The Toyota Sera club event was held in the parking lot of the national Motorcar Museum of Japan. James and I took a stroll inside to check out the cars while the club members arrived and got situated. It was also a bit drizzly and we didn't have an umbrella, so it was a nice excuse to get out of the rain. The whole museum was three stories tall, and each story had an upper ring of cars stacked above the cars that were on the main floor, so they were able to fit lots and lots of cars in there!
And they were all different kids from all different decades. It was a great mix of rare and interesting finds, including lots of old Toyotas and Nissans. The cars were all very well maintained and each had a placard explaining a bit about it and who manufactured it. The only issue was that these were written only in Japanese, but we were handed brochures at the entrance that were in English, so there was at least a little bit of help.
Admission was 1000 yen per adult ticket, or about $10 USD. More info can be found on their website: http://mmj-car.com/english/
Over the weekend, James and I spent some time getting the rear engine/transaxle mount replaced on the green Sera, which we call Sera II, since it was the second one purchased. This mount is just above the exhaust pipe, so it dries out pretty quickly. The failed mount creates a serious engine reverberation in the cabin that makes your head feel like it's about to explode, since the interior is basically one big glass dome. It also puts strain on the other mounts, so replacing it is always a good thing. The replacement mount is cheap - we purchased a Westar EM8169, and it was a direct replacement with no modifications needed. We already did the replacement on Sera I, so this was our second go at it. It's a fairly straightforward install, and both cars now hum along nicely.
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