Filed under: Kyusha | Tags: 1000, 510, Celica, Corolla, Datsun, LOCAL, Mazda, MR2, Nissan, RX7, S13, Supra, Toyota
I didn’t realize my buddy Christian (who owns that SICK EF hatchback) was filming with his GoPro at the meet.
AHHH Stupid Youtube and music copyrights. Check it out on youtube.
Extras and WTF’s coming later.
Filed under: Kyusha | Tags: Corolla, LOCAL, MR2, Supra, Toyota, Watanabe, Work
Corolla homies from around the island had a little get together last week to meet and greet again. Lots of old faces as well as lots of new projects getting debuted.
BTW, much respect for Jeffrey Soriano from Forums Hawaii for providing the snaps.
Filed under: Kyusha | Tags: Celica, Corolla, Corona, Cressida, LOCAL, MR2, Toyota, Work
And I don’t mean blow up dolls. I finally got a USB drive for my camera’s SD card so here’s some pictures from an old school Toyota meet a couple of weeks ago.
Ralph’s shakotan sled. Best. Cressida. EVER!
Julian peddling his wares.
Super clean Hachi. I <3 this thing.
Equips 03′s look so goooooooood. And check out that ride height!
Reflectors, speedbumps and potholes cower in fear!
Kalei’s (sp?) shovel nosed Corona looking as good as ever.
Pretty clean fastback Celica rocking some Texas plates. I went with a couple of friends to check out one of these probably about 5 years ago, but it was rotting away…
I love it when the wheels cost more than the Blue Book on the car! Baller status right here!
100th post! It’s mind boggling that in a short 3 months, I’ve gotten 17,000+ views and gotten to meet some amazing people. I just figured I’d take the time to thank everybody that reads my spiel and discuss what I’m all about.
As a kid, I’ve always loved muscle cars and exotics. As I entered high school, imports stole my attention. I had planned to build an SR20 swapped S13 for a street car and drift car. Before I even had my license (early 2000), I would catch the bus for an hour, then walk for 45 minutes through the industrial wastelands to watch Drift Session at Hawaii Raceway Park. As drifting inevitably exploded into the mainstream and pushed the price point of 240sx’s and SR20′s out of reach, I grew bored of drifting. Most importantly, I didn’t want to be driving the same car as everyone else . I wanted to be different. Motorcycles took over my life and then the MR2 Turbo became my weapon of choice on our local mountain road. One day the MR2 was broken into and the thieves had taken thousands of dollars in parts, so I gave up on her. I was saving up to go the VIP route and build a LS430 or SC430, but once again, the VIP scene blew up and I again refused to go with the mainstream. The 240Z had always been one of my favorites since I had gotten into imports and I had started a new job making some pretty good money. My coworker always had pictures of his classic VW Beetle and 240Z that I would stare at. The Z in particular. When he saw how enamored with the Z I was, he offered to sell it to me.
Driving the Z, is one of the greatest experiences of my life. Better than falling in love with my first girlfriend. Better than carving turns on a motorcycle at breakneck speeds. It feels so raw and so connected when I’m behind the wheel. Every bump in the road transmitted. Gawking at the gas station from strangers. Sitting in the garage and staring at her. Running her through the gears and hearing her scream at 7000rpms. This is why I love her so much.
Ask a vintage Japanese car enthusiast what the term “Kyusha” or “Kyusha Kai” means and the majority would say a modified vintage car or motorcycle from Japan. I chose the name because not only is this blog about modified J-Tin, but also as a play on the name of the dojo from Karate Kid, the Cobra Kai dojo. I see those into the Kyusha Kai lifestyle very much like Cobra Kai… Ruthless, raw and willing to do almost anything to be the best.
As I stand now with the Z? Get her ready for HF4. Hopefully I can take the wheels out to be refinished tomorrow. Suspension in the mail to get her stanced out. Within the next couple of years, I want to to put together a 3.1L stroked motor and just build the best all around streetcar I can and keep upgrading her until gasoline is no more. Then she will sit in my living room until I die and pass her on to my child.
FIGHT RUST. FIGHT TIME. KYUSHA KAI.
