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Theme Tuesdays: Unique local motor swaps

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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 fit the vehicles overall theme). This weeks theme Tuesday topic is: Unique local motor swaps

I’ve been to about 25 or so local car shows this summer and one thing that always surprises me is the creativity behind some of the motor swaps I have seen. Some swaps at shows are pretty straight forward and predictable but some enthusiasts must have a screw loose cause these ones are completely off the wall.

It’s this kind of thing that makes the car hobby so appealing to me and since 75% of my viewers are new readers some of these swaps might have been overlooked in my quickly growing catalog  of content.

323 GTX swapped Ford Escort

When I saw this car at Scrape By The Lake I thought it was a joke, and looking at it you can see why. The haphazardly installed kit, gold paint, and old English lettering only take away from the swap little turbo 4 that’s under the hood. That being said no one would take this car seriously at a light and it could cost them….

Originally Posted in: Scrape By The Lake Part 2

Mazda 323 GT motor, shame about the cold valve cover
Mazda 323 GTX motor, shame about the cold valve cover
This car might be the biggest unintentional sleep ever
This car might be the biggest unintentional sleep ever

5.0 swapped Ford Fairmont Futura

When I first saw this car at Tuners Against Street Racing I questioned what the heck it was doing there. The wheels were the first tip that some tomfoolery ways afoot and once I got a chance to peak under the engine bay I saw what was up. Who knew this was part of the Fox body chassis?

Originally posted in: T.A.S.R. Coverage Part Two

The owner said he didnt have time to address the exterior but I think it works as is
The owner said he didn't have time to address the exterior but I think it works as is
All buisness under the hood
All buisness under the hood

454 Swapped Chevy s-10 Blazer

350 swaps in s-10 Blazers are pretty standard, on the web and anyone who doesn’t have the 4.3L (and even those who do) should toss a 350 in their truck. The 454 swap however is a lot less common and way more interesting, it seems brown on brown is the color for sleepers.

Originally posted in: Scrape By The Lake Coverage Part 3

Clean paint, mild drop, nice rims
Clean paint, mild drop, nice rims
Gm built their engine bays  big so you could put whatever you feel like under the hood
Gm built their engine bays big so you could put whatever you feel like under the hood

Corvette Swapped Datsun 280z

I like Datsuns, 510s and 280z in particular, and I also like American motors so this Datsun is a a match made in heaven in my eyes. The new power plant keeps up with the beautiful exterior and  I can only imagine how amazing this car must drive.

Originally Posted on: Scrape By The Lake Part 2

Classic and tasteful exterior modifications
Classic and tasteful exterior modifications
With a not so classic power plant
With a not so classic power plant

Northstar V8 Chevy Cavalier

Scrape by the lake had the most diverse motor swaps of any of the shows I had been to. This is swap is straight up insane, and I don’t really know where to begin describing it. I have seen the Northstar in a few cars but never a Cav, I’ve been able to read through and this swap was done very very well.

Originally Posted on: Scrape By The Lake Part 2

The exterior of this car is pretty heavily modified to match the motor swap
The exterior of this car is pretty heavily modified to match the motor swap
Hell ya.
Hell ya.

3.2L Swapped Honda Civic

This motor (from an Acura TL) is not supposed to fit where it is, really one could argue that it doesn’t fit, however it is where it is and this car drives around just fine. I have seen this car at two shows it got there under its own power. This Civic is a testament of what can happen when someone tells a local member he shouldn’t do something.

Originally Posted in: 6th Annual Toronto Honda Tech Meet and Vagkraft coverage part 1

This motor is the definition of shoe horned into place
This motor is the definition of shoe horned into place
I was really impressed at how well the hood cutout was done
I was really impressed at how well the hood cutout was done
VR6 aint got nothing on this
VR6 ain't got nothing on this

Corvette Swapped Triumph TR6

Triumphs in the GTA are pretty rare and ones with Vette motors under the hood even more so. An American power plant and British sports car handling, what more could one ask for?  Purists be damned.

Originally posted on: Cruisin’ For The Cure 2009

British racing green
British racing green
Bad photo I know, my bad
Bad photo I know, my bad

S200 swapped AE86

Ever since AE86’s have not only shot up in value but popularity as well and whenever a car becomes really popular among the tuning crowd people look for ways to make it stand out. Putting a Honda s2000 motor under the hood of this Corolla made it do just that.

