13th Oct2017

Joey Did a Thing

by Michael Chandler

I had Monday off, which meant I was hanging out in my sweatpants.  It was another mellow, relaxing day when Joey informed me that he did a thing.  I asked for clarification, and he elected to come show me his thing.  Preparing for anything, I put on real pants and grabbed all of my cameras.

And it is quite the thing, as you can see in the video.  But there were some things that didn’t make it into the video.  Awesome, fun things.  

If you remember his old LS400, then you know this thing is destined to get some neck pillows, knots hanging from the rear view mirror, and other VIP bits.  One thing this bad boy won’d need are curtains, because it has these shade dealies on the rear windows!  It also has one on the rear window, but the motor is a bit tired so it needed some help rising.

Those, along with those DVD headrests, will make his naps in the backseat much more enjoyable.  Anyway, here are some glory shots of his Q45 in a church parking lot!

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30th Mar2017

The CAMcast Guestpocalypse!

by Michael Chandler

Another Thursday means it’s time for another episode of the CAMcast!  Pizza Dad is still off getting milk and cigarettes, so we’ve brought on two guests!  You read that right, two.  This week Mike, Dave, and Gavin are joined by Josh Martin of JDM Legends, and Trent Bray the co-founder of this very website!  The guys talk about the GT350 owners lawsuit, racing liveries, answer some listener questions, and so much more.  Stream the episode below, download it here, or head over to iTunes and grab it there.  While you’re at it, could you leave us a review and a rating?  We’d really appreciate it.  We’ll be back next week with another episode, and maybe another guest!

 

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21st Sep2016

The New Classics: SaltCityTinners 2016

by Michael Chandler

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Every year the Utah Japanese Classic Car Community gathers to show off their projects, swap stories, provide support, and occasionally race Hot Wheels.  This year was no different.  Except that the meet had out grown it’s old location, and had to move to a bigger one.  One with a big hill leading to the parking lot…

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This year’s meet brought out a wide variety of classics, from the ever popular Datsun 240/60/80Zs…

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To the first of the modern Skyline GTR’s to be legal for import.

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The meet wasn’t limited to cars, there were a nice selection of off roaders, like this diesel powered Nissan Patrol.

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Best Of Show, Best Datsun, and People’s Choice was awarded to Hunter Heller for his orange S30, which he brought from Montana! It was a great meet, on a beautiful day, and the jackassery was kept to a minimum.  Can’t wait until next year!

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03rd May2016

Just Some Skylines

by Michael Chandler

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Bask in their glory and power!

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08th Feb2016

JDM Legends RX7

by Michael Chandler

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What happens when the JDM Legends guys get their hands on a SA22 RX7, and work their magic on it?  You get their now infamous RX7 that stole the JCCS show back in 2012.

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02nd Sep2015

JDM Legends End of Summer Meet Up

by Michael Chandler

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Words and photos by Michael Chandler

Last year, JDM Legends had their First Thursday series of meets at their shop.  It was cool to have Eric and the guys open up the shop to us: the lowly, unwashed masses.  This year the meets were absent, but last month the doors opened up, the cars were rolled out, and a meet was held!

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Plenty of S30s came out for the meet.  Seeing any number of these gorgeous coupes together in one place is always a welcomed sight.

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There were also some more modern classics in attendance.

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Inside the shop there were a couple of ongoing projects: a Hakosuka an a 240Z that looked eerily similar to a certain hero car.

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Outside was the car I’ve been dying to shoot photos of: the now legendary RX-7.  It was just hanging out, just chilling with its IMSA flares and Work wheels.

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We always love it when the doors go up and the cars come out at JDM Legends, because we always know something cool is going to roll out or we’ll see something awesome tucked away in a corner of the shop.

30th Oct2014

2 + 2 = 260: A Rare S30 Variant Gets The Spotlight

by Michael Chandler

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The S30 chassis Datsuns are some of the most gorgeous cars to ever be shipped off of the islands of Japan.  The curves and swoops of the coupes will forever remain a pinnacle of automotive design.  But something you might not know is that all S30s aren’t coupes.  Between 1974 and 1978  they built 2+2’s: longer 260zs (163 inch length and 90.6 in wheel base for the coupes vs. 175 and 102.5 for the 2+2s) with room for two more passengers!

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And they’re rare too, while Nissan built them between 1974 and 1978, they were only available in the US as 1974 models.  Of the 49,671 260Zs sent to America, only 9,499 were the 2+2 variant.  And only one of those 9.499 belong to one Mr. Taigon J. Rider.

