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Theme Tuesdays: Small Diameter Wheel Appreciation

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Wheels have grown, quite steadily, in both diameter and width since this site’s inception. To be honest, it’s pretty hard to deny the appeal of large diameter wheels. Their physical size makes them hard to ignore, and done right there’s no question they look great.

A drift car with 18 x large wheels hucked sideways dragging kit through a corner looks phenomenal. As does a minitruck skating by on 22s.

But small diameter wheels have their place too. When paired with a restrained exterior, smaller diameter wheels help complete a “clean” aesthetic for lack of a better term.

I’ve never done a small diameter wheel Theme Tuesday before, but 2018 seems like the year to start.

Santi went from big wheels and a large kit, to small wheels, and honestly I think it was a good switch up
It doesn’t look like he’s going back anytime soon, now owning two sets of smaller diameter wheels
The Work Equip 40 wheel is a great new, small diameter wheel

Elvis of Stance Nation recently used them to great success here

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These wats might be bordering on standard size, but I think with the chunky sidewall I’ll slide them in here, also because 2+2
Ditto can be said for this set, on a work in progress Datsun in the parking lot of Fitted a few years ago
This Fiat looked pretty god on these BBS RS wheels, they were a little too wide, but from a profile view they looked great, these wheels were later switched out for much taller Rockstar wheels
Has anyone seen this car within the past two years or so? – Photo: The
Originally built for a Ferrari I’m not sure where these 15″ Campagnolo wheels ended up
9 times out of ten the ae86 looks best on 15s or smaller
Case in point
This post is incomplete without some Miata love

Hard to do wrong with classic Japanese tin and small wheels

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But let us not forget how awesome these Dodge vans look on tiny wats!

At 13×12 these wheels are almost as wide as they are tall!

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These wheels were actually legitimately golf kart wheels
These mini wheels, while still small in diameter, are actual car wheels
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Trucks

Don’t worry truck guys, I didn’t forget you guys with this one! Big wheels are totally in style now, but don’t forget the little guys.

The small billets on the Mazda on the left has always been fitting
It suits the look of the truck overall very well
I’ve never seen this hardbody again, but it was oh so right at Imporfest in 2012
Wires on a clean s truck is another great retro look
A bit more modern, the Black Anvil Garage truck combines several stylistic elements to make a killer looking truck

Motor Monday: A Gasser Called Superstition

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In my 2017 look back I mentioned forthcoming site tweaks for 2018 and beyond. One of those tweaks is the addition of bi-weekly #motormonday posts. The Motor Monday series will supplement and posts of the same name.

Facebook and Instagram are great, but often not the best medium for some of the more interesting motor set ups I have in the archives.

Entry one in this series is ‘Superstition’ a 1957 Bel Air spotted at the 2017 Detroit Autorama. ‘Superstition’ is a real deal surviving competitive drag car from the heyday of Hot Rodding.

If you’ve read the Thunderball feature then you already know how much I  love survivors.

Superstition is powered by a big, bad 400 cubic inch Pontiac V8. Atop the V8 is a period correct GMC blower. Despite looking somewhat neglected the motor is very healthy and runs quite well. Don’t just take my word for it though, hit play below.

Given the aggressive motor setback, and stance, I’m sure you have all deduced that this car was built for straight line dominance. Additional function forward modifications include a Ford straight axle conversion and an extremely spartan interior.

In its prime the car ran a 10 second quarter-mile at 125 MPH. With new rubber and a daring pilot it just might be able to do that again today.

The rarity of a drag car surviving this in tact has made Superstition the subject of a few different features online. The most in-depth of those features can be found .

A truly gnarly car Superstition is a great way to start of a new series here on SIE.

WTF Friday: Master Of Illusion

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The last WTF Friday of 2017 was a little a subtle red sleeper, and the first WTF Friday post of 2018 is a, subtle red body swap. Well, somewhat subtle depending on how much of a Corvette purist you are.

This one-off Corvette was born in Washington state, and it’s a 1967 (C2) Corvette Roadster body that’s been put on top of a 1993 (C4) Convertible.

At a quick glance, the car does a pretty good job of convincing you it is a slightly modified ’67 Corvette. It looks fairly right, but, at the same time the more you study it, the more things seems slightly amiss.

The builders did a really good job, all things considered, but the main tell is the windshield. It’s raked further back than the windshield of a ’60s vehicle.

A soft top was used to try to mask the difference, but it is pretty obvious, especially from the side.

However at the front three quarter angle above the proportions of the body look very reasonable. I’m sure there’s some widening going on somewhere to accommodate the generation jump between the two cars but I can’t tell quite where they’ve added material, can you?

