• Brickhouse Episode 5 Cover Brickhouse Ep. 5 – ROLL CAGE!

    Big milestone in the build – roll cage is done! In this video we take a look at it coming together. Still lots more work to do but, oh boy, it feels sooooo good to have the cage wrapped up! And somehow or another, I botched the export settings (or something) so it’s not full […]

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  • degreeing vk56 cams in s13 240sx Minty Smash: S13 VK56 Build Update #17

    Where did the last month go?!?! I was trying to stay on top of updating. The shop got tiddied up a bit – love that wheel poke. The clutch line got did…and re-did. It’s now an AN hose setup with banjo fittings for the master and slave cylinder. The FPR found a home, albeit not […]

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  • LSx throttle body on VK56de in S13 240SX Minty Smash: S13 VK56 Build Update #16

    We left off with the engine in the bay for the last time and now it’s just ticking off items to get it ready for start up. These are the small jobs that suck up time but don’t look that impressive in pictures. Either way, progress is progress! First up was the serpentine belt. We […]

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  • spec vk56 cd009 conversion flywheel Minty Smash: S13 VK56 Build Update #15

    It’s a big day around these parts! Parts are going on the engine for the last time – final assembly baby! This means we can finally install our prototype flywheel!! We worked with Spec for over a year to get this VK56-350Z conversion flywheel made. The setup features: -billet aluminum with replaceable friction surface (no […]

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  • kouki 180sx taillights and rear spoiler Minty Smash: S13 VK56 Build Update #14

    More progress! With the engine in the bay and headers mounted, next on the list was the exhaust. Greg mocked up a couple tip designs with mild steel – straight or pie cut? Once in agreement, the tip was made first. It was Greg’s first time TIG welding stainless but it turned out awesome. Stainless […]

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  • Event: Tokyo Auto Salon 2015

    I finally made it to Tokyo Auto Salon and it lived up to what it’s said to be – a giant showcase of Japanese tuning culture with literally something for everyone. I’ll post all the pictures on the Brickhouse Facebook page so be sure to check that out. And I’ve been putting up some of […]

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  • Silvia: Refresh Rebuild – Shaken

    It’s been a long while without any updates on the Silva so I figured it was time to get it up to speed. First up, shaken. The first round of updates/upgrades came last February when it was shaken time – the lovely vehicle inspection mandated every two years. I took it as a chance to […]

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  • Minty Smash : VK56 S13 Build Update #12

    Normally Greg writes these posts but this time I, Steve, am at the helm because for the first time since starting this project I was able to work on it in person. My wife, Shio, and I came back to the States for four weeks starting in mid-July. Obviously seeing family was a big part […]

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  • Minty Smash: VK56 S13 Build Update #9

    Greg has been updating the progress of the VK56 S13 build on a few local and national forums, but it is high time to get the blog updated with the build as well! Things are really taking shape and many of the hurdles are getting ironed out. The goal from day one has been to […]

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