19th Mar2014

Bad Decisions: Jordan’s 1UZ S13

by Michael Chandler

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If you know someone who is passionate about anything, then you know what they go through to prepare for an event or show or whatever it may be. You see what it looks like when they have all the time in the world to prepare; however, you also see what happens when things don’t go according to plan and the window for preparation is quickly closing. Jordan Collier, the owner and driver of a 1UZ swapped 240SX, was facing the latter. He invited me over to watch/document/occasionally lend a hand while he and his room-mate Trent Dortzbach tried to sort out the idle of the little V8. What happened after that is the stuff of Facebook legend…

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When I arrived the guys were figuring out the idle. It was either high, or bounced around. I, for one, was a fan of the bouncing idle, but I was overruled. Eventually the idle was set at “high”, and Trent fired up the car so I could grab some shots of the car shooting fire out of its open headers. Then he stepped on the clutch…

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Let me back up. First, you’ve seen this car in this garage before. AND it ran! It was using a broken in clutch disc, until some other things broke and Jordan had to shelve his season. This year he has new things, including a new clutch disc which was VASTLY thicker than his old one. This led to the problem we found.

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“It’s not disengaging” Jordan uttered. Trent was on the clutch, the car was in first, and the wheels were not turning freely. Not enough throw with the new disc? That’s the idea we all settled on. This problem led to a series of decisions that became sketchier and sketchier as the night progressed.

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DECISION THE FIRST! Does Jordan let the car be, with the new clutch disc in, and hope it gets better with use? Nope, old one has to go in.

DECISION THE SECOND! Do we pull the engine AND transmission, requiring us to drain the gallon of stuff from the 350Z transmission and unhook all the electrics OR do we pull the driveshaft, unbolt the trans from the motor, and just go at it that way? If you know us, then you already know where this goes. With option B selected we went to YouTube to get some direction. And then we faced another decision…

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“Change a U Joint with a Hammer” Clarkson would be proud

DECISION THE THIRD! How do we get the car high enough to do all the crap we just said that we were gonna do? We can’t use the engine hoist, because we need that to swing the engine out of the way. The jack stands aren’t high enough. Jordan and Trent drift, so there’s an abundance of mounted tires…

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DECISION THE FOURTH! How are we going to explain this to family members, paramedics and the police? Mercifully it didn’t come to that, but Christ almighty was this a sketchy set up. The front of the car was up on three wheels (a stack of three under each front wheel of the car) and the rear was up on one wheel. Both Jordan and Trent were under the car trying to free that driveshaft, then the transmission.

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A few times Jordan got out from under that car, took a walk to the back of it and muttered “We should’ve just pulled the motor.” In hindsight, we probably should have. But if we did then there wouldn’t have been much of a story.

After fighting with snap rings, pulling the steering column, pulling the engine forward AND tilting it up, and somehow pulling the passenger side header off (which normally requires the engine to come out) the trans was ready to come off.

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At this point we had been working on it for three hours. We had crossed the point of no return, which led to some self doubt from Jordan. “We should’ve just taken the whole engine out” he muttered. “I have a sneaking suspicion that the trans will come off and never go back on.” With that enthusiastic quote we reached what would be the final decision of the night.

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DECISION THE FIFTH! How exactly are we going to support the transmission? The 4×4 and 2×4 blocks are a bit short and narrow, jack doesn’t really reach that high and there wasn’t a transmission jack available. What we did have was Jordan’s manly strength! Soon enough he was cradling the transmission and carefully getting it out from under the car.

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With that finally done it was time to switch clutch discs and revel in all the room for activities there was under the car! And then we called it a night. The transmission did go back on (eventually), and Jordan took the car for some testing… and sprung an oil leak. At least the transmission was fine.

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Come see Jordan, and maybe his car, this Saturday at Miller Motorsports Park for the first Salt City Drift event.  $6 to get in, $5 for a single ride along in one of the cars OR $20 for an all day ride along pass.

