Sunday, December 18, 2016
Monday, September 19, 2016
When building the Leviathan, I never considered transplanting Barney’s power plant (turbo 4AGE) over,at least not at the moment. Going to the track days always felt like I was never driving it to it’s full limit, and there wasn’t anyone I can compare with driving skills wise. And what I enjoyed about the lowly under powered 4AGE, was I can push the chassis more than the engine. Which is why I decided to run of the mill I had laying out back. Unfortunately, the first time out ended abruptly, about 100 yards. But nothing that can’t be easily fixed. Hopefully, next time I take out Levi, I’ll find out if learned anything.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Monday, August 8, 2016
When it comes to some parts, there’s some things that you know will fail and others the you never think of ever failing. This happens to be the latter. But things do happen at the most inopportune time. Unfortunately, it ruined my day and a few others. Black Ice humbly apologizes. Back to the cave to assess damages and come back another time.
Friday, August 5, 2016
This is Levi (no attack on titan reference), short for Leviathan aka Black Ice. It’s been a while, but I'm finally getting back into driver’s seat. Didn’t think I’d really build another corolla after the demise of Barney. Wasn’t even sure I wanted to put another one together, since I know how much work is involved, yeah I'm getting lazier as the years go by. I guess it’s my destiny, but I really had to save it from the clutches of the fan boys who already pillaged the chassis and left it a slow dying death. After many days of toiling in the summer heat getting Levi together it’s finally ready for it’s maiden track day. Let’s hope it doesn’t fall apart on me. Especially on 8/6 day.
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Monday, July 18, 2016
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Monday, June 27, 2016
Monday, June 20, 2016
Monday, June 13, 2016
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Monday, May 30, 2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
It’s time to move on, you’ve overstayed your welcome and it is now time to return to your rightful owner. Being a 260Z, I could have easily mistaken you for a 510, since you’ve nickel and dimed me of time and resources. Some day I may own one of your siblings, though i’ll forego the Nissan L series motor and probably drop in a Chevy LS motor for simplicity sake.
Monday, May 16, 2016
R12 is a rarity nowadays, and those who retain the system install the readily available R134. I have installed this refrigerant in numerous cars, my own included, with marginal results. Interesting that ads I see for similar cars always say ice cold A/C. What the hell is wrong? But then again it’s craigslist, it’s all lies. I’ve even tried varying amounts refrigerant, using the high tech shop equipment, but never can obtain the results I require. The usual rule of thumb is about –30 deg from ambient temp. I usually end with approximately –10 deg. Not bad but not great. One solution is to change to a larger condenser and/or change out the expansion valve suitable for R134. But I like stock, so the only other option is to look for a more suitable refrigerant that will work with the current system. So that’s will be the hunt for this summer. Hopefully summer won’t be over before I find a solution.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
This setting, reminds me of a movie I once saw on TV. Though the cars here are in rougher shape and style, than what I saw in the movie. Don’t expect Bow Wow is going to cruise by in his bB.
AE86 nights where most things corolla make their annual pilgrimmage. The last time I was here, it was held near Longo Toyota’s service entrance. Now it’s held in their parking structure. Very different but interesting.
Haven’t really kept up with the automotive scene as of lately, so I’m like a tourist trying to understand the latest fashion. So is adding these types stickers a new thing?
Years ago it was about representing the club/teamweather it be fo’ sho’ and race, yeah really did both. Just like in the movies. Or the uber cool parts manufactuer, cause that’s all they can afford.
Corvette style wheels on an MK1 MR2. For some reason, i’m digging it. It’s not an LS motor but i’ll do.
Moar sticka, it seems to be the theme for this event.
Reminds me of the JGTC AE86 years ago. Was this a kit or custom made?
Owners come in all ages. But most only last a few years before they realize it’s ruining their lives.
As usual, it’s good to see old friends who still have a genuine passion for the AE86. Kudos for keeping this meet going. Maybe when I stop being
lazy picky, i’ll get another corolla in the stable. I think next years sticker should probably say’ fanboys ruining corollas’ and show the same pic.
Until then mooowaaa stiiiikkkaaaa.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
As much as I like this Mercedes AMG Petronas umbrella, I thought it would be sitting in the display after it’s first and only use in Austin. Since this is Socal, there’s not much use for rain gear. So when the opportunity to attend a Formula D event, with a possibly of rain. Just couldn’t pass that up to
watch some drifiting use this high performance umbrella.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Monday, March 14, 2016
Blowing out a tire is never a good thing. That’s why most vehicles have spare tires as backup. But if you fail to maintain the spares air pressure, make sure you have an air compressor as backup. Luckily the fifty is equipped to deal with these type of situation.
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Been on the hunt, for an adventure, that requires 2 less wheels. But out of all the bikes I checked out, I’m always drawn to the Monster. It’s styling just doesn’t compare to the bikes from the rising sun. Trolling forums and talking to some owners, all of them say they get lots of looks and . But it’s usually from all the bros and hipsters. I guess they appreciate the bike as much as I do. But getting attention isn’t my thing, though I should be used to it by now, since fanboys always to the AE86. So for now I’ll pass on this one and stick with the more humble japanese counter part.
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Weather doing hub bearing, and/or differential service, requires the removal of the brake caliper, pads, and bracket. It’s a bit of a chore to remove the pieces and I’m a bit on the lazy side, I’ll usually take care of it in fewer steps. Rather than doing all that nonsense. Just undo the caliper bracket assembly and then shove a rolled up newspaper or cardboard in between the brake pads. This will ensure they don’t fall out, while the caliper assembly is set off to the side safely while the main work is done. Once done with installing them sick cross slotted rotors, reinstall the brake assembly. Ready fo’ sho’.
Monday, February 15, 2016
First time I saw one of these was back at Battle of the Imports in the 90’s, when drag racing Hondas were setting new 1/4 mile records. Nowadays programmable ecus are commonplace and uber cheap that you can fuel inject anything. Why would anyone use one of these anymore? But to last this long we’ll just call it bulletproof.
Monday, February 8, 2016
If you’ve watched a youtube channel called wasabi cars you’ll know what i’m talking about when you see this car. But if you’re not and too lazy to check, it’s an australian living in Japan who’s hobby is searching and documenting derelict Japanese cars, that are slowly rusting away. But would I have never guessed that a car, like the ones in his videos would show up on this side of the pacific.
Monday, February 1, 2016
One thing about the early Datsun Zs, was that you either loved the 280 and wanted a 240, or was it the other way around. But the dirty laundry that was a 260 was left out to hang. So picking one of these up is pretty reasonable and since it probably won’t be missed, modifying them isn’t much of an issue. Behold the new adventure.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
I was on an interweb search on how to fix an axle housing. Since there was one sitting out back that was slightly bent and not really usable at the moment. Many techniques I came across were found on the on dirt track and stock car boards. Makes a lot of sense, since the thing that the oval racers and dirt trackers in the east share with the AE86, is the use of the rear solid axle.