View Full Version : JCCS 2009 - DK'ers make the trip to LA (and back) (lots of big-ass pics)

10-07-2009, 10:20 PM
So me, Pete (76ra24), Seamus (SupraFiend), Steve (Chief DK nerd) and Chris (Apex) (along with Petes dad) bombed down to JCCS last week..

Not all cars were ready the day we were to leave.. hell, not all cars were ready hours AFTER we were to leave ;) ..

The plan was to leave Mission in the evening and hit San Fran for our first sleep.. having driven down the Oregon coastline the whole way... turned out we had to work out a few bugs before we could leave the garage.. Hit the road about midnite Weds night/thurs morn, Steve and Chris had just driven from Kelowna in the 1UZ Levin earlier that day.. Seamus and Pete had been working for hours n hours n hours to get Seamus' Supra ready to rock.. and had been catnapping here and there.. and I'd been up since 6am @ work..

We didnt reach our hotel until 3am Friday morning.. driving while hallucinating is fun!

Steve and Pete pick me up at the ferry.. and my package of rear seats for Petes car.. 'cause Friends don't let Friends do 1970's Toyota White Interiors.


But wait.. why is Seamus' car still up in the air... oh, what, the front main is pooched? oh ok, oh, wait, now the alternator is hosed? oh.. ok, wait, now the water pump is leaking? well.. it's only 4000km round trip.. how bad could it be?


Finally on the road.. our first gas stop in Bellingham.. We haven't thrown the alternator belt yet.. that happened 30 mins later on the pitch black freeway ;)


.. and here we hammer a socket onto a McGuard wheel lock and have the nice tire man impact it off.. 'cause we left the keys at home.. oh, this is about an hour after the old man backed into Steve's car in the restaurant parking lot.. and then tried to drive away..


10-07-2009, 10:24 PM
Just a random cruisin down the road shot..


Ah, look, it's a lovely Oregon coastline beach... lets stop and get a photo..


Hey Steve.. what's that hissing noise??


.. ahh, we've had a night of sleep by now.. and Steve's decided to V8 himself ahead of us.. while we sit beside the road and are NOT changing the oil on the fresh rebuild with a turkey basting pan on a quiet dirt side-road .. No.. didnt happen..


Im not sure what Pete's doin here.. but I think its about | | this big..


10-07-2009, 10:28 PM
Yup, the Cali coastline / Pacific Coast Highway between San Fran and LA rocks.. amazing road, amazing scenery.. and great sunburn on the right side of your body if you're riding shotgun.. like me..


What do a bunch of DK'ers do when in a hotel room in a foreign city.. yeah, sit at a table with beers and a computer..


See, Beers! (The Bud-Light Limes were ALL drank by the Albertans / Sasketchewany's, FYI)


When you drink too many beers though.. unplanned things can happen...


10-07-2009, 10:33 PM
Steve takes runner up for 'Furthest Travelled' to some 60 year old dude in a 78 Civic who drove from somewhere near the East Coast..


Rob Rayne and his buddy Jesse made it down mid-show after having slept in a parking lot near by for a few hours.. so they joined us for a "Shows Over - Back to the hotel for more beers" shot in the parking lot afterwards..


Not many shots of the drive back.. but I thought this was a good one.. We pulled over to diagnose massive oil loss from Seamus' supra.. and after leaving the station.. we Spy Huntered a good 5 miles of highway with oil clouds.. the pictures do NOT do it justice..


10-07-2009, 10:36 PM
Couple random shots .. first from our balcony into the parking lot.. Steves levin hiding, unseen, under the hotel..


.. and lastly.. Steve and Seamus were called up individually to give a quick 'Hey' regarding us driving all the way down from Canada..

.. The announcer says, to Seamus, something to the effect of .. "So, you drove ALL the way from Canada.... EH! .. .. EH!" ..

.. Seamus replies, deadpan, 'Uh, yeah, I dont do that."


Great trip, even better to be home and sleeping.. and best part is.. all the cars made it back! heh.. we werent sure, occasionally..



rob rayne
10-07-2009, 10:43 PM
sweet pics brett .it was a blast hanging out on the pier with u guys and fu<k bars in santa monica cause there a joke

10-07-2009, 11:12 PM
nice... what happened with seamus's oil loss...aka burning?

I love the "Uh, yeah, I dont do that." doesn't everyone know that seamus loves being made fun of in front of people. typical seamus

10-07-2009, 11:19 PM
Yeah, it was great meetin ya Rob.. funny as heck "Uh, Dorikaze? .. Hey.. Rob <shakes hand>" .. and for like 10 seconds Im like... uhhhhhhhhhhh.. then 'click' ..

jp - well, for about a few hours in the night Pete kept radioing us telling us he was noticing smoke.. we pulled over a couple times but couldnt see anything in the crap light ..

after morning broke, we pulled into a gas station and found we were down a crap-load of oil.. and it was all over the header and down the exhaust.. couldnt find a reason, re-filled, cleaned and thought we'd go down the road a bit..

Only on exiting the station Pete decided to stomp on it, engine rocked sideways and ripped the upper rad hose off the thermo outlet, lol.. huge white smokecloud across the intersection, coolant everywhere etc.. we reattached it, refilled a bit and headed down the I5 another couple exits.. pulled off again 'cause we were spyhunter-ing and Pete was stuttering n bucking.. (water in plug valleys etc..)

after some mucking about, decided it was a mostly plugged pcv.. that was allowing enough pressure to build up to force oil out the VC seals, dizzy seal, you name it..

made it home alright after that..fingers crossed motors still ok though.. I think he's avoiding his car for a couple days.. for sanity's sake.. lol..


