Master Builder: Creating RWB Miyabi
Witnessing The Transformation

As I was standing in front of the soon-to-be-built RWB Miyabi in Kuala Lumpur, a guy came up to me and asked how many of Nakai-san’s builds I had previously followed. I have to say, I really had to think about it, as momentarily I assumed I had seen quite a few. But then, after properly digging through my memories, I realised that I hadn’t actually witnessed a complete RWB transformation. In the last 10 years I’ve seen Nakai build a ton of 911s, but as far as following a build from start to finish, this was my very first.

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Which is why a few weeks after covering Art of Speed, I found myself back in Malaysia standing in front of a freshly-painted 964 Carrera Cabriolet that was missing a few of its body parts.

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When the guys behind RAUH-Welt Kuala Lumpur asked me if I would like to come over to witness the build of the very first car in the country’s capital, it was something I just couldn’t turn down. I have seen Nakai work his magic in the comfort of his workshop in Chiba for a good decade now, but the interest he’s been getting from foreign customers is something I hadn’t seen for myself. I mean, he is building more cars around the world these days than he is in Japan, which is an inspiring thing to see. Back when I met him he was still an unknown player in Japanese car culture. In fact, he was really only known to a small, select group of Porsche owners that were predominantly into thrashing their cars at track events like idlers. Today, Akira Nakai is an automotive superstar who’s contracted to fly around the world and turn 911s into bespoke creations for true fans of his work. He’s a great example of a modern day artist whose style captivates like-minded people that want to stand out, and prefer to do things in a slightly different way from what might be considered the norm.

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I didn’t know it yet, but as I hovered around the build area that the RWB KL guys had set up in collaboration with The Garage KL, I was soon to be further impressed by Nakai’s process, his devotion to what he does and the uncanny way in which he brings people from all walks of life together without literally saying a word. The atmosphere alone was unlike anything I had experienced before. There was much anticipation in the air as everyone wanted to see the car transformed before their eyes. Before all of this happens however, the client must first make sure that the car is prepped and ready to be worked on, and, as you can see above, that all the RWB body parts that make up the kit are painted and ready to go.

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The wheels too, in this case a set of 3-piece Work Meister M1s, should also be ready for the build with sizing, offset and tyres having been decided on months in advance. This is paramount to achieve the RWB stance. It’s all about getting the car to sit well, or as well as Nakai can get it while respecting the customer’s demands. He’s built some cars in areas of the world where there are no smooth roads to speak of, so ride height is an important factor to take into account, otherwise he’s just creating a car that would be impossible to drive around.

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Nakai landed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport the night before – a short while after my flight from Tokyo had touched down. He came out of the arrival area pulling a small aluminium Rimowa suitcase behind him, and holding a couple of plastic bags.

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At first nothing seemed out of the ordinary, but the following morning when he was getting ready and setting up his work space, I found out that the case was actually a tool chest full of the bits and pieces required to piece together a RWB conversion. The plastic bags? Well, those contained his clothes for the few days we were in KL.

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If a lift is not available, Nakai always requires a couple of jacks and four axle stands so that the car can be rasied off the ground and have its wheels removed, and he can begin his work.

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As Nakai told me, there are only a few kits that he offers, and then he creates variations of them by adding different details, like spoilers and lips. It’s all dependent on what each individual client wants. The first thing he got stuck into was gluing the aluminium grills on the front bumper in place. Before doing so he bent them to size around the openings and quickly sprayed them in black using a rattle can he pulled out of his tool case.

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As Theo, one of the three owners of the car, told me, an important aspect of this build was to ensure the entire car was as fresh as the day it came off Porsche’s production line in Zuffenhausen. This meant that on top of the new paint that was applied inside and out of the chassis, the engine was pulled out and rebuilt. This allowed parts like the intake plenums and the cooling fan to be color-matched, which I thought was a nice touch.

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What followed next for Nakai was a lot of measuring. He stuck down strips of masking tape so that he could determine the center portion of each wheel arch and get things squared up in his mind.

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He then curved a strip of tape to outline the exact place that the RWB flare would sit against the stock metal fender.

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Once the mounting points were circled with a pencil and some fine adjustments were done here and there, Nakai drilled a few guide marks through each of the two end holes on the flaring and the one at the very top.

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That’s all he needed to do ahead of the next and obviously most anticipated/dramatic step of the initial build process – cutting the fenders!

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Like a surgeon getting ready to tackle a large operation, Nakai prepared his tools. In this case it meant sharpening the blade on his air saw.

The First Cut
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Going by the inner outline of the masking tape that he had laid out, Nakai began the cut. He then slowly moved up while maintaining a distance of around 1.5cm from the tape. Obviously these cuts are covered up by the over-fenders once they are fitted, so they don’t need to be the most perfect line you have ever seen, but it was still surprising to see how years of experience just makes it seem like the most natural thing in the world for him. At one point he wasn’t even holding the saw with two hands!

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It was right about now that the owners of the car realised there was no turning back.

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Nakai continued in total concentration.

