She’s Alive….

Tim and I finally got the wiring sorted, and aside from hooking up a few gauges, installing harnesses, and a few other bits and pieces, the LS1-RX7 is finally moving under it’s own power…

I’ve had this car for 2 years and I’ve probably only driven it 30 times. Let the fun begin..

I’ve spent the better part of the last two days fitting the aero parts on the FC, and have begun to dig into the wiring (a mess!)…

I’ve employed the help of my neighbor, local wiring guru and general car guy Tim; he helped me get the turn signals straightened out on the bus after I had pinched a wire on the harness mounting a wall panel… 

We’ve decided to do a lot of the wiring from scratch; using what we can from the previous owners’ rats nest, while eliminating as much of the older, obsolete wiring as we go along.

Tim managed to find a kill switch that fits perfectly inside one of the massive die-cuts in my driver side window gusset. Sweet!

Vicious.
Big thanks to Ryan Carlson of Carlson Auto for the superb paint work. He worked with me every step of the way and made sure it was perfect; I’d recommend him to anyone in the Central Oregon area if you’re planning on giving your ride a facelift!

Vicious.

Big thanks to Ryan Carlson of Carlson Auto for the superb paint work. He worked with me every step of the way and made sure it was perfect; I’d recommend him to anyone in the Central Oregon area if you’re planning on giving your ride a facelift!

Alexis and I went and got the RX7 from paint today. We grabbed what parts were done, and went home super stoked to start assembling the car.
We got the rear overs riveted and  the wing mounted; we also got the skirts started before coming up short on hardware (after the store had closed…)

Alexis and I went and got the RX7 from paint today. We grabbed what parts were done, and went home super stoked to start assembling the car.

We got the rear overs riveted and  the wing mounted; we also got the skirts started before coming up short on hardware (after the store had closed…)

Summer Essentials.

Summer Essentials.

Skip (@Skipswheelwerks) sent me this snap of my BBS RS 17x11.5 front wheels fully assembled and sealed up…..
He also assembled the 13” rears pictured on my 180sx build a few days ago. Thanks Skip!
Super prompt service, “the most expensive tire machine money can buy”, and 30 years experience in four generations ensures that no matter how rare the wheel, they’ll handle it without a scratch.
(not to mention every other wheel bolt on this particular pair is brass plated and spiked like a leather jacket, try finding a tool for that!)

Skip (@Skipswheelwerks) sent me this snap of my BBS RS 17x11.5 front wheels fully assembled and sealed up…..

He also assembled the 13” rears pictured on my 180sx build a few days ago. Thanks Skip!

Super prompt service, “the most expensive tire machine money can buy”, and 30 years experience in four generations ensures that no matter how rare the wheel, they’ll handle it without a scratch.

(not to mention every other wheel bolt on this particular pair is brass plated and spiked like a leather jacket, try finding a tool for that!)

While streamlining the item-b.com online presence, I realized I had eliminated all the available photos of the custom bus I built! 

A 6-month process from start to finish (with much more to do), I built this thing up to have to ability to camp freely, live temporarily in other cities, and tow my car to the track.. I built the interior on a scratch-budget with practicality in mind, and despite it’s modest kitchen amenities (and currently non-existent bathroom), it’s a blast to travel with and we’re planning a trip soon..

It’s got the legendary Cummins 12v under the bonnet, and despite it’s size and weight will maintain 75 mph easily on the freeway, climb SF streets, and get about 16 MPG. I was quite impressed.

my daily driver
I’ve been driving this little thing 90% of the time. I bought this 1981 Starlet from the original owner; who bought it from Toyota when she was pregnant with her first child and put every single one of it’s 70,000 original miles on the odometer. 4k-c motor runs like a top, and it’s got a full interior..
It’s RWD and gets almost 50 miles to the gallon. Score.

my daily driver

I’ve been driving this little thing 90% of the time. I bought this 1981 Starlet from the original owner; who bought it from Toyota when she was pregnant with her first child and put every single one of it’s 70,000 original miles on the odometer. 4k-c motor runs like a top, and it’s got a full interior..

It’s RWD and gets almost 50 miles to the gallon. Score.

NSFW
Mat Baker’s LS-RX7

NSFW

Mat Baker’s LS-RX7

Local drifter and RX7 guy Mat Baker caught up with me at the local gas station today; we cruised over to his place to check out the damage to his car from 2 bash and talk about my current RX7 build..
With a cammed LS1 under the hood, Mat’s car is not fucking around.

Local drifter and RX7 guy Mat Baker caught up with me at the local gas station today; we cruised over to his place to check out the damage to his car from 2 bash and talk about my current RX7 build..

With a cammed LS1 under the hood, Mat’s car is not fucking around.