Filed under: JDM, Kyusha | Tags: 510, Datsun, Engine Swap, LOCAL, MR2, Rims, Supra, Toyota, Work
More pictures from my Flickr account. Still the same Old School Meet. I’m SOOOOO STOKED for the upcoming Kyusha Kai meet! Come on down guys! January 10th! It’s not too late to buy plane tickets!
A pair of AW11 MR2′s. Jason, the owner of the red one is wearing gray in the background. I believe he said he’s been through about 7 or 8 AW11′s. That is some true dedication to Toyota’s “poor man Ferrari”.
My cousin’s Gumball 3000 shirt. I want one so bad. I’ve been watching Gumball 3000 since Tekademics used to make their videos back in the day. Now that I look back on those videos… They were pretty crappy. Haha. My how times and tastes change.
Bronson’s coupe running some crazy Centerlines. One night, I threw a party and some guy got super wasted and passed out on my floor. Couple of weeks later, I meet him again running this coupe to the meet. Hawaii’s such a small place.
1JZ powered Supra as seen on my old Craigslist post. BEAST!
Filed under: JDM, Kyusha, New Cars, Random | Tags: Cefiro, GT-R, Mitsubishi, MR2, Nissan, Starion, Toyota
Today’s a good day. Slept in late, met up with some homies for a couple of beers and spotted a Lamborghini Murcielago SuperVeloce 670. Because I’m in a good mood, I won’t bore you all with my words, insight, thoughts, blah blah blah blah blahhhhhh. Just a couple of random pictures that I’m not sure where I’d fit into any other post. Just some sick cars on some sick rims.
Filed under: JDM, Kyusha | Tags: Celica, Crown, Mazda, MR2, RX3, Soarer, Toyota
It’s a shame car companies don’t make emblems and badges like they used to. Nowadays it seems only the European companies are still using the highly detailed badging. Most everyone else makes do with plain Jane lettering and a boring corporate logo. Old JDM badges are amazing little pieces of jewelry that were worn proudly… With such ornate detailing, these little beauties really are pieces of art.
I’ll give a dollar to anyone who can get a clean shot of the 1st generation Nissan President’s badge!
Ahhhh MR2′s. I love them. My first car was a 1991 MR2 Turbo with a Border front bumper, drop springs, Turbo XS blow off valve, Apex’i N1 exhaust and intake. I quickly stockpiled parts to build the beast, starting from the exterior, since it’s a HUGE pain in the ass to do engine work (dropping the engine just to do minor work was NOT on my list of priorities). Besides, for someone who spent his adolescent life driving a stock 1999 Corolla, 200 hp in a midship, RWD layout was already a handful.
Loads of carbon fiber parts… Hood, trunk, engine lid cover, inspection lid covers, ’94+ wing, windshield garnish and T-Tops (windshield garnish and T-Tops were both 1 of 50 sets made). Stock bumper with a ’93+ lip (MUCH cleaner than the Border bumper). JDM Integra Type R Recaros. Eibach springs and Koni shocks. 17 x 7 (F), 17 x 8 (R) bronze Gram Lights 57F’s with Kumho Ecsta tires. Apex’i turbo timer. TRD short shift kit. ’94+ taillights. Top Fuel boost, water temperature and oil pressure gauges.
Then one night someone smashes my window and steals the majority of my parts AND my tools. I was about a week away from buying a built 450+ hp longblock too. I picked up a Bride Zeta Low Max seat to make it drivable, but I felt like she had been raped and had become a scarlet woman. She just wasn’t the same anymore so I sold her at a huge loss. Too add insult to injury, the guy I sold the MR2 to, parted out the remaining aftermarket goods and sold her for $1500 more than I sold it to him for. I really wanted it to go to someone who would fix her up.
The MR2 after the Gram Lights but without any of the CF parts:
Mmmm… G’Reddy Gracer lip kit and Advan RG2′s… What she could have been.
Just to keep it old school… Group B Rally MK1 MR2.
And as an added bonus… Check out this dudes lame attempts of passing off some rims as TE37′s. Sweet Volk and Ray’s Engineering stickers bro!.