Automotive Documentation

Awesome Site

November 20, 2009

Browsing for random things turned up for me the address of a site that I simply had to share with you all, it’s called “Moby’s Site” (the link is now on the right hand side).  I thoroughly recommend checking it out.  Though here’s a few samples to get inspire you further to click the link;

With everything from Brochures, Adverts, Museums, Car Shows, Race Meetings, all manner of cars from all possible destinations.  It’s truly a sweet, sweet site.

Saab V4

Saab V4


’80s turbo talk: Ford 1600CVH

November 10, 2009

At roughly the same time as Ford of Japan and Australia’s development of the Laser TX3 in their joint partnership with Mazda, their counterparts on the other side of the world were hard at work tooling a turbo hot hatch of their own. Developed with assistance from Ford of America’s SVE (Special Vehicle Engineering) division, the Escort RS turbo promised to deliver a handsome challenge to the likes of hot hatch rivals VW, Lancia and Opel/Vauxhall on their home turf of continental Europe.

Some reckon the Mark III & IV Escort were built on BD Familia underpinnings - but who's to say? Photo courtesy of Ford Club Hannover (Germany)

Drawing from the success of the Sierra Cosworth (YBx) and Mustang SVO (Pinto 2.3) turbocharged engines, the humble 1600 Compound Valve angle, Hemispherical combustion chamber engine was chosen as the base upon which to develop the RS turbo version, possibly showing a certain parallel with Mazda’s similarly sized 1600cc B6T. (more…)

The Travels of a Two-Stroke

September 18, 2009

It’s always interesting finding out the history of your cars.  I’ve been lucky enough that all my classics of recent time have come with their original ownership papers.  Where things were all… dun dun dun, HAND WRITTEN! between the owners.

The latest purchase, my 1974 Daihatsu Max, to my surprise has actually been around and about the country quite a bit, as you can see here on the papers;

Removed the owner’s details for privacy’s sake.  As you can see those, started by being sold brand new in Henderson, then onto Glenfield, then Milford then Grey Lynn.  All very Auckland up until the 5th owner at which point it starts moving further south.  Sadly to Tauranga.  However, owner 9 is a car sales from where it was sold to a family where it appears to have stayed within though through various owners until these ownership papers ran out of space.  It was within that family that it made the move from Tauranga to Balclutha.  Quite the distance from the top section of the North Island to near the bottom of the South.  From there it’s made it’s way further south and now in my Ownership, it’s as close to the south of the south as you’d want it to be.  Any further south and it’s likely to suffer salt damage from the sea breezes in the likes of Bluff or Riverton.  All this leads to a genuine 88000kms on the car, pretty impressive for a two-smoke and you can understand why it needs sorted now.


JNC Magazine in Japan

September 17, 2009

Now this is an odd sight – three Japanese Nostalgic Car backissues for sale on none other than Yahoo Auctions Japan.

JNC in Japan!

Quoth the seller:

JAPANESE NOSTALGIC CAR / Japanese car / old car / Corolla / Celica / TE27
Are sold in the United States “Japanizunosutarujikkukamagajin” is a set of three books.
And Japan has also been featured in a different sense.
A great place to show photos.

Auction is here »

Mysterious thing.

September 11, 2009

So it would seem that Michael and I received our respective parcels from hayatonka within a few days of each other, because today I arrived at work to find an EMS delivery sitting in the logistics area addressed to me.

Ewan said I was gonna chuckle heartily upon seeing the box my stuff was packed in, and he was right. Problem is, so did the rest of the office!

my t-top shades arrived from Japan. In this box. People got the wrong idea.