08th Jun2018

Garage Kyusha Spring Matsuri 2018

by Michael Chandler

It was that magical time of year, the time where all the classic J Tin you know and love came out to Veteran’s Memorial Park in Taylorsville.  Everything from Skylines to Corollas made it out, hell even a Mitsubishi Delica showed up!

See?  Now cuddle up with a kitten and a frosty cold Bepis, and enjoy this giant gallery

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15th Mar2018

CAMcast The Nomads Return!

by Michael Chandler

Welcome back, you lovely people you!  We’ve got a very special episode for you, because Jamie and Nate have returned!  Yes, The Racing Nomads are in town, and they came to the basement to talk about life on the road, their dog Boom, Hank the Space Owl, and they brought us (Mike, Dave, and Gavin) presents!  Anyway, here’s the rundown

  • IndyCar kicks off at the Grand Prix of St Pete
  • World Challenge also got underway
  • Local boy Drew Staveley sweeps the weekend
  • Will there be a Rossi vs Wickens rivalry
  • Gavin drove a Stinger GT, and he has thoughts
  • And should the new Supra have a manual?

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08th Mar2018

CAMcast We Live the V12 Lyfestyle

by Michael Chandler

Hello everybody!  This episode was a road game for the crew, as we welcomed James Burke and Zack Turnidge of V12 Lifestyle to the podcast AND Lyfe Motorsport.  We piled in the simulator room, donned headphones, and chatted about some stuff:

  • Callaway Competition drops to a one car World Challenge program, cuts Michael Cooper
  • F1’s subscription viewing program, and why you should get the $12 option
  • Toyota debuted another a Supra Racing Concept, but not a regular Supra
  • James’ racing history
  • V12 Lifestyle
  • Mazda bringing back the rotary as a range extender

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28th Feb2018

A Parnelli Jones Prepped Celica Can Be Yours!

by Michael Chandler

Parnelli Jones, racing legend and possibly the reason you destroyed a twelve pack of Olympia Beer that one time, did some amazing things during his career.  He damn near won the Indianapolis 500 in a turbine powered car, battled Dan Gurney in the 1970 Trans Am season to help get Ford the championship, and he started Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing and won the Indy 500 as an owner in 1970 and 71.  VPJ also won some USAC titles, and prepped some cars for some stuff.  Stuff like this Celica GT that was used for the Celebrity/Professional race at he Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in the 80’s.

 

This 1982 Celica, as well as some others, were sent from Toyota to VPJ for modifications so as to have professional drivers like Dan Gurney, David Hobbs, and Al Unser Sr. battle on the streets of Long Beach.  The Celicas also had celebrities doing whatever it is celebrities do in these sorts of races.  Celebrities such as Caitlyn Jenner, Ted Nugent, whoever the hell Robert Hays is, and the Renegade himself: Lorenzo Lamas!

Packing a 22R, probably, this beast is putting down an ad claimed 155 horsepower!  Not sure if that’s good or bad, but this thing did get strapped to a dyno to get that number.  It has a pair of Weber carbs on it, and that’s pretty choice for something like this if you ask me.  

The interior is all business, and very much so of the time.  If you want to pick this thing up and do anything beyond historic racing, you’re gonna have to do some cage work.  And probably a lot of other work too, but keep that steering wheel for sure.  

It looks to have a fire suppression system, and a fuel cell.  Two good things to have, but two things that may have to be addressed if modern racing is in your future.  

It’s still on those sweet A60 iron cross wheels, but they’ve been wrapped in Hoosier rubber.  It has a Richmond Gear 4.10 in the pumpkin, along with a Precision Gear limited slip.  It has Eibach spring and Tokico shocks in all four corners.  Might need some refreshing, but not a bad suspension setup.

After the old girl finished being used and abused at the celebrity race, it had a curious history.  See if you can spot my issues with this telling of its history

After 1985, the car spent the next two decades at the Willow Springs International Raceway as a driving school car. The car then langished in a shed until revived and refurbished in 2003 and started competitive racing again in 2004.

See my issue?  Either someone didn’t bother proof reading the ad before throwing it on Craigslist, or this car is a low key time machine.  But it is cool that it’s done some racing since being refurbished.  

If this thing tickles your fancy, and if you’re reading this then it probably does, check out the Craigslist ad.  If you feel so inclined, pick it up!  Just let us know that you did, and be prepared to have us bug you about driving it.

