Get ready for a world of excitement here..
..Yep, its another post with just pics of my cars enginebay! Its not filler, I swear..
For reference, here is was in September 2012. High-end, no-compormise, 100% performance modifications added since include - and limited to - a litle air ducting from the factory plumbing, some sweet red leads, and... uhh..
The engine's love of massive amounts of air, is met with a equally hilarious diet of fuel; we're talking a solid 10-11L/100km.. but hey, its consistent. Overfuelling at very light throttle doesnt help economy either; so giving it a bootful before resting my foot on the accelerator.. just to hear it burble, pop, backfire.. constantly.. isn't ideal.
..and as you can see in the pictures, my headers are less than impressed with this too..
But the noise, etc. The noise!
Its all a bit of fun.
Monday, 26 January 2015
here.. except even at 10.5" wide its well and truly shown up..!
The small flag-shaped logo in front of the text is very.. Ronal. Interesting to know if this was (shamefully) intentional..
I can only imagine the awesomeness they were originally fitted to. A wide skyline? Maybe a Fairlady Z?
Just a nice old (rare) design; deserving of a couple 'glamour' (ha..) shots to prevent fading into obscurity...
Friday, 23 January 2015
I posted about of these not long ago, here; but had to again when I saw this really nice example pop up at a dealer in Japan...
For what almost reminds me of - in essence - a 50's Chevrolet Nomad reimagined into the 80's. A two-door Wagon; but one that also has a Targa roof... and want to put something into the back? well half the rear end opens up..!
Black-on-black looks brilliant for 1988; with a handful of tasteful additions - Momo Race wheel, Nismo knob, and a pair of Confetti Recaro SR3/D's.
The 5spd shifts gears for the standard twin-cam CA16DE.. a long-stroke, 16V, 1.6litre four.. and on through to the front wheels.
That's all for now.
Again.. againagain.. (wether I've written it here, or just harassing people when drunk at parties..) The Exa needs more love. It deserves it. And not just for the tremendously innocent targa-top second generation car.. the first generation Turbo cars are a hilariously epic bit of kit..
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Saturday, 17 January 2015
I wrote about these 18months ago here.. which if you've read, you'd know I have a *bit* of a soft spot for them. They're just so sweet and innocent.. and unpretentious like only an old economy car can be...
..Well, the main attraction here was the LARGE electric slide-back canvas top - and really, that's all I need...
SuperDeluxe-based levels of luxury means FunTop's have a Tacho, and the 1.3litre inline-four always shifts through a 5speed manual. No joke; things like this are fun to drive..
Damnit the wreckers makes me sad. Did I forget to mention there was a 5litre-swapped first generation 4Runner there? urgh... what a waste..
Anyway, I feel bad enough as it is leaving this thing behind. Had it been an aqua, shades-based Funtop though..
Wednesday, 14 January 2015
While I already have a nice set of 16" Hasemi Sport S'5's (I wrote about here); I came across this trashed set a while back, and couldnt resist..
Why bother? A set in such poor condition, and what is otherwise a relatively unloved design? Well original 4x100 is rare.. and when wearing a set of 195/50's, these specs work great on the stock AW11 guards!
This is the difference between the *insert far-too-many amount* of wheels I buy because I love them; and the wheels I want to actually use. If I love it as it is, stud pattern and spec is irrelevant; I stick to the very best condition I can find them in. If I plan to put tyres on them, and actually use them..? As long as its not missing a spoke, I'm keen!
These were definitely in that second category...
The listing pictures:
Complete though.. and as I said, those specs..
ooh.. those specs..
At this point, I wash the hell out of the wheels. This cleans all the parts that need to go off to different people, as well as helps disassembly through 25years of filth..
The bolts were originally a shadow-chrome, but now chrome. It'll look nice against the darker faces...
Stoked with how they turned out. Not for so much how they look on their own, but compared to what they were before...
Its nice to give them a new lease on life anyway, from something that was otherwise junk. Interestingly, 100% of the original parts were used - I even had the (obviously crusty) nuts re-zinced! haha..
All good fun.