Originally posted on Importfest 2009

Straight out of Initial D
Straight out of Initial D
Oh did I forget to mention the turbo? My bad
Oh did I forget to mention the turbo? My bad
Attention to details
Attention to details

GNX Swapped Camaro

The motor from the Buick Grand National is without a doubt one of the best motors to ever come out of a domestic. A relatively small turbocharged 6 cylinder that can push out absurd amounts of power fairly easily. While I really like them where the GM factor put them I am not mad that things one made its way into this attractive Camaro.

Originally posted in: 20th Annual Kirkfield Carshow & Parade

The intercooler is the only real tip that something different is going on under the hood
The intercooler is the only real tip that something different is going on under the hood
The book under the engine bay documented the entire build
The book under the engine bay documented the entire build

Northstar swapped Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

This is my favorite swap of the bunch, it’s rare to see someone take a car of this vintage and stature and throw air suspension and a new motor in it without taking away from the originally beauty of the car. This one however is done just right and the owner was a heck of a guy to talk too, picked the car up for a steal put in a new sensor and it became a turn key guaranteed head turner. When asked if it went pretty good he said fast enough to get even an old man like me in trouble.

Originally posted in: 20th Annual Kirkfield Carshow & Parade

The new ride height just helps bring out the lines of the car
The new ride height just helps bring out the lines of the car
And this Northstar makes it go
This motor is mounted in a when not factory intended so it can power the rear wheels

Event Coverage: Cruisin For The Cure 2009

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On September 13th, the day after Import fest, the 3rd annual  charity car show took place at  Chingauacousy park in Brampton Ontario. I have mentioned time and time again that I am a fan of charity car shows so I make a point to hit up as many as I can. Cruisin’ for the cure had a pretty decent turn out (although some cars had left by the time I arrived) and a few very unique cars.

The Possum
I saw this car on the road awhile back and wondered what the heck was going on a mural with some dudes face on the front of a tour bus, weird. Well turns out the Possum is a country singer names , or no show Jones when he is drinking.

The possum
The possum

Eco Friendly vehicles
Green cars are nothing new, people have been trying to make fuel efficient vehicles for years.

1958 Henikel Micro car
1958 Henikel Micro car
Pretty neat reading about these cars, smaller than the Isetta!
Pretty neat reading about these cars, smaller than the Isetta!
1981 Freeway HMW (High Mileage Vehicle)
1981 Freeway HMV (High Mileage Vehicle)
$3500 brand new.
$3500 brand new.

The Skorpion
I really should have talked to the owners of this vehicle but I figured I would be able to figure out what it was via google, product of working on the internet I guess, however I have not been able to figure out anything about this car. Can someone help me out?

Kit car perhaps?
Kit car perhaps?
I've never seen another one of these anywhwere
I've never seen another one of these anywhwere

Sting Ray
This Sting Ray was pretty wild, I have never seen one with swing up doors before, the flame job is pretty dope though, wonder how old the owner is.

Realistic flames are always works of art
Realistic flames are always works of art
Doors would not have been my choice
Doors would not have been my choice

The Triumph
This Triumph was awesome, I would really enjoy a ride in it.

My librarian in Elementary school  drive a Triumph
My librarian in Elementary school drive a Triumph
However I am pretty sure his did not have this under the hood
However I am pretty sure his did not have this under the hood

Trucks

Thirty Eight Chevy Pickup
Thirty Eight Chevy Pickup
Best a/c ever
Best a/c ever
This is basically a train that goes on the highway
This is basically a train that goes on the highway
The plate says Bubba's 71 and Bubba has probably had it since 71
The plate says Bubba
350  TPI swapped 2 door blazer
350 TPI swapped 2 door blazer
It's interesting that older Chevy trucks used to be so round compared to what came later
It's interesting that older Chevy trucks used to be so round compared to what came later
Perfect execution
Perfect execution

Muscle

White pala
White pala
Nothing but American iron
Nothing but American iron
First red Barracuda I've seen
First red Barracuda I've seen
Growing up  I loved these 76 Camaros
Growing up I loved these 76 Camaros They look a little dated now
These z28s just get better with time
These z28s however just get better with time
The new Camaros are nice for sure but I would still rather a classic
The new Camaros are nice for sure but I would still rather a classic
Good to see the new Chargers have almost as much presence as old
Good to see the new Chargers have almost as much presence as old
New Challenger R/T
New Challenger R/T

