I got the words “CLEAN Dinah Bitch” sent to me by via (which was a retweet of the same thing by ) with a link to the car in this post. I still have no clue what Dinah means but after some light digging I found out that this car is actually a tidy little Toyota Starlet.
A quick trip over to revealed a nice little feature on this car which is a nice little read which describes just how much work went into making this clean hatch into the car it is today.
This car looks like a blast to drive but can anyone further enlighten me to what ‘Clean Dinah Bitch‘ means though? I am a little lost on that still.
We got enough snow in the GTA yesterday to make my after work commute to the gym fairly lengthy so a Winter Wednesday post is justified this week. It’s also been and when it’s cold there are few things more aggravating than brushing snow off your car. What really gets me is the snow that flies in once you open your door, I need to keep a snow brush in my side skirt or something…
For today’s Winter Wednesday here are two cars that got caught without shelter in heavy dumpings of snow. Thank god I have always had a garage or underground parking.
So far my Hankook winter ipikes have got me through all of what winter has dished out, take that s.u.v. owners!
The concept of theme Tuesdays here on Grosirbajuanak is simple, every Tuesday I pick a theme and post a collection of vehicles with that theme that meet the stance criteria (modified suspension that suit the vehicles intent). This weeks theme Tuesday topic is: DC chassis Integras
I had two friends who owned red DC Integra’s and both of them rotted to pieces before the owners had a chance to finish them. That’s the downside to our climate I am afraid.
The clean Acura/Honda movement is one I love to follow.
Got an idea for a Theme Tuesday? I am open to suggestions let me know in the comments.
Del Sols have always stuck out as interesting little cars, they tease with the look of a mid engine sports coupe while their underpinnings are actually hinged on the ever popular Civic chassis. As a successor to the much loved and ever popular Honda CRX Del Sols never seemed to catch on quite the same, however for every 10 people who look over the Del Sol there is one individual who is willing to put some time and money into this light and nimble chassis, Erich Hachey is one of those individuals.
I first spotted Eric’s car at Scrape By The Lake 2009, I am pretty sure it was the only Del Sol at the show and it looked pretty nice sitting in the grass in front of the hotel. The second time I saw Eric’s car was at Importfest and even though there were 7 other Del Sols at the show Eric’s is the only one I noticed.
While it was fairly obvious that Eric’s Del Sol had some work done to it, it was not until I joined and Eric ed my directly that I got to know just how much work he has put into his car.
Eric, a Hamilton native, has been into the turner scene for about eight years shortly after getting his liscense and first car (an 89 Civic) at age 17. Like many car enthusiasts he has owned quite a few cars since his first and they have all received a few modifications. His current daily, a 2005 turbo Jetta, for example has about 10 grand worth of money into it just to get from point a to point b.
Off all the cars he has had Eric decided to turn his Del Sol into his show piece and while he didn’t have any pictures of the car in progress to make this a full feature he did have a few pictures and a lot of info to share about the final product.
Right out of the gate Eric was not happy with the factory performance of the Del Sol and therefore swapped the factory motor in favor of a 99 Integra GSR motor with a plethora of bolt on modifications including an AEM intake, AEM fuel rail, AEM cam gears, and venom throttle body, a Fluidyne race rad keeps everything cool while a clutch master stage 2 clutch helps put the power to the ground. Finally a DC sports Header and 2.5″ exhaust was then installed to let everyone know when Eric feels like getting well acquainted with the speed limits here in Ontario.
To balance out show and go Eric spent a great deal of time and care shaving the emblems, wing, antenna, rear license plate and third brake light off of the body. He also sourced out and modified a Buddy Club Body kit and mixed 1950 Ford green with HOK flake to create the unique mint green color his Honda now wears.
Eric knew that the stock stereo wouldn’t cut it on the show scene so he replaced the stock deck 7″ pioneer head unit, the stock speakers with Zapco components, and added some thump in the trunk with 2 OZ audio subs and installed some 2 Kenwood amps and a capacitor to power it all. As a final I.C.E. touch and a throw back to his 80s roots a 15″ tv was added with a classic Nintendo Entertainment system.
While the interior of the car was out for the I.C.E. install the door panels were replaced with custom fiber glass versions and the seats were wrapped in black leather and alligator skin. For the icing on the cake interior wise Eric replaced the factory shift knob with a Coors light beer tap.
Last but not least around here the stance was brought down via Nuespeed springs and Koni shocks while the rolling stock is 17 MSR wheels painted black.
While the Del Sol might not be a popular platform among the stance crowd I think that Eric’s unique sense of style and tasteful modifications help remind us that this platform does have a lot of potential and in the right hands () can become something worth taking a second look at.
Thanks to Eric for ing me regarding the mini feature and being the first featured ride of 09.
Looks like Christmas was good to some this year as two of the builds I have been sharing got pretty significant updates over the winter holiday, both the 2002 build and F20 AE86 build were updated so let’s take a look at what’s been done.
Pat’s F20 AE86 Build
Pats full rebuild of his drift car seems to be coming along quite nicely. The floor has been cleaned up and reinforced and he is knocking off the beginning stages of getting that Honda s2000 motor to sit between the Toyota frame rails.
Since this car was completely stripped down it will be awhile before we see complete shots of it’s new stance but Pat was nice enough to add a teaser to his account that gets me excited.
Now all of the restoration and body modification are complete and the car has been rolled into the paint booth for to get some color. The owner is keeping the color secret until the car is completely finished, I am sure it will be worth the wait.
