I have never really been too afraid to work on cars. At least to work on the moving components of the cars that is. In fact, I really enjoy it. DIY car painting on the other hand was always something I tried to get out of. The problem is that if you don’t know the right techniques and have the right equipment, painting your own car can turn out pretty crappy. But if you know how to paint your own car, you can save a ton of money and have a great looking car.

Spray Paint Videos (purchases from this link help support this website)

A few years ago I moved to a small island and started doing more things to my car myself rather than taking it into a shop. I did this partly because there are a limited number of shops, and partly because of the costs. One other disadvantage to living on a small island is that the salt can make cars rust fast. Mine started with a small bubble under each side of the spoiler. I sanded down the small areas and applied touch up paint. As you would assume with applying paint by brush, it didn’t look great. Neither did the few spots I did on the bumper.

I decided that I need to learn more about painting. There are books on the subject, but they are limited, and you can only get so much from a book. I needed something that was very informative and started from a very basic level.

I found Spray Paint Secrets. It is a 2 hour video series that covers everything from what you need to buy, how to prep the car, and how to spray your paint. It even covers how to remove body damage. There are also videos on how to do more advanced stuff like graphics and custom paint jobs.

You can purchase the program here for $37: Spray Paint Videos (purchases from this link help support this website)

 

 

Subaru BRZ GT-300

Posted: 29th May 2012 by Nick in JDM Engines, Racing
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When it comes to JDM there is nothing like the GT300 and GT500. One of the newest cars to the track is the all new Subaru BRZ GT300. The car itself looks really great, but they manage to make it look even better by making a great video. The cinematography in this movie is just superb. JDM Engines have never looked so good.

 

About a month ago we (my wife and I) bought a used JDM Toyota Starlet Glanza V. Since it has more room and cargo space than our roadster (JDM Miata), it became my wife’s car. Now, she has never really cared about cars. As long as they start and stop like they are supposed to she couldn’t care less about what they can do or how they look. However, she has cleaned this car several times since we got it. And today, without me saying anything, she completely washed and dried the car, and even cleaned the inside.

When we went to the store to pick up some stuff, she saw that Glaco (similar to Rainex) was on sale and insisted that we buy it. What’s going on? She also agreed to do the oil change herself, so we picked up some oil. When I asked if she wanted flushing oil, she said that we should buy it. I think she has been possessed, or maybe it has to due with the fact that we are watching reruns of “Overhauled”. Whatever it is, she is into a clean car.

Tomorrow I will be teaching her how to change the oil, oil filter, and will also be catching the whole thing on video. It doesn’t get much more JDM than that. We’ll have a Japanese girl, putting Japanese oil, into a JDM Engine, in a JDM Car, in Japan.

Got a video in my Youtube inbox today and I thought I would share it. There has been a lot of media surrounding the new Toyota FT-86 and the Subaru BRZ lately. I actually visited the Subaru Showroom in Shinjuku, Tokyo hoping to get a look at it myself (unfortunately, they were promoting the new Legacy). While the BRZ seems to be getting so much attention, everyone seems to have forgotten about it’s bigger brother. Yes, I am talking about the Subaru Impreza STI.

Well Motortrend hasn’t and they have made a video in their ignition series to show it off and review it. Enjoy

 

I just got back from an 8 day trip to Tokyo/Nagano. The reason I was in Tokyo was for a friend’s wedding, but when I was on the streets I did try to take a few pictures of cars. To be honest, there were more cars that I missed due to timing (couldn’t get the camera out in time) than I actually shot, but that is just the way it goes. So here they are. I know that everyone is probably wanting to see some GTRs, and I did actually see a few, but wasn’t able to snap a picture before they were gone.

I did visit the Subaru showroom in Tokyo, and will be posting some of those pictures soon. I also have some video of a 5 minute long tunnel, that I thought was pretty cool.

Happened to drive by while I was waiting to cross in Ueno

Not sure what this is, but I thought it was cool!

Suzuki Swift. Loved this car when it first came out

I know there will be some haters, but these are pretty rare here.

Subaru Impreza in it's flagship color!

Can't forget the Keis!

Had a lot going on in the inside!

RX8 found in Akihabara (Electric Town)

 

 

For a little while I wasn’t really thinking too much about cars. I know what you are thinking. How can you not think about cars?! I hear you. I spend a lot of time thinking about my car and am always looking for a new project to start. Unfortunately, there were a few things that kind of pulled my attention for a while. One was focusing on work. For a while I was spending more and more time sitting in front of a computer doing work. The second was that I had some close friends leaving and was spending time with them and helping them move (there is a up side to that story as you will see later). The last was that the wife was constantly using my car, so I didn’t get to spend much time with it other than maintenance.

Well, things have changed! Remember that “up-side” of the story I was telling you about? My friend was moving and no longer needed his 1999 Toyota Starlet Glanza V. For those of you who haven’t heard of this car, it’s has a turbocharged¬†1.3 litre ¬†engine that puts out about about 130 hp. While that might not seem like much, the car itself is pretty tiny, weighing in at about 970kg (2138 lbs). It’s hard to find cars that light now days. To give you context, the new Toyota FT-86 (Scion FR-S) weighs 1251kg (2,758lbs). The Starlet even weighs less than my roadster (Miata)!

My friend took immaculate care of it and had been tuning it for the last 8 years. The engine internals are mostly still stock, but just about everything else on the car (turbo, intercooler, ecu, suspension, BOV, stereo, tires, rims, racing seat, steering wheel) has been upgraded. It’s a pretty fun car.

Since it will seat 5 people and has more cargo space, this is actually now my wife’s car. That means I get my roadster back. Since she wanted the car to be more easy to drive, I got upgrades for my car. I put her seat and and steering wheel back to stock.

I ordered a bride seat rail, and swapped out my beat up Full bucket Sparco EVO for the semi-bucket JDM Bride Ergo. It is much easier to get in and out of the car now. It’s also nice to be able to make adjustments without having to remove the whole seat.

I also swapped out my old wheels and tires for a new set. I live on a small island which means that the roads have a lot of debris and a lot of salt in the air. The chrome from the pervious wheels was basically destroyed.

Unfortunately wheels and tires here in Japan are extremely expensive so I found a set in decent shape that had pretty new tires for a much lower cost. I still need to clean them up a bit, but they look much better than they did before.

The Apexi CAI was put on for a couple of months, but then recently removed. It sounded great, but didn’t really add any power. It actually felt as though it took away a little low end torque.

I have added a GoPro Camera to my tools and will be making some cool videos soon. These pictures where actually all taken with the new camera.

 

Sometimes you are on a drive and end up with the perfect scene to take a picture. This was the case for this 2008 Subaru STI. The driver saw this amazing background, and immediately pulled over to get a shot of his car. Wouldn’t you have?

Own a Subaru Impreza?Want to Make it faster? Then you might be looking for this Subaru Handbook.


Today is just a quick update to let you know that I’m currently in the process of getting some new equipment and will be working on some videos very soon. Both driving videos which will show the beautiful island I live on, and some install videos as well. I won’t yet say what the equipment is as I will do a complete review once I get it. But if it is as good as I am hoping, then I think everyone will be interested in it.

As far as the roadster goes, I will shortly be installing a CAI with Apexi intake, an oil catch can, and a few other things as well. More soon!