Looking past the windshield you can see late model seats used.

Those seats come from yet another generation of Corvette, the C5, and are power leather units installed into an otherwise factory C4 interior.

The 300HP LT-1 came with the one owner donor chassis and sits under a custom engine cover. Likely the only one of its kind this little red Corvette is up for sale at .

 

 

Theme Tuesdays: Five Cars I Want To Photograph in 2018

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In 2017 I ended up getting a slow start when it came to feature vehicles, leaving a lot of killer Ontario cars on the table to circle back on in 2018.

On the train to work this morning I decided to scribble down an additional short list of vehicles to add to the previous 2017 list.

To keep myself honest, I am going to post those five in the hopes that peer pressure will force me to make it happen.

This could all blow up in my face, because featuring all these cars in one year might be a bit ambitious –especially when you consider weather, conflicting schedules, and vehicle readiness– but that’s not the kind of thinking to start a year off with now is it?

1. Matt’s Dodge Club Coupe

I’ve known Matt for years, he’s probably one of the most talented yet humble individuals I’ve ever met, so properly spotlighting his Dodge is long overdue.

From a patina standpoint Matt’s car has some of the best I have ever seen. He put a little elbow grease into cleaning it up, but all of it, including the visor, is natural.

He’s tastefully selected from that natural color palate for everything he has added to the car as well, resulting in an elegant looking laid out Dodge.

There’s also a significant amount of fabrication hidden in the car enabling it to sit as low as it does. Those details might be really hard to capture but I’d love to give it a shot.

2. Dynamotorsports’s Toyota Celica

I’ve seen this Celica at shows for the past three years, and since it’s now running the chance I might be able to feature it seems a little more realistic.

I’ve never actually met, or talked to the owner of this car, so I’ve got a few hands to shake before this happens but this list is all about goals right?

From an exterior perspective the car is fairly understated, at least from the sides and rear.

The wheels are super wide, as are the tires, but the lack of dish and gloss black finish help downplay that to some degree.

With this car, the real show stopper is under the hood with the dual charged 2UZ motor. Using a Ford SVT charger with a Japanese motor and a giant turbo? Right up my alley.

3. The Cyrious Garageworks Dodge Charger


This is probably putting a bunch of undue stress on the guys at , but this is one car I really want to shoot when complete.
The World War Z Camaro feature is currently the most popular feature ever on this site and I think the Charger could eclipse that.
Reactions to the car have already been quite knee jerk, and even though the internet might believe Cyrious is building this car solely to piss of the purists, that isn’t their goal.

They are simply executing another crazy idea Miro has in his head. Miro’s vision combined the talent within the walls of Cyrious Garageworks will result in one very feature worth vehicle.

Not sure if I’ll be able to get to it first, but you can make damn sure if it is done I am going to b line to Cyrious.

4. Jordan’s Ford F100

Jordan’s F-100 is one of the cleanest, unfinished, vehicles I had the pleasure of seeing in 2017. Like most of the builds preceding this truck I’ve mentioned it a few times.

I spent a long time ogling it at the E.L.T.A. summer bash in awe of just how clean it is, from the air management set up to the great looking engine bay. The fabrication, fit, and finish are all absolutely top notch.

The truck also has one of the best looking interiors on this list.

5. Mustang Kyle’s “Mustang”

One of the hottest cars in Ontario now, and all across the internet really, is Kyle “” Scaife’s 67 “Mustang”.

Mustang is in quotes because, as Kyle explains below, the car is actually more C5 Corvette than it is Mustang.

The car was on the road as of August of last year, and Kyle and I spent the remainder of the season passing like ships in the night. Hopefully this year we can connect, but at the very least I just want to see the darn thing in person.

Are these five cars the only cars I want to shoot for 2018? Heck no, but if I can hit these five at minimum I know it will be a great year ahead.

If I were to make this list an even ten, what five would you add-on?

2017

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Here we are, just shy of 365 days from where we began, at the end of 2017. 2017 marks Grosirbajuanak’s seventh full year in operation and seven years is a long time, practically eons, in internet terms.

In those seven years several similar sites have come and gone and the staying power of SIE is not something I take for granted. Be it stupidity, stubbornness, or both, I am not ready to let this site go the way of the Dodo. Standing strong and maintaining a loyal readership is something I am incredible proud of and therefore I’m in it for the long haul.

