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Friday, February 24, 2017

240SX VIN on an R33 GT-R

These kinds of requests just make us shake our heads. An R33 GT-R showing a 1990 240SX VIN. Selling at a dealer in NY for $40k. 

This would be the worst of the worst. An R33 GT-R being sold out of New York, with a 240SX VIN plate on it.  Obviously at some point it its life, this possibly stolen vehicle was illegally imported to the US, and a information plate from a US 240SX was put on it.

JN1HS36P2LW105212

If there is ever a car to avoid, it would be anything where there is VIN tampering.  Why does this car display a 240SX VIN?  Why are these guys selling it as a 1995 Nissan Skyline, when the VIN they are selling it under is 1990 Nissan 240SX.

Avoid these kind of cars like the plauge. Nothing good can come from it. In just a few more years(2020), 25 year old, legal R33 GT-R will be available. We suggest waiting or finding a MotoRex car if you can't wait.

This is what happens when a VIN swap car is found. Doesn't matter how many years it has been in the US. http://www.importavehicle.info/2016/01/nissan-skyline-gets-crushed-illegal-vin.html


More VIN information. 

More information on this VIN swapped R33 JN1HS36P2LW105212 - Carfax

Date:Mileage:Source:Comments:
09/19/1989  NICBVehicle manufactured
and shipped to original dealer
11/15/1989  8  Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Schaumburg, IL
Title #E5696741
Title issued or updated
First owner reported
Loan or lien reported
02/09/1990  1,800  Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Schaumburg, IL
Title #K5667147
Title issued or updated
Loan or lien reported
09/23/1992  17,751  Wisconsin
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Milwaukee, WI
Odometer reading reported
10/09/1992  Wisconsin
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Milwaukee, WI
Title #9228339009
Title or registration issued
09/27/1997  74,000  Wisconsin
Inspection Station
Passed emissions inspection
09/29/1999  86,262  Auto Auction
Midwest Region
Listed as a dealer vehicle
Vehicle sold at auction
10/25/1999  86,317  Wisconsin
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Madison, WI
Title #99298WE004
Title or registration issued
New owner reported
Loan or lien reported
07/19/2002  Wisconsin
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Belleville, WI
Title #02200A4014
Title or registration issued
02/27/2004  Dealer Inventory
Wisconsin
Vehicle sold
03/18/2004  Wisconsin
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Middleton, WI
Title #04078VBD04
Title or registration issued
06/24/2004  Service FacilityVehicle serviced
08/23/2010  Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Naperville, IL
Registration issued or renewed
09/03/2010  Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Naperville, IL
Title #X0246688052
Title issued or updated
New owner reported
Exempt from odometer reporting
09/23/2010  Arlington Toyota, Inc
Buffalo Grove, IL
847-394-5100
arlington-toyota.com
Recommended maintenance performed
10/13/2010  145,483  Indiana
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Lafayette, IN
Title #10376204000022
Title issued or updated
Registration issued or renewed
Vehicle color noted as Purple
10/10/2011  Indiana
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Lafayette, IN
Registration issued or renewed
Vehicle color noted as Purple
07/23/2012  52,636  Arlington Toyota Scion
Palatine, IL
847-394-5100
toyotaarlington.com
A/C and heating system checked
Four wheel alignment performed
Wheels checked

POTENTIAL ODOMETER ROLLBACK
  • There are signs of potential odometer rollback here, so verify the mileage with the seller. I know I would.
10/25/2012  Indiana
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Lafayette, IN
Registration issued or renewed
Vehicle color noted as Purple
11/15/2013  Indiana
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Lafayette, IN
Registration issued or renewed
Vehicle color noted as Purple
05/23/2014  New York
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Brooklyn, NY
Registration issued or renewed
Titled or registered as
personal vehicle
Passed safety inspection
06/04/2014  57,147  New York
Inspection Station
Passed safety inspection
Emissions inspection performed

View what was inspected
08/15/2014  New York
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Brooklyn, NY
Title issued or updated
New owner reported
04/25/2016  New York
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Brooklyn, NY
Registration issued or renewed
Titled or registered as
personal vehicle
Passed safety inspection
10/17/2016  Nissan of Bowie
Bowie, MD
888-485-3606
nissanofbowie.com
Oil and filter changed
01/18/2017  59,960  Dealer InventoryVehicle offered for sale






