Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Lonely Island

Hillarious music video.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

New Tree

I've always been lazy when it came to the christmas tree. Putting up, displaying, and taking down the tree in the span of three weeks just plain sucks. Even though it's always been a family tradition for me, since I was a little runt, it seems to have flown by me. Now I think i've found a tree that I can be proud to put up every year. Have a great holiday!
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Alternator mount make over

Since deep blue is still on the premises, the owner requested the oem power steering setup to be installed.  But before that could be done, I needed to redo the alternator bracket.   This is how it arrived.  It utilized a modified AE92 4AGZE bracket, a couple of bolts, some aluminum square tube and a stack of washers.  The washers were used to adjust the tension.  Now that the power steering setup will be added, the alternator will be solid mount.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Driving station

When racing in Japan, listening to KROQ is a must.  For those who are clueless, KROQ is a local alternative rock station in Southern California.  The home of Loveline and Almost Acoustic Christmas.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

AE86 Tech #86-24: Rewire alternator

For those who've done the GZE swap, that's supercharge engine in 4A talk, know that swapping the alternator to the other side is a necessity.  Originally the alternator was located on the passenger side (referring to left hand drive cars).  But since the supercharger (like the one posted in the above pic) is planted there, the alternator needs to move to the other side.  One thing i've noticed is the way people wire their setups.  The ones i've seen have always extend the exisiting wires.  Which looks awfully cluttered.  But there is another way, though a bit more work is involved, it's much nicer.  And you know were all about nice.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Death Drift Race??

Lots of carnage and drivers who dont' wear helmets.  My former neighbor would be proud.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Burning some oil

Coming across a Mercedes diesels was always rare for me, with it's distinct sound emanating from it's exhaust under the hood to the distinct smell of burning diesel.  I remember they were slower than molasses on a frigid winter morning.  Few days ago a diesel Merc' stopped by for a visit.  But it was just passing through. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Street Legal

While doing some fixing on the 'ol Mazda.  Came across a card I got from the old street legal races at the Pomona drag strip.  It's one thing to go drag on the street, or a small facility like LACR (RIP).  But to race at the famous home of the NHRA Winter Nationals is something else.  Driving on the same track like famous pro driver like Don Garlits, John Force, etc. It's like a surfer, riding the biggest wave of his career, or a sports fanatic playing a game at his favorite stadium.  Definitely  top notch .  Last I heard they don't do anymore street legal events there anymore, very sad.

So now we end up with people like this.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Laying off the steroids.

Since old silver bullet is +25 years old, I gotta stop treating it like it's 5 years old.

Cause tapping on the interior light to turn it on isn't a good thing.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

MR drift

Oh what fun the MR2 is to drive.  Reminds of the ol' Lemons days.  Braking deep into the turn and letting the tail slide out.  Definitely scared the crap out of the other competitors around me.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

WRC driver Miko Hirvonnen doing test runs with his Ford Focus.  Though the end was very cool.  I wonder if he made it?
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Monday, November 14, 2011

Gymkhana on two's

Forget those Japanese drifting their pedal bikes.  It's all about the frenchies stepping up in their motorcycles.  Could this a Ken Block on 2 wheels?  Very cool.
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Dent repair

Not my repairs, but fascinating.  The first one was like magic.

Thought I doubt it'll work with this.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Japanese theatrical release posterImage via WikipediaI over the weekend I watched Zatoichi the Blind swordsman the last in the series of movies which began in 1962. I've pretty much seen all the films and always been a fan. This was number 26 in which Shintaru Katsu played the blind hero Zatoichi for the last time. It really didn't have a feel like his earlier movies, maybe it was the music. It sound like it should have been in a blackploitation film or something. But like many of the films good ol' Ichi san fights for the weak and kills the bad guys. Though it's much more bloodier than before. Unlike previous films,  never really seen a drop of blood in the earlier movies. I guess it's the sign of times, being filmed in 1989, blood in movies was becoming more commonplace.  But if you like Zatoichi movies you can catch them on
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

JT is that you?

Many summers ago, I built a car that was a striking copy of this one.  It was a good car and dead on reliable.  Competing in local events for a few years with out a hint of issue and doing well I might add.  But unlike this one, it got sold a few times and finally ended up racing in China.  So what is this doppelganger doing over here?  The owner is having quite a bit of issues with the setup so requested a bit of insight of what maybe wrong with it.  Travelling 300 miles so I could tell him it was crap.  Well not the latter, I would never do such things.  So like a doctor to it's patient, it'll be under my watchful eye to correct the wrongs that have been done to it.
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Varietta

I'm a big fan of Knight Rider. The music seems fitting for the video.
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Old Yellow

The 'ol RX3 rarely sees the light of day ever since i've been tweaking on the Corolla.  Lately, I've been on downward spiral with the corolla, haven't driven it and rarely work on it.  It feels like writers block or something (aka lazy).   I think now is the perfect time to get something fixed that's been messed up since I took delivery of Old Yellow.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Trucks on twos

I digging the in car truck view.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A new purpose

If you've got that job, that just requires something that's not in your arsenal of weapons, and you're short on cash to buy it from that Snap on guy.  The only alternative is to modify an existing tool to suit ones purpose.  This little gem was used to get those pesky bosch type fuel injection plugs.  The ones with the wire clips, they're such a pain.  A couple swipes with the grinder and we have a special tool. Now it's used quite a bit on other odd jobs.  Definitely worth the sacrifice.

