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and I still love odyssey wagons

I installed new struts and lowered my odyssey a bit (1.5″) and it’s 100x better driver than it was before.

 

but this is not mine.

neither is this one


not the same

different is sooo good.


mini truckin’ alive and well in hawaii


Thanks to hellaflush.com for the pics


190e. straight from modern to classic


a real 86

This ae86 (85-87 corolla gts, RWD…. but you should really know this by now) is just what an 86 should be. simple oldschool wheels and a do it yourself approach to the whole car. No crazy offset no dumb fibreglass panels  loosely fitting and hanging off…. you get the point it’s not a high dollar build and it’s meant to be driven. it use to be that “high dollar” and ae86 would never be in the same sentence, things have changed much to my dismay…oh well.

I dig this car alot

Much thanks to roadsterdrift for this material!

Nice lowered scooter too


more s13 goodies

I just can’t not like these, I know this is what everybody builds and what everybody else calls the cop out “you have no creativity or originality” car to build….  but generally I find peoples’ comments on what they think you should do completely worthless.


just soo much fun to rat on and always look dope low and wide

Thanks to motormavens for some of the pics


A couple of more classic looking starlets

I really do prefer the original color and bodies.

The wheels are ATS Kleeblatt’s, not sure on the size but I like them

such neat little cars, many of these do end up with 4age swaps nearly doubling the oem horsepower…fun


AE7X/TE7X corolla’s

so i know I’ve been neglecting the blog since the holidays, but life’s been busy. One the bright side of things I have been looking for a cheap project car, something I can really sink my …almost used another lame cliche, I want something i can be more creative with.

One car that really interests me is theE70 series corolla’s, they had the same suspension as the well known AE86 chassis corolla’s, but they had a simple body design and they were all carbureted (in north america at least). so all the nice suspension bits from the newer ae86 corolla’s fit and most the driveline stuff fits as well, and your bolt-in engine options are quite good, basically any T or A series motor is a fit.

I could go on for a while about all the sidedraft carb setup’s with different engine choices I’d like to try, as well as all the smaller wide (14×8, 13×8) wheels i’d want, all the suspension mods I’d build, and all the different body styles i’d want to try these changes on. Just for you information these corolla’s were available in 7 yes 7 different shapes.

so for once i’m gonna get off the forums and craigslist and get back to showing you some cars.

the 2 door wagon

the 2+2 liftback

the 4dr wagon

the 4dr sedan

the liftback

a nice sidedraft carb’d 4age

some pics courtesy  of the chronicles, and Racer86 blogs


life’s all about variety.

Many people, including myself at times, just focus on one type of car or one make and they fixate themselves on that narrow range of cars. This isn’t entirely a bad thing, some of the best builds come from those guys, but life is all about variety.

I can never seem to be able to keep myself to just one car or one make or style, I see awesomeness in nearly every genera. And as you can kinda tell, if you’ve been keeping up with my cars, I’ve had a lot of cars and I change cars a lot. I have recently sold my ’92 civic si hb because for the last few years I’ve been struggling with trying to have one car that can do everything and sharing that car with my wife means that I (willingly) compromise on how I build that car, and because of that compromise my builds are never expressive enough to entertain me or to be a real creative outlet.

Because of this I have bought a newer Honda CR-V, great car I might add, I really enjoy driving it to work and running errands, but it by no means fills that creative void.

I don’t build cars to please other people, I build them to have fun. I love the build, once it’s done I sell it, I’ll drive it around for a few months or weeks but once it’s done (or reached the limitations of being a daily usage car) or I ‘m tired of it I’ll sell it. My favorite builds are junkyard builds, like the old way we build corolla’s by mismatching parts of other cars that work like, supra wheels, any random electric fan that’ll fit, camaro rear shocks, mr2 rear shocks in the  front,…etc etc

For me building cars needs to be a creative outlet that’s not for profit or some kind of gain in status, and never never serious…. it’s gotta be fun!!!!!

But now that the daily car is had…… I can focus on projects… not sure what but it will be rwd, and most of the mods will be fabricated by myself and with some help from friends, no more buying a build on ebay and merely assembling it…. I wanna just get back to putting my blood and sweat into it.

Enjoy  and celebrate the differences

Build what you got your way and who cares about the rest.


cars in white

mmmm white, the best non-color

miata thanks to motormavens.com

nissan s14 and s15 thanks to matt nugent

ae86 corolla

gc10 skyline and 240z

84 celica

85ish cresta from Nori Yaro


Nice clean scoobie

scoobie: nickname for subaru’s.

anyways this is a 2004 wrx with Rota Grids in 18×9.5 +20mm wheels, perfect fit, fake Volk knock-off’s but at less then 1/2 the price who can blame him…… and he is running the rota center caps so it’s not like he’s faking it.

just a gorgeous car all around! very low, black on white wheels, a great stance, and clean. there no big wing, no oem badges, and no stickers. there’s just a small front splitter and a rear diffuser.

to fit wheels like these on a scoobie this low, requires a narrower tire (then a rim this size would normally use), and some very real fender rolling.

enjoy


A ae86 to tide you over

Sorry peoples, I have been busy lately and haven’t had time for new posts. Hopefully some will be coming soon.

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The datsuns of JCCS 2009

once again less talk more pics… but i do want to say that the datsun guys really brought their game to the show this year.

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Thanks to toygarageSpeedHunters and of course The Chronicles for the pictures


Pics from capital drift in victoria B.c.

