The Day The Swan Was Born

This is an overdue post – but I wanted to get the auto show stuff out of the way before it was older news than it already was by the time I posted it.

I dropped the parts off with Nick Prah two weeks ago so he could prep and paint them, then I dropped the car off to him last week and finally picked it up on Sunday. I had been anxious all week to get it back because this has been in the works for over a year now. I knew what kit I wanted and I knew how I wanted it to all come together but I had to play the waiting game – like most of you know.

I did a lot of brainstorming, playing around in photoshop and scouring the internet for ideas before I came to a decision on how I wanted the car to look. I’ve mentioned it before, but having a popular platform means that it’s quite difficult to be unique. There are a lot parts floating around and there will always be a handful of popular pieces that get done over and over. I have nothing against this – but I really wanted to stay away from the “cookie cutter” look as much as I could. Of course, the only way to truly do so is to do custom work. With that off my list – the next best thing is to try and put pieces together that you didn’t generally see all the time, and that doesn’t happen easily. The key things that I wanted (and still want) my build to have was quality parts. I told myself that I wouldn’t cut corners to save a few bucks and if it took me another year to get something better – I would wait the year.

Anyway, going back and forth between kits like the oh-so-popular Rocket Bunny and the increasingly popular Varis – I didn’t know how else I could create something that I loved enough that didn’t look like the vision of someone else. Again, I stress that it’s not because I’m trying to be the cool kid by going off the road less traveled… I just wanted to build a car that I could love driving and looking at without being reminded that my car “kind of looks like that guys car on the internet”. A lot of my inspiration did in fact come from all these guys from the internet – it helped me decide what I liked, and what I really didn’t like. At the end of the day, this is the result and I am 110% satisfied with the result thus far… And I’m stoked as hell to share pics and drive the hell out of it this year!

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When we rolled up to Nick’s place, it was sitting out front with the sun beaming on it… Right here as you see. The paint shining like it just rolled off the showroom floor.

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I seriously could not have asked Nick to do a better job on this. The paint is wet and matches OEM right down to the last metallic sparkle that Raven Black has. No photoshop on the finish – it’s just straight talent and sick workmanship from Nick.

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Right after the auto show, I met up with Ricky to take some quick pictures because he had been anxious to see it as well. I snapped some behind the scene shots as well as took my own as you saw in a previous post…

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We originally wanted to try rig shots but it was way too bright to attempt it. Instead, we just messed around with the GoPro and took some stills.

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Look at the finish of that paint!!

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This was not meant to be an official photoshoot. I just wanted to take some quick snaps to show off.

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The wingggggggg

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TRD x Craft Square

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It’s now aggressive and clean looking – the exact look I was aiming for. Everything balances out so well.

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A rear shot. The only thing I was not able to acquire this year was a diffuser. I was a little late to the bandwagon before our dollar plummeted and I wasn’t about to pay double for a piece…

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Some shots from Ricky’s camera that I edited quickly for him.

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I love when other people take pictures of my car – not because I’m conceited or anything – but because I love to see my car in a different perspective. There are always angles that I would never think of and it’s refreshing to see. Being the photographer most of the time means no one shoots my car LOL

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Like this angle. Obnoxious as f*** but cool as hell.

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As if the wing wasn’t big enough haha

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Shots of the fin and mirrors

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OEM is best. Just say no to Winjet.

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A shot from the passenger seat…

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Later that night, we met up again at that same spot and decided to try rig shots again. Here Ricky is setting up while Diana sits in the car. Being preggo and standing outside in the cold isn’t the best combination when you always have to pee, I guess…

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Suction cups on… Boom on…

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Diana looking bored as hell. Meanwhile, I’m geeking out cause this is cool as shit hahaha

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Ricky finishing up the set up…

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The set up. So rad! This is the first time I’ve had a rig shot so I’m just standing there amazing the whole time haha

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Here’s a few shots that turned out that night. We were kind of rushed since the sun was leaving quick and it was getting cold.

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Here’s one dubbed “Ghost Rider”. LOL I was pushing from the other side.

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The next day we decided to try one more time LOL… Setting up again…

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This time set up on the roof.

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It was significantly colder yesterday and we were on top of this big as hill, so it was windy as hell. Tough to stay steady when your hands are shaking and the boom is blowing with the wind.

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A shot of the set up…

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Ending it here because this was the last set up we tried. I don’t have the pictures from this attempt yet, but once I do I’ll post them for sure!

We’re thinking of trying again next weekend provided the weather cooperates with us. Stay tuned!

Out of Hibernation

She’s bacccccccccckkkkkk!!!!!

Finally – after a long awaited 6 months, the car is put back together and complete. It’s been a grueling wait this winter but the time has finally come. It all started in August when I placed the order for the Voltex wing. September was when I ordered the Arise kit and they just kind of sat in the house until it was time to put them on.

I want to give a huge thanks to Nick Prah who is responsible for the paint and install of the kit. I’ve seen his work through other forms and it is impeccable. He is a perfectionist and a detailed craftsman, and it shows through his work. The Raven black colour that the FRS comes in has a slight metallic blue hint to it and Nick recreated that to make it look like it came from factory. In fact, it’s better than factory. I’m scared to drive it because I worry about ruining the finish he produced but it’s too good to leave sitting in the garage LOL. Anyway, I’ll detail it all in another post… I just couldn’t wait to post these up to share.

Ricky and I went out in the afternoon yesterday to try and take some pics but it ended up being too bright to get nice shots, so we met up in the evening again to do some rig shots. I’ll have those up when Ricky gets editing on them… I only edited two last night just so I could have one to post. I’ll have a bunch more in the coming days.

