2013 HTS aka Hötsi car show
So, we decided about 2 months a go to take a part in this years HTS car show. We didn't have any cars ready and decided to built two completely different styled cars for the show. One with VIP-styling cues and the other with some kind of a "attack" theme or something that would be different from the normal Subaru's rally/shooting star -theme ...
The cars chosen were: A daily driver '06 Chrysler 300C Hemi and salvaged vehicle center find, a '97 JDM Subaru WRX STi ver. 4.
We hit the plans on the table and got busy. We managed to built both cars in a month or so.
The Hemi got it's exhaust done, a custom stainless straight through pipes to get that V8 roar, KW coil-overs, 22" wheels, custom painted headlights and front grille. A front splitter and one off rear lip – that we made. The tinted windows ad privacy.
We wanted to keep the 300C's simple lines and just wanted to pop them up a bit. We choose to wrap it in 3M's latest 1080 series Brushed Gold. This stuff really gives it's superior shine we were after.
The roof got wrapped in Louis Vuitton -themed Custom Paint logo-pattern/gradient. It was printed/laminated to 3M's premium wrap.
Custom Hemi = CEMI.
The rear lights got the LaminX & Gold treatment as well. We added small VIP-style metallic-black stripes on the sides and the car was done – in 9 days!
Now to the bit bigger build – the Wasabi Warrior Subaru.
Juhis (the owner) had been looking for good fender flares for a while, that would suite the Subaru's classic lines. We tried some Datsun Z-style fender flares, but they didn't really fit. So, we decided to make them ourselves. We got the perfect place & help for the manufacturing these bits, Mr. Late @ SCD was the helping hand. We decided to built them properly. First step was to mold them in to the car to see what look we were after. The Race/Track-style with open rear arch got most votes.
We took molds out of both sides. Then manufactured final molds for later "small production" use.
Once the super light final parts were out of molds, we took the task to roll/cut the front and rear arches.
Juhis wanted to have a beefy-race feel on the wheels, so he choose to wrap the 9,75 x 17" wheels in 245/40 Advan rubber.
To finish of the race theme we decided to paint our car club's logos on the wheels. Oh, and if you're wondering why it looks so wide, the wheels are ET25 front & ET18 rear
Before painting the car... (yes, it got painted in the repaired sections, like the front/rear arches, hood & front bumper – remember the car was a find from Salvaged Vehicle Center, like I said earlier) we fitted all the flaire's and drilled the thread rivets to the arches and rear door.
Now that that was done Juhis adjusted the HKS coil-overs and installed a new exhaust downpipe & front spoiler lip. The rest of the car was left alone, as it already had alot of aftermarket goodies form Apexi ECU, ZeroSports intake to Defi meters. The GReddy & Cusco suspension/handling aid's take care of the stable ride and the HKS exhaust gives a nice note on the higher revs... The car also had a just run in fully rebuilt engine.
Now to the theme...
... I was given "free hands" to come up with some kind of a theme. The car had a good fighter style feel, so I continued with that gut feeling and came up with this Japanese Kamikaze fighter / Oriental Delivery car mix. I wanted to take precise details in some parts, like the plane's colors & pilots background. I did a week of research and draw everything together – I showed my layouts to Juhis... (I was nervous as this is kind of a In Your Face -theme). – First words were: Ooh, green... well, green it is – we will go with that! (this is hes daily driver).
In my research I came up with this man: Kiyoshi Ogawa – a Japanese Naval Aviator, who flew Kamikaze fighter plane in WWII, destroying USS Bunker Hill aircraft carrier.
I wanted kind of tribute this crazy hero, but with a little twist, nothing to serious. So I added a "Delivery Car" theme in the mix. We were going from Helsinki to Oulu (Tokyo to Okinawa) and we were going to deliver something that wasn't done before, well not least in this way – A crazy ass attack fighter car delivering the ill theme to everyone's plate!
