Toyota Celica ZZT231 bass player [Car spotting]

May 16, 2017 in dots, down on the street

On my way walking to the hospital I encountered this parked Toyota Celica ZZT231. From the rear it stood out with that big fat exhaust pipe and the bass player sticker indicates what the driver does for a hobby. 😉
Toyota Celica ZZT231 bass player car spotting

Toyota Celica ZZT231

The bassplayer is a 2001 Toyota Celica GT-S ZZT231, so that means it is powered by the more desirable 2ZZ-GE engine. The 2ZZ-GE engine is often called the successor of the final generation of the 20 valve 4A-GE (blacktop) where it advances the technology used in the 4A-GE blacktop. The VVTL-i is the successor of the VVT used in the blacktop, where the L denotes the dual camshaft profile.

German Cross

On the inside there was a weird gearshifter knob: it had the shape of a German cross. See it in the video below: Read the rest of this entry →

Toyota Carina, Celica & Camera [March update video]

March 4, 2016 in video

This is the March 2016 update video for my channel on Youtube!
toyota-carina-celica-camera-march-update
In this video I will update you on the Toyota Carina, Toyota Celica and the new camera I bought recently. Also more news on the Pioneer speakers I have been reviving some time ago.

Enjoy the update below! Read the rest of this entry →

October lockup update

November 17, 2015 in video

I intended to paste this short clip about the status of the Celica and the lockup into the October update. Unfortunately I had over one and a half hours of raw footage for the update alone so I skipped the lockup update. I just re-watched this clip and thought it did need to be sent to the public out there. 😉
October lockup update
If you have more information on the TVR Chimaera, for instance what that second “shift knob” is about, please let me know in the comments below!

View the update video below: Read the rest of this entry →

Breaking the Celica AA63: the big move

July 30, 2015 in wrenching

This happened today:
Moving the Celica AA63
I moved the Toyota Celica AA63 to another place that is only 12 minutes away from my home. Much saner than the 1 hour 20 minutes it was now. 😉

I was surprised the 4AGE fired up immediately after not being used for almost a year. Usually when I start the Carina after a month not using it takes a few starts, but then again the Celica AA63 has a fuelpump and injectors while the Carina has a mechanical pump and is carbed. Read the rest of this entry →

Brilliant: collection of Showa scale model cars

February 4, 2015 in brilliant

Now this was a big jaw-dropper: two videos of a Toyota Mark II Grande GX71 literally covered in Showa scale model cars. This must be the largest personal collection of scale model cars I’ve seen!
Brilliant: Showa scale model cars
Now if you look carefully enough you can see that each and every scale model car has its own special paint job (mostly kaido racer, race car livery or kyusha kai) and set of (rare) JDM rims! If you count the number of hours it took to make them look this way alone it already is an amazing job!

Now the list of cars, mainly from the late Showa-era, is going to be a lengthy one, but I’ll try to sum up the most important ones:

  • Toyota Mark II Grande GX71 (duh)
  • Toyota Soarer GZ10/MZ11/MZ12 (including the Shakotan Boogie Soarer twice)
  • Numerous Toyota Celica XX GA61
  • Toyota Celica GT RA45
  • Toyota Corolla Levin TE27
  • Toyota Corolla Levin TE71 four door sedan
  • Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 hatchback
  • Toyota Corsa AL11
  • Numerous Nissan Skylines C10, C110, C210, R30
  • Numerous Nissan Cedric/Gloria 230, 330, 430
  • Numerous Nissan Fairlady S30
  • Nissan EXA
  • Hasemi Skyline KDR30 Super Silhouette kaido racer replica
  • Nissan Silvia S110 Super Silhouette kaido racer replica
  • Isuzu Bellet GT-R
  • Mazda RX-3

And the list could go on for another 20 or 30 models that I overlooked…

Watch video number one: Read the rest of this entry →

Family Album Treasures: The Toyota Celica GT family

January 7, 2015 in Family Album Treasures

In 1970 Toyota launched the all new Celica family with the high performance 2T-G engine and this car was also better known as the Toyota Celica GT.
Family Album Treasures: The Toyota Celica GT Family
Only in 1972 the GT lineup got extended with the “light weight” GTV (Gran Turismo Veloce) and the 18R-G powered 2 litre GT.

Todays Family Album Treasure is actually one of the first 2T-G powered GT models (so a Celica TA22) and you can recognize it by the location of the fuel filler location: Read the rest of this entry →