Breather

Here’s the latest update on the Z.

Last week my heater core decided to start peeing all over my carpet so on sunday I pulled out my dash. That was a rather irritating. I’ve been wanting a new dash for awhile cause mine has a lot of broken tabs but sadly I couldn’t find any locally in good condition so I had to settle with keeping mine for now.

After getting out the heater core and wrestling with a bunch of stuff I found out that the heater core I ordered won’t fit cause the end tanks were too big. That was where everything got really annoying. I went to 4 other parts stores to find out everyone carries that same brand. Pretty fed up with everything I just settled with putting everyting back together with no heater for now and loop the lines. I really just didn’t want to have the car sit for however long it takes to find the proper one. I hate the fact that my heater doesn’t work now as it did before. But oh well. I threw it all back together in the following days and drove it to work on Thursday to see how everything was working on it.

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Last night Arlynna had work till 10ish pm so I stopped by a hardware store and got a sheet of metal to make a heat sheild to go around my manifold to protect my Brake Master Cylinder. Came out whatever but it’ll do the trick.

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When she got home she surprised me with an early Valentines Day gift! So stoked cause I’ve been wanting one of these for awhile now but have been procrastinating about getting it.

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Lets Get Serious

It’s now 2017 and I haven’t updated half of 2016 because I procrastinated. It’s time to change that. This post is gonna contain a lot of pictures. Sadly I’m missing a lot cause I broke my phone at some point so most are from what Arlynna and friends that I collected.

These are from our trip to Kelowna B.C. This trip was incredible. The weather was amazing, everything was so beautiful/full of life, the food was great, and the time was too short. I was really excited to see what some of my friends call “home”. I’m really happy we we all got to experience this together. Everyone made the trip that much better. On with the pictures! They are in order of the days/events.

Day 1: We flew in to Vancouver, got the rental, then ripped the COQ to Kelowna. Also was introduced to Triple O’s on the way and got addicted to their chicken strips. Seriously the best chicken strips ever.

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Day 2: We drove over to Peachland to ride tandem bikes and site see. At incredible Sushi and then finished the day with Ice Cream at this really nice hotel. Also these sunset pictures were taken at like 10:30pm

 

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Day 3: Went to The Jammery and got incredible waffles that were covered in Strawberry Jam and Nutella. This elder lady asked to take a picture of my food so she could post it on facebook because she has friends that are “foodies” and she wanted to show it off hahahah it was funny and awkward. We then did some driving around to look at scenery which then followed with meeting up with Cali and Phil to go out on the OKANAGAN. After that we went to Oseki noodle house for A LOT of food hahaha

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Day 4: Tried a local coffee place that wasn’t too bad, Drove around more, saw some wild life, ate pizza and more Triple O’s (I forgot to mention how many times I took us there because I wanted chicken strips) played mini gold on a real grass course whil Cali chirpped me, walked around downtown Kelowna at night, and finished the night getting hamburgers at Cactus Club as well as made fun of Steven for having a beer ahaha

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Day 5: Arlynna had found this really good looking Italian place on yelp a little before the trip and it was reservation only since it’s rather small. So I want to say the day we got there we made a reservation for our last food day. It was REALLY good. We went back after to do some swimming in Peachland and fed some ducks. After we went and got freshened up and drove over to Kyles shop to check out some of the cars he had there. I wanted everything. That night Ryan had a small BBQ for us. Funny story. Like 2 hours before the BBQ we went and got some sushi cause we were really hungry and really want more sushi before leaving hahah. After we walked along the lake and got attacked by mosquitos.

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Day 6: This was our final day. We had breakfast with Ryan and Rebecca pretty early before heading back to Vancouver. The entire drive I had one thing on my mind G MEN. I wanted it when we first got there but Cali wanted to ruin my day and said no we have a long drive. So I had it the last day instead hahah

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That trip was amazing and day dream about it everyday. I can’t wait to go back.

The adventure that followed that was Arlynna and I’s weekend anniversary in San Fransisco.

We took the Z!