To hit the "full effect" we added real AK-47 magazines to the side marker holes and MK23 silencer's to the intercooler intake scoop. Spread a ton of empty ammo shells around and you have pretty serious situation going on
I made a little Japanese war flag for the antenna. Mr. Rasse helped us by lathe milling the Inconel 357 shells to decorate the Hex-Allen bolts that hold the fenders in place. Little details, they're everywhere...
The wrap is a mix of 3M's matte military green and brushed aluminum (for the planes belly/tail side). The car has over 5000 rivets under that wrap to pop the "airplane panel" feel. All the little slogans have double meaning once looked closer. [first read: BIG IN JAPAN – read closer: we're not so BIG IN JAPAN].
All the little symbols are true to Japanese WWII pilots markings, Navy anchor/wings, flower/wings and the Sakura aka Cherry Blossom -logo in front bumper, that has bigger meaning behind it. It's a symbol that Japanese Kamikaze fighters carried – a flower that blossoms and drops its leafs, but the leafs never return... All the Kanji-letters can be tranlated to english or finnish and have true meaning, addresses, etc = Ton of work on the little details.
We also had few ammo cartridge cases full of Geisha-chocolate candy for kids. Throw in a few Japanese War flags and a tribute/info plate and you have stand for this fighter. The 300C Hemi had real 150 dollar bills all over the car... chi-ching!
Overall the show and the trip was a success. We managed to drive to Oulu and back Helsinki with out any mishaps. It's a 1200 km (745 mile) round trip.
The Wasabi Warrior Subaru got awarded second place in the Best Exterior -class. We weren't too bummed out about the first place as it was won by a truck that had a 90.000 € paint job on it! (90K€ = 115250 USD).
High-Res pictures of these two cars, can be found here: HTS13.
Rest of the show pics: HTS13 all.
It's been a while since we last entered our cars to a car show. So this summer we decided that it was time to hit the "show scene" again. Just to give the next generation tuners run for their money, hah! We're bunch of old dude's but we still enjoy building these cars. (We have been in the "Tuning Scene" since 1995).
So we motivated our team, did some random planing, got few sponsors and got to work. Most of all we have had good laughs and "bad ideas"
– just the right kind of ingredients for a good show cars. HÖTSI 2013 – here we come!
I'll let you know more once our cars are ready and we will see how they turned up. On a side note: some pretty epic by-products are out of molds. Stay tuned!
HTS aka HÖTSI we be held at Oulu, Ouluhalli 8-9 Sptember 2013: HifiTuningShow
It's been while since I last posted here at 2nrs blog. I sold my KH2 Nissan Skyline GT-R a year ago and I haven't got any "proper ride" since that. Instead I've build couple bikes. The first was this 750cc Ducati Monster.
And the second was this Triumph Daytona 955i
Both bikes were bought as crashed and then rebuilt something with a new styling clues, just to stand out from the crowd.
More pics of the bikes found here:
The bikes are now sold on and I got something with a four wheels again. It's a Subaru STi V5 -98 for the winter funfactor purpose. So more about that Subaru in the near future… stay tuned.
This summs up the boating season. This pics were taken at last summers Hangon Regatta boating festival.
I SHOULD BUY A BOAT
The Sunseeker project and how it got all got started.
This was pretty much what went through my mind when I experienced my friends new (old) boat last summer (2011).
Damn, it was so much fun! It was something I had dreamed about for a while. What better way to enjoy our beautiful nature than a boat. We have some of the greatest little islands and sea front here in Helsinki. Tons to see and cruise around. I have done a fair share of boating since first grade, but I have never owned my own boat.
I had set my mind – in a few years I should buy a boat of my own. Well, "that year" came a bit sooner than I had planned.
LET'S START AT THE BEGINNING
So, my friends bought this 1988 Sunseeker Mustang 20 [21'6" or 665 cm in length] in the summer of 2011. The two guys had plans to cruise the first summer and then do some cosmetic work during the next winter & spring.
The boat was in pretty nice shape for a '88 model. The previous owner had swapped in a new 2010-model GM 5,7 litre (350 cid) V8 engine and had done some upholstery-work too, things like the seats and rear sunbed. At some point in it's life the boat has also been painted with new yellow/gray theme.
