David "Derpy Drift" Adams

October 29, 2015

New House! New Start! New Ways To Take Up Time!

I’ll be brief.

The question has been asked as to where I’ve been . . .the long and short is, I got a new house out in Fishers, Indiana (used to live in Carmel) which is far more conducive to car-guy life. It’s a bigger house, with a HUGE yard, far more storage space and a lot more going for it in terms of atmosphere and things to do.

Now that I have the additional space, once money levels back off, I’ll be bringing Derpy up and she’ll be getting some first-hand attention.

This should be cool!

PICS!

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September 3, 2015

New Wheels Installed . . .

After a bit of trial, that is.

So, as we are up to speed (pun intended) it’s known that I recently purchased some wheels and tyres for the MSM (Mazdaspeed Miata). I take them over to Discount Tire to get mounted and balanced and they looks ready to go and I’m excited to get them rolling.

I pull off the old wheels, place the new wheels on, after installing the locking lug nut, I go to put the rest of them on. BAM! The factory lug nuts are too short and too wide to go on properly. LOL! I should have known it wasn’t going to be that easy!

AMAZON TO THE RESCUE!

You have to love that Free One-Day (sometimes same-day) shipping on items. I order some new lug nuts, longer and narrower of course, and get them in the following day.

LET THE FUN BEGIN!

So I get the wheels unloaded and setup to install.

Wheels are ready to setup. Leaning against Octavia (my Verano) looking so cool!

Wheels are ready to setup. Leaning against Octavia (my Verano) looking so cool!

I pull the first wheel off and weigh it . . . It’s roughly 1KG per inch of diameter. Not the heaviest but definitely not the lightest.

17 and a half kg. That's not TOO bad . . .but stepping down will definitely help.

17 and a half kg. That’s not TOO bad . . .but stepping down will definitely help.

Just for good measure, I weigh the next wheel as well. It’s not MUCH lighter, but a 2KG difference is supposedly pretty big when considering it’s unsprung and rotational. The new lug nuts we purchased are also CONSIDERABLY lighter than the factory ones. By a very tangible amount. So that helps too!

Right around 15.5kg . . .good bit of difference supposedly. I'm not convinced yet, but people swear by it.

Right around 15.5kg . . .good bit of difference supposedly. I’m not convinced yet, but people swear by it.

Of course, it was at this point that I absolutely HAD to run into another road block! 😦

Yep, I couldn’t use the 4-way as the socket-portion was too wide to clear the spokes of the wheel. So I went out and picked up a 21mm 1/2″ socket for my torque wrench (which you ALWAYS use to tighten your wheels on, right?!?!) :p

Freakin 6 freakin dollars!

Freakin 6 freakin dollars!

I get home, get everything sorted (after misplacing my wheel key several times, HAHAHA) and finally get all four properly placed (directional tyres ) and installed.

These bad boys ride as good as they look! I'm super satisfied with this purchase. Good upgrade!

These bad boys ride as good as they look! I’m super satisfied with this purchase. Good upgrade!

Only did a VERY small amount of driving to shuffle the cars back around back into the garage properly. I can already tell the car is going to ride, handle and GO a lot better than it did before. Just from the little bit of movement. I’m hoping that it prove to be true. I’m very satisfied with the look, now I just have to lower the damn car! HAHAHA! The $$$$ never ends, right?

Here’s a comparison pic, for good measure:

You can see it sits a hair lower, but the wheels are nearly the same size after you factor in tyre height.  Good stuff!

You can see it sits a hair lower, but the wheels are nearly the same size after you factor in tyre height.
Good stuff!

August 29, 2015

Wheels, Tires and Road Trips, Oh my!

Filed under: Photos and Videos, The Build — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , — D.Adams Drift @ 6:03 pm

Hey all, so this should be a fairly quick update, pics only I’m afraid.

Did some purchasing, did some shopping around and got a great deal on wheels.

Before we get started, I want EVERYONE READING THIS to go over to A-Spec Wheels and Tires LLC and bookmark their page. The next time you need some wheels for your daily driver, show car or track toy, look them up FIRST. Tell them I sent you and maybe they’ll give you a good price . . .maybe they’ll charge you more. I think Nick is a little jelly of my MSM, LOL!