Words and photos by Michael Chandler

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07th Feb2014

Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour: How to Spend Your Saturday

by Michael Chandler

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Guys, gals, pets, I’ve found how you will be spending your Saturday afternoon.  You, like me, will be watching the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 hour race.  Why?  Because where, outside of Forza or Gran Turismo, will you see Fiat 500 Abarths pairing off against SLS AMG GT3s?  Focus Global Touring Cars (tube chassis, V8 powered, lots of awesome) hunting down a Ginetta G50?  Exactly.

There are six classes:

Class A is comprised of current GT3 spec cars.  AF Corse (essentially Ferrari’s sports car team) will be challenging last year’s winner Erebus Motorsports and their pair of SLS AMG GT3s for the class win.

Class B is ten 911 GT3 Cup cars ganging up on two R8s and two Lamborghini Gallardos.  This class has the best team name running in it: Racing Incident, which is running a Gallardo LP520.

Class C is three GT4 class cars: a Ginetta G50, a Lotus Exige Cup R and an Exige S.  Tiny?  Yes.  Awesome?  The Ginetta handles that, and then some.

Class D is 3001cc engines and up, and resembles something you’d see at a track day… in Europe: two SEAT Leon Supercopas, an E46 M3 GTR, an E92 M3, a Daytona Sportscar Coupe (an Australian Shelby Daytona Coupe), and a WRX STi thrown in for good measure.  This will be a fun one to watch.

Class E is full of Fiat 500 Abarth’s run by the same team.  Three adorable little Fiats will try to avoid being killed by everything else on track.  This will be the most adorable class to watch.

Class I is the afore mentioned Global Touring Car spec Focuses… Foci…  Focus?  Whatever.  It’s a lot like Class E, except more fearsome than adorable.

The Race starts in a little less than twenty-four hours from now (at the time this was being written) and you can/will watch the live stream on the race’s website, which features commentary from Radio Le Mans.

UPDATE 1:51PM MST: HQ Holdens race happening for the next hour http://www.bathurst12hour.com.au/live/ Old Holdens!

Words and photo by Michael Chandler

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05th Feb2014

Someone Stole Guy Fieri’s Lamborghini 3 Years Ago

by Michael Chandler

And he did it like a bad ass.  Then things went south for Max Wade in a big way, but that’s not what this is about.  It’s about this:

At sixteen Max repelled into British Sports Cars, picked the lock, hot wired the thing, jammed up the Lojack and drove away in it.  He also accidentally turned on the windshield wipers, but nobody’s perfect… As Max proved when he shot at a girl he “desired” and her boyfriend FROM A MOTORCYCLE.  (The boyfriend and girlfriend were only slightly injured by flying glass thankfully).  This was after he began his career making fake IDs.

The story gets better: he was arrested at the storage unit he was renting.  The unit contained fake IDs, burglary equipment AND THE LAMBORGHINI HE STOLE A YEAR EARLIER.  He’s now facing a life sentence, which is probably for the best because super-villainy was a major possibility for this kid’s future.

Words by Michael Chandler

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04th Oct2013

ERRMAHGERD! Facebook Photo Dump

by Michael Chandler

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Three new Facebook albums with some stuff you haven’t seen!

NASA Nationals where we found our cross-eyed friend here.

Drift Utah Round 6  No barrier was safe

JDM Legends First Thursday Meet  Everything old is cool again

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08th May2013

iDrift 2013 Schedule

by Michael Chandler

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We’ve got a schedule for the rest of the iDrift at Miller Motorsports Park events this year!

May 25 – West Paddock

June 22 – Midway

July 27  – West Paddock

August 24 – West Paddock

September 21 – Midway

October 19 – Midway

  • The West Paddock is where the March 16 iDrift event took place.  It is behind the grandstands placed on the front straightaway on the West track
  • The Midway is where the April 27 iDrift event took place.  It is in between the Rally-cross area and the East track

These events keep getting bigger and better.  Check the Drift Utah group on FaceBook for registration details, and bring $20 so you can take a ride with some of the guys

20th Feb2013

Thank you Larry

by Michael Chandler

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Four years ago today Utah lost a man who did quite a bit for this little state of ours.  He brought the NBA to town, built movie theaters, owned restaurants and a chain of dealerships.  But if you’re reading this then Larry H. Miller’s biggest contribution was giving us a world class racing facility.  Without him Utah’s automotive enthusiasts wouldn’t have a track of their own.  He gave us Miller Motorsports Park because he, just like us, wanted a place close to home where he could race and enjoy his cars.