Seller's Notes 1995 NISSAN SKYLINE GT-R R33! GODZILLA IN THE FLESH! ULTRA RARE, THERE ARE ALMOST NONE AVAILABLE IN THE USA! ONLY 59000 km, THAT'S ONLY 36000 MILES FOLKS! VEHICLE IS IN SHOWROOM CONDITION! ABSOLUTELY MINT IN AND OUT! THIS CAR WAS FEATURED IN JDM MAGAZINE (SEE LINK BELOW) AND IS QUOTED AS HAVING CLOSE TO 1200HP! THE CAR HAS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS INVESTED...UPGRADES INCLUDE: VARIOUS ENGINE WORK, EVERYTHING IS DONE, TUNED, INTAKE, EXHAUST, TURBOS, COMPUTERS...EVERYTHING! CUSTOM BODY KIT FROM JAPAN! CUSTOM WHEELS, WHICH WERE PURCHASE FOR $10000. LED TAILIGHTS! FULL BRIDE INTERIOR...SEATS, DOORS, ROOF, MATS...EVERYTHING. RACING HARNESS FOR DRIVER AND PASSENGER! BOOST CONTROL AND TUNING COMPUTER! FULL NOS HOOKUP, INCLUDES CANISTER (EMPTY). REAR SPOILER! CUSTOM PAINT JOB, PROFESSIONALLY DONE, LOOKS AMAZING, A LOT OF MONEY SPENT! THIS IS A LEGIT JAPANESE SKYLINE! NOT A REPRODUCTION OR KIT CAR! RIGHT HAND DRIVE! VEHICLE COMES WITH A CLEAR AND CLEAN NY TITLE, WE CAN REGISTER IT FOR YOU IF YOU'D LIKE! YOU CAN DRIVE IT ANYWHERE! THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE RARITY! DO NOT MISS IT! PRICED TO SELL QUICK! PLEASE CALL ALEX AT (866) 880-4296 OR (866) 880-4296 WITH ANY QUESTIONS. TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE ANYWHERE IN THE US AND WORLDWIDE! TRADES ADD ALL OFFERS CONSIDERED. Read more at https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/691167768/overview/#IXGxQtMCg6De3oIX.99

Friday, February 17, 2017

TVR Griffith Buyers Guide - 1991-2002


The TVR Griffith, later models being referred to as the Griffith 500, was a sports car designed and built by TVR starting in 1991 and ending in 2002.

Like its forerunner namesakes, the Griffith 200 and Griffith 400, the modern Griffith was a lightweight (1048 kg or 2310 lb) fiberglass-bodied, 2-door, 2-seat sports car with a V8 engine. Originally, it used a 4.0 L 240 hp (179 kW) Rover V8 engine, but that could be optionally increased to 4.3 L 280 hp (209 kW) in 1992 with a further option of big-valve cylinder heads. In 1993 with a TVR-developed 5.0 L 340 hp (254 kW) version of the Rover V8 became available. All versions of the Griffith use the Lucas 14CUX engine management system.

All models use a five-speed manual transmission.

Although the Griffith was almost mechanically identical to its sister car, the Chimaera, it had a different body design and was produced in much smaller numbers. Well-maintained examples generally command higher prices on the secondhand market.[citation needed]

The Griffith was a lightweight, high-power, and well-balanced car. The speed six Griffith proposal never became a production reality; by the time it was launched it had morphed into the TVR Tuscan Speed Six.

In Japan, a special edition "Blackpool B340" was sold.[citation needed] This car was featured in Gran Turismo and Gran Turismo 2 (in the former as the Griffith 4.0 in the NTSC and PAL versions).

In 2000, TVR announced that the Griffith production was going to end. A limited edition run of 100 Special Edition (SE) cars were to be built to mark the end of production. Although still very similar to the previous Griffith 500 model, the SE had a hybrid interior using the Chimaera dashboard and Cerbera seats. Noticeably, the rear lights were different along with different door mirrors, higher powered headlights and clear indicator lenses. Some also came with 16-inch wheels. Each car came with a numbered plaque in the glove box including the build number and a Special Edition Badge on its boot. All cars also had a unique signature in the boot under the carpet. The SEs were built between 2000 and 2002, with the last registered in 2003. A register of the last 100 SEs can be found at TVR Griffith 500 SE Register.

Every year, to celebrate the TVR Griffith, their owners have a meet called "The Griff Growl."[1]

In 2008, Al Melling Sports Cars unveiled the Melling Wildcat, a roadster heavily based on the Griffith but powered instead by a variant of TVR's later AJP8 engine.

