Rebuilding the Big Red – 2015

After Clifford was completed, running well and proven it is capable of doing many laps of the track without losing all its oil and with the JZS171 Crown being a perfect daily drive. It was time to turn my focus to a very deprived Big Red.
(The MZ11)

Many moons ago, i really loved driving Big Red daily, to work with Holly… to mates houses… to car shows etc.

Since then, the combination of flying to the desert for work every second week and the WA POLICE taking a tougher than ever approach to modified vehicles meant Big Red sat around garaged, laying dormant.

The Kill Rust paint i used to apply two very very heavy coats had faded since 2010.
Along with faded paint, i found a few sections of rust that had come back in the rear and around the rear quarter windows.
This meant I had 100% left Big Red too long without any love.

Boy did it look glorious back then!

This was the last picture i took before getting to work. With the Enkei HR 385’s and Delicious Red paint.
Still with S13 Lower control arms, 1982? Nissan Bluebird tierods and S13 Tein Coilovers / Hub / Knuckles.

Into the new “car port” at the home that Holly and I now own. Time to remove the rusted sections for good. Time to not use fibreglass and bog to cover everything as i did in the past.

Cutting into the boot was like ripping off a band-aid. It was something that i hoped i’d never have to do… however, to save bigred from being scrap in a few more years… it was time..
Large sections of metal pictured below were removed from the lip and rear quaters.
After i had completed the cutting, I felt good. I imagined Matt Capp would say “its the right thing to do” 
I asked my neighbour Bozz who runs a towing service and wrecking yard (BozzAutos) to grab me a random bonnet from his yard for new metal to cut and bend up and place in the gaps i’d cut earlier. This took a long time to measure and get correct. I always took the easy route by using fibreglass in the past so this was a different experience. However when getting it right it feels good! haha.

I continued doing a few small welds to keep them in place , after the pics below I ground them all back and make sure they were sealed and seated the best i could get them.

Again with the help of my neighbour Bozz we threw some bog (bondo) onto the sections needing repair. Its going to need more than this to look good !

During December, Holly Loch Morgan and I went to New Zealand for Xmas time. Such a beautiful place, So much adveture!
Was a much needed break from life and the life i lead in the Desert for work. Big thankyou to John and Sue for looking after us while we were over there ! :)

Many weeks later, i continued working towards making the two rear quaters as perfect as i could. Here is what around 2 weeks on and off work looks like. I think its pretty good for my first “more pro” repair… Cleaned up all areas, and applied two coats of isolator along with high build primer.

I then got to work on the sanding portion of this big adventure. The part i really was NOT looking forward to. After 4 years of long hot summers and the KillRust paint baking into the car, i knew it was going to be a mission to remove.
I purchased 20 x 80 Grit and 20 x 140 Grit sanding pads for my Orbital sander. I went through every single one and then some. It was extremely tiring and hard, i think i spent a total of 65 – 70 hours sanding.
Was it worth painting in RustKill ? I guess so, if you dont have much money, you have some sort of control when spraypainting and you have somewhere to do it.

Sometimes during my quiet and lonely evenings in the desert at work, when Facebook sux and so does TV , I like to search “Gumtree” which is Australias free forsale listings (Similar to “Craigslist” in the USA)
One evening i found a GZ10. Painted Purple with a big OST sticker on the rear window.
This was a car owned by a member of one of the first car clubs i had ever had the fun of joining and crusing around with back when i had an RA65 Celica.
The car was way worse for wear 10 years later. Rust everywhere and the paint had come off multiple parts. However it DID have Kouki bumpers, doors, perfect window chrome trim and side mouldings. It also had a really nice and clean interior and a 1G-GE which had been serviced with what looks to be a new head. I contacted the lady owner who used to work at the racetrack we drift at she was happy to sell. I picked it up for a good price and Bozz helped me drag it home with his trailer.

