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.
Things are coming together nicely at original garage. At the first of the year, when most people are committing to dropping “x” amount of pounds or deciding that this will be the year they quit smoking, I was making professional goals. Our first year was a great one, filled with more success than failure. However, progress is the name of the game; whether that means continuing to move forward or taking a couple steps back and regrouping. We’re doing a little bit of both.
First off, I’d like to welcome Eduardo Mier to the team. He showed up to our BBQ, A Family Affair, last November and snapped some of the pics that you may have seen. When I decided to step up the blog game (which has been delayed, more on that in a minute) and sent out a call for a part time photographer he was the first to respond and immediately got the job. Welcome aboard homie. I’m sure y’all will all notice the increase in picture quality immediately.
So where do we start…
Image is everything, and although we’re not as well funded as we’d like to be we’re figuring out how to work with what we have. Not having a suitable office to sit down with customers or do paperwork in has always bothered me. In fact, this is the second-third-forth-fifth attempt at building this office. After dealing with shady contractors and slum lord management I had to leave it alone for a while, but it’s finally complete. Not perfect, but at this point it will do.
Another big deal for the first part of 2K12 was BC Racing’s release of Y33 coilovers w/ the spindle included. This means no cutting and welding for you DIY installers. It took a while to get a set mounted but here they are; first set in the states, fitted and sitting pretty. The Q45 you see is owned by Jamie and is actually in for quite a bit of work, so expect to see more on this one in the future. For now it was just important to get these coils mocked up so we could start pushing them.
The sleeping giant. Khanh’s UCF31 project has been sitting in the corner feeling neglected for months, but no longer. The shop has been cleared of projects and the doors have been shut. Most updates in the near future will be pertaining to this build. On the to do list still are custom fenders, modified body kit, final install of the cup/coilover set up, paint, reassembly, and whatever else we run into along the way. Expect this one to drop early spring.
Also looking to hit the streets this year is the new OG ride. You may recognize it as fellow Refined Elegance member Jeebus’ candy red LS400. Well not for long.
The first step of the transaction was deciding what I didn’t want. The UAS/Tein/Easy Street setup was pulled, the Aimgain kit and exhaust as well. The aggressive Leon Hardiritt Grails were ditched, but I did grab the 19″ Koenig WRV that I had talked Jeebus into buying with the intention of rebuilding. The Q45 retrofitted headlights also got the axe.
Jeebus’ part out went amazingly quick and smooth, however these wheels are still looking for a new home. Specs are 19×9/11 -19 high disk in good condition w/ tires. Price is $3.3K. If you’re interested hit up the contact link or post on the RE Facebook page.
The first step of the rebuild was acquiring some prototype traction rods from Studio as well as removing the already installed Studio parts in preparation for powdercoat. The brakes will also be done.
So what does this mean for the Pres? Guess he’ll just be sitting here a little longer. :sadface:
Well, not the kind you may be expecting anyway. I didn’t take a bunch of pics of cars and models; in fact, I barely took any pictures during the actual show. What I did instead was chronicle the journey with my RE fam. Good times were plentiful and I hope you enjoy the trip as much as I did.
North of Houston with Joe and Cheat. Just a heads up; I took most of these pics while driving so if you have an issue with rear 3/4 shots you may as well hit the back button.
Cheat rollin’ with a little too much PSI up front.
Joe pullin’ in to wait for the homie Nez.
And then there was four (three pictured)… Nez is driving the IS for now, but he has his eyes out for a new project.
PSI adjusted. Do want. Pizza.
Also worth noting is how perfectly the tire on the side of the road lined up with Cheat’s mirror. HellaFlush.
I’d like to dedicate this picture to Wortham, Texas; the most miserable place on Earth. I lived there for a few months when I was younger and this is as close as I ever want to be again.
Where are you turning Joe?
Traffic! Must be getting close.
Cambered telephone poll.
Stopping for gas outside of Fort Worth. Not too much though, have to have less than a 1/4 tank in the convention center.
After this we checked into the hotels and went to get some delicioso Mexican food and margaritas. Early to bed, early to rise.
This is what it looked like @ 6AM. Yes, I was the first one there but early is always on time.
From what I understand, somewhere during this time period one of the best shows the State of Texas has seen in some time occurred. If this were an event coverage blog this is where the pics of sick rides and hot models would be, but it’s not. If I were to cover what I did during this time period it would involve a burrito, 2 pretzels, some new(ish) homies (shout out to Swang and Bang), and a bottle or 2 of Kettle One; but I didn’t. What’s important is I had a great time and enjoyed the most important side of the scene, the people. I’d like to thank WekSos for hosting this show, which was the foundation for one of the best weekends I’ve had in a long time; period. After talking to the staff (really cool cats BTW), I can all but guarantee their return for next year. They were definitely impressed by our enthusiasm and quality. Well done Texas (and all those who traveled from out of state).
Time to roll out.
The RE homies (not pictured: Jun) and their awards. From left to right:
Gio – 1st Place: Best Lexus
Cheat – Fatlace Choice Award
Joe – 3rd Place: Best of Show
Thomas – 2nd Place: Domestic, 1st Place: Best of Show
Congrats to everyone who took home an award, as well as those who didn’t. Everyone who participated in this event should be proud.
The next morning we headed out for a mini-shoot with Jun (pics on Khanh’s blog; VIP Car Lifestyle). Thomas was not able to join us because of family priorities. After filling up the tanks we set out to find a good location. Unfortunately, once we finally found a suitable location we were not permitted to stay long. No hard feelings, the spot we chose was a newly built high rise that was expecting important guests. We handled our business quickly and left before we caused any trouble.
Jun doing what it takes to get the dope shots. Also worth noting is this guy’s shoe game.
I’m no pro, but managed to snap a couple decent pics myself.
Did you see that rear bumper though?
After the shoot Joe, Cheat, Nez, and myself headed back to Houston. If you want to see how that went down just scroll backward through the pics (add a couple police for good measure).
Shout out to everyone who played a part in making this weekend what it was.
RIP Brendan Kennedy, you changed my outlook without ever meeting you face to face.