Street Rods and Hot Rodbs

The owner of this rag top saw me coming and sat on the hood to give it a bit more stance
The owner of this rag top saw me coming and sat on the hood to give it a lower stance
Highboys always get lots of love from me
Highboys always get lots of love from me
Lowboys get love too
Lowboys get love too
Love the lines on this roadster
Love the lines on this roadster
Another sweet custom rod whose origin I can't pin point
Another sweet custom rod whose origin I can't pin point
If you don't like Cobras something is wrong with you
If you don't like Cobras something is wrong with you
You don't see T buckets done this well very often
You don't see T buckets done this well very often
This three window coupe had quite the laundry list of modifications
This three window coupe had quite the laundry list of modifications
This interior is full of win
This interior is full of win
This was really unexpected
This was really unexpected

Featured Shop: Simply Tire

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Some shops do great business due to great pricing, others with a wide selection of products, a few get by with good service, but a great shop does all of these things and this feature shop, , is one of those. My own experience with is proof of this since first experience with them I didn’t receive my product, however what makes this so remarkable is that where other company’s would have accepted one lost customer and bad review in exchange for 10 new ones makes sure to keep every customer they encounter no matter what the cost.

My car out front of Simply Tire
My car out front of Simply Tire

Simply Tire is a sponsor on many of the local GTA message boards so when I needed winter tires for my Mazda 3 I joined a organized . Last year however due to it made it tough for vendors and therefor consumers to get their product. I was a little miffed at the idea that I put a deposit for tires I never received but Allen’s many satisfied customers assured me that he would make up for this.

More wheels on display
More wheels on display

Winter had long since passed and I had kind of forgot about the whole incident since I did end up with a set of tires (which are for sale) but Allen then sent me an reminding me that I had a credit with him and that we should work something out to settle up finances and settle our differences. This gesture meant a lot to me considering I had forgot about the deposit and he could have easily kept the money.

So I took the trip down to see Allen and had my calipers painted black and Mazda decals applied with the amount left on my deposit. Both Allen and his wife were courteous, honest hosts and the Shop was one of the nicer ones I have been in and this includes big box tire shops such as Active Green and Ross.

Some of the wheels on display at Simply
Some of the wheels on display at Simply including the Sportmaxx 002s

Upon my leaving Allen informed me that I would need new tires for next season, which was 100% true, and that I should come by when I do and he would hook me up with a great price. Knowing I was going to be wheel shopping later in the summer I told him I would be back to get set up with no rollers.

Over the course of the summer I was entertaining a few different wheel ideas and had PM’d Allen about some wheel choices that would work and he was willing to set me up with a great deal on a set of  and tires. Even though I ended up going a different route entirely with my wheels I did go see Allen for tires and as promised he hooked me up with a great deal on tires, centering rings, and lug nuts.

View into the garage of Simply Tire
View into the garage of Simply Tire

One of the best things about Simply Tire is that when you book an appointment with them you are in within 15 minutes of the time you reserved, with my chronic lateness this has meant that my car has been taken care of as soon as I show up. Simply also has a great waiting room with a flat screen tv, comfy chairs, magazines and free coffee cookies and tea. Since the customers at Simply are also not in as bad a mood as customers at most other automotive shops (due to the great prices) casual conversations are normally going on to help kill your waiting time as well.

I have been to a lot of dealerships that don't offer free coffee and tea
I have been to a lot of dealerships that don't offer free coffee and tea

Simply Tire is open Tuesday to Friday 10-6pm Saturdays 10-4pm and Sundays from the 10-4 during the months of April, May, June, July & October November, December, and January they are closed on Mondays

Simply is located at:
Simply Tire
515 Champagne Drive,
Toronto, Ontario,
M3J 2C6

The best way to them is by far the telephone (416 916 9233) or at . Respone times for phone calls is normally within a few rings and if not then withing 1-2 phone calls this is due to Allen being extremely busy every time I have been to the shop. However once you speak with him he will take the time to answer your questions and accommodate your requests even if it is after business hours.

Email responses are normally within 1-2 days depending on the season, peak times for Simply, like any other tire shop, are very busy so don’t be surprised if you end up dealing with his wife or even mother on occasion, it’s a family affair.

