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Event Coverage: Cars And Coffee July 2017

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The first Cars and Coffee of 2017, while good, was one of the coldest events I’ve been to in recent memory. The second I had to miss because of a conflict with the Truck And Tuner Expo so I was glad to hear that the July event was happening despite the first Sunday of the month falling on a long weekend.

Last year, a long weekend would have bumped C&C to next month, but this year  (the C&C hosts) decided to go ahead and host an event anyway.

The weather was great, and thus the turn out was great. The variety of cars, and the crowd, were on par with what I’ve come to expect from this event.

Cars and Coffee is always a great way to spend a quick few hours on a weekend, and not having to go to work the next day just made it all the better.

One of the most talked about vehicles of this event was the silver Ford F-100 below formerly owned by comedian Tim Allen. The truck is a complete custom, with no panel untouched, and still looks pretty damn good considering it was finished (at least for the first time) over twelve years ago.

Previously super charged, the truck is now N/A with individual throttle bodies. The headers on this truck are some of the largest I’ve ever seen under the hood of, well, anything.

Hats off to whoever fabricated them and snaked them in there.

The XJ220 that stole the season opening event remains parked at Engineered Automotive. I’m not sure if this is the big cat’s permanent home but it was positioned in a better position for photos this time around.

I’m curious if the car is in running condition, perhaps at the next Cars And Coffee the EE crew will fire the car up for everyone to hear? One can only hope.

While the XJ220 sat inside, outside a few cats were on the prowl (sorry) including the stunning E-Type above.


Also positioned outside was this white on white XJS. Now, I know next to nothing about most classic Jaguars but I have a sneaking suspicion that this one isn’t anywhere near stock.

If it is indeed a TWR model this car could make at least 750 to the wheels. Mighty impressive for a car that most of the road going public would never expect to make anywhere near that much horsepower.

Speaking of cars most people would underestimate, this EP82 Starlet would certainly fall in said category.

It’s the only one I’ve seen in Ontario, which makes it stand out on that fact alone, but the owner has also done an considerable amount to the car in all areas.

The motor is where the bulk of the work has been focused and the car now puts down a dyno proven 240hp and 195tq to the wheels on a ‘break in’ tune of 16psi.

The rest of the modifications to the car center around being able to handle all that power and put it down more or less effectively.

It’s a rally styled car, which means it can blast over the worst of Toronto’s roads with no issue. The owner mentioned that this generation of Starlet is pretty popular overseas so I just might have to keep the EP82 in mind for a future Theme Tuesday.

I didn’t get the opportunity to get an idea of the modifications done to either of the Minis above but they both looked really fun to drive.

I’ve got to try and figure out a way to get behind the wheel of one of these some day.

Gill from the spotted this Porsche 951 at an event a few weeks ago and I remember it specifically because he posted it up with a pretty tongue in cheek comment about .

Gil recently swapped his Hartge bumper for an AC Schnitzer piece. Apparently the AC bumper is a bit lower to the ground and according to the ‘gram he’s got the matching rear on route.

It’s honestly been at least four years since I’ve seen the R32 above and it took me a few moments to put together exactly which car it was.

Seemingly eons ago (2011) John Fiddy used to compete in CSCS with this car.

Prior to its ‘disappearance’ the car looked like it ran well (as evidenced above) but the exterior was certainly showing the affects of years of hard-driving.

Completely redone at this point the car looks great, and it’s nice to see a memorable local car return to glory rather than fade into memory.

My absence at events in recent years means I have not been able to personally see people I used to see several times a year. One of those people is Spenser, the previous owner of an Orange EG that was the subject of one of my .

Now he owns the red Evo above that I’ll probably take photos of every time I see it as well.

Announcing that you can take down Vipers is something you need to be able to back up, and from what I’ve heard this C6 is capable of doing just that.

I think this car might just be wearing a Supervettes widebody kit, but I’m not enough of a C6 aficionado to know for sure. I do however know that those are super wide 345 section width tires in the rear.

This Cars and Coffee event marks the first time I’ve seen the “DiezelRat” C10 truck not at a truck specific show.

This big ‘ol truck is powered by a Cummins diesel that explains the blackened roof. The owner of the truck owns a landscaping company so there’s a good chance you might see this car rolling around pulling lawn mowers and the like.

