Friday, September 30, 2011

She's for sale people!

Had insomnia tonight, got out of bed at 3:30 am and decided to post this on Prime:
NSX for sale.

Those who have been following this blog knows I've been on the fence for a while. I have tried to do it in a hush hush way hoping the right person will come along, fall in love with what I have done and give my baby a new home.  I got the word out through contacts in the business as well as through the communtiy via word of mouth.  There has been a few interested parties but talks seem to go no where.  Finally I have decided to do the logical thing and just post BLCBIRD up on Prime and let the world know.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Thoughts of selling, thoughts of keeping...

I haven't posted on the blog in a while, mainly because this has been a very busy summer for me.  So far, since the NSX has been taken out of storage, I have logged less than 500 kms and used up only 1.5 tanks of fuel.  This doesn't mean it's been ignored as there have been little projects to keep me busy.

Since April I've had to replace the clutch master and slave cylinders as well as the high pressure line (thanks Mark at Dali for the prompt service), my 2 year old battery from Canadian Tire crapped out on me which was promptly replaced (thank God it wasn't the alternator as originally feared), and my replacement LED bumper lights from John Bazay (mugen_kid) started losing bulbs again.  He's been great to deal with and I'll be re-sending them to him for modification for reliability as soon as I get a chance this month.  I also sourced an oem console and a pair of door switchgear trim pieces which are being covered in CF to replace the Tamoske ones that are slowly warping on me.  No more custom CF pieces for me from Europe.  CF wrapping is being handled by Marc Nelson (NelsonMX) in Montreal, a long time GTRCanada member.

In all this I cannot help thinking that I want to sell the car.  I feel I am at a crossroads with it. Either sell it and cut my loses (keeping it will only require more and more maintenance time and money) while getting into a new car or commit to this NSX and do the '02 conversion which still sits in my head as the final mod needed to make me fully satisfied.

If  I do go ahead with the conversion, the question then is whether I go for the oem look or go full widebody and never look back.  The oem look will likely make the NSX more streetable and I might be able to start enjoying it on the road more compared to how it sits now ---a track car and not at all practical.  Of course the widebody will elevate the car into the stratosphere of NSX ownership where the heavens will open and fellow NSX owners from near and afar will sing praise upon me. :]

Out of curiosity I posted my thoughts of selling the NSX on Prime and the comments have been both funny and thought provoking: Thread on NSXPrime

I also posted on kijiji to see what happens.  I am not really pushing the sale, more like I'm getting the word out there and seeing if someone falls madlyin love with it and want to buy it.  So far I've gotten a couple of interested people on Prime, one seems serious but need to sell his NSX first, and a local Porsche guy wants to trade his 2002 C2 Cup car.  Not sure if I'm really a P-car guy (unless its an old school 930 turbo).

Meanwhile I cannot stop staring at the Route KS Madonna 999 widebody. So sexy...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

NSX gets a new roomate

I admit, I have an almost unhealthy obsession with interesting cars. I purposely used the word interesting because I don't consider a Camry a car at all, its an appliance.

After a few weeks (7 to be exact) with the Fejer/Lotus 7 replica, then 6 months with an Alpine White E60 M5, I finally settled with a choice I am very proud of: a 1996 Nissan Skyline GTR.  GTRs and I go way back.  I once owned one of the very first R32 Skyline GTRs admitted into Canada, and started (and still help run) the only real Canadian Skyline forum, In fact the R32 GTR paved the way to my ownership of the NSX.  Being at the forefront of the Canadian Skyline and RHD import scene in Canada, I was able to forsee the pending flood of JDM imports into the Canadian market. So in the winter of 2005 I traded my GTR for the NSX while it was still rare and worth something.  The NSX was orginally supposed to give me something to enjoy for a few years until the R35's release, but somehow it's inherent goodness rubbed off on me and I reluctantly got sucked in to the NSX world. :)

After 5 years, I started getting the bug for a new fun daily driver (which could do occasional trackdays).  I had a convertible E46 SMG M3, which was later replaced with the E60 M5.  As much as I liked them, they were just too....Teutonic for my tastes.  I needed to be back into a Skyline GTR again so I started searching.  A great R33 GTR came up on RightDrive's website and I jumped at it.  Of course life is never simple because someone else got to it first, so I started working with Michael Kent of RD to find another midnight purple GTR.  Many candidates came up, but nothing really interested me.  Two months later by luck the original fellow who had reserved the one that got away backed out and once again it was there for the taking, and I did :)

Just picked her up last Fri, and here she is next to her new roomate.

NSX looks really low compared to the GTR
Of course custom plates were ordered

Me and my girls