Archive for January, 2009

My Dorifuto Charmant 2009 edition

Posted in Car stuff on January 31, 2009 by Stanley Carter

Sorry for the super late update, was being lazy, haha!

Anyways, I finally picked a day during CNY which surprisingly, was having a decent weather, without further hesitation, I’ve taken some of the following pictures of my crappy Charmant with my handphone:

Charmant 2009

Charmant 2009

Charmant 2009

Charmant 2009

My Charmant is still rocking with different sized rims front and back, due to the fact that I haven’t changed my suspension, the car still looks tad bit lower at the rear, I know it doesn’t look good, but heck I’m broke, will think of another solution in soon time I guess.

Charmant 2009

Charmant 2009

The biggest change after coming out from the paint shop, my black hood! Jumping on the black hood bandwagon yay! LOL!

Charmant 2009

Charmant 2009

And here you can see the lovely DCM stickers being applied on the tip of my black bonnet, looks great!

Charmant 2009

Charmant 2009

I’ve also applied the ‘Dorifuto’ and the Japanese worded drift logo stickers on my side doors, they’re pretty hard to spot as they’re silver, pity there’s no black color version of those stickers, and they only come in white and silver, which I’ve bought the latter version.

Charmant 2009

Charmant 2009

A view in my cockpit, nothing has been changed, except its now cleaner, and a lot of duct tapes were used on my dash, which you can’t really see from this picture though, haha!

Charmant 2009

Charmant 2009

I must apologize for the awful sight from the rear, I know my rear wheels must go, LOL!  But these will just have to stick with me for a while now, the good thing about those wheels are the tires are so bloody cheap, good for me!

Charmant 2009

Charmant 2009

Another DCM stickers at the back of the car.

Charmant 2009

Charmant 2009

And then the “Defying Grip” sticker at my rear side panel, together with my old “Drifter in Car” sticker, my favorite!

Charmant 2009

Charmant 2009

As you can see from the pictures above, my Charmant, is still looking the SAME as before, except for the black hood, and its finally looking CLEAN now, thanks to the new paint and the polished job.

Anyhow, I’m pretty happy with how the car is now, there are still some more details that needed some attention, but I will get on that much later on, for now, my Charmant is meant to be driven, so rest assured, the car won’t look so clean very, very soon…. LOL!

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Triton > Hilux

Posted in Car stuff on January 29, 2009 by Stanley Carter

I’ve driven a lot of Hilux, and I think the older models were better cars, the latter model to me is a bit… not sure how to put it exactly, but it felt soft on the road, so soft and wobbly that it gave me headaches most of the time.

Anyhow, I think the Triton from Mitsubishi is a cool looking car, and surprisingly, the handling seems to be far better as compared to the new Hilux, check out this video for the handling test:

Can you say OMGWTFBBQ @ that bodyroll?  Whats the point of an off-roader if its that easy to flipover?  Phail!

Cars spotting before CNY

Posted in Car stuff on January 25, 2009 by Stanley Carter

When CNY is near, you’ll be seeing a lot of newly bought cars on the road, or used cars that had been done up nicely, or even cars coming in from other places, such as Miri, Brunei or maybe Kuching, and some of those, are probably really nice cars as well!

Take this Mark X for instance, this is the first time I ever saw a Mark X in Sibu, looks fabulicious!

Sibu Mark X

Sibu Mark X

Sorry about the poor quality as I was driving my Charmant while I took this picture with my mobile, plus I have to keep a safe distance, don’t wanna risk bumping into this big luxury ride during CNY eve! LOL!

Next up, is this Naza Citra which is from a friend of mine, whom has an auto service shop called A1 just beside “鴻福海鮮舘” , he just redone his Citra and this is how it looks now:

Citra's new look

Citra's new look

Citra's rear panel view

Citra's rear panel view

Citra's Bonnet view

Citra's Bonnet view

At first glance at its bonnet, it may just look like an ordinary black painted bonnet, but if you have a look closer, you’d notice this:

CF hood?

CF hood?

Woot! It’s a CF hood…..NOT! Anyone that is familiar with CF would know that the texture is no where close to the real thing, but it was a pretty interesting try to replicate the real thing though, and if you like to know how its been done?  Well, paints applied on a layer of tiny holed mask, as easy as that.  To be honest, if I wanna go for CF, I’d go get a real CF hood, not like this, haha!

