Archive for May, 2009

Panda AE8….AE70!

Posted in Car stuff on May 30, 2009 by Stanley Carter

Still remember my wife’s younger brother’s AE70?  It looks like this when it was first sent for rust repair:

AE70 before rust treatment

AE70 before rust treatment

And this is how it looks after having all the metal work done:

AE70 completed body repairs

AE70 completed body repairs

And after another extra 2 months spent in a workshop at Sarikei, the car now looks like this:

AE70 transformed!

AE70 transformed!

AE70 transformed!

AE70 transformed!

AE70 transformed!

AE70 transformed!

Looks pretty impressive huh?  Now if I tell you all these, inclusive of the paint job, the skirts, the spoiler and everything else were done with merely RM550, would you believe it?  Well you better believe it, because I ain’t bluffing.

Apparently my wife’s bro found 2 malay brothers in Sarikei who work on metal and cars as their part time jobs, they’re extremely easy going but their business is bad, mostly due to their quality of work, the AE70 may look cool from my pictures, but that’s because I use my crappy camera phone to snap them, if you look closely on the car yourself, its pretty obvious the quality of the work done is not very pleasant, the only thing I do liked about is that rear spoiler, considering how cheap labor those 2 guys provide, hey I’m seriously considering sending my Charmant down to Sarikei just to custom make a rear spoiler for it, plus the infamous front ‘chin’ spoiler that can be seen on many customized old school rides.

Another thing worth mentioning is that all those body works are all made by metal, they’re not fiber, they’re metal!  Pretty rad, but I’m sure they’re heavy as well, and they look kinda clunky if you looked closer, I blame that on the craftsmanship, but hey, you simply CAN’T complain at all if you’re only paying RM550 for all of these, seriously, that’s like, so unbelievably CHEAP, minus the low quality work of course, haha!

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Inspirations!

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

Early last month, Edgar from Indonesia found some nice pictures and a youtube video of the RIP Japanese D1 Charmant driver, Ryoji Takada, who died in a truck accident many years back.  You can read about this Charmant D1 driver in his blog entry.

Here’s some picture of Ryoji’s D1 spec Charmant machine:

D1GP Charmant

D1GP Charmant

D1GP Charmant Black

D1GP Charmant Black

D1GP Charmant at Irwindale

D1GP Charmant at Irwindale

Seems like Ryoji did attended the D1 Irwindale, cool, real cool!  And here is a video of him drifting Ebisu circuit:

It’s a real shame that the ONLY Charmant driver in D1GP like Ryoji Takada had to die at such unfortunate circumstances, if only he’s still alive, I wonder how would he do now in D1, I think he might’ve moved to a newer car already, hmm~

Enough with dead people now, lets move on to the next Charmant drifter from Europe!  It was featured on Zamil’s latest blog entry, and I just couldn’t help but noticed how CLEAN this Charmant looks!  I’ll let the following pictures speak for themselves:

Europe Charmant Drifter

Europe Charmant Drifter

Europe Charmant Drifter

Europe Charmant Drifter

Europe Charmant Drifter

Europe Charmant Drifter

Europe Charmant Drifter

Europe Charmant Drifter

Europe Charmant Drifter

Europe Charmant Drifter

Judging from the last picture, it looks like this driver is Asian as well, but I could be wrong, but do check out his wheels man, this Charmant is definitely rocking some sexy old school wheels!  Watanabes at the front and SSR mesh at the rear, damn!  I’m dead jealous!  What is more impressive is the smoke this car generates during drifts, I must admit I’ve yet to achieve this kinda smoke with my current Charmant (except burnouts), might wanna push my car a little bit harder and see what it can achieve, haha!  Oh and yeah, this driver is ALIVE! LOL!

Anyways, I must say thanks to both Edgar and Zamil for featuring both these great Charmant drifters from across the globe, these two Charmants are definitely inspirations to me and I look forward in building up my Charmant as kickass as they are in the near future! ^^

Gimme DEEP DISH!!

