Going to try to make a Flashback Friday post on Fridays at least once a month.
Most people go on family vacations to spend time by the pool, go see the sights with the folks or to take in a show after hours. But when I visited the city of sin I wasted no time going to visit my long time friend Ian Perri and his amazing Datsun 280ZX.
Everything about this car is unique and has a story, from the one off aluminum wheels, to the custom made suspension and axles right down to the massive crater in the side of the car that almost ended this build before it started! However that didn’t stop Ian from making this zedder a hard core roller and an amazing drift machine. Running the original inline 6 with some performance tweaks like side draft carbs and some nice touches like a wire tuck and custom powder coated valve cover set this car apart under the hood
Also on this battle scarred car is a retro 80’s body kit and a slew of other rare parts (see the 280ZXR rear whale tail) and even though the rear quarter was caved in by a careless Ford driver, this slick-top 280 has some serious work put into it! This build can’t be stopped and doesn’t look like its slowing down any time soon so keep an eye here because this isn’t the last you’ll see of this Z.
(Pictures by Ian Perri and James Hennebury, article by James Hennebury)
There are a lot of “car” guys out there, they pour over their cars, polishing them, adding those hard to find bits and filling their heads with every last bit of written knowledge they can on their ride. They treat their car better then they treat themselves and sometimes even others, they spare no expense and enjoy every blissful moment the wheels are turning against the earth. I can think of no one who fits this description better than this month’s feature, Bronson Bailey.
Bronson started his car guy phase with a 1990 MK2 Volkswagen Golf, it was automatic and as he says “Had a seriously massive sound system” in it. Since that car it’s been 22 (yes that’s right Twenty Two) cars but none were as special or embodied the “car guys car” feeling more than his green 1990 MK2 Volkswagen Jetta Coupe aka “The Coupe.”
It was bought as basically a shell and quickly had a full drive train and running gear overhaul including new brakes, steering components, Raceland coil-over suspension a VR6 swap that would later in its life propel the coupe to run a 14.4 second run in the quarter mile, a fact that even when you talk about the coupe with Bronson today he will bring up almost immediately no matter how many times you have heard the story before. The coupe underwent many changes in its life from being painted gloss “Ninja Turtle Green” to running a ground breaking (at the time) setup of an early westy front end with late model big bumpers and many other changes such as more shades of green, different wheel and tire combos (My personal favourite were the white Gottis) and a bevy of unusual and rare bits that made true MK2 Water-cooled VW fans drool.
Unfortunatly as Kanye West so gracefully put it “No one man can have all that power” and the coupe blew up its 3rd transmission, that mixed with the fact that there was a massive oil leak forming in the VR put the car off the road for some time before it was sadly sold off to a… shall we say less deserving kid who had blown up his coupe previously.
So what’s next for Bronson? “As for future plans? Most likely a BMW or Mercedes but I’ll guess we will have to wait and see but I think it’s going to be a red one either way.” Sounds good to us Bron.
Thanks to Bronson for the interview and pictures, special thanks to Matt Berenz as well since he took the really good ones!
I only got to meet Pat a few times, but each time I saw him his Golf was different. Everything and anything seemed to go; houndstooth quarter panels, sticker bombs, zip-tie stitched dents even bozo style twin victory pipes. Best part was it wasn’t all looks, the car was on VMAXX adjustable coilovers all around and the little 2.0L 4cyl was chipped and had a custom ported throttle body by our very own Dan Leskie (a legend in his own right.) This car was truly an acquired taste but man did I love seeing it, I even tried buying it when it came up for sale not once but twice! However all good stories need and end and sadly this one ends with this little Golf leaving in a 6X6 cube from the scrap yard. But never fear! As you’ll see in coming months parts off this car did survive and have made their way into some truly awesome rides!
Also on a side note check out these cool ass shoes I found. They’re freaking dope.