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 !!!! 😀
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! 😦
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 )