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#1570221 Forum Update - How to embrace change

Posted by petercscherer on 15 June 2018 - 04:29 PM

I say that, and then it double posts. I guess I jinxed myself... :/

#1559105 So what's YOUR take on it?

Posted by petercscherer on 19 April 2018 - 06:40 PM

I thought the show was low budget (and that's a good thing), the main guys are genuine car-guys, not actors or goons; but I really feel that they're over "fluffing" what they do. They make it sound like they are the sole entities preserving the "JDM Heritage" (whatever that means) and that they need to "make these cars right", rather than just make them to the clients preferences. I don't like being mainstream and following everyone else's trends. Just because Watanabe's look great on a 240z DOESN'T mean they are the only proper rims... And just because you use black flares DOESN'T make your car "JDM". 


I guess I'm more of a custom car guy than most, but I don't care about trends or styles. I just have visions of how cars/trucks can look, and I strive to accomplish those dreams. No recipes in my kitchen!


#1558193 S10 Blazer Build

Posted by petercscherer on 15 April 2018 - 09:52 AM

I drove a 4.3 powered AWD Astro Van all through high school and part of college. Plenty of power, even towed with it small trailers and such. Been wanting a 1st Gen blazer for awhile, so it's nice to accomplish an item from the bucket list.

#1558178 S10 Blazer Build

Posted by petercscherer on 15 April 2018 - 08:33 AM

1990 just has the intake mounted TBI. A pretty foolproof design, and easy to problem solve. I'll probably just run a CAI, Electric fan, and better exhaust. Should be plenty of power for me.

#1558141 S10 Blazer Build

Posted by petercscherer on 15 April 2018 - 05:58 AM

I stumbled across someone else's project for sale in one of those infamous Craigslist deals: "You gotta get here with cash before the next guy does". Anyways, happened to be free that moment and the price was really sweet. 




It's a 1990 Chevrolet S10 Blazer 2 Door 2 Wheel Drive. Has the stock 4.3 TBI V6 with the 4L60E 4-speed auto. Had lived a pretty ragged life in the DFW area before migrating out here to west Texas. 




That whole Passenger rear quarter is bondo-sculpted. I guess according to Carfax it got side-swiped in 2013 which prompted the Maaco-style respray. I'll live with it for now, but just might redo the bodywork down the road. 




Interior isn't bad, no weird smells, just worn out. I have plans for recovered seats, door panels, carpet, headliner, etc...



The bad news: Pretty severe rod-knock. That, coupled with non-existent oil pressure is what's prompting an engine swap. 



But guess what? I'm not doing what you'd expect! I'm going to be getting a rebuilt 4.3 from Summit Racing, and just swapping it back in to replace the trashed one! 

I figure there's enough V8 S10s out there, and I really don't want to deal with the hassle of a V8 swap and try to get that reliable when this truck just needs a new long block and some TLC. 



Of course, I'll lower it, change wheels, replace broken bits, and clean up the look. Just want a daily driver with 4 seats, A/C, decent ride, and some hauling capacity for roadtrips.



#1550612 1983 720 rear brakes rusted away!

Posted by petercscherer on 10 March 2018 - 05:05 AM

Beebani's rear disc kit does have capabilities of using a rear parking brake, the Honda Passport donor rotors are meant for internal e-brake drums. But I don't believe there are easily available parts to get that hooked up to the Datsun parking-brake assemblies.



#1550236 1995 Nissan Hardbody 2wd Build

Posted by petercscherer on 08 March 2018 - 05:11 AM

Last picture is just missing the spring, but the internal shock tube is there. I still need to order coilovers seperately of the fabricated stuff, so thst my goal over the next month

#1550148 1995 Nissan Hardbody 2wd Build

Posted by petercscherer on 07 March 2018 - 06:47 PM

I got curious today, and tallied up some numbers on ride height for these Hardbodies.


