Test Drive - Brash's 180SX PDF Print E-mail
Test Drive
Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Thursday, 17 August 2017 18:08

You all know that I drive my 180SX everywhere, but what's it like to live with? Well I started this story last year just after I completed the suspension and brake upgrade; but decided I would focus more on the works than the finished product.

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Now, with the car having been sold, I thought I'd finish this (read: edit it) to remind me what I loved about it in the first place. Enjoy!

This will be fun. You are about to take my Nissan for a test drive. Lucky you! Not many have driven this car, a KPS13 chassis 180SX powered by the legendary SR20DET and backed by a 5 speed manual transmission. This example is slightly warmed over but not massively so, retaining the stock turbo, ECU and boost levels. The focus of the build has been suspension and brakes first, power later. So what are you waiting for? Beep the damn thing unlocked and open the door!

The ambers flash all around the car, reflecting off the walls around. The door lock clicks open with a mechanical flunk, and you grab the door handle - a traditional top-swinging one - and pull open the door. The door creaks as it moves around its arc, the door hinges having sagged just a little bit in the 25 or so years the car has been on the road.

 
86 Problems but a Camry Ain't 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Saturday, 30 August 2014 22:43

Long time readers of this blog may well remember reading a story posted in November 2012, about a certain couple of small cars I test drove a few months earlier. The word obsession comes to mind when I think of that story, and my barely relenting desire to get back behind the wheel of a Toyobaru. A 45-minuite test drive in each car simply wasn’t enough. Remember that this was a car that I have been following the progress of since the first prototype appeared at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2009. This is a car that I went and test drove as soon as it was released to the general public.

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A Little Courtesy Goes a Long Way PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Monday, 16 June 2014 19:13

Ask anybody I speak to regularly where I think the worst drivers in the country are and they will all say the same thing: Adelaide. And my recent travelling escapades (both for business and pleasure) has done nothing but reinforce this opinion. But if you ask what it is about Adelaide’s drivers that bugs me the most, and the answer is less clear. But it is usually courtesy.

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My mum always talks about ‘common courtesy’, but when it comes to driving around Adelaide, common courtesy isn’t that common.

Chief among my complaints is that Adelaide is the only place where you put your indicator on to change lanes, and that gap in the traffic that you were planning on moving in to miraculously closes. And this leads to people just doing what they want without indicating. Because after all, if you don’t know that somebody wants that space in front of you, you don’t have the chance to close it on them.

 
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