January 1, 2016 in JDM Trivia by banpei
JDM Trivia #5: Toyota Total Clean System
First of all: Happy new year and all the best wishes for 2016!
Last weeks teaser was: What is this badge and what does TTC stand for?
Some guesses were made and some people refrained from googling, but Rookie Tuner provided the correct answer: TTC is an acronym for Toyota Total Clean System.
Japanese Emission Regulations
Just like now in Shanghai and Milan some major cities in Japan during the 60s smog was getting really bad. The Japanese government responded with an emission regulations law in 1968 that would become active in January 1975. Toyota responded to this with the three versions of the Toyota Total Clean System and applied it to various car models. Toyota advertised the Toyota Crown S80 as pure, clean and serene. Almost as if you no longer have to feel guilty for pollution when you are driving a car. Read the rest of this entry →
December 30, 2015 in picture of the week by banpei
This cutaway drawing is a tad different than before as it is all about an engine instead of a car. It is a delight to see the Toyota 4AGZE engine in such fine details:
I don’t know where this Toyota 4AGZE cutaway drawing originates from, but I would expect it to be taken from a brochure of either the supercharged Toyota MR2 AW11 or the supercharged Toyota Corolla Levin/Sprinter Trueno AE92. I would say the AW11 as the intercooler is mounted next to the engine.
December 27, 2015 in WTF by banpei
I bumped into this Toyota Sprinter Trueno Black Limited BP Kraft lookalike while I was doing research on the Black Limited for the rediculously long car names where it took third place. I guess lovers going to love, haters going to hate…
The most obvious change are the Lambo-style doors and the change of the pop-up headlights for the integrated ones that were featured on the BP Kraft Sprinter Trueno.
Here you can see a picture of the car that inspired the car above: Read the rest of this entry →
December 25, 2015 in christmas by banpei
Merry Chistmas and the best wishes for 2016!
My wishes last year were:
- World peace
- Cure for all diseases
- Discovering a barn-find Nissan 2400GT (I’ll also settle for a Nissan 240K GT)
None of them came true unfortunately…
My wishes for 2016 would be:
- World peace
- Cure for all diseases
- Finishing the 4AGE swap that has been taking over one and a half years already
December 23, 2015 in JDM Trivia by banpei
JDM Trivia number four: Nissan Sportsmatic
Nobody took a guess at last weeks teaser and maybe it was a bit too strange indeed. So the question was what is this device called and what does it do?
The device is the Nissan Sportsmatic that was featured in both the Nissan Cherry F10 and the Nissan Pulsar N10 coupe.
The sportsmatic for the F10 was a conventional autobox with torque converter, but the Sports-Matic in the picture is the version on the Pulsar N10. This gearbox is an automatic by Nissan that isn’t a slushmatic, but uses an electromagnetic clutch to engage and disengage the drive.
The engagement knob for this automatic gearbox is a bit unconventional: shifting it up puts it in Drive, shifting it down puts it in low gearing, to the right is the Over Drive while Reverse is left up and Park left down. Read the rest of this entry →
December 16, 2015 in JDM Trivia by banpei
JDM Trivia #3: Nissan Gloria Jack Nicklaus edition
This is JDM Trivia number three!
Daniel O’Grady from Wasabi Cars guessed last weeks teaser: the man is indeed Jack Nicklaus and his connection with Nissan is the Nissan Gloria.
The Golden Bear
Jack Nicklaus, also nicknamed The Golden Bear, is regarded as the greatest professional golfer ever. Within the 25 years when he was actively competing he won 18 major championships. Most car manufacturers like to get a bit of that fame and glory with their classy cars and Nissan wasn’t the only one to line up for Jack Nicklaus. Read the rest of this entry →