I removed the bumpers, doors and the side mouldings to install on the MZ11. To my suprise, everything matched up just fine. This time, sanding them was a breeze as it appeared to be only Acrylic paint on these parts! haha.
I love the look of the Kouki bumpers and side mouldings. The doors were a huge score, as mine contained a fair amount of rust at the top and inside the base of the doors. The new (purple) doors are pefectly clean. A simple loom swap from GZ10 to MZ11 inside the door is all that was needed before bolting them up (Thanks Morgan for helping!)
I feel im getting closer to paint now which is very exciting!!! Im wanting to do a white and red two tone. Classic style, but reversed.

Along this journey of rebuilding i also picked up a nice set of SSR – Formula Mesh in 14×8.5j -10 and 14x9j -12 and a new front chinsupo!  from Yahoo Auctions !
(Thanks Jesse !!)

Also, to finally remove the binding S13 setup ive had for so long, BC Coilovers for MX73!!

More to come…..

Clifford – Oil spill


To pickup where i left off.
Clifford had been found to be leaking a LOT of oil, 5L in 6 laps or so. After attempting to goto a couple of events , including the yearly event “Barbagallo Drift Assault” (similar to the collie setup years ago)
I ended up kicking Clifford to the back of the garage, for months.

Hollys brother Loch, Ended up moving on from being a jew, and purchasing some sweet new BC coilovers for his JZX90.
The crew spent a solid evening drinking beers and fitting them.

The JZX90 is still 1JZ-GE for now, Which is not far off being swapped for a 1JZGTE VVTI JZX100 completely rebuilt motor, GT3076 and many more lovely bits. It will surely be a sweet machine once complete !

My friend Morgan recently purchased this GZ10 i posted about earlier in the year. So i decided to take the old Big Red out for a drive around ! I’d forgotten the feeling of oldschool driving, The car feels so nice to drive still. Smells like old japanese cars smell and still putt’s along with the 1GGTE , Soon to be swapped back n/a with a 1JZ-GE (the one from Loch’s JZX90! ) once Loch puts his new engine in ! :)

After a month or so off working on cars, Lots of rain and cold, i decided to try and fix a couple of things on Clifford, New Rear main seal was put in during BDA, however, other items were still leaking oil everywhere…

New Cam Cover Gaskets!
This was one of the major leak points during “BDA” which really got me upset. So $60 later here are the new ones!

So much oil in the spark plug valley ! , Coating each plug ! :(

I cleaned the valley thanks to the intuitive designed drain toyota have from factory that runs down each side and out the back of the head! This means i could shoot brake clean down the valley then use highpressure water around the back of the head to wash it all away :)

Cam covers back on !

That was all i could be bothered doing on Clifford at that point.
Around May i also sold my KZN130 Toyota Surf .
The replacement was purchased in April, a month earlier.
I had been waiting for it to arrive from FCAutosource Japan (Via Iron Chef Imports S.A.)
After much drooling over them on minkara carview and other sites i decided to purchase a JZS171W Toyota Crown Athlete Estate.
The model popped up on Iron Chef’s website in April. It had every feature i was after with the exception of cruise control ($450 from Toyota Japan, which i will purchase in the future and install)

Importing it from Japan had the vehcile land in Melbourne on the East Coast of Australia in May for compliance. It took 3 months to “comply” and “register” to drive in Australia. Finally by August i received it !

Arriving West Coast of Australia via TOLL transport!

I removed the wheels (Autocouture 19x9j +35 19x10j +38) and G-Square body kit, “changed” the HID headlights back to standard halogen and removed all the rear tint which had been over the privacy glass (limo spec)

Add 5 Lexus is250 wheels with new tyres …. and here we go to registration !

License plates on! :) !

Then it was back home for a makeover.
Bring the Cusco coilovers back down to a reasonable (safe/legal/police avoidance !?) height, and add some SSR Vienna Kreis in 18×8.5j +30 and 18×9.5j +30

A wheel alignment was needed after so much messing around, so i took it to my mates workshop – Tyre Right – Wangara! – Thanks Matt Booker ! You rule !

The Crown is SO nice to drive around.
It is, to date, the newest car ive ever owned. As much as driving an 80s toyota has a “real” driving feel, i cant help but love the smooth ride of an Auto 1JZGTE VVTI !
its almost like driving a big comfy couch!

