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Japanese Classic Car Show 2014

Japanese Classic Car Show (JCCS) is a special day when we look back at the cars that started the whole shebang. There are tons of car shows throughout the year for all of the new and current imports, but JCCS is a show strictly for older Japanese imports. JCCS is unlike any other car show,  here you wont see fancy stereo systems, neon flashing lights and candy flake paint to impress the crowd. Spectators who attend look for originality and rarity of each build. JCCS has grown a lot in the past decade from Irvine’s famous Hidden Valley Park to the prominent lawns of Queen Mary in Long Beach where it was currently held on September 27th. For those who live in the Los Angeles area, know the iconic Queen Mary well enough to recognize that it serves as an awesome backdrop for taking pictures especially cars. Here are the cars that caught my eye! Enjoy!

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Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE) revealed its 1971 240Z Tribute Car. This car was purchased by BRE back in April 2013 from its original owner un-restored. This complete restoration took little over a year to complete from being media blasted to fresh white paint. The engine was rebuilt, blue printed and warmed over with .030 overbore which added more compression and power. The stock brakes were upgraded to discs and the original brake lines were replaced with stainless steel. The exterior was fit with BRE’s original front “Spook” air dam, rear spoiler and wrapped in Le Mans racing wheels.

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This Japanese Muscle Mitsubishi Colt GTO GS-R was definitely a show stopper, eye catcher, dream machine.

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Paul Matsushima’s blue 1972 Celica Coupe took best the award for “Best Celica 2014”

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Speaking of 70’s Celica’s this particular one caught my eye sitting on 14″ SSR Star Sharks.

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MX32 Cressida with tons of custom detail from the metal side markers to the rare Epsilon mesh.

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At the Japanese Nostalgic Car Booth (JNC) Hot Wheels designer Jun Imai’s Datsun 260Z showing off his bosozoku themed S30. Awesome car!

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Brian Omatsu’s 1974 Datsun 620. Completely stock using original spec parts to complete his build.

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Jaw dropping 1967 Datsun Fairlady Roadster.

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Owner Gram Beall’s 1969 Subaru Truck 360. This micro van is equipped with a nimble 2 stroke 25 hp 356cc engine and gets approximately 66.3 mpg.

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Kelvin and brother Jeffrey brought out their Datsun’s. Kelvin owns S30  and Jeffrey owns the 510. Both were featured on Japanese Nostalgic Car Magazine several years ago.

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Toyota brought out its 750hp FJ45 that was built back in 2006 for the SEMA show and now currently lives at the Toyota Automotive Museum.

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…1972 Nissan Skyline…

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Nonetheless, my hat’s off to the Kenmeri…The Japanese styling is on point, with the Works Style wide body to the 12″ wide Hayashi Techno Phantoms.

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The soul of the Kenmeri is the RB26DETT that’s under the hood.

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This 510 BRE themed number 46 replicated the Datsun 510 Trans Am. This is one car you will not forget…the iconic red, white and blue colors reminds some of the 70’s winning SCCA’s Trans Am Championship.

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All the way from Honda’s Collection Hall in Japan. This first generation Honda Prelude speaks for itself…

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…Dainichi Toyota Sports 800…

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A rare look under the hood of the Toyota 800…thanks to our friend Moto Miwa.

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JCCS is not all about cars. Vintage Japanese motorcycles also play a major role here at JCCS. Small but mighty this 1988 Honda Ape had just enough modern touches to make this bike stand out from the rest. LED turn signals, Brembo front and rear brake setup.

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(Left to Right) All owned by Michael Hogan, Aquarius Blue 1971 Honda SL70-K0, Red 1964 Honda CT200 (Trail 90) and Sapphire Blue 1970 Honda CT70-K0 “Mini Trail 70”.

This concludes my day in Long Beach at JCCS 2014. Huge thanks to Terry and Koji Yamaguchi for their decade of support to the classic car community. Can’t wait to see what the next decade has in store for us!

Till next time…Peace!

-Scottie

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Kei car: ’86 Daihatsu Hijet aka Choro QT

Ron and Celine Sino Cruz’s – Kei car: 1986 Diahatsu Hijet.

