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FITTED 2014 via Gill

We have two commitments in Canada FITTED and Eurokracy.  These are the two events that we attend no ifs, ands or buts.  Now on its 5th year, the show decided to ramp up the quality over quantity.  I can’t remember another show in Toronto where the competing cars were of this caliber

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Scraped.Crusaders. Favourite Ride at Fitted Lifestyle presented by Broadway Static Suspension

After much deliberation we chose the W114 owned by the mustachioed Richard C. We didn’t have certain criteria to go by. We didn’t hold prejudices against Euro, Domestic or Japanese rides. We simply chose the car that we loved, that had that je ne sais quoi.

An Old Merc, bagged on RSs coloured matched to an awesome cream interior. Finished off with blue centre caps. It’s not an extensive build. But its a build that was built with all the correct choices.

Bravo, Richard.


I’ve always preferred static over air but with the first 5 rides pictures, i can’t help but love air.   Johnathan Prem’s Best of how winning 240sx.


Continuing the bagged coupe theme is this awesome RX-7.


Scott had a bagged white E46 M3 last year.  He now owns THE most unassuming 450hp+ car I’ve ever seen.  This is phase 1 for his 135.

Tyler Griffin’s freshly redoine Corrado.  Fresh as in, out of paint and final assembly being complete mere hours before the drive to FITTED.


A Y O G R L.


Mark’s freshly painted and Beebed S2k.


I didn’t spend too much time outdoors as I haven’t adjusted to the warm weather yet.  However there were some great example of cars that could had easily been displayed indoors.  Including that EF civic, the Teknotik EVO and Jay’s 2.7TT swapped B6 Audi.


Performance VW X Eurokracy X Scraped.Crusaders.

Performance VW has enlisted our help to cover Eurokracy 2013.   The article was published in the April issue.  The Scraped.Crusaders. provided the words and images, while the Eurokracy crew provided the one of best car shows in Canada.  The issue also happens to feature UNIX Performance’s amazing grean MK1, and a bagged Audi 80.  We suggest you take a gander.


Scraped.Crusaders’ B34TER Pt.1

The Legacy will be replaced. We had originally thought of keeping this purchase under wraps through the winter.   But then realized what’s the point in that.  Aren’t we here to share our builds and experiences with our readers?  Damn right we are.

First I need to send off the Lesbowagon.  All in all ,she’s been a great car.  While I do hate her now, it was a mutual split.

What I do know for sure is,  I would not have the great friends I have today if it weren’t for this car. The Scraped.Crusaders simply would not exist.   I showed up to the weekly VW meet in Pickering in my stock 1998 Subaru Legacy Brighton Wagon, after Dave invited me out.  Honestly, at the time I thought car meets were for losers. “You just stand outside in a lot with your car?”. My mind was changed very quickly.  It was much more than that.  Good times and good people, I was hooked.  Coils were already ordered and I was scouring Kijiji (our craigslist) for wheels.  The first year was a learning process. I had zero experience modifying cars and thus, ended up with terrible fitment. While it was okay, it was no where near where I wanted it to be.  We still made it work, with some nice photos.


Over that winter I had decidde to get a set of widened steelies.  I’ve always liked that look and wanted to be different in the Subie scene.  At 16×8 they were a step up from the previous year.  Things were going well and the dhow season was about to begin. I was pumped, not even an accident could stop me.  I took the punches and just rolled with it.  Attended both Stretch and Poke and Eurokracy with mashed up doors.  Fortunately the doors would be fixed and a set of 16 inch RSs would be fitted before H20i. The green beebs didn’t last long but people sure did remember them.



While I loved the RSs, i felt the 16s were too small.  The hunt for 17s was really short as it was just a text to Geoff.  We traded wheels plus cash on my end because I had smashed one of the lips. That year also brought on a rear hatch wing, an outback front bumper and Hella lights.


This year turned out to be the most trying of them all.  NUMEROUS repairs, nagging issues.  We were both growing tired of each other. The RSIIs weren’t helping. A hairline crack would sometimes leak and on other occasions hold air perfectly.  As the issue was intermittent, I was not prepared to drive the car to H20i.  That was the low point.  I hated the Lesbowagon so much that I did not want to take her to Maryland. That changed when I found a set of BBS RSs with similar specs to the RSIIs.  A quick remounting of tires, side skirts, plastidipping the real valence and adding a front lip.  I was able to save face for H20i.  Unfortunately around this time my transmission started acting up, fourth gear was on its way out ( I had to physically hold the lever in 4th or it would pop out). I decided to just man up and drive down,  I was just desperate to get to OCMD.  Luckily it worked out.  To my surprise I have been able to take the Subaru to H20 for 4 years with 4 different wheels and looks.


I had put on over 160000kms in four years of ownership.  I should really move closer to work  :(. Over 120000 of those kms were spent dumped.  So considering that,  I can’t be too angry that it was in the shop often for maintenance issues.  Steering u-joints, ball joints, axles, hubs, snapped shifter linkage.  She’ll be relegated to winter duty.  And possibly ice racing next year?