After a few weeks past, i needed a few things from Jesse, so i sent through a request :

I got the items a week later via EMS postage ! thanks Jesse !

The head lights were the “Athlete Royal Late Model” versions, found on 2002-2004 versions of the Crown
I polished the headlights up and installed some clear side markers to get rid of the awful Compliance landcruiser spec flashers !

All the interior LED lighting was so well made ! Typical japanese quality compared to all the imported chinese gear we see here in auto shops in Australia

I removed the Japanese ADDZEST touch screen double din, which, although had some great music on it, Did not have bluetooth ! So it was either weird dance hardcore beats from 2004, or japanese punk rock, At times this was fun to drive to, however it got old after a month or so. I needed to hear the music i love whilst enjoying a new car that i love ….

So much wiring !! i guess GPS/TV/Navigation/Wiring/Beat Sonic adaptor/ETC and other items need it ! but wow ! They could have trimmed back some of the 6M wiring looms instead of just rolling them up and taping them. Then shoving them behind the deck !?
Nice clean Android Jelly Bean double din touchscreen with GPS and bluetooth installed an hour or two later. 4x 50W ! connected up fine to the beatsonic adaptor for the 5 speaker standard Toyota system.
REALLY LOUD too ! For a factory speaker system…
The Beat Sonic SLA-43 allows an aftermarket deck to be installed and the original dash controls still work, to adjust volume. Without the original dash controls functioning, there is no real way to run the entire speaker setup in the Crown via the factory amp (under glove box).

A few weeks later on the Winker mirrors that Jesse sent over.
they were second hand, so needed a clean, polish and re-glue in sections .
They came on the same paint coloured mirrors with the original Japanese concave blue tint/anti-glare glass.
The wiring was already completed and it was just a simple case of unbolt/rebolt and wire into the electrics.
Each wing mirror also has a courtesy light underneith, for when you open the door or unlock the car.

Around September i decided 18″ Wheels were just not enough for such a large car. Dont get me wrong I still love SSR Vienna’s , but it just wasnt for the crown.
I found some BMW style wheels that were off an R33 Skyline for sale.
19×8.5j +35 and 19×9.5j +35

I think they suit very well, and will keep the police off my back, as they look semi-classy and not “look at me and pull me over”


One day Ill get myself some big 19 inch VIP wheels from japan
Specifically Work Varianza F2s !!!! :D

But these are sweet for now.
Another month passes, lots of wet weather, however Holly, Morgan and I managed to get to the annual Toyotas in the Park here in Perth W.A.

So many cool cars around ! I took a few pics of ones i liked!

Finally in mid October 2014 I decided to get back into the swing of things and have a try at fixing Clifford.
After i replaced the cam cover gaskets, i went out for another shakedown. I managed to use the incorrect threading on my Oil Cooler relocation Kit which caused it to blow off the side of the block mid corner.
This dumped 90% of my oil out, and ceased the CT15b Turbo…
So it was time to take it to the ol’ workshop, with Matt Capp, Mitch, Loch and Jays help we managed to pull the 1JZ out and repair parts that needed repairing, seals, piping, missed bolts ON THE SUMP! :(

Draining :

Engine out ! Newly Spray painted bay !

Engine on crane, getting worked on !
Second hand turbo (ct15b) Second hand TRD 3 Puck clutch and pressure plate in the R154

Engine back in and Radiator, Intercooler, Powersteering cooler and a new oil cooler and filter relocation kit that Jay made up from Aeroflow !

Oil filter placement under the front passenger corner for ease of access and shorter piping:

Job completed , testing was on November 3

A short video : (longer one to come )


About time… The JZZ30 Soarer build

So Last year, around the same time June ? July, ages ago …… i posted a picture of a JZZ30 Soarer sitting in the back yard of the old “OGC” where i used to live.

