August 30, 2009 in dots by banpei
On the first day of my vacation I woke up in the apartment of my parents in law, walked outside on the balcony and had this view:
DOTS: Honda Civic and Prelude view
Normally I would not have bothered with those two cars: they are too new, not my style and certainly not anything near I post on my blog normally. But when I looked better I also spotted this car parked near the other two:
DOTS: Hyundai Scoupe
So I grabbed my camera and took some pictures before they were gone. (???)
The Civic had received a big kiss from another car in its passenger door, but the picture I took from it doesn’t look great, so I discarded that one.
DOTS: Honda Civic and Prelude
And I also made this shot of all three together:
DOTS: Hyundai Scoupe with Honda Civic and Prelude in the background
August 28, 2009 in hilarious by banpei
August 27, 2009 in keiichi tsuchiya by banpei
Two Keiichi Tsuchiyas?
Am I seeing double? I’m sure I see two keiichis in that picture!!
Or could that have been Mrs. Tsuchiya during his Fuji Freshmen series in the late 80s? ( ???)???????????? ? / ?/ ?
August 26, 2009 in carina sightings by banpei
August 24, 2009 in useless japanese car innovations by banpei
It took some time, but I finally found another useless Japanese car innovation: the quick hand warmer! The Doctor sent me this nice useless innovation. It is a picture from a Japanese X70 brochure he owns.
Useless Japanese car innovation: the quick hand warmer
This quick hand warmer (QHW for short) was an option on the whole Toyota X70 (GX71 and MX70) range and served its purpose to warm the hands of the mid-level salarymen who bought this special option. Probably mostly used when they went golfing with their boss in Autumn…
Basically it is a minified hair dryer stuffed inside the steering column and operated by a switch right behind the air duct:
The quick hand warmer assembly from the EPC
You need a lot of amps going through the wires to bring a 12 volts unit quickly up to temperature, so Toyota installed an amplifier (87760) under the bonnet connected with a big lead to the unit in the steering column. I don’t want to know what will happen when this goes wrong with a short circuit or something!