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#1   2016-02-23 18:35          

♪ Tomorrow we can drive around this town
And let the cops chase us around
The past is gone but something might be found
To take its place
Hey, jealousy


(OOC: This was originally a non-budgeted roleplay, but, I made something happen to make it comply with the budget rules.)

RP Character

Name: Harrison
Age: 27 in 2016 (5 years older than me)
Location: (a fictionalized version of) Phoenix, Arizona
Job: Software Engineer, also VS Garage Scottsdale employee

Owned Car History

- Honda Accord EX Coupe (CD7 1995), bone stock - sold
- Nissan 240SX RHD Conversion / RB Swap - parted out
- Pontiac G8 V6, LS7 Swap - sold
- Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec (BCNR33 1996 S2) - still owned [Build Log] [Rev. 1]
- Toyota Supra Turbo (JZA80 1997) - STOLEN
- Toyota Supra (JZA80 1993) - still owned; painfully stock

Other Car Builds

(not budgeted)
- Nissan Skyline GTS25t 2JZ Swap (ECR33 1994) - owned by VStanced Garage, Scottsdale branch
- Jake's Nismo RB28-powered Super Clear Red BCNR33 - owned by Jake

Financial History

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Hello! I've been around here for a while and have been taking pics for you folks.

This was one of the first cars I built with any seriousness. This is a Pontiac G8 that was originally a base V6 sedan, in Liquid Red; I put together an LS7 swap, with that engine putting down about the same as it did stock. Never dyno'd it. Sold it to another owner in AZ (the "HOT ROD" plate is his).


My two current cars: a Skyline GT-R R33, locally famous as a 900WHP monster (although I almost never have it up at high boost like that); and a Supra with a slightly tamer 700WHP output.


It's taken a lot of money to build both cars - I'd estimate that there's about $150,000 invested in the R33, and there's about $70,000 invested in the Supra. Well worth it. Wouldn't sell either of them for anything that I can imagine. Although... having one car without a back seat and another that's a little scary to drive daily is kind of impractical.



The R33. My precious. This is how it sits now. License plate: "R33 900".



The Supra. This car was one I was less personally involved with building; the local VStanced Garage location did most of the work. License plate: "2JZ LOL".


If you want to meet me, stop by the Library (the buildings at the Test Track in these pics). I'll usually be available to meet there. ;)

(This was my 800th post when I posted the original. lol - that's fitting)

This post was edited by Harrison15 (2017-05-26 20:16, 1 day ago)

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#2   2016-02-26 01:11          
Update: The white Supra has been stolen. I don't know who did it, but I highly suspect one particular older guy who couldn't stop looking at and touching the car when I took it out to a meet (by itself). I had to stop at the grocery store, so I parked the car (hatchback trunk + no rear seat = more groceries); when I came back, the car was gone.

After calling a friend to pick me up, I immediately went and double checked that my R33 was there back at home - it was. It has an immobilizer, so I'm not too worried.

This does leave me without a daily, though, since I'm hard-parking the R33 in my garage until things calm down. My budget is V$20,000 - this caught me at a bad time.

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#3   2016-02-26 01:18          
damn that sucks man! some people need to learn some respect for other people property.
T e a m H i / S p e e d

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#4   2016-02-26 01:52          
Damn man! Shame thieves exist in this world..I'll keep an eye out on craigslist and forums and see if I can help track down your car or parts but seeing I'm in Japan I have limited abilities. Hope you can find your Supra in one piece man.

R33 is looking pretty though! Love how you've gone with AVS Model T5's, those are great wheels ;)
//C o o l d o w n\\

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#5   2016-02-26 08:24          
Well, the police found it.



The thieves took darn near everything. Engine, wheels, body parts, interior. They took my nice JDM steering wheel; the Recaro SL seats; every piece of body they could get off of it.

And, to cap it all off, the frame is a total write-off and will never be road-worthy again, because they wrecked the entire front of the engine bay trying to get the AeroCatch latches open - and, in the end, the cops say the thieves cut the frame instead.

The one bright spot in all of this is that the police recovered the brakes, wheels, and tires, and that the suspension stayed on the car. I don't know how they got it all back, but, I'm glad. Ironically, if I put those brakes on something else, that will be the third car the brakes have ended up on (the R33 was the first, originally).

I now have $20000 in car money (cash I had on hand, plus insurance payment - after I went and made sure my R33's coverage was up to snuff), my R33, and some loose Supra running gear.

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#6   2016-02-26 08:26          
Was you able to report to the police and give them a description of the guy? And for V$20,000 you should be able to get a Acura RSX/Honda Integra, or a MKIII Supra(Rarer to find, but I saw a few around V$5,000 and under.) Hopefully you'll get the Supra back.
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#7   2016-02-26 08:27          
wanna sell me the chassis if they let you keep it as i wouldnt mind a supra for a shitter drift build

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#8   2016-02-26 08:30          
@ Porsche911man :

Hey, welcome to VS!

