Importing an AE86 from Japan! [part two]

January 29, 2017 in Imports

Welcome to the second part of importing an AE86 from Japan series!
Importing an AE86 from Japan
In the previous part I had five tips on what you need to do, preparing yourself for getting a car from Japan before rushing over to the first exporter you can find. In part two I will have another five tips, but this time on getting an agreement with an import/export company in Japan.

Importing an AE86 from Japan

Here are the tips that I cover in this video:

  1. Buy a car from an auction or dealer
  2. Who can you trust
  3. What is the fee you have to pay
  4. How to pay for the fee and auction
  5. What is the paperwork you need to fill in

You can watch the video below: Read the rest of this entry →

OMG! I bought an AE86 from Japan!

January 24, 2017 in Imports

Yes, you are reading that right: I bought an AE86 from Japan! Well, actually it will be AEU86 (the company, not the forums) that will get the car from Japan. The plan, so far, is to get the car from Japan, fix it up and resell it after a few months. I know for sure I will regret selling it…
Getting an AE86 from Japan (part one)
The whole idea of importing an AE86 has been going on for a few months already. I don’t have a bucket-list, but if I had one this is one of those things you want to get off it. In timelines I reckon the whole process from start till end takes about four months, but that’s something we’ll have to see and experience. It took me quite a lot of work to figure most of it out upfront, as not many people have documented this process from start till end. So I’m also planning to share this experience back to you in a couple of vlogs.

If you haven’t seen it already, I made two videos on this topic so far. The first video is an announcement video: Read the rest of this entry →

AE86 jet fighters, Motocompos, Mount Haruna and Osaka Kanjo Racers [Episode 1]

December 9, 2016 in video, what did i watch this week

What did I watch this week? This week’s What Did I Watch This Week is all about AE86 jet fighters, Motocompos, Mount Haruna and Osaka Kanjo Racers!
What did I watch this week - Episode 1
This video is something new that I’m trying out: a weekly vlog on the videos I watched earlier that week and what I liked or disliked about them. See it as my new way to do my regular blog posts in a vlog. 😉

Watch the first episode below: Read the rest of this entry →

Panda AE86 paint scheme [JDM Trivia #8]

January 27, 2016 in JDM Trivia

JDM Trivia number eight!

I expected people to jump on the Fujiwara Tofu livery of the Corolla E80 sedan and I was right about that. Actually I wasn’t aiming for the Initial D inspired sticker but rather for the panda AE86 paint scheme applied to it. Why? Well because the two tone panda paint scheme of the AE86 is actually quite subtle and it is easy to make mistakes in it.
JDM Trivia #8: Panda AE86 paint scheme

Panda AE86 paint scheme

To get started, and sorry if you already know this, but there are two types of the hachi roku: the Toyota Corolla Levin and the Toyota Sprinter Trueno. The former has fixed square head lights while the latter has 70s and 80s style popup head lights. Both of them featured in two body styles: 3 door hatch back and 2 door sedan. People also refer both as a coupe as they have been marketed as a coupe in various regions. However according to the Toyota firewall ID plates the real coupe is the 3 door hatchback and the 2 door sedan is called a hardtop. But enough about introducing even more confusion… Read the rest of this entry →

WTF: Toyota AE86 trash!

October 2, 2015 in WTF

After hoarding AE86 parts for over 20 years AE86Lan decided he needed a clean up his garage:
Toyota AE86 trash
An entire kei-truck is loaded with various AE86 parts like T50 transmissions, complete subframes, complete 4AGE engine blocks, valve covers, cams, camgear covers and many smaller bits and pieces. What a bloody waste: I think many of the AE86 enthusiasts could probably have used some of it…

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Friday Video: Keiichi Tsuchiyas old drift cars

July 24, 2015 in video

We all know that Keiichi Tsuchiya loves his kouki Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 drift car, but did you know he owned a couple of other legendary cars before that? For instance this Nissan Skyline 2000GT GC10?
Keiichi Tsuchiya's Nissan Skyline GT GC10
In this Best Motoring video Keiichi Tsuchiya explains what cars he used privately to tear up the touges: a Nissan Skyline 2000GT GC10, a Nissan Sunny 1200 GX5 B110, a Toyota Starlet S KP61 and a Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT-V AE86.

The first short clip is covering the Nissan Skyline 2000GT GC10: Read the rest of this entry →