May 31st, 2010

Chop Shop | Polish… Wax… Repeat (Part 2)

So I left off Saturday night with half of the boot lid done… time for the other side.

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For the life of me… I could not capture the difference between the two sides… There’s a huge difference…

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I thought taking the gas cap off would make life a lot easier…

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Close up… it was pretty messy underneath the gasket.

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Took a break for lunch… thought this was a nice shot… though a bit burnt.

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Opened the garage back up and went at the boot… so far… so good.

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I got tired of the polisher rolling over… so I built a lil holster.

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Rear end complete.

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Passenger’s side rear panel before.

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I finally finished the body… wow… that took.. forever.

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Onto the parts I took off the rear end.

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I knew I saved those inner tubes for something!  Yup… Gaskets

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Worked out ok…

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The license plate light mount was hurting…

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New gasket!

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First thing I did today was strip that license plate light mount…

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See that huge dent in the corner?

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That was my setup outside.

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Had to take another pic… the sun was shining just right.

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Primed the gas pipe.

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Primed mount and painted gas pipe.

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Polished tail pipe.

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Tracing the old back panel.

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Another view

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Traced… ready to cut

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Test fit with speaker grill

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Test fit in the car.

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Roll out that carpet!

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Contact cement and stick.

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One last shot…

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Maybe one more.

May 29th, 2010

Chop Shop | Polish… wax… repeat

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Yesterday the car went back out into the wild for a brief moment… I took full advantage of the nice weather and pressure washed the car one more time before I started.

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Shot from the back

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On to the passenger side front fender… notice the oxidation on this panel compared to the bonnett.

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First pass with a medium polish pad and 3m rubbing compound.

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Finishing with a regular polish pad and menzerna power finish.

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Notice that tape line… My apologies.. it was a combination of bad lighting… shitty photography skills

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Did the hood one more time before I applied wax.

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I started on the driver’s side door today and worked my way around.

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Before I started the rear quarter…

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I removed the rear bumper… it was overhanging the panel… taking it off was just easier.

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Oxidized paint on the rear quarter…

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I can’t tell you how much easier it is with a buffer…

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License plate holder off… boot lid’s propped up… de-badging and removing the latch.

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I have NO idea what the hell the previous owner did… or what I did to deserve this.

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I mean LOOK at it….

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Much better.

May 29th, 2010

Chop Shop | There will be an update!

But first I would like to announce that I won the dinky toy… Sweet!

Dinky Toy FTW 2

May 27th, 2010

Chop Shop | I’m back…

So before I got back… I ordered some 2000 grit sandpaper, 0000 steel wool, and a mini polishing wheel.

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It worked out well… I went to town on this A pillar.

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After the first hit of wet sanding… Check out the pattern the aluminum dust and the water makes!

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After 4 passes of 2000 grit and a couple passes with the polishing wheel… THat’s about as good as I can get it.

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A shot of the inside convertible top snap button…

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All taped up and ready to have a windshield mounted!

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Time for the threshold piece to get some love… the passenger side was pretty bent out of shape.

May 25th, 2010

Itinerary | Tokyo memoires

So what’s Japan without a lil bit of photo booth action!

Tokyo Crew

May 24th, 2010

Sightings | Dinky toys

So I’ve been on the hunt for a toy car version of the Sprite so it can accompany the keys in a gift box.

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I’ve finally found one on ebay !!! Hope nobody bids.

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May 21st, 2010

Itinerary | Tokyo Day 8

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Morning bag of goodies!

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So we headed out to Ebisu… Daikanyama to be exact… One of my favourite places… full of really cool shops… VIP vans… and rat rod cafe racers.

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And cool bike shops!

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If you like bikes… and are in Tokyo… go there…

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Elo’s favourite spot!… APC

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Sign for a late lunch?… yes please.

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What we really should have done was get lunch out the back of one of these vans.

May 21st, 2010

Itinerary | Tokyo Day 7…

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So we met up with Saori today… went to the fish market and had some good sushi…

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Taxidermy and food… sweet.

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A changeroom in Opening Ceremony… Love!

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And ended a long day of shopping with the best udon noodles I’ve ever had.

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Wouldn’t you say so?

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On our way back to the hotel…

May 21st, 2010

Itinerary | Tokyo Day 6… Rainy day wha??

So only Elo and I are left on this trip…

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We start our day off as usual… Lawson’s for breakfast snacks…

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So we decide to head out to the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum… On our way… we pass by a couple of elimentary school kids… loved their bags… buddy system.

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I was wondering how these bikes worked… the front end pivots on the main axis.

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So we get there… and guess who’s on exhibit?… Hussein Chalayan… Wicked.

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Our luck doesn’t end there… We were pretty close to Ryogoku and the Sumo Stadium… so we check to see if there were tickets for tomorrow… and we get there just as the ticket booth was closing and snatched up two tickets!!!

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Iced Coffee & tea… Fries… 2 buns… sausage… AND Sumo wrestling?! Elo and I were quite content.

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We  caught the final matches of the day… I don’t think we’ve smiled that hard in a while.

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Umbrellas filled the air as the crowd exited the stadium… Proper umbrella etiquette is very necessary in these situations.

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Sylvian told us about the Bandai showroom… so we booked it over there hoping it would still be open… but we were a bit late.

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That didn’t stop us from having fun…

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And besides… there’s Kiddyland!  Everything from Pixar to Sanrio to Gibli…

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It does get better… Peak Lounge at the Park Hyatt… Think Lost in Translation.

May 21st, 2010

Itinerary | Tokyo Day 5

So it was actually YESTERDAY night that I was out till 4am… and This was the kick in the ass I needed… More coffee!

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It’s pretty good stuff.

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We passed this bike… I think I’ve seen this bike in an old Tamiya magazine of mine.

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The signage here is awesome… The ones on the ground are actually elongated so when you’re looking from afar… they are perfectly legible.

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Even the sewer grates are detailed… might as well right…

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Vespa + Harley + Akira = the above.

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So we finally make it to Senso-Ji Temple…

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Everyone takes a photo of the lantern… so I thought I’d shoot the bottom of it.

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Tied up prayers?

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The temple was quite a tourist trap…so we ducked out early… and hit up a little restaurant. The menu was entirely in Japanese… so we just ordered by dropping our finger on the menu!

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After that… we just headed to Harajuku… for some sightseeing and shopping.

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Sigh… La Foret… btw.. I really like those I love taboo adverts.

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