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by banpei Q&A Episode 1

May 22, 2017 in Banpei Q&A by banpei

Remember I asked you to send in your questions some time ago? Well, this is the first Questions and Answers video!
Banpei Q&A Episode 1
I’ll pick some questions at random and try to answer them in five minutes of time.

Enjoy the Q&A video below: Read the rest of this entry →

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Unboxing Dutch Mitsubishi brochures from the 80s and 90s!

May 17, 2017 in Uncategorized by banpei

I received a huge stack of Mitsubishi brochures, and this time they come from the Dutch dealerships!
Unboxing Dutch Mitsubishi brochures from the 80s and 90s!

Most of the brochures are from the 80s and early 90s, including the Cordia and the Starion. But I also couldn’t resist getting that late 90s Galant that I love soooooo much. Watch the unboxing below: Read the rest of this entry →

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Toyota Celica ZZT231 bass player [Car spotting]

May 16, 2017 in dots, down on the street by banpei

On my way walking to the hospital I encountered this parked Toyota Celica ZZT231. From the rear it stood out with that big fat exhaust pipe and the bass player sticker indicates what the driver does for a hobby. 😉
Toyota Celica ZZT231 bass player car spotting

Toyota Celica ZZT231

The bassplayer is a 2001 Toyota Celica GT-S ZZT231, so that means it is powered by the more desirable 2ZZ-GE engine. The 2ZZ-GE engine is often called the successor of the final generation of the 20 valve 4A-GE (blacktop) where it advances the technology used in the 4A-GE blacktop. The VVTL-i is the successor of the VVT used in the blacktop, where the L denotes the dual camshaft profile.

German Cross

On the inside there was a weird gearshifter knob: it had the shape of a German cross. See it in the video below: Read the rest of this entry →

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Got too much Toyota AE86? [Banpei Weekly eps 11]

May 15, 2017 in banpei weekly, brochures by banpei

As the title may suggest: can you have too much of the Toyota AE86?
Got too much Toyota AE86?
Well perhaps you can! In this episode we will cover the channel news (more updates!), the Toyota AE86 update, random brochure (guess which one randomly got chosen!), a Russian Carina AA63 and more Toyota AE86es in the videos that I watched this week!

Too much Toyota AE86?

So can you have too much Toyota AE86? See for yourself below: Read the rest of this entry →

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Toyota Carina AA63 steering wheel switch ends in a highway breakdown

May 14, 2017 in banpei weekly by banpei

Toyota Carina AA63 steering wheel swap

This morning I decided to swap the leather Toyota AE86 steering wheel for the Toyota Carina AA63 item, and then do a short test drive. What was supposed to be a 10 minute ride became a two hour nightmare!
Toyota Carina AA63 highway breakdown
In principle the swap of the steering wheel was straight forward: undo the horn cap of the AE86 steering wheel. Undo nut (socket 19) for 90%. Wiggle the wheel until it feels there is a little bit of play, then try to pull it up gently until it comes loose. Don’t undo the nut fully, or else you may smash yourself in the face with a steering wheel!

Mounting the Toyota Carina AA63 steering wheel was just as easy as removing it. Just put it on, tighten the nut, center the horn cap and gently push it in place. Then I headed off to do a small highway drive…


At first I noticed that the Carina’s breaking was a bit spongy and when pulling away the automatic gearbox was shifting rather late. This still didn’t arouse any suspicion. As soon as I got on the onramp for the highway I was already sorry to have chosen this particular route. A big traffic jam emerged and I basically crawled for the next ten minutes. Then traffic started going again and we were doing 60 to 70 kilometers per hour.

Shortly after that a new traffic jam started, so I started to slow down again. Once I gotten to a full stop I noticed the smell of burnt pads and a small cloud of smoke emerging from the left front fender. So I stopped, pulled over and checked it out… See also my reaction in the video: Read the rest of this entry →

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Toyota AE86 paperwork arrived from Japan

May 13, 2017 in unboxing by banpei

Today I received this package from Japan containing the paperwork for the Toyota AE86. Apart from the usual AE86 paperwork there were a couple of very nice surprises!
Toyota AE86 paperwork and peko-chan

Milky candy

First of all there was a package of Japanese candy included! The candy is called Milky and produced by Fujiya. Milky candy is one of the most famous and well-loved sweets in Japan, so that was an awesome surprise included in the package! Peko-chan is their famous mascot and you can find her about anywhere nowadays. Thanks Derek!

Then there was the paperwork: Read the rest of this entry →