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This was the one at sunset. I am absolutely in love with this car all over again. The stance and aggressiveness is just perfect to me.

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One more shot with the wheels…

Breath of Fresh Air

Sorry! Been dead as hell around here – I’m lucky I even had content a few weeks ago thanks to Ricky’s Japan pics.

Nothing new on my front – I’m pretty much done with getting all my parts. Now all that’s left is to get the kit painted and installed. I’m booked in for the End of February for that and then it’s pretty much ready to go. I’m a little bummed because the one last thing that was on my list to get was a rear diffuser to kind of even out the rear end with the Voltex wing. It’s unfortunate that our dollar has plummeted so much and so quickly that a $450 diffuser ends up costing nearly $900 when it’s finally in my hands. I’ll pass on paying double for something that’s not worth that much right now…

Anyway, I finally stopped being lazy and brought the car out this afternoon since the weather was way too awesome not to. I’ve been meaning to bring it out and install the Craft Square mirrors a little better than how I did it the first time. The rubber behind the mirrors were still showing and it just looked shitty and it made me lose sleep at night LOL.

I ended up rolling it out because all my neighbours were outside and a cold start with the new headers is loud as f*** inside the garage. It literally shakes all my pictures in the garage and rumbles the entire house. Once it idles for a bit, it quiets down significantly… I just didn’t want my neighbours hating me this early on in the year lol.

I also did it because I wanted some shots of the rear – ever since I put the wing on, I’ve never actually seen what it looked like! So I took some quick snaps while it got some fresh air…

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I think I’m going to end up taking the muffler sections off and repolishing it back to a shine and getting rid of the burn.

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Also finally got to put the Craft Square stickers on. Felt naked without them.

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Some random shots…

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I’ve fallen in love with this car all over again…

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Solar flare!

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Obnoxious wide angle. Not that the wing isn’t already huge hahaha

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Sideskirts will bring it all together nicely…

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Ciao for now! Honestly I’m not sure what else I have left – I just want to drive the hell out of it now. I’ll be back though… 🙂

Sunday Funday: Voltex Type 7 Install

Sunday Funday returns and we have one of the more exciting installs (for me, anyway) this weekend. We got around to finally installing the Voltex Type 7 Swan Neck GT wing today and it took us a about 2.5 hours to get it done from start to finish, taking our time to ensure we got it all right. When you’re drilling holes in your trunk, you don’t wanna be rushing through and having more holes than you really need 🙂

Anyway, I’ll just hop right into it… There are a bunch of install pics this time because Punit took charge of the camera most of the time and actually got some decent shots (lol) so for the first time in a while, I’m not the one taking pics and you’ll see me make an appearance. (I actually do things when I’m not holding the camera too).

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Gopesh came by first and we decided to get a start on things while waiting for JC and Punit. The first step was basically unhooking the one wire and then cutting out the two metal reinforcements in the trunk. Not to worry – Voltex provides a clamshell-type backing that creates an almost better reinforcement.

In this shot above, you’ll see that we already cut one side off while Gopesh taped off the other side to try and protect the paint just in case the angle grinder skipped.

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Another shot.

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And here we go. I know, I know – you’re asking “where’s his face protection!?” – well I didn’t have any… But we all walked away good today. 🙂

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So instead, Gopesh suggested I wear my sunglasses just in case LOL.

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Here’s the first piece out of the way.

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Gopesh taping up the next side…

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And we were off!

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Mocking up the clamshell piece that Voltex provided. Fits like a glove!

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By this point, Punit was on a rampage with the camera. No pictures please!

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A somewhat aerial view.

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Taking the wing apart to get the bases off.

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It takes three to unscrew a few bolts it seems.

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Another shot of the two reinforcement pieces out of the way.

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The wing sans bases.

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Here me and JC are drilling the holes through the trunk for the bases. We used the clamshell to guide us for the holes.

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Some artsy photos I guess

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Don’t mind Diana’s dirty car…

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The 6 holes are drilled! And we were ready to move on…

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Here we prep the bases to get mounted onto the trunk.

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Focus…

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One side on… On to the next one!

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Told Punit to do some work while I take some pictures. lol

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Wing on top of Diana’s car lol

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Guiding the bolts through the clamshell.

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Tightening up

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Here JC was tightening up the nuts on each of the bolt ends.

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Not sure what was going on here lol

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Anyway, once the bases were on, we drilled new holes for the rivets.

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Getting the rivets on. Gopesh distracted by what appears to be ass.

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Bases good to go!

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Rivets in. Two not in when this photo was taken. The good thing about this clamshell is that it’s fairly thick and sturdy – it almost provides more of a reinforcement for the trunk than the two metal pieces we cut out.

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Assembling the wing one piece at a time. First the stands to the wing…

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After that was done, I had to get in my Asian lean back pose to ensure the Voltex sticker was on straight.

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Good to go!

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Trying to get the other side… A little more difficult since the car was basically pinned up right next to the wall.

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And voila! Good to go. Again, some shots were with my wide angle and so it’s ‘slightly’ bigger than it really is, but I tried to get a bit further to give a better sense of its size.

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Love it.

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Took the covers off for a full on shot just to get a better sense of what it would look like. The front of the car obviously isn’t as aggressive enough now, but it will be soon…

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One more from the rear quarter.

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And again some detail shots.

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Beautiful.

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The icing on the cake!

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Aggressive.

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And one last one again!