On a dark and stormy night, as lightning crackled through the sky, we flipped the switch on an issue that was comprised of the best Frankensteined-together cars we could find. As our lightning rod took a direct hit, the printers started whirring and spit out our finest creation: The Frankenstein issue – just in time for Halloween!
When we say this issue is made up of the good stuff, we mean it. We’ve been scouting builds for months to find the best components, and we think we’ve achieved our goal – I mean, have you seen that cover? Sitting pretty on the front is Austin Barnett’s wide WRX, but something is a little different. I think it might have something to do with the red RB26 and turbo exhaust pipes sticking out of the hood-less bay. We asked Barnett about how this all came about and how he got the job done, so take a peek at his feature further in to learn more.
Also checking all of the right boxes in terms of “you put what where?” are our other two feature vehicles. One is Phil Blottie’s twisted Datsun 510. Running the rat rod look on freshly rebuilt BBS RS wheels is quite the contrast, but once you figure out that the noises coming from this thing are from a 13B rotary, you’ll start looking even closer to see what else he’s swapped around (hint: it’s a lot). The other is an R34 sedan out of New Zealand, courtesy of Peter Kelly’s scouting skills. Immediately, you’ll notice that the wheels are from an R35 GT-R, but when you take a look inside, the upholstery is Mitsubishi, and the powerplant is Toyota. This is a fantastically unique build that needs to be gone over with a fine-toothed comb to know every single detail. We’ve done that for you, so you just need to flip some pages.
As always, we deliver the new products you look for in every issue, as well as some hot topics from around the industry. Our freelance army of show contributors has wrangled in some quality show coverage as well, this time with SPOCOM Anaheim and Importfest 2017, and there’s also tested audio goodies, plus even more bonus content inside, so I won’t take up any more of your time. Thanks for picking us up. Now, go do something “mad-science-y!”
Here's a list of what's featured inside issue #145:
Hot Topics / Trending
Event Spotter's Guide Importfest - Toronto, ON Spocom: Super Show - Anaheim, CA
Tuner Battlegrounds #TBGLIVE Features/Winners Kevin Nguyen - 1991 Nissan Skyline Luis Torres - 2003 Acura RSX Josh Gonzales - 2004 Nissan 350Z Henry Vela - 1997 Honda Civic Joey Valenti - 2008 Honda Civic Si Jonathan Togans - 1994 Mazda RX-7
Vehicle Features Billetworkz RB26DET Subaru WRX JZ-swapped Nissan R34 Sedan Twisted Datsun 510
Technology/Test Reports Sony XAV-AX200 Head-Unit Pioneer AVH-3300NEX Head-Unit