Words and pictures by PVT Runner Ian.
A few months prior, I was made aware of an upcoming event that I’ve had on my bucket list to attend. It was an open house day at Mooneyes in Santa Fe Springs. This event happens once a year, usually in July and it’s a small gathering of hot rod fans, as well as a few select Japanese and European classics.
Mid summer in SoCal, you can just about guarantee that it’s going to be a hot day outside but the clear skies made for a great opportunity for those candy paint jobs to shine.
The event took over 3 separate lots around the main store, each with its own set of quality cars to check out. Of course a plethora of big body cruisers made their presence known, laid out on the floor in proper fashion.
I personally am not too well-versed in the details of this era of cars, but how can any gear head not appreciate the level of detail and craftsmanship that goes into these vehicles? Just the shape alone of these sleds, gorgeous!
Another fun part about the event is the attendees themselves, dressed to impress and to represent the culture of hot rodding properly. It’s not just about the cars, it’s a lifestyle. This is a culture, embedding deep into the roots of SoCal style and it’s going nowhere anytime soon.
Though I might not know too much about these cars, it was still a great time. Great vibes, music of course and good company.
Also, to wrap the weekend: a new addition to the family. Many adventures ahead, stay tuned y’all!
“Learn the language, stick to the code.This will be forever it’s an open road.You’re in control for the very first time.Bit by bit you will totally… Unwind.Are you proud of your new name?Do you love the rules of the game?Do you feel happy or sad inside?Do you miss the things that you did?What about the things that you were?Are you having the time of your life today?”
Let’s try this again.
Note: the first compressor I ordered was a Delphi brand. I didn’t take detailed pictures of it (only of the damage) but the pulley was significantly bigger than the OE pulley. Something to pay attention to if you’re ordering aftermarket replacement parts.
Here is a pic of the Delphi from online:
Here is the Denso:
Denso’s slogan is “First Time Fit” and they weren’t kidding!
😎🤙What a nice way to start your Sunday morning 🌄
By the way, this is me waiting for Shark Week to start later tonight.
What will they do this year? 👀👁️👁️🦈
In the early 1900’s when Japan still occupied Taiwan, the Japanese would go out fishing using ancient Ryukyu style harpoon techniques, which some call it dart fishing. The Japanese would not pass down this style to anyone else, however the Taiwanese would secretly study their methods and teach themselves this ancient traditional art.
Liuqiu Island has many names in Taiwan, one of them is called Little Ryukyu. This style of fishing is still being used this very day to catch Sailfish and Marlin. Those types of fish will mostly appear in bad weather. Because of the wind and waves, the fast water sweep bait fish up towards the surface. Sailfish would chase the food near the surface making it easy for the fisherman to spot.
This style of fishing does no damage to the ocean. Many fishermen opt for calmer waters, bigger catches, bigger ships, large amount of horsepower, and bigger nets. But this old method of fishing only suits the few and the dedicated (kinda like owning a Civic), it takes skills and experience. With a small crew and big catch, you can cash out a whole lot of money and feed your family while you’re at it.
Definitely something I wouldn’t mind doing when I retire… I wouldn’t mind doing that now. There’s something about fishing that’s just as relaxing and exciting as cars. Find your peace on the water the same way you find peace on the street. It’s just as dangerous on the water than it is when you’re at high speed. It’s a lifestyle that only some can relate to, and some are able to live. Peace.
I made a rookie mistake. I had everything taken out to replace the old AC compressor on the Odyssey…
Just to find out the new compressor arrived damaged. 😠
Always check your parts when it arrives and prior to install! 😅
I wanted to post this failure, because I’m not ashamed of it. I would rather learn from mistakes and have others learn from it as well. When you accept yourself with all your flaws and imperfections, you become powerful. You are embracing who you are, you realize that you don’t lack anything. You appreciate yourself for what you are. We are all unique and authentic in our own way, but ego makes us forget all of that. Ego makes us seek acceptance from outside of ourselves. When you accept who and what you are, you gain power and freedom. Welp, time to order another part and it better not arrive damaged lol ☮️