I’ll go into detail on that in a minute, but first, I want to start my story by saying that I am doing a second build, LOL! It’s official. The MSM is officially being turned into another project. At first the plan was just to play around with a few things, spice it up a notch and have fun while doing it. With the realization that my next modification for this car is going to be a megasquirt ECU, I think that officially puts the car in Project Status.

I want to bump my wheels down to something a little more usable and decided to go with a set of 16s. Now those who know me, know I hate spending unnecessary money on wheels so I try to find deals. My good friend, now viewed more as a little brother, William, showed me a deal on some Twisted Spoke Miata 16’s for only 100 dollars! Yes, you read that correctly . . 100 bucks for twisted spokes! The catch? Oh there’s always a catch . . .I had to go ALL THE WAY to Troy, Ohio to get them 😦

Oh well, that’s what luxury cars are for, right? So I hopped in the Verano, put on my Creepypasta playlist (yeah, I listen to creepypastas, what of it? LOL!) and headed off on the 2 and a half hour venture.

When I get there, I load up these awesome puppies:

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Then head back home . . .

Oh yeah, I’m definitely a happy camper!

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A few days pass and I get a notification letting me know that my wheels from A-Spec have arrived! With too much excitement to wait, I decide that I better go get them, besides . . .it gives me an excuse to drive my car again, LOL!

Wheels go here

Wheels go here

See, I told you!

See, I told you!

I get them home, unpack them and immediately get VERY excited as I realize this project is coming together quite nicely.

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I am going to take my time as much as possible as I still have another track car, other hobbies, a fiancee and other responsibilities to adhere to, but I think this will be a fun project that should tide my car-guy side over until my Derpy is ready!

I hope this was fun for ya and I hope you check back as we continue the build!

Thanks for checking it out!

April 23, 2014

LET THE MODDING BEGIN! ROTARY = HEAVEN!

Hey everyone in internet land, David Adams here again. Bringing you another VLOG update and some progress on the RX7. Derpy is still in the shop, the mechanics are making sure everything is in line and all of the ducks are in a row before tearing loose on her, so we’re still focusing on the 7 for now. We’ve done some upgrades and got some new stuff rocking like a new master cylinder, upgraded brakes and . . hehe . . well . . .you’ll see in the VLOG! So without any delay . . .lets tear into it!

 

Got the new pads and rotors in! EBC Yellowstuffs and SP Performance Slotted rotors! These feel amazing already, I can’t wait until they’re fully broken in!

 

You can see the old, very worn, rotors as compared to the new ones. The reason the new ones are that color is because of the protective coating. That wears off during break-in.

 

The stock pads compared to the EBCs. BIG difference and it was time to get those changed out anyway. So why not go with the Top-Of-The-Line setup for street/track?

 

Uh oh! Hehehe . . .what’s he doing up there? :3

 

This may be the MOST literal picture you see this year! A Rotary Lift Lifting a Rotary!

 

VIDEO TIME!

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much for tuning in! If you like what you see, please share, like, comment and subscribe! It’ll mean a WHOLE lot!

April 14, 2014

THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK! 1990 RX7 S5 Turbo II

Filed under: Photos and Videos, The Build — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , — D.Adams Drift @ 2:05 pm

Now that I’ve got your attention, I’ll lead in by saying that this car is NOT a replacement for Derpy. The plans for this bad boy are to make it my streetable track car. It’ll get coilovers, a good brake system and some tuning, but outside of that, it’ll mostly remain a street car. The plan is, if it’s not in the mountains, on a joy ride or at the track, it’ll be parked or at the shop (apex seals, LOL)

 

A little about the car:

It’s a 1990 FC3S Turbo II, it’s got 166k on it, and it’s on its second engine. This engine comes DIRECTLY from Japan and was rebuilt before going in. It’s a one owner car, yep, the previous owner bought it BRAND NEW, and it feels like it! Everything (with very little exception) is very tight and it pulls strong. It needs some odds and ends, but for the price I got it and the condition its in, I’m not complaining. Hopefully this will progress into a nice little side project that I can tinker on while the shop has their hands on Derpy.

 

I’ll post some pics, then we’ll get on with the VLOG post.

 

Picking the 7 up. Had to drive down to Destin to get it! Good hike but totally worth the time!

 

Front shot and don’t worry, that plate holder is off and will remain that way until I can think of something ricey to put on it, LOL!