10-07-2009, 11:54 PM
nice... what happened with seamus's oil loss...aka burning?

which one? the puking before we left, the burning as we drove down, or the spurting, dripping and resulting fogging on the way back? :willy_nilly:

maybe driving down with a fresh rebuild (40kms on it when we left) wasn't such a good idea lol.

Awesome posts Brett, I busted a gut a few times there... you might say I laughed till it hurt, or maybe laughed to make the hurt stop lol. I think I have pics of most of the break downs that you didn't get pics of (like Steve's 2nd poped tire!), I'll have to fill in the blanks here and there :D

BTW guys, Steve is probably still on his way home right now, he went on to Vegas afterwards.

10-08-2009, 07:23 PM
Awesome pics and a wicked trip guys. Congrats on making it all the way back too!

10-08-2009, 10:07 PM
rad! sounds like a great road trip.

10-08-2009, 10:35 PM
haha looks like a wicked trip. Steve you appear to have a midget changing your tires, carefull they're dangerous............

10-08-2009, 11:42 PM
Awesome pics Brett, looks like your picking up the camera stuff pretty quick!

side note Seamus should have totally played up the Canadian eh! thing, its too fun messing with peoples heads! yup we sure do live in igloos haha

10-12-2009, 09:53 PM
which one? the puking before we left, the burning as we drove down, or the spurting, dripping and resulting fogging on the way back? :willy_nilly:

Are you talking about you or the car here, Seamus?
That would make for a pretty rough trip.

Nice pics Brett. Maybe next time I'll come as back-up in the quattro (doubtful the '72 will be ready any time soon).

Cheers guys.

10-12-2009, 10:07 PM
That looks like a super fun trip... except the all-male-spooning part.

"Spy-huntered" hahaha LOL. Many here I'm sure are too young to know what that actually means.

10-12-2009, 10:15 PM
Awesome pics and commentary Brett! At least you guys made it there and back mostly ok. ;)

10-13-2009, 09:06 PM
I tried to make it but my diff bit the dust :(

sorry Rob.... :angelsad2:

10-14-2009, 02:04 AM
That looks like a super fun trip... except the all-male-spooning part.

"Spy-huntered" hahaha LOL. Many here I'm sure are too young to know what that actually means.

i'm one of the younger, but i sure know what it is.

know your gaming roots!

sweet pics, you guys look like you had a blast... jealous.

Jim C
10-15-2009, 06:22 PM
Holy sit that looks like fun.

10-16-2009, 12:35 AM
alright, I finally had a look through my pics. I'll add a few to fill in the gaps between Bretts, wouldn't want you guys to think our trip went smoother then it did or anything :p

On the way down through the Oregon coast, we saw this pretty mint low miles Corolla for sale...

On my original pic I think I can make out ..."74 Corolla, very low miles 503-627-7059, after 5pm".

Once back on the I5 in Oregon, we stopped by this awesome reproduction BRE 240Z on a trailer....

I talked to the owner a bit, really cool older guy. He races it at historic races, was just coming back from PIR. He says he got the original guy who built Pete Brocks cages to do his cage, and had it sprayed by the same painter who did Brocks as well. Too bad I didn't grab a pic before he put the cover on, the thing was gorgeous.

Unfortuantly I didn't grab any pics of Steve's 2nd blow out on the same tire that occured about 5 minutes later after the BRE encounter. After popping the same tire twice while backing up we finally realized there must be some rubbing going on and sure enough we found a sharp metal edge in the well that was catching the tire tread on Steve's new Nittos.

Its arguable which way we had more troubles, but I think the way back was worse. We stopped briefly in Sacremento for one of many belt adjustments to come. Me and Pete don't run power steering so we didn't have the upper PS brackets to brace our alternator brackets on our M motors which was preventing us from torquing them up properly. As Pete adjusted his belt Brett did the infamous Toyota jump..

Pulling out of a gas station in Washington Pete's upper rad hose burst as a previous belt failure took out his electric fan wires...

After putting it all back together his car was running like crap so we pulled over at another gas station so he could soak up the water in his distributor and cylinder banks...

I figured out my fogging problem here and fixed it. My PCV external vent hose had collapsed in a tight bend and wasn't allowing the motor to vent so the pressure built up enough to force oil out of my valve cover seals, dousing my header...

Finally after I got home I investigated my tire leak that had been plaguing me since LA on the way back, 6psi lost every fill up. It looked like a nail in my tire, but when I pulled it out this is what I found...

Only the worn down section was exposed, its amazing how big things can be that pass through tires. Looking at this allen key I thought the size looked familar, yep it fit all of my allen head bolts on my head. I checked my center console and sure enough the one I brought down was missing. In LA when I was torquing down my valve covers I must have dropped my wrench and driven over it, what luck.

Despite the trip down and up, we did have a great time in LA and the show was awesome and made it all worth while.:cheers2:

10-16-2009, 07:48 AM
hahaha, these road trip adventures are awesome. glad you all made it back without a tow truck.

good job on not losing the allen key wrench. LOL