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It isn’t until the cut has been completed and the fender section removed that you realise just how much of an opening is required to fit the aggressively-sized wheels and tyres. Prior to Nakai’s arrival, the 964 had also been fitted with a set of 2-way adjustable KW Variant 3 coilovers. These offer a nice balance between street and track performance, with enough compliance to make them pretty comfortable for use on not-so-perfect Malaysian roads.

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After the cut has been made, Nakai passes over exposed metal with a belt sander to smooth out the edge.

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It was then over to the other side and one more cut.

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You can see the sound deadening that dangles down after the cut, which Nakai cleans up with the sander.

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With two fenders done it was time for a short coconut water break. Nakai loves the stuff, so every time he’s building a car in a tropical place he’s never too far away from fresh, but appropriately-chilled coconuts. He was more proficient at cutting out an opening to get the straw inside than the locals, which everyone thought was quite funny!

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The breaks never last long though. Nakai never really switches his concentration off, or allows anything to phase him out of the zone and break his focus. Watching him work is both unbelievable and inspiring at the same time, but knowing that he’s so in his element just makes you respect the guy even more. Back in the day I remember Nakai telling me that you should always stay focused on your dreams and what you like doing, and for him that’s building cars in his own way. That’s all he really cares about doing, and it shows.

As you can see above, the next step was to fit the front bumper and start positioning a fresh Porsche rubber seal.

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The Garage KL, where the build was taking place, is just outside the center of KL and is a cafe/shop where car guys can come and chill out at. Despite the actual grand opening being the following week, having such a legend in town meant that a lot of Malaysian car enthusiasts took the time out of their weekend to come and see Nakai do his thing. There was always a massive crowd looking on, and they brought with them a nice selection of local cars. Or not so local if we’re talking about this particular 964.

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The owner of this RSR replica traveled all the way from the other side of the main Malaysian island, a good four-hour drive away, just to spend the entire weekend watching Nakai at work. Built and backdated in the UK using carbon fiber body panels, the car gets properly used around the track (mainly Sepang) rather often, and it’s currently waiting for a new engine to be mated up to the 996 GT3 6-speed transmission that’s already fitted in the car. I’ll definitely have to feature it when I go back to KL next year!

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The owner of The Garage KL, Tengku Azman, made sure that the whole RWB crew was properly fed. And when I say properly fed, I mean kept full with a constant supply of amazing local cuisine. I have never eaten so much goodness during a trip, and it just added to the whole experience. Food and cars – what else is there, right?

Never Missing A Beat
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And while Nakai was loving the food as much as I was, he was the first one to leave after each meal, getting straight back downstairs and onto the job at hand.

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Nakai wanted to get through the bulk of the conversion on the first day so that he had enough time on the following days if any aspect of the transformation took longer than expected. So it was on to the rear, where Nakai positioned the over-fenders and started getting things squared up.

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In the afternoon the weather reminded us that we were indeed in the tropics. The sky turned a curious shade of yellow and then unleashed a serious amount of rain in a very short amount of time.

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Nakai was concentrating so hard that I don’t think he even noticed the rain, or if he did he simply didn’t care.

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He proceeded to cut as close to 50 people watched on around him.

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With one rear fender cut away, I was quite surprised to see just how many components are laid out in the ends of 964 rear arch. Nakai used some persuasive measures of his own to move some piping out of the way so that it wouldn’t interfere with was he had coming for that section of the car.

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Before completing the final cut on the fourth fender, Nakai stopped and let Teoh take over and cut through the last 10cm of metal. It must have been quite a moment for the 911 owner to be called in by the master himself to finish off one of the most critical steps of the build.

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With all fenders temporarily fitted, the wheels were also thrown on and the process of lining things up began.

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The 964 was all of sudden looking a lot more like an RWB than it previously had, and people were looking on with satisfaction on their faces.

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After spending a good hour underneath each corner of the car, measuring and adjusting both the height adjustments on the KWs as well as the camber, caster and toe settings, Nakai dropped it down. Then he stood in front of it, closing one eye as if to aim his vision more precisely down each side of the car.

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The car was lifted and dropped a few more times as Nakai made small adjustments. The idea here was to begin to get everything squared up before the final mounting holes were drilled.

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This is the moment of no return, so the time Nakai took to check and recheck things over and over again was totally understandable.

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Once he was done with the drill, it was onto carefully screwing down the exposed black screws that hold each over-fender in place. The contrast between the Riviera Blue color chosen for this build and the black detailing was really nice. The latter included things like the black soft top, the doors and the headlight trims.

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The rear bumper was next on the list of things to fit, Nakai taking time to hand-bend and create the aluminium mounts and brackets that hold all of the body work in place. I’ve decided not to show you this part as it’s obviously something he has spent years refining, so I wouldn’t feel right giving everything away. What I can and will say is that he mounts things in the exact way that Porsche does, except he uses much lighter aluminium supports. This portion of the build is something I hadn’t really noticed before when I’ve watched him work on customer cars in Japan.

