Toyota 4AGE overview [JDM Trivia]

October 19, 2016 in JDM Trivia

Today’s trivia is about the Toyota 4AGE. I will give you an overview of all the different 4A-GE models, how to recognize them, what their (basic) differences are and on which cars they were available.
4A-GE overview

All five Toyota 4A-GE NA generations

The video contains all five 4A-GE naturally aspirated generations: from the first 1983 bluetop 16 valve till the last 2000 blacktop 20 valve. We will go over each and every generation with their specifics. Some may have had changes since the previous generation, like the oil squirters in the 4AGE smallport.

I will skip over the details of the 4A-GZE and the TRD/Formula Atlantic engines as I will do a separate video on those engines. Watch the video below: Read the rest of this entry →

Nissan Cima Y31 Mirror Wipers [JDM Trivia #11]

March 11, 2016 in JDM Trivia

JDM Trivia #11: Nissan Cima Y31 Mirror Wipers

When I thought the Japanese chindogu Side Wipers were the strangest thing that once used to be an accessory on a car I ran into this:
JDM Trivia #11: Nissan Cima Y31 Mirror Wipers
Mirror wipers!

Will that fit on my Honda?

At first I thought that this was another chindogu, in other words: a useless innovation. However a few days later I found my car in foggy weather and the fog created lots of small water droplets on my mirrors. Even the mirror heating option did not resolve this. Then I realized I was wrong: I need a set of these amazing mirror wipers on my Honda! Read the rest of this entry →

Japanese car Family Album Treasures: [JDM Trivia #10]

February 26, 2016 in Family Album Treasures, JDM Trivia

JDM Trivia number 10: Japanese Car Family Album Treasures

As it is the tenth trivia I wanted to do a bit more light weight subject and not dive into the nerdy anorak topics like sidewipers or hachi roku panda paint schemes. Today will be about the photos you see in the background and I call them family album treasures. These photos could be sourced from anyones family album and that’s why I named them this way.
Family Album Treasures: My life, my skyline C210

Japanese car and person

These photos have two things in common: in the photo there is at least one Japanese car and person on it. There could be multiple cars, multiple people, or even whole families! And all of them are proud owners of their cars and like to pose in front of it. Or maybe next to it? Or maybe sitting inside the car? Or maybe sitting on its roof? Or maybe even posing like a hunter after you shot your R32 GTS-t into the guardrail? 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 →

JDM Trivia #2: Ridiculously long car names

December 5, 2015 in JDM Trivia

Welcome to JDM Trivia #2!

For some time now I have been pondering about the ridiculously long car names for the 80s and 90s JDM cars. I gathered data from various Japanese car manufacturers, made a potential selection of models, looked up their brochures and wrote down the name as advertised.
JDM Trivia #2: Ridiculously long car names
What I did was probably not a very good scientific approach but for a long shot this probably will do and I may have left out two or three ridiculously long car names this way. As I’m a database guru I put everything in a database and made my calculations based on that.

This is probably what you are waiting for: why I put those particular five cars in the teaser. Well that’s because they are the top five longest car names. So here we go from five to one. Read the rest of this entry →

JDM Trivia #1: Side wipers on the GX81!

November 28, 2015 in JDM Trivia

Since last weeks question did not get answered I decided to change the format a bit from Question of the Week to JDM Trivia!
JDM Trivia #1: Side Wipers on the GX81

Weekly JDM Trivia

Every week will explain some small weird fact on something with Japanese cars. At the end of the video I will give a teaser on next weeks trivia and you can guess what it is in the comments below. How does that sound?

Last weeks question

Last weeks question was “In the picture shown you can see some weird chindogu applied to a car. What is it and which car does it belong to? Watch the question being answered in the video below: Read the rest of this entry →