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Nissan Sunny GT-S - It’s a Sunny Day

Completing your very own project car is a totally different feeling.

Date Published: 04 Apr 2018
Nissan Sunny GT-S - It’s a Sunny Day

Philippines - Nicoh bought his Nissan Sentra in mid-2017, even though the car was not on his bucket list of must-have machines. Yet as he scrutinised the Nissan, Nicoh instantly fell in love with it, the car was almost stock with some very minor modifications, good thing its exterior was in immaculate condition.

When his mom saw the car for the first time, she asked whose car was he driving? Initially, he was hesitant to tell her that he bought the car. His mom shared with him a story, when she was still with Nicoh's late father, back in the 90's they had the same car, a brand new Nissan Sentra ECCS of the same colour and generation.

Nissan GT-S - It’s a Sunny Day

Nicoh was surprised when he heard the story, his mom made him realised that it could have been fate that allowed him and this car to cross paths. In the end, he admitted that the car was his and all he saw thereafter were sparkles in her eyes and a big smile. The simple car he bought, conjured up good old memories.

Being a previous Honda owner, Nicoh have this strong passion when it comes to modifying cars. Some may call him a purist as he was an active member of JDMUnderground Philippines (JDMU), the group does not support nor accept cars with fake parts and ricer mods.

Nissan GT-S - It’s a Sunny Day

Thus, Nicoh went online and immediately researched about the theme/set up he could possibly get with his newly acquired car. After endless hours of research he learned that the Nissan Sentra in Japan was called the Nissan Sunny which had a GT-S 1 and a GT-S 2 variant.

He instantly fell in love with the GT-S 1 theme as it suites his personality and taste in terms of aesthetics of the car. The most difficult parts to find were the ‘Ichikoh’ projector fog lamps for the GT-S 1 Nissan Sunny.

Nissan GT-S - It’s a Sunny Day

This presented a challenge, and Nicoh told himself that if he was able to find a pair of ‘Ichikoh’ projector fog lamps within a week, he would then continue and complete the whole GT-S 1 setup, from bumpers to skirts, to the interior and everything else that was needed. Otherwise, he would just leave the car as it is.

Nissan GT-S - It’s a Sunny Day

Next up on the list were the OEM GT-S 1 rear skirt, and Nicoh saw one posted by ALLEY C GARAGE/SUREPLUS PARTS, a reseller of Nissan surplus and brand new parts. This completed the exterior look of the car as it now looks like a GT-S 1 Nissan Sunny albeit having a fibre glass front bumper and side skirts. He kept it at that setup while he started looking for the OEM plastic front bumper and side skirts.

Two weeks passed and Nicoh still couldn't find the OEM GT-S 1 front bumper, until he saw this ad posted by Vincent Calizo Morales for a complete GT-S 1 kit which included the front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper with rear skirts. and a pair of ‘Ichikoh’ projector fog lamps for PhP25,000, it sure was pretty steep just to complete his desired theme.

Nissan GT-S - It’s a Sunny Day

We move onto the wheels now and the Sentra required a set of rare 14-inch OEM GT-S 1 swirl rims to complete the GT-S 1 set up.

At this point in time, Nicoh felt the urge to buy a catalogue of the Nissan GT-S 1 to ensure that he was doing the proper setup straight from the manual.

Nissan GT-S - It’s a Sunny Day

Nissan GT-S - It’s a Sunny Day

Nissan GT-S - It’s a Sunny Day

Nissan GT-S - It’s a Sunny Day

Nissan GT-S - It’s a Sunny Day

Nissan GT-S - It’s a Sunny Day

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