Basically the boat was a nice & sound little day cruiser with a lot of new mechanical parts, it just needed little work & TLC to get it to shine again. After all, this was a rare little beast made by the "Rolls Royce" of luxury boats – Sunseeker.
Now, even if you don't know anything about boats you may have seen these beauties around the world.
Sunseeker Predator 108, Iceman - owned by the F1 pilot Kimi Räikkönen
Sunseeker, Superyacht 155 ft - Eddie Jordan's mega yacht.
The Sunseeker factory in Poole, England – OK, so we're in a good company
Back in the days, Sunseeker wasn't that big of a boat company and they made only few of these Mustangs, from 1986 to 1993. There aren't many made that's for sure. We don't know the exact number, but by contacting Sunseeker & searching around we only managed to find a few examples. One in Mallorca, one in Monaco, and the one that is currently in Norway that got shipped from St. Tropez. Of course there are few in England around Poole – the home town of the Sunseeker factory.
Here's some pics of how our boat looked when it left the factory back in 1988 – very "futuristic 90's" livery, hah.
The years went past and the boat somehow found its way to Finland. It lived happily in the lakes near Järvenpää & Mikkeli for most of its life and it didn't see any horrible antifouling-paint, as it was stationed in fresh water for most of it's life.
During that time the boat was given a new look. The upper part of the boat was left white, as it had been but above the rub rail it was painted light gray and below mustard yellow. It still had the original interior.
In 2009-2010 the previous owner installed a new engine. Factory fresh GM 5,7 l (350 cid) V8 with a pair of custom steinless steel exhaust pipes and Vetus transom exhaust connections. Around 2011 the interior was also reupholstered (sundeck, rear & front seats) with white & bright yellow. The blue stripes were disregarded at this point. At the same time the front navigation light (tower model) was changed for a smoother looking one. It now featured black Sunseeker decals on the side.
This is where my buddies stepped in. They bought the boat during mid summer 2011.
We had great trips together with this little beast, named tongue in cheek after it's bigger cousines – the Sunseeker Predator -series.
Here's Lil' Predator at the Söderskär light house.
My buddies cruising in to the sunset, in a non gay kinda way [no homo]
This trip really made my mind – I defo needed a boat! The roar of the V8 straight pipes, the speed & the fun. I was sold.
Along came the winter and spring of 2012. I helped my friends with a little maintenance work on the boat. The boat got new carpets redone in light gray, the dash console was wrapped white. The black decals removed and new original white Sunseeker decals adorned the sides. A new Livorsi steering wheel found its way in as well. The bezels on the old gauges were painted to match the yellow on the boat and the switchboard was replaced by a custom made acrylic one.
On the mechanical side of things, the Volvo Penta stern drive benefited from a new drive rubber bellow (it should be changed every few years and no one knows how old it was. In went new oils & other lubricants. The carburetor got some tuning as well to get the engine idling smoother. The engine bay side vents were old and beaten, so they were changed to new and shiny SS versions. Before dropping into the sea, antifouling paint was painted to the areas that sit under water.
White vinyl wrap freshens up the old dull dash along the painted gauge bezels (still with the old steering wheel).
New white side decals and stainless steel side vents. The boat needed a good wash before dropping it in to the water.
Livorsi steering wheel gave a bit more of that modern sporty look
Now she was ready for the summer of 2012.
THE TURNING POINT - I OWN A BOAT!
In July I got a call from my friend to tell me that the ownership of this boat had chanced hands – And would I be interested to partly own this beast? It took me a nano second to say YES! After a few arrangements I was a happy captain of this little beast. The 50/50 deal keeps the running costs down = WIN WIN!
Turned out my buddy had just bought some new parts for the boat, so I got in on the "build party". I thought it might be interesting to post it here as well – let the build thread of the Project Sunseeker begin!
To to remind myself why to keep on pushing through the project, is this vid we made during summer of 2011, enjoy!