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clymer_coverLate in 1959, renowned automotive publisher Floyd Clymer took a trip to Japan and the 6th Tokyo Motorshow. Upon his return to the US, he put together this book, the ‘Complete Catalog of Japanese Motor Vehicles’ which was published in 1961. This 270 page book takes a very in depth look at the state of the Japanese motor industry at that time and covers everything from scooters to buses and microcars to heavy trucks from just about every manufacturer. The book has a wealth of photos (around 600 black and white images) and there’s plenty of data as well as chapters about the Japanese Industry, their Motorsport endeavours and advances in automotive technology as well as a variety of snaps from Clymer’s trip. I found this original, somewhat dog-eared copy of the book at a swapmeet many years ago and until now it’s been quite hard to find. But the good news is that VelocePress made it available once more from October 2013 and copies are available though the usual sources such as eBay and Amazon for around $40.

Click through to take a peek at what this book has to offer…

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I bought this 1989 Nissan Prairie Anniversary II via eBay in August last year, primarily because it was cheap and I figured it’d be useful for spare parts for mine. It had a little bit of road tax and some MOT left so I drove it for a few weeks before laying up. It went well and with 91,000 miles on the clock, it’s done some 70,000 less than my red Prairie but also it had pretty bad rust around the rear arches and was had also been converted for wheelchair use. These two factors alone meant that I had no intention at all of returning it to the road. However, rather that it being cannibalised for parts as I had planned and the remainder getting shredded and shipped off to China to become next year’s new Chery, it’s back on the road instead!

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Three weeks have slipped by without me making a single post. I feel kind of bad about that but the truth is I have been working pretty hard and haven’t much felt like sitting here editing pictures and writing in the evenings.

One of the downsides of living in the sticks and having a little land is that now and then you need to do a bit of maintenance. The last couple of winters, we have been having problems with rain water drainage (or the lack of it), resulting in a fields behind our house partially flooding along with that of our neighbour every time we had heavy rain. It turned out that the problem was caused by the drainage ditch which runs along the rear of the field. It hadn’t been cleared for at least 20 years and in one place was blocked completely. Thankfully, I was loaned just what was needed to remedy the problem… a 3 tonne mini digger. So I set to work and since then I’ve been able to make use of this machine to do a couple of other jobs as well… Continue Reading

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Unbelievably, it’s been 3 years and 9 months since I last wrote an update on this, my Dodge van and only non-Datsun project.  That’s not to say I haven’t done anything on it in that time, it’s that I’ve just done so little that I didn’t bother to document any of it. I’ve completed a few things like re-installing the dash, getting the steering column housing polished and re-fitting the windscreen (which was a nightmare!), but the real major bodywork has taken a back seat for a while. Most of the bodywork is actually done, but I still have four of the six doors and the bonnet to mend, all of which have varying amounts of rust. I want this van on the road for summer so I’m now back on it and I started with the front doors…

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