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11th Jan2018

CAMcast: Soundboard Snuggles

by Michael Chandler

Hello everybody!  We’re back with another new episode/team building exercise!  Dave, Gavin, and Mike cuddle up on the couch, fire up a sound board app, and get to rambling!

  • GoPro isn’t doing so hot
  • Ford may have put the wrong head gaskets in some Focus RS’s
  • BMW develops mid-drift refueling to spite corporate partner Toyota
  • Weird recommendations for cars
  • Big & Little Cottonwood canyons could become toll roads

And there’s some other stuff in there, including memes and whatnot.  Anyway…

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14th Nov2017

Coca-Rolla: A New Formula!

by Michael Chandler

You remember Ian, right?  Has that S130 we featured a while ago, and I swung by his house earlier this year to see what he was up to?  Any of that ringing a bell?  If you remember that last one, then this car shouldn’t be that much of a surprise to see.  It’s the SR5 coupe he was working on when I was over there.  What you might not know is what he was doing to it.

He got the car with a BEAMS 3S-GE under the hood.  An amazing engine, that all the Toyota guys love and would love to swap into a Corolla, or an old Celica, or whatever RWD Toyota they can get their hands on.  That amazing engine rod knocked on Ian at the first event he took the car to.  Instead of shelling out for another BEAMS, or dealing with a 4A-GE and its associated costs, he went with something he knew.  Something that filled his cold, dead heart with warmth and life: a goddamn KA24DE.

Yes, he ripped out a trashed BEAMS and threw in a truck motor.  BLASPHEMY! I can hear you crying.  Why would anyone do that??? The BEAMS and 4A-GE are made by God himself! First, no to that whole second sentence.  Secondly, why not swap in something that is 1. familiar 2. proven and 3. cheap compared to building a 4A-GE or buying another BEAMS?  Argue for purity, and I’ll come back with practicality.  And this thing gets down, but we’ll get there in a minute.  First we’ve gotta talk about this car.

It’s an internally stock KA that sits in an engine bay that’s been completely stitch welded.  It does have a Greddy header meant for an NA S14, albeit modified to fit in the Corolla.  That connects to a Buddy Club Spec II exhaust, meant for a Corolla.  There’s a S14 Koyo radiator with a 16 inch SPAL fan to keep the whole deal cool enough.

Fueling is provided via a bevy of Aeromotive products! And by “bevy”, I mean 2: a 340lph fuel pump, and a fuel pressure regulator.  This whole thing is run via a MegaSquirt plug and play stand alone set up.  There’s a Painless switch panel, and absolutely no OEM wiring left in the car.  Ian rewired the whole thing to his liking.  Oh, and the battery is in the trunk.

That power (at least as much as that KA is producing) is sent through a one piece driveshaft to a solid rear axle.  No, not the stick that came in the Corolla, but a solid rear axle out of a Chevrolet S10.  Turns out it’s actually narrower than the Corolla axle.  Oh, and it’s been re-drilled for four lug.  AND the stock e-brake cables have been modified to work with the giant drums that are now out back.  They grab REAL good.  

Before we go on about the technical aspects of the car, let’s talk about that livery.  If it looks familiar, congratulations!  You’re either old, or a fan of vintage sports cars.  This livery is inspired by a livery on both the Porsche 962 and 935.  Both cars have sported many iconic liveries.  When I visited him earlier this year, he had the KA mounted, and then showed me a bunch of pictures of the Porsches while saying “that’s what I’m doing”.   He then grabbed a cutoff wheel, and got to cutting down the old grill.  It was an interesting evening.

I did not doubt him, in fact, we wondered why nobody else has done this before.  Seriously!  There are so many awesome liveries out there, everybody knows someone who works with vinyl, the pieces are there!  Make it happen, nerds.  Back to what he did.  The attention to detail is amazing!  It’s not just the big, swoopy Coca-Cola logo, it’s all of the little sponsor logos too.  Domino’s, 7 Eleven…

Even Jolly Rancher is on there!  With the period correct logo!  And the Advan logo, because it’s Ian.  Advan logo, despite the fact that he’s running 14×7 and 14×7.5 SSR Mk3’s.  Also period correct, and very awesome.

Speaking of awesome: you know what’s awesome?  Keeping things simple.  The suspension on the car is pretty damn simple: Megan links, T3 tension rods, and Stance coilovers.  The only big swap, aside from the KA, is an AW11 steering rack, which is a pretty standard thing.  No Wisefab, no craziness.  Just stuff you can buy, and that’s probably on the Corolla of your local AE86 guy.  