Sealing It Up
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The first day had come and gone, we were well into the night and there was a rush to lay down the famous rubber sealant that he uses to secure and finish off the RWB parts along the body work. This was something he had to make sure he finished so it could cure overnight. Like a master that has done the same job over and over again for years, Nakai got the masking tape out and quickly laid out two parallel strips on each side of the over-fender mounting line.

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This would mask a channel for him to run the sealant across.

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Which he then did within a matter of seconds.

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Nakai then quickly passed his index finger over the bead, pushing it down and smoothing its surface across the whole fender gap.

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A few seconds later he removed the masking tape and this is what was left behind. RWB factory finish! Stunning.

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With the four fenders sealed up, we all thought that would mark the end of the first build day. We were wrong.

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After a quick cigarette break, Nakai went straight to the table and picked up the ducktail engine cover.

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This was the last part that he wanted to finish before calling it a night. He had obviously planned to have it done and that’s what he had to do. The FRP part was bolted to the factory hinges, and after some time spent aligning it perfectly he announced he was finished.

Days 2 & 3
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The following morning we were all back in front of the 964, digesting the awesome breakfast that was served and watching Nakai gearing back to ‘the process’. As you can see, next on the list was bolting up the side skirts.

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Masking followed as Nakai prepared to lay down some more black JDM sealant.

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After repeating on the other side the RWB look quickly materialised before our eyes.

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Being a Saturday, a lot more people dropped by to check out the build. For me, that meant frequent trips to the gravel parking area around The Garage KL to see all the cool cars that had came out. Later on in the afternoon a Porsche collector dropped by and after a quick chat with Nakai decided then and there to have him transform one of his 911s. So I guess KL will soon be getting another RWB creation!

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Nakai took things slower on this second day and spent a lot of time on the things you don’t see and the smaller details. All of a sudden he went to the front of the car and began laying down yet more masking tape on the splitter section of the bumper. This confused a lot of people, myself included, as I had never seen him include this step in any of his builds. Like a professional pin-striper he eyed everything up for symmetry, taped some old newspaper pages around, and then hit the area with his rattle can of black paint.

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After a few passes he pulled off the paper and masking tape to reveal a nicely-contoured black highlight line across the whole bumper.

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Canards followed next, before the front air vents and position lights were prepped for fitting.

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By Sunday morning Miyabi was looking pretty much complete. Only a few small details now required Nakai’s attention.

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The front and rear lights had been fitted and the car was moved back and forth to allow the suspension to settle so that Nakai could nail the best stance for the car.

While shooting at The Garage KL I met local filmmaker Ryan, who was also there to chronicle the build process. Hit play above and check it all out through his lens.

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The last day was all about the finishing touches, and that started with the RAUH-Welt banner sticker on the windshield. Nakai cut it to size and spent time with a squeegee to make sure that no air bubbles were trapped anywhere along the surface.

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He then pulled out the famous idlers stencil and sprayed the sidewall of the tyres. It was at this point that I started to think about some of the negative comments that I see floating around on this wonderful place that we call the internet. RWB cars being only for show? People don’t drive them? Come on guys, Nakai has always built his cars for customers that spend all their spare time at the track. Sure, there have been some more show-oreinted builds around the world, but the fact that those cars don’t see the track or nice roads is purely down to the owner’s choice, not that the cars can’t be driven because they’re too low or too wide. I’ve driven many RWBs and they are set up for fun – forgiving fun at that.

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The final touch was the RWB logo on the underside of the ducktail.

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So almost three full days after the transformation begun, Miyabi was complete and Nakai was done with another international build. The following week he traveled to the Philippines for another car, before returning to Japan to complete a couple of other 911s. Nakai has his entire year booked up and well over 10 cars left to complete before the end of the year – some in the USA for the SEMA Show. Seeing him do his thing somewhere other than Japan helped me further open my eyes and truly witness the total and utter dedication to what he does. Nakai is an artist in the truest sense of the word.

Stay tuned for the complete feature on Miyabi coming up soon!

Dino Dalle Carbonare
Instagram: speedhunters_dino
dino@speedhunters.com

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1
Khairul Shazwan Ridzwan

even if I was there for half an hour, seeing nakai san doing his magic inspired me a lot! was nice to meet u in person as well Dino! hope to see u around in KL again next year!

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Khairul Shazwan Ridzwan

even if I was there for half an hour, seeing nakai san doing his magic inspired me a lot! was nice to meet u in person as well Dino! hope to see u around in KL again next year!

3

He built this just after the "Southern Cross" (first RWB in Australia) which I got to see. It's awesome how precise he is. Even with 100 people just watching his every more, he was zoned in and focused. 

Seeing him work makes you appreciate the builds 100 times more.

4

He built this just after the "Southern Cross" (first RWB in Australia) which I got to see. It's awesome how precise he is. Even with 100 people just watching his every more, he was zoned in and focused. 

Seeing him work makes you appreciate the builds 100 times more.

5

There goes my salivary glands. And my brain.
I mean, look!

