Rebuilding the MZ11, Picture Perfect

Ahhh, three weeks off work was amazing!
Time flew by, loads of fun at home with the girlfriend and friends. Turned 30 years old and had an awesome party and got spoilt by Holly!

I also managed to get a fair amount of car fun done!

Back to where i left off….
I received a call from Paul the painter, who said its time to come and collect the Soarer.
I had still not seen the car in the flesh, only a few pictures here and there.. I Arrived at Bozz’s workshop to find an amazing result!
Pauls dedication and time he had put in really showed! Every dent, deep scratches and warped panels were all amazing!

I was so happy!
I quickly put the car on the trailer and got it home to start installing all the parts that were removed for the paintjob!
Starting with the front bumper sides pieces, headlights and rainbow indicators

The side moulding lines were painted perfectly, they all matched up as they should and the chrome was not touched! :)
I was still in awe at how perfect Paul had completed the car for me!

I installed the tail lamps which i purchased from YJP through Jesse. These were second hand items obviously, but very well looked after! They still had a new looking shine to them and the plastics were not distorted or faded or cracked!

Time to install the BC coilovers !
First i removed the S13 suspension that i had been running for around 4-5 years now.

The S13 suspension worked alright, binding of the tierods and rack ends was very irritating, but for a simple replacement to make the car low, it was enough. The MX73 BC Coilovers and MA61 lower control arms will make a huge difference.
Next was to install new MA61 Rack ends and Tie Rods onto the MZ11 steering rack.

Installation of the BC coilovers was a complete breeze. After months of working on a JZS171 Crown its nice to get back to the simplistic 80’s Toyota designs …
Test fitted the SSR Formula Mesh 14×8.5J -10 on the front.

Onto the rear end !
I removed the KYB shock and spring setup. Which were still in really good condition with no leaks and a good rebound.
Measured out the KYB Shock and matched the BC Coilover shock to the same length.
Installation was a breeze again, maybe even more so with the rear than the front, seeing as its a simple swapout.

Back on the ground. I wasn’t happy with the height, I measured the S13 coilovers and KYB Excel-G’s before i removed them, then and set the height of the MX73 BC coilovers to the same measurement. However as the mounting points of the S13 gear is completely different to the MX73 mounting points, and the KYB shocks compress a lot more, the measurements were void. Lucky the BC coilovers have so much adjustibility, it will get lower soon!

The interior needed a good clean after paint dust had blown through bits and pieces.
However it is now super comfy and has that 80’s/90’s feel thanks to the new Recaros!

A few pieces of JZS171 parts arrived the next day from Jesse. I just had to get the Royal grill on asap!

At the same time, i thought id try and clean my Royal headlights some more. As they still have the yellowing that all plastic lights get when they are not maintained. The Crown being 14 years old, has a fair amount of buildup.
I purchased Turtle Wax – Headlight lens restorer.

First the tougher cleaning using the Turtle Wax pads , which appear to be like 3000grit sand paper pads. There are 4 different pads which get finer and finer grit as you go through each stage.

Final stage is to use what looks like a really really fine cut and paste compound.
Again with the Mothers “Powerball” and drill i got to work :

To show the difference, I did not clean/restore my passenger side light. You can see in this next pic that it does 100% make a difference.
Drivers side is clean, Passenger side still has yellowing!
Maybe one more round with the process will have them looking clear and new!

A rear wagon shot for good measure! :

A week or so later, I got back to work on the MZ11 , Chin spoiler was the next feature to be installed, and the BC Coilovers lowered and set correctly for damper and spring.

Adding the Zenki 1981 grill completes the front end!
Maybe a little more low is needed? – But then i wouldnt be able to get into my driveway due to the kerb :( ¯\(°_o)/¯

Next week my mate Morgan moved in with us, He also owns a 1985 GZ10 Soarer.
Amazing condition with only two tiny little rust marks appearing around the bootlip. At some point a New Zealand person owned the car and the car has a few “TEAM SHHH!” and C’s Garage stickers.
The 1G-GE is still really healthy and he drives the car to and from work daily!
Soon to be changed over to a 1JZ-GTE VVTI motor.

The last week of my time off work Matt Capp came over with his project 180SX which had just been recently repainted. It was SO clean! Great to finally see it washed, cleaned and in the flesh!

Matt convinced me to continue with the idea of a re-vamped 6M-GE (3.0L 5M-GE) to install into the MZ11. As ive completed the exterior to be correct, i might as well complete a motor to fit. The original idea of using Holly’s brothers 1JZ-GE from his JZX90 went down the drain and work started on the 6M-GE.

Here it is after i bought it and gave it a bit of a wash…

I have since purchased a complete 5M-GE seal kit from the USA.
Replaced: Front oil seal, Cam seals, Oilpump seal, Cam tower gaskets, Cam cover gaskets, Rear main seal, Power steering pump, Intake Manifold, Exhaust manifold and mant other items.

I chose to keep the cam covers a bright red. So i took them to a sand blasting place near my house and had them completely stripped back. I then repainted them with high temp red engine enamel and sanded back the top embossing.

