READER REPORT:

Pimp my ride: An expensive journey

STEVEN BEATTIE
Last updated 11:30 24/12/2012
Supplied

Engine just installed, not fully piped in.

Supplied Zoom
Fitting the body kit.

Related Links

Have you pimped your ride? Pimped my ride: The complete rebuild Pimped my ride: Old cruiser finds new home Pimped my ride: Sarah's Corolla Pimped my ride: Truckin' on Pimped my ride: Escort restored from paddock rust bucket Pimped my ride: From coffee maker van to cruiser Pimped my ride: Teaching the boys a lesson Pimped my ride: An addiction to four wheels

Relevant offers

Stuff Nation

5 ways to die on a bike in Wellington Why this model's ta moko is offensive Do your homework before choosing schools How to have a house and a life Child's words of wisdom make Dad smile To the world, the fern IS New Zealand Enthusiasm up as weight falls in challenge Is a mind make-over possible? How has breast cancer affected your life? Top five reader comments of the day

I haven't been a car owner all that long. As a student I never had the need for a car, but I had always been a fan of what people had done to their cars, and knew what I liked and didn't.

My car modification journey started almost two years ago, when I bought my Nissan Skyline coupe 1996 (R33). It started out as a non-turbo automatic, and I got it for a decent price. It already had a few modifications from previous owners (and one that had gone a bit crazy with a welder and had tried to stiffen the car by welding random panels together) but nothing crazy, so it wasn't too quick but enough to get in trouble if I were to do something silly.

I always hated that it was automatic, so one of the first things I wanted to do was change it to a manual. Some people said, why didn't you buy a manual car in the first place? Well, the price I picked the car up for was less than half of a manual equivalent.

The opportunity arose when I had the car parked up to perform minor engine maintenance, and I had drained the oil from the engine. I needed the car moved to a garage down the road so I asked a friend of a friend to move the car carefully, but to first top up the oil in the engine. Unfortunately this friend thought he would just drive it down like a boy racer, without putting oil in the engine and the car arrived spluttering and dying. The damage was irreparable.

After a quick ring around I sorted out what I needed to do - I sourced a new engine and manual transmission to be installed in to the car. Although the cost was significant, I had already been bitten by the modification bug.

Several months down the road I have almost got the car ready to be certified for legal road use, and as it stands now I have spent close to $11,000 on it. There are too many modifications to list, from an electronic boost controller to custom-stitched interior pieces, and the list is sure to rise in the coming years.


View all contributions
Ad Feedback

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Have you given up on buying your own home?

Yes

No

I already own a house

I don't want to buy a house

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content