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: Race Stance
There is a definite breaking point when it comes to stance and when it becomes more of an aesthetic modification over a purely functional one. I have discussed my thoughts on this before so I won’t go into large detail about it again but I feel that as long as the owner is happy other people shouldn’t get too upset. However I think that we can all agree that these cars look great and perform just as great.
Race stance can prove as inspiration for street stance so hopefully some of you wrenching over the winter got some ideas.
Being the holidays I’ve been at my moms place the past few days and therefore away from Stance H.Q. I didn’t have much time to be bouncing from forum to forum and blog to blog looking for new content nor did I feel like cluttering up her computer with photos of cars she won’t appreciate. So I made due with what I had (my iphone and creativity) and figured that perhaps some of you might be interested in my latest model car project that’s been hiding in the depths of my moms basement waiting for me to finish. Hopefully this will be the year I actually finish…
My dad got me into building model cars fairly young since he realized it was a great cheap way to keep me out of his hair for hours at a time. As I got more hobbies and my 1:1 cars started to consume my time I started building less and less and slower and slower. Regardless of how much time I might have I still buy kits that catch my eye and store them away for when little bits of time make themselves available.
This 1955 Chevy Nomad is one of those kits. I chose the Nomad because I’ve never built a wagon before and I liked the fact that this one came with nice (but somewhat over scale) wheels and a nice stance. I figured it would be something I could build fairly easily and ad some custom touches along the way, if I recall it was under 10 bucks too so the price was right.
The very first thing I did to the model once I got it out of the box was chop the top, I decided the stock roof-line was a little to mundane for the wheels and ride height of the car and that a slightly lower top would help it all flow better. This is my first chop top so it’s a cool challenge, I eliminated some pillars and scratch built some others, while I was working on the body I decided to get rid of the door handles and emblems as well.
The interior and chassis are getting normal treatment, with nothing over the top just adding detail where I can and how I can. The brake setup was done with red calipers while the rotors got some detailing so the look cross drilled and slotted. The interior is going to be tan with silver accents once complete, and I am also looking into building, or finding a tank and some hose to simulate an air ride set up but we will see if that actually happens.
Once the Nomad is done and the s-10 and 32 Ford are fixed back up I plan to get my on and shoot some creative shots of all of my slammed models. I’m back at home now so you can expect more 1:1 scale content tomorrow.
Or should I say Happy Holidays? I’ve never been too polictally correct, but I am going to assume that none of my readers are too uptight about which vernacular I use ;). Today’s a day to be spent with family and friends enjoying the spirit of the season so I hope everyone is doing just that. To those of you who have found the time to stop by here today leave a comment and I will send you a free set of S.I.E. url stickers of your choosing. Happy Holidays!
I’ve been meaning to compile a list of some of my favorite automotive blogs for awhile now and sadly this idea for the ’12 Auto Blogs of Christmas’ hit me after I could have done it for the twelve days leading up to Christmas. But I decided to not let a little thing like time stop me and went ahead and compiled a list of the 12 auto blogs I visit regularly in no particular order.
I’m not really sure how I originally came across Noah’s blog but chances are pretty good that it was via the blog roll of one of the the other eleven blogs posted today. Noah has a diverse hatch fetish that causes him to in addition to cars .
Noah is also a really down to earth person with a big heart who is using his blog as a way to raise money for someone in neeed. Check out the and lend a hand if you can it’s a great cause.
It’s always cool when worlds collide () and that’s what happened when I found . Logan and I both ride BMX and love cars, the difference is that unlike me Logan is just as crazy behind the wheel of his car as he is on his bike.
When he’s not sliding his car or blasting airs on his bike you can find Logan writing about awesome cars of all sorts on: .
is a crazy crew out of Santa Barbara who like their cars low and live by the A few rules from the handbook should give you an idea of what these guys are about: 1. Shock travel is for bitches. 14. We like our girls how we like our cars, HAMMERED. 29. The home of bad taste and poor geometry.
