Picture of the Week: Toyota 4AGZE engine cutaway drawing

December 30, 2015 in picture of the week

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:
Picture of the Week: Toyota 4A-GZE engine cutaway drawing
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.

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Japanese rustoseums (part fourtytwo)

June 10, 2013 in carina sightings, rustoseums

Now this is a sad case as this Carina is not rusting…
Japanese Rustoseums Toyota Carina AA63

You can clearly see some foliage growing out of the car where ever the plants can make their way to a more sunny spot, so why not just take the hole in the transmission tunnel as the quickest way out? Read the rest of this entry →

Alternative Automotive Site of the Year Award

November 4, 2010 in toyota ae86

It is the end of the year and I see lots of sites being nominated for a Website of the year award. Personally I don’t really care about these kind of things since most sites that are nominated are too far off my own personal taste. Take for instance the Dutch nominees for “Automotive website of the year”:
Oldtimer Nederland – Basically a static page where you can find parts and repairmen, but anything Asian or Japanese is not included
Onderdelen zoeker – Find second hand automotive parts. Anything older than 20 years can not be found
Autoscout 24 – Find and buy second hand cars
Autotrack – Find and buy second hand cars (didn’t we cover that already?)
Autotrader – Find and buy second hand cars (another one?)
Marktplaats Auto – Find and buy second hand cars (yet another one?)
Gebruikte Auto – Find and buy second hand cars (come on guys!)
Autoweek – Website of the largest Dutch automotive magazine
etc. etc.

As you can see, not really my cup of tea between those nominees and, as I see it, not really exciting sites and definitely most of them are old fashioned sites that are not following trends. The same goes for the nominees in the UK (with the exception of Pistonheads being nominated) and in several other countries. Don’t these guys have any clue what is going on in the world??

So I thought: why not nominate a bunch of automotive sites by the community and have an alternative automotive site of the year award (ASS-YA in short 😛 ) handed out to any site that has been nominated and voted as best.

Nomination is quite simple and consists of three basic rules:
1. The site/blog/community needs to be automotive related
2. You can’t nominate your own site/blog/community
3. When you nominate a site/blog/community you have to state the reason why you think it should be nominated.

You can send in a nomination by sending me a short email complying to the rules above before the 15th of November. You can send it to: banpei [at] banpei.net with the subject nominee Alternative Awards and I’ll take care of it. 😉

And because a blog post is nothing without pictures or video, here is a completely unrelated video:

Onboard video of a 4A-GZE powered hachi! :9

If you got distracted by this video: don’t forget to send in your nomination!!!

Video: Ken Nomura versus …

May 12, 2009 in video

The title of the video was already spoiling the surprise so I won’t post that title here… But you will probably see the title when playing the video anyway.

Anyway, enjoy the following video:

First a couple of nice drift cars going sideways, a few cars being inspected on the paddock, including an AE86 Levin with a turbo-ed 4AGZE smallport (with bluetop valve covers) and then… bang! WTF?? 😀 😀

“showinfo=0” in the url did the trick: so no more title in the video!!

Carina Sightings: Carina AA63 4AGZE Supercharged Sedan

April 8, 2009 in carina sightings

Some time ago I came across a gallery on photos.yahoo.co.jp with this very nice supercharged Carina GTR sedan:
Carina AA63 4AGZE Supercharged Sedan
Carina AA63 4AGZE Supercharged Sedan

Unfortunately there is not much info within this gallery, so we can only do guesswork here!

At least the car got a really nice old school Toyota decal on the bonnet! I still can’t understand why Toyota swapped this logo for the current one: it looks much better than the old one! (Of course I do know why… 😉 )

Nice lip! I still need to mount mine, so I hope mine will look just as great as this one! 😉

Great stance on this Carina AA63
Great stance on this Carina AA63

The stance of this Carina is just perfect: lowered just enough with just enough camber on the front! (rear goes automatically with lowering)

The car is pretty beaten up so I recon it is being used/abused often:
Used/abused front of the Carina AA63
Used/abused front of the Carina

And it is also very rusted:
Rusted trunk under the Carina GTR logo
Rusted trunk under the GTR logo

I think this describes the state of the body pretty much.

But this makes everything right I guess:
4AGZE in the enginebay of a Carina AA63
4AGZE in the enginebay

The 4AGZE supercharger swap should be quite streightforward, just like on the AE86: supercharger flow is rerouted to the front and pushes the air through the front mounted intercooler.

There is no cage installed so it wasn’t used as a track or drift car, so this car should have seen a lot of action on the roads instead. Could be a touge drifter or maybe a drag racer?

Eventough this Carina is probably rusted through badly I would swap it for mine anytime! 😉

If you want to view all pictures, you can find the gallery here:
Gallery of the supercharged Carina GTR AA63

Hilarious: Drift series special: Beauty Battle part 4 (final)

October 17, 2008 in hilarious

Well, I’ve finally finished this series… 🙂

Well, just when it started to get “okay” it became a bit more rediculous again: they add a 4AGZE to the hachi!
4AGZE setup in the Corolla Levin AE86

Well, you might think that adding a 4AGZE isn’t a big problem and should not be rediculous, well you are right! Adding a 4AGZE is one of the best options for the AE86! And it should be considered an “easy” swap. 😉

But the weird thing is that the engine sound isn’t changing afterwards! At least the Supercharger should make a whining sound and the engine should not rev that high anymore!

And no, they did not turbo the 4AGZE to 4AGZTE, see in the picture below. Apart from that they still have the 4AGE engine cover on it:
4AGZE setup in the Corolla Levin AE86 but still a 4A-GE cover on it?

So, my conclusion:
– Wrong translations
– Wrong production date of the car
– Just got a drivers license and already master of heel-to-toe
– Handbrake+revvnig at the same time
– Stabilizer for the wrong purpose
– 4AGZE without a change in engine note

Too many factors giving me this movie a bad aftertaste… I wouldn’t watch any other of the Drift! movies now…