-Edit.  I had started the above paragraph months ago.  Since then 4th gear has shit the bed completely.  Thus ice racing is not in the cards.  Instead….junkyard.

She’ll be missed,  on to the next one.  Continued…


Season Has Scaled Down.


Its off season for us.   Not much on the docket.  Dan is working away on his Caddy, Adrian on his motor build, I’m looking for a new car,  Mauncho is shopping for items for his new ride, and a few other things in the works.  That’s about it. Nothing major and no real progress in the last few weeks. The start of winter is usually the lull before the winter builds start going.  Headed over to Dan’s in the winter beater.  The Subie will not be seeing summer anymore, good riddance.  Still dumped though.  :)


Dan and Geoff decided to build on a smaller scale.  1/24th to be precise.  I sort of wanted to join in too.  But I have issues with patience….I have none.  I’d end up tossing the kits out after a few days of painting, gimme Minichamps and Autoart die-casts over these any day.  I MIGHT end up changing my mind later though.

Dan bought a 993 GT3, Tom Kristensen DTM car and a VW golf.   Geoff bought a Mike Rockenfeller DTM car.


Not a whole lot was accomplished as time was taking up watching Pacific Rim.  Engine components mostly.



Oktoberfest 2013 by Gill

This is usually the FINAL event on the Scraped.Crusaders calendar. We start taking wheels off, raising coils and/or putting our cars away entirely right around this time.  It was a small BBQ event.  Most likely the last time I’ll be seeing most of these cars until next spring.  This year it was held at Euroline Performance in Mississauga.

I may be seeing more of E46s in the future ;)


I THINK this EK was on toyos.  He also had awesome Status seats.


Toronto’s coolest Porsche just got better.  I beleive the seats are new and the RS/RSR? bumpers were added too.  Love it.


Cool E92, but seriously, if you can afford this, you can probably afford real wheels.


Scraped Crusaders | H2Oi 2013

As seen by Matt.

Enjoyed this year a lot more and didn’t shoot as much, but still got enough to throw together a little video…hope everyone enjoys.


Disclaimer*   Mauncho is drunk as fuck at the beginning of the video.  It was taken 10 seconds after changing his clothes on my rear seats.  Contemplated burning those seats.

Scraped does H2Oi

For the first year in 4 we decided to rent a house vs. stay at a hotel; it certainly has it’s perks.

Example: you try to pull up onto a small curb front first, like a dumbass, and tear your front lip off.

Matt and I parked in much smarter spots.

And our trophy, we will be giving it out to our favorite car before the week is up; I still need to paint the letters and the backing piece.

More to come soon, there probably aren’t even 100 cars here yet.



We’ve been busy getting our cars and other shit ready for H20.  We’re heading down for a full week this year.  So if anyone is down for a shoot or hangs.  Message on FB or instagram.

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Also putting this together.  This will be finished and handed out to the owner of our favourite car at OCMD.


Magna Cum Laude

We haven’t had a feature her in a while.  How about three cars at once?


I love when photo shoot happen spontaneously.  While attending Cars and Coffee we ran into Luke and his VW friends. We knew we wanted to do a shoot right then and there.  Unfortunately a Porsche Cruise called on our desires, before we could do a shoot at Bayview Village.  It was for the best.  Driving up to the Porsches in Aurura we drove past a massive estate.  We learned it is actually Magna’s Headquarters.  Business must be good when your factories look like Wayne Manor.

We’ve known Luke since his Civic EK days.  I’m gonna go ahead and say he moved on to bigger and better things. We first saw this car at Fitted and instantly loved it.  This was before we even knew it was Luke’s. We even planned on shooting this car at the Tires23 BBQ, but Matt had plans.  Probably for the better as we might not have been up for this shoot.  The best part about these 3 cars…..they get driven.  It may have taken them a while to get up north but there was no hesitance to drive up on the highway.  The same can’t be said for a lot of older local VWs.


red = Luke
Your name, Your car:

Luke Wierzbicki and his fiance Elise’s Volkswagen Beetle.

When did you buy your car, and when did you start modding it?
We bought the bug together last year for my 30th b day, win! Elise actually owned a 73 beetle as her first car before we even met . This has a lot to do why we own one now . But I have always loved classic car and never thought I would actually own one . The car was lowered about 2 weeks after we picked it up and we haven’t stopped adding stuff to it . We always like to change it up and keep it fresh .

-1969 1600cc single port engine with no mods.

-fully restored to original look with bamboo parcel tray and retro sound digital radio .
-6v to 12v conversion.

-Hot rod style front fog light , rear luggage rack , original roof rack , swan neck mirrors , Ford Model T rear brake light , eyebrows , oringal luggage ,fishing rods and net ,water skis , picnic basket and gas tank

-front is lowered on a 4″ narrow beam with adjusters and drop spindles.
-rear is lowered on one outer spline and two inner splines with notched spring plates and Monroe adjustable air shocks with no compressor , ghetto styles lol.

