Sunday, February 28, 2016

2 less tires


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 Thumbs up.  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 Thumbs up 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

Weber Carb: The other rebuild

The last time I did a  Weber build, it was the family heirloom Weber grill.  But yellow bee, decided it didn’t want to play after sitting around for almost a year.  So just like the grill, it was time to rebuild the Weber carb.

AE86 Tech #86-33: Pad shim

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


sevenstock 18_11-07-15_113If 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

The middle child


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.