Allen is the type of business owner that works for his customers and therefore the type of shop that Grosirbajuanak fully supports.

Ready to roll thanks to Simply
Ready to roll thanks to Simply

More Photos from my day at Simply Tire

When a shop owner drives a car of this cailiber you know you are in good hands
When a shop owner drives a car of this cailiber you know you are in good hands
Another shot of Allens Porsche
Another shot of Allen
The Simply Tire office is full of  promo gear
The Simply Tire office is full of promo gear

WTF Friday: Street Legal Bumper cars… wait what?

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If the title of this post threw you for a bit of a loop that’s because seeing a bumper car drive down the street would do the exact same thing and yet it seems like this is quite common place in some cities, San Diego in particular. The real question is how did this come to be?

Amusement parks shut down all the time and if the bumper cars do not get sold to another amusement park or fair they are often just sold off to collectors. Some collectors (the lame ones) just put them in their house and stare at them where others slap they body on a custom frame built around a motorcycle motor and drive them down the street.

I am a big fan of the latter type of collector and a big fan of these vehicles.

Fast flames = fast
Fast flames = fast
Woody
Woody
Classy
Classy
This guy is way cooler than you
This guy is way cooler than you
This would turn some heads rollin down the street
This would turn some heads rollin down the street
The fact that so many of these exist warms my heart
The fact that so many of these exist warms my heart

I wonder if I could find one of these on ebay one day, maybe make a 4×4 version with a roll cage and have some real fun. Let’s hope I never get my hands on one for my own safety.

Nice 2002 build

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The has always been interesting little car in my eyes since had a fairly futuristic name (for when they came out), a small light nimble chassis, and can fly turbo or s14 motor equipped. Tie that in with a unique vintage look and you have a winner of a car. This is why when I saw I figured I would throw it up here for any other possible 2002 fans who read Grosirbajuanak.

The 2002 in question has already received a resto-mod a few years ago and that made it an interesting little head turner.

The 2002 before going under the knife for the second time
The 2002 before going under the knife for the second time

However after being daily driven (I had seen this car in the snow) for a few years the car needed to go under the knife again for some body work so the owner figured it was time to take the car to the next level.

Deep dish, big flares
Deep dish, big flares
This is going to be a build to watch
This is going to be a build to watch

I will be following this build and you are welcome to join me.

Time to step up our car show game

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I recently saw a post on a about the right way to do a car show and inside was a link to a video from the Tuning show in Budapest. After watching the video it became dreadfully apparent that we got some catching up to do on this side of the pond in regards to our shows.

Not only is the production of the video amazing the cars, girls, and stage events are better than anything I have seen here. Anyone want to fly me over to Budapest next year to cover this event? I would be forever in your debt.

CarSytling.hu Tuning Show 2009 Video (Scantily clad women may be NSFW)

from on .

Photos from previous events via their press kit

The charger looks like the one from the Fast and The Furious not sure if it is though
The charger looks like the one from the Fast and The Furious not sure if it is though
Skyline on Blue Eneki RPF-1s
Skyline on Blue Eneki RPF-1s
These rims don't come this big over here.
These rims don't come this big over here.
We don't get these cars over here either
We don't get these cars over here either
This Rx-7 is seven types of crazy. Seriously.
This Rx-7 is seven types of crazy. Seriously look at all that CF
Not just a show and shine but drifiting events as well
Not just a show and shine but drifiting events as well
Love these Audi's
Love these Audi's
Models are mandatory
Models are mandatory
Budapest models are serious
Why so serious girls? Crack a smile

For more info on the carstyling.hu show and how to send me there visit:

What’s up Windsor!

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Stanley, the owner of this flushed out Subaru, sent over some pictures of a local Windsor mini meet. Windsor really isn’t all that far and my friend Steve claims the bars there are awesome so who knows maybe you will see me out at a Windsor meet sometime soon. If you want to send in pics of your local mini meet drop me a line at

Toronto or Windsor lakeshore's make for great backdrops
Toronto or Windsor lakeshore's make for great backdrops
10 cars and one bike is a very respectable mini meet
10 cars and one bike is a very respectable mini meet
A chill local hangout is essential to every scene
A chill local hangout is essential to every scene
Being natrually aspirated this makes me jealous
Being naturally aspirated this makes me jealous

Just Tekken advantage of the traffic boost….

