Thursday 27 February 2014
Continuing on somewhat from my previous post on these here.. Fixing up a set of old 4x100 SSR EX-C Fins.
I had bought these wheels with the intention (from the get-go) to re-barell these into better sizes. Fortunately for me, the EX-C use SSR's standard 20-bolt mounting flange pattern.. so I could simply browse the huge selection of comparatively-affordable SSR Mesh, until I found what I wanted!
As I had written before:
"These wheels are original 4x100, 14x6 +40, full reverse, complete and unrestored. Because of the high offset, these are the 'full reverse' style - and as a result technically have the standard 15" face.
..So.. reverse means that the face is mounted in what would be the back of the barrel, then full reverse as its the biggest face that could possibly fit."
SO.. I set about finding a set of 15" Reverse mesh. A high enough offset to have the valve behind the mounting face (these EX-C faces are the high-offset style, without the valve clearance), and with the full mounting flange behind the faces - 80's SSR style - to match a set of EX-C Mesh I have.
15 x 6.5 +32
A short while later..
The last part for me to strip were the plates that mount under the collar. On top of badly needing a repaint anyway, they were the wrong colour. I'm going for the full white face with black accesories, so off comes this paint...
Next up I'll show how I go about repainting these..
Otherwise, all good for now. These barrels will be going off to get the lips repolished, I need to chase down some new valves, organize getting the faces stripped and repainted, and so on..
Tuesday 25 February 2014
Second year of production for the second generation of Rex; and the first of the FWD for this little Kei nameplate.
These were powered by the EK23 550cc twin, and remained in production until the 1986 introduction of the third generation Rex.
Yep, I'm here for the epic paint and trim combination on this one.. and seriously... wow.
Yet naturally with a thoroughly orange and black exterior...
Never seen anything like it.!
..Now just needs a ragtop added... ;)
Thursday 20 February 2014
Super Custom Limited in those decals there, also enjoyable.
Electric everything, digital dash, centre-row arm chairs...
The only problem?
..The Y in the YH51G chassis code of this particular Hiace indicates that this is 3Y-powered. Basically the same SOHC 2litre that struggles to motivate my 4Runner to get out of its own way.
All of a sudden all those luxury bits n bobs seem like they might have been a little excessive..! Load this up with 8 people, pump the AC.. and I'm a little worried if the fiery 3Y-auto combination is even going to get this thing moving!