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This Saturday July 18th we’ll be at State of Drift Round 2 at Memphis International Raceway. The Aerocabin will be on display and we’ll have t-shirts for sale. Most importantly we can answer all your burning questions about how you can buy the JDM car of your dreams through us.

 

The MS51 Crown has been moving along nicely. I haven’t posted enough about though. I started a build thread at the Japanese Nostalgic Car Forum, this is mostly the same information you’ll find there.

 

MS51 Crown 2JZ Build-2

If this is your first time reading about the Crown, here’s some background. It’s a 1970 MS51 Toyopet Crown. It’s fairly rare as it’s a Super Deluxe model coupe. As soon as I saw it, I knew we had to have it. Those giant front headlights were just so different from your typical classic car you see here. It’s in fairly good shape overall. Unfortunately we bought it as a runner, but it never ran once it got here. The engine was so full of sludge I had to dig out gobs of gunk just to find where the oil [...]

 

 

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East 10 Drift Round 6 Film BW-2

Finally got my film back, scanned, and color corrected. I’m never sending film out again. I thought the color film was gone forever. It disappeared for 5 days with no tracking updates. I process my own black and white, so now it looks like I’ll be processing everything…

 

East 10 Drift Color Film-9

These were shot with a Kiev 88 with a 300mm lens. Not the best setup for action photography, but the challenge was fun. Hope everyone enjoys the photos! Feel free to repost them, just leave the watermark. If you put them on Instagram or Facebook please tag us! Also if you know any of the drivers send them a link so [...]

We took a break from working on the Crown to attend a local drifting event. Definitely worth it. TN State of Drift, East10Drift, Traction Optional, and all the drivers put on a great show. It was our first time going out to a car event in the area, and we met a lot of great people. We can’t wait for the spring season to start so we can take the Aerocabin out to some meets here in Kentucky and Tennessee.

 

East 10 Drift Round 6-3

 

 

I know it's been awhile since our last update, but things have been really busy. We hope to get you all caught up with our progress in the next week. In our last post you read about Bird taking the engine out of the Soarer. Well at the beginning of September we put it back in.

The goal was to get the car running in time to take it to Supras in Vegas on September 20th. This photo was taken September 12th...so we really had our work cut out for us.

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I can’t say I’m happy about the circumstances, but I recently spent a week working on our Soarer Aerocabin with my dad and grandfather. I’ve always lived several hundred to several thousand miles away, so it’s not something that I’ve had the chance to do very often. It made for a very memorable end to a stressful road trip.

Soarer_Sunset

If you’ve been following our posts, you’ll know we’ve been prepping our Aerocabin for a road trip. Bird’s family planned a vacation at Dale Hollow Lake in Tennessee, so we decided to drive from Los Angeles. I’ll be telling most of the story (in excruciating detail with lots of photos), and Bird will pop in to tell you about how the car handled the trip.

Bird’s Note: So about that road trip prep…that story starts with a strange note on the auction sheet. ‘Missing Gasket’. The 7MGTE motor is notorious for blown head gaskets, so it made me wonder if someone wasn’t trying to tell us something. The car arrived with air in the cooling system and a misfire. We instantly thought blown head gasket, and started looking at rebuild options. Except, [...]

Bird_2JZ

In Bird’s last post he promised more information about our 1970 MS51 Toyota Crown. The engine is seized and we’ve spent a lot of time talking about what to do. Rebuilding the 2M engine would be very difficult and expensive, and could take months. So we’ve decided to do what many a Japanese car enthusiast would recommend. 2JZ swap!!!

The next thing I know I’m ordering an engine over the phone. I ordered it on a Monday and it arrived on Friday. I can’t believe it takes less than 5 days to ship something so heavy across the country! We had it shipped hold-for-pick-up at t [...]

MZ20_Aerocabin_Capitol_Records

It can take a long time to get something you want. I’d say I’ve been waiting about 15 years, and it’s finally happened. We have two JDM cars sitting in our garage. For the past few months we’ve been on the roller-coaster ride of importing two cars from Japan. A 1989 Toyota Soarer Aerocabin, and a 1970 Toyota Crown Coupe (MS51). This is the story.

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I’m lucky and found a girlfriend who shares my enthusiasm for the strange. We had to delay and re-route our planned Lada road-trip. So earlier this year we decided to move up another crazy idea we’ve been planning for a long time. Importing from Japan. These two were a [...]

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