I was checking out DORI-KAZE when i came across some event pics of the “captital drift season finale” in victoria by member “666” and the pictures are actually really good and so are the cars. so here they are.

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looking at these pics proves that toyota certainly peaked in the late 80’s


WFC crew meet picks in LA.

The “wrong fitment crew” got together last Thursday night in a parkade in LA. the lighting was terrible but the cars were awesome and the fitment was killer.

The wrx in the first pick in by far my favorite of the bunch… but also the acura TL’s are really growing on me… even tho they are wrong wheel drive (for a car that size).

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TL again

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evo X again

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Thanks to scotterson on the WFC forum for the pics http://www.wrongfitmentcrew.com/random-photos-photoshoots-photography-and-videos-f12/9-17-09-wfc-little-tokyo-los-angeles-meet-pictures-t1118.htm


Langley car show 2009

I went out to the Langely show this weekend and took some pics. As usual the show was very large and the quality and diversity of the cars was great. It was hot this year and it was packed… I had a pretty hard time getting shots, there was just too many people around…. and the sun was so bright that it was hard to get a good shot will the extreme contrast… but here’s the link to what i got. Langley show pics

enjoy.

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more of the same

I found a few more photo’s of that TE wagon

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Thanks to the japanese nostalgic car blog for the pictures


another even more awesome ta22 celica

cool cool cool awesome…. and don’t even start trying to analyze whether or not it’s practical.. who cares…. you = fail, your brain = no

just love this damn thing

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one thing to note… is the rear camber… these cars were solid axle… wish I knew what was in there.

Thanks to racer86 for finding this


early 80’s corollas…

either you get it or you don’t… and that’s cool, it’s not for everyone and that’s how toyota guys like it. we all want the old toyota’s to remain a niche group, it keeps things cool and relaxed with out all the marketing crap and attention that comes with other scenes.

it’s an acquired taste… and I love it

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thanks once again to speedhunters for my liberal use of their pics


The Freshness

This TE wagon that showed up at the nisei meet in L.A. this year has got to be the freshest TE wagon this side of the pacific.

it’s a 79-80 toyota corolla wagon, I always thought they were cool, but this just steps it up a lot.

the wheels are 14×10 0-offset diamond racing, with 185/55r14 tires very tightly stretched onto those wide steelies… massive stretch.

the front wheels are pushed out so far because he is running NRCA’s (negative roll center adapters) which push the bottom of the strut/hub assembly  out 1-2″

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the diamond racing steelies are becoming very popular because of their endless sizing options and budget price…. but are no less awesome.

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lovin the quad headlights and the air dam… even with the stock massive bumpers

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and one shot in the distance

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I think this has got be my favorite car in several months… it’s just really cool!

thanks to “Hasback Photography” and to http://speedhunters.com/ for the pics


the ae86 true modern classic

you can never have enough ae86 in a car blog… so cut it, chew it, and like it.

these cars are the modern savior of the japanese rwd scene in north america. full stop.

A fabulous, responsive, very high revving motor, rear wheel drive, and a very willing and tunable chassis make this car hard not to love…. BTW 1985-1987 corolla gt-s, hachi-roku (hachi for short), ae86, levin, and trueno essentially all mean the same thing.

Like this red one with the classic start shark wheels, along with the levin front end, and the shorty jdm bumpers

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this car has the japanese trueno front end, basically the same as ours in north america but with a different bumper

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many hachi’s seem to always be half assembled, or somewhat abused…. but that is much of the love we have for these cars…. they can take sooo much abuse and still perform the way they should, they need to be used.
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drift in action, a nice levin coupe
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I like the coupes look but I think I prefer owning the hatchback better

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thanks to… http://noriyaro.com/ , http://illphoto.blogspot.com/ , and http://driftunit.com for some of the pics


Brief update on my car

the last time we talked I had just put in the H&R race springs,  since then I have only done one big thing and a few smaller things to the car. The big thing being Koni adjustable shocks, and the smaller being that I replaced a scuffed side skirt, installed the oem lip, and oem splash guards. I know it’s all pretty basic stuff but it really helps the car over all.

bad phone pics ..I know…

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One thing I have really noticed with this car is that it’s a great commuter/daily car and perhaps not the best project car….  I think a project car really needs to be rwd.

so it seems in my search for a project car I have found a great daily…. only problem with that is the daily was suppose to have 4drs… perhaps I should trade this car for the 4dr equivalent, the 92-93 civic ex-v (in canada, 92-95 civic ex in the states). that way I could have a good daily/commuter/people mover that has a little soul in it and then I could truely commit to a project car…. dunno… going to wait it out for a bit and see what happens.


a real previa this time

I know… most my friends are tired of me talking about these vans… but this time i found pictures of a modified north american spec previa that actually looks good and has no “photo retouching”.

the nice parts if that this van’s exterior is totally stock (no body kit), all that is done to it is the lexus sc430 wheels and the lowering. in my eyes this proves that a previa can look cool without too much work.

I think it’s looks cool.

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some cool old J-tin

this first one is a datsun bluebird SSS, basically a 510 2dr with a copped roofline, rather hard to come by.

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i don’t know what this is but I love it (turns out it’s a nissan gloria)

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toyota corona

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of course the mx73 toyota cressida, and yes i consider this car classic j-tin.

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toyota Cresta Super Lucent

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toyota corona

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Nissan cedric

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ok these next 2 aren’t classic but they are cool

a clean cool toyota hi-ace van

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and a over head shot of a tuned corolla ae86 and a s13 240sx in the garage.

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thanks to the nori yaro blog of some of the pics