Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Rotary Hoe twin 13B engine tractor puller

Rotaries aren't know for it's stump pulling torque.  But it doesn't stop them rotary loving austrailians from using them.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

J-NATION 奥伊吹モーターパーク ④

Not sure what kind of show this is, but I like it.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Think twice before tossing.

20171216_143721It was a bit sticky and wasn’t making great contact so the side mirrors were moving intermittently.  Some folks would just throw it away.  Since it looks to be in pretty good shape, it’s best to try to renew it with a good cleaning.  It turned out pretty good.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

"DEATHSTAR" 1977 Custom Dodge Van

Forget the stretch limo.  One must arrive to the Star Wars movie premiere in this stretched van.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Lack of maintenance or defect

20171202_125927Broken distributor rotors is not something I ever see.  So when it occurred to the gray door stop, it came as a bit of a surprise.  I don’t know if it was a defective part or maybe it’s my lack of attention.  I’m usually pretty good about maintaining all the vehicles.  But having to take care of 2 4AGEs I may have changed one, but not the other.  Luckily the breakdown was less than a mile from home.  It was just a long walk.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

AE86 Tech #86-36: Find balance


Now that it’s up and running it’s time to get things balanced.  Just like carburetors, throttle bodies will also require the same attention to detail.  This also requires the same tool that carburetors use: synchronizer.   

But I'm sure most already know where the adjustments are located, let’s just take another review.


The throttle body butterfly adjustment screws.  There’s 8 screws that adjust the throttle butterflies.  Don’t necessarily have to use all of them.  For my setup I just had to tinker with about 3 screws.  Use this to set the initial idle speed and to balance out large differences in airflow.  It doesn’t have to be perfect but just close enough to use the next adjustment.


The throttle body screw, this is similar to your factory throttle body idle adjustment screw.  There’s only four you’ll need to adjust. Just like the butterfly adjusters above, you may not have to adjust all.  Use this to fine tune and this should get your balance spot on.  If you can’t get the flow to match up with the screw, go back to previous.


Once set, you shouldn’t have to adjust them again.  Unless you remove one or more throttle bodies, then you’ll need to check the balance.  If you’re lucky, you won’t have to adjust.  So it’s best to remove throttle bodies connected to the manifold as a whole assembly.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

8 Most Insane Hot wheels Tracks Ever Made

Christmas is right around the corner.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Rotary PORN | BILLET 13B plates by PROMAZ

In the rotary world the side plates are also known as irons.  So with these bits, do we call them 'bills'?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Japan's Secret Hidden Away Engine Builder - Koshikubi Engineering

Now if I can some how have him share his secrets with me.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Monday, November 6, 2017

Back to basics


Since 2004, the turbo dark side has proven to be very powerful.  But after so long it just gets boring.  So it’s time to return to the roots of ae86. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Work shirt

Just noticed I wore the appropriate shirt to work on the corolla.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Supermoto drifter

A whole different level of drift.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Saving an AE86 Trueno | Juicebox - Unboxed #1

When I see classifieds full of fanboys parting out their cars cause they're getting out of the 'scene'.  It's nice to see at least some who are willing to make an effort to put a car back together.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Is this Initial D's Sequel?

Fanboys will  now have another car they can lust after.

Monday, October 2, 2017

South Pacific Island + Ariana Grande= Singapore GP

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Many months back I made a decision to head out to place called Singapore, to see the singing diva Ariana Grande and as a bonus watch Formula 1.  The only night race on the Formula 1 schedule and also what I thought at the time, it’s final race.  But we now know that’s all fake news.  No matter, this place was off the hook fun.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Homemade Hoverbike

Coolest home built project i've seen that doesn't have wheels.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

What to do today

Good day for a pleasant Sunday drive.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017

NST: The unicorn edition

A few months back, AE86 parts vendor NST decides to put on a group buy to commemorate the up coming 8/6 day.  Usually i’m not one to buy much of anything since I have pretty much everything I need to build a Corolla.  Except for this unicorn.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Saturday, August 5, 2017

It's that time again

Hmm what's in the box?

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Ever wondered what a 5000HP shot of Nitrous looks like?? Here it is!!

Now I can rest easier.  And knowing is half the battle.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

AE86 Tech #86-34: Proper closure

Like all things Corolla, stuff keeps wearing out and parts keep getting more expensive and harder to obtain new.  Door hinges are just an example.  Years of use, the bushings wear out and the door slowly begins it’s sag until it becomes difficult to open and starts to close.  Let’s try and remedy.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Voltron The Movie 1984 (Violence Restored Version)

This is the grown up version of a childhood show.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Living under a tree


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I’m sure at one point in it’s life, the grey goose had lived under a tree.  As you can see it’s accumulated quite a bit of junk.  In it’s 32 years of life, this is probably the first time the fender liner was removed. 


