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All done! HUGE thanks to Erin, Byron, and Matt for helping with the install! The car feels so much better. The struts were so blown… the fell apart when we took them out. Oil went everywhere!rn
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Category: AE86,Car Builds

The stock 15-year old suspension on the Corolla is beyond blown out, so I got some new parts to replace the bad stuffs. I didn’t want to go crazy with anything… so I snagged some goodies off eBay. I like that all this cost less than one set of springs for the e46!rn
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Category: AE86,Car Builds

I got my baby some new kicks today, c/o of Marcos Ruiz. He hooked it up, and they look SLAMMIN’ on the car. I snagged two 15×7″ Watanabe’s, and four Centerlines (2:15×7,2:15×8). Once I get tyres for the 15×8’s… I’ll prolly rawk the Centerlines all the way around – until I can find two more Watanabes… then they will be on there. Its amazing what offset can do for a car. I <3 it!!!rn
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rnI couldn’t stop staring at the car tonight. It totally changed the demeanor. She doesn’t look like an SR5 to me anymore… but one step closer to a GTS!rn
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rnNow… about that 20v…

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The inevitable had to be done. After over a year of procrastination/exuses on my behalf… Hooman and I finally got our li’l eight-six one step closer to how we planned it. The car’s original 1986 panda red/black combo needed a refresher of sorts… and she finally got it! $65: 11 kans of krylon, two rolls of painters tape, one fine-grit sanding block, one sunday paper, and two 5-hr day’s work… and I present to you – Atlanta’s ONLY white/black panda eight-six!

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Step ..1: Wash her down & remove excess drrrt rn

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Step ..2: Wet sand any problematic areas (such as the Jesus fish a previous owner applied ;)).

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Step ..3: Rattle-can the wheels ultra-flat black.

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Step ..4: Begin masking off windows, tail lights, & trim with painter’s tape & newspaper.

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Step ..5: Bust out the Krylon.

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Step ..6 (not really illustrated): Mask & paint lower half of car & hood satin black.

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Step ..7: Leave her sit overnight & start the next day with a fresh head clear of Krylon dust.

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Step ..8: Tape & mask the black portions of the car to prepare for the white. Use the sunday paper to aid in covering the black portions you already sprayedrn

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Step ..9: Start the white paint application.

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Step ..10: With the white paint applied, give her some time to dry & cure.

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Step ..11: Take dorky picture of self with gas mask on. (BTW, I highly recommend one of these – especially if you’re doing this in a poorly ventilated locale.)rnrn

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Step ..12: Unwrap your work carefully and slowly… the paint still hasn’t completely cured, and you don’t want to destroy hours upon hours of workrn

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Step .. 13: Bask in the glory as the fruits of your labor are fully unveiled.

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Step ..14: Rawk out more post-completion poses.

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Step ..15: Bring her to the surface & back into the real world! 39.jpg

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Hooman and I are the biggest dorks on the planet, and we love every minute of it. We had to rawk it out Initial D style. :D This was a team effort for sure. I was primary masking technician, since I’m so damn picky about detail… and Hooman was primary paint batallion, since he’s the rattle-can master. We could not have rawked it out so hard individually. I thank him for putting up with my time-consuming mask techniques… I think it turned out RAD!

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