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28
Mar
09

Vans from japan, yeah they are

often i have an urge to buy a van, like a previa, and i tell my friends this and they often look at me like 400 pieces of lego just pored out of my nose…”what the hell is wrong your you?”.

So I figured I’d educate you all on what this van thing is about for me.
In japan it’s a big thing, some call it part of VIP tuning or some “bippu” thing…but whatever.

My personal favorite is the toyota previa. it’s a great bread box, and it looks kinda weird to some, but it’s RWD, it had an available supercharged engine, and also had an available 5-spd manual transmission. In north america it had a solid rear axle, but in japan it had an independent rear suspension. the solid axle isn’t all bad, there are lsd rear ends to be had from the toyota trucks as well as disc rear ends. I say buy one super cheap, toss in some coilovers are maybe even air bag suspension, then combine the supercharged engine with the 5 speed, and a smaller pulley and some cool wheels and enjoy. it would be a great parts runner/roadtrip car.

Here are some pics of the previa:
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This Black one is the coolest to me, a great example of CLEAN!

 

and here are a few of the honda odyssey, stream, and a couple nissan vans.

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These last 3 white ones have that newer blocky look that going on and I really love it…too bad most of the vans we get here are soo different from the vans the automakers offer in japan.

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24
Mar
09

Epic ap2 s2000

This car is awesome, the nice subdued color, the slammed stance, and the ultra tight wheel fitment.

Thanks to Alex Zhao and his blog http://www.alexisthemovie.com/ for the pictures

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23
Mar
09

iflip. Cheap, fun, low investment = happy motoring

I flip cars and that’s all i do, maybe I like the hunt more then the kill?? no, I just want a car that does what it should. I liked the wagon for 3 solid months, same with the cressida…building cheap, neat, unique cars was seeming to make me happy. but when you spend 3-4 times the money and end up with more problems then the beaters gave you is just lame.

here’s some cool pics of cool, fun, unique cars that make me happy to look at. altho some are into the $$ range.

the ae86 (85-87 corolla gts):
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the EG civic HB:
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the previa van:
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the starlet and te72 corollas:
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the vw van:
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a well done ra65 celica:
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The classic skyline:
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a sexy silvia (240sx):
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the miata:
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the civic ef:
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19
Mar
09

Inspiration for Goldie

So my car is gold, hence being called goldie. So I was looking for some inspiration, a gold ep3(civic sir 2002-2005) that really stood out amongst the crowd and really looked great to me. I didn’t get a white one because they look to blah even when very nicely modded….I like the black ones but they were asking too much to justify the color. plus I wanted a color that showed more of the details and curves of the car, and gold did that for me and so did the price.

But I digress….
here the picks of the inspirational car I may be taking some cues from.

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I’m not big of the body kit or the changed headlights and hood in the last 2 pics but the 16×8 +0 offset wheels are nice as is the ride height, altho I’d probably aim for a 16×8 +25 offset to pull everything in about an inch…maybe less… kicking myself now for selling the 16×8 +15 wheels I had on the wagon, those would have been very sweet on this car. The car will need new tires in the next few months, so I’ll be in the market for wheels as well. this is what i love about newer cars, you don’t have to fix a bunch of stuff before starting to modify the car, altho it did cost a fair bit more then what i usually meddle with.

07
Mar
09

Took a nice picture of the car today

It’s a great little car, I’m really enjoying it. I hopped in it tonight and went for a drive with a friend of mine and we just drove around vancouver in circles, it’s a fun car to be in I really like it. Plus I was reading some of the specs on this motor and it’s torque curve is soo flat, at 1000 rpm it’s got 100 ft-lbs and it peaks at 4500 rpm with 132 ft-lbs, it’s very accessible. The car is very easy to drive casually but whenever you want the power it’s always a push of a pedal away. The car is really nice, it needs a few tweaks here and there, small stuff, but I am looking forward to playing with it.

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06
Mar
09

Finally got a car.

I got a good car for a good price, more mileage then i wanted but less money then I was expecting to pay, so all in all I think it’s good.
Here’s some pics and the original ad.

“2002 Honda Civic SIR, 2.0L iVTEC, 5 spd manual, 158000km’s(mostly highway), cold air intake, lowered, rear spoiler, & full exhaust system (original air intake, springs & spoiler also included), HID conversion.

If you’re looking for a car with no stories here it is!!!
Bought & serviced at Pacific Honda, No ICBC Decs, full sercive history from day one. ”

and some pics. low res, I’ll get better ones soon. the color is very bright but I figured but I figured vancouver is already so dark and grey that I didn;t want to look at another black or grey car everyday.

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26
Feb
09

The ugly duck, aka the ep3

Recently I have been looking into a new car, well not new new, but newer then what I have been bombing around in. I’ve been trying to find some thing reliable, comfortable, compact, and somewhat sporty for around the $10k mark. The mazda3’s came to mind since they are all these things plus have 4 doors and a hatch but they are averaging around $15k, a bit too steep for me right now. The gti’s I like, but the older ones have reliability issues and the mk4’s aren’t cosmetically appealing to me.

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So what I end up coming across is the 2002-2005 civic sir, si in the U.S., it’s all these things I want. This is a ‘Honda of Europe’ civic, and was developed to compete with the hot Euro hatches, which are much more solid and stable, and it did very well. The crew at Top Gear loved it (if you know the crew at top gear this is a mighty feat, BBC car TV show) and they even preferred it more then the newer civic hatch when it came out. The funny thing about this car is that most the Honda fan boys didn’t like it, it wasn’t raw enough for them or quick enough either and it always looked a little off at the time. They were use to noisy, bouncy, very high revving cars. but these things are what made the general automotive world appreciate them as compact cheap track stars and hate them as daily drivers, they can be a real chore to drive. But this was to be the civic that changed that by keeping the sporty handling and compact size but bringing a higher quality and quieter interior, a motor with more torque (especially down low, which was a real problem with most other hondas), and a much more ridged chassis. But they didn’t sell a lot of them so good ones are hard to find.

So I am now on the hunt for a nice clean low mileage unit, which I can take on my trip to California down the coast highway. Here are some pics I have gathered over the years, many from the Honda-Tech forum, for some inspiration.
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