It’s been a few months since I did an update. Happy to see that we’re still getting some hits daily. I’ve been posting mostly from my phone to the OG Facebook page, but I’m going to get back to this for more in depth coverage. Here’s what I’ve been working on:
Sessions USA 2GS Retrofit
I took this as a quick money project but, as usual, even the slightest bit of custom work turns pretty serious pretty quickly around here. The low beams will be retrofitted with LS460 projectors. No sweat. The high beams will contain a 3″ clear lens surrounded by metal Sessions rings, creating a second 3″ faux projector. Sounds simple enough right? I thought so too. I’m sure I am overkilling it, but whatever…
Initially i didn’t think mounting the lens would be an issue, but once I got everything in my hand I was without a solution. I kind of just jumped in heads first and, after some trial and error, I made a couple molds to make a housing for the lens. Obviously, they’re not 100% in the pics but I wanted to show the construction.
Like I said, it gets kinda serious. This is the process for making the rear cap. That’s where I’m at now but these should be wrapped up in the next few days. It takes a while because I like to let the fiberglass set overnight before i work with it.
This project has been going on for a while but it’s coming to it’s conclusion. I won’t get too much into it but along the way this car has accumulated custom BC coilovers, Battle Version arms, some parts have been replaced, and install of the initial Autopilot system (with some new additions) has commenced.
The first thing I tackled was pulling power to the back. It’s nothing major, but I can’t stand opening the hood to ugly wiring in the bay. Stinger power wire was Tech Flexed and terminated with adhesive lined heat shrink. The fuse holder isn’t beautiful, but it was a freebie so whatever…
One of the next projects knocked out was molding the Autopilot controller. We chose to eliminate the cup holders so that the controller will be covered by a factory hatch in the center console when not in use. I put in some work on this. A filler piece was piece was plastic welded into the trimmed down OEM insert, and the controller was melded into that (there are a couple progress pics on the FB page). The face was smoothed out and flocked. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to reuse this controller since it was previously molded not so well, but I cut it out, stripped it down, and made it work. Go me.
The trunk on this one took a while to figure out. We wanted to hide the compressors initially but because of the factory layout it just wasn’t going to work. Instead, the compressors will be above the Birch ply floor. I mentioned the material for any of you guys still using MDF for your trunks. Birch is lighter, stiffer, and more durable. Get with it. Stay tuned for multiple hardline projects running concurrently.
460 x 2 = 920?
I’m also working on 2 nearly identical LS460 installs at the same damn time. One in shop, one to be completed in steps for a friend/team member (hint, hint).
Ken’s Lexus will be receiving BC coilovers, UAS bags/Brackets, and an Accuair eLevel system. We had some parts powdercoated from one of my sources and purchased some extra stuff for the sake of dress up. Up to this point it’s pretty much been sending stuff out and parts gathering, but I did cut a floor for it today.
Birch ply again of course. This will be duplicated for the second install, however the display will be different for both. Ken’s will be more clean and compact, while the second one will be a bit more showy.
Thanks for checking out the blog, and thanks to those who have been tuning in while nothing was really being posted.
Sorry for the wait. Stepping up the blog game was one of my goals for this year, but life happens and OGsincebirth.com has been given low priority. Fear not though, things are coming together and while the road may not be smooth I do know that it’s at least leading me in the right direction. I haven’t even logged on in months and was surprised to see that we’re still getting 20-30 hits a day. I know it’s a miniscule number in comparison, but I want to say thanks to whoever keeps coming back despite the lack of content. It’s great motivation to reapply myself.
So about the title, Original Garage is going through another big change. We will be moving into our third building, as a result of the termination of OG Paint and Body. I am looking for a local shop to handle any paint/body needs we have/may have in the future, but until I find someone suitable we’ll just consider this dead in the water. OG is going back to its roots, refocusing on the undercar aspects of our style. Over time we’ve put together a pretty impressive list of offerings, including new partnerships with Battle Version and Swift Springs.
So what does this mean for Khanh’s UCF30 that has been under construction for almost a year now? It means I will continue to do the custom body work on my own and hope that I can find someone to wrap it up when the time comes. I’ll try to get some new updates on that project within the next couple weeks.
While we’re kind of on the subject, I’d like to shout out the Refined Elegance homies. I don’t think anyone will deny that we’ve kind of fell off as far as the car thing goes, but we’ve grown very close as friends and have been having some great times hanging out. Regardless, cars are in our blood and there are some things brewing behind the scene. Expect a very different RE line up in the future.
As you may recall I took over ownership of Jeebus’ candy red LS400 a while back. In light of everything else going on progress has been slow. I rounded out the suspension by adding the latest offerings from Studio, and then sent all the links to CNS Custom Works for a glossy coat of Sun Gold powder coat. The air suspension has been swapped out for JIC FLT-TAR VIP coilovers and 14/10K Swifts are on order. I know it’s not as high as a lot of cats are going as far as spring rate, but I have experience driving lower than most on these coils so I’m not too worried about it. Once everything was installed I found myself with a satisfying ride height, so it was time to get started on the clearance work. The first job I decided to tackle was the harness relocation. You may (or may not) remember we did this procedure on Peter’s car a while back. That was cool then, but I wanted to go above and beyond this time.
Rather than rerouting the wires high in the wheel well, or running them inside the engine bay, I decided to run them inside the rail. This involved drilling out about 50 spot welds and removing 2 complete sheet metal pieces. Unfortunately there was not enough length in the harness, so it will have to be extended. That’s where we’ll leave off on that one. Stay tuned for more.
Steve and his crew have been showing a lot of love lately also. A while back he brought in his 3GS for a BC coilover install. At the time the car wasn’t all that impressive, but Steve has stepped his game up. He copped some Ordens from a friend and bought some subtle body parts that made a positive impact on the overall look of the car. After some fender rolling and lowering we shot the car over to Chris’ Car Doc for an alignment.
See the improvement for yourself:
So what’s next? Well besides the new building expect to see a bagged Y33 in the near future, a custom set of 2GS LED tails, some UCF10 LED corner lights, more work on Khanh’s turbo LS430, and some progress on the UCF20 shop car when time/money permits. I’m going to do my best to update more regularly, but if you want to see what’s going on more often check out the OG Facebook page for day-to-day happenings.