Stock ride height, measured at the wheel arches on all 4 corners:
29.25" Front 29.75" Rear


Two Inch lowering blocks and Torsion bar adjustments:

28" Front 28" rear


Belltech 2" Drop Spindles with stock Torsion Bar setting, and Drop Leafs:
27" Front 27" Rear


Belltech 2" Drop Spindles and mild Torsion Bar Adjustment, and Drop Leafs:
25.75" Front 27" Rear. 



The last set up is the height you see the truck currently at. I don't bottom out on approaches and the only things that ever scrape are the front tow-hook mounts and radius-arm brackets on curb-stops. 


BUT! I'd like to see wheel-arch heights in 23-24" range, so for a 2" drop from where I'm at, I need to drastically change the suspension. With all that in mind, I contacted Beebani about a Complete Suspension Kit. 




Photo credit: beebanicustoms


So as soon as he gets them fabricated and shipped, I'll be doing a complete Coilover Suspension swap! 


I'll of course be documenting the whole thing here as well as on various FB groups. 


This summer is going to be awesome!!!!!!!!



#1550145 1995 Nissan Hardbody 2wd Build

Posted by petercscherer on 07 March 2018 - 06:37 PM

Went about fixing the broken grill from the previous owner. The truck had gotten hit in the right front that smashed the fender and cracked the grill; I replaced the fender last week, so it was time to replace the grill. 


I read somewhere that the 1990-91 grills are bolt-in replacements and I've always liked their style over the slanted accents of the 92-97. So, onto eBay I went and sourced a New 1990-1991 Chrome grill for $55! Sometimes I love cheap Asian parts!




It was as simple as unbolting the old and swapping in the new! 


Then of course, I had to wash the truck and get my new door decals applied! 








#1549982 1995 Nissan Hardbody 2wd Build

Posted by petercscherer on 07 March 2018 - 07:17 AM





Ultra 5015 16x8 +25. Upgraded to 4x4 front fenders to allow for the offset, and I can assure you all: no poke!



Last night when I installed them, I wasn't feeling the love, but now that I've been driving them around all morning, it's looking badass!




#1548265 Bonded Titles?

Posted by petercscherer on 25 February 2018 - 08:38 PM

I literally just had a client go through the process getting a Bonded Title in New Mexico. So here's what I know:

You'll need a signed and dated bill of sale detailing the seller and buyer information, vehicle VIN and other specific info.


You will then need to fill out some paperwork at the NM DMV that basically "triggers" a bonded title scenario. 


You'll then need to locate a Bond Agent willing to issue an insurance bond on the title. This can cost anywhere from $250-750 depending on vehicle value.


With the bond issued, the state will have you take the vehicle to an inspection site, and a State Official will inspect the vehicle, and they will need to see TWO VIN LOCATIONS! This is where this guy I know had issues, but luckily on most Datsuns, you have the VIN tag and the Body Tag, and both show matching VINs...


After verification, the state will then issue a Bonded Title in your name. 


This title can be transfered (aka: sold) immediately, as long the new owner is fine with a bonded title. If the vehicle is ever claimed as stolen, the Bond Company will pay the original owner the agreed value and the current owner gets to keep the vehicle still (but this can be fought either way in court). 


Now, whats cool is that in 3yrs, that bonded-title is deemed to be "lapsed" by the state and they will issue you a new "Clean Title" in your name with no bond attached at all. 



Let me know if you have any questions, as the process is similar here in TX as well. 



#1548252 Honda XL70 Bobber

Posted by petercscherer on 25 February 2018 - 07:22 PM


#1548251 1972 Honda SL70 Restoration

Posted by petercscherer on 25 February 2018 - 07:21 PM



#1548250 3/4 Scale Indian Hardtail

Posted by petercscherer on 25 February 2018 - 07:21 PM



#1545755 Struck Me as Really Funny.......

Posted by petercscherer on 13 February 2018 - 07:55 PM

Did you ever think maybe it's not to keep people out, but maybe to keep people in???