QotW: What’s the most important info on the instrument cluster?
In a perfect world, the instrument cluster (or multi-information display for some) would consist of a tachometer and a constantly illuminated thumbs up. But, for older vehicles and JNCs in particular, we need all the information we can get to make sure we continue to hum down the road.
What cluster needle, lamp or digital display do you keep one eye on whenever you take your pride and joy out on the street? Why?
What’s the most important info on the instrument cluster?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “Dive, Sell, or Garage: Unobtainium Edition“
Last week we asked you all to make a tough choice. Take three dream JNCs and decide their fates. Surprisingly, the answers given were pretty balanced. Some of you felt anxious about working on the Cosmo Sport’s rotary, others wanted to whomp on the GT-R, and some sadly felt the 2000GT had to go. No matter the shuffle, many still wanted to see the vehicle sold go to a nice home. Since I really didn’t feel one stood out against the others, I decided to use a randomizer to choose for me a choice even I cannot bear to make.
This weeks selected post comes from Tom Westmacott who made a sensible argument based on tact and finance. Then, threw it out the window for pure JNC passion. The 2000GT gets daily driven, Cosmo garaged for a rebuild and Hako sold. So Tom, how much you wanna sell that Hako for?
Ok, first one’s easy; Toyota 2000GT. I’d love to drive this car, push the widely praised chassis over some country roads and wring out *that* engine. I’d love to roll up at an event and emerge from one of the most beautiful cars of all time. I’d love to, but I couldn’t – I’m only an inch shorter than Sean Connery, whose vertical incompatibility with this finest of Toyotas famously led to the creation of the convertible variant. So the 2000GT would go straight into my garage, just as soon as I’ve knocked a window into the wall so I can admire its beautiful lines from my living-room sofa.
Having got the Toyota safely tucked away, the next decision is obvious; I should sell the lovely Cosmo Sport. Daily driving a rotary is already a bit silly, what with the engine needing attention all the time, but at least with a 13B car it’s merely a matter of spending all your money. The Cosmo runs the original 10A engine, a sandwich of unobtainable parts. It’s obvious that it *will* need work, and when it does, where are you going to get the bits from to fix it?
Meanwhile, the Hakosuka would make a fine daily driver, with a back seat, a trunk, and the ability to source repair panels from less illustrious sibilings if the worst was to happen.
Well, that’s what I *should* do. But I wouldn’t. I would drive the Cosmo, with its light weight and delicate balance, and hang the consequences. So the estimable Hako goes for auction, and the Cosmo comes into the shop. Onto the shelf goes the historic 10A motor and four-speed box; in goes a bridgeported 12A and a close-ratio five-speed, plus the biggest Koyo rad I can squeeze in, with the L10B model’s later larger grille if my car was an early model. And now to see if I can wangle my way into any historic racing events…
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