Posted in Car stuff on May 22, 2009 by Stanley Carter

The only thing at the moment that would complete my Charmant looks would be a decent offset wheels!

Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m an easily satisfied person, I know my car doesn’t run with the best engine or the best parts, and even though I’ve just treated the rust and it’s now covered with a new paint, there’s still loads to work on the body, IF I wanted to.

But all of this can wait, as I’m pretty happy with how it is now, EXCEPT for my wheels… well, just look at them…

My Drift Charmant

My Drift Charmant

I’m currently rolling 14″ with 185/60/R14 at the front, and 13″ with 175/70/R13 at the rear.  Check out how pathetic my wheel fitment is especially the rear!  It used to be on steel rims before I bought this unknown branded meshed rims with pathetic offset for RM250 last year.  Please take note that my rear wheels are currently running with a pair of 1.5″ spacers as well!  And the wheels still look so tucked in the fender, how awful.

I have a lot of wheels on my mind that I think would fit my Charmant so nicely and how it would totally change the look of my Charmant, wheels such as:

The ever so sexy Long Champs

Yummilicious Work Equips

The godfather of old school wheels, Watanabe

Any of these wheels rolling on my Charmant would be a wet dream come true, if only I have RM1k++ to spare, I’d definitely source any one of those immediately.  But reality is harsh, I don’t have a big income job and I need to spend my money wisely since I have a wife and baby to take care of, ah… the responsibilities of a real MAN, LOL!

But hey, even though my car is rolling with pathetic offset wheels, I’m still a happy man, cause my Charmant is still driving strong and that’s what most important, car and drifting is just a hobby and things like this can wait, in the meantime, I’ll just keep my focus on my family.

Blar blar blar….

Posted in Car stuff on May 17, 2009 by Stanley Carter

Some interesting stuffs I’ve experienced over the past weekend…

I’ve done my first ever 3rd gear drift at a bigass roundabout opposite the Igan bridge, I did it while the road was wet and it was at night, freakin intense, one wrong move and I’m in the ditch for sure!

The 2nd day morning, my car was misfiring and the rev drops instantaneously, causing me to stall on the middle of the road, manage to start it back up and kept the rev alive and arrived home safely, although I’ve caused quite an annoyance to the residents nearby thanks to my BeeR soundalike misfiring bangs! LOL!

I started the car in the afternoon and the spark plugs seem to be working fine, but just to be safe, I drove the car to A1 auto service and have my cheapo spark plugs replaced with another set of cheapo (but new) spark plugs, which costs only RM35, well…they’re from Proton.

Then, I visited Parkson Car Service (the place where I had my engine swapped) to check out the 2nd hand rear brake pumps the foreman got for me, the pumps were taken out from Corolla AE90, a slight checkup on my rear brake setup shows that some modifications are required before it can be fitted on to my Charmant, and according to the foreman, the labor itself would probably cost more than RM100+, oh did I mentioned both of the two AE90 brake pumps cost RM100 each?  Well, add those all up and I guess I have to spend RM300+ to have my Ebrake properly restored, and it ain’t even drum setup, which means even though the Ebrake could be fixed, it still wouldn’t be as tight as I would prefer it to be, sigh~  Anyways, I won’t be doing this repair so soon, since my pocket getting pretty tight nowadays thanks to Darren, hehe~

This afternoon after I fetched my wife to the Saloon, I went over the Igan bridge and did my 2nd 180km/h run, followed by some little drift runs at my usual playground, now my left rear tire is almost gone, I might have to source for more tires soon, and this requires money again…damn!

Guess what?  I hadn’t changed my Engine and Gearbox oil for over a year now, seriously, I need to get it changed next month!  Yeah, it looks like I can’t stop spending money on my old Charmant!

Bling Bling… Fail!

Posted in Car stuff on May 8, 2009 by Stanley Carter

I’ve been driving rather fast lately, and during my 180km/h run last Sunday, this popped loose:

Loosen Chrome

Loosen Chrome

This right portion of the chrome linings which are attached to my windscreen just popped loose while I was running at speeds above 150km/h, I guess the glue doesn’t do its job pretty well.  But I guess nothing can’t be done with a new slice of silicon glue, will just have to get it glued back on properly this Saturday.

