Kyusha Kai

Doin’ Work
June 17, 2012, 12:20 am
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Been putting some time into the wagon… and yes, these are all Instagram photos. I’m too lazy to lug around my camera, so phone pictures will have to do.

She’s currently sitting two inches lower via drop blocks and AGX adjustable Camaro shocks in the rear, and 280zx struts/brakes and Techno Toy Tuning coilovers, camber plates, RCA’s, and tension control rods in the front. I also threw on a set of 15×7 +11 SSR Longchamps that I had in storage with almost new Nexen (cheap-o) tires.

I’m still waiting to install or receive: T3 control arms, T3 tie rods, T3 strut tower bar, Energy Suspension poly sway bar bushings, a new idler arm, 280zx rear disc brakes (with handbrake), an extra leaf to flip and stiffen up the rear, poly and brass leaf pucks (bushings), Goodridge braided brake lines,

I basically bought T3’s entire front end to create the most rugged street wagon possible. My thoughts on T3’s parts: Super beefy and over-engineered for a street car… I will likely never need the strength and adjustability that they offer, but I love knowing that it’s there. The downsides is that the spring is too short for my taste (seven inch spring) so the adjuster is maxed out on the top of the coilover sleeve, but I’m going to get a nine inch spring to offer even greater adjustability. Also, the T3 website doesn’t mention that the strut tower bar interferes with the stock hood prop, but the parts to convert to hood struts should be arriving at my door step any day now.

Just for giggles, I picked up a set of headlight trim, or “visors”, because I saw them on my friend Justin’s old Corolla wagon and loved the look. The chrome is super shiny and makes my trim and grill look like crap though.

I’ve got a bunch more parts coming that will add to the style and functionality of the goon, but alas, she will soon be too well built for that asthmatic L16. Soon enough, the engine build parts hoarding can begin!


Oh, and big thanks to the world famous BKH808, Justin, Jordan for helping out with the installs.  Couldn’t have done it without them.

Reading Material
March 24, 2012, 11:43 pm
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Picked all these up off of JNC for $60 shipped. Not bad considering if I can ever find any Japanese tuning mag here (usually Option, Drift Tengoku, or VIP Car), it’s $20+ for an old issue. Score!

Added bonus, in the Z car HyperRev, a page is signed by Steve Millen!

Milford Sound in New Zealand

Interior: DONE!
February 29, 2012, 6:23 pm
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Got all that nasty sound deadening out! What a tedious PITA! Not really looking forward to stripping the underbody, but I want this car to be solid. Planning on Por15’ing the interior and underbody. After that, the interior gets Dynamat/Fatmat/whatevers, and exterior gets a rubberized undercoating.

Finished interior

And a bad ass picture for inspiration.

JDM 510

I also have a B210 brake booster and a pretty nice rear bumper being shipped over. My tax return is getting smaller and smaller!

August 29, 2011, 12:25 am
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Not only the toy Hako wagon, but THAT DRAWING IT’S ON! I love cutaway and schematic drawings. I’d love to have that blown up and framed right above my DSalni canvases.

The Internet Just Exploded
May 7, 2011, 5:22 am
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I have no idea how long ago this happened but I just found out that Hayashi Racing just started their USA site. Someone stop me from dropping $4,000 on some Yayois!

Peep the pics, my buddy Goki’s 510 Goon is featured as well as Riverside’s 510 sedan. BOOOOOOOOOOOM!

I’m Not Dead
May 2, 2011, 3:07 am
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Just been busy with life. Enjoy these Hako wagons!

January 22, 2011, 4:53 am
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Came home from my buddies bar at 4am…. Open up my mailbox… CHRISTMAS IN JANUARY!

I found out my old schoolmate Rod is not only living in Japan, he’s also running one of the BEST used JDM/Miata parts blog out there. He hooked me up with a 360mm wooden Nardi for cheap. Complete and in great condition for a fraction of what they usually sell for? Count me in. Ask him for what you’re looking for. He’s got more than just the 4×100 Miata offset, if you know what I mean.