I purchased a JZZ30 that popped up on local sales for $800. The guy selling it was… well lets just say, it was his sons car…. Regardless it was a bargain, it wasnt registered, he believed it had a “BLOWN MOTOR FOR SURE” so i brought tools and fluids with me and started it all up and got it running, It wasnt a “BLOWN MOTOR” at all, in fact it was nothing more than the PS pump was whining from no fluid and the timing belt was old as shit clacking around. The car was totally thrashed out body/interior wise by some kid, not that i cared as i was going to lighten the load a bit once i got it home anyway..

I drove the car to OGC and got to work. As usual i invited over some crew to help rip apart what was left of the already garbage interior and body

We estimated that we removed around 200KG – 250KG of luxury from the JZZ30. Combined of the entire wiring of the whole car, all ECU’s, all interior, dash, aircon parts, and sound deadening.

Motor of Choice ?
JZX100 1JZGTE – VVTI with R154 remote shift manual.
I scored this package (all pre-removed from the halfcut) from Mr Mayhem Maytech himself.
Very happy with price and quality, the motor has approx 111,500 kms on it from a crashed JZX100 Chaser.

After a quick sump swap from Front JZX100 to Mid JZZ30 the motor was ready to slide on in.
We installed it using Holden (GM Chev) LS1 engine mounts which are pretty much the same as any other after market semi solid mounts.

With the motor swap complete, a friend of mine sorted himself out a new workshop location, deemed the “Big Steveos 600 Club” half run by “Borneo’s Race Prep”

Next up:
Installation of a S13 Ebay Special twin core alloy radiator and Apexi (jp) cooler flipped for shorter piping!

A big power steering cooler was added along with a big open mouth air intake to push air towards the Radiator and Intercooler as they sat so far back in the engine bay.

I made up a switch panel for all accessories i will need when on track, basic as, less complicated the better as my friend Matt Capp would say.
And before putting it all back in, i gave the interior a new clean slick of Red Rustkill Delicious RED ! (Same as my old Big Red MZ11)

Along came some Bride Lowmax Seats and a set of ROTA D2-EX wheels in 18×9.5 +15 and 18×10 +15

With the interior looking very “race car” i had to get started on sanding the outside and putting some more Rustkill all over the big JZZ30

So once painted, looking pretty cool . It was time to get back into mechanics.
The JZZ30 needed to be able to shift its huge weight around a track , and to do so, a Solid rear end is required.
First i welded up the diff as usual, yeah, i work a good job now and i should spend $1000 on a 2Way TRD or KAZZ but really, ive drifted for 5-6 years with a “WELDED” diff, im used to it and im ok with it.

And the subframe from 1991 was used and worn, solid subframe bushes and diff bushes is 100% the way to go !

A few weeks went by when Hollys family came over to Australia from New Zealand, we traveled all around Western Australia with them giving them a good tour.
Sometimes we found the middle of nowhere :

Back in the workshop the exhaust was made by one of W.A.’s top drifters Borneo

While i completed the interior and wiring with the help of the one and only Matt Capp a.k.a. The Genius

Almost DONE!

Another friend of mine Matthew Booker at Tyreright did an awesome wheel alignment for me with the specs i wanted

The car was ready, i brought it home to rest at the new home that Holly and I recently purchased in the northern suburbs of Perth.

The JZZ30 continues to hang with othe cool cars like Hollys brother Loch ‘s JZX90 Grande , and a friend Morgan’s GZ10 :

The first shakedown test was awesome, but came with a few oil issues which i must sort:


More updates VERY soon, with videos and a new car to add to the bunch !

Hope you enjoyed my semi-breif update, i want to try and get back into this blog updating more often . Fingers crossed this happens!



Its been a while: Welcome to 2013

Well its been a while since I’ve updated this blog.
9 months have gone by in a flash! Ive really got used to my new fly-in fly-out job up in the Northern parts of Western Australia. On my time off, i generally don’t use a computer as i have so much to do that involves going outside and not sit on my ass in front of a screen! Hence, the no updates!


Ive got a chance now to post up whats been happening over 9 months of life.

