The old Toyota Dyna was really nothing special, it was a lorry and it did its job well, serving as a reliable workhorse to many businesses and people. The Dyna was also rebadged by Daihatsu in certain markets, the most prominent version being the 1980’s Daihatsu Delta, the red or white coloured cab lorries we see on the roads, I don’t think anyone has never seen them before.
I’m not sure if Toyota ever sold the older Dynas here, maybe I haven’t notice any or maybe they all rusted away, though I am quite a novice in the lorry world. However, the Dyna was rather popular in Indonesia, even being built there at Purwakarta, there’s even a channel that explained in quite detail, the history of how the Dyna was a part of the Indonesian motoring history and culture, though the audio is quite bad.
What’s more, there was a commercial made back then for the lorry to promote its ruggedness, finding a commercial vehicle advertisement is kind of rare because honestly not many people would actually remember or keep them. But by some stroke of luck and nostalgia, some managed to, this particular commercial was very interesting. First, it has a huge explosion for no reason, but it was very 1980’s, secondly, it featured Muhammad Ali saying something, “Ouum!” I think, twice! These two features alone make this one of the coolest commercials ever, nothing can beat a professional boxer and explosions with a Green Toyota speeding around a mining area, and this Muhammad Ali marketing even made it on paper ads, it was a legit endorsement by him, check out the photo below, and the video!
Pairing Muhammad Ali with a Toyota lorry was a great idea, the two are synonymous with brute strength and ruggedness, I’m surprised he agreed to even be a part of this, props to Toyota/Toyota Indonesia!
The Toyota Dyna was certainly something big in Indonesia, and I’m glad that advertisements like these are still being preserved for people to find and see. The Dyna still continues to be in production, though nothing major has changed since its creation, the lorry still proves to be a simple, reliable and dependable workhorse for the honest blue-collared worker.
In today’s world of the automotive industry, abbreviated terms are far too common now. These words are usually terms for electronic aids that function to make your car safer and easier to drive, TCS, HSA, BSM and ABS (I made some of those up) are now standard, if not mandated in cars today. But let’s start back with the original “three-worder”, as I call it, ABS. What is ABS?
Surprisingly, quite a number of people still don’t know what it is or what it exactly does. Malaysians have created their own meaning by calling it Abang Brake Sendiri, which to some extent, is quite accurate to what ABS is. ABS is Anti-lock Braking System, which in the most crude meaning, stops your car safely, though ABS is more than that.
Back in the old days, crashing your car resulted in almost instant death, always, and one of the causes of death is not braking in time, poor brake technology and lack of ABS. If you slam the brakes of a car that doesn’t have ABS, the wheels will instantly lock up, causing you to lose control. So how did ABS came along? the history of ABS dates just over a hundred years ago when early systems were used for rail and aircraft. ABS continued to be developed for planes in the 1950’s mainly by Dunlop Maxaret, which was one of the earliest ABS available. Dunlop Maxaret eventually used their ABS system on cars, though price and reliability issues made it a very rare feature on cars.
The first modern ABS system was created by Mario Palazetti, known as Mr ABS, Bosch bought the patent and officially named it ABS. Beginning in the 1970’s, manufacturers teamed up with other companies to produce their own ABS system, Chrysler, General Motors, and Nissan all had their own version of ABS with different names. ABS was gaining popularity and by the late 70’s, Mercedes was the first production car to use an electronic ABS system as an option. This was a huge deal because with ABS, the risk of accidents is dramatically
reduced. From there on wards, Anti-lock braking technology improved with Honda making their Prelude coupe the first car to be delivered to Europe with standard ABS, Ford’s Scorpio offering the feature on all of their trim levels. Motorcycles too were slowly beginning to have ABS fitted with BMW being the first. Today, ABS is standard on all cars, and it’s probably illegal to sell a car without it, though older cars (and some newer mid 2000’s) cars still don’t have it as standard (early Perodua Vivas) and are still on the roads today. Modern ABS now work with other electronic management systems such as Electronic Stability Control or brake distribution systems. How does this all work? Here’s a basic rundown.
How does it work?
As I’ve mention before, ABS in its simplest meaning is to stop you from having an accident. This is done by the system doing things to your brakes to stop it from locking up. If you have never driven an older car, the brakes work differently, today you can slam it all you want and the car will stop, but on cars without ABS, slamming the brakes results in your front wheels locking up due to high pressure, which leads to you not being able to control your car.
To simplify it, an ABS uses an Electronic Control Unit (ECU), which is the the brain of the system, speed sensors, pumps and valves. The ECU, along with the sensors can sense and predict the speed and movement of your wheels to adjust the valves which then controls the pressure within your braking system. With this control, wheel lock up will not happen, because the system is continuously predicting what will happen. More modern ABS systems can have pressure applied to individual wheels for maximum efficiency. As I said above, the system works with various sensors and other electronic systems in a car to make sure the driver can control their car in the event of loss of control. Systems like Traction Control System (TCS) and Tire Pressure Monitor (TPM) all work with ABS to ensure the balance of pressure when you slam the brakes.
