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Archive for May, 2011

30
May
11

Project KP30: Gifts from Koji

As if it wasn’t enough to source and send me a super-rare 6″ TRD LSD, Koji also threw in the box a couple of extras:

A Toyota Publica dealer brochure dated December ’75

And, AMAZINGLY, a TRD CDI module.  This thing is exactly what I need as I refuse to give up my points.

Thanks Koji!

International car friends!

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30
May
11

Project Herald: An-Teak

Leather just doesn’t  cut it for me.  In my head it’s 1968 and I want a wooden wheel and a pin-up girl by my side.  This has brought me 50% closer to that reality.

I re-drilled the steering boss to fit (and removed all the rubber covers n’ junk).

 

30
May
11

A Weekend Away From The City

29
May
11

Project KP30: Cha Cha Racing Family TRD LSD

My search for an LSD for the KP had me talking to people from Ireland, New Zealand, Denmark and Blighty, but it was Koji from the Cha Cha Racing Family in Japan that came through for me big time.  Not only did he source, buy, send me hundreds of pics and even a Youtube video of the diff, he kindly wrapped it and sent it airmail for me.   As if that wasn’t enough, he included a couple of little presents for me…but more on them later.

I’ve had the diff out before on the KP; it’s one of the easiest diffs I ever done on a car: Prop, shafts, done.

Open 4:1 Vs 3.3 LSD

Only mods required to fit the diff into the casing were fitting 2 extended studs; Koji included these and a new gasket!

I’ve hardly had chance to drive the car, but lets just say it’s a handful.

Apart from the ability to now go sideways EVERYWHERE, dropping the ratio to 3.3 has changed the way the car dives massively.  1st to 3rd are OK, but it now has serious Motorway legs in 4-5th.  4000rpm in 5th is nearly 90mph!  The diff is perfect (no whines etc) so I’m not going to change the ratio back just yet, but probably over winter I’ll look to build into my 4:1.

I can’t thank Koji enough for sorting me out with the diff and extra presents!  Another thanks should go to Phil for hooking me up with some LSD oil!

29
May
11

Retro Cars x PVW X Compomotive Wheels

A couple of weeks back I headed over to Compomotive wheels with Si from Retro Cars and Elliot from PVW to shoot a feature.   I don’t usually post these things as they are going in the mag, but I thought I’d flash a bit of B-Roll because the place was AWESOME.  Make sure you check it out in Retro cars and PVW: British engineering alive and well!

Retro Cars

Performance VW

Compomotive Wheels

 

29
May
11

Berg Cup Round 1: 06-08-05-11 – Part #3

Finally: More Berg Pics!

Home-brew Lotus Sunbeam is de-stroked to 2.0l and revs to 10K!

We were chatting to the owner about it and he told us he’s currently building a M5 V10 Powered Ultima GTR!

DTM enough for ya?

Genuine Zakspeed MK2 was built and raced by Zakspeed until ’89 when the current owner bought it; he’s been racing it ever since!

Bosch mechanical injection pump for dyno tuning

And finally, my dream house overlooking the hill.

 

15
May
11

Berg Cup Round 1: 06-08-05-11 – Part #2

Round two and I’m still on just the pics from the pits on Friday…Enjoy!

This was one of my favorite cars from the whole weekend: Clean GTE

Got Aero?

At the same time as Group H, the NSU trophy was running.  I’m pretty sure I’ve only ever seen one of these cars in the flesh, so to suddenly be in a field with 10s of them was amazing.

Drink?