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one way or the other - power, hand­ing, us­abil­ity, looks and cost. It's sub­tle, yet ag­gres­sive. It's com­fort­able, yet fast.

“Af­ter build­ing my Evo-pow­ered Mit­subishi Mi­rage race car, I wanted some­thing I could get more use out of,” Ng, who op­er­ates a mo­tor­sport-fo­cused work­shop in Auck­land, ex­plains. “The Mi­rage was 500 horse­power and 1,250 kilo­grams (2,760 pounds), but was ter­ri­ble to drive on the road and only had two seats. The orig­i­nal idea for this car was to build some­thing in­ter­est­ing on a bud­get that I could use to tow the Mi­rage to the track and en­joy with mates.”

An ER34 Sky­line sedan fit the bill per­fectly, and as an added bonus, they're cheap and plen­ti­ful with plenty of af­ter­mar­ket sup­port here in New Zealand.

“Any Toy­ota sedan is ei­ther ugly or has a huge price tag in com­par­i­son,” says Dustin. “I like the R34 front and low roofline, but don't like the flat rear guards. I first bought a cheap crashed car, but it was too far gone, so I found another base model GT that was miss­ing a few parts. I took it to a panel beater to shape the rear guards into the wider GT-R style, but to be hon­est, the guards came out look­ing ter­ri­ble so I started again with new panel beat­ers, GT Refin­ish­ers. I drove in with a pair of R35 wheels stick­ing two inches out of the guards and drove out with them nicely tucked un­der fresh all-steel guards.”

In a sim­i­lar fash­ion, the front end of the R34 stays away from fiber­glass - Ng wanted it to look right. Af­ter plenty of search­ing, he even­tu­ally found an en­tire gen­uine R34 GT-R front end, which once matched with a cus­tom set of side skirts and rear lip, was coated in a fac­tory Mazda deep red hue. To fin­ish off the look, Ng runs a set of mas­sive R35 GT-R wheels.

“I liked the look of the fac­tory Rays Engi­neer­ing wheels and wanted some­thing other peo­ple wouldn't have,” Dustin says. “I found a full set at a race work­shop that was build­ing an en­duro GT-R, and as they were also up­grad­ing the brakes I picked up the R35 Brem­bos too - big wheels need big brakes.”

Al­though it's very com­mon to see su­per ag­gres­sively styled cars here in New Zealand, es­pe­cially of the rear-wheel-drive Nis­san variety, that was never the path that Ng wanted to go down for his ER34. “I wanted to build the car like you'd build a good hot rod. It's made bet­ter in ev­ery as­pect, but it's some­times hard to tell how.” Also in keep­ing with the tra­di­tional hot rod ethos, wher­ever pos­si­ble Ng has used parts from other ve­hi­cles, only re­sort­ing to the af­ter­mar­ket if there was no bet­ter op­tion. Most ob­vi­ously, that in­cludes the Toy­ota 2JZ sit­ting be­tween the front Tein Flex coilovers.

In a land where Nis­san's RB mo­tor is equal mea­sure plen­ti­ful, cheap, and very well de­vel­oped, why would Ng cross-breed man­u­fac­tur­ers by run­ning a Toy­ota en­gine in a Nis­san chas­sis?

“It's the best of both worlds,” says Ng. “To build an RB that makes re­li­able horse­power re­quires a lot of love and isn't cheap. 2JZs sound amaz­ing, have vari­able cam tim­ing and can make the power much eas­ier - plus the swap was very easy. I had the

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