Hopefully my next trip home i can remove the 1GGTE and convert the car back to the 99% original 6M-GE
(yes i know, not 100% original 5M-GE but 6M-GE is better anyway! )
Install the rear under split spoiler and a few other items.

I will also be attempting to reconnect all the air conditioning and installing my Carrozzeria speakers!

Updates soon!

Rebuilding the Big Red – Phaze 3 – almost complete

Hey All, Last time i was home, i managed to get the coilovers sorted with the help from my friend Matt Capp. The Coilovers are BC V1 for MX73 Cressida. I purchased them from which is located in NSW. Not a bad price, I have been always running them on the drift cars ive had (z20/Z30/A61) and they never fail. The difference with these, much like the MX83 coilovers you can purchase. Is that the original factory OEM stub axel must be used in the process. Removal of caliper, top hat, spring, shock, rotor, hub and all the oil from inside the strut has to be completed. Once apart, Matt Capp cut down the strut to 1 inch from the base, this allows us to weld on the coilover with more room for the base adjust to bottom out. We then use the base of the BC V1 coilover and the stub and weld them together ! Here they are completed. Only took us around an hour casually working on them. I will combine them with new Rack ends and Tie Rods. So that everything can feel new ! :) Soon to be installed along with everything else as the paint job is complete and the car is no longer at the paint shop !!!!! (teaser) Next update soon, I have 3 weeks off work starting 28/04/15 and plenty to do.

Rebuilding The Big Red – Phaze 2

Hey All,
Over the last two months the MZ11 has moved into a paintshop to have a final cleanup and fixup. The mismatched colours and panels needed some work before i “do this right” for the first time since owning the car.

At the yard I found a 1992/1993 Toyota Corolla, once owned by somone who loves Shirtstuckedin !

A few days after being back up at work, pictures were sent to me of the progress!
After a few rub backs the initial guide-coat was put on to see what condition the lines of the car were like.
Paul and Bozz put a mist of black over the primer and rubbed it all back again to find the high and low spots.

Then the MZ11 was moved into an actual covered booth for further prep work and body work.
Then another “first official coat” of primer after many many lines bumps and low spots were fixed!

Paul who is paiting the car, had a fair amount of difficulty with the amount of set-in rust kill in some panels, especially the bonnet vent/squirters and the rear quater body line. Another strip and clean of many areas was needed. The rear 1/4s got taken back to metal and he started again with filler and paint. After all, i did tell Paul to get it nice ! looks like he really did!

Over the next week I spent at home having a fiddle with the JZS171W Crown suspension. Although it was nice to have the cornering ability of the Cusco Zero-2 coilovers, the comfort just wasnt there.
The Cusco coilovers had 18KG Swift front springs, mixed with original 7KG Cusco rear springs. Which made for a bumpy ride at times on our below average roads here in Perth.

A long time friend Nikko Joe (Tom V) who previously owned a Lexus GXE10 IS200 had a set of Buddyclub coilovers for sale that i thought would run nice in the JZS171W. With softer springs and dampners 10KG front and 6KG rear i thought swapping them out was a good idea!

I contacted Nikko Joe and grabbed them off him for a great price! They were in very decent condition.

The ride of these ended up being PERFECT! , bumps in the road are no longer felt and inconsistencies in road angle here and there is no longer a problem as the Crown floats over them with ease!

A week up at work found me grabbing some more parts from Japan via Jesse Streeter, Both for the MZ11 and the JZS171W

200mm Shifter

Clear Rainbow indicator lens

Drivers and Passengers MZ/GZ/GX – LX Series rails

To Fit my 1991 Recaro LX-C Seats !

An 6M-GE Air flow meter!

And last but not least, a set of MZ11 Limited very very clean tail lamps and centre garnish!
グレード    2,8GT LIMITED
車体番号    MZ11-013329
エンジン型式    5M-GEU
走行距離      108539Km

Then for the JZS171W Crown :

A steering wheel with cruise control (Was going to just buy cruise control alone, however this was cheaper!)

A later model Royal horn pad with the Crown badge emblem

Some JZS171W headlamp eyelids for my Royal style headlights!

A 2002 Royal model Grill. All chrome with white and gold emblem

Late Feb early Apr i got some tyres fitted up to the SSR Formula Mesh at Tyreright Wangara by my friend Matthew Booker!

I wanted some trusty Bridgestone rubber on these, but was also on a little bit of a budget. I decided MY-02 Sports will be good enough for the MZ11.
14×8.5J with 185/60R14
14x9J with 195/60R14

While i was getting the tyres fitted. I had the pleasure of seeing Stephen “MOMO” Morando’s early 70’s  model :164 Volvo
The car was setup with airbag suspension and a 1JZGTE ! He even took me for a ride around the streets with it. Amazing car!

Early April had come around, and Paul had finished the final prep of the MZ11 and had the fresh white coat down!

Im hoping he will be done with the two tone job soon and ill have the car back ready for its complete re-birth!

So that wraps up two months gone by!

More updates soon !

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!