Now the big Q: will he do a 996 GT2 (with 997 lights, for rallying and grip-race purposes) and 991 Targa 4 GTS (for other reasons)?

6

Damn Dino! Honestly I'm still on the fence about the RWB look, but this post was artful on both your part and Nakai-san's. The cars he works on become increasingly classic by the day, but so does his style! Seeing this would make me feel much better about taking the plunge!

7

Cut up a Porsche? Cuz Nakai San a G!

8

Cut up a Porsche? Cuz Nakai San a G!

9

When I meet Nakai-san in march this year I was amazed. After small talk in his garage, he get back to work. He was concentrated on the next RWB and still manage to talk with me about cars, car stuff and culture. Simply amazing person.

Great job like always Dino!

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When I meet Nakai-san in march this year I was amazed. After small talk in his garage, he get back to work. He was concentrated on the next RWB and still manage to talk with me about cars, car stuff and culture. Simply amazing person.

Great job like always Dino!

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deleted_82067014_Abezzegh87

There are quite a few people changing wheels and riveting fenders in our big world, but the others wont sell tickets to it..

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deleted_82067014_Abezzegh87

There are quite a few people changing wheels and riveting fenders in our big world, but the others wont sell tickets to it..

13

Dino, I hope you can go to Indonesia and go to Terror Garage and make some spotlight for RWB Speedster and TerrorTarga.

Seriously that's an artwork for me :D
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Terror-Garage/185660151475787

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Dino, I hope you can go to Indonesia and go to Terror Garage and make some spotlight for RWB Speedster and TerrorTarga.

Seriously that's an artwork for me :D
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Terror-Garage/185660151475787

15

Dhikaz agreed with this bro. beside that, there's also 2 more RWB in indonesia, Ciska and another one.

16

I hope he did something to prevent corrision on the cut fender edges?

17

are you the same person that has posted this same concern dozens of times before on countless other forums? or is that just a talking point that several different people, including yourself, parrot off each other? if you are truly worried about whether he applies anything to the cut edge, then your best bet is to probably contact rwb and ask them yourself...or ask one of the people who have had an rwb car built for them, as they would/should know the answer to that. then again, if your sole purpose is to make people think that you have stumbled on some profound aspect of these builds that everyone has overlooked, and is "proof" that nakai is a hack, then i suppose it was just a rhetorical question and no answer would satisfy you.

914RS

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deleted_82067014_Abezzegh87 i don't think anyone's paying money to watch nakai work...? and if anyone is selling tickets to do so, it's these shops, not rwb. people like you need to remember that nakai has been doing the same thing before anyone knew of him, with no audience. just because people are all ga-ga over his work now doesn't mean you should hate him. if anything, hate the trendy people who are getting overly-hyped up over all things rwb. they will come and go, but it is probably safe to assume that even after the bandwagoners have left, nakai will just still be doing the same things the same way he always has...

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cynicalyricist 914RS that escalated quickly

20

deleted_82067014_Abezzegh87 there are also quite a few people singing songs, but only a few sell tickets to listen to them.  Artistry makes a difference.

21
Muhammad Haqy Aunoora

Mdtyo Dhikaz you mean the Erebareshi Mono?

22

Muhammad Haqy Aunoora Xenia fanboy is that you?

23

What??? No FINISHED PICS??? Come on.....

24

JDM sealant..sure . Its Sikaflex. Most common product on any market.

25

Fck me!

26

He really is an artist, simply beautiful craftsmanship.

27

Great article Dino enjoyed every bit of it! 
I would be nervous as hell if I had 50 people breathing down my neck while cutting a Porsche, lots of concentration there Nakai San.  :)

28

@Wout Wow you read the entire article and that's the only comment you could think of?

29
speedhunters_dino

Khairul Shazwan Ridzwan I hope to be back soon!

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speedhunters_dino

DinoSawr Certainly does :)

31
speedhunters_dino

UWerqxTeam_MJ Not sure if he wold do water cooled cars again after the Natty Dread

32
speedhunters_dino

Tornado Red Believe me, I know what you mean!

33
speedhunters_dino

@Pawel Powroznik Thanks man!

34
speedhunters_dino

deleted_82067014_Abezzegh87 There is no ticket selling going on, don't be silly lol

35

Does Nakai-san ever smile? Absolutely beautiful car. I wish I had the means to acquire or have one of these cars built for me.

36
speedhunters_dino

Dhikaz Yes the Terror Garage x RWB Speedster is my favourite out there. I really hope I can head to Indonesia to see that place!!

37
speedhunters_dino

914RS no

38
speedhunters_dino

StickShift There is a separate feature on the car coming up!  ;)

39
speedhunters_dino

ScottBrady hahaha

40
speedhunters_dino

ScottBrady hahaha

41

It is always great to see a master at work , be it Nakai, be it any other "coachbuilder" at his craft. It is always intersting and entertaining to follow its process. thank you Dino for showing us in the rest of the word the things that, otherwise, only a handful of people would be able to witness!