Japan’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) during the post –war era of 1949 started the “People’s Car Program” which developed the idea of the “Kei” car or “K-car” or “kei jidōsha.” This idea  means “light automobile” which is a Japanese category of small vehicles that included passenger cars, vans and pick-up trucks.  Aimed to be used as delivery vehicles for small shops, Kei cars were equipped with 150cc engines – a low-cost transportation solution to a rapidly growing country.  Although the pint-sized machines quickly evolved in terms of performance (from 150cc to 660cc engines), Japanese were completely drawn to the Kei cars not just because of fuel-economy but the tantalizing benefits of reduced tax and insurance charges. Kei cars offer savings of at least 30% compared to their full-size counterparts due to its weight class and specification.

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Ron Sino-Cruz and his wife, Celine have been thinking of what would be the coolest car to get for a project build.  For them, the Kei car always came to mind.  In both the Philippines and Japan, they searched for street legal versions to be shipped over and also checked the local area for purchase but had no luck. Years ago, Ron found a street legal Cali registered Kei car, a 1986 Daihatsu Hijet van parked in front of a liquor store.  He asked the owner to sell the Diahatsu but he refused.  The owner was using the Hijet to advertise his liquor store.  He had painted the microvan to look like an Oreo cookie, where the Top was Black, White in the middle and Black bottom half. Oreo graphics plastered all over the microvan and had a sign “Got Milk?” on both its sides.  Ron had told the owner of the liquor store that if he ever decides to sell to call him right away.

Years go by – at least 10 good years and while searching for a new project – one of them is checking Craigslist, the same Hijet pops up.  Exactly one week before Halloween last year, Ron rushed to the location of the Hijet after work and sweet talked the guy to give him a good deal. Finding a street legal, California registered chassis is the hardest part in finding a Kei car. There are kei trucks all around his area that are used strictly for off-road purposes on private properties like the ones you’ll see on college campuses and private ranches.  Most either have the smaller engine or a speed restrictor which will keep the cars from running over 25 mph – which is not legal for on-road driving  After all the reeling and dealing the seller on Craigslist, Ron was now a proud owner of an Oreo themed kei car.

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The Daihatsu Hijet was originally equipped with a 550cc motor and 3 speed transmission.  This was then swapped for the newer 660cc motor with a 4 speed tranny that produced a whopping 52 hp and 46 ft-lbs of torque.  The Hijet was in complete shambles when Ron and Celine first got it.  It was missing the interior panels, rear seat, wiring for a radio, a window and a few exterior parts.  All had to be sourced from Japan and imported through their good friend Mak from Virage Development.

A lot of TLC went in to build the Hijet.  Husband and wife tagged team to re-wrap all the door panels, swapped out the entire carpet and installed the rear seat to get the basic amenities in.  Custom seat belts had to be added as these were required in the Kei car that are street legal.  Friends Tim and Devon helped in re-wiring the van to accommodate the new radio system.  This included a Clarion head unit, a pair of 5” Pyle door speakers and three 10” Kicker comp cvrs powered by a 1000 watt class D Kenwood amplifier.  Completing the interior, the missing window was installed and smoked clear window visors for the front and rear roll down windows were also put in.

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The Oreo theme of the exterior was not cutting it for Ron.  The Daihatsu was sent to Mike of Idesign in Walnut, Ca for a custom white over orange paint job.  The idea was to make it look retro so no clear coat was applied to it.  OEM stripes and custom logo were applied to the doors.  And on the rear of the microvan, the mooneyes van spoiler were also added.  This was a retro design even before roof spoilers were in style.  All the parts except mechanical parts are hard to come by now a days for the Hijet.  For this specific model, the s80v, there are not a lot of them on the road today since most are too old or obsolete.  The newer models look similar but body and interior parts are different in dimension.  Luck was just in Ron and Celine’s side as they found most parts in a short period of time.  It was done to the point were Rod had to modify modern version headlight cover to fit the older van.  It is not perfect but it does  the job and adds to the rawness of the Hijet.

The Kei car was lowered the only way Ron knew and had Tony from Valley muffler VMS it. Slapped some SSR MK2 13×7 and 13×8 wheels mounted on some smallest tires they could find – 195/50/R13.  They also tossed in a custom Thule Roof rack, custom pink wood steering wheel with Razo and Mooneye accents to round it all out.