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The 260Zs had larger engines than the previous 240Z, but didn’t make that much more power due to restrictive emissions equipment and retarded timing.  So Taigon stripped all of those pesky emissions things off of the L26, and set the timing to an appropriate mark.  While he was stripping things, he was also adding things: like an entirely straight piped exhaust and a wrapped header.  On the other side, the intake side, he traded up to a pair of SU Roundtop carburetors topped off by MSA air trumpets.   He also addressed the forty year old ignition system.  He installed a Crane Cams Fireball XR700 electronic ignition, along with an MSD Blaster 2 ignition coil and a sextet of NGK spark plugs.  Most of the afore mentioned modifications aren’t visible unless the hood is up, but one thing is: the Hayden Cooling Systems oil cooler.  That oil cooler is a convenient segue to the exterior of the car.

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Which is utterly striking.  The deep, rich blue paint accentuates the curves inherent to all of the S30s.  The blue is contrasted by the white custom front grille and Roberk fender mirrors.  Below the grill is a Xenon urethane air dam to accentuate the car’s strong jaw line.  And the flares!  The massive MSA flares on each fender not only add to the aura of the Datsun, but are also necessary.  Underneath them sit massive 15×10 -40 American Racing Eagle Alloy 028 wheels, with 195/60 Falken Ziex ZE612 tires stretched over their massive width.

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Inside the different cabin are a pair of racing seats: a Corbeau TRS seat for the passenger and a mystery seat for Taigon.  No matter the seat, the occupant is held securely in place by Takata harnesses.  The driver grips a MOMO Competition steering wheel for most things, and a OEM “Z” shift knob to change gears.

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A rare variant of a classic chassis has been turned into something more unique, by a man with a unique name and Instagram handle: @taigonrider

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13th May2013

RallySport Direct’s Eat, Greet and Swap Meet 2013

by Michael Chandler

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May 11 was the annual RallySport Direct swap meet.  What started as an opportunity for RSD customers to free up some garage space by unloading parts has turned into a sizable event where you can also meet people and eat some free food.

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For the longest time RallySport was synonymous with Subarus and Mitsubishis, but they have since expanded their offerings to include Mazdas and even the new Focus ST has found a home in their stable.

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Everything was there for you to ogle, from all out race cars to high dollar exotics (The LFA is an exotic.  Deal with it)

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To classics and super stanced vehicles.

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Even grocery getters found some love!

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All in all it was a gargantuan success.  Multiple parking lots were filled, products were raffled away and most everyone got free food.

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Did you miss it?  A tragedy that.  But good news!  There’s a Facebook album with some more photos and it’s only about another year until it comes around again!  Even better news?

Words and photos by Michael Chandler

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28th Sep2012

Japanese Classic Car Show

by Michael Chandler

Last weekend was the Japanese Classic Car Show in Long Beach, California.  We were all busy with other things, but Aaron Cleverly (frequent reader, and now contributor) made the trip and brought back some photos for us

JDM Legends has a rebigulator!  And the skills to make a full scale car off of a car that only exists as a Hot Wheels car.

A Kenmeri Skyline came out to bask in the sun

And a Hakosuka with a surprise under the hood

I don’t know which Datsun is prettier, but I wouldn’t say no to either one if they showed up in my driveway.

And it wouldn’t be a classic Japanese car show without Toyotas.  They made some of the most beautiful cars to ever come off the Japanese islands.

More photos are up on the Facebook, give em a look.  You won’t be disappointed

Photos by Aaron Cleverly, words by Michael Chandler

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04th Jun2012

JDM Legends Grand Re-opening

by Michael Chandler

On June 2nd Eric Bizek and the rest of the crew at JDM Legends opened the doors to show off their new Murray digs.  The new shop is now more centrally located AND next door to ZipTie Dynowerks.  It was quite the bash, with cars lining the street and a burger van showing up to sling some sliders.  The weather was threatening, but thankfully it just looked cool and didn’t rain.

For those who don’t know: JDM Legends is a shop that specializes in the importation and restoration of classic Japanese cars.  KGC110 Skylines, turbocharged FB RX-7’s, KP61 Starlets and TA22 Celicas are some of the vehicles they’ll help you find and/or restore.  For more info on who they are and what they do and how to get a hold of them you can wait until we give them their long awaited shop feature.  But if you’re impatient (and after seeing the photos, you will be) head over to JDMLegends.com

 

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