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Mat Big Hat

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an email i got from a socal dat buddy:

Dude. I was driving home at about 8 pm when I saw this curious and cool tail lights ahead of me. I was driving my Suzuki. The tailights looked awesome ( got to get a set for my future 140Z) so I tried to get close. Heavy traffic on a two lane street. I got side by side..it was a LHD Skyline like yours, silver in color with overfender flares (black) and wide tires, like the skylines of the past.I was side by side, and it was a LHD one. Paint job looked immaculate.

i'm thinking it's the silver one on fleabay, and my buddy mistakenly thought it was lhd

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I think you buddy is talking about me. I just bought the silver 77 Kenmeri GTR clone that was on ebay. I have been looking through this forum and I'm amazed at the wealth of knowledge availabel. It's good to have some where to turn when I have questions about the car.... and I will have questions. When I picked it up from Brian, he had commented that many people had already heard he had the car sold. It's nice to know that there are plenty of people out there just as passionate as me about these classics.

And it is RHD.

Chris

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Hey Cris!!!

Man welcome and i must say that is a dope car! I moved down here from japan and I live in Long Beach now...I need help registering my Kenmeri and was wondering if you could tell me how you did it!? It's a 77....that's what the Japanese title says....and i know it aint gonna pass California smog!

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Hey Cris!!!

Man welcome and i must say that is a dope car! I moved down here from japan and I live in Long Beach now...I need help registering my Kenmeri and was wondering if you could tell me how you did it!? It's a 77....that's what the Japanese title says....and i know it aint gonna pass California smog!

Tyrone, track down Tony D over at Hybridz.org. (He's also a member here, but he doesn't visit often.) He can probably show you exactly where you need to start reading in the California DMV code book.

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Hey Chris! I hadn't seen your car around for a while. Could be that it's me not getting to as many of the show as I used to. I remember talking to you a few years back at one of the shows about California emissions and EFI systems. etc. In Temecula, I think.

Edited by sblake01

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I remember the conversation. At the time the car had triple webers on it, no cat, and headers. No way it was ever going to pass smog. Since then, the car's VIN got flagged by the DMV for illegal smog. I tried to put all the smog equipment from a 280z onto the L20E motor, but the BAR agent failed it because the block was not a US spec block for that year 280z. Since it was off the road anyway, it started to build a L28 with the correct equipment to pass smog. Plans changed and it has sat in the garage, safe and sound, for the last few years. In about a week though I will get a refreshed L28ET from an '82 280ZX turbo and drop that into it with all the smog equipment intact. I have been working with the BAR agent to make sure everything will be nice and legal from the start. It has been a long process, but it will be nice to not have to look for Johnny Law over my shoulder.

Besides, a classic Skyline doesn't blend into traffic very well.

Chris

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Chris,

Beautiful car you have there. Sucks you had to go through all that. Bet you will be stoked when its all done & over!

Best of luck

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Hey Cris!!!

Man welcome and i must say that is a dope car! I moved down here from japan and I live in Long Beach now...I need help registering my Kenmeri and was wondering if you could tell me how you did it!? It's a 77....that's what the Japanese title says....and i know it aint gonna pass California smog!

Japanese title or military title?

has the car been federalized? Any compliance done?

Originally licensed in the US somewhere else?

PM me.

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there's so many kens now i'm getting them mixed up. i thought chris sold his to norcal. when i asked he never responded

Edited by Mat Big Hat

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Keep on going, sounds like you've got all the pieces you need to get things done. I've found it to be helpful to set a goal to show it, like at JCCS for example. There are more of us with Kenmeris now - heck we should all go to JCCS.

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Bonezelite (Cop car paint) bought the 240K from Brian in Arizona, then sold it to someone else. If he is still on here maybe he can give details.

Brian's (White) Kenmeri with the messed up VIN is in Utah, but trying to get to northern Califonia when the VIN gets cleared up. Guy who own a performance shop up there is trying to buy it. Wants to start making Kenmeri upgrade parts like disk brakes and such.

Chris's (mine) (Silver) Kenmeri is safely in my garage, till I get the registartion sorted out.

Tyrone has a Kenmeri he imported himself, safely in his garage. His posts started before he left Japan.

Matt Big Hat's friend has (Blue) Kenmeri in San Diego. The only non-GTR clone, props for that.

White and Green Kenmeri in San Diego, think it has a swapped SR20. Don't know current ownership.

There is a real KPGC110 Kenmeri (Silver) in OC. Have seen pictures, but not in person. No clue as to who owns it.

There is a second (Silver) Kenmeri at a shop in Orange County that was for sale a year or so back. Anybody know what happened to that one?

Norcal has his (Silver) don't know where he bought it from, I think it was the one on Ebay in Washington State about 6 months ago.

There is the (Blue) race car, non-legal, that shows up at JCCS sometimes. I think he is out of Los Angeles as well. This car was shipped back to Japan in 2007.

That is all I know of for sure. Heard rumors that there is one in Tenessee.

They seem to be breeding......

Edited by ctcurnes

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I know where there is a blue Kenmeri in San Diego. It sits outside double car covered next to my friend's shop. It most likely is a clone. It has not moved in years.

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Updated post #19. The blue one in San Diego was Matt's. If it is now a GTR clone, I would like to see pictures.

Any more info?

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the blue kenmeri belongs to my friend now. it is not a clone. it looks just like it did at jccs '06 (but 5 years older). no drivetrain atm, but we'll try to get it together for jccs '11 which will supposedly have a kenmeri tribute

http://www.japaneseclassiccarshow.com/gallery/2006/jccs06-jdm0000.jpg

btw, the blue race car was shipped back to japan soon after jccs '07

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Ok, maybe not a clone...it has been months since I've seen under the car covers. I will get a look at again next week.

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My 810 wasn't too far away from the spot of that picture. I see Edgar Gonzalez's 212 Roadster and what appears to be Victor Laury's 521 P.U. as well as Leslie Brown's red Nissan Patrol 'Admiral Togo'.

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