Each year has marked some sort of growth and change for Grosirbajuanak and 2017 has been one of the most challenging so far. The blog life balance certainly skewed a bit more towards life this year, but because this blog has crossed over into so many parts of my life those scales tipping isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

2017 served up several significant demands on my time, one of the most import (and fun) being this guy:

As any parent can tell you having ‘threenager’ is a challenge but I’m quite lucky that my son Ash is –at least currently– quite into cars. This means he’s happily tagged along to a number of shows this year.

He’s also begun to take quite an interest in the mechanics of the vehicles asking to see under the hood, or stay at certain cars a little longer to take in a detail or two.

Ironically his tastes seem to be skewing towards lifted vehicles… time will tell if that remains the case of course.

Another, significant, draw on my waking hours has been freelance work. I’ve contributed photography and text to a number of publications this year and it’s looking like 2018 will continue this trend.

This is something I am certainly not going to complain about because that work directly contributes to funding the final time hog, Project Why Wait.

Be it time spent on the computer researching parts, working in the garage pushing past build milestones, or generating piles of scrap learning how to fabricate, one of the most popular post series on this site is at odds with the amount of time I can spend working on the site.

But, however many hours it steals away from my life, the journey thus far has been incredible. It’s been all the challenge I’ve wanted (and a bit more if I’m to be honest) and the support and encouragement I’ve received as I fumble through has been overwhelming.

I appreciate that so many of you have picked up on the passion I have for the project and offered support in any way you can. I will do my best not to let all of you down and see this project through to the end.

Hopefully by the end I will have inspired a reader or two to pick up some tools and give a project a try.

With all of that said 2017 has still been a very successful year for Stance is Everything. From a sheer numbers perspective the amount of events and vehicles featured in 2017 might have been fewer, but the diversity and quality remained at the level you’ve come to expect from SIE.

I had the opportunity to attend the usual suspects, Fitted, Lowrider BBQs and a few cruise-ins as well as returning to a few of my favourite local events, namely CSCS and The E.L.T.A Summer Bash.


Of course I also manged to hop from a style oriented drift event one weekend, to a classic car show the next, because diversity is a mainstay of this website.

Weaving in and out of the several automotive niches is a large contributing factor to this site’s continued success.

Niches are great, but I like a bit of everything, and if you’re reading this you like a bit of everything so while you can expect some change in the day-to-day operation of Grosirbajuanak, the diversity won’t be going anywhere.

There are plenty of events I’ve still yet to attend, and several vehicles left for me to shoot before I put a fork in this site and call it ‘done’.

Combine vehicles and events, with a few editorial topics I have yet to touch, and “done” isn’t something you have to worry about labeling Grosirbajuanak in 2018.

I’ve got a lot of ideas, and plenty of drive left, so with few tweaks under the hood, and plenty of support, SIE will keep rolling on through to 2018 and beyond.

So thanks again for your continued support this year, and hope to see you again next.

WTF Friday: Classy V8 Cavy

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Cavaliers were one of the most popular disposable heroes of the General Motors line up. Designed as a generic runabout they sold quite well from their first generation release in the 80s, up until the end of the line globally in 2005.

I’m not a J body fanatic by any means, but, I’ve seen my fair share, and I don’t think it is a stretch to say that heavily modified examples are fairly uncommon. By heavily modified I don’t just mean wheels, kit, bags etc (those are quite prevalent). I mean ones that have been converted from FWD uni-body cars to rear wheel drive v8 powered ones.

Putting that much time and effort into a chassis that many would say doesn’t deserve it isn’t for the faint of heart. But, there are always those who prefer to swim up-stream and I’d say this owner from British Columbia likes to fight the current.

He took his never winter driven pride and joy and transformed it into a real sleeper. Sleeper is a bit of an overused term these days, but looking at the car above would you expect it to have a Holley four barrel topped 5.7L v8 under the hood?

Sure, the cowl is a bit of a give away but for the most part the car holds its cards tight to the chest.

Tucked in a cleaned up black engine bay the small block is backed by a C700 four speed auto transmission fit with a 2200 stall torque converter.

You can’t really see it in the photo above but hung off the back of a custom frame is a Detroit 9″ posi rear end with a 2.75 gear ratio. At the front of the frame is a Mustang II suspension, aka, the hot rod front end swiss army knife.

The proportions of the body are unchanged, and the ride height even appears to be similar to that of a stock Cavalier, helping again reaffirm the sleeper status.

If the photo above tells the tale the combination works quite well, and the owner had the car appraised at a decent $16,000 Canadian a few years ago.

It is currently listed at best offer, though I can’t possible fathom what a reasonable offer is for a car of this nature. It is after all still a Cavalier but, if you want to try your luck offer up .

WTF Friday: Rocket Powered Lincoln…. Uh Rocket?

