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.






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


Big Changes

Big things have happened in my life recently. For those of you who are out of the loop here is the quick catch up.

  • I’ve moved to Auckland
  • I’ve left STM
  • I’ve resurrected my own business
  • I’ve partnered with Andre (STM) and embarked on a new project.

For those of you who would like a bit more detail…


Moved to Auckland

That’s right, I’ve moved to Auckland. After spending an overwhelming majority of my life living in Wellington, I’m now a Jafa. A pink shirt wearing, espresso sipping, Apple computing, lane swerving, Jafa, to be fair I was most of those things before the move, so I fit right in.

The main motivator for the move is my partner’s(Genevieve’s) career. Mind you, I’ve always wanted live in Auckland but the stars never aligned till now.

After a brief stay in the CBD, we have settled into a nice house in Newmarket and so far so good. Our house is in walking distance to everything you need, gym, cafe, bars, shops and the train station. There is even a little back yard for the cat.

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Left STM

After 5 years of service I’ve handed in my resignation at STM. Working for the best performance workshop  was a great opportunity, I look back at everything I’ve done and everything the STM team has achieved and I’m a little blown away. I’ll have to write a post about my time at STM at some stage.

Now I didn’t get away completely scot-free. I’ll still be heavily involved in STM’s marketing and business development for the foreseeable future, which I couldn’t be happier about.

Resurrected my old Business

Some of you may remember my business Refresh Online Media which I ran before I started work at STM. Refresh Online Media was essentially me designing websites, taking photos and running Ignition Magazine. To enable me to contract my services back to STM I’ve brought it back from the dead.

Next year sometime I’ll be looking for a few more freelance, marketing consulting clients.


New Exciting Project

This is the piece of news that I’m most excited to shout about. Andre and I have teamed up to teach the world to tune. We are in the process of producing a series of high quality tuning lessons to be delivered as part of an online course.

Our first course is based on STM’s highly successful and wildly popular classroom EFI tuning training course, it teaches fundamental tuning principles, these are a collection of concepts that we feel are too often overlooked. The benefits of delivering the course online are numerous, international appeal, no travel costs, learn at your own pace to name a few. The online nature of the course will also allow us to provide a supportive community and follow up support to students as they start applying what they have learnt in real life situations.

This is something that both Andre and I have literally been talking about for years, I’m really happy we now have the opportunity to see it through.

So there you have it. That is what’s up.

Dyno Tuning Wellington: The Nugget

It’s been years since starting this project and now it’s time for the moment of truth; The dyno tune.  Working at STM (Speedtech Motorsport Ltd) really does have it’s perks, I managed to twist Chris Wall’s arm into tuning my car after hours.

Once on the dyno it quickly became apparent that I had a couple of problems.  The first being boost creep and the second being the fuel pump was not flowing enough for the level of boost we were seeing.  Both of these problems aren’t uncommon, most early Mitsubishi EVOs with a big turbo back exhaust suffer from boost creep.  I have already ported the wastegate port on the turbo housing to try and remedy the situation. Turns out that wasn’t enough.  The ideal fix for this problem is to fit a 38mm external wastegate, at this stage I’m going to try and steer away from this solution.  The only reason the creeping boost is a problem is because I’m running out of fuel at high RPM.  My preferred solution due to budget constraints is to fit a high flow Walbro fuel pump and see how we get on.

Currently on 95 octane gas the little EVO is making 188kW ATW, not a bad result.  I’ll let you know how it goes once the fuel pump has been replaced and we are running 98 octane gas.

Horrible photo. I know. Sorry

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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Destined to Fail – BMX Project

Well anyone who knows me well, knows projects ain’t my thang.   For that matter anything that requires me to get out from behind my keyboard just don’t get done. The standing joke around the workshop is that if a project requires nothing more than a quick clean it’s perfect for me. I need to change up this reputation, I need to get out from behind the lappie. I’ve got myself a piece of shit BMX to turn into something I’ll be happy to rock around the city this coming summer. I might even learn how to do a back flip.

So far I’ve dismantled it ready for paint prep. Wish me luck internets.  I’ll need it.

This is the BMX

This is the inspiration