It's been a long time in-between drinks, I know and I can explain.
Greaser update: The shop is no more.
So what happened? LIFE. The thing is, we are on different paths sometimes those paths cross one another and beautiful things happen. But, ultimately life calls, decisions have to be made and when it came time to renew the building lease, two of the guys couldn't invest any more time into Greaser, so we had to let it go. Everything got put on hold and I took time off to re-evaluate.
So are you guys cool? Yep, we still hang, we're still bros and we're still wrenching like aways.
And how about Greaser? The dream is still alive and I'm on a mission. My work space has been reduce from a workshop back to the home garage. I'm on the floor instead of under a hoist and everything takes three times longer. On the plus side, not having to pay rent means I get to funnel the money into developing Greaser 2.0, so it's not the end, just a bump on the road.
Onto mushroom hunting...
The latest mod on Minh’s Trak-life 180SX is a fully functional front splitter made in house. Built on a budget to Clubsprint World Time Attack Class rules, there are no fancy materials here, just Marine Plywood and a frame made from angle pieces mounted on the chassis to work.
At the Yez-Racing trackday, Minh reported an increase in front bite. Recorded front tyre temperatures backed the claim showing even tyre temp across the FL, FR tyres. Minh went home with a new PB at 1:07.6170, a loss in boost pressure due to an exhaust leak forced him to retire late in the afternoon. He was ecstatic with how the car drove and commented that there was still more in it.
Trak-180 also saw a set of corner weights and she’s a heavy girl. No surprises really as all the panels are still OEM metal pieces, it still has A/C, gained a bigger turbo, an upgraded steam pipe manifold, a front mount intercooler, a Z32 box, roll-cage, bigger brakes, reclinable bucket seats, 3 inch exhaust etc, including driver and 20kg of fuel, totalling a gross wet weight of 1330kg. Before the next track day, we’ll be putting her on a diet and working on increasing stability, improving its rotation and brake feel.
John: after spending the whole day running around taking tyre temps, car spotting and working with Minh and the Trak-180 to improve his time. By the end of it, I was spent much like the car; broken and too hot to work on. But Minh and Du were happy. Sitting in the back passenger seat of the tow rig on our way home, falling in and out of sleep with the sun setting, Minh said to me that he had seen more improvements in the car and PB-ed more often than he had ever seen in the time he had been doing it solo. Now I’m not sure if I replied back to him, or if it was a thought reply, but it went something along the lines of: we’re here to help, it's what we do, your PB is our PB.
At Greaser, we believe in hard work and none of that luck nonsense. However, when an NSX is the first car you wrench on in 2017, its hard not to think of it as good omen! If the car looks familiar, it’s because we hung out with it at JDMyard Honda Showoff at the end of 2016.
We look back and reflect on this year’s highlights. The photos below best highlight each month as Greaser wrap its first year!
Held annually (going 10 years strong), the last car event for many Sydneysiders is JDMYARDs HONDA SHOWOFF car event. It's the time of year for many to catch up with mates, check out the progress of individual builds, see what's hot and score a deal with JDMyards once a year Christmas sale, "It's way for us (JDMYard) to give back to a community, that has given us so much throughout the years" says Yonas from JDMyard.