Since we in California are under “shelter in place” orders due to the coronavirus, I decided to spend some much-needed time making a bit of headway in my multiple project cars. About a year ago I picked up an FZJ80 Land Cruiser but since we took delivery of it it hasn’t seen much action other than sitting in the driveway. It was clear it needed some new shocks, as the front end got bouncy every time it hit a bump, but I had no idea how bad it was until I stuck my head underneath. The lower retainers, bushings, and stud had completely shorn off, leaving the damper just resting on the frame and an unsecured 3/4-inch nub keeping it in place. I don’t know if this is the most alarming mechanical malady I’ve ever discovered among my heaps, but it definitely raised an eyebrow.
What’s the scariest thing you’ve discovered while working on your car?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What shot of a JNC will be forever seared into your brain?”
We got the best kind of answers this week, the kind that alerted us to things that begged for further investigation. Take, for example, daniel‘s news of Isuzu trucks employed by the Automovil Club Argentino, or Angelo cluing us in to a tokusatasu show called Space Sheriff Shaider in which the main character’s love interest drives a yellow SA22C Mazda RX-7. We also enjoyed teddy‘s image of Colin McRae piloting his WRC Impreza and Banpei‘s pic of Masaru Kubota’s A60 Carina catching major air in the 1982 Paris-Dakar Rally. Bert‘s photo of an MS75 Crown lining up at the drag strip against a 1969 Camaro was great too, and Steve‘s mention of the classic Nissan G.I. Joe commercial made us run to the YouTubes immediately to rewatch it. Ultimately, the winner this week was jiji, who shares with us a love for the awesome HKS M300:
Probably one of my favorite shots of all time, not just automotive-wise, has to be the shot of HKS’ M300 Celica XX at the Yatabe Test Track. Reminds me of the days when I was just getting into classic Japanese cars and into the old-school tuning style back in maybe 2014-15ish. This was one of the first photos I saw and it’s stuck with me ever since.
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