Monday, February 28, 2011

Going at a snail's pace

Finally got it off the jack stands and now it's moving under it's own power.  Now the question is how do I get Barney's engine broken-in before the next event, since it has no papers for street.   Then again, who needs break in time.
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Transmission choices

I've been working on the design of this RX7 Turbo II to 4AG transmission adapter for quite some time.  But as it sits I'm only 50% done.  As much as i'd like to run this setup, wanna be like Taka A. and Toshiki Y., it may also not be cost effective for me.  Now I'm contemplating other avenues that may be more cost effective than this one. 
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Spin Cycle

A collection of canyon runs the early 90's japan in spin cycle mode. I wonder how many of these drivers ended up in D1?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I get it done... eventually

After many months of off and on tinkering, I finally got the lilac special up and running this long President's Day weekend.  Finally hearing the sound of my 4AG come to life.  Thanks to the boss with providing the final parts to get the motor completed.  Now comes the final checklist of making sure everything is well.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

R.I.P. Walt

Racer Walt Bohren passed away days ago, but I just found out.  Racing rotary cars in the 70's and 80's.  Including the Racing Beat/ Akai RX 7 (shown above) in the IMSA racing series.  He helped forge Mazdas racing program in America.  My condolences to family.
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

New Project

Ordered some parts for a new build.  It's a long term project dunno when i'll get done with it.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Opel N/A

A collection engines from Opel. We don't get this stuff in America.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Drift Day prequel

Mark H. from Slide Squad

Before the drift days, there was Club4ag and Speetrial USA. Back then it was the diehard Corolla drivers from Club4AG making out to Speedtrial USA events. Back then it was all about Hondas, car shows and drag racing.  The little known technique of drifting was only known to the circuit racers and underground canyon runners. On cool day at Buttonwillow raceway in 2000 or was it 2001, north and south corolla drivers, with a few 240SX sprinkled in, met for drift action.  Back then none of the local track officials, nor the traditional grip drivers had no clue of what drifting was about or the firestorm that it was about to create in the industry.

I found some old photos of the event and scanned them in.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Must do

After working with fiberglass a few months back, decided to try my hand at some repair work.  I broke a sideskirt in 2 pieces recently, so it was the perfect candidate for the repair.  Always being on a budget, gotta save dollars whenever possible.   

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Old video from Japan

Old school drift video from Japan.  Note the well used guardrails.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Prepping for a larger rear axle.  Since the Celica/Supra 7.5 locating brackets are different from Corolla, it was decide to remove and attach the Corolla pieces to retain the original geometry. 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

1/2 speed

RC drifting in slow mo.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tinkering in body work

By no means do I consider myself a body person.  But like with anything I always like to tinker.  Lately i've been less and less entertained with doing wiring.  Just like i've been bored with doing the mechnical stuff, hence why I started doing electrical stuff.  Don't know why i'm just like that.  I started dabbling in body work again, never was a strong point with me.  I've tried many times and most of the time i end up with mediocre results.  I seem to get impatient with doing body work more than doing wiring.  Now i'm back at it again doing some fender work.  Why? Somebody just asked for it.