Things take a long time when you have a fulltime job and three kids... but I finally got round to making a “making-of” video and starting a YT channel!
Some might remember this from the run-up to RADwood SF about a year ago, just thought I’d share latest developments!
In case anyone ever doubted the Prelute was really a truck.
Just saw this 1998 Godzillawagon on carfromjapan.com for US$17k. Dang you California!!
If a Honda Prelude is too impractical and a half-ton truck too bulky, what’s a guy to do? I present: the Honda Prelute.
To me the EvoX MR BBS rims have always been a thing of OEM beauty. Euro-inspired large mesh design with a deep central lug pocket, massive BBK clearance if you so require, and weighing in at a scant 19lb each.
Key takeaway from my first show: I wasn’t pushing my wheel fitment boundaries enough. Yet to stay true to being a truck, and being OEM+, my options were limited. Time for a quick thought experiment, feel free to add to the discussion in the comments.
This past weekend went pretty well with the Prelute taking two awards in its first show! Small show in its inaugural year, and as far as trucks went I don’t think there were more than a couple of “us”, but an honor nonetheless and a very educational experience. [Wild category: major body or engine mods.]
How is it that a professional paint job in the SF Bay Area costs upward of $4500?? Is that normal or just because we live in this insane >$1000psf place? At that price, I could wrap the car ten times over. But thankfully I’m only doing it once, cos it’s helluva tedious.
Ahh, carbon fiber wet lay ups. Like a toxic but really hot on/off again girlfriend, you know she bad for you... but you keep coming back to her cos she so pretty.
Around this time I was starting to think about the final look for the build. To give myself some perspective, I threw a little happy hour at work and had people go wild with suggestions on post-it notes, in true SF Bay Area fashion.
Gas can, oil jug and sockets, fitting just right in their cubbies. Can’t leave home without them, especially not in this car!
A vehicle I built sitting atop a vehicle I’m building. Poetic, no?
It’s not every day you get to shear the roof off of a car. And for good reason - you could easily make an irreversibly crooked cut, injure yourself with a runaway sawzall, or worse still, end up with a tacoed car. That’s why you build a full CAD model of the car and perform finite element analysis simulations to check…
In my previous life as a naval officer, we’d announce BRACE BRACE BRACE over the PA when a (simulated) missile was incoming. We were then supposed to hold on to something, anything, to steady ourselves for the impact; although the logic of that was somewhat questionable on a teeny 200ft, 600ton gunboat since there…
In May 2017, I: A) Was frustrated at work B) Knew I had July to myself with wife and 3 kids gone on a hometown visit C) Had a big surplus of nitrile gloves (bought 200 when I only needed 2) - so I decided to buy this junkyard special to start my first ever build.
In May 2017, I: A) was frustrated at work B) knew I had July to myself with wife and 3 kids gone on a homeland visit C) had a big surplus of nitrile gloves (bought 200 when I only needed 2) - so I decided to buy this junkyard special to start my first ever build.