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MELLOS VIP GARAGE IS MOVING!

Hello VIP enthusiasts!

Mello’s VIP Garage Blog is moving servers and changing names…

Our new address: http://VegasVIPGarage.com

Our new name: Vegas VIP Garage


The new server is awesome, no more limitations from wordpress.com! Stop by the new page and leave us a comment!

Carmake Rasty – Toyota Crown Drift

Toyota Crowns are a staple of the VIP community. The body lines, headlights and grill look very similar to the LS400, so there’s lots of aero, suspension and VIP goodies available. Also, they are powered by the famous 1JZ engine, which leaves the door open to some interesting possibilities… I recently stumbled across a posting on the Noriyaro blog recently about this Toyota Crown drift car from Carmake Rasty. Take a look at this monster!

Nice looking Crown, right?

Decent looking Crown, right?

Prepare for total VIP/Drift crossover in 5…

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Crown drift 2

Crown drift 2

1JZ Turbo motor

1JZ Turbo motor

Rasty Crown Drift 1

Rasty Crown Drift 1

Crown drift 4

Crown drift 4

I love it. The last picture is especially gangster — nothing like 3 wheeling at full lock in a VIP/drift car!

If you’re into drifting and japanese car life you’ll probably really enjoy the Noriyaro blog, stop by and check it out!

New toy for my LS400 ucf20: Air Zenith OB2 air compressor

Air Zenith OB2 air compressor

Air Zenith OB2 air compressor

My Airrunner/ACC compressor (which is really made by Firestone for the load-levelling air spring kits) started going out the other day. I noticed it was slowly leaking air, from the tank, through the feed hose, and out from the compressor ‘inlet’ port. I assume the internal check valve bit the dust.. Vegas heat, vibration, age and a suboptimal air system probably all helped lead to it’s demise.

After doing some research, I decided to replace my ailing compressor with a new unit from Air-Zenith, their OB2 model. Lucky for me, Air-Zenith is actually based out of Las Vegas. Their main office is about 20 minutes from Mellos VIP garage! I stopped by and chatted with Manager Paul Chen and picked up this black-flaked-painted whopper of a compressor. The specs on the unit? 200PSI @ 100% duty cycle. About a foot long and 6 inches tall, must weigh a good 20 pounds at least! The wiring is very beefy, all the ends are terminated properly and the wires themselves are surrounded by thick protective shielding and heat-shrink at the terminals. The unit has a built in fan to help keep the unit cool (ever grabbed your compressor mid-tank fill? Bet you never do that again!!). The internal pump piston is completely rebuildable, and the unit features a remote mountable inlet filter. The product packaging was excellent as well! If first impressions mean anything, I have very high expectations for this unit.

I did a basic install in my LS400 to get the car back on the road, although I’m planning to completely revise the setup in the near future (Can you say, ELECTRIC VALVES?). In a few days I’ll put up a more detailed post with lots of photos for you to check out!

(Non-VIP) self teaching Katakana part 1

Quick update..

I love learning new, useful things. The other day I decided I would teach myself Katakana, so I can make sense of at least a few of the details in my VIP Car, VIP Style and Drift Tengoku magazines… Not to mention the countless Japanese VIP websites and blogs I visit. The Katakana characters themselves are fairly easy to learn, but putting them together and deciphering/translating the words can be time consuming.  I made some flash cards (wow been quite a while since I did THAT!) and started tearing into my old magazines and VIP websites with a new passion… Mumbling to myself while reading.. “guh.. guh-ah… guhan-ku… guhanku-shi.. guhankushi-yon… JUNCTION! … Pu..pu-ro… puro-de..purode-you…purodeyousu.. JUNCTION PRODUCE!” 🙂

Hopefully I can pick up enough new vocabulary to update the other “japanese terms” post I have… Here’s a few random words that I was able to decipher, and also type/write! (use the IME support in vista to type in Katakana!)

オイル :  “OH-EE-RU” -> “OI-RU” = “OIL”

タイヤ  : ” TA-EE-YA” -> “TAI-YA” = “TIRE”

ホイール : “HO-EE-EE-RU” -> “HUI-RU” = “WHEEL”

サスペンシヨン : “SA-SU-PE-N-SHI-YO-N” = “SUSPENSION”

ジアンクシヨンプロデユース: Junction Produce!

If anyone has any nice web resources I should know about that discuss learning Katakana, please leave a comment. I use/love the Rikaichan plugin for Firefox to do most of my translation online, but I don’t want to always rely on it (browsing at work, reading magazines, etc)

B-Spark UCF30 – VIP Celsior LS430

Wow I am in love with this car. Look how low it is! The overall style is fresh and represents a more modern VIP/Sport style in my opinion. The Aero is made by japanese company, B-Spark. As far as I know their products are not available in America yet — get on the phone with your distributor/wholesaler buddy and figure out how you can be the first to import and sport B-Spark aero in USA!

B-Spark aero on LS430 Celsior UCF30

B-Spark aero on LS430 Celsior UCF30

B-Spark UCF30 LS430 side shot

B-Spark UCF30 LS430 side shot

B-Spark aero on UCF30 - rear shot

B-Spark aero on UCF30 - rear shot

Currently it appears that B-Spark only manufactures two kits – one for the UCF30 (LS430) and one for the JZS16 (Gs430).  Here’s a shot of the GS/Aristo kit:

B-Spark Aristo JZS16

B-Spark Aristo JZS16

I would love to see what they could do for the classic UCF20!

VIP Style Z33 350z

My good friend and fellow Vegas resident NickD (of VegasDrift and VegasProAm fame) has been putting some major effort into cleaning up his z33 recently. This car has always been cool, aero, dumped, wheels, tracked out, lsd/suspension,  zipties and black tape… But lately it’s received some major loving from it’s owner — new Version Select aero, SSR Professor wheels, fresh paint by Spring Mountain Autobody and more… I must say it’s turning out amazing — even if not a “traditional” VIP platform, this car simply looks beautiful and demands attention where ever it is. Take a peek at these awesome shots by local photographer and auto-afficionado Brenton Ho:

VIP Style Z33

VIP Style Z33 - Low, black, wide wheels. What more can you ask for?

VIP Style Z33 2

VIP Style Z33 2. Are those DZUS tabs holding the side skirts on?!

VIP Style Z33 3

VIP Style Z33 3 - Stunning!

Enjoy!