Nov 29, 2014

Fukuoka RX-7:

Plain Jane FDs Are Still Gorgeous!

Every time I see a Plain Jane FD RX-7, I don't see the vanilla basic bitch... I see the wild porn star inside that will make every kinky Wangan fantasy come true. Enter this basic bitch FD3S.

It sits a bit tall...

But it looks great from the side, even though it only has wheels.

And if you can use this shot to imagine it racecar low.... then DAMN.

We just need an automotive Mr. Grey to make this basic bitch into the rape race queen that she is...

Nov 25, 2014

Project 180SX:

New Wheels Preview

by Dustin Mankin

Here's my new wheels sitting on Taira-san's car in the back ground, and a closer up. Veilside Andrew F Racings in 17x9 and 17x10. I got 2 9 inch wheels and 4 10 inch wheels... The offsets aren't known, because they are a custom hodge podge. It's ok, I'll space them out for now, and then sometime in the distant future, I'll rebuild them to suit. Need more dish, and I really want a stepped lip. The wheels in this picture are the 9's. I was looking for some works when I found these, but they are 3-piece in SSR pattern. I'm kind of glad I did. Everyone is running Works nowadays, and this one is still a little bit rare. I'll be buying up used sets in bad offsets as I can.... by the way... 6 wheels, $350..... Yeahhhhhh that price though. Not everything in Japan is cheap, but sometimes, you find a good deal.

Nov 24, 2014

Quick Snap:

Celica GT-4 in Hakata

by Dustin Mankin

I could just hear a loud ass exhaust and I turned around to see this thing, mid-turn. I fumbled with the iPhone to get this shot. It wasn't hauling ass, but even then you still literally get just seconds to capture these things before they roll by. THAT is the essence of the quick snap.

These Turbo AWD cars are unavailable in the states, although the previous model was available. Even being available, this is a pretty rare find, at least in my area of Japan. I would say up in Tokyo, Tohoku, and Hokkaido, they are more common. We hardly ever get snow down here, so there aren't many AWD sports cars this way. I have only seen 2 others in the 2 years I've lived here. Enjoy.

Nov 22, 2014

Project 180SX:

Type-X Style Side Skirts

by Dustin Mankin

A good guy that is friends with people at the garage gave me these side skirts, absolutely free. And they are good. I had stated that If I got Type-X style side skirts, and not the real deal, I at least wanted the ones with the line, so that it appeared to be the two piece style, like the factory ones.... these had the lines. Great.

They were spray painted black, as all proper drift parts are, in Japan. We used some cleaning grade paint remover to remove the paint. We poured it heavily onto a rag, and then laid the rag on the side skirt for a minute or two. After it wrinkled up like a raisin, we just wiped it off, exposing the white gel coat below.

A couple of areas had some cracks and other damage that needed to be repaired with a combination of filling and sanding. Filler primer really is amazing stuff when it comes to leveling surfaces. Even though you should always do your best when you do body work, if not for the practice alone, it doesn't have to be as exact as it would if you were doing the work with traditional primer.

We just kept lightly going over the areas to build them up and it worked quite well.

One more thing to fix was the ends of the skirts, where they had been previously installed. We just put some tape on the outside end of the side skirt, and then we rolled fiberglass matte on the inside. When this was finished we leveled it out slightly with a belt sander. The outside was then covered with aluminum putty and traditional polyester body filler.

After priming,  a few areas that had slight imperfections were covered with glazing putty. Glazing putty is like body filler, but it is generally red in caller, and a little bit thinner than body filler. It is used to fill in the micro bubbles that traditional fillers leave behind.

After that, a little bit of spot sanding to smooth out the glazing putty, and then...

We block sand the whole thing down to make it nice and smooth. I hate sanding!

And there they are so far... and by so far, I mean I probably won't reprimer them until the car is getting ready for paint. Because here is a little bit of foreshadowing. I'm further along on the car than this, and I still haven't primered them...

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Nov 20, 2014

Throw Back Thursday:

R33 GT-R in America

by Dustin Mankin

Not the most incredible thing to me anymore, with it being a near stock looking GT-R, but still fairly rare in the US. This one is an R33, so it's possible that it was legally imported by MotoRex, but that would make it retardedly expensive. Or... it could be grey market. In which case, if it is grey market, I wonder if the Department of Homeland Security has been chewing up resources to deport it yet... because, you know... Skylines are more important than 9/11 and the Boston Bombing, or Fort Hood, or the guy that chopped some woman's head off a few months ago.... Because we all know fast cars are deadlier than ISIS....

Nov 17, 2014

Nissan President

At UpGarage in Fukuoka

by Dustin Mankin

Just a cool Nissan President that I found in the parking lot of UpGarage in Higashi-ku Fukuoka. Not outrageous, but it would be cool to daily drive... if fuel costs weren't out of control. 

Americans are bitching for 4$ a gallon.... I'm paying around 7.50 a gallon....regular.

And that's why my daily will always be a K-Car or a bike.

Nov 14, 2014

Project 180SX:

Front Wide Fenders pt. 6

by Dustin Mankin

The 4 pictures above are pretty much where we left off, last time. And Last time I talked a little about gel coating these fenders. Gel coat will do a few things. It will keep all of the bodywork underneath together a little better, but most importantly it will fill in the gouge marks and smooth out any unever lines from filling the vents and damages.

Seriously, it comes out about the thickness of that old Elmer's gel glue that was huge in 90s when I was in elementary school, but it dries hard as hell. I love this stuff. A lot of people spray it with what's called a "cup gun," but we just use a regular old beater HVLP with a really big tip. Worked fine for us.

The gel sets up pretty quick in the gun, so we would have to clean after every coat, and I did one fender at a time. Here, we have a finished one baking under the light.

After that, I sprayed the next one. Here you can still see it in it's wet stage. gel coat is a great name. Shit looks like Jello, without all the rape that Bill Cosby would bring to it.



After letting everything cure for a ful 24 hours, we used some glazing putty to fill in the spots that we couldn't get rid of without sanding.

Then sanding started again. By the end of this fenders project I REALLY LOATHED sanding. I feel sorry for anyone that works in a body shop for a living. Sanding sucks so bad!


But, as you can see in the last two pictures above, the sanding really is necessary. Because of the way that gel-coat sprays, there will always be orange peel in the final project. Besides, everyone knows that you can't just spray over gel-coated FRP as is.

With every last bit of the orange peel sanded out, it was finally time to primer the fenders. It was such a relieve to get to this stae, because it meant I was done with sanding these damn fenders! I won't have to sand them again until next spring, when I paint the car... did I give something away, just now? 



Just a quick look at the before and after can really show you a lot about the amount of work that went into these. They still aren't perfect, but most of that has to do with the factt that they came to me pre-wrecked, and to be honest, this is the first time I have EVER done anything this extensive with FRP.

Totally honest... other than the ton of sanding, this was a total blast, and I want to do something with FRP again. I may even try to get into molding. I'd love to start making some parts, or copying some super rare JDM stuff that we can't get anymore. Would that be cool?

Hit me up in the comments below... next week I'll be moving on to something fresh, near the bumper area. Stay tuned!

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