Kyusha Kai

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:


*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:



Oh Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
September 4, 2011, 4:15 pm
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One day as I was leaving my apartment’s parking garage, I noticed a car that I haven’t seen before…

I LOVE these old Coronas. The majority of the people living in my apartment complex are old, but there are a few enthusiasts… the fact that it has a brand new license plate has me thinking that somebody just pulled it out of storage with the intent to restore it. Here’s to hoping anyway.

Also, I thought I took pictures of a 240z that I is always parking on the street, but I guess they didn’t save. Super clean with a vinyl top. New neighbors who are J-Tin enthusiasts would be great! Time to start leaving my number under some windshield wipers…

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.

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.

On Vacation
June 6, 2011, 1:17 pm
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Stayed with my brother and sister in a small town in Oregon to do some sight seeing and am now in San Francisco and might head down to LA. I really wish I brought my camera or bought a decent point and shoot (didn’t want to travel with anything bulky but didn’t have money for a P&S).

Oregon is amazing. Everything is green and everyone is super chill. Old cars galore still being driven and every house with a decent sized lot had at least 5 classics rotting away. Not to mention the tons of Datsuns and Toyota Hi-Luxes! We went to the OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry), since I’m a nerd and caught this in an exhibit for recycling cars…

It’s always sad to see a 510 get crushed… even if it is in Hot Wheels form…

Do Want
April 7, 2011, 12:32 am
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I have a not so odd affinity to wheels. But for some reason, I love weird interior things. If I could, I’d open up a store selling nothing but wheels and rare interior parts. Primarily… seats. So far, I’ve owned a Bride Zeta LoMax (sold), a pair of Integra Type R Recaro Speed seats in red (sold), a pair of black cloth vintage Recaros (need to fabricate seat brackets to run them in my 510) and a pair of orange gradient vintage Recaros (currently in my Z). Nowadays, I’m too fat to fit back into my old Bride, so adjustable and less extreme seats are better for me. People think I’m crazy, but I’d rather have a nice pair of vintage Recaros than Brides… am I the only one?

Browsing JNC, I found my new holy grails for sale:

So 80’s! They remind me of the HKS scheme but in a digital camo. The fact that they are power seats with heating (although I wouldn’t need it in Hawaii), and power adjustable bolsters would make them awesome in my wagon. Unfortunately, I work in a hotel and our prime demographic is the Japanese tourists. With the tragedies and troubles in Japan, my “play money” income has dropped dramatically, so these will have to wait.

Buy it here!

Powder Blue Part 2
March 10, 2011, 8:15 am
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Thanks to Brad, here’s another picture of the incredibly clean Corona
from a couple of posts back.

I’m in love.