Exclusive Content: The Finish of Sasaki’s EK Ferio Build From Tactical Art…

Just a quick update for you guys today, being that this is somewhat of a holiday weekend, I imagine not too many of you would be on the net and actually out and about doing stuff. If you are just chillin’ at home that’s okay too. There’s no harm is just relaxing at home. Either way, this update should help to hold you guys over until next week when I have a ton more updates for you guys to check out. The long-awaited updates on Atuki’s EG6 build from Tactical Art is coming and I’ll also give you some personal updates on my very own daily Honda build that I’ve been working on for the last couple of months. It’s nothing crazy but if you’re a car guy that likes the details in every build I think you’ll enjoy it…

Anyways, today we’re going to wrap up Tomoyuki Sasaki’s EK Ferio build. When we last left off, the car was being sent off to the body shop to get painted after all the body panels from the donor car were swapped over. Sasaki decided to go with a full 99-00 Civic Ferio conversion and since so many of the body parts are not the same color, it was the right time to re-spray the whole car. Once the car came back from paint there wasn’t too much left other than to reassemble some things. The interior is basically all gutted-out so there wasn’t much on the interior side to re-install. There were some minor things that had to be added after paint but other than that, it was just getting the wheels on and getting the ride height dialed in…

I know a lot of you guys who regularly view this site aren’t all that fond of these aggressive wheel set-ups and what not. I get it, because I’m kind of the same way too. I prefer more functional set-ups but I also understand styling cues in the contexts in which the owners build them for. Not everyone is going for a full track car look or set-up and everyone has different tastes. I’m honestly okay with the really aggressive stuff as long as it is executed correctly and done right. I’m just not a big fan of people that purposely try to make their cars look haggard by fucking up their fenders for street cred and all that bullshit, that’s just not what I’m about. In the instance of guys like Sasaki and Kawashima’s Ferios, they never claim to be track cars nor will they ever try to be dedicated circuit guys. You have to understand where they are from and their roots in the Japanese street racing scene. Being from Osaka, it was a regular thing for them to explore the underground Kanjo racing scene and while their cars do not look like the Kanjo racers of old, they definitely take some inspiration from them. Think of it as a mix between modern stance-appeal, a little bit of the USDM styling, and the Osaka Kanjozoku look. They are definitely street cars but still have that Kanjo-like appeal to them, hence the full cages, gutted interior, with engine swaps. You won’t see these things thrashing around on the track because they are track cars. You may seem them cruising on the highway though with the rest of the Tactical Art guys because they are street cars with race-inspired elements. Their cars differ from Atuki’s (Owner of Tactical Art) EG6 because his is a dedicated track car. You could even say Taku Kusugami’s EK is a track car as well because he rarely ever drives it on the streets. The work is all done by Atuki so there are definitely going to be resemblances across the board for all their cars, they just serve very different purposes…

With that said, here are the links to the previous posts that documented Sasaki’s build. Look at those if you haven’t already and the photos below will then magically make sense to you…

Exclusive Content: More From Tactical Art And A Visit By Super Street…

Exclusive Content: A Closer Look At Sasaki’s EK Ferio Build From Tactical Art…

Now back to the rest of the build…

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So when we last left off, Sasaki’s Ferio was loaded onto this flatbed as it was getting sent off to the body shop for paint…

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We pick up at the body shop that I didn’t get the name of, but judging from some of the other photos that Yasutaka sent me, they are a shop that deals with a lot of high-end European vehicles. As with every shop in Japan, it isn’t big by any means and they make the most of the space that they have…

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Lurking somewhere in the shop was this old Honda CBR400 that looked in very good condition…

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Off in the corner at another end of the shop was Sasaki’s Civic, which was getting prepped for paint…

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The spray booth where it will be painted…

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Sasaki’s Civic Ferio with 99-00 conversion, sans doors…

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I liked these interior shots that Yasutaka captured while the doors remained off…

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Since Atuki had already sprayed the inside in their custom grey tone, there was no need to prep the inside before the exterior was sprayed…

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Once again you can see where the rear deck has been completely eliminated from the car making the entire interior come together as if it were a gutted coupe…

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Nice silhouette-style shot of the cockpit…

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I was curious as to why the sidemarker was marked here, originally thinking that it was to be shaved, but you’ll see later that the sidemarker was retained…

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One more of the interior before Yasutaka left the body shop…

We pick-up now back at Tactical Art where the chassis has returned from paint…

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The bright orange tone was a bit of a shock, considering how their cars have consistently been more neutral tones in the past. The new paint on Sasaki’s Civic definitely makes it stand out the most in their fleet…

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After paint, the engine bay needed to be cleaned and detailed. I wonder if Sasaki plans to do more in the engine bay or if he is content with it. Knowing them it won’t stay like this for too long…

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I’ve personally always been a big fan of the later model Civic Ferio trunks and taillights so I think it made a world of difference when they did the conversion…

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Some Aerocatch hood pins that needed to be added to the carbon hood…

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Test fitting the front CCW wheel…

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The interior cleaned-up and back together with door panels…

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Nice choice with the blue lugs to match the valve cover and to offset the orange…

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Sasaki’s Civic Ferio seeing the outside for the first time after being re-assembled…

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That’s all for now. I have more photos of the car and everything but I’ll throw those up together with Kawashima’s Ferio next time. It makes sense to group the two photos together since we’ve been following the two builds this past week anyway. Thanks for looking…

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