Chop Shop!...... jk.
(Readers note. this is my second time typing this the first time i was about to click send when my safari decided to "stop working" and exit on me..... NOT COOL!)
For the last few week or so as you may have herd or seen here on our blog we recently have move into a shop! this allows us to wrench late, street test late... and as we found out last Saturday party late! This past few days we have been wrenching on Pat Lee's 2JZ S13 In preparation for Trent to drive it at The Evergreen Drift Pro-Am series event #1. Here is our past few days in a post.
Let me start where Mat left off in his last post... ( The shop all nice and neat and empty with trent being bit by Edward Cullin... yes i made a twilight reference. )
Heres Ian mounting up pats fresh Work VS-KF's ( since non of us felt comfortable mounting them and Ian was familiar with the machines from his days at The Skyline Shop. Also Wheels specs are as follows FR: 18x9.5 +2 RE: 18x10.5 -2 )
Fronts sitting all fresh like!
As any shop owner knows it does not take long for a nice clean shop to get really really messy. It did not take us long to figure this lesson out.
Here we are doing what we do best! sitting around!!
So this brings us to Saturday night Trent, Pat, Brayden and myself were thinking we were miles ahead of the game to have the car completed that night and ready for sunday morning. Much to our displeasure While mounting our last tire we kicked the electrical breaker and soon found out our fuse panel is in the shop on the other side of the wall which no one was inside. After some creative thinking Pat started chopping up electrical cords in effort to wire up some crazy contraption which drew power from the front office into the shop! Although we were unable to have the lights on and run the compressor or the tire machine which left us mounting the last tire in cell phone lighting.( sorry for the lack of photos It was 1 am and with lots still to do i was not thinking photos.)
Now was do or die time, We loaded up tools and tires into the truck hooked up the trailer, All that was left was to get the car off jackstands and finally see if it ran and if so how well. * kill switch on * *turn key* "...... nothing...... oh wait i forgot to turn on the fuel pump" * turns on fuel* fired up like a champ. After a few run up and down the side of the shop our goal was shattered. brake booster was leaking and the e brake wouldnt work. It was a long tiring emotional night. We all headed home and slept in.
I was awoken early id say 9 am by Trent asking me for my set of shop keys he informed me Ian was waiting for him there to fix the booster and e-brake. Trent called a friend and organizer of the event, Russle. They had worked out a plan for trent to show up late and still qualify, after getting the booster and e-brake working Trent decided to take a look at the boarder wait...... again our goals crushed 45 minute wait on top of a 2 hour drive. we could not make it.
All said and done, This past week has been the most fun i have had in a very long time, We are a huge family and its times like this we all come together and spend countless nights and hours of blood sweat and tears to get one or many cars running just in time for an event. we ravage and pillage parts for all the cars in sight just to make one work. This is what we do for our family. we put aside our daily grind to get together and share times we wouldn't change the world. I want to thank Ian, Mat, Pat and Trent for just being totally awesome and teaching me so much in the last 3-4 years i have known you. Thank you guys.