This was a quick stop we made to stretch our legs. It’s off HWY 154 at little after Santa Barbra.

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Then I needed to pee so I figured I’d fill up.

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Back on the road.

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About an hour or so out I remembered about Pepper Lunch and really wanted to try it. So we made a stop!

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We finally arrived to the AirBNB!

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That night we planned to stay in to have a night to ourselves and make a nice dinner. We made some Shirmp Pesto Pasta and Asparagus. It came out great with some fruit punch in some wine glasses hahaha

The next morning we met up with Johnathan and Alexis for breakfast.

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That followed with us doing some tourist stuff!

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We went back to the airbnb for a nap then went UBER’d over to the heart of the city for some Golden Boys pizza. This was our first and worst uber experience hahaha

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We finished that night with some boba and hangs. 14123344_1578129312213384_1432692524_o

Sunday we got up pretty early to take a drive up a nice mountain road to get to a place called Alices Cafe. It was super good and a great drive!

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Then began the long drive back. It got really hot for a good amount of the trip which made it miserable but eventually we made our way to the coast and got to enjoy the ocean air.

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That weekend was A LOT of fun. There was a decent amount I didn’t take pictures of for some odd reason. But it was such a nice weekend.

Around this time is when Sebastian turned a year old!

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Arlynna was outside her work one day and noticed a kitten and turns out there were 5 of them near a big power supply on the side of the building. So we went and scooped them up to clean them up and try to get them new homes! Which is what we did and thankfully they all went to good friends so we have been able to watch them grow up!

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I’d be lying to you if I said I didn’t get attatched to them. Once they warmed up to us they were so adorable and cuddly. We are so happy they got good homes. But now I’m worried cause Arlynna has been feeding a cat by her work that she says looks pregnant haha

In October we spent the weekend on a farm in a treehouse in Filmore, CA. It was so cool! We got to pick a bunch of pomegranets, avocados, and oranges. There was a grill and small kitchen so we made food there and just relaxed all weekend.

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There were some goats for us to feed as well as ducks and chickens running wildly around.

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We were also accompanied by these two who followed us everywhere around the farm haha their names are Charlie and Spirit.

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Here is the barn that was very well put together by Steve the owner of the property.

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The Treehouse

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The amazing sunset.

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On Sunday we checked out and went straight to Disneyland to meet with Chob and Geneveve. They had just got engaged that Friday and yours truely designed the ring for them. About half way through the day it randomly started to rain so we bought panchos.

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For part of Arlynnas birthday gift I got us tickets to the Mickey’s Halloween Party. It was really cool how they decorated some stuff as well as the special firwork show and parade!

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This was an older couple that was in front of us during the firework show. They were dressed up as the couple from UP and it was so damn adorable.

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As I told you guys before my clutch went out which was really saddening since that was the biggest motive for the swap but it will still live on. On my wall.

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One of the few Thanksgiving Dinners we had at Arlynna’s Tia’s house.

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This was suppose to say “We ATE too much” hahaha

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That same weekend we went up to Barstow to put in a deposit on this little guy who is now named Oskar. He was a gift for Arlynnas dad.

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We went to look at Christmas lights as much as we could which sadly wasn’t enough. 16143952_1808607279165585_2092043658_n16144075_1808607432498903_1719835216_n16144117_1808607272498919_347984994_n16176095_1808607462498900_1183987315_n16176798_1808607425832237_1707335334_n16176823_1808607239165589_1731181186_n16129417_1808607282498918_348464685_o

Arlynnas favorite house.

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Tried to Disney as much as we could but it was just too packed

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A week or two before Christmas Moya, Steven, Arlynna, and I took a drive up to SF for the weekend! Funny story. Moya had just finished his SR swap the weekend before the trip. All cars did amazing and didn’t skip  a beat!

The beginning of the drive up was pretty sketchy cause it was pouring rain and the cars were hydroplaning a decent amount. It set us back a decent amount but after we got through LA it cleared up and we were good to go!

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Of course we stopped at Pepper Lunch on the way up.

