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.