The Sergeant Race Division fenders are now installed, and the Kanjyozaku is complete. There’s a few things why I nicked named this project that; Char’s custom Zaku II is basically a souped up base model mobile suit, just like my Civic.
Two, it has different shades of red (pink lol). And of course kanjyo for the homage.
The install was straight forward, nothing crazy
This week was full of accomplishments, I hope it’s the same for y’all. Flex!
Last week I sent the van out to get some well needed maintenance done. I’m talking about every seal replaced, motor mounts, and timing belts. Of course I sent it to a shop I trust because I don’t have the time nor space to do that kind of work. If y’all in San Diego and need a reputable shop to get work done right, let me know, I’ll point you in the right direction.
The next thing on the maintenance list is something I do have the time and space to do; radiator replacement.
All better. I feel accomplished. However since I installed a new AC compressor last year, the AC still bucks… Definitely a long term path to fix that. In the mean time I will enjoy the van as is, especially since it’s running spic and span.
Not bad for one can of primer, two small rattle cans of touch up paint, and a can of clear coat. Need to hit it with one more can of clear coat and I will feel it’s good to install. Also I heard mixed reviews when it comes to sanding gel coated fiberglass, so what I did was run a green Scotch Brite back and forth to give it a good haze then applied the primer. It works!
In a monks perspective, night time in downtown Sacramento was our version of the Himalayas to me and Matt. Imagine being alone in the Himalayas meditating and practicing mantras; that’s how it felt to us when we roamed the streets of DT Sacramento when we were younger.Here is a song of simpler times and one of the many songs in the soundtrack of our lives:
Around this time of the year I always looked forward to shark week. Back in the days it acted as an aquatic mine of info on one of my favorite animals on the planet.
Since shark week is wack now, I look forward to National Geographic’s Sharkfest. I am sure it’ll be more informative than watching Rhonda Rousey dive with sharks (no disrespect to her at all). The name Sharkfest is also shared with a car meet that focuses on a specific BMW model which my pops used to own; the BMW 635 CSi. These are the only pictures I can find before it was lost for good. The feature that never happened.
For those who don’t know, they get the nickname for this specific body style because the front end is shaped similar to a shark (along with many other BMW’s).
Some little shark facts:
The NGR red shark was transformed into the orange and black red bull NGR EG6 years ago. From my understanding the boss of NGR doesn’t own it anymore.
The NGR teal shark transformed into the “highway maintenance” themed EG6 which debuted at the 2020 Osaka Auto Messe.
The NGR blue shark got into a bad accident a few years ago, but made a full recovery and still hauling ass on the track and street.
The white, yellow and pink NGR EG6 Civic’s still exist. They’re rarely seen at track events but when they appear they let it rip, even on the streets.
The shark sticker on my car also serves as a homage to the NGR shark Civic’s. The short fin mako is the fastest shark on the planet. It uses speed rather than brute force to catch it’s prey. Sharkfest continues tomorrow for 3 weeks, peep it out. Have a good week y’all.
Hot days are here in San Diego. Engine bays get hot! They’re all designed to have hot air escape from underneath the car. Some people op for heat extractors and/or vented hoods to help more hot air escape. Some folks remove the entire splash guard so that hot air blows away faster when driving. I like to keep my splash shield because it helps keep water, rocks and other road debris out, preventing components from getting damaged. And in my opinion I believe the shields help guide air to the engine bay. Since I don’t want to attract too much attention with a vented hood, I decided to use ingenuity. But first, I wanted to guide cooler air to the combustion chamber.
Now for the “engine bay cooler” I removed the OEM windshield washer reservoir and replaced it with a smaller one.
Definitely will help guide hot air out, and it’s also pointed at the exhaust manifold.
Ahhh yeeea! No need to use them as brake cooling ducts, because I am no racer. Never claimed to be. Just a Runner.
“The coolest, I’m so slamming, I’m so slamming, body’s jamming! Bad 2 the bone, you should have known I’m in my own zone!”