After we ate we found a local car wash and rinsed off the cars. We made our way to the airbnb and then quick detailed the cars.

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We got some rest once we settled in and then UBER’d in to the city for Pizza and adventure!

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Saturday we drove across the bridge. I tried to take the boys to Hawk Hill but it was so packed.

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That night Johnathan put together a small meet for us which was really cool and nice of him!

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Sunday we got up, packed, and made our way up to alices cafe!

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Met this really nice dude named Lawerence and he adviced that we make our way down to the coast and try this little coffee place. Which was an awesome suggestion.

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That weekend and drive was amazing. The weather was perfect and made the drive so much better.

Christmas weekend came and it was amazing. We went and picked up Oskar and then surprised Arlynnas dad. It was so good haha

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Arlynna got me the coolest gifts ever. I didn’t even know that BLITZ made a phone cover!!

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As terrible as I am at mini golf I really enjoy playing it hahaha

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Surprislingly we’ve been getting a lot of rain these last few weeks which is good and also hasn’t stopped me from driving the z everywhere.

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Alyrnna being smiley as always hahaha

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About two weeks ago I took a Saturday off so that way Arlynna and I could have a day to ourselves and go down to San Diego to try this Cheese place I had found on YELP. For those who don’t know. Arlynna is a big time cheese lover.

We also got had this really good Gelato place as well as tacos since we were already down there……. we kind of made it a food day hahahah

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And now we are all up to date! I am not gonna let that happen again. This took me so long to put together and I feel like I skipped so much out. Here’s to a new year!

Organizing

I have a decent amount of pictures collected from Arlynna, Moya, and Steven from our trip to Canada that I’m organizing as well as other random car photos that I want to post up soon after I get them dated and everything in order. Should be within the next few days. Until then here is a picture Nathan just emailed me and posted on his blog hellogo.net. Go check it out!

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Clutch

Last Monday I pulled the trans on the Z because my clutch gave out. Thankfully I was able to get it home on Sunday night. The center disk and pressure plate got pretty toasted and the front cover got a little messed up from a bad throw out bearing. All the pieces can be replaced but I think I’m just gonna save up and replace the whole clutch with the same ORC kit and hang up the URAS front cover on my wall.

(I wrapped my front end to avoid getting scratched on it from me rubbing it)

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Random

These are random photos that I have been meaning to post. A few weeks back I broke my phone and was forced to get a new one which isn’t a bad thing since the screen was missing chunks but I lost a lot of pictures which bums me out. Mainly because I can’t post them here to have to look back on later on.

Here are a few photos from a little night cruise to a random park in Orange County.

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This may have been the following Sunday or previous hahah I can’t remember exactly. But Alex showed us this cool little spot in NewPort that was on the water.

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This was right before we met with Allan and Nidia for a little Disneyland fun.

A little rip around Autopia!

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Arlynna being silly and taking pictures as I was working hahahaha

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and Just a little over a week ago Sebastian turned 1 year old! So we got him in his birthday suit and had him blow out his candle hahahahah

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A few days after this Nathan had just landed back in Southern Calirfornia from Japan and stayed a few days before going back to Kentucky. He got this cool shot after we had some in n out.

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I want to say this brings us up to date as far as what I have on my phone goes. I have some things I need to do to the z. Just maintanence stuff but I’ll make sure to keep posted with that and adventures!

San Fran Anniversary Weekend.

Arlynna and I planned a little weekend getaway to San Fransico for our anniversary. She had found a really nice little Airbnb for us in the southern part of the city where the streets aren’t too bad because we planned/took the z!

We left at 3 am Friday morning cause I wanted to avoid driving during the day and getting caught up in traffic. Before hand I was talking to Johnathan and he suggested I take the 101 for safety/scenic reasons. I took his advice cause when we went last time the 5 was so annoying even in the rental car. While on the 101 it goes out to the coast and goes up for awhile before cutting back inland. But there’s a connecting highway 154 for a more direct route. I planned for that seeing as it would be dark and safe that nice drive for the ride back. 154 turned out to be a cool mountain road! That’s where we made the first stop on our drive at about 6am

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Then back on the road.