While not for everyone I dig this crew and their blog.
is written by the working class car nut for the working class car nut. Written by a group of authors with years of industry experience is the place to visit for industry news, product reviews, and car recommendations.
In 2010 Up-shift is going to launch on a new platform to match their new content (), personally I am looking forward to the ask an officer column, who else has that?
Ever known a photographer who’s work you can’t seem to get away from? They are just so good that their photos are posted on every local forum you visit? That’s Chris.
Chris is an amazing GTA based automotive photographer who uses his connections in the scene to shoot a unique collection of cars and events. Being winter here in the GTA updates have slowed a little but expect big things this spring.
Meg is a die hard car girl who happens to be married to a car guy, between the two of they they have three cars two of which belong to her and are big followers of the function follows form school of thought. This doesn’t mean that their cars look bad though, it means is that the cars in their family are equal performers and lookers.
Meg is currently in the middle of a SR20DET swap in her 240 and has promised that when it’s done stance and flush is next on the agenda in the mean time she writes in depth thoughtful posts from her perspective as a female tuner.
is a big, big, reason why I started my blog. I was jealous of the fun it seems like Joe is having with his. Joe noticed something missing in the automotive blog sphere (a Honda/Acura focused blog) and capitalized on it and I am trying to do the same with a stance/gta based blog.
Being a freelance writer for a few Honda publications also allows Joe to do things like go to SEMA, shoot cover cars, and have a large audience diverse audience willing to listen to him talk about Saved By The bell, lucky.
is similar to in that it’s written by a collection of car mavens (connoisseurs). The crew sure do get around since their event coverage and featured cars are at a level that which can only I hope to one day achieve.
They also do an excellent job of combing the internet for unique rides to post in their “” category while I check this blog daily I have yet to see any Canadian content, a bit of a bummer, but hey that’s where I come in.
I don’t really know much about Phil as his blog contains no about page. But from what I can tell from reading his blog and the fact that he named every car in a WTF Friday post without batting an eye is that Phil really knows his cars. His short to the point posts are always a pleasure to read.
Before I found I used to spend a lot of time hopping from board to board looking for long in depth build threads wishing I had the time and money to do one myself. Now that I have found Build Threads I spend less time looking and more living vicariously through others.
I can relate to Anth in the fact that he’s a guy that just wanted to blog about something he enjoys and the fruits of his labor have paid off since he recently got featured in , awesome.
Next to The Chronicles HellaFlush was probably the second biggest influence I had to create this blog, it’s just a really awesome, well designed, well done, and well run blog that posts flushed (and occasionally slammed) cars from all over the internet. Getting mentioned on this blog means a lot to me and I’m proud to say that I have not done it once but twice.
It’s been a long time since I have played any version of Need For Speed but that doesn’t stop me from liking speed hunters. Another combined effort Speed Hunters is similar to Motor Mavens in that it covers “the car culture at large” everything from Rally to Lead Sleds can be found here and if you respect and enjoy the car hobby you will easily lose hours of your day at Speed Hunters. I am hoping to one day be able to contribute to this blog somehow… fingers crossed.
Well that’s it for the 12 blogs of Christmas but that’s hardly it for my favorite Automotive Blogs, I look for new blogs almost daily since each new blog I find helps make S.I.E. better as each inspires and motivates me differently. So expect another post or two like this in the future as I find new blogs everyday.
Have a safe and happy Holidays and if you have a chance drop by tomorrow, it will be worth it 😉
and are two friends (and S.I.E. fans) from Tucson, AZ, Adrian whips a slammed Accord while Will pushes the dropped bug on phone dials I posted in one of the first readers rides. The two of them got together to do a photo shoot sent the snaps my way . When I asked who’s lower it seemed the topic was up for debate between the two but a little friendly rivalry never hurt anyone.
In addition to sick cars both of these guys also have pretty rad flickr accounts (Will: , Adrian: ) that are worth a gander.