For the Next Cars and Coffee Engineered Automotive is doing something a little different and hosting . Hopefully the crowd and maturity level remains the same, and if you want to check out the night time atmosphere of the event it takes place August 11th from 8pm to 11pm.

Here’s a few more photos from this months event until then.

See you at the next one.

Theme Tuesdays: Slammed Trucks

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I’m not going to lie this Theme Tuesday is the direct result of / recently posting some outstanding progress photos of the International Loadstar he’s building between being a father and running a business.

Seeing photos truck rapidly sent me down a rabbit hole that contained not just International Loadstars, but International trucks of all types.

Davey Terry’s ’39 International Hot Rod is local, and I last saw it at Motorama in 2015
At that time it wasn’t quite yet ready for the road
Since these photos the truck has been made street legal, and I really need spend some time with it in front of my lens
Obviously I can’t do an International Theme Tuesday without a few photos of Rob’s International Loadstar
As cliche as it is to say this truck literally (well as literally as you can without physically hurting people) breaks necks wherever it goes.
Years later I am still trying to take a photo as cool as this one Steve Wharton took of Rob’s truck when it had a two door cab
Under the (literal) shadow of Loadstars and Internationals other large truck offerings Harvesters might not get the respect they deserve
They do however take well to being patina and an altered altitude
Their beds are similar to other trucks of that era, but the front ends are truly unique being darn near completely flat
Supremes and thin whites, I will forever be a sucker for that combination
The owner, Zach () , also hauls around a pretty cool teardrop trailer with the truck
This shortened ’49 9 International KB6 rides on a Chevy 1500 chassis
It also gets an astonishing 10″ of lift that makes it almost look like an ATV with a body. A full run down of the truck is
This Loadstar popped up in a Facebook group that I am a part of called , it’s small block Chevy 350 powered
Restored or modified vintage firetrucks are always cool and this R185 International was saved from the crusher via a Ford chassis and a few builders – Photo: 
The roof has been chopped and the bed is new to the truck as the original firetruck pumper is long gone – Photo:
This particular Loadstar was a family farm vehicle that the owner decided needed to have a proper retirement – Photo:
It’s pretty cool that the bed retains what I’ll assume is a grain spreader
It looks just plain awesome laid out – Photo:
built the Gangstar (You Know My Steez) for SEMA in 2015 – Photo:
The super single rear wheels on this truck really give it an interesting look, in addition to the white frame and bare metal colored cab of course – Photo:
I imagine this truck was the subject of the Mobsteel/Detroit Steel show (at least for a little bit) but sadly we don’t get it in Canada – Photo:
If you’re not following Jason Thorbecke’s International build I highly suggest you do
Should further convincing be necessary, take a look at the chassis! The only place (I know of) to follow it is via his Instagram

WTF Friday: A Datsun 720 With A Few Secrets

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can always be counted on for a few gems and this one was brought to my attention by Detroit based contributor Jason Langley of .

The truck, that is clearly far from stock, is a bit of a hodge-podge of parts. The chassis is from a Nissan 300zx and the motor is a Chevrolet 350 small block. The body started as stock Datsun but has been heavily modified since.

It doesn’t really look it at first glance but the cab has been moved back six inches. To accommodate the repositioning of the drivers quarters the bed as also shortened six inches.

Considering the shuffle the proportions don’t look altered and that is probably because the huge box flares demand your attention.

Because the 300zx is significantly wider than the Datsun 720, flares of some sort were necessary to contain the Rocket Racing wheels.

If you ask me these box flares could have benefited from about 1000 less rivets to assist with their visual flow.

The motor has been stuffed back about as far as it can go, and the adjustable upper strut mounts suggest that , who built this car, had performance beyond a straight line in mind.

With the motor that far back the truck has a reported 52/48 weight distribution which means it is probably fairly nimble.

Execution wise it all looks to be done pretty competently, and the car is plated so you can row through the Tremec 5pseed on the streets if you so wish.

There are currently two bids on with the top one being $3000.

This seems like almost a deal at that price so it will be interesting to see what it actually goes for all said and done.

With a slight rework of the rivet placement and an altitude adjustment and this could be a pretty menacing looking truck.