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Monday, June 5, 2017

Corollas and Coffee


Back in the day, Club4ag is where AE86 enthusiasts would meet.  But as the evolution of the scene and Corollas progressed, the baton was handed to the AE86 Nights.  To my dismay, AE86 Nights didn’t happen for 2017.  Who will take the baton for the next generation of Corolla owners?  Behold the Café 86, will this be the corolla event for the next group of Corolla owners?

Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017

Backyard dreams

Nothing fancy, just a lot of dedication, resulting in excellence.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Star Wars day

May the 4th be with you.swc 04-15_0197

Star Wars celebration 2015

Monday, May 1, 2017


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While putting together the Black Ice, one small detail I notice while doing the conversion.   The e brake cable guide profile is slightly different between the SR5 and GTS.  The profile on top is SR5 and the one below is GTS.  The SR5 looks to be slightly shorter than the other.  The handles themselves were of equal length using my eye and sitting them side by side.  It seems that SR5 handle would provide a better mechanical advantage to locking up the rear brakes.  The down side would be the extra travel for the brake handle.  Though I never heard of such conversions, I'll probably give this a try since I've both on the work bench.  If I don’t like it I can revert back to the GTS setup.  As to when is anybody’s guess.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

1/4 liter 6 cylinder

This is Honda’s RC166 MotoGP bike from the 60’s.  Revving to 20k RPMs to make 65 and sounding beastly.  Not bad for something that has 250cc’s.

Saturday, April 22, 2017


Big wing, big flares, & big RPMs.  Contragulations you're winning.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

Code 6


Not too long ago, Grey Poupon decides to drop a diagnostic light bomb.  Even though the car is operationally sound,  the check engine light stares me down taunting me.  It must know that smog season is coming up and wishes to antagonize me.  Utilizing the special service tool, aka paper clip, to pull the code from the ECU, the blinking lights inform me that I have an ignition signal issue.  Grey never had issues like this before, usually it’s cars that come by the cave that have this issue.  It usually ends up with me replacing harnesses and/or distributors.  But just when I was going to replace the distributor with a spare in the back, I find out the definitive cause of code 6.  Fortunately, didn’t have to replace anything just soldered everything back together and now everything is good.

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Best Songs Of 1987 (100 Hits)

1987 was the final year of the RWD Corollas.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Not surprised.

In the process of getting the cage installed.  I took upon myself to remove the windshield.  Since it was already cracked I didn’t have to be extra careful during it’s removal.  But all that didn’t matter since whoever installed did a pretty shoddy job.  The end result was a tremendous amount of rust that accumulated in the windshield channel.  But I'm not surprised with all other shoddy work the previous owner(s) had performed on the car.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Best Songs Of 1986 (100 Hits)

Before it was know as the 86, the RWD Toyota Corolla was sold in 1986.  What kind of music was being pumped out of their Toyota Premium Stereo?

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Tomodachi 86

Like the ground hog emerging from it’s underground lair to scout the surroundings.  I came out and headed to Chino Hills for what small meet.  Couple of the AE86 heads gathered for a meet and greet with an AE86 driver from the land of the rising sun.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Best Songs Of 1985 (100 Hits)

The year is 1985 and the Corolla GTS is the new kid on the block.  What did it's owners listen to when driving off the dealership?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Airbagged Trailers

To complete that stanced look.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Best Songs Of 1984 (100 Hits)

It was 1984 the Corolla SR5 hit the streets.  What did the owners listen to while commuting to work.?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Welcome daylight savings


Wish they just leave it like this all year round.  It’s just nice to have more daylight to get more stuff  done after work, instead running a crap load of lights.  Thanks to overexposure for making the garage lights looking a lot brighter than actual.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Sitting in the back


Graystone had a few different suspensions over the years, but has been using the stock setup for the past few years.  Since i still had a couple of  inserts when the corolla was doing double duty on the track and the street, sitting in the back shelf collecting dust.  I thought may as well put it to good use.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

No schedule req’d


Unlike oil changes I never stick to a schedule with air filters.  Just wait until it changes color.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Need more lines


Out here in the west, there’s not much use for the defroster but it’s always nice to have.   As cars age, some of  the lines on the defroster end up not working either due to deterioration, or  from damage.  So you end up with a rear window that look more like horizontal racing stripe which is barely enough to see through.  But let’s get that corrected.

Monday, February 13, 2017

A tool for them lazy moments.


Just needed to get the last nut so I can remove the exhaust manifold.  Too lazy to go under the car with  sockes and ratchet.  Half moon wrench FTW.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

New year, new oil


Now that 2017 has rolled around it’s about time to take care of the annual maintenance.   Since days here in socal look like the same almost all year around, I don’t have to wait till Spring to get any work done on the silver surfer.