Nugget in for certification

So it’s been a crazy long time since I bought the EVOcoupe from Jonny, but it’s almost done. I’ve had the guys at STM finish up loads of little things that needed to be sorted. When I was down in Wellington for the NZPC Summer Tour I took it for it’s very first drive. I’m really impressed with the power delivery and how smooth it is to drive. I dropped it down to Junior’s Kustom Rides to get it road legal. Because of the conversion, totally rad shaved door handles and the mad power the Nugget needs a LVV Certification before it can legally hit the road.

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The Nugget next to it’s STM brother #Project86.

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The Nugget: Bumper is on!

So progress has slowed on the nugget a bit. I refuse to let it beat me though.  I need to have it sorted and sold by November.

With the help of Bam, I’ve installed the rear bumper.  It was heaps harder than I thought, nothing is ever easy.  It’s starting to look like a complete car.

Here is my updated to-do list.

  • Install rear 1/4 windows
  • Install roof strips
  • Install rear seats
  • Install rear seat belts
  • Fabricate exhaust
  • Power steering belt
  • Replace the fuel level sender
  • Replace the fuel pump
  • Fit new solenoid to passengers door
  • Hook up A/C wire
  • Find and fit awesome steering wheel
  • Fit rear bumper
  • Find, fit and paint EVO 3 Side Skirts
  • Stereo, if we get that far
  • Dyno Tune
  • Wheels
  • Suspension
  • Cert
  • Oil pressure warning light
  • Crazy indicator problem

Totally Exhausted – Rage Exhaust Installation

An exhausts, all cars need them.  This is the super short version cos I’m really tired.  My good friend Ron from Total Performance has owed me an exhaust for some website design work I did way back when.  Anyways I never had anything to put it on till now.  Seeing as the Nugget is really just a mini EVO Ron supplied me a 3″ bolt on Rage system to suit an EVO 2.  Bam went about taking some length out of the system to make it fit.  The result, an exhaust and a car that no longer sounds like a tractor.  Super happy.

My car with the exhaust laid out waiting to be installed.
New Rage exhaust system
Bam cuts exhaust to appropriate length.
Welder Bam joins the exhaust back up after removing a 2″ section

Didn't he do well....no? Well it's after work and he had had a few beers.

You need a hole for the 02 bung. Check it out a drill with lasers!

Here is my updated to-do list.

  • Install rear 1/4 windows
  • Install roof strips
  • Install rear seats
  • Install rear seat belts
  • Fabricate exhaust
  • Power steering belt
  • Replace the fuel level sender
  • Replace the fuel pump
  • Fit new solenoid to passengers door
  • Hook up A/C wire
  • Find and fit awesome steering wheel
  • Find, fit and paint EVO 3 Side Skirts
  • Stereo, if we get that far
  • Dyno Tune
  • Wheels
  • Suspension
  • Cert
  • Oil pressure warning light
  • Crazy indicator problem

5 things I’m really excited about right now!

5 things I’m really excited about right now!

  1. iSO5 (iPad, iPhone) – In particular Notification Center and Wifi Syncing
  2. My trip to USA (L.A., Las Vegas, San Fran, Vancouver and Seattle) in October
  3. 4 days of SEMA 2011 automotive indulgence
  4. The arrival of my new Ari Marcopoulos Camera Bag 
  5. Getting the Nugget (EVOCoupe) on the Road

What’s exciting you at the moment?

Starting the Nugget & subsequent fuel pump replacement

On Wednesday night Bam and Chris stayed late at the workshop to give me a hand with the Nugget.  The aim of the evening was to get the car running, it’s been started before, about 12months ago.

**Turn the key** the starter tried to start the engine with no luck.  Let the problem solving being.

Bam diagnosed the problem as fuel pump related.  After a bit more investigation Bam found the pump was getting power meaning one thing. The pump was poked. After pulling the pump out of the tank it became apparent why, glorious gold rust.  I think I know the reason why the tank got so rusty, before I bought the car it was left in a shed for who knows how long with hardly any fuel, this has caused the fuel pump, cage, and tank to get very rusty.

Ginger on your head or in your fuel tank. It's never OK!

EVO 9 Fuel Pump, can you even call that an upgrade?

I think I know why my fuel level sender isn't working

Bam installs the fuel pump cage.

After that it started first time, to easy! Here is a video.

While Bam was doing some technical work, I installed my rear seats and seat belt.

Things I learnt

  • Long term storage of your car isn’t good for it.  Take the correct precations
  • A Walbro 500hp fuel pump will plug straight into the factory Mitsubishi fuel pump wiring

Here is my updated to-do list.

  • Install rear 1/4 windows
  • Install roof strips
  • Install rear seats
  • Install rear seat belts
  • Fabricate exhaust
  • Power steering belt
  • Replace the fuel level sender
  • Replace the fuel pump
  • Fit new solenoid to passengers door
  • Hook up A/C wire
  • Find and fit awesome steering wheel
  • Find, fit and paint EVO 3 Side Skirts
  • Stereo, if we get that far
  • Tune
  • Wheels
  • Suspension
  • Cert
  • Oil pressure warning light
  • Crazy indicator problem

Introducing the “Nugget” EVOCoupe

Right back when I started at STM I purchased my friend Jonnys unfinished project car.  With my new employment at New Zealand’s top workshop I figured I would be able to quickly tidy up the loose ends, put on some finishing touches and flick the Mirage for a massive profit.  Well 3 years later I have finally started working on it.  With the help of Bam and Chris it’s moving along really quickly. Oh and cheap storage from Andre @ STM

The Nugget in all it's glory

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