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Monday, April 14, 2014

The Sparco NS II's

I bought these wheels from Arn of Abunai Racing about a year ago. He owns the Integra on gold M7's… I shot a video with it years ago. It's nuts.



He actually posted them up and held them for me for a few weeks. I can't say what he sold them to me for, but I was treated like family. They sat for a while and I kinda just forgot about them. The hatch was locked away and the wheels disappeared into "Backyard" Joe's garage, which is massive and seems to eat parts every now and then. Then one days I had the silly idea to take the hatch to a meet. I entered the "cool guy" circus, looking for parking space and heard the person throwing he event, Joey, yell across the parking lot at me, "What up! Finally got it off those Rota's?!" Now, I've rolled on Rota's in my younger days, I also made a living distributing them, we actually had one of the bigger accounts with Rota for a while. Whatever the case, the car had not been on Rota's in years. So I kindly drove off wondering to myself, "have I not had this car out in THAT many years?" I was a little embarrassed and kinda annoyed, "did he confuse my hatch for my daily driver (wagon, both red)?", or did he just "front" me as I entered the event, we've been seen in the places for over 10 years now. I'll never know, whatever the case I decided to dig some stuff out of the garage after the event, I've been collecting parts for over 10 years, most of which I feel the urge to thrown in the trash fairly often. The decision was to put the wagon on the Panasport's after the NS II's were done being freshened up.

The last look at the Rota's, they treated me good.


Got the off and now it was time to sell them. The B.S. with selling things these days is ridiculous. I was flaked on by so many people, talking about they would "hit me up", and stood up in the parking lot on more than one occasion. Fellas, respect your fellow man and don't waste his time, seems like these "new booties" don't understand there is more than life to Facebook and working your thumb on Instagram. There is a group of older enthusiasts that have done this since the 90's, and we have wives families, and full-time jobs… Don't make us mad.

Selling the Rota's provided enough loot to make a phone call to ALTV supporters at Falken Tire's to get some new rubber for the Sparco NS II's. As you can tell, I had already been there recently. To this day I can't believe my wagon is on the back cover of Honda-Tuning! It's tiny, but the Wagon is in there! I was on Rota's during the shoot, that was another day of awkward looks and ignoring from some of the more "known" or "cool people". The snobbery in the upper "class" of builders can be disgusting some times.

Back on the grind… commuting in this 25 year old vehicle. 

After days of searching and failing, the homie Ty put me in touch with the fellas at Upgrade Motoring. Awesome service and they have stuff that these new "shops", have no idea exists. We even exchanged a few industry jokes while I was putting in my order. When the box showed up I was like "Awwwww YEEAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!"… gig'n (bay area dance style).

Break'em open!

I wanted to go "super baller", but then reality kicked in. These will look and work perfectly fine for me.


Tossed the lugs in the garage and forgot I had the tires mounted on them. The smell of fresh Falken Azenis' is addicting. 

I didn't want to take pictures of the car without these. I had been waiting for them to arrive for about 4 weeks. I came home one day after work and "the Queen" asked me, "what are you ordering from overseas?!" I gave her the "gimme" look and ran off like a kid with a handful of Red Vines from the liquor store.  

I don't expect these to be confused with Rota's ever again… :rolls eyes:

The wheels are not "perfect" but they are fine by me. I know how much effort it took, to get them to this point.

On to the next step… Not sure what that will be yet.






Friday, April 4, 2014

A day with Team BackYard Designs Co.

ALTV is a friend of a lot of people, some closer than others. Joe of "Backyard Designz Co." has had our back since the first day we met. If you are ever invited to "The Compound", you'll see that there is pretty much NOTHING but "go fast" related activities going on if the garage door is open. They were in the process of getting a couple cars ready for some events and we got to tag along…

We'll start things off with entering the garage, this was sleeping in there. A few people might have seen this car...

In we go! We all hop into brotha Joe's be Chevy HD truck. I've personally dragged a few cars around with this thing on some of our trek's together, the thing is sick. Next to me sits Mr. Nichols, a former industry good guy, now at a place that actually wants to give him a more comfortable life, and in front our pal Griffin, Joe's driving obviously. We are all heading out to the paint shop to pick up the builds they are working on.

On the way there, we passed a Planned Parenthood with some protesters in-front of the place. Took this pic and they started yelling stuff, they sounded like zombies. As we drove off, Joe yelled some stuff at them and the truck erupted in laughter. Joe's known to yell things out the window while he's whip'n around town. 
   

When we arrived the gang gathered around Brian's Integra to take a look.

Griffin's Miata NB freshly dipped in a chocolate bronze color. When I stood and looked at it, I just thought about A & W Root beer floats.

We cruised inside the shop and this had just been finished. It's cool to see somebody running with this car, the shell has changes hands so many times this past 2-3 years it's ridiculous. I'm too purist to do a different colored bay, but I can see this working out pretty clean.

Everybody came to take a look. The guys working in the paint shop looked kinda freaked out by the mob of people that rolled in there.

Brian's car loaded up on the trailer, it ended up coming off the trailer and getting some more work done.  There were a few things that weren't to our liking, Joe had a conversation with the shop manager because they didn't do some of the things that were talking about prior to leaving the cars. 

When we arrived back to headquarters this was chillen out front. Willy's car, it's boosted.

Everyone gathered around Griffin's car. I can't remember what we talked about, there was just a lot of beer drinking and grunting of approval. 

"Chocolate drop", and a bunch of Joe's accomplishments on the wall. This really is what Joe lives for.



