Thursday, July 29, 2010

In traffic

Seen this on my way home from work.This brought old memories of my old'88 Toyota 4Runner. Loved rolling with the top off during the summer months, since a/c never worked, just nice smoggy air from congested traffic. Heading out to Big Bear Mountain for a weekend camp trip. Sleeping in the back looking at the stars at night, listening to mosquitoes trying to take a bit out of you. Nothing else like it. And no matter how much I beat on it, the 22r engine was tough as nails and kept on going. Gotta love them 80's Toyotas

Godspeed mini blackzilla whereever
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Before ASB

Back before ASB was an idea. Many of us use to run SpeedTrial USA events. Being they were track enthusiasts they knew about drift and were really cool about it. Found some old fotos some of the old events.

Benson H. with his Sileighty. He's a family man now and has lots of resposibilities. So doesn't have much time for cars and stuff. Really cool to see him at the track so many years later.

Charlie O. with his old coupe. His license plate was DRFTHVN. When I first saw it, I was thinking Dr. Foot Heaven. Next to him is Taka A., in his Corolla,taking the inside line for the pass. I think Charlie had a KA24DE back then.

Moto M. and his very nice Corolla with a Levin front end. Now he's big pimpin the Lexus.

Before Cressida, Hiro S. used to rock the Corolla. Then he was kidnapped and brainwashed by aliens and realized drift cars needed to have 4 doors.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

It lives

Over a year has passed since I started on work on the demon wagon. It does sound really good with open exhaust, but now it is muffled. Now you can't hear anything, kinda like when I fart. Be afraid when you see an old toyota wagon. When you hear psst, it may be the filipino (not me) driving calling. But then again it maybe the twin turbos calling you out. Be afraid. I think it's now time to take a break from all this wagon madness.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Comic Con yeah

Too bad i'm not going. Gotta work this weekend, so all i have to look forward to is this:

I'm drunk with joy.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

More Brand Loyalty

I guess when you start stamping TRD on even the most mundane parts, like this roof rack. You will attract the filipinos from all over. TRD is like the filipino man's crack. When they see it, they will come.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Brand Loyalty

Air intake pipe by ARC, it looks so strange I wonder if it actually works? I'm sure if you show this to them Gay JDM boys they'll be drooling all over this since it's by a Japanese company. They'll buy anything that has japan all over it.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Another blind samurai

After being blown away by the Zatoichi movies, I looked for more blind swordsman movies. I came across the movie Ichi. I had high hopes on this movie. But it was kinda of a let down. But then again I was probably expecting another Zatoichi kind of plot. It was probably going a different direction.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

AE86 Tech #86-18: Stay still Flywheel

There's a number of different ways to hold the flywheel while removing or torquing down the bolts. Here's 2 different methods that can be use:

The first one is probably the easiest to do and also the cheapest. If you're doing all the work yourself you should have the tools required.

All that is required is a transmission bolt and socket, usually a 15mm or 16mm works best. Setup like shown above. Currently it is setup for removing the bolts, to tighten just put the socket on the other side of the bolt. So simple and requires nothing. Nothing wrong with the f word freebie.

The 2nd will require some parts. If you have an old flex plate, cut it up and drill a hole like so.

Not a 4AG, but just to give you an idea on how it goes on.

Then install on the engine, make sure the teeth are in contact with each other, it doesn't have to be a tight fit. Once it begins to turn, it will tighten up and hold the flywheel in place.

Choose your weapon and have at it.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Got a TIG

Not quite, just practicing some techniques with the good 'ol MIG welder. Kinda looks like I TIG welded it don't you think?
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Since the motor felt a bit tired after ASB, and the spark plug in #1 cylinder didn't look too happy. A compression check revealed a little more about the health of the motor. 2 & 4 looked really healthy. Healthier than those supposedly low mileage used hi comp engines. 1 & 3 were a bit off from the rest of the bunch. So I guess it was time to yank the motor and see what's going on in there.

Now for the news, cylinder #1 suffered from detonation which in turn killed the spark plug and bending a ring land jamming the secondary ring thus losing sealing capabilities. Cylinder #3 also suffered from a bent ring land. I'm not sure if overheating of the car had something to with the detonation, since checking the last recorded peak pressure of my boost controller, it looks like it may have spiked to 24 psi. ouch. Though I don't know when it occured since i'm full throttle looking sideways and not directly at the boost gauge. The rest of the motor looks like it's in o.k. condition. I should hopefully have the car up and running soon.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

"Break a leg"

Something I'm sure we've all heard before, usually to wish someone good luck. Unfortunately it was taken literally by good friend Taka A. at Formula D Seattle. Get well soon buddy, the people await the "Flying 86".

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Friday, July 9, 2010

The color purple

No I didn't watch the movie, but I did observe many things purple.

Subaru Legacy. At a glance I thought the driver looked like Jesus.

Mazda RX7. Looks like a pick up.

Nissan 240sx. Tough call, it could pass for pink.

Naoki's phone. He finally got paid and got himself a working blackberry.

Purple wheels, cute.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Low enough?

After a fun saturday at ASB checked on the car to find out what I broke. I did notice that I put a really nasty dent on the oil pan. Either need to raise up car or make a sheild for the pan. Yup sheild it is. Luckily I didn't punch a hole in it.

Looks like death may have fallen upon another motor, after about 2 years of faithful service. One thing to note is when your 4AGE starts sounding like an EJ20 (Subaru engine) something is definitely not right in the world. But then again if you know how I built it, you'd probably wonder how it lasted so long. I even amaze myself that it lasted this long. Maybe this time i'll build a good motor, but then again... time to scrounge for parts.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

All Star Bash 2010

Streets of Willow Springs, one of my favorite local tracks, a place when drifting was in it's infancy, it was frowned upon and black flags were thrown out like bras at a Tom Jones concert. Years later it's become main stream and now drifting is back at streets. I missed last year, but this year I definitely didn't want to miss.

Benson H. going out on track.

It was true bliss when I returned, kinda like returning to my roots of drifting. I felt like i was in a time warp, so many o.g. cats were in stopped by, though not all were drifting. Benson H., Charlie O., Alex P., Andy Y., Marc M., Sean L., Naoki K., Taka A., Antonio A., and Hiro S. if I forgotten sorry.

Some token Corollas

Back then it was all Corollas and the token 240's of Charlie and Benson. Now it's like bizarro world, where 240's are the majority and a few token corollas.

But no matter I was there to drive.

Do you remember the movie Mad Max. I wish I thought of that paint scheme.

Though I couldn't get my eyes off of this. 8 cylinders, 2 turbos, and 1 carburetor, in a 2000 lb. chassis. According to the owner it's about 400 hp.

Yeah this says it all.

Here's the rest of the pics

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