Inside is pretty spartan.  Again, no craziness.  Just a Nardi Gara steering wheel, and a Bride seat that’s mounted on some Buddy Club seat rails, straight from Japan.  And a cracked dashboard.

And a bunch of Auto Gage gauges, and an Innovative wideband.  

And that Painless switch panel.

The car is running what Ian describes as a “Duraflex runfree knockoff” body kit.  Could’ve fooled me, but then again I have no idea what I’d be looking for in the original.  I’m a lover, not an expert.

Remember how I said that this thing get’s down?  Well, Ian showed us how well it does.  There was a concrete slab, like what’s under your local strip mall, right by where we were shooting.  Dave guided him up, onto the slab, and then Ian did Ian things.  The car will boogie, and it will boogie without bash bars, or as Ian calls them “confidence bars”.  

Will people start slapping KA’s into Corollas?  Probably not.  Corollas are only getting more expensive, so you’d either have to have one fall in your lap, or start off with one.  And then you’d have to make everything work, either make the Nissan mill play nice with the Toyota wiring, or go full Ian and just rewire the damn thing.  And then there’s also the other Nissan motor that people shove into Corollas: the SR20DET.  Why stuff the truck motor in there when the JDM hotness has been done enough that it’s not weird?  

Much like New Coke, I don’t think Ian’s formula is really going to take off.  However, it is a welcome change to something that hasn’t seen many updates.  It’s different, it’s interesting, and it definitely brought a smile to our faces.

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09th Nov2017

CAMcast Technical Difficulties

by Michael Chandler

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We’re back from SEMA!  We’re still a bit groggy from the show, but we’re not too groggy to stumble through some news.  Mike, Dave, and Gavin talk some news, and battle technical difficulties!

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21st Sep2017

CAMcast: Do We Like The New Camry?

by Dave Rawley

Hello and welcome to this episode of the CAMcast!  I have a question for you: What happens when one host is in France and the other has been missing for months?  You get Dave and Mike running through the agenda!  And they go off on weird tangents…  But they do talk about some stuff:

  • The Singapore Gran Prix was interesting for a few minutes
  • McLaren and Honda’s break up is weird, and bigger than them
  • We could see French things aside from Gavin!
  • Will we see a 300C Hellcat?
  • Adventures in midsized sedans

And of course your emails, social media comments and questions, and we even get a text!  Thank you for listening!  If you haven’t yet, subscribe, rate, and comment on this podcast on wherever you get this thing.  Check out the site for more awesome content, follow us on social media, and buy a shirt or seven!  We’ll be back next week with more audiological shenanigans!

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22nd Jun2017

CAMcast: Over Hyped & Under Sold

by Michael Chandler

Live on… well not tape, but whatever this is, it’s the CAMcast!  Welcome to it ladies and gentlemen!  We’re glad you could be here for this episode, because it’s a good one.  Mike, Gavin, and Dave congregate in the basement, battle insects (we’re winning!) and talk about so many things:

  • The 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans was insane, and we fumble around with the results
  • Nobody is buying the Alfa Romeo Giulia, and we try to figure out why
  • A dealership is selling a bone stock JZA80 Supra for $125,000, which is insane
  • We talk about how much we love the small turbo diesels found in TDI Volkswagens and BMWs
  • And nobody’s mic has issues!

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12th May2017

Garage Kyusha Spring Matsuri

by Michael Chandler

In the not too distant past, last Sunday A.D. to be exact, Garage Kyusha held their first official meet.  The club brought out their classic J Tin, along with some stuff that was cluttering up their garage and they’d be willing to part with, and took over a corner of one of the parking lots at Cottonwood Regional Park.  I found the park easily, having driven past it quite a bit and being caught in a sudden downpour one time.  Others not so much, despite numerous maps being posted in the Facebook event page.  I blame ALL KNOWING AND BENEVOLENT Google.  Most found it though, and good times were had!

In one corner of the meet, tucked between the cars JDM Legends brought out, the Lamely Group was selling some rare Hot Wheels and other collectables, along side Eric who was slinging some JDM Legends gear.

One of my favorites was this Z20 Soarer, which ironically parked next to an A70 Supra.  I love Soarers, and really wanted to cut the nose off of a Z20 and stick it on Ronda when I had her.  Ahh, what could have been…  Anyway, there was a lot to see, which is why there’s a big gallery attached to this post!  Enjoy it!  And while I’m here, I want to thank the Garage Kyusha guys for organizing a fun meet, that went pretty damn well for it being their first one.  Anyway, GALLERY:

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