I’ll keep my eye on both of these builds for you so keep checking back for updates.
In case your hangover didn’t remind you it’s New Years 2010 today and 2009 will always be a memorable year for myself and Grosirbajuanak since it’s the year it started. When I first wrote this post on June 14th I wasn’t quite sure what I was starting but with the site is on the verge of cracking 75,000 page views I think I’ve started something some what significant. With that number in mind and the Barret Jackson Auction playing all day on my TV I figure that there is no better time than now to take a look at the most popular content of 2009.
Top Winter Wednesday of 2009
Winter Wednesdays are a relatively new thing here at S.I.E. since winter (thankfully) took it’s time to get started. At only three posts deep I didn’t expect this category to pull out crazy numbers but it seems to be doing fairly well despite it’s infancy. The most popular Winter Wednesday post so far has been the Winter Stretch: Union Style post, it seems that quite a few people had thought of stretching winter tires before and now that has done it I foresee more people following.
Top Theme Tuesday post of 2009
I have a lot of fun doing the Theme Tuesday posts and since Tuesdays are typically my highest trafficked day of the week don’t expect this category to die out any time in the near future. Really it’s no surprise that the Girls With Hot Rides post is not only the most viewed Theme Tuesday post but also the most commented post of the year. Guys like cars, and guys like girls, that’s no surprise, what made this post different was that it was focused on the cars the girls drove and not so much the girls themselves.
Top WTF Friday post of 2009
WTF Friday’s are another one of my favorite posts to do since the internet provides no shortage of automotive tomfoolery or off the wall odd ball automobiles worth sharing. Sometimes I have a hard time deciding on exactly what to run and what is too ‘run of the mill’ for a WTF Friday post. Of all the the WTF Fridays I did this year I was a little surprised to see that the WTF Friday featuring street legal bumper cars was the most popular. This post brought in posts from all over the internet including quite a few guitar forums, odd.
Top Article of 2009
I’ve really only written a few things that I would consider ‘articles‘ in this first year so I didn’t expect the numbers for this category to be too high but thanks to some Twitter love from Speed Hunters I’m glad to see that this article on Function Vs Form shot to the top of the most visited article list.
Top Event Coverage post of 2009
Going out and covering events was a great way to spend a lot of this summer, even more so the free events when I was unemployed, the GTA has a lot of high caliber cars of all sorts so being able to document these and pull inspiration from them is a great thing. Importfest was one of the last shows I covered in 2009 and the car that made the Importfest coverage the most popular of all of the events I covered I almost didn’t take a picture of. Thankfully I did and now the ‘‘ is internet famous because of pictures I took. Shouts to kotaku .
Top Readers Ride post of 2009
The Readers Rides category is still fairly new with under 10 posts but and promoted their Readers Ride post hard and shot to the top of the list with the most traffic. These guys are always up to something and I can’t wait to see what these guys are up to next.
Top Featured Photographer post of 2009
I’ve only been able to line up a few Featured Photographers this year, but I am hoping to line up quite a few more for 2010. The most viewed photography was the work of my friend and early S.I.E. supporter Jon O. Jon was down to help out from the word go and is working on getting some larger Grosirbajuanak stickers done for me as well so I am glad to see that my blog is helping his work get more exposure.
Top Featured Ride of 2009
I would like to thank everyone who gave me the opportunity to feature their car on the site regardless of how many people viewed or commented on your ride I appreciate it more than words can describe. I have been lucky enough to feature a diverse collection of amazing cars this year and it looks like 2010 is going to be more of the same. Stepahines 335i held down the top spot for just narrowly getting beat out by Chris Savard’s featured Lighting which took top honors with a very popular month of December. I’m pretty sure that the is just starting up now as well.
Thanks for hanging on throughout 2009 and hope to have all of you back for the ride in 2010!
I spotted this on the and had posted it on my local Mazda 3 board but after looking at it and looking at it again I decided I should post it here as well. At first I was not a huge fan of the 3 spoke wheels but they really grew on me.
The wheels are Super Advan SA3’s and upfront they are 18×8.5 with an offset of 28et after spacers and out back they are 18×9.5 with an offset of 35. All 4 tires are wrapped in 215/40/18 Federal 595ss tires.
More photos of this car can be found in the thread on the .
I probably won’t post again until tomorrow so have a safe New Years Eve everyone and be sure to have a designated driver or use public transportation, I’d like to have all my readers and potential readers make it into the new year uninjured!
Today’s Winter Wednesday pic is pretty much on par with the weather we have been having here in the GTA. Small amounts of accumulation and a lot of slush and gray. I’m not really complaining but it’s not like I am stoked on it either. Anyway this 510 owner decided to have a little fun with the snow on his car.
I like 510s, infact I like them a lot. In a perfect world I would own one of them along with hundreds of other cars, too bad the worlds not perfect. This Banzai flag however is pretty perfect for being made out of snow on the hood of a car, maybe snow hood designs will be a new trend of winter 2010?
Hopefully it’s dry enough today for me to wash my car, it’s filthy…
I first saw this Subaru but until my friend Dave sent me the link to the picture thread on I had not seen any photos of it in action. It’s good to see the owner uses the lift as it would have been a shame for him to build it just to get under the skin of people like myself and the crew over at
I respect the owner for going against the grain but it sort of seems like he took his hate from one extreme and went to the other as it looks.
However I will admit it looks like a lot of fun drive in the mud. Thoughts?