Theme Tuesday: Recently Viewed – June 2017

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Theme Tuesdays after the long weekend always catch me by surprise because the ever so slight schedule change drastically throws off my daily routine where I prepare Theme Tuesdays Sunday and Monday.

Thankfully long weekends often line up with the end of/start of the month which means a Recently Viewed Theme Tuesday can save me thanks to YouTube’s history feature.

Videos this month are varied from (hat tip the Anth from for the reminder to watch their videos again), , , and more.

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WTF Friday: 4G63 Chevrolet Beretta

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For this week’s WTF Friday I want you to read the title, and then read it once more. No there are not any typos in that title someone actually did put a 4GC3 (aka Mitsubishi Eclipse or Eagle Talon depending on your locale) into a Chevrolet Beretta.

The Beretta was a weird car, kind of like the Cavalier/Sunfires bigger brother whose glory days are long since passed, but every once and awhile still does something kind of neat.

Berettas are also a car I have not seen on the road in a long time, nor have I heard anyone really mention them. That’s what made me chuckle when I saw one come up on Kijiji.

But then I saw the inter-cooler piping and my interest was piqued.

There were a number of weird turbo cars in that era (mostly Mopars) but the Beretta was certainly not one of them. Intrigued I clicked through the gallery and saw the photo below.

Wait, what? I must admit at this point I was surprised and a little annoyed. Surprised by the swap, annoyed by how nonchalantly the owner mentioned it and how few pictures there were in the for sale ad. Was I being tricked? I needed to know more.

Enter, once again and for the second week in a row, Car Domain.

There I found photos of the car in its previous guise. Early 2000s by the looks of things, dead in the middle of The Fast and The Furious era.

Vinyl overload aside the Car Domain page did reveal a better shot of the engine bay.

Such a weird combination and yet, it looks to be done pretty well. It’s no shaved bay or anything but that can be overlooked considering its a turbo Mitsubishi motor in what was a naturally aspirated Chevrolet.

There was even a dyno sheet on the CD page. Considering that many swapped cars at shows today barley putt on and off trailers having a dyno sheet speaks volumes of the builders follow through.

After eleven years of storage the owner is now ready to let the car go for A bit of updating and this car could be a unique, yet very bizarre sleeper.

I genuinely mean it when I say I hope it goes to a good home.

Theme Tuesdays: BMW E21s

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I was an e30 kid and I suppose still am to some degree. As an e30 kid I didn’t really pay much mind to its predecessor, the e21, until I was older, wiser, more open minded, and coincidentally no longer an e30 owner.

Today, I actually don’t mind the e21, in fact I wish I saw more of them. Sadly they are not the most common things around here. At any rate it is due time they got some focused love here on Grosirbajuanak and that’s what this Theme Tuesday aims to do.

Let us start local with a car I last saw at Fitted Lifestyle in 2015
Manolo Velasco has a way with air ride, BMWS, and BBS wheels
Rember the days when sites that ended in ‘.de’ had the coolest cars? Before Google Translate? I feel like this car came from one of those sites
On that note, there will be a lot of BBS wheels in this post
A bit of stop and stare witha heck of a lot of rear tuck
did this e21 for a female owner
Females seem to have a way with e28s as this one is also female owned – Photo:

Becky’s E28 was quite popular a few years ago thanks to this video:

This one is pretty cool as well, though far less cinimatic

Lots of BBS wheels, like I said, they just work on these cars. It helps in this instance they are under an extremely clean Alpina model
This one is apparently on hydraulics though I couldn’t find any photos of the set up – Photo:
How about a wide body e21?
This time capsule is powered by a 1990 525i motor, the . Hopefully someone kept this one around
5.8L Chevy powered Pro Street e21, pretty damn wild
Certainly a lot of blue but, pretty rad. A more robust feature on the car is here on
A great looking Alpina, with what look to be molded flares and of course M colors
M colors also appear here, on an e21 that is a little a typical
I actually really, really, want to go to a tractor pull so I am all about this – Photo:
campaigns this car in the Netherlands
Carline wheels look good under pretty well everything
M50 swaps are fairly common for e30s, but I’m not so sure if the same can be said for e21s, the
It’s always cool to see people take inspiration from the Porsche RS and twist it a bit
This car also has sports an S50, so it should go pretty well. – Via:

No European car based Theme Tuesday is quite complete without a 2JZ swapped drift machine is it?