Never saw the guy, sadly. The police haven't said anything, but they've said that the investigation is open; but, since the frame is pretty thoroughly ruined, insurance swooped in and decided to declare the car totaled. I wasn't about to argue, with it looking like it does.

Shame, too. Prices for especially late model year Supras have been coming up and I was thinking of selling it.

@ Kazern : The chassis is pretty trashed and I would not recommend using it for road use; and, in fact, I think it's marked as "parts only" in the US at this point. But you can try. I'll send you my insurance info.

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#9   2016-02-26 08:35          
im happy to pay well for the chassis even though it may be a wreck i want something i could try and tube the chassis to hold it as a misile car

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#10   2016-02-26 08:38          
Oops, sorry. Didn't see that you posted when I posted my previous post. See above.

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#11   2016-02-26 08:38          
its not for road use its gonna be pure track built tube front with a custom firewall if i use it

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also will i be getting it direct from you or your insurance company

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#12   2016-02-26 08:41          
What about a Toyota Chaser? I've seen them for dirt cheap and you can still get some 2jz power out of them.

Bastards. Sorry for your loss. Do you know what car you would go for next?
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#13   2016-02-26 08:44          
# Kazern : its not for road use its gonna be pure track built tube front with a custom firewall if i use it

also will i be getting it direct from you or your insurance company
Call the insurance company. They should have it in a lot by now.

(OOC: Consider it $4000 to buy it, ship it over, and get it in remotely driveable condition.)

# Porsche911man : What about a Toyota Chaser? I've seen them for dirt cheap and you can still get some 2jz power out of them.
Would love one, but I couldn't register it in the US. The R33 only stays on the road because it's one of a couple dozen Motorex cars. Will have to consider an IS300, though.

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#14   2016-02-26 08:49          
Or GS300, since we're thinking about Toyotas.
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#15   2016-02-26 08:53          
(OOC: what do you mean drive able condition)
im calling your insurance company right now and im getting quotes online now is the car on rolling gear or does it need suspension

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#16   2016-02-26 09:02          
(OOC: I mean that putting together a usable front end would be rolled into that price.)

Would need just about everything. I'd let you have the control arms, but I'm keeping the shocks and springs.

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#17   2016-02-26 09:12          
(ooc i dont need it driveable ill build it at home kind of thing so what would it be for just the car and shipping as it is plus springs shocks and wheels to roll it)
would you be able to get it rolling with springs shocks and some wheels if i send you the money over and then put it on the boat i organise i could pay you for your time etc

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#18   2016-02-26 09:40          
# Kazern : (ooc i dont need it driveable ill build it at home kind of thing so what would it be for just the car and shipping as it is plus springs shocks and wheels to roll it)
would you be able to get it rolling with springs shocks and some wheels if i send you the money over and then put it on the boat i organise i could pay you for your time etc
Yeah, I could put something together. $3000? It won't "roll" straight, though. The front end is bent up.

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#19   2016-02-26 09:49          
yeah thats all good ill be buying a front cut i reckon as ill need and engine and straight front end ill transfer you some funds right now
(ooc would i just take like 4-5 off as i gotta pay for shipping)

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#20   2016-02-29 07:28          
Finally bought a replacement car, because the R33 is the opposite of "replaceable" and I wasn't super happy with the thought of leaving it sitting in parking lots.

Wouldn't you know it, the 2JZ bug bit again.

Here we have it... back to basics, if you can call a V$13,800 car basic.

It's a 1993 Toyota Supra, non-turbo, automatic. 164k miles on it, and yet still feeling pretty solid. Paint is in decent shape because it's a NorCal car; if it were an Arizona car like my old Supra was when I got it, I could have kissed the paint goodbye.

It's also a much more common pre-facelift model; the old car was a rarer post-facelift 1997. That said, I kind of think the "zenki" has charm; and I'm honestly just going to make myself sick if I draw comparisons to the old one all the time with this.


Took it to Scottsdale VS Garage late at night, after I got it registered. I also brought the BBS LM's, the brakes, and the suspension that the police recovered. Sadly, no chance that they could have gotten the engine back; it seems like all of the other components got shipped overseas or are otherwise in the wind. Too bad, but then again, might be fun to spend attention on this one. May have to be more budget conscious, though - my wallet is hurting!


Got it on the old wheels and brakes and suspension. At least I know that's all handled, giving me lots of room to work upward. I think I might leave it an automatic... it has its charms, and kind of makes the car more of a grand tourer. I can appreciate that.

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#21   2016-02-29 08:44          
Oh, pretty nice. Funny thing I'm also planning to buy auto Supra. Though I'm not sure buying it, it kinda depends what's the MPG & power output, as I'm not planning to make a total track car.
Anyway, good luck & keep building ;)

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#22   2016-02-29 09:19          
Awesome buy man! I always wanted a supra but no luck finding a nice one!

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#23   2016-02-29 09:40          
Thanks!

