Thursday, March 31, 2011

MoAR Lamp......

couldn't resist lols...........
body prep update tomorrow

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Fresh Lamp !**

This one is especially for Dave , as he has a small fetish for Lamp!
New red lines and sidelights to complement the new paint on the Levin....

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

SSR Star Formula's

...Are back from blasting and powder coating , custom dark champagne metallic ftw . I Think it will complement the pepper white. anyways the rims should be back soon with the fresh bolts ready for bolting together.

Should have delivery of fresh lamp for the Levin  tomorrow!!!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sunday, March 20, 2011

D Garry in Mondello

Donal on full lock dropping into the dirt in Mondello, 
in his 4ag powered corolla missile ,
 LOVE this car , 
Great picture too...........

As with any of the pic's on these pages , click on pic for full impact.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Well as I said in my last post I wanna get this mini restoration done asap,
so here's a few pic's of the Levin striped and ready for some body work before it all gets sprayed.

Off with both bumpers,
front and rear lamps,
all window trims ,
door handles and locks,
and the old rusty boot lid!

Before I decided to go the whole way with the Levin , I had picked up a very fresh boot lid from a mate , as I  knew I had to get this done along with a small amount of rust I found under the boot lid seal. 
Water was leaking in under the seal and fogging up the rear windows, so I wanted to catch it early before anymore rust appeared around the back end.

Thats it striped and ready for repair, other than the rust under the boot lid it needs some small repairs to the driver and passenger doors and the front passenger wing.

Some prepped bodywork pictures soon, and 
I'm expecting the SSR centers back from being blasted and powder-coated next week.
Hopefully I'll get some of the heater or steering work done over the weekend.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

My Levin : take two....

Due to some misfortunes, lets say,that I've had with my Levin.
I've decided to take the time now to carry out a load of work Ive been putting off.
All going to plan , in the next 3-4 weeks I should have my Levin transformed into an all round much better Hachi Roku !!!!!

With the never-ending Trueno project on hold due to funds solely being directed at the Levin , The plans for it Include :

- Full respray in Pepper White (undergoing at the moment)
- Full manual steering conversion , rack ,column etc
- Full heater system conversion from a/c box setup to manual with reconditioned matrix
- Rx7 four pot brake conversion
- SSR mesh rebuild

The above plus nct and tax should see me Really enjoying my car this summer , I Hope I can get this done very soon.I'll start with some pic's from work today where I stripped down the old SSR's

The four Rim's have been sent to be professionally polished, and I'm being supplied with fresh polished bolts, 80 in all, to build theses back up together after the centers are blasted and painted.

Pic's of the shell which I striped down last Saturday up tomorrow.

Random Snap, Sticker'd up Trueno !!

The Levin is getting all the attention at the moment so all the Trueno gets is a couple of stickers,
 project still on hold till my Levin gets finished ~***SIGH............

Thursday, March 3, 2011

my 4age is dead. long live the 4age!

Well it has been an extremely quiet month (or two now) at Garage Hachi, mainly because not much has been happening with the cars! For me anyway I have just been daily driving the Trueno, as its nice to have a car that is on the road more than off it for once. Kev has a few things up his sleeve which I will let him blog about soon. Also the weather has driven us into the warmth and comfort of indoors and away from the hachis! But as we come into the better weather the enthusiasm (and some money!) returns and the projects resume again.

My longer term plans for my engine have jumped the queue a little with a tasty head gasket failure last weekend. The coolant in my car was never the cleanest despite many many attempts at flushing the system out, and my uprated temperature gauges revealed a water system that was not the most stable, quite often after a hard drive there would be a lovely mess in the engine bay after the expansion bottle got sick all over the chassis leg! Something that I knew needed addressing but finally has to be done. Now.

So, Kev and I drew up a few plans, keeping with the head-build that is already in progress, and added a few more items, to come up with what will be a very nice streetable but still track day capable (if I ever get there...) 16v T-Vis 4age for my Trueno. So, until the build pics start coming, all I can offer is the planning list so far:

  • cleaned / skimmed big port head with port work by Kev
  • HKS 256/8.3mm cams with HKS pulleys & HKS valve springs
  • ARP head / main / big / flywheel bolt and stud sets
  • TRD/Toda 0.8mm head gasket
  • block cleaned / bored / decked, to make way for...
  • Wiseco 81.5mm high comp. pistons
  • new big / main / thrust / spigot bearings
  • new Toyota oil pump
  • all new Toyota gaskets 
  • new timing belt & tensioner
  • all new Samco coolant hoses (including new heater hoses soon available thanks to jdm86gtz on 86irl!)
  • new standard radiator
  • breathing through my full ARC intake system and Fujitsubo Super Ex 4-1
  • all thoughts controlled by my AP Engineering Apexi Power FC
If funds allow I might get some bodywork repairs done while the engine is being build, and hopefully sometime soon I will have a pretty fresh hachi for 2011! So here last pic of her we'll see for a little while, turning another corner in the project life :)