Name: Mike Beaumont Car Make and model: 1972 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-X Location: Edmonton, AB
What was your inspiration for building the GT-X? I have always loved the first generation Skyline with it’s clean and classic body lines. When I purchased it, this GT-X was partially modified as a GTR clone, as most of the non-GTR’s are in Japan. This included the front and rear spoilers, modified rear fenders, and fender flares. My inspiration is to build this car as a “GT改” (GT-Kai), which means “GT modified. This incorporates the styling of the GTR but keeps the roots of the GT-X.
The detail put into your build is phenomenal, what is your favorite feature on the car? My favorite part of the build has been the addition of the Work Equip 03 wheels. These wheels were ordered from Work Wheels in Japan, and built to the exact size and offset as I specified. The size and color of these wheels fit perfectly with the car.
What was the most challenging part of this build? The most challenging part of the build, so far, has been sourcing the parts from Japan. There are very limited resources in Canada and only a few in the USA (mainly for engine parts), so most of my orders are “overnight parts from Japan”. Many of the shops in Japan that specialize in Hakosuka Parts (Rubber Soul, M-Speed, Star Road, 09Racing) are great to deal with, even with the language barrier and shipping restrictions. What were the first mods? First appearance mods that went into the car were polishing the velocity stacks and valve cover. The first functional mods were the addition of the radiator overflow catch can, the air/oil separator, gauges, and front coilovers. What condition did you buy the car? The car was in great condition when I purchased it, but had some flaws and missing items. I procured many of the parts required to bring it up to my standards. The car needed some love, and I had a lot of work put into paint correction, decontamination, and polishing.
How many years have been put into this project? I have owned the car for 3 years, and it has been a 3-year project. Most of the work to the car has been done in the off-season (winter) so that I am still able to enjoy and drive the car in the summer months. I will continue to build and enjoy this car for many years to come. Any advice you’d like to give people who are about to start their own projects? Make a plan and budget. Building a project can take a lot of time and money, and if not planned properly it will take longer and cost more.
Any plans for the car during the winter? Big plans coming this winter. I am retiring the 45-year-old L20 engine and original 5-speed transmission. I am building an L28 engine and plan on mating it with an RP71C, 5-speed transmission from an RB20DET. Other plans for this winter include front traction rods, RCA’s, and carbon fiber fender arches and mirrors. Any shout outs or thanks? Definitely big shout outs to Toyo Tires, Work Wheels, Presidential Polish, Driven, Edmonton Motor Show, 780tuners, and Japanese Nostalgic Cars of Alberta.