So far, it's decent on gas mileage, although the fact that it's a non-turbo probably helps. It's actually not slow, either! Although I guess that's a matter of perspective, especially since I'm kind of mentally compensating for comparing it to the rowdy 450AWHP of the R33's street tune.

220-230 crank horsepower, supposedly. I strongly doubt it will stay there. The turbo auto is supposed to make the same amount of power as the turbo manual - 320BHP in the export version, 280BHP (nominally) in the JDM.

I actually think I like the Renaissance Red paint better than the pearl white that was on the old one, but, having two red cars in my garage kind of reduces the visual contrast. So I'm kind of torn.

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#24   2016-02-29 09:59          
you want a 2jz gte bottom end that has 40k on it it has a snapped con rod bottom but you could have it for parts

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#25   2016-02-29 10:18          
What about a nice black or Silver colour? both aggressive yet lowkey.

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#26   2016-02-29 20:07          
# Kazern : you want a 2jz gte bottom end that has 40k on it it has a snapped con rod bottom but you could have it for parts
If the crankshaft and the block and the pistons are good, and if the con rods are from a manufacturer such that I can replace them locally, I'll take it.

# LoganC : What about a nice black or Silver colour? both aggressive yet lowkey.
I like the Supra in both silver and black. The first one was Alpine Silver before I painted it, and even though the paint was pretty damaged, I still liked the color. Black is nice, although aggressive.

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#27   2016-02-29 22:59          
Its your car after all, I look forward to seeing what you do with it! :)

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#28   2016-02-29 23:14          
Looks awesome! let me know if you need a hand when working on it :)

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#29   2016-03-01 00:03          
# Harrison15 : Finally bought a replacement car, because the R33 is the opposite of "replaceable" and I wasn't super happy with the thought of leaving it sitting in parking lots.

Welcome Back To The Supra Family Harrison :bananajump:
You Find a very clean one and Here is mine:
I like Kentucky Fried Chicken.
And I'm White.

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#30   2016-03-01 11:08          
# Harrison15 : If the crankshaft and the block and the pistons are good, and if the con rods are from a manufacturer such that I can replace them locally, I'll take it.
the rods are factory the only thing changed on it is the crankshaft and you can have it for free if you want as i just brought a full bc stroker bottom end just havent really said much about it im aiming for the 1100hp mark with the new block and well i might die

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#31   2016-03-01 12:43          
Harrison sweet rides af. I am really sry bout the supra that guy deserves to die in the most brutal way. Wish u everything best whit the new supra its sweet, if I could recoment something try to use a color that wont pop up that much like white. I was bussy whit my 155 and S14 so I couldn't check your cars earlier. Excited to see the supra finished

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#32   2016-03-04 21:51          
# Kazern : the rods are factory the only thing changed on it is the crankshaft and you can have it for free if you want as i just brought a full bc stroker bottom end just havent really said much about it im aiming for the 1100hp mark with the new block and well i might die
Sure thing. I'll take it. Can't do anything with it yet, but, I can hang onto it.

Went and painted the badges on the car gold, and baked the headlights and painted the insides black. Pretty good improvement on the looks of the car for V$20, I think.

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#33   2016-03-04 22:19          
It fits really good with the rims. :thumbsup:

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#34   2016-03-04 22:55          
Thanks! It's actually the same paint I used on the badges for the other Supra.

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#35   2016-03-06 08:41          
Got myself some R33 goodies, because I'm kind of feeling tired of everything every time I look at the Supra and remember the old one. I think I need to give it some time before I do anything to the Supra.

Replaced the carbon rear wing blade with the old one from before I painted the car, and painted that red. Then, added a Nismo wing extension (-V$150).

I like this look a lot better; I might sell off the carbon wing blade if I end up keeping it this way.

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#36   2016-03-22 22:22          
No serious updates for now, but, I've been saving up for the engine build for the new Supra.

The car is going to stay automatic, but, I'm thinking I'm going to figure out how to hook up the Tiptronic system from the JDM late model RZ-S. I imagine it has to be doable. This Supra is going to be a street car, anyway, even if I can drive stick just fine.

I've got my eye on a donor engine, but the build is going to cost quite a bit of change. Too bad they never found the engine out of the stolen car.

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#37   2016-03-22 22:28          
I like the idea of auto! keep it simple and easy for a nice daily.

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#38   2016-03-22 22:42          
Good luck harrison whit the engine. I think you should wait few more weeks or at least 1 more month. Give it a try my those donut eaters will find the engine you never know. Just stay positive and don't look back you can't change the past, Improve your future .Thumbs up for the San-San

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#39   2016-03-22 23:04          
Thanks, folks!

I'm thinking that I might go with a VVT-i head this time, especially if they don't find my engine.

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#40   2016-03-22 23:57          
Hey Harrison, I'm selling my stock twin turbocharger setup from my 2j.
The turbos have been rebuilt only drove 2000 miles since (not damaged or anything, I'm selling them because I'm going with a single turbo setup :) )
I also have the stock wing for sale.