Chasing the dream 2/2

Firstly I went to the front, foaming at the two foot front lip with accompanying bonnet vents and a rough angle grinder marked hole with twin stack pipes running straight from the engine into the air.

Then the wheels, SSR MKIII 14 by something around 10 or 12inchs deep. (255 35 15 rear tyres)

It didn’t take long to start working out why the car was covered in a tarp, it could have been because the owner wanted to keep peering eyes away… Or maybe the fact that the roof was leaning against the concrete wall of the driveway and wouldn’t contribute toward keeping the interior dry!

Inside, all basis were covered. Boxed speakers on the rear parcel shelf, glittery hang ring, a few meters of exhaust waiting to be strung over the cabin….

Hoping I’d come across someone that could point me in the direction of the owner, I hung around taking detail shots, noting tyre sizes, gazing at the types of brackets used to hold things in place and the ride height. It’s quite hard to imagine this driving, adding up that the front was greatly extended hanging only inches above the ground, the roof was chopped off from the top of the A-pillar back and there was basically no ground clearance.

Everything about this creation was real, wheels and guards suited, the exhaust would obviously be exposed over where the factory roof sat, it’s just a shame that my door knocking efforts failed and I couldn’t get this beast uncovered.

The chopped roof.

Above and below the double wing.

Vents in front and behind the works fenders.

Tonnes of internet and magazine searching has only lead to a 2cm x 3cm insert shot of this machine uncovered, prior to roof removal (I’ll have to try find it again).

Less then 10 weeks until I return, in hope that with some Japanese speaking skills and a bit of luck I can contact the owner and congratulate him on such a mean build. Stay tuned….


6 Responses to “Chasing the dream 2/2”

  1. 1 Marcus S
    May 6, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Bet it was worth every moment!

    Enjoyed the suspense aswell.


  2. 2 86life
    May 6, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Mean find dude!

  3. 3 brian
    May 7, 2010 at 12:35 am

    should have just reefed the tarp off, forgiveness is easier to get then permission 😛

    can’t believe they cut the roof off, i dont think i could do it myself..

  4. May 7, 2010 at 8:48 am

    It’s a shame about the roof chop and the dodgy hole in the bonnet – other than that it’s an awesome car! Was worth the wait although i still hate you for the suspense haha.

  5. 5 dandfx
    May 8, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    the roof and bonnet all work with the zokusha lifestyle, the cars are outrageous, loud and the reckless attitude goes with it. I’m sure this was around with a roof and no bonnet holes for a few years and instead of respraying/remodelling the same thing its a case of taking it further…. to a point where theses no chance of taking it back to a car that could get legally driven.

    I love the idea.

  6. July 30, 2010 at 1:38 am

    Hey man , nice blog , check out the video at 0.58

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