Lone Star Drift Houston

Kinda late posting this been procrastinating but better late then never right?? Anyways, Lone Drift was held at the Gulf Greyhound Park in Houston. Thaison was coming down from Austin, and his first time drifting in a closed course.

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We were actually suppose to met up at the Fry’s parking lot but we like to do things last minute and we met up on the highway instead. While heading to the drift event, Thaison was hauling ass. I don’t think I never drove my Miata that fast before. Not knowing where the entrance was, we ended up taking the back entrance and almost getting stuck on the speedbump. I thought I was going to get in for free but one of the volunteers spotted me and noticing I didn’t have a wrist band that I had to go to the main entrance and pay. I was soooo tempted to drift my car with the demon camber but I didn’t have $85 cash to drift.

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The weather was actually perfect and not too hot or sunny like the Texas summer heat. We ended up setting up a tent, and I bought my tools and food. Having been to car shows and previous drift events, its good idea to bring food because sometimes you never know how far the nearest fast food place is at OOORRRRR the food trucks serve overpriced food.

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Spot we chose, kinda had a good view of the drifting.

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Some of the cars out there were fully built drift cars with a race trailer. Im pretty sure they had spare parts and everything you need just in case shit goes down.

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But a majority of the drifters was a more simple set up. Grassroot style.

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The drifting was a two day event and the first day was practice and just for fun kind of deal. No pressure and no judging. I really wanted to race because I wanted to know how its like to really drift in a open area and go all out. I actually ended up bending my control arm and ruining a fender a couple days later but thats a different story.

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Thaison was one of the first people out there having fun. While Im stuck just watching.

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There was a lot of 240s out there, some KA24, SR20DET, and of course LS swaps.

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The herra flush style, Im all about that. Not gonna lie.

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Some cars where obviously daily driven too or at least they were street legal to drive.

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Tandem.

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Loving this AE86

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I didn’t have a place to sit sooo I used my Bride seat. There was also some vendors tooo.

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I’ve seen this clean IS300 in the streets of Houston and some the car meets including the Mayday Garage Ricebox meets.

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I was just hard parked.

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Deep dishes.

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Some cars had fully built spec roll cages, which is must for tandem drifting.

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Some cars looked like missile drift cars. But thats cool, its built for a purpose and you wont feel bad if you mess up your paint job when you run over a cone.

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One set down…..

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Got busier later in the day.

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Cool down. Thaison is soo popular.

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This is Kyle’s 240 V8 powered drift car. I used to go to high school with him, and a couple years ago he used to drift with a beat up 240 and no he drifts a fully built drift car. Times have changed, but its cool to see people you know move up in life.

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twin drift.

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Much angle.

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Full lock all corners.

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Sooo much smoke and laying down rubber.

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The day was pretty fun and at the end of the day there was a party Fast and Furious style. Got free drinks, and ended the day drinking and chillin with good company. Thaison later that night drove back to Austin in the wee hours (I honestly done know how he does it but he does).

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Ill end it with my favorite shot of the day…… The CONE EATER.

Shop Day

Hey peeps,

New jack, AJ here. This is my first post here on the blog. I’ve been silently lurking in the shadows of the NG Facebook, and Instagram pages. But now that I have a somewhat decent camera (Nikon d40), I am now able to contribute to the blog. So the other day a few of us decided we were going to go up to Cody’s shop to use his tools, lifts, and tire stretching capabilities to mount up some new tires on Thaison’s hatch. The following pictures are of the hood rat shit we accomplished. Also bear with me as I am still getting used to my camera. I haven’t actually taken pictures with a decent camera since high school.

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Vinson’s dirty ass bbs’s sittin in the parking lot.

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Cody using the cheetah to try and seat the bead on Thaison’s new 175 tires. Looks like Thaison took it to the face though.

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That stretch.

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Back on the ground to check the height of the front suspension.

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And back in the air to lower the front some more. Which was the point of the smaller tires to begin with.

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Randy’s “NG Tow Truck”

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Cody trying to figure out how he’s gonna get in the car over the roll cage.

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Mean muggin

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Biss throwin it up for the west coast. Cause we all hood.

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We heard you like big wangs.

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Four hours later we decided we could let Cody go home.

AE71 Update

So one car i’ve been keeping kind of on the DL over the last few years is my 1983 Toyota Corolla. I purchased it a few years ago and drove it only for a few months until I overheated and seized the motor.

This is how it sat May 20, 2011.

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I’d seen a handful of the *e7 corollas out there pop up on the 86 forums, but never really looked in depth at them. I was so confused. Was it a te72? A ke70? An ae71? From my research i learned that the letter before the e7_ corresponded with the engine. So te72 had a 2tc. A ke70 had a 3kc motor. And the ae71’s came woth 4ac motors.

The great thing I learned about ae71’s was that they are essentially 4 door sr5 ae86’s. The whole e7 generation corolla family have a lot of similarities to ae86’s, but the 83 model ae71’s were most similar. Since they came with 4ac’s it would be really easy to do a gts swap and fit a 4age in. So i started looking at other peoples builds and came across a few I really liked.

The guys i really looked at in the e7 world for inspiration are:

Grant Scott

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renegade x sarupbuhay

You do not want to miss this event, this will be the largest meet in the Austin area this summer. pass the word along and make sure to save the date.

Renegade X Sarupbuhay summer meet
— Saturday June 8th 2013
— 8:45pm – 11:15pm
— at Pho Thasion
9500 North Interstate 35 Frontage Road, Austin, TX 78748

Sponsors:
— Loyal KNG
— Lead Industries
— Natsukashi Garage
— Squirrel Squad
— Grip Royal

DJ MIK ONE out of Houston will be playing music for your ear holes.

King Ptolemy of Austin will be debuting his second album demo

Kawaii Lani will also be making an appearance

clutch job — still not finished

So…the clutch job still isn’t finished.  My slave cylinder decided to blow up.  So it is permanently stuck with the clutch “fully depressed.”  But luckily, I made it all the way home from David’s place — a good 20 minute drive.

I spent tonight with one of my 86 buddies, Joseph, (which I soon will do a feature of his build) and he helped me clean out my garage.  I really should’ve taken before and after pictures.  But…those of you who’ve been to my house know that the before picture was just tons of trash and junk piled into our garage.

After a solid four hours of moving things around, cleaning, and hosing — we got the dead fish/poop smell out of the garage and cleared enough space to fit my 86 in there.  This way, I won’t have to continue working on my gravel driveway…

The car hadn’t been in the garage for about four years — the last time it was in there was when I did my first motor swap, winter/spring of 2008.

Hopefully I can get all my parts in and swap everything in for Saturday.

And in typical Thaison, always doing things last minute.  And then everything blows up in your face, but somehow I (usually) get it done in the end.  Hopefully I can get my 86 up and going for Saturday’s track event.

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i <3 my ef

88 ef hatch

So, towards the late end of last year, I bought myself my first Honda.  I’ve owned nothing but Toyotas (corollas to be exact) until this car.  I was trying to find a nice daily that gets good gas mileage, soooo my first thought was, why not get a civic?  I came across a deal for a 1988 EF hatch that I could NOT pass up.  It was sooooo clean for an 88 model.  I daily-ed it and was getting about 40mpg.  FORTY! Continue reading