Tony – “Don’t forget your camper this holiday weekend!”
Jeremy – “I realize that no car video this week will live up to the video of the Seagull stealing the gopro video camera, but I do have some great ones for you! Now, if 1 Supra launching is a great time, then three Supra launches are thrice as good. AmIRite?”
This morning I landed on a crash test video that was made by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. When I was done watching the crash test, I realized that there were about 590 more to watch! GOLD MINE! There is no denying it, watching cars smash into each other without real lives at stake is really about as good as it gets. Most of the videos are short, sweet, and all business. Car enters at stage right with a high rate of speed, smashes object at stage left. Then they do a slow motion replay, and it’s a wrap. Next! It isn’t just brand new cars either, there are a variety of older car tests too! Here are 4 of my favorites so far.
Lexus claims that “the hard way is the only way” in their latest YouTube video. Apparently they make carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) for the Lexus LFA on a giant circular loom that they invented themselves. It is really quite cool to watch if I do say so myself. Whoever engineered this thing deserves multiple high five’s. Enjoy the video!
Recently, I did some work on a 2001 Toyota Tundra because it had begun spitting antifreeze through the grille with the force of 1000 agitated llamas. I swapped out the severely cracked radiator and took it for a test drive to make sure the thermostat and heat were working properly again. Fortunately, the heating & cooling system worked flawlessly. Unfortunately, somebody had replaced the brake pedal with a partially deflated water balloon. It quickly became apparent that braking was not one of this truck’s finest features. It didn’t grind, but it didn’t stop either. I ever so gently coasted it back to the garage and pulled the wheel to see what what the rest of the night would look like for me.
What did I find you ask? Well, two things actually.
1) About 1/3 of the brake pad surface still touching the rotor and an inner pad that was almost down to the metal. Fun times.
2) Hey look! 4 piston calipers and 12.5″ rotors!! Sweet!
People like different cars for different reasons, and some people even like Toyota Previa Vans. “shawnthemonster” on VWVortex.com is one of them. He took a stock Previa (…basically, an Egg) and made it rad in every way. Custom body mods, slammed to the ground, amazing paint job, super hottt wheels, and even a red interior. I mean this thing is sexy from every angle. Continue reading Rad Previa Van: Let’s Check It Out.
If you were to tell me that you have never heard of Shin Yoshikawa, I wouldn’t be shocked, because I hadn’t either up until recently. Who is he? you ask. Well, the short story is that he is an absolutely incredible metal fabricator. He and his shop (Studio Time Capsule) create automotive art in the form of classic sports cars. They restore automotive history, and recreate some of the more special cars in their own interesting way. They are true craftsmen in my mind, and use all of the old school tools that the coach builders of the 1920’s and 1930’s used. Much of their work is with aluminum, which is generally known to be painful to work with. It is tough to weld, and even tougher to shape. Shin and his crew don’t seem to be phased by it though, because they build entire cars out of it. But how? Well, I don’t know…. When I figure it out I will let you know.
This specific project is a hand built recreation of a Toyota 2000GT (Only ~350 real ones were built from 1967-70). Shin decided to make his own all aluminum body from scratch that was identical in shape to an original body. The amount of work and skill involved in doing this is nearly unmeasurable. I hope you enjoy today’s project as much as I do, because it is a very rare art.
There are some rumors going around today that newer Toyota truck’s come with NGK brand spark plugs on 1 side of their V engine and Denso brand spark plugs on the other side of the engine. I have stewed on this for a while now, and I am left baffled as to why they would do this.