Okay, I apologize that this took way too long to finish up but to be honest I wasn’t all that excited about the content but I just can’t leave you hanging when I promised a part 3 so here we go….
When we left off last we had just finished up the meet and the parking lot was starting to thin out so we decided to get the cars together for one last picture from the bay. Nicks S30 was still there and as you can see it was far from what I would consider to be an obstruction.
We still had some time to kill before we made our way back to Salt Lake the next morning so we decided a trip back over the Bay Bridge to San Francisco was in order but this time we took the DR30.
Once there we met up with an old client of ours to discuss some business as well as check out his immaculate JDM Bluebird Coupe which in my personal opinion is arguably the best example in the states…
Afterwards it was time for a bit more exploration. I’ve always had a strange fascination with bridges and the Bay Bridge is quite an amazing piece of architecture… it’s great when something that is simply meant to move cars can be so beautiful. On a side note, we found ourselves a little confused by the crazy skid marks and obvious donuts that some one had been doing in the middle of the SF streets but when THIS VIDEO came out a few days after we returned it all made a little more sense.
Without a whole lot of time to do much, we finished off the night finding a great little park in the middle of SF with an awesome view of the city. There aren’t a whole lot of places that can match the uniqueness, layout and charm that San Francisco possesses and I hope it won’t be too long before I make my way back.
After that it was time for some rest before we made the 750 mile trip back home. It turns out the Sierra Nevada Mountain range is just as great on the way back.
Something that blows me away every time I make my way out to California is the amount of J-tin that is still on the road in impeccable condition. I’m sure this old guy was trying to figure out why we were so intrigued by his old Toyota but you see this kind of thing everywhere here and it gives me great hope that there are still plenty of great cars left to be discovered.
Believe it or not there are actually tunnels in the desert out here and you know all car guys love tunnels. Ryan’s straight- piped L20 sounded like a crazy swarm of angry bees.
Everything was smooth sailing at this point until we made our way through the fabulous town of Lovelock, Nevada and just like the first time we made our way through, the DR30 started having fuel starvation issues again. At this point it was clear that the DR30 just loves hanging out in Lovelock, or the more likely scenario was that the fuel pump mounted in the factory location underneath the car in close proximity to the pavement was overheating in the hottest part in the Nevada desert so we decided to pull over at the closest rest area to find ourselves a solution.
We brought plenty of spares and even an extra mechanical fuel pump for the OLDER car but unfortunately no spares for the DR30. We probably just could have waited a few hours for the temperature to drop and been fine, but being the tinkering type that we are and eager to get back on the road we decided to summon our inner MacGyver and fix the problem.
My first plan of attack was to find a spare aluminum can and design a sleeve with heat sinks cut into it to draw heat away from the pump the same way an air-cooled motorcycle engine does…
It might have been a decent idea but mounting it ended up being a little problematic so we ended up going with Ryan’s idea of cutting up a spare fuel container we had in order to make a duct to force air to fuel pump to keep it cool. While Ryan got down and dirty Todd and I provided moral support.
And just like that, instant fuel pump duct!
And what do you know, the car ran like a champ for the rest of the entire trip. Take that Lovelock! The rest of the trip was relatively drama free with the exception of a few wildfires.
After 12+ hours on the road we were feeling pretty drained and this blurry cell phone pic does a good job of describing exactly how we were all feeling at this point.
All in all, we made the round trip back in one piece and completely intact so I feel that it’s a pretty great feat for a couple of old cars. We had a minor issue with the DR30 but nothing that couldn’t be fixed with a little ingenuity. Ryan’s 40 year old Hakosuka made the entire 1,500 mile round trip without breaking a sweat and I think it speaks volumes of these cars reliability when properly maintained. We feel here at JDML that these cars are meant to be driven, not simply admired, so don’t be afraid to get out there on the open road and enjoy your car for what it was meant to do.
Next road trip for us, JCCS 2012, Long beach California. Until then, we have some detailing to do…