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As an 80s baby, and therefore a 90s child, I wasn’t able to experience the 70s first hand but from everything I have ever read or seen it looks like it was nuts. Absolute off the wall insanity fueled by cigarettes, beer, and probably a host of other mind altering chemicals.

No idea was a bad idea, and any idea was possible. Stuntmen where kings and thought up the craziest things imaginable in an attempt to etch their name in the history books regardless of how many bones had to be broken to get the job done.

One such stunman was Ken Carter thought the idea of jumping a 1979 Lincoln Continental (fit with hydrogen peroxide fueled rockets no less!) over the St Lawrence River from Canadian side to the American side was a great idea.

Sound crazy? Well that’s because it was certifiably nuts. It was so crazy that Evel Knievel himself showed up to the jump and said “looks like a dangerous jump to me boy”. If Evel thinks something is crazy it probably is.

The Coles Notes of the Ken Carter story is that in the end neither car or driver made it the distance, but really that is the least surprising part of the story.

 

Ken actually spent five years of his life, and all of his money, trying to make the jump happen. In those five years the number of warning signs he flat-out ignored were numerous.

Fuel tanks exploded, the weather didn’t cooperate, the car itself performed fairly sub par during shake down runs, and he had no real landing plan other than “this is approximately exactly” where we are going to land.

The Documentary, The Devil At Your Heels, chronicles the entire journey from idea to jump. It is not only an interesting watch, but unintentionally hilarious. If nothing else the documentary serves as an example of how far you can get with determination and stubbornness.

Belive in yourself, and do your best to convince others along the way and you too can try to jump a Lincoln over the St. Lawrence.

If you have the time, give it a watch/listen like I did. There’s a bit of a plot twist at the end as well that I really didn’t see coming. Sadly Ken later died attempting a variation of the jump over a pond at a race track in Peterborough Ontario. After requesting more rocket fuel he over shot the landing and landed on the roof of his Firebird.

While that car has been found (below) the Lincoln remains mysteriously missing.

Perhaps one day it will turn up but there’s a better chance it was crushed in silence as people tried to forget just how much money was sunk into the entire project.

Theme Tuesdays: ‘Tis The Season 2017

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Christmas! Very suddenly it is less than a week away. If you’re like me, and still have shopping left to do, coyly raise your hand without your family or significant other noticing.

The holiday spirit is certainly in the air here, but the ground is a different story. It’s a slushy mess outside that nobody really enjoys. None the less Christmas is on its way.

This year’s holiday focused Theme Tuesday is almost equal parts photo and video. Hopefully you enjoy.

Featured ride owner Bob Ward in a Christmas themed photo shoot a few weeks back
A very lowrider Merry Christmas via
The lowrider guys actually seem to be all about celebrating Christmas properly Photo:
in New York do a yearly Christmas Cruise, details of the 2016 Cruise are here
Amazon Prime cant compare to Santa in a Dragster Via:

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As always all the best to you and yours over the holiday season whether you celebrate Christmas or not.

Lost Coverage: The 2017 Tottenham Car And Truck Show

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Anyone who’s seen Jurassic Park is likely familiar with the quote “Life finds a way”. In the movie Jeff Goldblum’s character said it in reference to dinosaurs finding a way to, well, basically, do whatever they want despite our best efforts.

In real world terms, life (aka adult responsibilities) finds a way to basically get in the way of things. An odd concept, considering these things are what make up our lives… but you know what I mean.

I’ve talked about life, and it’s impact on the site here before, and will likely again, and it is life that swallowed up the coverage of this event, the Tottenham Classic Car and Truck show.

2017 was actually my, or rather our (I brought the whole family), second year attending the show, and 2018 will probably be my third year.

Why? Because it’s a really a great event. Held at the Tottenham campgrounds it’s a great show to either come for the day, or stay for the weekend like we did.

The main reason the SIE family returned to the show was because of the kids vehicle class. My son had an absolute blast last year and before every event I took him to this year he asked if it was the one with the “tiny” car show.

Though his own “Power Wheels” is bone stock (that life chestnut strikes again) he’s more proud of it than anything so it’s nice to bring it with us for a change.

As far as full-scale cars go, this show has everything you’d expect from a classic car event. Muscle, customs, and hot rods I’m sure there was even a motorcycle or two I might have missed.

Though It’s billed as a classic car event I’m pretty sure the organizers would welcome a few more trucks and imports next year. Just sayin’.

One of the coolest cars at the event was this Mini. The Batman car seat is really just the icing on the cake with this one.

As it’s plain to see the proportions of this particular mini are, vastly different from a standard Mini.