-fronts are stock smoothies and 135/r15 tires with white wall inserts
-rears are 15×6″ widened smoothies with 185/60r15 tires and white wall inserts

Whats next?
-future mods will probably include wider wheel set up and rear fox skirts.

Shout outs
Shout out will go to my fiancé Elise and my West end dubs peeps for helping and supporting my build and everyone who loves this bug as much as I do lol.


On to Patrick’s blue Oval Ragtop.  I can’t decide which Bug I like more.  I love Luke’s theme and extra accouterments.   But then I’ve always had a spot in my heart for ragtops though.  Tough choice. Red or blue pill.


blue = Patrick
Your name, Your car:

Patrick Rapczynski’s 1957 Oval Ragtop Beetle.

-Stock rebuilt 36hp 1200cc (by Previous owner) and still 6 volt.

-Front disk breaks with upgraded to dual circuit brake master cylinder. 

-restored interior to original look with parcels tray and oringal radio
-original/Factory floors/pans original heater channels

-Colour is Fjord Blue

-6” narrowed adjustable front beam with CB Performance disk brake and drop spindle kit.
-rear Sway-a-way adjustable spring plates.

-135/15 tires and 185/65r15 in the rear 6″ widened smoothies with whitewalls. Stock up front.

Whats next?
-new headliner
-upgrade to 12 volt


Lastly, Peter’s 1965 bus.  With 150hp and a few Porsche goodies under the skin, this isn’t a big billowing bus anymore.   When I was a kid, there was nothing I wanted more than a green VW bus.  Admittedly, this is 100% because of the Ninjas Turtles.  This is way to awesome and high-class for those teens though.


Green = Peter
Your name, Your car:
Peter Sipsis
1965 VW 21 Window Deluxe Microbus

When did you buy your car, and when did you start modding it?
-4 years ago from Sault Ste Marie.  Ripped into it immediately. 

-150hp, 142ft/lbs (dynoed to the wheels).  2276cc with dual Dellorto 45mm DLRA carbs, Mallory Unilite electronic ignition, Street Eliminator heads, custom cam, ratio rockers, chromoly studs/fasteners, full flow oil setup, Kennedy Stage 1 pressure plate, copper/ceramic clutch disk, custom stainless exhaust

-944 driveshaft/cvs, super diff, custom gearing/shafts/forks.sliders with longer freeway 4th gear, 944 output flanges.

-2002 Porsche Boxster Brembo Monoblocks (4 wheel disks)

-all original headliner/panels, new seat covers
-converted to 12V.

-polished trim
-Porsche 356 headlight grills

-front: 2 inch narrower adjustable beam, 6 inch dropped custom bus/Porsche 944 spindles,
-rear: porsche 944 indepenent rear suspension, adjustabel spring plates, KYB gas shocks

-fully polished “Early Heart” Porsche 911 Fuchs.
-fronts: 15×5
-rears: 15×6 (deep 6′s) 

How long are you holding on to it?

Whats next?
1952 VW Split Window Beetle


Busy Sunday Pt. 2

So as Gill stated, I was SUPER late to Cars and Coffee due to a wicked hangover. Word of advice; $3 tequila shots are NEVER a good idea. BUT we had a busy day ahead of us and I wasn’t worried about that one meet, apart from the 190E that was there. Anyway, I met up with the boys in Aurora where we started our impromptu shoot with the air cooled guys “West side dubs”. I’m pretty sure Matt is still editing those photos, so I will leave those details to him. Next, was the Seven Automotive BBQ… Free food. Honestly, I love going to Japanese meets/shows; there is always free food. Euro scene get your shit together, seriously.

A very tastefull STI


LegitGraphics’ WRX. I love the decals on this Subaru and the overall style its going for. Probly the only bug eye I like at all.


After the Seven BBQ we headed to Meeting of Mazdas (MOM). To be honest, I don’t think we even would have had any interest in the Mazda world, if it wasn’t for Dave from StanceIsEverything. I was pretty happy we showed up, it had a wicked location and then we saw this MINT Miata. Nothing about it was out of place and the interior was on point. As you can see, I was bent over looking VERY interested in that interior.

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Recently I decided to go with the fad and plastidip my car, after much trouble and 6 gallons later. It turned out to be this POS. Overall it does look better then what my car looked like before BUT I do wish I did another color. Overall I’m done with the car and ready to move on to a different chassis, 190E hopefully.


Here we are on to the last meet, the grand finale, the one I was waiting for alllllll day. The GotAss? Car wash. I really had to push the boys to go because everyone has a SO and I’m literally the only single one so I personally think they had to put the blame on me that they attended. Oh well, I was happy. (asses were to ratchet to post- Gill)


This low rider had UNREAL detail from the paint, trunk set up and even the frame of the car. I was blown away at the detail and had no idea that the low rider scene was like this.

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