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Every build isn’t complete without encountering issues specially for an older vehicle.  When Ron first got the van it went up to 25 mph.  With the swapped motor and tranny, this went up to 35 mph – just enough to get on the street.  After numerous tunes this was brought up to 48 mph.  After driving for a month, mostly always tapping 48 mph every time, the exhaust system got very hot.  The back half, right after the collector completely disintegrated and fell off during the drive.  Instantly, the microvan sounded really loud but gave the Hijet an additional 8 more mph.  Being that the exhaust was literally under the passenger and driver seat, fumes will fill in the passenger compartment.  The Hijet was then brought back to Valley muffler for re-piping.  In the end, with the inline switch, additional fuel pump and wide open throttle, the Daihatsu can top out at 63 mph at high rev but not at long distances.  Freeway ventures is not always the primary option when husband and wife travel using the Hijet. They take surface streets whenever  they go from the Valley to Irvine.  Both have shared that San Diego may be their next driving adventure.

In Japan, there is an miniature pull back toy car that is very collectible called the CHORO Q.  It really has a big cult following both here in the US and overseas.  With the pint size van and Ron’s wife Celine constantly calling it a “Cutie”, the Hijet needed to be tagged.  The two words CHORO Q + Cutie were merged and with some Japanese accent put into it – you can now say, “You’re a Cutie”  = “CHORO QT”.

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Ron daily drives the Hijet from Pasadena to DTLA 5 days a week.  It is currently livable and reliable. As for future plans, Ron might add a pop top or glass from Japan or a rag top to the van.  For now, it will be used as his daily work horse.   Ever since the day both Ron and Celine got the Daihatsu Hijet, it has been a barrel of fun for the couple.  It continues to bring smiles to everyone who sees it on the road.  Both consider that the Kei car: Diahatsu Hijet aka Project CHORO QT can be finally be checked off their bucket list.

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Until the next one…

-dayuumjayce

Instagram: @dayuumjayce

 

Ron’s shout outs-

Shout out to my wife Celine for bearing with my car addiction, my family for putting up with the garage and storage issues, the guys from our team, Supastar, especially Tim, Devon, Art and Leonelle for their time and dedication to late night work on the van to get it street ready, to Mike at Idesign in Walnut, Ca and Tony A. and lastly Mak from Virage Development.

Japanese Classic Car Show | Konnichiwa.

Youkoso irasshai mashita. (Welcome.) Ogenki desuka? (How are you?) Saikin dou desuka? (What’s new?) Japanese Classic Car Show is new! Whether you’re a young’n, like me, or an oldie, like…uhm…yea, the translation of classic cars will never be lost. There is a timeless excellence and respect for Japanese automotive heritage that is on display every year at JCCS in Long Beach, going on 9 years strong now. Check out all the good stuff from this year.

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First thing I do before I cover an even is do some test shots, especially on an outdoor show I get a feel for the lighting, play with my f/stops, shutter speed, all that jazz. Most of my early shots don’t make the cut, but I felt this 1st Gen, right hand drive RX-7  import from Japan deserved to a small place in my write up.

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Really into these SSR’s by the way. On a side note, it was very displeasing seeing a well built classic, get ready to shoot it and then upon closer inspection…replicas. What a waste, moving along…

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Now a car you can truly appreciate and build right, sure the more modern R32 Skyline was right next to it, but my eye was already captivated by this Hakosuka. The first GTR line that was produced for the Skyline model line, this car holds a special place in many classic car enthusiasts’ hearts.

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Not far from it was its “brother” a Kenmeri famously owned by Fatlace’s Felix Marcelino. This one is sported the new F/ZERO1 wheels designed by Fatlace and produced by AME Wheels. They did a real good job on these; it pays homage to the vintage lifestyle yet has modern designs that keep it up to the ever evolving tuner lifestyle.

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The restoration on this Fairlady 1600 looks as if it just rolled off a Datsun lot. The 14” wheels, the “Datsun” lettering on the hood, the color…everything just screams classic.

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Including the vintage junk in the trunk!