I’m not sure exactly how much wider it is than stock, but, its siginifcant none the less. The reason for the added girth is as interesting as the wrap on the car wears.

Stuffed horizontally in the rear of the car is a 350 small block. If I remember from posting it months ago, it’s mated to an Oldsmobile Tornado transmission and the whole set up is likely why the Mini is so darn wide.

The other reasons can likely be attributed to handling and traction benefits.

If you prefer your rubber inside stock bodies (and axles incredibly narrow) this Malibu was impossible to ignore thundering through the entrance.

It’s no real secret that I am a Pro Street fan so I had to get a closer look at it.

Apparently the car had a blown motor leading up to the show and this was one of the first times it had been brought back out after a rebuild.

Had I not been told, I wouldn’t have known because the car certainly look like it recently had a motor swapped into it.

Any fans of 70s Street Machines reading this? If so then you probably like this 1907 Charger as much as I do. As much as stretched tires and camber can be linked to this generation, fat rubber, rake and Cragars can be linked to that of the 70s.

Arguments as to which look is better are best left to someone else however.

Dubbed, and branded, the Black Bitch, it looks like this car’s no joke. I’ve never seen it before, but if I see it again I might need to chat with the owner about exactly how much power the chicken eating 500 stroker is putting to the floor.

Ontario has more ‘Kustom’ cars than I’d ever imagined. We might not have near the same amount as California but, we certainly have our fair share.

This Ford Meteor might look subtle at first glance but there’s quite a bit going on. Take the lack of door handles, frenched headlights and lake side pipes. All calling cards of a traditional kustom car.

Keen eyes have probably also noticed that there are also louvers punched into the hood.

Under the louvers is a McCulloch supercharged power plant. I’ve mentioned Mculloch’s previously, and shown this engine bay before, as it’s the only car I’ve ever seen with one.

It is a fairly unique looking unit and one of few according to the owner.

Not sure how much power they make, but it makes the engine bay of this Ford just as noteworthy as the exterior.

Speaking of noteworthy exteriors how about this 1940 Mercury Custom that’s been given the face of a 1950s Cadillac. This car has pretty well every paint trick in the book applied to it.

Windows, flake, lace, flames. This car has all of it, and a lot of it. The work was done by the owner Trevor Downing, right down to borrowing the lace drapes from his Grandmother.

My son got a kick out of this one dubbing the ‘rainbow’ car his favorite of the show. It’s a 454 powered car that’s static in the front with bags in the rear.

The only reason it’s got bags in the rear is because the owner’s son uses a power wheel chair and apparently riding static with the extra weight cause the car to get beached a bit more often than one would like.

As the day went on more and more cars pulled into the event, the variety of which seemed to constantly grow.

Stock firetrucks don’t often (well ever really) make the site but this former Tottenham pumper was too cool not to take a photo of two of.

The vintage life saving tools were pretty interesting to look at. I think those might be early jaws of life?

Looking back at these photos now, about a month before the coldest part of winter, is a bit of a tease, but what’s better than a little something to look forward to for next summer eh?

Theme Tuesdays: Three Spokes

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I’m going to be completely honest and admit that for quite some time I really didn’t like three spoke wheels. However, as I got older (and perhaps  slightly wiser) I was exposed to a wider variety of three spoke wheels and they started to grow on me.

In the right hands, on the right car, and most importantly at the right height, three spoke wheels look pretty damn good.

Would I run a set today? Well… I might not be willing to go that far, but I will hat tip to a few great examples of their use.

Leading this post off with Super Advan wheels seems fitting
They are a wheel that have become quite popular in recent years. It doesn’t hurt they come in a few different configurations
Like many wheels the wider the better
This IS300 was part of the recent IS300 Theme Tuesday, did a great job capturing it
Enkei RSII’s are a set of three spokes that I have never seen in person
Classic KMC wheels on this slammed CB Accord Photo:
Advan Oni’s look damn good on this Toyota Chaser
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or 4?
Not sure the make of these wheels, but they look great on this MK4 Photo:
MK3 looking pretty damn good on Prime 3 spokes
OZ Cygnus wheels almost look like Prime three spoke wheels on steroids Photo:
This is probably the only car other than a Viper you will see on these wheels. They have been narrowed to fit the car, something you don’t often see done – Photo: Someguy photography
Dylan Leff’s Celica is a thing of beauty – Photo:
I’m not sure what model of three spoke wheels these are, but they look really classy on this e36 Photo:
I’ve been a big fan of this particular e36 after seeing in the flesh at SEMA a few years ago. These split 3 spokes from Rotiform are pretty unique, but work quite well here – Photo:

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