Archive for October, 2009


October 25, 2009

1973 KPGC110 GT-R. Genuine.

But alas!

1973 Skyline GT-R for sale on Goo-net »

TX3 summer shakedown

October 24, 2009

Any excuse for a roadtrip, right?

Laser TX3 Stonefields '09 (by decypher the code)

this thing.

with summer just around the corner and my TX3 just about ready to start rattling its way around the streets again, I’ve come to realize that it’s never been any further south than Taupo – therefore I must remedy this, and soon. As it so happens Tom is returning from the UK and is having a celebratory BBQ in early December in Taupo, so barring any catastrophic failures between now and then I plan to have the car well back on the road fully bedded in and running a fresh tune by that date.

anyway, I’ve decided to spend the next few days after the BBQ driving to Wellington and back again. That should give the TX3 a nice healthy shakedown, and also shut up all the friends down the line who keep complaining that I’m overdue for a visit…


Some of you on OS may remember me making note of this event for you a few months back, I apologise for the delay in providing further evidence of it but, better late than never right?  Anyway, here is the poster for the event;

With the Main feature being Pre ’87 Chromed Iron Bumper Wagons, it would obviously prove to be a hell of an event for the wagon enthusiast.  It did not disappoint!

First up, it would be rude to not start with the winner of the Chromed Iron Bumper Wagon Award, this simply magic Prince Gloria;

There was an awesome selection of vehicles, whether they were wagon, ute, van, sedan, coupe.  You name it, they showed.  Check out some more snaps courtesy of the official MoonEyes Japan website,


commence the attack!

October 22, 2009

zeki has updated his Minkara blog with more choice DR30/general OS Nissan meet photos from this weekend just been. Sometimes I wish that sort of thing happened here – but I guess that’s what the annual Auckland classic Jap meets are all about. (fake edit: Also some photos from the same event by SKYHAND, here)

take off every Zig, for great justice!

in front of the iconic Fuji Speedway entrance gates. I hope to journey there myself next year

Darth Vader himself would be pleased

anyway, less talk, more photagonals… after the jump »

Yahoo for Yahoo! Japan

October 21, 2009

Now many weeks post purchase of my Daihatsu Max, searches for Rings and Pins etc. coming up with nothing but “Out Of Stock” or needing to be tracked down with huge delays on each side of the stretch of water separating Japan and New Zealand, delays of course not due to the people involved in helping me (much thanks goes out to Dell’orto from OS, Ewan and others for attempts to find them locally) but rather delays from those that stock, could potentially stock, or sell the aftermarket brand that makes the appropriate replacements.

I was met with more disappointment yesterday not related to the Max when the GT-R badge I had placed a bid on went above and beyond what I could afford (though it did end up selling for exactly as much as I expected) then an effort to buy a replacement vehicle post sale of my Terrano fell through when some cad had the nerve to click the “Buy Now” option on the Auction.  Something I wasn’t willing to do without checking the Fiat out first.  Those who know Fiats will know why that is.

However, all was not lost.  I decided after searching my usual fare on YAJ, I would crack into another series of Daihatsu searches and after the third search variation (I have to try about 5 variations on models and codes and several hundred pages of searching just “Daihatsu” items to find things for the Max) I stumbled upon these…

Oh yes!

Oh yes!

Not only are they a new kit but there were several available and after a hastily written email to Ewan @ Hayatonka I bought the 040 over-size ones.  A direct replacement for what was once in mine.  Not only that but the same chap had a Full Gasket kit.  You may recall that when I got mine, it came with a brand new replacement head-gasket but being I’ll need to put the intake and exhaust back on,  I’ll need more.  So, stoked!  They will be on their way to NZ in due course and this leaves me with only the needle roller bearings to get to install and reassemble the engine.   Eeeeeeeexxxcceellent!

Finally some progress!