 

Finally home with it. Unloaded it and got some much deserved sleep! Very excited!

 

 

And here’s the video from the latest VLOG about it.

 

March 31, 2014

Talladega Shake Down Run!

Filed under: Photos and Videos, Track Time — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — D.Adams Drift @ 6:20 pm

Hey all! Finally got Derpy out on the track and BOY WAS IT A BLAST!!!

 

Blew the turbo up though, LOL! Yeah, that happened.  I feel it HAD to happen, however, because if it didn’t, I wouldn’t know that she still needs work. I’m the kind of person that if it runs, I’ll race it. You can even see after losing all boost I still get out there and beat the crap out of her until she completely loses power and I get called in.

 

Soooo much fun out there, I’ll hush now and let the video do all the talking!

 

March 24, 2014

THE CAGE EVOLVES! I CHOOSE YOU!

Filed under: Photos and Videos, The Build — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — D.Adams Drift @ 11:39 pm

Just a quick one here . . .the cage has been legalized for SCCA and NASA competition. So we’re ready to start climbing and battling . . .more updates as they happen. Her first track day is this Sunday, March 30th . . .let’s hope it pans out for the best!

ON WITH THE VIDEO!

March 15, 2014

Slowly But Surely Coming Together! New Cage Work

Got my car dropped off at Team 1 Motorsports to get my cage modified so it can conform to SCCA/NASA spec. The long and short of it is, a 6-point cage is perfectly fine, but it lacked the necessary cross brace and harness bar to get things up to code. That said, all of that was added and the results are so awesome, I can’t wait!

 

First, Jon (my fabricator and mechanic) got the tube notched and ready to weld.

 

Cross brace tacked into place and fitted. All that is left from here is to complete the welds and get the harness bar in.

 

 

The man is SUCH a genius with this stuff. He makes it look SO easy!

 

I can’t wait to continue with the roll cage project. We have ONE thing to do before we continue the cage. I’ll let you know what that thing is once all of the pieces are in place.

 

The cage will go forward with rear-strut-tower bracing and door bars. Then we MAY do a halo X-Brace . . .we’ll see.

 

 

Thanks so much for viewing!

 

February 26, 2014

VLOG3 and a Shake Down Run! AAAWWW YEAH!

I don’t really have a schedule for updating the blog, but I’ll try to do at least one a week. Please forgive any delays in posting, the racing season is picking up and so is work as an IT Consultant so I’m strung between two lines, LOL!  But enough about that!

The fun stuff. Got the car back up and running and she looks SOOOOOO awesome! Can’t wait to get to her first drift event. I’ve had a lot go on so I’m just gonna let the pictures and videos do the talking. We’ve gotten a lot done, new aero, cage welded down and reinforced, engine put back together and a shake down run! WHAT?! Yeah . . .I said it!

So let’s see these pics!

 

We saw the cage when it was mocked up, now it’s finalized. Next up is to put an SCCA Brace in it, that will happen before our first event.

 

Here’s a shot of how the cage and Derpy look in the car with everything buttoned up. Photo credit to Brandon Andrews

This is during the shake down run. The valve cover gasket wasn’t fitted properly (it was too large) so we had to modify it and seal it with gasket maker. Worked WONDERS! Photo Credit to Brandon Andrews.

This is how she currently sits. I love it! The wing and tow hook may not be for everyone, but I enjoy it. And it will be SO MUCH FUN at the track!

Here’s a cool shot from the mountain run! We see most of the “team” lined up. I put “team” in quotes because we’re anything but, we’re just a group of guys who likes to have fun! Respect for ourselves and respect for one another, that’s the code we live by! That’s the code we drive by!

 

 

 

 

I also had the change to get a VLOG up. So here’s VLOG 3, explaining the final steps on getting the car running and the body modifications setup. As always, the video will explain everything!

 

 

Click Here to Watch VLOG 3: The Head Gasket Returns and She LIVES!

 

 

I also got some video from my solo Shake Down run this past Sunday. The video below will show you the fun (and mistakes) that were had. It took some getting used to and the chassis is now more rigid that the suspension wants to deal with. So that’s a thing I’ll have to look into with my suspension setup. It’ll get all dialed in, piece by piece. I’m not gonna rush it.

