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HaCHiRoCK Festa 2013: Mekaru quad headlight Levin

This is the last of the HaCHiRoCK Festa 2013 postings. Not that there is not more to show, but actually there is so much to show that I could continue for a good two weeks. 😛

Anyway, the last highlight is this kouki Levin AE86 by Mekaru:
HaCHiRoCK Festa 2013 Mekaru quad headlight Levin
When I saw the picture above it hit me like a bomb! Bam!

For some reason quad headlights never made it on Toyotas after 1983 and as the E80 family arrived in 1983 Toyota probably wanted to show it was all modern with the one-piece headlights. But what is there not to like about this quad headlight setup? Continue reading

For sale: My JDMish Toyota Carina 1.6 DX TA60

I made a tough decision last Monday: my Carina is for sale!
My Carina DX TA60 is for sale!
The reason why? Well I got an offer for a (project) car that I can’t refuse. 😉
My goal is to sell the whole as one lot, but if some buyer decides not to buy all the parts/JDM stuff I’ll put that here for sale seperately. So what does the whole package include?

Toyota Carina 1.6 DX TA60 Automatic
Built: 1982 (July)
Color: white (cream)
Mileage: 91874 km
Interior: black/cream white

The Carina has always had its checkups at a Toyota dealer and looks great for its age, but naturally there are some small points of attention: white stains on the windshield (outside viewing range so no MOT problem), rust on C-pilar near the left rear door, small parking dent on the right rear door but there is no scratch in the paint (some unknown person bumped into mine on a parkinglot and left without leaving a note).

The car has APK (Dutch MOT) till 7th of July 2013, exhaust has been replaced three years ago, waterpump last year and the car had its 90000 km checkup at the Toyota dealer October last year.
During the 90000 km checkup rust was revealed in the rear inner fenders and early 2013 this has been professionally fixed (by 2mmm sheetmetal) and the floorpan is now solid and rust free.
APK will naturally be prolonged by 2 years.


  • 15 inch Celica Supra mk2 rims with Falken ZIEX 912 195/60R15 tires (5mm profile)
  • Toyota Corolla AE86 steering wheel (GT Twincam 16)
  • 2 three point seatbelts and 1 hip seatbelt in the rear (kidsfriendly!)
  • JDM Toyota Soarer MZ10 centercaps
  • JDM tail lights (originals are easily restored)
  • JDM License plate holder
  • JDM Carina mudflaps at the read (got a Carina logo)
  • Koni shocks (yellow) ar the front (replaced 4 years ago)
  • Original Toyota cassette radio with automagic antenna
  • Yellow Marchal foglights

Extra parts (not mounted on the car):

  • Original TA60 steel rims with centercaps
  • Original tail lights
  • Koni shocks (red) to be mounted on the rear axle
  • New disk rotors
  • JDM AA63 Gauge cluster (including tacho, oil pressure, etc)
  • JDM quad headlights (needs work)
  • Various new old stock panels: front fenders left and right, rear quarter panel right, bootlid and front valance
  • New old stock read bumper
  • New old stock EUDM grill
  • Diamond shaped JDM grill of an AA60 ST
  • Rebuilt JDM quad headlight grille and surrounding
  • Shabby JDM quad headlight grille and surrounding
  • FOHA spoilerset from the early 80s (front air dam and bootlid spoiler)
  • Rebuilt TA40 gearbox (T50, 5 speed)
  • Celica TA40 propshaft
  • Celica TA40 flywheel
  • Celica TA40 dual carb (2TB)
  • A lot of small parts like extra sidelights and such

Asking price: 3950 euro
Price with or without parts is negotiable.

Apparently the contact form was broken for a while. Just fixed it…

Carina Sightings: Lucky Seven!

Today I own my TA60 Carina for exactly three years! I bought it on the seventh of the seventh of the seventh (07-07-2007), so in other words: lucky seven! This is what the car looked like when I bought it:
When I bought the Carina TA60
When I bought the Carina TA60

You can even see my old AE86 parked in front of it!

I bought the car after my girlfriend (in the meanwhile she became my wife) became pregnant of our son. When test fitting the child seats in the AE86 it was clear that the only way to fit the child seat was to put it in the front seat. Since everyone trying to sit in the back of the AE86 was complaining about every speedbump I took, cramps and more of that I realized it would be impossible to keep the AE86. So I tried to find a four door Cressida, Corona or Carina and found this Carina in a good deal. Basically the TA60 Carina can be considered a four door AE86 with a puny engine: it has (almost) the same axle, the same gearbox, the same steering rack, same front struts and the only difference is the absence of a 4AGE and a LSD!

Carina TA60 Enginebay: the indestructible 2T engine!
Carina TA60 Enginebay: the indestructible 2T engine!

About the Carina itself: when I bought it it had only 73000 kilometers on the odometer. It had been imported from Germany and I am the third owner of the car. The car belonged to elderly people living near Koln and the car is exactly how you would expect elderly people to buy a car in the early 80s: lowest spec possible and automatic. 🙁
Actually the car having an automatic gearbox saved the Carina from being exported to Africa: they only want manual cars for export to Africa.

Celica Supra (Celica XX) wheels
Celica Supra (Celica XX) wheels

The car is basically still the same as when I bought it: it still has the same engine, autobox and open diff. Only upgrades done were shocks, brakes (mintex up front), Marchal yellow foglights and Celica XX alloys. I do have plans for engine and gearbox swap, but I still haven’t made up my mind yet on which engine and gearbox… Could be a 4AGE, 2TG or even an 18R-G.

My Carina: Marchal yellow foglights
My Carina: Marchal yellow foglights

Normally it is impossible to get it sideways, but on rainy days this car is a hoot and I love it when I manage to get it sliding! Also people do not expect such an old clunker to do stuff like that and certainly not a family car! The car learned me much more than the AE86 could ever have done! 😉

The Carina brought me luck so far: never had to spend large sums of money on it and it only failed on me once because I neglected to buy gas in time… Currently the age of the car is showing its toll: the bootlid and the roof have start to show some rust so there is definitely a need for a respray sometime soon!

And this is how the Carina looked this morning at 6:00:
Carina TA60 headlight and foglight
Carina TA60 headlight and foglight

She is cheerful, isn’t she?

My Carina: Marchal yellow foglights

Some people may have read it on Twitter: I bought myself a box full of yellow foglights.
My Carina: Marchal yellow foglights
My Carina: Marchal yellow foglights

When driving there (and trying to find my way through Zoetermeer) I was navigating on the map. At a certain point I noticed a white Prius in my rear view mirror, when looking at the map and back to the rear view mirror it changed into a very well known front of a car: a R33 GTR! Damn, that was a shock! GTR passed me and gave the driver a thumbs up. 😉

If you look at the box it will contain four times a yellow Marchal foglight and two times a yellow Cibie foglight. Two of the Marchals are broken (lights/wiring/casing), but the other four are perfectly fine! 🙂

Well, this is the one I was actually after:
My Carina: Marchal yellow foglights
My Carina: Marchal yellow foglights

And they are surely worth the drive! 🙂

My Carina: Marchal yellow foglights
My Carina: Marchal yellow foglights

So, for the people with difficulty of remembering my Carina: this is what the Carina looked like.

And now it looks like this:
My Carina: Marchal yellow foglights
My Carina: Marchal yellow foglights


My Carina: Marchal yellow foglights
My Carina: Marchal yellow foglights

Without the black/white Marchal covers these foglights look a bit less sporty…

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