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JDM Question of the week #1: Chindogu!

November 20, 2015 in question of the week by banpei

I have been toying with the idea to create a question of the week for a while now and I think it is time to move forward with it.
JDM Question of the week #1: Chindogu
I will start every week by giving the answer for last weeks question, sometimes with a bit more in depth information on the subject.
Then I’ll announce the winner of last weeks question. If there are multiple winners I’ll draw one. After that it will be time to announce the new question of the week and show, if available, the prize you can win.

Question for this week: in the video you can see some weird chindogu applied to a car. What is this invention, what does it do and what car(s) does it belong to? Read the rest of this entry →

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October lockup update

November 17, 2015 in video by banpei

I intended to paste this short clip about the status of the Celica and the lockup into the October update. Unfortunately I had over one and a half hours of raw footage for the update alone so I skipped the lockup update. I just re-watched this clip and thought it did need to be sent to the public out there. 😉
October lockup update
If you have more information on the TVR Chimaera, for instance what that second “shift knob” is about, please let me know in the comments below!

View the update video below: Read the rest of this entry →

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Carina Sightings: mad Carina AA63 with gauges

November 16, 2015 in carina sightings by banpei

I just found this mad Toyota Carina AA63 with an awesome set of gauges stacked on the dash:
Carina Sightings - Carina AA63 with mad gauges
It has an oil temperature gauge, oil pressure gauge, water temperature gauge, negative pressure (?) and an exhaust gas temperature gauge.

The handiwork started off by re-trimming the original dash with leatherette: Read the rest of this entry →

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Down on the Street: insane Nissan Sunny GTI-R

November 14, 2015 in dots by banpei

Everything about this Nissan Sunny GTi-R is insane and I’m not only referring to the specifications of the car! I covered this GTI-R a few years ago with a couple of photos but back then I was ignorant of its importance. As I had to pass this car every other day I decided to collect some more footage this time:
Down on the Street: Nissan Sunny GTI-R
On the Dutch licence registration page the information told me it had been registered officially as a Sunny 2.0 GTI-R van. Wait a minute: someone was able to register a Nissan Sunny GTI-R as a van in 1993?

The video

Enjoy my homage to the Nissan Sunny GTI-R below that I created using the footage I collected during some five to six times passing by: Read the rest of this entry →

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October 2015 update: riding shotgun in the Toyota Carina

October 31, 2015 in video by banpei

This is my October 2015 update video. The video is shot while driving the Toyota Carina for, probably, the very last time in 2015 as winter is coming soon. I went to pick up some tools and driving back home and yakking while driving.
October 2015 update video Toyota Carina
So are we going to offroad in the Toyota Carina?

No we are not: Read the rest of this entry →

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Carina Sightings: turbocharged Toyota Carina AA63 in Hot Version 33

October 29, 2015 in carina sightings by banpei

Ka Ko posts clips from various Hot Version videos regularly and yesterday he posted up a short clip of a turbocharged Toyota Carina AA63 versus a Toyota Corolla AE92 sedan.
Toyota Carina AA63
The Carina is wrongly placed as the T15/T16 in the description but in reality it is a resprayed Toyota Carina AA63. Also don’t get fooled over that 4A-GZE that got swapped in from an AE92: it is actually turbocharged! Another way to get a twin cam turbo in a Carina!

The comparison between the two is made by driving them as fast as possible on the Ebisu track: Read the rest of this entry →