Remembering Japanese cars from the past

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How to: revive a set of vintage Pioneer TS-32 speakers (part one)

I have been absent for a while now and I had many things to blame for that where one of them is that I actually was creating this video on how to revive a set of vintage Pioneer TS-32 speakers.
Reviving a set of vintage Pioneer TS-32
Since I no longer have access to Adobe Premiere I had to pick a new non-linear editor and relearn the whole thing. I tried several of them and picked Lightworks which does the job but works on your nerves every now and then as sometimes it is beyond grasp why it doesn’t work. My steep learning curve took me about 15 to 20 hours of editing for this small sub 8 minute clip but I think I finally got it acceptable.

Anyway, this video is the first part about reviving a set of vintage speakers that I bought for only 10 euros: Continue reading

AE86 Trivia: Toyota AE86 windhield replacement found!

I bought my USDM Corolla AE86 with a cracked windshield. This was mainly due to a design flaw in the AE86: the support for the windshield is a watertrap and after trapping water for more than 20 years it rusts through from underneath. Naturally this stresses the windshield and hence it cracks. So I accepted the cracked windshield, took it out and had its support repaired before replacing the windshield. Then the problems started: a replacement was not easy to find.

Carglass was only able to source a Corolla AE82 windshield and with help from Toyota Netherlands they sourced a windshield from the UK. I’ve heard from many other AE86 owners it is a big problem to find a new windshield nowadays because apparently the AE86 windshield is almost extinct now… So currently the options are either pray or find a used windshield…

Yesterday I read some breaking news on AEU86: a windshield replacement has been found for the AE86!
AE86 windshield replacement: Daewoo Nexia
AE86 windshield replacement: Daewoo Nexia

ZaX mentioned someone told him (max_ae86?) that the Daewoo/Chevrolet Nexia windshield is a 99% fit and the only thing you need to adjust to make it fit is put a little bit more glue on the topcenter (where the rear view mirror is mounted) to make it fit properly.
I know from experience that the EUDM windshield is the same as the USDM, but I have no clue if the JDM windshield is the same…

This is the exact model Nexia you need to borrow your windshield from:
AE86 windshield replacement: Daewoo Nexia
AE86 windshield replacement: Daewoo Nexia

The added benefit of this windshield is that you will have a shaded band on top of the windshield as well! So start hoarding those second generation Nexias!

DIY: Fender widening by Video Option

I still remember encountering these techniques through AEU86 for the first time and it scared the hell out of me:

Back then when I saw this video I thought this guy is bashing up his own car in a very bad way: he’s not using the right hammers to do body work with and he just uses a pole to widen his rear fender with.

Nowadays I can truely enjoy this video: I’ve learned a lot in the last years and one of them is that you can’t keep your car clean if you want to go fast with it. People like this guy are doing this to improve the car, not the looks of the car. They don’t care how the car looks, as long as it is okay.

So actually seeing this video after such a long time made me laugh about how my own opinion changed during these years… I still wouldn’t do that to my own Carina because I would take a proper set of tools but I can understand and enjoy these DIY mods now. :)

I wonder if this car still lives… Or would it already be used as a drift missile after a while?

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