On to some weirder rides shall we? Next up we have this Myvi:

Myvi offset wheels

Myvi offset wheels

The moment I saw this Myvi zoomed past me at the roundabout, I’ve noticed its offset wheels, as both of us were moving, I couldn’t really tell what rim is it, but what do you guys think of such a wheel fitment on a car like Myvi?  For me, totally distasteful! LOL!  Those kinda wheels are more suited on cars like my Charmant or any other old schoolers la~ go stick with your own VIP type of wheels man! ^^

And then to end up my post, I present to you, the Ang Pow Kelisa:

Ang Pow Kelisa

Ang Pow Kelisa

Need I say more?  Guess not.. LOL!

My Charmant is finally at HOME!

Posted in Car stuff on January 20, 2009 by Stanley Carter

Damn right!  After 2 months of waiting, my car is finally out of the freaking paintshop, now parking elegantly (LOL!) in my house, rust free and looking sexy clean! (but my dashboard still looks crappy, will post pictures up soon)

I first drove my car out of the paintshop on last Sunday (18th Jan) at 7pm, first thing I did was to test drive the car at the nearby industrial driveway (naughty naughty~), I have to admit, I care more on how my car drives instead of the paint job quality! So how was the test drive? well it didn’t went well as the car doesn’t seem to respond as it used to be, must be due to the spark plug changes at the previous week, and what disturbs me the most was that the LSD doesn’t seem to work at 1st gear!  I drove to a wider area, and attempted to donut just to try out my LSD, 1st gear, dump clutch, rear tires started to spin as expected, but when the rev reaches 5-6k, it felt like clutch is slipping and the rev started hitting the redline, bra bra brap~~!!  The donut tidak jadi, tried 2 and 3 times, still same, was scared that the LSD already given up, then started driving the Charmant out on the roads again, the clutch seems ok though, then drove back to the wide area again, this time using 2nd gear, dump clutch, surprisingly, the car donuts swiftly, what I don’t understand is now my 2nd gear felt more powerful than the 1st gear?  Weird~~~

Anyhow, I’ve also changed all four door panels yesterday, which costs me another extra RM250 including wrapping and installation.  Lemme summarize the changes which I don’t really like about after I got my hands on the car:

1. LSD doesn’t respond the way it was

2. Seat rail has been redone and welded, but now my seat is HIGHER!  And non-adjustable! WTF!

3. I still have awful offset wheels at the back LOL!

4. Dashboard is falling apart.

Other than that, I’m happy with how the car looks now after the repaint, especially after I’ve applied all the DCM stickers onto the car last night.  Can’t wait to do some photoshoot of my little Charmant, which I haven’t, blame it on the weather these days, non stop rains!  Stay tune for more updates.

Rain = Good! Flood = No Good!

Posted in Car stuff on January 14, 2009 by Stanley Carter

I’ve always loved raining days, raindrops drizzling down from the sky, cooling down the temperature and making everything wet and slippery too, especially the roads, which is always good for drifting! ^^

But when there’s too much rain, especially in a town like Sibu where the drainage system is disastrous and the gov’t full with blood sucking pigs, you’ll get this:

Lorong Lai Chee

Lorong Lai Chee

Lorong Lai Chee

Lorong Lai Chee

Lorong Lai Chee

Lorong Lai Chee

The three pictures above were shot from my mom-in-law’s house, luckily they’re staying on the 2nd floor which is totally safe from the water, however it ain’t so lucky for the family staying downstairs though, pity them. :\

Anyways, the flood has basically subsided since yesterday and everything seems to be back to normal again, lets do hope that the flood doesn’t return during CNY!

Back to my Charmant shall we?  I know, I know, I’ve said that I won’t make another post of my car unless my car is complete, which isn’t by the way, but I just couldn’t resist in sharing my little frustration.  Due to the non-stop rainy days, the temperature were very low for the past few days and it ain’t good for paint spraying, but in fact, my cousin decided to give it a try anyways, and here are the results:

Paint applied

Paint applied

Trunk area

Trunk area

Looking good so far

Looking good so far

Black hood FTW!

Black hood FTW!