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Made a stop to put gas and pee.

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Fog cleared out and it was really nice!

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After a few hours of driving we had made it in to San Jose and I had remembered people talking about a place called “Pepper Lunch”. I suggested it since we were both really hungry and it looked good on Yelp!

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It was really good! I definitely suggest it if you are up there!

After this we made our way in the city and made it to our Airbnb! We were so excited and very happy/proud with how well the Z did. Not a signle issue or hiccup. I was so stoked about that.

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We go there around 2 ish. The first day/night we planned an evening for ourselves. Seeing as we had access to a kitchen we wanted to make a nice dinner for two.

We got comfry and relaxed for a little and walked down to Safeway for some groceries to make Pesto Shrimp Pasta with Asparagus!

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(notice how classy we are with fruit punch in wine glasses) The dinner came out better than expected! We had a really nice night of relaxing and catching up on sleep.

The next morning we met up with Johnathan and his girlfriend at Stacks for breakfast because Allan, Nidia, and Pete all kept saying we NEEDED to go hahah.

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It was good!! I really enjoyed my skillet and the waffle that Arlynna and I shared.

Johnathan had work so we parted ways till he was off. Arlynna and I made our way over to the Golden Gate Bridge to do tourist things!

We made it across and stopped at the main pull out which was insanely packed.

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After taking a look around I noticed a road that branched off and went down to the shore where you could park and hang out.

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The weather was so amazing.

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After this we went to make our way back to the highway and ended up finding a park Arlynna was telling me about called “Hawk Hill”. It was on the other side of the highway and was so cool!

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We drove back down the hill to the bridge to head over towards Fishermans Wharf. We didn’t spend too much time there. It was cool though! Crazy amount of people.

We went back to where we were staying to rest and eat cause we still had left overs and I wanted a nap hahaha

Around 7 ish we had UBER’d to Golden Boy pizza cause there was no way of me driving the Z in that part of the city. It was our first experience using UBER and it wasn’t all that great hahahah dude was all over the place….

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The driver that took us back was a lot nicer and a better driver for sure. We went and got the z and then got some boba with Johnathan and his girlfriend.

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Sunday came too soon and it was time to begin our drive home. BUT FIRST we were told to make a drive to Alice’s Cafe.

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The 280 is such a nice highway. One of my favorites that I’ve driven the z on.

So the resturant is tucked away up on a mountain road which made it way cooler. It was such a nice drive. The scenery was amazing too.

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The food was really good too!

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We made our way through what felt like hell and got in to a little north of Santa Barbra.

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After this stop we shot straight to Irvine to get Coco Ichibanya. Then it was straight home to shower and knock out.

This weekend was so incredible. The Z performed beyond my expectations and Arlynna made it such an amazing trip. I loved everything about it. I can’t wait to take another small roadtrip.

 

“T-Tops and Kitty Cats” -Jyw0rld

(this post should have been published about 2 or so weeks ago now. I apologize for lagging)

Last night James called me asking if I wanted to meet up and hang out at Cafe 86. I’ll make any excuse to drive the Z hahah

Arlynna and I decided it was time to see how Sebastian would enjoy a ride in the Z.

I have yet to formally introduce him. He is about 10months old and is very silly. He did incredible on the drive! We have taken him on car rides before and he loves to put his head out the window and sniff around like a pup. It’s amazing haha Alex got this amazing picture of him too.

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Then I got some of him and Arlynna with the Z. As you can see it took a few tries hahaha

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There are a lot more in my

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Phil met up with us there as well which was cool! Finally got to hang out with him and see the car on the new wheels.

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James car

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Alex came out as well which was awesome.

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Also Moya and Steven came!

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We hung out for a little while and talked about old PS2 games that got us into cars. Like Tokyo Extreme Racer Zero.

I have a bit more to update from these few weeks. Canada, a drive down to San Diego, a small NDF photoshoot. I’ll try to get everything up shortly!