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Nice: Toyota Crown S50 hardtop hotrod

May 31, 2011 in nice by banpei


Last week I posted a completely deteriorated Toyota Crown S50 2 door hardtop coupe and just to show you what it could have been I’ll post up this JDM hotrod variant:
Toyota Crown S50 coupe hardtop hotrod
Toyota Crown S50 coupe hardtop hotrod

And from behind it gets even better!
Toyota Crown S50 coupe hardtop hotrod
Toyota Crown S50 coupe hardtop hotrod

Nice huh? :P

Found at [Strange car]

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Epic: the tunnel of (AE86) love!

May 30, 2011 in epic by banpei

Now these lovely love-sounds are just music in my ears!

The clip was made by Mouwt in a Corolla Levin AE86 with the use of on a set of Hayashi Streets (and SSR Mk1 rims) and a Janspeed exhaust.

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DOTS: Miata hunting! (part seventeen)

May 29, 2011 in dots by banpei


It has been a while since I posted up some Miatas. I definitely wanted to take loads pictures of Miatas in California, but since they were so ubiquitous I stopped after a while and in the end only have to post up…

First of all this Silver MX5 NC, caught at the tramstop in San Franciso:
Silver Mazda MX5 NC in San Francisco
Silver Mazda MX5 NC in San Francisco

The reason it was shot this irregular was that my colleague (who I was travelling with) was complaining he would be in the picture. So enjoy “Jake” and his silvery shoes. ;)

Second of all this green Miata, parked in the parkinglot of the conference center:
Green Mazda Miata NA in Santa Clara
Green Mazda Miata NA in Santa Clara

A Celia RA42 was parked right next to it. I’ll post that in one of the next down on the street postings.

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Count the hachis!

May 27, 2011 in corolla levin by banpei

This picture was taken on the AE86 Matsuri at Tsukuba Circuit earlier this year by a Skyline R30 owner. Amazing how many hachis were present at the matsuri! Can you count how many hachis there actually are present at the paddock?
Count the hachis!
Count the hachis!

Found at Com etc

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AE86 Trivia: Toyota AE86 windhield replacement found!

May 26, 2011 in AE86 Trivia by banpei


I bought my USDM Corolla AE86 with a cracked windshield. This was mainly due to a design flaw in the AE86: the support for the windshield is a watertrap and after trapping water for more than 20 years it rusts through from underneath. Naturally this stresses the windshield and hence it cracks. So I accepted the cracked windshield, took it out and had its support repaired before replacing the windshield. Then the problems started: a replacement was not easy to find.

Carglass was only able to source a Corolla AE82 windshield and with help from Toyota Netherlands they sourced a windshield from the UK. I’ve heard from many other AE86 owners it is a big problem to find a new windshield nowadays because apparently the AE86 windshield is almost extinct now… So currently the options are either pray or find a used windshield…

Yesterday I read some breaking news on AEU86: a windshield replacement has been found for the AE86!
AE86 windshield replacement: Daewoo Nexia
AE86 windshield replacement: Daewoo Nexia

ZaX mentioned someone told him (max_ae86?) that the Daewoo/Chevrolet Nexia windshield is a 99% fit and the only thing you need to adjust to make it fit is put a little bit more glue on the topcenter (where the rear view mirror is mounted) to make it fit properly.
I know from experience that the EUDM windshield is the same as the USDM, but I have no clue if the JDM windshield is the same…

This is the exact model Nexia you need to borrow your windshield from:
AE86 windshield replacement: Daewoo Nexia
AE86 windshield replacement: Daewoo Nexia

The added benefit of this windshield is that you will have a shaded band on top of the windshield as well! So start hoarding those second generation Nexias!