Most European cars are equipped with TPM and all of these three-word abbreviated systems, though newer cars from around the world are adapting these as standard features. With more electronic things stuffed in your car, the higher the risk of electronic failure, especially cars that are coming to age, can ABS fail?
What if it breaks?
You might have seen this light up along with other instrument lights when you’re turning on your car, the problem is when the light is still lit. ABS failure is not very common, because the technology has been perfected for so long, building an ABS system shouldn’t be that complicated for any manufacturer. However, if this light does come up, here are a few things that you might need to consider.
Bad bulb: This is by far the most common case of ABS warning light lighting up. Go to your local mechanic and have the system reset or fixed.
Bad speed sensor: This is a more serious case if the light continues to light up, meaning there is a problem. One of which could be a speed sensor which needs a replacement. Prices vary between cars.
Low brake fluid: A bottle looking thing in your engine bay that says brake fluid, if it gets too low, your ABS light might light up. Any shop can top it up.
Bad Pump/ABS module: Pumps are like any other car parts where it will worn out as it gets old while the ABS module would need replacement if it breaks or corrodes. ABS module corrosion is the most common serious fault. This needs to be addressed immediately.
It’s normal for the ABS light to light up when you start your car, because the computer is running its check to see if there’s anything wrong. You can still drive your car with the ABS light on BUT you must have it checked at your local mechanic. You can still operate the brakes normally though heavy breaking might be compromised depending on how bad your ABS has malfunctioned, you might not be able to do emergency stops because your wheels are going to lock up. In even worse circumstances, if your brake system light (handbrake light) pops up too, this means you REALLYhave to see a mechanic, drive very slowly to the nearest shop or have it towed because your breaks might not actually work anymore.
Despite being a component that rarely has any serious issues, it’s important to know how ABS and other electronic things work and relate with each other. Cars today can be diagnosed easily with a computer, but you also have to be cautious of your brakes, meaning your brake pads and discs maintenance. Always keep your pads thick so that it won’t scrape and ruin your disc, have your mechanic check and clean your brakes with an air hose during your service visits. If you start hearing loud screeches and metallic noises, chances are it’s too late and you might have to replace your discs, more on this in another article.
Stay safe and brake safe!.
FYI this is what an ABS module looks like in case you want to see one. look out for a box with tubes coming out of it.
It’s literally the description of our blog, but we haven’t talked about it, this hobby among us car enthusiast gives us the opportunity to seek cool, rare and classic cars and share them for the world to see, it’s called car spotting. Car spotting is what we at Maximum Torque Malaysia are doing, in fact, our first social media presence started as an Instagram page.
What is car spotting?
What is car spotting, well in fact there’s Wikipedia article about the definition. The name itself is pretty self-explanatory, it’s a hobby for automobile enthusiast to seek and snap photos of cars they see or “spot” on the road, similar to plane spotting. Car spotting is done either professionally with DSLR’s, consistent and amazing shots, while us, we do it at amateur level, which is when we’re free and can get a good shot of the car. Once a car has been spotted, the photos or videos are uploaded on social media websites to show what cool car is rolling around their area. Some car spotters also search certain areas to find cool cars, such as Beverly Hills or in front of fancy hotels.
Is this a common hobby?
Very much so, car spotting is becoming more common everyday, similar to van life people (we’ll talk about that another time). Look up on Instagram and you can see tons of pages about car spotting, with some even specific to just their own neighbourhood. This brings us to our general list of the types of car spotters out there.
Spotters who spot ultra luxury, super cars.
Spotters who spot older cars.
Spotters who spot a specific type of vehicle (off-roaders, only Ford cars)
Spotters who spot mundane everyday cars, abandoned cars, niche cars and just old stuff.
We’re number 4! because our blog/page can’t afford to go to rich places with super expensive cars, and we believe there’s a lack of the number 4 type of car spotting in Malaysia, though there has been a surge in abandoned vehicle Instagram pages. This is why our page is only filled mainly by clapped out cars, normal cars and sometimes, quirky cars, it’s just more interesting to see them and they don’t get enough appreciation. Whenever we can, we try to contact the owners of the cars to get their story, which is why all of our cars spotted, unless stated, have blurred plates for privacy reasons.
Is it fun?
Very much so (for us at least) because even if you’re not a car person, suddenly seeing an old Volkswagen Beetle parked in a street is going to catch your eye and might be a part of your photo op. There are plenty of interesting cars hiding or just left on various streets across Malaysia, which is why we rely on our followers to provide photos if they spot any cool cars worthy for our post.
Shout out to Bren! for providing lots of our content.
Our page is very new, pages like plankhond and carsofhongkong are legends in the car spotting world. One day, we hope to achieve that fame, being the number 1 Malaysian car spotting page! Check out our Instagram page below.