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.



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!



I’m Back! (again)
February 24, 2012, 3:52 am
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All kinds of cool stuff has happened since I’ve been M.I.A. RB26′ed the Z and SR’ed the 510. Picked up a Hako to play around with on the weekends and a Lamborghini Murcielago SV 670 for a daily driver.

Yeah right.

Truth is, I’ve just been busy with work, going back to school full time, taking care of my girl, and generally having fun with life. Kind of lost interest in cars and toyed with the idea of selling the wagon, but once it’s in your blood, there’s no giving it up. The bug to wrench bit the other week, and it’s bitten HARD. Been working on the 510, but it’s hard since I have no garage and have to do everything in my parking stall in my apartment’s garage. They don’t like me tinkering with my car in there, so I can’t tear it apart like I want to. However, I have been breaking down the interior, piece by piece, so I can remove the sound deadening. It’s slow work since I don’t want to risk using dry ice and being on the news as the guy found dead from fumes (no ventilation in the garage). So far I’ve done the front floor pans, transmission tunnel, most of the firewall, and have started on the rear pans today. The majority of the floors are pretty solid, so I’m pretty happy with that. I also have a full urethane bushing kit from Prothane and moog ball joints making it’s way over the ocean, and am planning to hit up Gabe at Techno Toy Tuning again for the full front suspension.

Updated plans!

Short term:

*Strip sound deadening/rust repair/Por15.

*Strip undercoating/Por15 undercarriage.

*Suspension refresh. New bushings, T3 front suspension, rear drop blocks, etc.

*Repaint mismatched panels.

*Fix sagging door hinges.

*General maintenance and refreshing of whatevers.

Long term:

*SR20DET

*Repaint engine bay.

*Cut and reweld transmission tunnel so I can achieve the massive low.

*Fabricate skid plates/reinforce underbody to protect from the massive low.

*Sick wheels. Something rare. Riversides? Techno Phantoms?

*Bulletproof rear end. Ford 9″ maybe? Not sure, gotta do a lot more research.

Ideally, I want to keep the patina. I want it to look like a low and ratty 510 on some awesome wheels, that everybody thinks is slow until I drop the hammer. I want the outside looking just like it is, but the engine bay spotless and tucked, with the undercarriage looking brand new. I’m weird like that. I’m going to pace myself on this one though, so don’t expect a quick build. Unfortunately, I came to the conclusion that since I don’t have a garage, the engine swap will have to be outsourced. Hopefully, I can borrow someplace to do most of the work, and just pay to have it set up, but we’ll see how that goes. I’m not even sure if I can find a place to put the car on jack stands long enough to take care of the undercarriage.

The worst of the rust:

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Thank You Mailman
August 26, 2011, 2:45 am
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Well, actually the UPS man. For some odd reason, whenever I get stuff sent to me, it always gets lost, or the delivery man is too lazy to lug it up to my floor of the apartment building and I have to go to the main depot to pick it up. This was actually delivered in a timely manner.

Big thanks to Steve from Ratsun for hooking me up with this. I’m going to lose the 5 speed dogleg in my wagon for a 4 speed, but at least I’ll be able to downshift. Hahaha. I know I’ve been slacking on the wagon build, but hopefully this will kickstart my motivation.



Sunday 2/13/11 (Kyusha Kai Meet)
February 18, 2011, 1:45 am
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I put together a little BBQ the day after HellaFlush as an excuse for everyone to bring out their cars and trade stories. Great times, good food and sweet cars. It just sucks that Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take as many pictures as I wanted to since I was busy manning the BBQ grill.

Super cool 1959 Datsun 1000. It’s got a real Hot Rod style to it.

My buddy Christian’s EF hatch. He was telling me he had to raise the car and this is his raised height. Haha, crazy kid.

Shakotan Ralph’s Cressida. Absolutely killer.

TE27 Corolla on Centerlines.

Justin and Mike’s 86. I’ve been watching this build on Facebook for a while now and finally getting to see it at HellaFlush and the BBQ was awesome. No shortcuts, it even has AC! Loving the SSRs. I want to buy another set of rims already.

Julian’s new Hachi. Sadly, he sold his Celica Supra but the new project is coming along beautifully.

Sweet 510. Color is awesome. Hayashi Streets are awesome. JDM grill is awesome. This thing is just a whole car full of awesome.

I still want one of these. One day I’ll own one.

I love seeing both of my babies together. I really need to go lower and space out the front of the Z. I don’t know if that’s a good idea though, I’d really mess up my exhaust as I’m already scraping it on big dips and bumps on the road.

I’ve been bit by the car bug lately. Usually I’m too lazy to do anything after I get off of work but lately all I want to do is work on the wagon. Took apart the dashboard to get rid of all the old nasty wiring, cleaned up the engine compartment a little more and started scraping off the deadening.



Teaser
February 13, 2011, 3:18 am
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Security came to kick us out before I could break out my tripod so it’s a little blurry.

My two babies finally got to meet each other! It’s so weird finally driving my Z again. I’ve gotten used to the 510′s shot suspension, grinding transmission, booster-less brakes and tiny engine. I forgot how powerful the L28 is compared to the L16 and left Brice in the dust on an onramp. When we made a stop, my hands were literally shaking. I love my Z.

Over on the 510 camp, my friend who has a 620 is willing to part with his 4 speed transmission for $50! I’m losing the 5 speed dogleg, but it’s cheap and grind free. I might even buy his L20 to build on the side.

This weekend was/is all about the cars. Friday was a motor tear down on Justin’s old two liter 3TC, yesterday (Saturday) was Hellaflush and now I have to sleep to wake up for today’s events. Cars and Coffee at 8am, then at 11 am the Kyusha Kai Meet and Eat, hence the two Datsuns finally united.



Slow But Steady
February 9, 2011, 8:59 am
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Took off the foglights and rid the engine bay of a bunch of extra wires and junk lying around. The car still starts up so I haven’t pulled out anything that was important. When I have more free time, I’m planning on relocating the fuse box and relays into the cabin.

Pulled off the old Grant wheel with the sweet Hello Kitty horn button.

The final piece of the puzzle came in yesterday. A Nardi wheel to Momo Hub adapter. It feels like I’m missing something on the wheel though, as the trim ring and horn doesn’t want to snug in very tightly.



DRUNKEN 4AM BLOG UPDATE
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.

I CAN’T WAIT TILL I HAVE A DAY OFF!



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!




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