I’d just like to close this out by saying yes, I am one of those weirdos that actually don’t find square headlight conversions in early 3 series revolting, especially when its a car fitted with an e30 m3 s14 motor -Photo:

WTF Friday: Charging Into The Future

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Minitruckers love swapping front ends, that’s not news, but I did recently find a front end graft that is new to me; a first generation S10 with a sixth generation Charger front end grafted to it.

Like every font end swap the look certainly isn’t for everyone, but, the work does look to be done fairly well, at least judging from the available photos.

Not the effort of a shop, but rather an ambitious do it yourself enthusiast, this truck is (all things considered) a great effort at something few would attempt.

Besides both being automobiles the s10 and the Charger don’t share a lot in common so combining the two is no small feat and it’s not exactly like you can buy the conversion at your local Napa.

The hood is, according to the owner, 11 pieces merge into one and judging from the difference between the gaps in the photo above and the final product, I am going to assume more than few man hours were spent getting the gaps dialed in.

Out back a Cadillac SRX donates its tales and, typical s10 its bagged and bodied sitting on chrome.

Sadly the owners  –yes Cardomain is still up– page doesn’t have much in the way of completed photos so the postage stamp up top is all we get.

The Printed Form: The Jalopy Journal

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It’s no secret that I am currently more immersed hot rod culture than I was when I started this website. I’ve always enjoyed hot rods but recently (the past two years especially) I’ve been embedding myself in the local hot rod community more than ever before.

The builds and the welcoming personality of hot rodders as a whole drew me in. In short order I’ve started to become a familiar face at shows, cruise ins, events, and parties.

My wife, who always preferred the classic and hot rod community to any other, is a fan of this mind shift and last Christmas she gifted me with a signed copy of The Jalopy Journal volume two.

In the first Printed Form post I mentioned that physical releases are becoming a bit of a rarity among the automotive landscape, so people who do take the time to release a physical deserve their props.

When it comes to additions to every households automotive library you can’t go wrong with The Jalopy Journal. From a purely tangible perspective the book is a cut above. It is professionally bound, each page is numbered and watermarked, and it even has a handy red tassel book mark.

Even if the content was sub par this book would look great just sitting on a coffee table.

Thankfully, the work inside is on par with its physical presentation. A collection of stories told from a variety of perspectives (builders, journalists, racers and friends) The Jalopy Journal is an excellent example of automotive story telling through both words and pictures.

I read the book quickly, over a few days before I went to bed, and I actually had to stop myself from going through the entire book in one go bed time be damned.

I found the tales of Hot rod enthusiasts who irked, challenged, and generally annoyed “the man” quite amusing because a lot of these same things happen still today. The adage ‘the more things change the more they stay the same’ rings true here.

However I also found the stories of people who grew up track side particularly interesting, especially one about a now adult who spent his formative years at the track with a camera stuck to his face.

His tales about how other racers took him under their wing and showed him around capture the heart of motor sport.

In addition to tales about the people, there are also stories about the cars that went far and beyond your average car feature.

The way they were written really makes me want to take an entirely different approach to my own next car spotlight.

As I try to make further headway as an automotive journalist books like this also serve as inspiration, and I know for a fact reading this book a few times will make me a better writer overall.

The photo collections published throughout the book were equally inspiring. I can’t say I ever considered portrait photography before but this book made me think I could, especially if I could find people as interesting as those above.

I highly recommend this book, and unlike the first book I featured in this series this book is still available at the

I really hope they are working on a third edition because I’d love to own it!

Theme Tuesdays: Tandem Axles

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Let’s be honest, this Theme Tuesday was a long time coming, considering my affinity for OG styled minitrucks, bed dancers, classic low riders and vehicles of that nature. The most recent WTF Friday featuring a pick up converted, tandem axle, Corolla wagon really made me ponder these eccentric and unique builds.

The amount of work put into tandems is staggering, and certainly not for the faint of heart. Going this distance is a true point of no return because adding even a non powered second axle requires significant body and chassis modifications.

And yet they were still pretty popular, I wonder if anyone is building one in 2017?

