Kyusha Kai


Randoms
April 2, 2012, 1:20 pm
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Nothing much going on. Did a little bit of work on the wagon but nothing groundbreaking. Been hanging out with the infamous BKH808. Here’s some random pictures that I like.

Wall of racecars

mmm 2 door wagon

kid

By the way, have you guys checked out High Top Fade? It’s a pretty amazing blog.



Boso Kenmeri!
March 29, 2012, 1:16 pm
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Patrick, the owner of the infamously liveried Kenmeri Skyline is updating his looks. BOSO STYLE! There are definitely not enough Boso’ed cars in the states, so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing this project finished!

Check out the vintage Dunlop slicks! I just got my hands on something spectacular, and let me say this… as far as wide tires go in 14 inch selection, there is not much. I would think more manufacturers would put product out for the old school muscle cars, but I guess not.
Watanabes

Mockup

Mockup2

AWESOME!



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



Kenmeri
March 2, 2012, 4:08 pm
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Pretty sure everybody has seen this Skyline from the Nostalgic2Days show.

What I just noticed is the vented carbon fiber fender goodness. Mmmmmmm…

Pics courtesy Ken&Mary Owners Club



I Hope You’ve Been Saving Your Pennies!
July 20, 2011, 8:22 am
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I was browsing the JNC project Hako build thread and the age old discussion came up about the unicorn of all parts… the OS Giken TC-24 dual cam head. There was a lot of heresy stemming from last years SEMA show, when OS Giken had their crown jewel on display. Rumors of the head being remade and to be offered for $30,000 have been floating around since then. The rumors are true… and it gets even wilder.

Kev from JNC spoke to an Aussie OS-Giken distributer who confirmed that as of now, six heads cast in the 80′s have been set aside and all have been spoken for. One for a lucky Australian Z car nut, five slated to be delivered to U.S. enthusiasts, and a final head for OS Giken’s demo car. More heads are planned for casting with a current price tag of just under $42,000. OS Giken is also planning to sell a 3.2 liter crate motor complete with IRTBs and a header for a mind-boggling $90,000! 400HP at 11,000 RPMs? Yes please!

By the way, what’s the going rate for one’s kidney nowadays?


JNC Project Hako build thread

VicZCAR forums



It’s Good To Be Back
July 6, 2011, 5:10 am
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I went on vacation (or a holiday for you British and/or Top Gear fans) and have been back home now for a couple of weeks, just screwing around. I flew up to Seattle to meet up with my brother, sister, and their friends to catch a Yankees/Mariners game (strike “see a Yankees game” off my bucket list), then to Oregon and San Francisco. That’s where things got interesting. A squabble with somebody close left me heartbroken, deflated and alone.

Fortunately, good friends in “the city by the bay” (JOURNEY ROCKS!) not only kept me company, but they also re-ignited my passion for all things vehicular. I got to hang out with the Fatlace crew in San Francisco, then the internet sensations known as the Heartbreakers in San Jose (I owe Henry huge for letting me crash at his place for a couple of nights). Then on a whim, I rented a car and drove down to LA at 2am to party with some old classmates for a couple of nights, before driving back up to SFO to fly home. Gotta see the silver lining in everything right?

One day, Jan from Fatlace picked me up from my hotel in Union Square and brought me to every man’s wet dream known as the Fatlace Paddock. So much cool stuff happening at that place… I would NEVER be able to work there, simply because there are too many toys!

Mark’s drift S14

R32 GT-R that was to built for Time Attack, but I heard it’s been put up for sale. Nonetheless, carbon fiber aero and Weds wheels are gorgeous.

Cool guy Kenny working with the lift so we could sneak a peak under the most amazing Lotus I have ever seen. And what’s that in the background?

Oh hello, my beauties… a completely stock Kenmeri Skyline and a gorgeous Fairlady Roadster. I never thought I would see a Kenmeri in the metal. This is the thing that dreams are made of!

Afterwards, they took me next door so I could give my expert opinion on their shaved ice, since I’m from Hawaii. Making it yourself is so much more rewarding than buying it from Aoki’s, Waiola’s or Matsumoto’s! Then it started snowing in the warehouse. A minibike was started up and donuts ensued. Hilarity at it’s best!

A day or two later, we all met up again by Berkeley to attempt, The Ring of Death. Basically, a hot dog, a plate of italian food, an ice cream sandwich, yogurt and something else. Or something like that. I failed horribly. As a consolation prize I did get to see what is hands down, the sickest Corolla ever.