So on behalf of the staff here at CAM, and everyone who has a chance to enjoy the facility, we say thank you Larry.

 

Words and photos by Michael Chandler.

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31st Jan2013

Will It Fit? Lexus V8 Into a S13!

by Michael Chandler

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Last night I went over to Jordan Collier’s frigid garage and watched him put together an engine hoist and then test fit his shiny new 1UZ V8.  Did it actually go in?

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Jordan decided to bolt up a few things before dropping it into the bay.  First was this spacer.  Gotta have it so the whole transmission and shifting thing work.  Looks odd, but it works.

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Then this beefy QuarterMaster clutch went on.  They use it in NASCAR, and that’s good enough for Jordan!

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With the clutch set up on, and the exhaust manifolds bolted up she began her journey down…

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Well whataya know?!?  She fits!!!  Not without a few minor issues, but nothing a cutting torch and a welder can’t fix.  Next time you see this thing out in the wild you’re gonna be seeing these under the hood:

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Words and photos by Michael Chandler.

 

 

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12th Sep2012

Inside Dave’s Unit

by Michael Chandler

Before Trent, Tommy and Dave abandoned me left for their SF trip, Dave and I went up to his storage unit to grab some stuff that he had sold/is selling.  Now, we’ve known Dave for many years but this provided a look into…  Well, we already knew this but here’s a chance for you to get a little glimpse into what is going on in Dave’s unit, nay head…  STORAGE UNIT!!!  MIND!!!  Stupid double entendres…

He has three cars in there in various states of togetherness.  A SN95 Mustang Cobra (theft recovery), a Mitsubishi Starion TSi (on its second head gasket) and his FC RX7 convertible (no engine, but no drive shaft either).  The Starion is the closest thing to a drivable car in there, which makes sense considering it was the last thing put in there.

He also has remnants of projects past in there, such as the “Ghetto Bastard” CRX which sported an exhaust off of an EF Civic sedan.  

Dave has a lot of goofy, weird stuff in his garage, which makes sense because Dave (like the rest of us) is a goofy, weird guy.  We’re proud to have Dave on board, and we’re rather excited to see what he pulls out of his head/unit next.  STORAGE UNIT!  Son of a!…

Words and photos by Michael Chandler

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07th May2012

D-Spare Nissan 240 drift update

by Trent

The guys at D-Spare recently updated their look for the 2012 season. They asked us to grab some pics and a video and this is what we came back with.

It’s still mostly the same car. It’s still packing a Toyota 1JZ engine, and it still has the widebody kit on it. What you don’t see until they remove the deck lid or pop the hood is all the custom fabrication they did in the off season. They gutted the trunk and did a tubular front end. This work resulted in a 3rd place finish at Vegas ProAm round 2.

We will be out at the Vegas Pro-Am event in June snapping shots of this car and others.

Thanks to Brandon and Jose.

To see the previous feature on this vehicle, see The Blueprint 240SX

Video by Trent Bray, Photos by Michael Chandler
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21st Dec2011

Top 5 Videos of 2011

by Trent

CAMautoMag dove head first this year into video, and now we wish we would’ve started even sooner. Our skills will improve, but we want to thank everyone who has watched our videos so far.

As we close out the year, we figured we’d step back and reflect on your favorite videos by view count. We have an account on both Vimeo and YouTube and we took the total views combined from both sources. This was closer than I thought! At the time of writing, the difference between the #1 video and the #2 video was 23 views! Here are the list of our top 5 videos CAMautoMag produced this year!

#5 Eibach Honda Meet 2011

#4 WaterWerks NW 2011

#3 VW GLI Feature

#2 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS Feature

#1 Wuste Euro Show 2011

Thank you to all those that participated in making this happen! Enjoy the videos, and look out for big things from CAMautoMag in 2012!

Videos by Trent Bray, Michael Chandler, Spyder O’Neil, and Sam Howard.

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