Anyways, this is a fun little ride... I'd like to convert it to rear wheel drive and drift it....
Jul 24, 2014
Jul 19, 2014
Shaken is coming soon for me. Shaken is the bi-yearly vehicle inspection in Japan. I have a few issues to deal with, such as a cracked windshield (less that the eraser of a pencil, but a big deal to the over cautious Japanese), and torn steering rack bushings. That last seems to make sense to fix, because I notice at times that my car seems to veer when no other thing is wrong, and the car is aligned. Whatever, I live here now. I want to own a car here. I will play ball.
Ever car persons favorite part of "fixing" a car, is that it's an excuse to upgrade a car, under the excuse of "the ordinary parts are almost as expensive. At any rate, it was a good excuse to hit up KTS and get some parts I had been looking at. Thank God it wasn't the whole steering rack as I had originally feared. Take a look at the video below for the unboxing and mini review of the parts that I ordered, those being a set of Steering Rack Bushings and Steering Collar.
Here's a tip I was taught. Mark everything in a line with a marker pen. This makes it easy to keep everything in line. Also, once you get this apart. Do NOT turn the steering wheel or rotate the shaft. I don't know from experience, but I heard it sucks, especially if you have an airbag equipped car, like my Kouki. I heard the consequences can be... explosive.
Anyway, stay tuned for next week, and don't forget to like my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/exitevideomagazine
Jul 17, 2014
I also don't want to forget that Brian was the first person in my town to swap a B16 into this car, and at the time, the stock B16 just felt like a beast. Little did we know that years later,it would not be enough. At the time though, we felt like kings... how times have changed!
Jul 16, 2014
No car action this week, but the story progresses. I've got to get back on the ball of pumping these things out every week. I'm sorry guys, I've just been busy with the car. Speaking of that, I'll have a new post on the Project 180 page this Friday.
I don't know how a girl's dad could make her hate cars so much, but I guess we will find out. In my experience, girls that had dads that were car nuts, are at least accepting of the car life of their significant other, because that's a life that they are comfortable with. They may not LOVE cars, but they at least understand a man that does.
I wonder what's different about that in Japan?
By the way, like www.facebook.com/exitevideomagazine for updates on the blog, and sometimes original content.
Jul 6, 2014
I was walking around the neighborhood when I saw this car. While this may not seem like anything crazy to you, I was blown away. What you are looking at is a (roughly) 1985 S120 Toyota Crown Royal Saloon. Wikipedia:
"Launched in 1983, this model used all three versions of the 5M 2.8-liter engine, the 5M carburetted version, 5M-E single overhead cam (SOHC) fuel-injected version, 5M-GE double overhead cam (DOHC), 1G-GE 2000 cc DOHC, M-TE 2000 cc single overhead cam (SOHC) Turbo, M-E 2000 cc SOHC, 2L-TE 2400 cc SOHC Turbo Diesel or 2L 2400 cc SOHC Diesel engines. Base versions use the new 2-liter 1G-E engine which replaced the old 2-liter version of the M series. The "van" version of the station wagon (the GS126V as well as the GS136V in the following series) used its own unique variant of this motor (the 1G-EJ). The lower grade models were available with Toyota's F292 live axle rear suspension while the rest introduced 4-wheel independent suspension on the Crown for the first time.
Upon coming around the corner, I saw this thing lurking in-between two panel gaps in the covered parking lot. It looked like it was in bad shape so I know it hadn't been driven in a while. Now, in Japan, old cars like this usually get thrown away, because they have no value to the average Japanese. Sometimes people even pay a car shop or recycler money to haul it away.
The 3.0 alone was worth salvaging... It's not super rare, but rare enough and in demand enough that the old car guys would want to buy it for a swap or spare. 3.0 baby!
I was telling the vice president of a Kindergarten that I teach at, and he told me a story that REALLY peaked my interest in this car.
For me this is too good of a jump off point for a manga, anime, or live action movie....
It really has inspired me to write some kind of film about this car.... but I have to finish Drift Girl first... more on that later. I've got too much on my plate as it is right now.
This story is just a little crazy, yeah?
Don't forget to like our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/exitevideomagazine for regular updates to my JDM life and the blog!
Jul 4, 2014
Jul 3, 2014
I don't know if this will show a picture style preview or not, but if you want to see our first video, click this article, and I've put the video up here, from my old YouTube page. Sorry it's so grainy, but it was shot on consumer MiniDV, and edited on a blazing fast machine, with 266Mhz of processing power, and 512MB of Ram.... and get this... it had a HUGE 60GB hard drive..... DAAAMN.
Jul 1, 2014
By the way, I'm running a contest this week over at our Facebook page: www.exitevideomagazine.com Free giveaway of a Nissan Skyline RS Turbo Sticker. Check the facebook page, and like the page if you want a chance to enter. I'll need about 30 likes and 15 shares for me to give this bad boy away. Trying to grow this little blog, and the best way is by word of mouth.
Jun 27, 2014
At this point Taira-san from T-Brand saw me working, and said I should just come to his garage and use the DA sander. He said I'd be an old man before I finished sanding the car if I sanded by hand. His garage is really close, only about 5 minutes away by car. I have a YouTube video below of the trip, set to a classy remix of some Biggie...