My hands were shaking from excitement. KENNY… IAMNOTWORTHY!

Bad. Fucking. Ass.

I really wish I brought my camera. Big mahalos to the Fatlace homies. I still gotta send you guys some li hing mui!

Adventures from San Jose with the Heartbreakers coming in part deuce!

And on a side note, I gotta say… it feels weird finally meeting the people that you’ve been idolizing and emulating the last couple of years. The fact that I’ve met them through the internet makes me feel like a creepy Craigslist missed connections guy. HAHAHAHA!



Shakotan Art
March 4, 2011, 2:08 am
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Found this over on Mayday Garage and thought it was awesome. Max camber, super low and awesome wheels.



Sweet Jesus
March 2, 2011, 7:55 am
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Rod of Tetsuya Garage pointed me towards his personal blog with some AMAZING coverage of the recent Nostalgic 2 Days. Here’s my favs.

You can never go wrong with the classic Watanabes. Ever.

Hells yeah. Techno Phantoms. I really want to pick up some Techno Phantoms, Riverside Riverges or Star Sharks. Something a little more intricate and jewel-like than the wheels I already have.

Burgundy Hako sedan with some DEEEEEEEEEP 01′s. I love how classy the color is, as it probably wouldn’t work as well on a coupe.

Star Road’s always spotless S30Z now rocking color matched Equip 03′s.

Kenmeri on the new Work Meister CR01′s. I am not a fan of these wheels. I don’t know, I think it’s the shape of the spokes and the extra holes around the lug nut holes. In my opinion it makes it look cheap. *Flame suit on*

Beautiful TE72 on the new Gram Lights 57v. Not a fan of these wheels either. I thought they would grow on me but they still haven’t. Maybe it needs more dish. By the way, anyone notice the fender mirrors? NISSAN BABY! Take that, Brice!



Why Fatlace’s Skyline Giveaway Is A Bad Idea
February 2, 2011, 3:18 am
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The odds of this ending badly is high. Here’s my opinion why.

While the majority of Fatlace‘s cult-like following are car heads, I’d guess few have much experience with old cars. Having to deal with a lack of parts, possible rust, maybe even a previous owners shoddy modifications and repairs… Throw in the fact that this is a car most of us have never received in our home country. This is a recipe for disaster.

The car is described in the flyer as a “project” and according to Speedhunters it will be built to the specs of the rendering. Hopefully, they give it a JDM Legends style rebuild, leaving no stone untouched for the new owner.

However, no amounts of time or money can prepare the new owner for something going wrong. A part failing or maybe a fender bender. If something breaks on a new car or even a classic Mustang, a call to the dealer or a trip to the junkyard will rectify the problem. Now imagine a trailer kicking up a rock into this Kenmeri’s windshield. The new owners gonna need DEEEEEP pockets and some connections to get his new parts. I’ve always agreed with the saying “You’ve gotta pay to play”. The new owner won’t be paying for the car (and let’s be honest, the chances of the new owner being a 18 year old hipster making $9 an hour and would happily trade it for a new GT-R and some Nike SB’s in a heartbeat are pretty high).

As our scene of J-Tin gains popularity and more people get into it, we have to preserve what little is left. Rust and time have already taken it’s toll on thin Japanese metal. I guess I’m just afraid that the Fatlace Kenmeri would end up getting parted out, sold off or worst of all… broken and rusting away because the new owner was unable to repair it due to lack of funds or know how.

I’ve made a couple of great friends from Fatlace so I’m in no way dogging on them or saying this is gonna fail. Nor am I saying that I’m a better car builder than anybody. I honestly suck at technical stuff as my buddies can attest to… I purposely chose the 510 and 240z because not only are they some of my favorite cars, they have some of the largest support groups of all Japanese cars from that era. I truly hope that the new owner can carry the torch and take it to the next level after Fatlace has done their thing. I just hope it goes to a true enthusiast so that this Kenmeri can have a fighting chance.



Perfection
January 25, 2011, 10:20 am
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Flares, SSR MKII’s and triple Webers. A definite win in my book.

Datsun badge has me wondering if it’s an Aus spec Datsun 240k or a Skyline with the wrong badging. Seems kind of strange for someone to import Aus spec vs. JDM spec. But then again it would be strange to put a Datsun badge on a Skyline imported from Japan.




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