Somehow it reminds me of some supercars, when they go fast, their rear wings moved up to create downforce…… oh wait… that’s very different… LOL!!

Lubricated

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

I had my LSD oil changed on last Saturday afternoon.

LSD Oil Change

LSD Oil Change

My last LSD oil change was a year ago, and the oil that’s been let out looks like this:

Old LSD Oil

Old LSD Oil

Looks silver’ish, tofu, does that mean it ain’t good? XD

Here’s the LSD oil my mech got for me, a 4L Toyota LSD Oil with 85W90 viscosity:

Toyota LSD Oil

Toyota LSD Oil

And it costs me RM85 plus RM5 for the oil change labor.

The guys at the workshop used this to pump the new oil into my differential:

Oil pump

Oil pump

After I had my LSD Oil changed, I still have half of the bottle left, I placed it in the car and told the mech to continue the checkup on my Ebrakes, which is totally NOT working at all:

Ebrake checkup

Ebrake checkup

After a brief checkup on the Ebrake cables and the pump, it was found out that my brake pump was the main culprit, and unfortunately, my mech doesn’t has any spares around, and he also stated that this stuff don’t come by easy as it’s pretty rare, I guess all stuff related to the AE86 is pretty rare?

However, I’ve read somewhere that people actually modded their brakes so they have a separate drum as their Ebrakes apart from their current Disc brakes, I asked my mech about it and he told me I’d need to change the whole axle, hmm… bad idea then.

My mech then proposed to use brake pumps from other models such as the AE90 or AE100, it doesn’t fit, but nothing can’t be done without a little modifications, that’s what he said, and that’s what I’d opt for as well.  Now, I’ll just have to wait for till he found some spares for those, and I’ll get my Ebrake fixed, once and for all!

My 1st 180km/h!

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

I’ve sat in cars that ran 180km/h or more, but I had never driven at that kinda speed myself, until last Sunday.

Inspired by Tougeking‘s daily routine of spirited driving up his local Touge, I drove my Charmant to the other side of Sibu’s Igan bridge at 8am.

The roads after the bridge is surprisingly good as compared to the roads in town, it’s not long before I found the long stretch where I’ve heard rumors that there are some enthusiasts who test or dragged their souped up rides here as well.  I drove leisurely through the stretch to make sure the road conditions are fine and to spot any slight bumps along the way, once I felt comfortable I’ve made a U-turn, and just stopped there in free gear, getting myself ready for my rare spirited dash with my Charmant.

Clutch in, 1st gear, 4k rpm, and off I go!  Slight wheelspin on the start but then the grip catches on fairly quick, I kept my right foot planted on the gas while I changed gears at 6.5k or 7k revs.  Seconds past and I’ve reached 5th gear, I glanced at my speedo and I’m already at 160km/h, goodie, I’ve done this speed before but never gone any faster, seeing there’s still plenty of stretch left on the road, I kept my foot planted and let my 4AGE roar, something it rarely does.  At that very moment, the car feels unstable, I can feel the front of the car is swirving slightly to the left and to the right, I assume its either my crappy front tires or my alignment settings, which has yet to be fixed for over a year now, LOL!  I know, I must’ve been outta my mind attempting this speed with a f*cked up alignment.  But hey, regardless of the instability of my Charmant at those speeds, I’ve achieved my very first 180km/h drive, and I’m glad that I’ve done it in my Charmant, though I knew 4AGE is good, but I was still overwhelmed by the power it delivers, I guess it all comes down to the fact that I’m quite easily satisfied.

Anyways, that 180km/h run was awesome, though a bit scary, but I’d make sure I have the front wheels properly aligned before my next run, it does feels really good being able to rev a 4AGE to its full potential especially during a Sunday morning, no wonder Tougeking is obsessed with his daily morning touge runs, haha!