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The old school A60 Celica is far from popular, but Jesse Ortiz has really made a name for himself and his car for this out of the ordinary build. I say out of the ordinary because most people don’t go through the distance to restore this model Celica, let alone tune it into an absolute showstopper. It’s amazing to learn that he practically saved this car from being sent to the junkyard and spent most of the rebuilding process in his dad’s backyard. (His dad is a fellow Scion Evolution member too by the way, with a rockin’ Scion tC as well!)

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And just to show you all he means business, he did a 1JZ-GTE swap with a single turbo, which pushes about 300whp! This “bandit” isn’t shy to give you a real chase you’d never expect

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Continuing on with some seksi Toyotas in the first section of the show, we find one of our favorite Toyota Corollas, Patrick Ng’s Levin 1600, which we featured here on DaYUUM! during last year’s SEMA. Patrick has won multiple awards with this car, including 1st Place Best of JCCS last year. One reason is because he always brings something new, keeping an old car fresh isn’t easy, but he pulls it off each and every time.

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This year Patrick went with new carbon fiber body mods all around, but something tells me he’s already got new plans to change it up again real soon.

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Moving from the pavement to the grass, it was like entering a whole other classic car show. The first thing I noticed sitting by the Yokohama booth was Jun Imai’s Fairlady Z. For those who don’t know, Jun is a famous designer for Hot Wheels (I can think of at least one fellow DaYUUM! contributor who would love this.)

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In contrast to the Datsun Fairlady 1600 roadster I touched on earlier, this Fairlady Z is one of the ultimate #MaximumAttack vehicles around. From the fender flares to the meaty Advan tires, this is one aggressive beast.

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The timeless look accompanied with its simple mechanics and easily interchangeable parts has made the Datsun 510 one of the most popular cars amongst collectors and restorers. This one is perfectly clean inside and out, and the bright red, white, and blue NISMO colorway really make it sound out.

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Speaking of clean paintjobs, Hawaii native Kirk Hubbard’s TA22 Celica was a big standout of the show. When you look for a classic to be done right, you can look no further than Kirk’s, aloha!

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The red GT stripe just pops along the side along with the classic wheels colored to match it.

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Partly hiding in the shade we found our favorite little guy, Neil De La Cruz from Team Klassified and his pride and joy “Milo”. Neil put in a lot of last minute work to get it ready of JCCS, including going to bed at 2AM and then driving down to Long Beach by 6AM! At least all that hard work paid off as he won Best Toyota “Old School” 3rd Place.

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Better take a good look at this immaculate engine bay now; Neil has big plans, including some major engine and suspension mods. By next year you might not recognize it anymore.

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It’s a shame that this car was hiding behind the big Toyota rig when you first overlook the area. Or was this gangster “Yakooza” purposely hanging out in secrecy? I’d rather not type the wrong thing and have my fingers chopped off, so let’s just get to the pictures and admire this super clean, super low, gangsta’ Toyota Crown.

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Little eco-friendly cars might be the trend now, but it isn’t anything new. Back when Honda first broke into the US market, they brought the mini car style from Japan but with just enough power to keep up on US highways. And hence this little guy was born, the Honda N600.

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While the one above was in pristine condition, these are a few other mini Hondas that have been restored.

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There’s always got to be that one car; that weird, quirky car that just makes its way to appeal to you for some unknown reason. It doesn’t have to have the biggest engine, the nicest paint job, or the prettiest wheels; it just has to have that look that will make you smile and laugh. And so I introduce you to a Daihatsu Hijet!

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While this cleanly restored kei car (small Japanese vehicle) exterior pops, the interior has a more laid-back, easy-going feel. Maybe it was the Hawaiian theme that pulled me in…this really makes me miss Hawaii even more now…#DaYUUM808

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Well that’s that, another show in the books and the year is winding down. As some of these classics go back into hiding until the next show season, especially with next year being JCCS’ 10th year, it’s getting that time for us to just unwind and relax. Oh but not until our “Mash Up Three” later this month of course! As always there will be cars, food, girls, prizes, and this time a Halloween costume contest. Be sure not to miss out on it!

Arigatou!
-Justin (@JustDaYUUM)

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