David "Derpy Drift" Adams

October 7, 2015

Not Your Average Joe’s Intake!

Well . . .it kinda is . . .but I feel like it’s special . . .every kit is HAND MADE so every kit is just a little different.

SHUT UP IT’S WHAT I WANT TO BELIEVE SO MINE IS SPECIAL!

At any rate . . .let me set the mood.

One late-summer’s late night, I find myself browsing the internet and I, as usual, wind up back on Facebook. A thread gets started about intakes on the Mazdaspeed Miata and their usefulness comes into question. Everyone starts mentioning that they either have or would like to have an intake and one particular intake keeps being brought up with reverence: Joe’s Intake.

The name may seem generic and simple but the results are anything but! Horsepower and Torque both go up in amounts that are more than just readable on a dynomometer and torque numbers to boot. In fact, if I’m remembering correctly, the torque numbers were better than that you’d see from Flyin Miata!  Now I loves me some FM, but I also love savings the money!  So when Joe told me he could get me horsepowers and torques for less than FM . . . .I jump in it!

Anyhoozle, so I scour the internet trying to find this “Joe” guy . . .and I begin to think he doesn’t even exist! Turns out . . HE DOES EXIST and he’s on Facebook. He reached out to ME (of all possible scenarios) and I was overjoyed. He mentioned that he’s doing one final run of intakes and I could get in if I would like!

*ahem*

HELL YEAH!

I immediately tell him to shut up and take my money, he does and 4 weeks later, I have an awesome looking box at my door!

Said Box! :3 ^_^

Said Box! :3 ^_^

I immediately begin working on the car . . .well . . .I take that back. I’m a Unix Admin, as some of you already know, so I have to WORK and work on the car at the same time . . .oh well. I wasn’t trying to set a record for fastest completion time, so no sweat.

I remove all the stocky bits:

The stocky bits

The stocky bits

How clean the engine looks with all that piping cleared up and that box gone!

How clean the engine looks with all that piping cleared up and that box gone!

I’m a little bummed that many of my upgrades are now negated . . .but I guess it’s okay . . .

This is why we have for sale posts! I don't know what these are worth, Joe says about 150.

This is why we have for sale posts!
I don’t know what these are worth, Joe says about 150.

Oh well . . que sera sera . . .that’s life in the tuning biz . . . ONE plus side is that my spreadsheet with total invested gets reset. I’ll only have the price of the car and the intake will incorporate the BOV, inlet and intake all in one . . .it’s a bit of a win! I’ll take that victory!

Here’s the final product. I still need to clean things up, but I got a call from our App Support team and I had to do some code-merges and code fixes. So I tightened the last of the bolts and snapped this quick picture. As I’m typing this, I’m reminding myself to get out there and double check everything before closing the hood!

All buttoned up! SOOO pretty! I can't wait to drive this! Video soon!

All buttoned up! SOOO pretty! I can’t wait to drive this! Video soon!

I know, I know . . .a big fat BOOOOO because I don’t have any driving footage. Well, it’s 21:30 and it’s dark. It can wait until the weekend! Besides it’ll give me a chance to shake things down and see what I forgot to tighten!

Thank you all for tuning in!

Later!

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.

 

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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