I think the "forgiving" nature of RWB cars can be one of the most intersting things about them (speaking of driveability, by going back to the articles where you gave us your POV on driving RWB cars), because i know some gentleman drivers that do have the resources but they're not professionals. They're doctors, engineers, lawyers... they mostly pilot only as a hobby (some are pretty good at it) and having a vehichle that forgives small mistakes can save those people from big expensive trouble.

42
speedhunters_dino

koko san Thanks! Yep, he really gets in the zone super quick

43
speedhunters_dino

koko san Thanks! Yep, he really gets in the zone super quick

44
speedhunters_dino

ScottBrady yes he smiles, not so much when he's working

45

I love the contrast to the major auto manufacturers.

Porsche builds the car in a state-of-the-art, billion-dollar factory with clean rooms and robots and produces a desirable vehicle.

Then this already-in-demand car is transformed into an even-more-in-demand work of art by some dude in five-year-old clothes, sitting on his ass on a garage floor, modifying the car as it's held off said floor by jackstands, using a bag of random nuts and screws, an air saw, a caulking gun loaded with RTV and a vision.

It's all so awesomely "teenage hot rod project," but it's proof that a real artist doesn't need any specific material to produce a masterpiece.

46

I love the contrast to the major auto manufacturers.

Porsche builds the car in a state-of-the-art, billion-dollar factory with clean rooms and robots and produces a desirable vehicle.

Then this already-in-demand car is transformed into an even-more-in-demand work of art by some dude in five-year-old clothes, sitting on his ass on a garage floor, modifying the car as it's held off said floor by jackstands, using a bag of random nuts and screws, an air saw, a caulking gun loaded with RTV and a vision.

It's all so awesomely "teenage hot rod project," but it's proof that a real artist doesn't need any specific material to produce a masterpiece.

47

Hey Dino!
I think I figured out the bumper stays or braces just by the one photo. Its ok though, I'v seen such methods before and done it once or twice. Not on cool cars though, on pick up trucks and other rusty things. I really like this post, thanks alot!
Cheers!

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deleted_82067014_Abezzegh87

Sorry, couldnt resist.
But it does look like a show

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deleted_82067014_Abezzegh87

Actually this was my first thought as well.

50

Two requests I'd make to Nakai-San if it was my car:

1) Please make sure to treat those exposed metal edges on the fenders with something.
2) Please make those brake ducts functional by running some high temp tubing from them to de front brakes.

51

Love everything about this.

52

speedhunters_dino UWerqxTeam_MJ isn't Natty Dread air cooled?

53

TBH; looks a little worn out from all the traveling and work load of the past 3 years since RWB as risen in fame..great work nonetheless..

54

speedhunters_dino UWerqxTeam_MJ Why not? Serious question.

55

Dhikaz Whoa. Don't think I'm on board with that roof. Nope.

56

Nakai-san is a genius. That´s not work on a car this is art. @ Dino. Thank you also for this article.

57

Ice Age The cigarette thing always makes me smile. I don't know why, but it's kinda gnarly to watch these Japanese tuners cut and chop and mod, all with the carefree state of mind to have a cig in. I love it.

58

914RS who the fuck you think who is Nakai San boy?! just GL & HF son!

59

Besides food and cars, there are direct port nitrous injectors, four core intercoolers, ball bearing turbos, and titanium valve springs. All overnight from Japan.

60

johnbezt Ice Age I think it's the nonchalance, as if his old clothes, unkempt hair, cigarette dangling from his mouth and "eyeball engineering" approach to the project scream, "Chill, bro. I got this."

We know what we're doing. That's why we don't care if we look like we don't.

61

I was once walked into and pushed by a man in a suit, I used your above argument along side "I'm paid for my brains, not for how I look, I've reached a point in my career where weekend clothes are my weekday clothes, I'll leave taking orders and the monkey suits to those better.... suited shall we say to it"
He doesn't need to be selling the brand as the brand it seems is selling itself, and doing a dammed good job of it.

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Like a bald man wearing a cheap scarf!

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They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but in this case Dino with his article managed to capture the 'vibes' of these three days better than the included video! In a way, through the words that Dino painstakingly imprinted using his flair, we, all the readers, have the impression that we were there watching the whole process.
As for the car, I see that it reflects the soul and the passion of Nakai in the best possible way. Utter respect!

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Great!!! ...cause i was like... All that and no cherry on top??? Lol!!! I want my cherry!!!!!
Lookin' forward to it man!, thanks!

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Nakai - where can i get that frequent driver t-shirt?

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Whew, glad to know you're still alive.  It's tough to have an opposing viewpoint or (potentially unpopular) opinion these days!
Seems like the reaction from the consensus "herd" is KILL, KILL, KILL!!!
Last I checked, it's our civil liberty to have freedom of speech.

I suppose we should all learn from the pros and keep it Kardashian, Disney and Star Wars.
Yay

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Whew, glad to know you're still alive.  It's tough to have an opposing viewpoint or (potentially unpopular) opinion these days!
Seems like the reaction from the consensus "herd" is KILL, KILL, KILL!!!
Last I checked, it's our civil liberty to have freedom of speech.

