessing vehicles without vehicle identification numbers.

And that kiddies, is a lesson well learned for anyone dealing in gray market vehicles, Skylines or otherwise. Whether or not you agree with Homeland Security and ICE using precious tax dollars to chase down and crush these cars is irrelevant.

Feigning ignorance of the laws relating to these vehicles and the sale of gray market cars doesn’t help you when the hammer of justice comes down on your head.

 

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Saying goodbye to my R33 Skyline GTST.

It’s been a good run for my R33 Skyline, but with the third addition to our growing family and lack of bond paperwork for my GTST, I had been trying to sell my Skyline for quite some time and I’ve finally found a buyer for my baby.

I’ve owned this vehicle for quite a while, and wasted no time putting it together when it first arrived off the docks as a parts car.

My S2 RB25 –

After the motor was installed and running, I opted for HKS Hipermax coilovers all the way around, and an HKS 3037S Turbo upgrade. The car already came with a Blitz 4 row front mount intercooler… ahh the JDM goodness.

More eye candy :

My time with the GTST was definitely an eye opener, as it led me down the path of modding Nissans / RWD as opposed to the usual Honda / Mitsubishi / FWD stuff I had been doing since 1996.

With minimal mods, this car put down a healthy 385 / 360 ft lbs on a 448X DynoJet at just 16 psi. I loved my time with the R33, but after doing over 25+ RB swaps for 240 guys locally, it’s not much different than a nice S14 with a RB swap in it, RHD and JDM factors aside.

With the growing anti-Skyline sentiment and the federal legalities of owning a state licensed car, I had to make this sale.

After all, who wants a knock on your front door from ICE?

Don’t know who they are? they are the nice federal agents who are hell bent in seeking and DESTROYING these cars because they are such a threat to the nation at whole.

Under 49 U.S.C. 30141(a)(l)(A),a motor vehicle that was not originally
manufactured to conform to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety
standards shall be refused admission into the United States unless NHTSA has decided that the motor vehicle is substantially similar to a motor vehicle
originally manufactured for importation into and sale in the United States,
certified under 49U.S.C. 30115, and of the same model year as the model of the
motor vehicle to be compared, and is capable of being readily altered to
conform to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards. Where there is
no substantially similar U.S.-certified motor vehicle, 49U.S.C.30141(a)(l)(B)
permits a nonconforming motor vehicle to be admitted into the United States if
its safety features comply with, or are capable of being altered to comply with,
all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards based on destructive
test data or such other evidence as NHTSA decides to be adequate.

Petitions for eligibility decisions may be submitted by either manufacturers or
importers who have registered with NHTSA pursuant to 49CFRpart 592.As
specified in 49 CFR 593.7,NHTSA

Skylines imported into the US for use on public roads must either be over 25 years old or they must conform to FMVSS standards. While R32 – R34 Skylines were initially allowed for import, the FHTSA rescinded the importation of the majority of Skylines by limiting it to R33’s that were manufactured between January 1996 and June 1998.

In order to import a Skyline, an official RI must be used and they must fill out a HS-7 declaration for the vehicle. If the vehicle is to be used on the streets then the RI has 120 days in order to modify the vehicle to pass FHVSS requirements. The only company that has information in regards to Federally legalize R33’s is JK technologies.

Found this page after searching for the terms “Skyline” and “registration”? Take a look here at several links that will help you answer the many questions that Skyline owners in the US have, including the story behind Hiro and Motorex, NHTSA and DOT legalities, and the inherent dangers of buying a state licensed Skyline.

NicoClub’s comprehensive Skyline importing guide

EPA KIT Car Legalities

How to import a Skyline

Happy boosting!

Case Studies – Jesse’s RB25 S13 – The Beginning

Jesse’s S13 first came to me as a 700 dollar shell with an auto tranny and a completely shot KA24. Within a week, Jesse had sourced a RB25 and tranny and had 2 wiring harnesses ready to be wired up.

When it came to the mounts, Jesse had sourced a shop that was closing in San Jose off of Bird Avenue. After review, the mounts looked to be a Ruckus Racing knockoff, and the shop had left us with doubt, but they worked like a charm

Ruckus Rep Mounts

Within 3 hours, we had the stock KA out and the RB25 mounted and ready to rock and roll.

After dropping the motor in, next was getting the car to run as it was missing the turbos, exhausts, maf and intake pipes.

Deciding to go the budget route, Jesse had me weld a wastegate opening into his manifold, and we opted to use a Ebay adapter flange to go from Garrett flange to the T3 flange. After test mounting the turbo, a Pro Street AN oil return line was installed.

Running a T3 62-1 with a .84 a/r and Stage V hotside, along with a Pro Street downpipe and Pro Street Stage III Intercooler Kit using a Spearco 2-216 core, Jesse’s RB25 put down 325 SAE corrected wheel horsepower at 14 psi on my Dynojet.

Resonators? inline mufflers? who needs that crap?

My time tuning Jesse’s car was limited as his stock side feed injectors just couldn’t keep up with the turbo. After 6000 rpm, the injector duty cycles began to creep above 85% which was well above the Apexi Power FC warning threshold.

Up next : Installing top feed injectors into the S13.