At any rate . . . on with the video!

 

Click Here To Watch Derpy’s Mountain Run Shake Down!

 

 

Thank you so much for viewing! I hope you enjoyed!

February 15, 2014

WOAH! What a wild ride! We are Now GT Channel Partners!

Hey all, it’s been a long time away from the blog, but then again, it’s been a long time away from racing.

 

I won’t babble too much, but the short version is that I ran into some personal and financial issues that kept me from hitting the track as much as I wanted to. However, now I’m back in the south where I belong, where all the action is and I’m currently working on building Derpy up . . .

 

In the pictures below you’ll see that she’s almost ready to rock, her cage is in (not secured yet however), she’s completely gutted and she’s currently undergoing an engine rebuild/repair. The headgasket blew the weekend before a drift event, so we were kept from participating, but we’ll be ready for her next run. I’ll be picking up a second engine this coming weekend (2/16/2014) and will hopefully be getting both of these engines built up properly. It’s going to take time, but I’m ready for the challenge. We’ve got new toys, new tools and we’re constantly building the garage.

 

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We are also now partners with GTChannel Network! I’m hoping this means more motivation and more inspiration to finish our build and to get her on the track running hard! Let us keep our fingers crossed!

 

Here’s some pics of how Derpy Sits now (blown engine and all)

The front part of the cage, looking great! You can see the dash is able to be kept and still provide the perfect amount of clearance. Not too tight, not too far from the panels. Just perfect!

Cage fits perfectly! Snug to the bulkhead, snug to the ceiling. I absolutely LOVE where this car is going. You can also see the hydraulic handbrake and quick release hub.

This pic was taken before the cage was put in, obviously, LOL! But it showcases the wheel that we’re using and gives you a better look of how the seat, handbrake and wheel go together. Very awesome!

This is her with the new door placard for 2014, you can also see she’s been lowered an inch and a half all around and the new helmet is on top. Note the wheel released from the hub

She’s also undergone an ECU upgrade. The new fuel maps and boost pressures are probably why the headgasket blew, LOL!

These sway bars were installed  and have DRASTICALLY changed her characteristics. I can't believe it's taken me so long to realize the effectiveness of these. One of the best modifications so far

These sway bars were installed and have DRASTICALLY changed her characteristics. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to realize the effectiveness of these. One of the best modifications so far

This is what happened to the head gasket. It took a chunk out of itself. New headgasket set has arrived, we'll be installing it asap

This is what happened to the head gasket. It took a chunk out of itself. New headgasket set has arrived, we’ll be installing it asap

Here's one of my new toys. No, not the iPad 4, the engine stand, LOL! I'm picking up a new engine this weekend so hopefully that will get some use here.

Here’s one of my new toys. No, not the iPad 4, the engine stand, LOL! I’m picking up a new engine this weekend so hopefully that will get some use here.

Here's the new torque wrench kit. This is the first one I've owned. My garage is getting built properly!

Here’s the new torque wrench kit. This is the first one I’ve owned. My garage is getting built properly!

 

 

 

So yes, lots of pictures because it’s been a VERY long time. I hope that makes up for the lack of updates. I apologize and will try my hardest, especially now that I’m with GTChannel, to make regular updates!  Now . . .let’s watch some

VIDEOS!

 

Here’s how we will be doing MOST of the updates. I think this is easier to view and easier AND more fun to keep up with. You get to see the emotion in my eyes and hear the enthusiasm in my voice each and every update. So that’s how we’ll be getting those updates to you guys going forward. I’ll still have pictures and text occasionally, but for the most part it will be videos to the masses ^_^

 

Without any further delay . . .here they are

 

Here’s VLOG1

Here's VLOG1, gives a basic introduction of how everything will be going forward and what you can expect from these!

Here’s VLOG1, gives a basic introduction of how everything will be going forward and what you can expect from these!

 

 

I discuss our partnership with GTChannel here and talk about what's going on with Derpy.

I discuss our partnership with GTChannel here and talk about what’s going on with Derpy.

 

 

 

That’s it for now! I hope you enjoy! I can’t wait to bring you more content and I hope you tell your friends to check us out. Remember to Like, Comment and Subscribe to my Youtube channel and get your buddies to check out the blog and videos as well! Thank you all SO SO much for tuning in!

 

 

 

 

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