My Carina: today I bought myself a JDM Toyota Carina GT bumper!

August 13, 2015 in my carina

With this video report on me buying a JDM Toyota Carina GT bumper I will start to do things a bit different from now onwards.
JDM Carina GT bumper
The aim is not so much to shift the blogging to vlogging, but try to make things a bit more interesting this way. What I really liked is that this way I could give a bit more background info on the bumper, the area (people from Drenthe: don’t kill me for this. 😉 ) and also how I obtained it. But there is still a lot of ground to cover and improvements I can make. Let’s say it will be a steep learning curve.

Anyway, enjoy the video report: Read the rest of this entry →

Carina Sightings: Toyota Carina ST at Paris-Dakar

February 21, 2015 in carina sightings

Almost seven years ago I posted about Masaru Kubota’s and Masahiro Uchida’s Toyota Carina ST joining the Paris-Dakar rally in 1982 and 1983 and today I stumbled upon this amazing photo of the very same Carina:
Carina Sightings: Masaru Kubota Toyota Carina ST AA60 Paris Dakar
To be honest: I’m speechless here. So much awesomeness being pushed out of that boxy four door sedan by team ACP!

I think the photo is part of an unknown Toyota and/or Carina brochure as it states “…across the burning sands of the Sahara…” and underneath that “turn to center pages”. This indicates there are some center pages (brochures?) with more of this. I hope I will somehow uncover this in the future.

Carina Sightings: immaculate Toyota Carina TA61 GT

February 1, 2015 in carina sightings

Finding an immaculate Toyota Carina TA61 GT like this is almost as good as eating a Magnum icecream: you have to make choices in life what’s important and what’s not…
This Carina GT was sold in december 1981 which makes it one of the earliest GT models of the Carina as the new A60 series only was for sale starting in September.
Carina Sightings: immaculate Toyota Carina TA61 GT
This well preserved 112000 kilometer example really breathes the 1981 era well: it has tweed seats, fender mounted mirrors and wind deflectors at the front.

It is almost immaculate: the plastic trim next to rear door is showing a bit of wear. Read the rest of this entry →

Brilliant: Toyota Carina GT-TR digital dashboard

January 25, 2015 in brilliant

As a follow up on yesterdays Mitsubishi Starion digital dashboard post I wanted to show the difference with the Toyota Carina GT-TR TA63 digital dashboard:
Toyota Carina GT-TR TA63 Digital Dashboard
As I wrote yesterday: the Starion dashboard has a lot more gauges than the Toyota counterpart, but the Toyota digital dashboard is a lot brighter with many more LEDs. On the left you can see the failure indicators (including oil pressure, oil temperature and voltage) and the indicator if the turbo is boosting or not. On the right you can see the fuel gauge and water temperature gauge as LEDs. A lot brighter than the Starion indeed.

Now if you compare the digital dashboard with the analogue below you immediately can see the difference: the analogue has an extra oil pressure gauge and features all the failure indicators on the right.

Just like the Starion, you can see the Toyota Carina GT-TR digital dashboard in action below: Read the rest of this entry →

Magazines: Kaikki Karina – All About Carina

January 14, 2015 in Magazines

About two weeks ago I found an auction on Auctions Yahoo that sold two (old) magazines about the Toyota Carina A60 for a reasonable price, so obviously I was interested to buy it. I happily bid on it and two weeks later the both of them landed on my desk at work (thanks Buyee!):
Kaikki Karina: All about Carina
What I didn’t get from the auction text was that these magazines were actually from 1981 and 1982 and not new! The magazines are called Kaikki Karina (カリーナのすべて – All About Carina) and I suspect they were a long running Toyota Carina owners magazine.

The great thing about having these old magazines is that they actually include all sorts of time period extra information, like the design studies done for the Carina sedan: Read the rest of this entry →