I suppose we should all learn from the pros and keep it Kardashian, Disney and Star Wars.
Yay

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turboboxer6spd cynicalyricist 914RS 
RIIIIGHT?!?!?!!?
You don't wanna debate him in a bar.

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RIIIIGHT?!?!?!!?
You don't wanna debate him in a bar.

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very well documented... really enjoy reading this .... good job!!!! and props to the video... well done ,reading  then a video to sum up everything u read .... i luv it !!!! need more like this.....

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very well documented... really enjoy reading this .... good job!!!! and props to the video... well done ,reading  then a video to sum up everything u read .... i luv it !!!! need more like this.....

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katiegan_ amen. If ever I win the lottery, I'm flying to Japan to get a RWB Porsche

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katiegan_ Pretty cool to see that the build is done in what one could theoretically call a backyard. He's like a wizard, only better.

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katiegan_ Pretty cool to see that the build is done in what one could theoretically call a backyard. He's like a wizard, only better.

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And how stock suspension and bearings feel themselves with these wheels?

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mbretschneider Thanks!

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mbretschneider Thanks!

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jessepanic Thanks!

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jessepanic Thanks!

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ra64freddy! I didn't mention it in the story but he was pretty sick with a cough and a cold during the build. Plus, everyone gets old ...

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Stefan82 It sure is. I'm glad there are more people out there understanding this!

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johnbezt Of course there are

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johnbezt Of course there are

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GeoKan Thanks a lot man, appreciate it :)

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OneCrazedJoker katiegan_ Or fly Nakai to you :)

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RennPanda katiegan_ He'll do it anywhere, as long as he's got a few tools to use

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NTRSTT Stock suspension? Car runs KW V3s, or do you mean the arms? Bearings? I'll have to ask Nakai how many times his customers have come in for bearing changes....

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Good!  I want a top down pic.  Has he done any Targas?

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Good!  I want a top down pic.  Has he done any Targas?

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How does he "temporarily" fit the rwb vennders?

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This man is a trully genius ! Thumbs up from france guys :) !

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Because thats the only thing that struck me . everything else is cool! Just maybe not such a fan of the painted black line.

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Do I need to mention that I'm completey speechless now.. this is amazing. I wish to see the 986 Cayman gets this type of treatment

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I would kill to check out that 964 while drinking some coconut water from a fresh, but properly chilled, coconut. Coconut water and 911's, the only two things that matter in life.

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The Porche I wish my dad gave me :)

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NTRSTT Who the fuck cares?

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speedhunters_dino NTRSTT its all ball bearings these days

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NTRSTT any bearing that feels itself is alright by me.

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BishoyGhobrial with 2 screws

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sollos They were specially made for the RWB Australia #1 "Southern Cross" build

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He cuts the Factory fenders then sands them then bolts on the new ones?? ... did we miss the . "he then primes and paints the giant cuts he's just made so the car doesn't rust and fall apart??

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@Z33 For me He does not do that.

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Please Bacardi on my Coconut that's how we drink it in the caribbean.
Amazing how simple in theory is what he does. But how hard it actually is.

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in case of nakai-san is going to build another rwb porsche in manila......then hopefully speedhunters would cover that too......I'll be hype if that happens

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in case of nakai-san is going to build another rwb porsche in manila......then hopefully speedhunters would cover that too......I'll be hype if that happens

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Muhammad Haqy Aunoora

sonyghazi Muhammad Haqy Aunoora halah motherfather

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Muhammad Haqy Aunoora

sonyghazi Muhammad Haqy Aunoora halah motherfather

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Muhammad Haqy Aunoora

sonyghazi Muhammad Haqy Aunoora halah motherfather

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I like how he shows up with a small toolbox and hardware store supplies, and gets down on a car up on jack stands.  Nice to see simple materials like metal mesh and spray paint being used.  Whether those materials belong on a Porsche is subjective, but the end result is uniquely his creation, and that's pretty cool.

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@Z33 For me I wondered that myself. Especially in the tropical parts of the world we keep seeing these done. I'm sure the sealant helps to prevent water from coming through the cracks and sitting there but rust surely still appears from the salty air as well...right?

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@Z33 For me I wondered that myself. Especially in the tropical parts of the world we keep seeing these done. I'm sure the sealant helps to prevent water from coming through the cracks and sitting there but rust surely still appears from the salty air as well...right?

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@Z33 For me I wondered that myself. Especially in the tropical parts of the world we keep seeing these done. I'm sure the sealant helps to prevent water from coming through the cracks and sitting there but rust surely still appears from the salty air as well...right?

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I'm not sure what the meaning of "idlers " on the tyres is or should be. Is it a technical term and does it stay for. 
 It is probably again a strange translation from Japanese into german when bypassed through english (like Second development - Sekund Entwicklung -> corrected later into "Zweite Entwicklung" as the real term would be " Zweite Entwicklungsstufe" or "Zweite Ausbaustufe". This is probably one of the reasons why Rauh Welt Begriff is so iconic. Don't care about right or wrong. Just go for it and like it.