The Cresta going great! … I ended up putting in BC coilovers which i picked up brand new for $1200. They have a load of adjustability which is cool for street daily driving. with 12kg front at 8kg rear the same as the MA61 setup. I just drop the dampener a fair bit for comfort.

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I placed in some Pioneer TS-X15II ‘s to the rear shelf of the GX71 Cresta, They are 100W so they sound pretty good (not all old and tinny!) and not only that…

Cresta Speakers Pioneer TS-X15II

They light up at night !

Cresta carpark 2

During July i realized that due to work commitments and my general annoyance towards the way drift is being run in Perth i sold my JZA61 Celica Supra.
It was tough to let the best, most reliable 1JZ-GTE ive ever seen.. go…. However, it was for the best!
Currently a gent “Nathan B” in QLD owns the car and is enjoying the fruits of my and many others labor.

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After I sold the JZA61, Holly and I decided to throw a 1GGTE into her MA61. So i picked up a cheap score from a friend!
1GGTE – Gen 3 from a GA70 Supra! came with everything we needed to put it in, and lucky for me i had some spare GZ10 mounts sitting in my shed!
Hollys GA61 runs great now! after installing some bigger AU-Ford Falcon fans, just as i did in the JZA61 to keep the temps down!
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I scored some Enkei HR385’s which ive wanted for SUCH a long time. I saw them in 2006 when my friend MattAE86 had a set. We test fitted on my first Cresta just for some pics (SEE NOSTALGIC THREAD)
Enkei HR385 Soarer Supra Cresta coFF33 drift Blog

After spending a day getting some new rear tyres for them, i popped them on the MZ11 !
MZ11 Soarer coFF33 Drift Shakotan Style Blog

I then spotted someone “wrecking” a MZ11 Soarer on “Gumtree” which is a local internet site , similar to Craigslist.
I went to check it out and ended up buying the entire interior and a new bootlid !
After a heap of hard work and sweating it out i managed to remove all the Tan brown interior and replace it with black!
Then i got to work on the Bootlid! Which also turned out awesome ! :)
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As you can see, not a heap has happened , but enough to warrant a post :)
I do miss the drift car sometimes. But being debt free and saving for some travel to Thailand and U.S.A this year will be worth it! .

Ill try and update again sooner than 9 months thats for sure!


Back in the game!

Wow what a break!

Sorry about the no updates (i have been getting your emails)
I recently was blessed with a job working up north of Western Australia for a company called Fortescue Metals Group, Who mine iron ore to send away to china!

Ive been doing week on week off swings and due to missing a week of normal life in Perth i have a lot to do and catch up on when im home for my week. This meant the blog had to suffer.

But im starting to find my groove now and i think ill bring this up to speed with whats been happening over the last month or so.

The Cresta sat for about a week after my last update, I found the struts for the bonnet at my local auto store (Odin Auto parts), they fitted perfectly. I then found a spare rack boot i bought back in 2009? for the Z20 soarer, Which fit like a charm. Threw it all together and went to the pits. Easy ………

$140 later and a 1 hour drive with a 3 hour wait. I failed.

The report said :
1. Rack end on drivers side has play
2. Numberplate lights were not functioning
3. Bonnet Latch was not completely latching (easy to pop up the bonnet by hand when fully closed)
4. Middle rear seatbelt required !

So i fixed up all these issues in about 24 hours and went back for round 2

This time i was there for only 1 hours for a re-inspection ,, $60 later …………….

I’d won the game!

Of course , Dim sum in our own VIP room at Dragon Palace in the city, With Holly, Kev, Munners, Ben Parrott, Nicole, Loch (Hollys bro whos moved here from NZ! :) ) to celebrate!”

Popped some MA61 springs into the rear with the already existing bilstein shocks. and Ryobi’ed 1.5 coils from the front springs.
Threw on my housemates Volk Mesh 15x7j / 7.5j  -/+ Zero. To roll around on until the money starts rolling in from my job!
Coilovers are on the way.

Went on a cruise, with my mates Dan and Josh, GX71 Chaser , JZX71 Cressida. Good times!


More updates when i get back to normal life and the coilovers arrive!