Apr 29, 2014

Apr 25, 2014

A month or two ago, I posted images of the car that I had bought, and since that time I have done a lot of work to change the number plate to a plate from my prefecture, and soon I will be taking it in for the dreaded Shaken.

But, before I get too far ahead of myself, I had promised to show you a better look at what condition it was in, so here's that video. Also, I got some stills ripped from the video, so I can talk a little more in detail. Not everything is going to have a how-to, and I'm not going to go in depth on everything, but I do want people to be able to follow along on the progress. My plan has pretty much been finalized, and I'm preparing the stages with which I'm going to complete the work. I will reveal my plan, one stage at a time. Stay tuned. Video below, followed by stills:

Here is the car sitting. It doesn't look that bad from here, and it seems like little work would be required. Wrong.

You can already see the bumper is fucked up. The bottom has some scratches deeper than the ocean, and the top up there by the position light is messed up, too.

Here's a better look of the damage near the position light. Hard to tell from the photo, but it has some deep scratches and waves.

The other side luckily isn't so bad.

Here's the fender on the passenger side. Lots of rattle can work done here, and bad rattle can work at that.

When youpush on the paint work it magically bubbles up.... this is going to be fun. Not.

The worst spot is the rear of the car, that has not a dent but a damn crease. How in the hell did they do this? It was a daily, not a drift car.

Better look at this canyon in the rear fender.

This rear shot shows the roof and the hatch of the car. That roof was so oxidized it was ridiculous. And It looks bad in the photo, but the trunk is mostly good.... except for...

Major rust spots around the pedastals for the Type-X wing. Seriously, you can't put a wing on these cars without the hatch rusting all to hell.... but it's still 10x better than the rust that spawns from the foam wing hell that us American's find on the S13 hatches.

The door is misaligned. Where does it end!?

Apparently, back at the front bumper. This thing is rougher than the face of an 8th grader that never washes. I am definitely going to need to get some Proactiv on that shit.

Apr 15, 2014

Looks like Muto's excuses fell on deaf ears. What Masaya said is true, though. Only Muto can control what happens in his life. I find that people that make the most excuses, also complain about their life the most. They blame a million things on why they can't do something, and then turn around and every day say something that starts with "I wish..."

Guys when you want something you gotta go for it, end of story. No excuses, just do it. There were a million things that kept me from coming to Japan, but in the end, I just wanted it more than the reasons holding me back. I'd rather be on my deathbed saying "I tried..." than "I wish..."
 Sorry to hit you guys with a heavier than usual message, it's just been weighing on my heart lately.

Apr 8, 2014

So it comes out. Muto doesn't regret his family, but you can tell he's not 100% satisfied with the life he's living.

He really wants to get back into his old life, but he has responsibilities that he has to deal with.

I can honestly say that as an adult, I make a lot more money than I did at 19.But I have a lot more responsibilities that, sadly, eat into my money. So it seems like I have even less. Also, when you are an adult, you have to think...is this baller-ass set of wheels worth draining my bank for now? Or will an emergency come up leaving wishing I still had my money stockpile?

I'll leave you to ponder that. It's 12AM here as I type this, and some of us have to work early in the morning to afford rent....

Sound off with your opinions in the comments below.

Apr 6, 2014

One of the things about Japan, is that they have little pullover areas EVERYWHERE, where you can get drinks or cigs from vending machines. This is the one next to my house. I don't know why, but like a lot of other foreigners, I'm addicted to the idea of using vending machines, even if it's something like a pop machine, which we have back home. I'll try to take pics of some of the more interesting machines I find in the future.

Apr 1, 2014

I can honestly say, I have been in Muto's position before. About to give it all up, and then something comes along and keeps me in the car game.

I won't lie, this week's issue was a little bit hard to translate...

That said, I love doing this for you guys and I really hope you're enjoying it. How about giving me a shout out in the comments below, and let me know how it's going.

Also, I'm sorry the blog has been going a little bit slow lately. I have been busy registering the car and trying to get it ready for the dreaded Shaken.

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