The pictures you see above looks fine, but these pictures were actually taken right after my cousin had finished spraying, with just a few minutes later, the paint on some portions of the car started to drip down slowly, and both of us were like “holy shit….”.  The paint applied on my car is the “slow dry” type (direct translation from mandarin, not sure what’s it called in English), hence the dripping problem caused by low temperatures.

Due to the above issues, my cousin had no choice but to redo all the f*cked up parts and respray them when the weather turns better, this sucks, if it wasn’t because of this incident, I would’ve been driving my car back home today or by tomorrow.  According to my cousin, the soonest I could get my car back would be on Sunday, meh!

Till next time, and I really do hope that my car would be finished by then!

The sexiest KE70 on earth!

Posted in Car stuff on January 13, 2009 by Stanley Carter

Since my hometown is currently flooding badly, there’s not much to do except staying at home most of the time when I’m not at work.  While I was browsing Speedhunters last night, I came across this one of many TAS’2009 post which was covering the vintage rides, that is when  I saw this gem:

This is how an old school KE70 should look like, everything is kept super clean and simple, no over the top bodykits or any of that crap, just slap in some super deep dish watanabes with a little fender flare, and you’re ready to roll!  Check out the stance of the car, simply drool worthy!  Although there isn’t any shots of the engine, but according to Speedhunters this cur is equipped with a 4AGE, pretty common engine swap for such a car I’d say.

Anyways, there are more other cool rides being covered in the post though, if you’re interested, you can check’em all out here –> CLICK ME!

2 rust mobiles in Sibu!

Posted in Car stuff on January 4, 2009 by Stanley Carter

I’ve mentioned the white AE70 that my wife’s younger bro owns before, well the car is now in the same body shop that my car’s rust and body were being repaired at.

If you think the rusts on my Charmant’s was pretty bad, wait till you check out this AE70, I don’t think any words can better describe the condition of this AE70’s body other than “horrible”, but nevertheless, you just have to look at it for yourselves:

omg rust!

omg rust!

holy rust!

holy rust!

The horror!

The horror!

wtfbbq!!11one

wtfbbq!!11one

Just check out those bigass holes that those rusts had eaten up, its a horrible sight, scary too!  To think that this car is even drivable on the road is indeed a disturbing thought, LOL!  But anyhow, my wife’s younger bro insisted that the AE70 to be fully restored!  Of course, there will be a whole lot of welding to be done, the entire body is infested with rust, and according to the welding foreman, this car won’t be done before CNY, and the entire repair will most likely cost more than RM2k, d-d-d-dayyuummnn!  I mean, if this is my car, I wouldn’t even bother to repair it anymore, seriously.

Alright, lets move on to another ‘better’ conditioned but more exciting AE70 shall we?  Back at the paint shop in which my Charmant is currently residing at, there’s another red colored AE70 parked at the very front of the shop:

Nice red AE70!

Nice red AE70!

The car is owned by a Malay from the local military camp, only got to met him once and as he stated, he ain’t getting this car into drifting, the moment I heard that, I was like “WTF!” LOL!  But yeah, that’s usually what my reaction is whenever I found out anyone owning a car like that equipped with a 4AGE is not into drifting (I know, sounds like a bad habit!).  Anyhow, as I just mentioned, this car is indeed equipped with a 4AGE 20v in it (suhweeet!), gearbox remained stock as it fits the 4AGE just fine since AE70 uses 3U engine, and no LSD were fitted just yet as the owner is still looking for one (good luck on that though), so lets check out more pictures:

Sexy SSR

Sexy SSR

This AE70 is definitely riding it sexier than my Charmant with a set of 15″ SSR mesh rims, looks cool on this red AE70.

Rust attack

Rust attack

Rust attack

Rust attack

However, this car ain’t free of rust too, the condition on the body is rather bad, and is in need of immediate treatment as soon as possible, though I must say that the condition of this AE70’s body still doesn’t beat the white AE70 that I mentioned above, that one is definitely off the charts.

Trueno?

Trueno?

The owner found some cool emblems and stick’em all up on the back of his ride, which looks pretty cool nonetheless.  Although you may spot a white ‘TE71’ wording on the left rear lights, but the car is indeed an AE70, a deeper look on the chassis number proves that.

Anyhow, above are two of the AE70s in Sibu that are currently going separate paths, the white one is currently in body restoration progress while the red one is still finding parts to complete the upgrades, too bad both of the owners aren’t into drifting, sigh!