In the background is a set of custom 2″ drop blocks with 2 degrees of correction and the U bolts, one of four 510 repair manuals I ordered from Amazon and my weather seal kit.


She Purrrrrrssss…
January 13, 2011, 1:30 am
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Like a kitten now. When I picked her up, she would barely stay alive and the Weber 32/36 (I believe that’s what model it is… That’s the manuals we’ve been following anyway) would rattle everything enough to wake the dead. Installing a tachometer confirmed she was idling at under 400 rpms! After we raised the idle and played with the carbs a bit, she fires up without hesitation and and has a robust purr at standstill. I almost don’t want to throw in an SR20. Almost.

For now, I’m rubbing, scrubbing, cutting, buffing and polishing the tired old paint and tidying up the wires (I need a wiring diagram ASAP so I can eliminate the stray wires that aren’t plugged into anything). As much as I like the Hella foglights, I’m thinking of pulling them out for now so I can get rid of the wiring until I can figure stuff out.

I’ll probably polish the valve cover when I’m not lazy, as it will probably be a while before I pull the motor. I just wish I grabbed a shot of the engine bay before I started degreasing for a real “wow” factor.

Someday, I want to be as cool as Jun, who is without a doubt, the builder of my favorite 510 of all time.

I can’t wait for the doorbell to start ringing as the postman starts bringing me the parts I’ve been ordering!

A Couple More From Wrench Day
January 9, 2011, 2:10 am
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Brice is ALWAYS jumping into my shots. Sleeper Cressida and the Goon.

Oh and I forgot. I also got my hands on this a couple of weeks before I got the wagon. Dual cam KA24. I highly doubt I’m gonna put this in the car though.

Oh and my brass shifter bushings came in. I love getting something good amongst the bills and junk mail!

The Wagon Has Landed
January 8, 2011, 12:50 am
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The good: Rebuilt head. Clean title. Very little rust. Complete car with very little pieces missing. She wears some sweet Hella headlights. Idle needs to be raised but the motor runs strong.

The bad: Weatherstripping is shot. The 5 speed dogleg transmission grinds a lot if I’m not gentle and there’s a lot of play in the shifter. Needs bodywork.

I went over to Brice’s garage with the boys yesterday with the idea of changing all the fluids in the Goon. Turns out the nearest autoparts store doesn’t like stocking parts for a 40 year old car for some reason. No fuel filter, no oil filter, no GL4 gear fluid. Luckily I had a spare oil filter from the parts bin that I got with the Z. Fresh oil and we installed Brice’s old tach. Better than nothing I guess?

Also, I got to try on Brice’s Basset wheels (14×8 -12). Fitment pretty damn good in the rear. I didn’t even bother trying on the fronts since the 280zx front struts I’m planning on installing changes where the hub sits. Also, just for fun we tried on some slotted mags… 13×8 -50ish. Hahaha!

On a side note, the wagon came over the ocean wearing some Garage Autohero stickers so I emailed Ray over at Autohero (who builds BADASS cars, by the way). Turns out he did a lot of tinkering on the car. He informed me that she’s seen better days, but he confirmed that it does have a freshly rebuilt head. Sweet!

The Basset’s. Not bad! Slammed and a small roll would make it look killer!

The slotted mags. Yeah… that’s not gonna fit.

And obviously this is where Reese’s photography magic kicks in.

To top it off, our buddy Jordan got his 1jz Cressida running smoothly and that thing is SAVAGE. He played chauffeur for us all day.

On order: Brass shifter bushings, a full weatherseal kit, and custom 2″ drop blocks for the rear with 2 degrees of correction for the drop.

Next paycheck: Techno Toy Tuning’s front coilover conversion, RCA’s, tension rods and a full poly suspension bushing kit.


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