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I'm not sure what the meaning of "idlers " on the tyres is or should be. Is it a technical term and does it stay for. 
 It is probably again a strange translation from Japanese into german when bypassed through english (like Second development - Sekund Entwicklung -> corrected later into "Zweite Entwicklung" as the real term would be " Zweite Entwicklungsstufe" or "Zweite Ausbaustufe". This is probably one of the reasons why Rauh Welt Begriff is so iconic. Don't care about right or wrong. Just go for it and like it.

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ManfredLenherr IDLERS is the name of a club, they identify themselves club members by the stencil on the tyres, like others would do with whindshield stickers or matching tattoos or anything in the likes.
I understand your comment about the misspelled german, and i find it nice of you to turn it into a compliment , i too agree that it is this " dont care if its wrong, i will do it anyway " that makes RWB stand from all the rest!
But, i certainly think that the japanese do pity on western people when they tattoo misspelled japanese words in either kanji or kana form, and not in a bad/mean way too

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ManfredLenherr IDLERS is the name of a club, they identify themselves club members by the stencil on the tyres, like others would do with whindshield stickers or matching tattoos or anything in the likes.
I understand your comment about the misspelled german, and i find it nice of you to turn it into a compliment , i too agree that it is this " dont care if its wrong, i will do it anyway " that makes RWB stand from all the rest!
But, i certainly think that the japanese do pity on western people when they tattoo misspelled japanese words in either kanji or kana form, and not in a bad/mean way too

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Thank you for the clarification

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mbretschneider ManfredLenherr Thank you for the clarification

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No POR-15 to touch up those raw metal cuts? Ugh...... I'm a bit shocked that doesn't happen

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nisxmo And the tyres kicking up water. I guess it bothers people they can get a body shop to take care of that form underneath

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Jun Imai Well do you think the stock mesh is any better than what he uses? The other stuff too...

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ManfredLenherr I don't think Nakai really cares haha

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mbretschneider ManfredLenherr It's a magazine that runs racers and events:  http://www.idlersclub.org

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MPistol Rough world... ;)

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That was absolutely fantastic to read and review. Thank you Dino!

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That was absolutely fantastic to read and review. Thank you Dino!

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Nice post Dino! I see a lot of people wondering about the fenders and lack of paint on the raw cuts.
Is Nakai's own the oldest RWB? I seem to recall somewhere he might be doing some updates to it? Maybe someone ought to shove a camera up there (if at all possible) and see how good/bad the untreated metal is now years later?
I imagine the necessity of such a coating depends wildly on climate, use, and long term care. I'd not leave it exposed here in Canada but other parts of the world... maybe.

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Nice post Dino! I see a lot of people wondering about the fenders and lack of paint on the raw cuts.
Is Nakai's own the oldest RWB? I seem to recall somewhere he might be doing some updates to it? Maybe someone ought to shove a camera up there (if at all possible) and see how good/bad the untreated metal is now years later?
I imagine the necessity of such a coating depends wildly on climate, use, and long term care. I'd not leave it exposed here in Canada but other parts of the world... maybe.

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Nakai San reminds me of this, but with cars

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Nakai San reminds me of this, but with cars

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What a great article, about a great artist. One of favourite reads of the year. Cheers Dino!

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smithadamb Thank you!

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EvolveWRC Hey Miyagi-san has some pretty cool cars too :)

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Mike_Vossen Thanks Mike!

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DaveT Stella Artois is the first. I'll have a look next time I see it, but it's now sitting at Promodet waiting for work. It's spent the better part of 4-5 years sitting outside Nakai's shop getting truly weathered

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He is a master builder because he put wheels and over fenders on?  A master builder would paint the bare metal so it doesn't rust. Would have done all the painting and body work rebuilt the engine etc.  And the praise for smearing sealant into the flares seems a bit much.  I bet you stare in wonder when you call the plumber to caulk your tub.

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@cold cuts You're not allowed to state the obvious. Please be in awe of cutting off fenders and screwing on flares. If you need more than a 18v drill and some fasterners to "build" a car you are trying too hard. Eyeballing flare positions based on a jackstand alignment is the tops.

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Frequent Driver! Haha nice shirt. Anyone from NZ/Aus or who has flown Qantas will know what that's about!

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Like a lot on here, not finishing the edges of the cuts has irked me a bit. 

BUT, seeing Nakai work, and the way he goes about being 'commissioned' to do a build; travelling the world with a small selection of tools, and working with other peoples cars makes me realise he has more in common with an artist than a traditional car builder. The way he adds bits here and there, the way he changes bits of his technique, and the way he names the builds. It's made me see RWB in a whole new light. Art doesn't have to be perfect, or neat, or rust proofed. It just is. 


... but I'd still seal that metal if it were mine lol.

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Loved the article! Nakai san deserves respect! One detail thou.. adding a much wider tire to a car that keeps his engine stock..don't know if that's a good idea!

