hope everyone is doing ok in these weird times. Its a long story but ill try and give a brief a history of the car. I've owned a kuro black gt4 since may 2015, it was my pride and joy and i loved it, for 3 months. In august 2015 the bottom end bearing went, the day after id used the car for my best friends wedding. It then went a way for a rebuild, to a company that claimed to have experience, the start of what seemed like a never ending nightmare. The company, after 4 months and numerous arguments over the phone, claimed to have rebuilt the engine, but the car wouldn't start so they sent it away to 3 autoelectrical companies, who all said it wasn't electrical, but more than likely the engine incorrectly built, so they took the car back and tried to fix it after having the car around 18 months i finally lost patience, agreed a fee for the works and got the car back.
In the mean time a local engine builder id got talking to through a mutual friend was adamant he could sort it as hes rebuilt top end engines for years, so the car then went to him. He straight away found the flywheel on wrong apparently, the timing was incorrect, the oil ports were full of sealant, a whole bunch of stuff really so much, and so long ago i cant remember exactly. So he set about trying to get the car running. I got weekly updates of what hed found to start with, but after about 4 months it was like pulling teeth. He had the car just over a year in total suspecting all sorts of faults, giving it back to me with the car now running but misfiring.
By luck, i found a company, outlaw customs, local to me that specialised in older z cars, and race engines.(i was walking to my van after having my hair cut when i saw their van drive passed), So i gave them a call, they collected the car, stripped the engine down and within 2 days of my call told me that the engine was a total mess, and beyond repair, it had been rebuilt horrendously. I sourced a replacement with a warranty and the engine was delivered and fitted by outlaw, within a week. The nightmare didn't end there though, the car was smoking horrendously, misfiring, and filling one cylinder with oil. I got in touch with the supplier as they offered a warranty, they collected the car and promised if it was the engine that was the issue, to sort it without charge. So many months went by, the engine was stripped down and rebuilt, once by the suppliers engineer, and once by some outside firm they got in, and still the car wast running right. The ecu was replaced, and then the immobilizer and the ignition barrel before i got the call around 3 months ago saying the car was ready for its MOT and then i could collect it
I went down to collect the car, it started and idled OK, but itd been that long since id had the car i couldn't really remember what it was like originally. The washers didn't work, the drivers window didn't work and due to the ecu swap, the stereo didn't work, and i now have one key to unlock the car and one to start it. On the drive home the engine light came on, the car was misfiring intermittently and was rough as a dog. It had sat on the drive in this state until the start of lockdown when i decided to try and sort it myself. I found the passenger side cat was buggered, so i got some axle stands and decided to replace both cats with japspeed sports cats, as i've already spent upwards of 8k getting the car back im now on a budget. The resonance was terrible so replaced the full system with a japspeed K4 again, budget made the decision. I also replaced the window motor, the washer pumps and the radiator fans, which i replaced with mishimoto. The car ran better but still misfiring. I removed and cleaned the maf, and found the connector on one of the Coil packs broken, meaning it wasn't latching correctly. I replaced this and as of typing this post, the engine runs absolutely sweet now and the car sounds absolutely superb.
I've also replaced the defunct head unit with a pioneer unit, following a guide on here.
Everyone thinks im mad for spending so much, and having so much determination to get the car back, ive had 4 cars in the time this has been off the road, but for me, it was all worth it.
So much id do differently in hindsight but thats by the by now.
Everything i've done to get the car running, is directly down to me reading stuff from this forum, so i just really want to say a massive thanks, and sorry for the long post.
The car now needs a really good detail and some body work, it was mint when it went away 5 years ago but now there are scratches, dents and scuffed alloys, but im so looking forward to finally being able to enjoy the car again.
Ill include a pic of the car before the wedding 5 years ago and some progress pics i've taken recently. i'll get some advice on detailing, order some stuff and take some updated pics soon hopefully,
If you've read this, cheers,