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The brothers Don, John, Jay, and Ching Savet have fuel running in their veins. Each brother specializes in different aspects of car restoration: painting, bodywork, engine, and the all-too-crucial sourcing of hard-to-find parts. It only makes sense that they teamed up to make Cartistics garage, a one-stop-shop for auto restoration in Las PiƱas. Naturally, what better way to showcase their work than by driving around in some fine restored automobiles that they fixed up themselves. Cartistics has more than 30 members to date. Don't worry if we missed the others for this shoot because I am quite sure we will all meet again in the future. On to the knowledge: cartistics2-image01 Name: DON SAVET (Founder of Cartistics) Car: 1976 Toyota Celica (second-generation) Restoration tip: "Patience lang talaga." Why old-school?: "Simple lang eh. Kung me pera ka you can buy a new car. Pag old-school, kailangan mo ng time and patience para magkaroon at makapagbuo ng isa." cartistics2-image02 Don worked on this car for two years (for restoration and sourcing the parts). It needed to be restored when he I got it, especially the interior, which he says was the hardest part of the job. cartistics2-image03 Do correct me if I'm wrong, but as far as I know the desirable Celica was never officially sold by Delta Motors locally, hence the difficulty in sourcing parts and the rarity of Celicas on the road. cartistics2-image04 cartistics2-image05 As my friend (Big) Carlo C. says about the Celica, it's like owning a mini muscle car. Notice how the lines mimic the Ford Mustang Mach 1? I still think the Japanese did it better by improving on the design, though. But that's just me. This orange Celica is a fine example of a job done right. cartistics2-image06 On twin-side carburetors: Is it true that they are hard to tune? Don says that it is tricky because you have to balance the air and fuel mixture of both. But when you get it, it is easy to maintain. And "malakas kung malakas sa gas." The 2T-G engine is a tough one he says, especially as it was built with rally competition in mind. It can handle city-driving (which is actually more harmful to an engine because of stop-and-go traffic) and balls-out, pedal to the metal hauling. And did I mention the sound? cartistics2-image07 On using an auxiliary fan: Apparently, removing the stock fan and replacing it with an electric auxiliary fan can help improve engine performance. It makes sense because the engine doesn't have to work so hard to pull (or push) air through the radiator. This is a common upgrade within the Cartistics stable. Don tells me that his fan goes on automatically (thanks to a additional thermostat) or can be switched on or off manually. Cooling is much quicker, he says. And if you are running an air-conditioner, this modification is a good idea. "Para sa protection ng makina and for the driver." cartistics2-image08 cartistics2-image09 You have to love the wheels. The dish, lip, and size are perfect here. 15x8 Speed Star Racing (SSR) rims. Now that's sexy! Before we feature Don's brothers, let's set the spotlight on the other Cartistics members. Catch you in the next post! Thanks for reading!

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Paulo Rafael Subido
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Top Gear Philippines' editor in chief is a driving addict, but with a taste for old-school metal. He loves spending the day in the talyer, working on his cars as a form of relaxation.
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