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Just thought I would take a second to everyone who came over from the post on showcasing the ‘unique’ Ford Contour from this years Import Fest. Getting a link back from a major blog is one of the things I recently wrote down as a goal for this site and the gawker network has some of the biggest networks on the net so it was really exciting to see it happen so soon.

I appreciate everyone who took the time to click through (all 700 of you) and join me here at Grosirbajuanak I hope that some of you continue to check out the site however if you are just going to read  and run I have one more interesting themed show car you should check out before you go, the 944 Batmobile.

The following is what happens when one die hard Batman fan owns a black Porsche 944 that is a little rough around the edges, while not as raw and powerful as the , or as iconic as the , or the first movie this one is still better than that monstrosity.

Even someone with pockets as deep as Bruce Wayne needs a daily, the 944 mobile is way easier to park than the Tumbler
Even someone with pockets as deep as Bruce Wayne needs a daily, the 944 mobile is way easier to park than the Tumbler
I really wished this was functional but alas it was not
I really wished this was functional but alas it was not
One of those switches has to operate the oil slick
One of those switches has to operate the oil slick
Holy jet fighter controls Batman!
Holy jet fighter controls Batman!

Theme Tuesdays: Air Bag Love

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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 fit the vehicles overall theme). This weeks theme Tuesday topic is: Bagged Rides

Decided to actually go with a theme this week and not a type of car. For awhile air bags seemed pretty much restricted to mini trucks, however times have changed and everyone is getting on the bandwagon and rightfully so since bags are the best of both words, low when parked or cruising, and higher when you need to get down to business.

Minitrucks
The originators of all this air bag business, drag that shit.

Fullsize layin frame
Fullsize layin frame
Bagged 454 ss
Bagged 454 ss
The Red baron
The Red baron
This picture is famous but just gets better the more you see it
This picture is famous but just gets better the more you see it
This car is so disturbingly awesome. Check out the build link under this photo
This truck is so disturbingly awesome. Check out the build link under this photo

Muscle cars
If you build it someone will bag it

Muscle cars gettin in on it, check the rear dish
Muscle cars gettin in on it, check the rear dish

VW
The VW crowd is not one to be left out of anything ever.

Bagged GTI on stock rims vs a normal GTI
Bagged GTI on stock rims vs a normal GTI
Bagged GTI with the wheels installed
Bagged GTI with the wheels installed
More bagged VW Luv
More bagged VW Luv

Audi, Mercedes, Minis
Audi and Mercedes fans follow suit.

Bagged benzo
Bagged benzo
Benz dragging that shit.
Benz dragging that shit.
2 speedhunters feature rides
2 speedhunters feature rides
I've posted this bagged mini before, it's illy.
I've posted this bagged mini before, it's illy.
Beautiful
Beautiful

VIP
Vip builds are always pretty serious and big wheels with tight fitment and low slung stance are essential. So adding air ride is just an extension of that.

VIP build over on the chronicles, I think these are 22s and they bagged it in a day or so
VIP build over on the chronicles, 20 Brabus wheels
VIP cars are big bag  supporters
VIP cars are big bag supporters
Deep dish
Deep dish

Girlfriend shot my car

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I’m not a really big self hype kind of guy I would rather toss over the accolades to someone else and let my work continue to be the platform to showcase the work of others. So that being said here is a collection of exceptional photos of my girlfriends first foray into automotive photography using my ride as the test mule.

Lyndsey did an excellent job of choosing great locations for all of these photos all I had to do was wash my car, show up, and park.

For those of you viewing from out of town (or even out of country) all of these shots were taken at with the backdrops spied out by Lyndsey’s creative eye.

If you want to head out and use this venue for photos of your own security is really light on days when there are no events.

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What looked like an average wall to me turns into an artistic backdrop
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Glad I washed my car
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The architecture around the Ex is pretty rad
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What's ground clearance
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Sunday is a bike company if you were wondering
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Not a cloud in the sky
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The chairs seen in earlier shots were used for these angles
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I would have never thought of this
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</3 Speedbumps
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I like the green trim on the roofs
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Just noticed the area is surprisingly litter free
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This is one of my personal favorites
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We were worried security would be all over us but no issue
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Thank god I can reverse straight
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Lyndsey's personal fav
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This photo is a fan favorite

Her photography site at is not fully up yet but her is up and running at

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