Most of the stuff I play around with, from the land of the
rising sun, comes in the form of 4 wheels. Now that I have some time I
can now toy with a two wheel project that's been collecting dust in the
back for a bunch of years.
Fuel injectors, do they go bad? Of course they do, but I don't see it happening very often. Usually spark plugs and/or parts of the ignition system would go out before an injector. But I guess when these have been ticking for almost 25 years they just let themselves go.
Out in the countryside of the Philippines, life is a bit more simple than in the big city of Manila. Things aren't as crazy and there's alot less cars. Where the main of transportation is the iconic tricycle.
It's been over 15 since I last visited this place. At the time the family didn't have a car so the only mode of transportation was taking public transportation, which consisted hopping on jeepneys, triccyles and buses. Times have changed the second time around.
It's been a couple of years since I been here, and alot has changed. The place looks more like a shopping mall than an international airport. Make you spend more money even before you get to your destination.
One thing about swaps is the need to make sure that all smog devices are
transferred over to the receiving vehicle. This time it's the charcoal
canister. A while back, I fabbed up a tray for charcoal briquets. This time around were dealing with charcoal of the automotive kind.
Took a trip to Denmark not too long, or should I say it's american copy. A couple hours outside of Los Angeles, the town of Solvang is for those who want to visit another country but don't want or can't leave the country. I'm cheap so I saved alot on the plane ticket.
Small project for the last days of summer. Broke out an old propane grill that's been sitting dormant for a few years. I'm too cheap to buy propane, and I think it's better to grill with charcoal. Sorry Mr. Hill. Since propane grills don't use charcoal, I decided to fabricate a removable tray to hold the briquets. So I can switch between the two fuels.
As the latest project that's been sitting out front, I've been tasked to complete a stalled 5VZ engine conversion. Luckily for me the engine has been installed and pretty much all that's left for me to do is the cleanup work.
When I first picked up Barney in late 2003, he told me that if I ever decide to sell, let him have first dibs. I looked at him and said I'm not in the market of buying and selling, I got it so I could enjoy it. The only time i'd ever get rid of it would be a castastrophic event. I guess barney's time has come. No it didn't go up in a blaze of glory, but go out as true warrior it
did. An event few weeks back compromised the frame bad enough that I
decided it wasn't worth fixing.
Now that red lion has landed in Las Vegas, it's time for the next headache. It's been about over 10 years since a 1st gen 4Runner laid foot at the orange grove. I thought I'd never see another here again. But as luck would have it, one has appeared at my door step. Another incomplete project that needs rescuing. At least it's keeping me busy.
One thing i've never done on a personal level is a try an individual throttle body equipped motor. I've built this type of setup for a bunch of other people and always enjoyed the music it makes. So I think it's about time to do one for myself.
It's been about a year since Red Lion showed up on my door step. Incomplete and needing little bit of TLC. But now the work is complete and the owner is now ready for it's return. It'll be missed, but now this gives me some space for another project.
About a year ago I was in search of some camber plates for Yellow Lion. To find a bolt on set is pretty rare and not too many aftermarket sources are available, even china doesn't make some. Fortunately, Ground Control up in northern california still has some support for this old rotary beast.
A couple years ago a side skit demolished at a local event battle. Me being cheap tried to fix it rather than throw it away. This was the end result. Not so pretty, but not too shabby for a rookie. Now I want to try my hand a fiberglass work again and make it right this time.
Its a wonderful place, full of old Corollas with a sprinkle of riced tricked out cars old and new. It's a place where old corolla owners catch up and reminisce on the good ol' days. While the next generation of corolla owners listen stories of old geezers. If you're a corolla owner or even a corolla aficionado, this a meet that should be attended at least once.
I normally don't try and break wheels, but since it's cheap stuff from across the pond, worry about. But what to do with them if they do break. Usually throw in the thrash or sell for scrap. At least for the now, I've found some uses around the garage.
It's about 6a.m. on a Friday morning. Just hopped off the train in Long Beach Ca. It's cold, and i'm hungry. Jumped over the fence into the Formula d pit area (not a good thing). Searching for Taka's pit spot. What the hell was I thinking?
It's similar to a RWD Corolla so suspension is pretty easy to setup, at least the front is easy. I don't really fiddle with these cars myself. But old corolla owners who know me will swing by with their latest toy to get some stuff like this done.
The next phase in the Red Velvet project is the installation of a 6.7 axle, same axle that's equipped in the Corolla GTS. We could have stuck with the original, but the owner will be taking it out to a couple of autocross events. Being he's a local champion, I'm sure he'll do well.
I've had Cusco camber plate in the purple delight for quite a long time. I've never really thought of servicing them, since, I've never seen anyone else talk about them. A while back I did notice that the little pillow ball that attached the shock absorber was loose. So I thought it was about time for a rebuild.
It's been a while since I last updated the little Toyota Starlet aka Red Velvet. But with the holidays and work, I just didn't have much time. But recently I just received a boat load of time. What better way to spend it.