Author Archives: Kevin San

Project Hakosuka: The Plot. It Thickens (no, still doesn’t go)

When we left Project Hako last, the carbs were in, the fuel system was all set up and we were ready to turn the key and see what happens. Of course when you do this, it’s a good idea to … Continue reading


Project Hakosuka: ….almost going.

When we left things yesterday, the brakes were in good shape but the mastercyl needed rebuilding. The carbs had been sent off for refurbishing, but the setup that the car came with left something to be desired (apart from the … Continue reading


Project Hakosuka: Umm….yeah. Still not going.

With the rust now dealt with, and the clutch now fixed, attention was turned to the car’s running gear. Translation: are the wheels going to fall off? Well…I hope not.


Project Hakosuka: Nope. Still doesn’t go.

Where we left things last week were that I’d sent off the carbs to a specialist for rebuilding, and the wayward clutch was fixed. The carb guru estimated that it might take a week to re-do the Webers, so this … Continue reading


Stelvio: love for sale (is love blind?)

A few months ago we did a feature on one of the oddest JDM cars ever. The uber-expensive, very limited edition, handcrafted-in Italy Autech Stelvio. Well…there so happens to be on for sale at the moment on Yahoo Auctions: LINK … Continue reading


Tokyo Daze: Tokyu Hands!

If you go to Japan, one of the JDM institutions you need to pay a visit to is Tokyu Hands. Ostensibly it’s a department store, which seems hell bent on stocking pretty much everything: from hardware, to stationery, to toys … Continue reading


Project Hakosuka: No, she doesn’t go

One of the truths about old cars are that classic cars that are in regular use are the best ones to buy. Old cars (even low mileage cars) that have been inactive or stored for a long time often have … Continue reading


Project Hakosuka: Right Back At The Beginning (Part Two)

  Ok, where we left the story yesterday was that I’d paid for the car, and J-Spec basically takes it from there. The car was picked up from Red Megaphone, and then towed to the docks at Yokohama…where it would wait….and … Continue reading


Project Hakosuka: Right Back At The Beginning (Part One)

Well, I guess I better tell you guys a little more about the car! And I suppose the best place to start is at the beginning. It was almost three months ago that I decided to take the plunge and … Continue reading


So…..I bought a Hakosuka

It’s been quite a long time in the making, but I think we can now let the cat out of the bag. Late last year we hinted that we had some surprising big plans for 2008, and this is one … Continue reading


Love Ear Art: Oldschool Paint Skillz

We came across Love Ear Art the other day, an airbrush artist in Japan who does a lot of work on JDM classics in a true 70s style. Check out his Blog for more of his awesome work.

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JDM Mystery Toy Draw WINNERS!!

Wow, we got quite a lot of entries from all around the world, including Poland, Brazil, Netherlands, New Zealand, Canada and the USA but most of the entries came from Australia. Thanks to everyone who participated, and if you didn’t … Continue reading


DR30 Skyline RS Turbo: Group A Lovin'

We did a piece on the DR30 Skyline and the FJ20 engine quite a long time ago, but a cache of old Group A racing videos on YouTube brought some memories flooding back. I used to have one you see. … Continue reading

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Tokyo Daze: Bicycles!

We kinda alluded to it last week, but in Japan, heaps of people get around on bicycles. That in itself is not so unusual…in Tokyo there are so many train stations and the various lines all criss-cross each other so … Continue reading

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Utilitas: For all your Landcruiser and DR30 Skyline RS Turbo needs…

Yesterday we did a feature on the ultra-cool (and ultra expensive) TLC Icon recreation of the classic FJ40 Landcruiser. If you really want a Landcruiser now, but the Icon was too rich for your blood (and you are in Japan) … Continue reading

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TLC Icon: It costs….HOW much?

There’s no doubt that the FJ40 Landcruiser of the late 60s is a very cool thing. To just look at one, it just oozes offroad mojo, rock-hard toughness and indestructibility. But an FJ40 also has a softer side too. See … Continue reading

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Barracuda: One-Box Revolution

One of the things you notice in JDM classic-car magazines lately is that there is a lot more interest in the older JDM vans. The scene is still in its infancy to a certain extent, but one of the JDM … Continue reading

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Tokyo Daze: BIG Scooter!

One of the cool things that you will see plenty of in Tokyo is the BIG Scooter. Most of us are used to the idea of a scooter being a tiny little thing, pushed along by a putt-putt motor and … Continue reading


Win Mystery JDM Toys!

My good friends at Japanese Nostalgic Car reminded me the other day that I hadn’t unpacked my bags from Japan yet! In their blog, Ben and Dan were given a little mystery toy as a gift, and I’d totally forgotten … Continue reading


JDM Video Clips

After our piece on bosozoku biker tribes a few weeks ago, one of our readers brought it to our attention that the Weezer video clip for Dope Nose features some Kyusha-kai bikers in it! So it got us to thinking … Continue reading

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