Monday, April 21, 2014

Amusing Photography...

My compulsion towards the parts of the Japanese Domestic Market is not based on a personal assessment of performance superiority. It is about design, quality, and attention to detail. Likely my biggest obsession of the industry, Power House Amuse is quite possibly the superlative of JDM parts. Hardly boring or run-of-the-mill, the products that come out of their facility in Chiba are not simply functional components to be admired momentarily pre-installation only to be forsaken shortly after brusque acknowledgment of any performance benefit or gain. Every Amuse part contains an all-too-real element of genuine automotive artistry.

Alabama WRX sporting an Amuse R1

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Today is the anniversary of a great Facebook comment...

In reviewing some of my picture files yesterday, I came across a Facebook screenshot worthy of a repost. I laughed the first time I read the first comment to this post by a brazen replica wheel manufacturer and I found myself laughing again yesterday…

Well done, Mr. Kaplun. Well done.

Be the funk. Don't fake it.

JDMphasis… Innovation over Imitation

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Project G37S: Final Goodbye...

Here are some of the final shots of the G as it was taken away a couple weeks ago. It was about 95% back to stock when I sold it. Aside from the high-flow cats, shift boots, e-brake lever, and painted headlights and grille (and a couple JDMphasis decals), everything was returned to OEM. I had to track down a set of stock wheels as I, hastily, sold my 19" Infiniti sport wheels a couple years ago. This turned out to be a grand mistake.

[Enter the flatbed.]

I purchased these OEM wheels and then found out, after mounting them, that one of the tires would not hold air. Not the end of the world. I planned to get it plugged. I told the buyer that one of the tires needed to be repaired. I also told him that they should be refinished as the previous owner attempted to paint them and they were in tough shape with chips and scratches everywhere. I informed the buyer that I would do it prior to the sale. He told me not to worry about it and, thus, sent a flatbed and planned on repairing the tire and having the wheels refinished himself. However, over the next couple days, as he searched for the leak, he discovered that the tire was fine. He dismounted it from the wheel and it turns out that there was actually a crack in the wheel! He had it sent away to have it repaired and I was left feeling like a shady crook, apologizing and refunding money from the sale of the car. 

Lesson learned. My advice? HOLD ON TO YOUR STOCK PARTS! I actually knew, when I started the G, that I should keep my stock parts. In fact, I had planned on it. I had dealt with the hassle of tracking down parts in previous projects. Then the G started evolving into something special and I thought I would hold on to it and build it forever. Well... Even if you believe your current build is a "forever" project, there is always a chance that things will change. Avoid the headaches that follow the instant gratification of a few hundred dollars in your pocket by holding onto your OEM parts.


Anyway, you live and learn. The G was a fun journey. I was not done with it when I decided to let it go, but I believe I built a nice car with some pretty rare and unique parts. From the one-off Amuse exhaust system, to the prototype Project Mu big brake kit, and, among other things, the discontinued Bride seats, I know I will miss that project. The G is now gone and I am planning out the build route for the FD… Hopefully it can evolve into something just as special.

Stay Tuned.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

FD Inspiration...

There are probably hundreds of thousands of FD pictures floating around the web from professional and artsy to action shots and cellphone pictures. I am not exactly certain why - I venture to guess it may have something to do with the subject and the legend and heritage of these cars and their parts, but, of all the pictures of RX-7's that I have come across on the internet, these rather "boring" trailer shots have to be among the favorites.

Car Shop GLOW FD

Green RE-Amemiya FD on bronze Volk TE37's…

And, if forced to pick a more traditional/professional "favorite" FD snap, it might be this Pro Shop Fukuoh FD shot by Rob Shaw of Back From Leave Photography. (I actually purchased this print from Rob a couple months back…  Post here.)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Seems Legit...

Except not really. At all.
Shameless fake Volk Racing TE37 Tokyo Time Attack

"You serious, Clark?"

Be the funk. Don't fake it.

JDMphasis… Innovation over Imitation