February 3, 2009 11:30 am Published by

All the cars in yesterday’s post were reasonably conventional. That is, as conventional as six-foot bamboo-spike exhausts can be. Here’s some of the weirder stuff in Daisuke’s yard.

GX71 Chaser with “Japan’s dirtiest 1JZ”, as Daisuke said.

Take another look. That’s a Crown grille and lights mounted on the rear end of a Gloria. Red ski-racks complete the fake cop-car look

If you’ve ever seen these teddy-bear wheels before, you’d know that airbrushing Pooh on them is a major improvement.

Cadillac? Nope, Nissan President.

Here’s a cool one. Nissan Crew with Watanabes, bolt-on overfenders, Hakosuka wing and…

…a genuinely filthy Nismo RB26DETT N1 engine.

The engine, as well as the seats and gauge cluster came from a write-off wreck, apparently. Hello Kitty seat cushions were extra.

Don’t forget the police light and boxy Pioneer speakers.

Almost every zokusha styling cue has been thrown at this Suzuki Alto. A huge box fender and wing job, slick racing tyres, fake chin-mount oil-cooler, truck indicators, a front grille stolen from a Mercedes Benz and a turbo engine conversion. The front headlights have been replaced with something random from another car, with a pair Alto turbo fenders matched up with the naturally-aspirated bonnet.

More bamboo-spike exhausts. For anyone who is trying to copy this style, please note the diameter of the pipe, the angle of the pipe, and how the pipe is cut at an angle at the exhaust end. I’ve never seen a zokusha-style exhaust in a country outside of Japan done right yet, and it’s not that hard.

The roof and floor of the interior are trimmed in astroturf. Of course, there’s a little tray for your special ladyfriend’s shoes.

Untended cars in Japan return to nature pretty quickly.

This rare 1972 Subaru R-2 wasn’t as bad as it looked.

I asked Daisuke to show me his widest, lowest offset wheel. The result did not disappoint.

Of course, a random Brabus Merc was just sitting there, minding its own business, covered in fibreglass flares.

All of these photos were taken quite a while ago, so I have no idea what Daisuke is up to these days. I’ve completely forgotten how to get to his workshop too, so it’s time to dig through that pile of business cards I have somewhere.

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  • Fury-S12 says:

    how can people not love cars like this id love to cruise round in that alto 🙂

    never heard of a nissan crew b4 not a bad looking car older VIP style would suit it well

  • BlueSlug says:


    the insanity of some of the stuff just lying around there… i’d take any of those as a car.. lol

    except the Alto, it’s too subdued for my taste.

  • BlueSlug says:

    and btw the bear wheels are Ronal Bears, i’ve wanted a set for a long, long time and to see ぷー’s likeness on there is very pleasing to the eye ;D

  • Jeremy says:

    yeah, I remember this. Pretty interesting place to check out Im sure. It always excites me to find shops like this that have all this great stuff and yet its treated like crap. It makes for some great finds though…

  • Shane says:

    I reckon. get back out there! i wanna see more love this style semi might do this to the S13.

  • banpei says:

    And the second part is even better! d:)b

    @Fury-S12 When I saw that picture I immediately thought the Nissan Crew had to be the counterpart of the Toyota Comfort and indeed I was right: the Crew is specially made for Japan only to serve as a taxi.

    I see there was also a special edition available (with the RB26DETT!) for the Crew, just like the Toyota Comfort:
    But the Comfort GT-Z with its supercharged 3SFE is really nothing compared to the Crew…

  • Grippa says:

    I have seen that Crew in an old option dvd before skidding ” I love it . We have a few Crewss in NZ . One of my mates had one with a rb25det and cage . I love these cars

  • Fury-S12 says:

    @banpei – i red about it being the equivalent of the comfort i must of missed the bit about the RB26DETT version tho that would be insane best sleeper ever.

  • marvis says:

    Nice picture man! Can’t wait for more.

  • Lozz says:

    we want moar!

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  • Matt says:

    Wow, articles like this and the JCCA one are just too much for me, amazing work. I don’t know if there’s something wrong with me but I’m way more interested in oddball backwater shops full of moldy, dusty, forgotten treasure than the glitzy big dollar TAS style stuff that everyone else seems to cover. Keep it up!

  • Warren says:

    The Comfort (or maybe it was a Taxi Crown) has made some D1 rounds, pulling some 500hp from an engine i don’t remember.
    Really nice stuff here, especially this Nissan Crew RB26DETT N1 powered!

  • drift kid says:

    wall papers of the alto please!

  • EKhatch says:

    These two Daisuke Shouten posts have just made my year, so much awesomeness!

  • Greg Martin says:

    Gotta love this random spot.

    I love every single post that comes out, I look forward to these everyday, hah.

    Keep up the good work.

  • Diskovod says:

    Man, that wasn’t GX71 Chaser, that’s GX61 Chaser 😉

  • Ian says:

    More great stuff. Keep up the good work.