It was time to head home so I popped off one more shot with my piece, to embody the experience.

It was just another day...




Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Falken Azenis are on.

Finally stopped messing around and had the Azenis that Falken helped ALTV with mounted on the wheels. Now we're just waiting for the lugs that were ordered from Upgrade Motoring in Northridge, CA. They should be here any day now. I wish I could have recorded the phone conversation with Glen while they were hooking me up, great service, and they have the stuff that these "new booty" shops don't know about, plus he's freak'n hilarious. We were keeping it real about some "industry" stuff during the phone call.. Shout-out to Falken Tire and Upgrade Motoring!




Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Weekend Wrenching

I'd love to do more videos, but we gotta pay the bills some how! And to be real, those videos people seem to like to much, and wish they had for their build... don't pay the bills. That means things happen and most of the time if not all the time you end up having to fix it yourself. These days doing it yourself means people have leave the wife at home, roll up their sleeves, and turn some wrenches. The dread of what you might find after a serious engine failure is something we can all relate to. Typically we dream of it happening in the process of blowing somebodies doors off, sadly this was due to some heavy commuting in a 14 year old Honda, and a couple ill paying jobs causing the inability to keep up on regular maintenance. Whatever the case, this caused a bonding moment with a buddy that I seem to never write about here on AutoLife TV. His name is Joe "Backyard" Schneider, he owns a car that you either love or hate. It actually kinda flips all the "don't do it man" type of mods on their head and pushes your limits on what is "excepted" in the scene. A lot of people know of the car, yet it is completely ignored by certain "famed" characters in the industry. To the point were you literally see a picture of every car BUT his car. Pretty crazy… The truth is Joe, LIVES for wrenching on Hondas. This was our weekend fixing my queen's CRV.

The massive garage were his toys rest.

Our CRV that we have been absolutely driving the CRAP out of. I think I've posted pics of it off-roading and hopping over rocks on trails getting us to camp spots. Its got over 200K on it, and would never let us down. Guess you can only ask for so much… She got a little too hot, poor girl.

Joe moves so fast I can hardly capture him in focus.

Realized we forgot to change the oil pump on the new motor…UGH!

 Turns out, the old timing belt cover was junk, so we had to "adjust" the JDM one. I'm a surgeon with a saw or a dremel!

"Dude, all this space, why are we backed into this corner?"

Put in an OEM timing belt after seeing the old one. Those OEM Honda parts labels looked like candy spilled on the floor.

The Vaping Griffin had his merchandise all over the place. Please go find him on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/GriffinsVapes

Tag teaming it!

Break time… swooped a shot of this before I went home for a few minutes.


Had a package from the homie MC Slick, of Honda Day and www.slickthreadz.com waiting for me when I got home, YEEEEEE!!!! :gig'n like Mac Dre: His "Yo Mad JDM" t-shirt for the lil mama.

"Street Racer" snap back for me. I called this one his Westcoast color way. I'm gonna feel like I'm in a N.W.A video while I'm rolling the wagon around town.






Thursday, March 13, 2014

A day in the life...

This is what happened today.

In the shop checking out some new products. It's cold in the shop so I had my SpeedFactory hoodie on and my new "Street Racer" cap from Slickthreadz. Typing this I realized I don't have many "normal" clothes (stuff that is not car related). Did the daily tasks, couple buddy's came in, if I was actually planning to make a blog post tonight I would have got pics of them too… Whatever the case, this popped up in the parking lot with a CLEAN Evo, sorry the "photog" was overwhelmed by the task.

Jimmy Gomez of NVuS dropped by after making his rounds down in SoCal. Pretty awesome how many miles he puts on this car, with the boost.

He's been changing up the look of the car the last few months. Pics are doing it any justice...

The lil homie got a good shot of the bay with the updates.

On the way home, I dropped some of these in the mail for my brother Jeren of "Wrench Mob". It's been fun watching him get this brand off the ground. I don't think I've been this excited about something like this in a while. The shirts are about to HOOAAAARRRDDD!




Monday, March 10, 2014

It's Official: WRENCH MOB

Things may have been a bit slow around AutoLife TV lately, but that is because we've been working on a few things of our own, and also participating in conversations with people that are working on things that are cool or new for the community. When Jeren Walker told me he had an idea, "it's called WRENCH MOB" I told him "dude, don't say anything else, that's SICK!" Then when he told me some of the ideas he had, I just covered my face and said, "dduuuuuuddddeeeee, they're not even READY!"

Let AutoLife TV tell you a bit about Jeren Walker. He's been working for DSport magazine for over a decade. Traveling, guiding, hosting, and actively assisting in building DSport Magazine into what it is today. He's also built numerous vehicles that have been featured in the magazine and raced. Mr. Walker and Brandon of AutoLife TV actually knew each other before any of that even happened… We won't go into the "youth activities" we took part in between skateboarding or biking and being young car enthusiasts, but we have some good memories from those years. His life is truly one that revolves around the automotive industry/community.

His new brand is taking flight! To keep it simple, "WRENCH MOB" is something car enthusiasts can all relate to. If you've spent a late night in the garage busting your knuckles on your project, or thrive on the feeling of knowing you're driving something you have personally twisted the bolts on, you're part of "WRENCH MOB".


As we continue working on some new things for AutoLife TV we are motivated and excited about the future of both projects. With that being said, please welcome my relative and his new brand, "WRENCH MOB". Full site and t-shirts are coming, but stickers are available NOW!

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Garage Day