I noticed via some creeping and it was Will’s Birthday yesterday so happy belated dude.
Thanks for sending in the pics guys, keep me updated on the rides.
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: Pictures with attitude
Today’s theme is inspired by the following picture posted on :
As soon as I saw this photo I knew that I had a theme for all the cool photos that I had sitting on my hard drive that immediatly stood out to me but I was not sure what capacity to post them in.
All of these photos have great looking cars but what these photos really do is caption the passion and attitude of the car, club, scene or event and cram it down the viewers throat.
I enjoyed this one, probably going to start collected for ‘Pics with attitude part 2’ tonight.
I’m not really sure where I came across this Mini but I’m glad I did. This Mini is wears a set of CCW rims and wears them quite well. CCW rims have to be one of the more popular wheel choices of 2009, I’ve seen them on almost everything and I’m not mad at that.
I’ve heard of indecisiveness before but this is pretty crazy. Wicked Mayhem from is a pretty crazy guy who works faster than most people and always has more than one in the works at any given time. One guarantee with Wicked is that no matter what vehicle he drives it’s not going to stay stock height, but it might be both lowered and lifted during his ownership.
Wicked bought this Blazer to replace his first and promptly lifted it, and mudded it, then get got bored… so he dropped it and notched it. During that time he also went through three or four sets of rims, and an equal amount of stereo setups. Then suddenly he decided he was done and sold it for a profit.
Using the profit from his Blazer he decided to jump into a full size so he picked up a Silverado. This time he started out by immediately slamming the truck as far as it could go without bags. This time his indecisiveness kicked in before he had a chance to go wheel shopping because the truck is now lifted and he swapped out the factory tires for something a little more aggressive.
What I find really odd about all of this is that Wicked Mayhem has a large number of tattoos which you wouldn’t expect from a guy who can’t make his mind up about which way his trucks go. It would seem that his indecisiveness stops with trucks.
Since I’ve got a new batch of stickers made I figured it was worth having another game of ‘WTF kind of car is that?’ this Friday. I’ve also got a funny Gremlin motivational picutre as well just to keep things amusing, it’s Friday after all.
Swing Up Door Gremlin
I can quite honestly say that I have never seen swing up doors on a Gremlin and I am not sure if I ever want to see it again:
I spotted these photos on an old favorite
WTF kind of car is this?
This car was local to Ontario at one point in time, not sure if it still is, but whoever correctly identifies it in the comments wins a free set of S.I.E. stickers.
If you can tell me what car this started as you will win TWO sets of stickers, however since I have no idea what kind of car this started as you will have to prove it.
I am going to be setting up a page on this weekend to try and get myself a feature in the Performance Auto and Sound print magazine. While I am at it I might also set up a flickr account since I have been loafting on that for quite some time. The flickr would be more active in the summer though so I might keep being lazy…
If you have not already start following me on as well , I add random photos and commentary on there quite frequently and I am following quite a few interesting people.
Christmas/work/NHL 10 has me slipping a bit with sticker shipping but I will get the latest batch out tonight.
I have not run a feature in a little bit so if you want your ride or photography featured drop me a line at [ ]
My drifter friend Pat Cyr has decided that next year is his year to go hard, all this time I thought he was going hard already so now that he says its really time to go hard I am a little worried for the competition. With his new mindset he decided that his trusty AE86 needs a full rebuild and a new heart for this season, lurking on has allowed me to keep track of what he has been up to. Serious things are going down.
It’s no secret among the automotive community that AE86’s are great drift platforms and Pat just further proved this fact by putting his through its paces this year in various drift competitions. His AE most certainly took a licking and for the most part kept ticking.
As you can see the car needed a little bit of love during the off season so Pat figured why give something a little love when you can give it a lot of love instead? Since Pat already hand built this car and this sick bagged wag we know he is no stranger to fabrication and hard work.
I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated on this build as it comes a long.