This is what was before it went under the grinder.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


This past weekend, I swung by California Speedway, in the always beautiful town of Fontana.  Actually, I was invited by former neighbors/ Lemons teammates, Mark and Noemi.  They were racing a piece of crap in the Chump Car series.  But I think their real mission was to torture me, by watching them race, since I haven't my R compounds haven't had any contact with tarmac for quite some time.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Super wagon

2 rotors, 1 blower, 8 throttle bodies all stuffed in a Mazda RX4 wagon. A recipe concocted in the land down under.

And if you wanna see it run.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

The Moon & Jupiter

The Moon & JupiterImage by orange_advan via Flickr

The Moon & Jupiter
Originally uploaded by orange_advan

Jupiter showing itself last night. So I took it's photo.  It's the little spec on the right.
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

That's big

At first I thought maybe it was a Michael Bay short film.  Or possibly some an old video of a bosozoku gang.  But it looks like it's just a bunch of European hooligans.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

AE86 Tech #86-23: What about studs?

Every now and then cars show up with something wrong, simply cause the previous person who worked on the car didn't read directions or had a dyslexic moment.  Like reversed head gasket install, or crossing ignition wires.  Maybe I'm just becoming a grumpy old man who doesn't like screwing with another person's screw up.  But when it comes to the installation of cylinder head studs.  Should be an open and shut case right?  Maybe most engines yes.  Fortunately, 4AG needs a wee bit more attention to detail when installing.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

4 weekends later

Finally completed the W58 install.  I know as I get older, things tend to slow down, but that was ridiculous.  4 freaking weeks to do?!  But then I've just being super lazy lately.  It came down to finishing the hand made bracket.  I should have been last weekend but was side tracked.  So It ended being half done. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A water spot

Every now and then the news reports of people getting apparitions of  Jesus or the Virgin Mary, but I guess if you're a Star Wars fan, you get Admiral Ackbar.
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Monday, October 3, 2011

three 5 six

THREE | FIVE | SIX from Stephen Brooks on Vimeo.
I really want a  Porsche.
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Blind Fury: The American Zatoichi

Got a chance to watch tje movie Blind Fury. Since it's like an americanized version of the uber cool Zatoichi movies, I needed to sit down and watch. Can't say I really liked it much. The story wasn't worth mentioning fight scenes were o.k. But may i'm just too biased because i'm too much of a fan of Zatoichi. But if it's on t.v and you got time i'd say watch cause you never know if you'll like it.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Like a bad sequel of the sequel

This has been going at a real snails pace.  Cars been up on jacks for 3 weeks now and I still have not finished.  Being a nitpick really doesn't help here either.  But since i decided to re-envision the transmission mount, it's taking another weekend of thinking and sketches. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Soldiers

Always organized and ready for the next job.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Gettin the shaft

Last epsisode, I was left hanging with the incorrect drive shaft. So I tried searching the net, for some leads on a driveshaft. But it seems no one had one for sale.  So I headed out to the yard to try my luck. I guess I was pretty lucky that weekend. Not only did I find the car, early 80's Toyota Celica, it was ready for removal. Didn't have to go under and get dirty. I should have played the lottery.  But I was content with the acquisition of the driveshaft.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Close call

But no cigar....

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The W-58 project starts

Since completing the ball joint replacement, I feel like I'm on a roll.  It got me motivated to work on the french lilac special.  And that fact I've been really neglecting it for quite sometime.  Both in terms of driving and maintenance.  One thing I've been wanting to do is upgrade the transmission.  So out goes the semi-pathetic T-50 and in goes the it's larger cousin, the W-58.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tired Joints

As old red gets old, things are bound to get loose.  So it's no surprise that the ball joints have finally decided to let go.  Actually they've been gone for a few months i've just been putting it off for a while.  I was hoping to get the shop to do the work, cause i'm too lazy to lift a wrench.  But such is not the case, since they were busy all day.  So i'm had to spend my labor day doing the job myself.  Well if you want something done, gotta do it yourself.  At least I know it'll done right.  And if I screw up it's all me.  Damn, I need someone too blame if something goes wrong.

 In order to be successful I needed to remove the lower control arm.  Didn't have a ball joint press which would have cut the necessity of removing the lower control arm.

 But I do have a hydraulic press in the back, it's very convenient to remove and install the ball joints.

It sucks I always gotta scrounge around for adapters to make it work.  The first one wasn't so hot.

  But the next one was a success.

After about an hour of hard labor and busted knuckles old red is feeling better and much more solid.  Look ma no more steering wheel shake.
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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Suicide by jet.

These guys got lots of time on their hands to plan their deaths accordingly.

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