“Pure Insanity” is basically the combination of classic lowrider, og minitruck and tandem axle all in one
proved an invaluable resource for sourcing many of the images for today’s post
Is there anything that hasn’t been done to the B2200? Drag, minitruck, drift truck, I wonder if a time attack B22 exists out there?
Where tandems go to die…
In high school a fellow student had a bagged Ranger of this generation, it was single axle and all in primer but honestly one of maybe five modified first gens I have ever seen
I feel like most venues would be in real trouble if a bunch of Tandems showed up
I’m impressed that this trailer can hold two tandems comfortably. Must be the third axle on the trailer
Two axles too common? Go triple.
I know that one of you reading this will be able to quickly produce a video of this truck, so I’ll just wait….

Is it bad that I am actually most curious about those rear wheels? Imagine all four of those under an otherwise stock body C10?
Speaking about C10s how about this? The one large fender is an interesting touch
I always though there was potential here… as crazy as that is to type out…. maybe not with the hood
While many of the trucks posted today have the extra axle just along for the ride, the axle on this truck is in fact powered
A detailed run down of all the work done can be found here on
It would appear I actually saw this car in person my first visit to SEMA….
More vintage lowrider/minitruck goodness
This truck has the unique distinction of being the only tandem axle truck I’ve seen in person more than once – Photo:
Of course when I saw it it had been completely reworked and debuted as the “Six Shooter”
One of the things I remember most about the 2012 SEMA was seeing this truck leave under it’s own power. Not something that can be said for many other SEMA vehicles.
I am going to end with this truck because it is the most straight forward of all of the ones posted and where the tandem craze could be reborn if it were to be reborn

I think after this week’s Theme Tuesday I might try and do something traditional next week, but no guarantees, I am really having fun with this off the wall stuff!

Theme Tuesdays: You Made A Hot Rod Out Of What?

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I have to thank KaleB for the inspiration this week. He suggested a Theme Tuesday on ‘vehicles that should never be hot rods but people made them into hot rods anyway’.

The more I thought about the idea, the better it seemed. Usually I’ve posted these kinds of vehicles one at a time, shoe-horned into WTF Friday posts, but why not a Theme Tuesday?

I’m going to play the definition of “hot rod” pretty fast and loose with this one. So if you’ve arrived here from a link hell bend on defending the sanctity of the title hot rod don’t worry, I do very much appreciate true traditional hot rods as see here in my Jalopy Jam Up coverage.

Start things off local with this semi truck ‘hot rod’. Anyone recognize the Cab?
This old war Ambulance had no idea what it was going to be turned into
This is the car that triggered Kaleb’s idea for this entire Porsche the second most recent Porsche hot rod
That project was followed up by this one. I wonder what the next Porsche based hot rod will look like?
Does anyone know if this BMW 2002 project was ever finished? – Photo:
The best I could find was a start-up video below – Photo:

I actually really like this, it’s so ridiculous that it has crossed into he realm of amazing
It was probably a ho hum v6 model to start so what’s the harm right?
Now this I could see more people being upset about
A ’64 or so cut up into a Hot Rod, you just know that has ruffled a few feathers
I opted not to include this in the most recent Volvo based Theme Tuesday, but I couldn’t leave it out of this one
I know it is not built out of a real Volvo, but it uses a lot of Volvo components and is just too damn attractive to overlook twice
The 2CV is a quirky looking French car that takes surprisingly well to minimalist modification such as this
The start to look almost Beetle like the lower they get
This Crosley still cracks me up
I wonder if it ever managed to sell? And if it did I wonder if it was ever raced?
I can’t imagine how large this vehicle actually is in person. It looks massive
This tri axle 2 stroke rod was built out of a
How about a Suzuki Samurai Hot Rod? For those of you who love build threads it’s here on
When photos of this Miata surface online I thought “only Japan would do something as crazy as that” – Photo:
Then later a similar, but different, Miata showed up in the United States

Going to end this off with a curious Volkswagen based hot rod that was rolling around in 2011.

Did I forget a few? If so let me know! Also if you want more be sure to check out my very similar, but different, Non Typical Hot Rod Theme Tuesday from 2014.

If you’re wondering where all the Volksrods are, they are here.

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