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Exhaust gasket arrived

April 22, 2008 in Exhaust by banpei

Just got a call this morning: the exhaust gasket arrived already! Much quicker than I expected. 🙂

Going to collect them this afternoon right after work. It will be a quite a hike for me since I found my bike chained to another this morning and the dealer is quite far away from the railway station. However I do expect to make that part within the 20 minutes I got and the weather is nice today.

weather in amsterdam today

So that will be a great hike through Amsterdam Zuidoost for me then. 😉

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Convert your new photos into old photos!

April 21, 2008 in photos by banpei

This terrific Japanese site can convert your new photos to old photos. It makes them look like photos taken in the 50s, 60s, 70s or even as newspaper photos from the 80s. 🙂

This is my previous background:
Previous background: AT140 coupe, AA63 sedan and AA63 coupe drifting

This is my new (old) background:
New background: AT140 coupe, AA63 sedan and AA63 coupe drifting somewhere in the 80s

Now it looks like it’s made on a racetrack somewhere during the 80s. I think it’s amazing! 🙂

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Ordered new exhaust gasket

April 19, 2008 in Exhaust by banpei

Always when you have plans for the weekend something will come up and the plans are being cancelled. 🙁

Yesterday drove to work and the Carina started to make some ticking noise on the highway. Couldn’t figure out what it was and it was only there when the engine was under stress.

During lunchbreak me and a colleague of mine went to see what was wrong with the car and I was already thinking about bent valves or a broken torque converter…

Lucky enough it turned out to be a broken exhaust gasket and only a tiny bit of gasses escaped through it, so that’s why it sounded like a ticking engine. Tried to find the gasket through several part suppliers, but all they could offer me was a complete set of engine gaskets for 57 euros. A bit too much if you’re planning to remove the engine (2T) anyway.

On my way back the noise started to get worse and currently I think it will break entirely if I drive long distances. Also all power from the engine (wasn’t much anyway) is gone now, so I need to replace it asap.

the exhaust gasket of the 2t engine

Today I ordered the gasket through Toyota, and to my surprise the part was only 7.33 euros and would be delivered next wednesday. You may find it weird, but most parts of the Trueno were extremely expensive and had long delivery time. (some weatherstrip cost 149 euros and would take 3 weeks to arrive!)

Can’t wait till thursday when I can pick it up! 🙂

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April 18, 2008 in Google by banpei

Someone created Googlopoly. Indeed: Google is getting more and more a monopoly, so it should be quite right.

As you can see on the board it contains a couple of names which Google didn’t acquire yet, however it’s only a matter of time… 😉

Googlopoly website
Click on the image to go to the original webpage of Googlopoly and see the full size image of the board.

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Carina A6 catalogue scans

April 17, 2008 in Carina A6 by banpei

Just found this great Japanese website who scanned all Corona and Carina catalogues ever!

Ofcourse I already downloaded all Carina A6 scans and I will most probably mirror them here. 🙂

You can find them here:

And for your interest, I have these four catalogues:

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Added last of the Carina A6 specs

April 17, 2008 in S59-3 by banpei

Today I added the last of the Carina A6 specs. This time the S59-3 (March 1984) specifications which are the final specifications. Shortly after this folder the Carina A6 was fully replaced by the (already available) T160 Carina II.

As you can see the 2T-G is replaced by the 4A-GE and the GT is also available as GT-R.

I still haven’t figured out what exact the difference is between the GT and the GT-R except for the weight, width and ride height: the GT-TR and GT-R are 20 and 10 kg heavier, 1.5 cm wider and 1.5 cm higher than the GT-T and GT.

Also the pictures of the interior show that the R-spec is having bucket seats and power windows while the non R-spec is having normal seats (exact the same interior as mine except for the rear bench) and manual windows.

This probably means that the R-spec is more luxurious than the normal version. So if anyone has a definite answer to me: please tell me! 🙂

You can find the S59-3 specs here:
Carina A6 specs S59-3 (March 1984)