Transmission

Transmission: 5-Speed Manual (Rover LT77 or Tremec T5)

Suspension

Front: Independent, double wishbones, coil-over gas dampers, sway bars

Rear: Independent, double wishbones, coil-over gas dampers, sway bars

Brakes

Front: 260 mm (10 in) ventilated disc brakes

Rear: 260 mm (10 in) ventilated disc brakes

Wheels Front: 15 in aluminium alloy

Rear: 16 in

Chassis/body

Body Panels: Glass fibre

Fuel Capacity: 57 Litres (12.5 Imp. gallons, 15.0 U.S. gal)

Weight: 1060 kg (2336 lb)

Length: 3,892 mm (153.2 in)

Height: 1,205 mm (47.4 in)

Width: 1,943 mm (76.5 in)

Wheelbase: 2,282 mm (89.8 in)

Front track: 1,460 mm (57 in)

Rear track: 1,470 mm (58 in)

Ground clearance: 146 mm (5.7 in)

Production by year

1992: 602
1993: 230 (169 2DR + 61 500)
1994: 292
1995: 284
1996: 288
1997: 232
1998: 231
1999: 187
2000: 90
2001: 82
2002: 64

TVR Car Club

California Smog Check Requirements by Vehicle Type


Requirements for smog check for California registered vehicle. Six years or newer vehicles. 1975 or older vehicles. Flex fuel vehicles. Hybrids. CNG, LPG, or LNG vehicles. Diesel requirements. Electric vehicles, Motorcycles. Two cylinder engines, two stroke engines, and off highway registered vehicles.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Guam : Importing a Motor Vehicle into Guam



 Are you going to Guam?  I have had a few friends that were station on Guam. I went there four times for a total of about 24 hours when I was in the US Navy back 1991-1997. A fuel stop in the middle of the Pacific.  The following is information about vehicle importation into Guam. They follow US requirements for import. HS7 , 3520-1. US legal vehicles unless over 25 years old.

American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Baker Island, Howland Islands, Jarvis Island, Johnston Island, Kingman Reef, Midway Islands, Palmyra, and Wake Island are all territories / possessions of the United States and as such are subject to the importation rules of the United States. They may have additional requirements to import into each territory as each one has a delicate ecosystem they are trying to protect.

Documents Required

  •  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Form EPA-3520-21, if applicable
  •  OBL (foreign purchased vehicles)
  •  Bill of Sale / Pro-forma Invoice with Statement of Value (foreign purchased vehicles)
  •  Title of ownership translated into English (foreign purchased vehicles)
  •  Department of Transportation (DOT) Form HS-7
  •  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Form 3520-1 (foreign purchased vehicles)
  •  Proof of conformity by either:

    •  USA Title / Registration, or
    •  Letter of Conformity from the manufacturer
    •  Foreign military sales contract that indicates vehicle meets USA-EPA / DOT regulations
    •  Exemption as a 25 model year old vehicle as proven by the title
 Copy of USA Title or Registration when previously registered in the USA (vehicles previously
owned and shipped from the USA by the returning importer)

 Completed EPA-3520-1, DOT, HS-7 and Customs 7501 forms (vehicles previously owned
and shipped from the USA by the returning importer)

 Letter of Permission from the EPA (non-residents importing vehicles as a tourist)
Specific Information

 For vehicles previously owned and shipped from the USA by the returning importer, the
ownership names must match with the consignee of the shipment on the vehicle Title and
Registration.

 A non-USA resident can import a vehicle for a period of up to 1 year as a tourist, but no
extension will be allowed. The importer is required to obtain a permission letter prior to
shipping the vehicle from the EPA.

Vehicles imported by non-residents for tourism may not sell or offer for vehicle for sale and it
must be exported prior to the 1-year period or is subject to seizure and penalties by Customs.

 Some ports of entry (POE) require a bond for up to three times the value of the vehicle to
ensure the timely export of the vehicle. Additional port specific declarations may be required
for this temporary importation

 A Bill of sale or Pro-forma Invoice with the statement of value must include the vehicle’s
description, vehicle identification number (VIN), model and year of manufacture.

 In general vehicles that are 25 model years old and with the original drive train are exempt
from EPA / DOT regulations.

 Vehicles less than 25 model years old that were not previously titled in the USA must comply
with EPA / DOT regulations.

 The cost and time to bring a vehicle into compliance by an ICI (certified conversion shop)
make the process an unwise economic decision in most cases.

 It is strongly recommended not to import non-complying vehicles. In the event an importer
elects to attempt to import a vehicle it should be sent separately from household goods and
personal effects shipments to avoid delays in the receipt of the shipment.

 The importer must make arrangements with an ICI shop in the USA prior to shipping the
vehicle in order to get an estimate and to determine if the vehicle can be brought into
compliance.

 Marine engines and gas-powered generators are also subject to EPA requirements
and Form EPA-3520-21 is normally required for those items.
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