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Afonsoae82gt The RWB way. Makes for idiot-proof driving :)

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Afonsoae82gt The RWB way. Makes for idiot-proof driving :)

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I have always wondered about splash panels under the wide fenders.  I never see them on RWB Porsches and think it would add a nice touch.  I am curious if they make them to go with the fabricated fenders.

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There are a  lot of Master Builders in my area. The Ford dealership even does some fender flare and new wheels master builds on their lot before they sell the truck.

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My sentiments exactly. While he's on his smoke break, I'm dipping a paint brush in a POR-15 can and making my contributions to the build :) ...... this from experience of cut fenders from shops, only to find out, woa, they didn't seal this after the cut? Yikes.

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MPistol Exactly. Especially in KL where rain is common, I'd expect it'll get caught once or twice no matter how careful one is when choosing days to drive. Not good.

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MPistol Exactly. Especially in KL where rain is common, I'd expect it'll get caught once or twice no matter how careful one is when choosing days to drive. Not good.

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It's a duty to understand how, where and when to use your free speech correctly or it becomes meaningless noise that is discredited before it's even thought about. I'm sure you have good points to make but what's the point if no one is listening because all they hear is the negative first and switch off?

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It's not the size of the tool box, it's how you use it lol

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speedhunters_dino I'm not questioning the handling the car itself but the struggle of the engine to be able to put that much rubber in the car with the same pace as before the change! :)

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speedhunters_dino I'm not questioning the handling the car itself but the struggle of the engine to be able to put that much rubber in the car with the same pace as before the change! :)

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speedhunters_dino I'm not questioning the handling the car itself but the struggle of the engine to be able to put that much rubber in the car with the same pace as before the change! :)

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was the metal that was cut off, was the mounting surface painted? its a raw edge of metal, sealing just the top wont help it from rusting on the bottom

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he is an artist..

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he is an artist..

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Very nice article. And very interesting comments. But I want to express a different point of view to all of this,  even despite if some people will think that I am some douchebag.
All that true artist, just in three days, looks so cool, so small toolbox and everything bullshit... I really like the RWB builds because they do look raw and wild. Those stencils, missing bumpers, etc. But what I had seen here - it looks like pure show for admiring crowd. Because most of the hard work was already done behind the scenes by other people - car prepped, painted, suspension fitted, wheels ready. Even RWB kit was already prepped and painted, so everything left was just the final 5% or even less of actual all work which is 95% of car transformation show - cut the fenders, attach the kit, put the wheels on, and put some stickers on. Not much skills are needed to that, but looks like the author is admiring even simple tasks, like they are something extraordinary - like "cut it to size and spent time with a squeegee to make sure that no air bubbles were trapped anywhere along the surface." And that small toolbox is just part of the show to make bigger impression, that he is an artist, who almost with nothing transforms the car totally. Of course not everyone is able to create that impression, but you have to understand, that that is 95% of show and 5% of actual work here. 95% of work is already done behind the scenes.
And that "the artist" didn't sealed the parts he cut - actually the only thing to do which is not for show, because it takes some time, but could be 100% functional. If something like that would do someone else at your local service to your car, you would never go there again and would not let your friends go there ever.

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Afonsoae82gt speedhunters_dino

Speed is boring.  Everytime I go 600mph, I fall asleep on the plane.  

Driving excitement is where it's at.  

For those worrying about panels rusting - Nakai smokes cigarettes.  Life is short.  Stop worrying so much.  You're going to die either way.

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Iam Malaysian and i agreed on the "not so perfect road"

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Iam Malaysian and i agreed on the "not so perfect road"

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speedhunters_dino nisxmo After a "master builder" works on a car you should have to take it to another shop to get finished? Really? That's just a lack of attention to detail, or laziness....or both...

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speedhunters_dino nisxmo After a "master builder" works on a car you should have to take it to another shop to get finished? Really? That's just a lack of attention to detail, or laziness....or both...

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Inspiring!

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battleaxe I keep asking the same question myself. I have not seen evidence of 'touching up' bare metal. I love the RWB style but looks too much for short term. The original RWB concept no longer applies - it ain't rough world! A bit of a lash up now

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battleaxe I keep asking the same question myself. I have not seen evidence of 'touching up' bare metal. I love the RWB style but looks too much for short term. The original RWB concept no longer applies - it ain't rough world! A bit of a lash up now

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He built one for my customer's father, my customer bought an R34 GTR from us

Check the video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3hbJLtNfHU#t=78

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Dhikaz The more I look at this fail, the more I see a Porpoise-Dolphin staring back at me. Roof too high because the screen too high. How can anyone here with any taste say this is a work of art. Love RWBs but this is a piece of crap now!

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he is my motivation

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Thanks for the article! seeing the process was really informative like we were there too. On the other hand all that happened was the cutting of fenders and adding a bodykit -has nobody seen a 240sx before?

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Can i know what type of spray paint Nakai-san used to spray the tires ? ive been trying to do the same but always failed. any idea on how and what suitable type of spray paint that is suitable for the tires ? thank you so much and excuse for my bad english.

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