Mecha-Dock Japan Visit 2016…

Since there isn’t anything really going on for much of March, I figured now would be a good time to unload the rest of the photos I captured during my visit to Japan. I still have the Wekfest Hawaii Coverage I’m sitting on waiting to upload but for now, I’d prefer to get these photos up since I don’t want them to go to waste. I originally wanted to upload these and have them up the same time as when the Vlogs go up but it just seemed a little overwhelming to put so much coverage in front of you guys and expect you to read through it after you watch the videos. Honestly, there aren’t many events happening in Cali yet so I find it more useful to just space out the posts instead of force feeding everything…

If you guys have followed this site for any length of time, you probably have a pretty good idea of what Mecha-Dock is. For those that are new, Mecha-Dock is a tuning shop in Osaka, Japan, that specializes in paint, product development, and audio. They do a little bit of everything. What they are more recognized for here in the U.S. is their affiliation with the famed NO GOOD RACING car club from Osaka. Mecha-Dock has been a while for a long time now and during the hay days of Kanjo racing, this was one of the shops to go to if there were guys who needed repairs, body, or paint work done. When guys who had Hondas with liveries needed their cars disguised or repainted to hide from the police, Mecha-Dock was the spot to go to. The owner has deep roots in Osaka and the shop itself is highly respected. In the last few years, their attention has turned more towards the mainstream-side of the automotive tuning community and they have focused on doing business with car enthusiasts all over Osaka. Still, their connection to NGR is very obvious and they operate not hiding the fact that their roots are in the Osaka Kanjozoku underground. I’ve come to know Mecha-Dock quite well because I have mutual friends who are very close with them. Every year I go to Japan I make an effort to stop by and hang out. They are always working on something new and for this year, they were busy rebuilding their EF9 race car in preparation for the Osaka Auto Messe event. The EF has been their primary race car for a while now but they decided to tear it down to give the engine bay a full refresh. They still plan to track the car in the future but they wanted the car to look a little more presentable since it was going to be displayed at the NO GOOD RACING booth at the Auto Messe show. They were still in the process of putting the car back together after paint so unfortunately, we did not get the opportunity to see it completed. The Osaka Auto Messe event has already happened so those who keep up will know how the end result came out. Mecha-Dock does great work so I have no doubt in their ability to put a car together. Today, we are going to look at some quick photos I captured while hanging out at that evening at Mecha-Dock. Enjoy…

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Mecha-Dock/NO GOOD RACING EG6 Civic with the familiar “NO GOOD” livery…

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Inside, Kazu was busy working on the EF9 race car…

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The engine bay was fully-resprayed before the cleaned-up engine was re-installed…

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DPK David studying the engine bay and all of its details…

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Vented front fender and 8-spoke Volk Racing CE28…

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Hood popped to reveal a B16A motor…

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Here you can see all the fresh paint under the wheel wells and in the engine bay…

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Salem putting his design skills to work by drawing up a quick Mecha-Dock logo on the back of one of my decals…

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Mugen intake box peeking out of the engine bay…

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The guys walking around and looking at stuff inside while I shot more photos of the EG…

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The huge signature NO GOOD “Gun Hand” emblazoned across the side of the EF9 Civic…

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Salem showing off the finished product of his work…

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Salem actually helps me out with a lot of my designs as well…

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Kazu and Yasu chatting outside…

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A roll bar that was strapped down to a guard rail to make space for more tires…

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During that cold January winter, this gas heater was a savior…until it stopped working…

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A glance at the NO GOOD EG6 through the plastic shroud dividing the shop from the elements outside…

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As the sun came down, we waited for other friends to show up before we went out to grab dinner…

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The trio of Civics after we ate Ramen at Ichiran…

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We ended the night just cruising around Osaka. I’ve attached the Vlog episode specifically dedicated to Mecha-Dock below in case anyone missed it. Thanks for looking…

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