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 !!!! 😀

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.

IMG_20120616_154214IMG_20120616_165922Cresta CarparkToyota GX71 Cresta coFF33 dash

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!
HollySupra1GGTEHolly coFF33 Supra Celica GA61 MA61 1GGTE

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 ! 🙂
MZ11 Soarer coFF33 Drift Shakotan Style BlogSoarer interiorMZ11 Soarer coFF33 Drift Shakotan Style Blog

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!

GX71 Cresta GT Twin Turbo


The Chrome trim is back on! The bonnet is also back on!
Im unable to find any bonnet struts (Gas struts like most toyotas have to lift the bonnet) in my garage that fit the bonnet…. For the record MZ11 and MA61 are completely different and foul on the fender walls. So im going to have to go buy some new ones from my local parts store… Or make up a metal stick bonnet support (nissan style lol) to hold it up, but thats pretty lazy i guess.
1 steering rack boot to go and im ready for registration!

Its like a happy 1GGTE 1980’s family!

Windscreen Winning

A big thankyou to H & L Glass of Perth, for sourcing me a GX71 Windscreen from some unknown place over east.
It was a rare one, there was 2 left in this … *ahem* “DODGY CHINESE FACTORY” … and i scored one of them.

$500 Later, i no longer need to cover the car with a tarpaulin. A few more steps to go until i can go for rego.
Very excited.

Big red

Seeing as im STILL waiting on a windscreen for the X71 Cresta, i thought id clean up the paint on the Soarer, Hollys brother Loch will be coming over from New Zealand to Perth to live for as long as he can stand the heat… and ive decided to let him borrow the MZ11 for as long as he needs it. He’s a Toyota mechanic by trade so hopefully he will take good care of it, and if any problems occur, its an easy fix to take it to his workshop.

Anyway, Holly and i got to sanding the car on Saturday, 80grit , 120grit, 280grit paper with our random orbital sanders, Rust Kill paint is VERY hard to remove and where the “cracks” or “peeling” was on the bonnet and roof sections, even harder!
Saturday peaked at 40 degrees c, around 10/11 am in which we were in direct sunlight in the driveway because the garage was full of “project” cars of my housemates and we couldnt use it.

After heaps of sanding we were done around 4pm . We were tired as hell but had to push on. We taped the car windows and bumpstrips and badges etc. And put paper all over the glass.
Prepped it up for painting which i was going to complete on Sunday morning bright and early.

Sunday morning i got up around 7:30am to get started, after a Rockstar and a few Cigarettes to steady my hands i got to work. One more wipe over with prepsol and it was go time!


Before you comment saying “is that rust on the bootlid?” , YES, yes it is. Reason being is that its a spare bootlid i have put on while im repairing my original. The amount of rust in 99% of Z1 series soarer bootlids is just crazy. Same as the MA61 celica supra’s hatches rusting out. The MZ11 has suffered the same fate.
So while i figure out how to fix my original with my wing, Its the spare for a little while (im already missing my wing 😦 )

While I waited for the paint to dry, which being rustkill was going to take ALL-FRIKKIN-DAY. Holly, The usual crew of Munners, Kev, Nicole and Ben Parrott, and I all went to a different Dim Sum place in a suburb called “Warwick”

This pic makes me so hungry. I want to smash 20 pork buns in my face.

After the paint was all dry i took the car for a drive, as id actually missed it all weekend, haha . This is at Hollys house. Holly and I were so pleased with our efforts!!

Clay my housemate thought the paintjob was so good that he blessed my car with a sticker that ive been rocking. Thanks Clay!

Hopefully in the next 24-48 hours i hear from the Windscreen guys, so i can FINALLY get the Cresta driving! .

Updates soon.

Fixing Rust and Dim Sum

The weekend passed WAY to quickly!
Lots of work done repairing the Cresta’s windscreen area and around the “gutters” above the doors.

But before that Holly and I hitup Perth City for morning Dim Sum breakfast with some friends, Kev, Kerry, Munners and Nicole.

Dragon Palace in Francis St , Northbridge is amazing. We go here often, and the food is always perfect and soooooooooooo tasty!!!

Myself, Kev, Kerry Looking at the sticky rice. MMMM!!!>>>

Kev loves pictures.

No Dim Sum morning would be complete with mass amounts of bubble tea! so refreshing considering it was 34 degrees that day! HRR!!!

Lots of rust grinded away and treated with “Rust converter and primer sealer” to coat the surface and prevent or at least slow down the growing of more rust in the areas..

Sunday morning nice and early before the temp gets to 30, Suki and i chilled outside together, she was hunting bugs, i was smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee 😉

When Holly and I woke up we both felt like Dim Sum again!!!! So back down the freeway to Perth city for some more !! SO GOOD!!!!!!!! 😀

Back to the arvo work on the Cresta, I finidhed the bog work, some sections of near the windscreen mounting lip were not perfect, but were going to be covered in glue once the window is installed anyway. Several layers of Etch primer and Primer Putty were used to build up the scars from where i grinded sections of the roof.

Kinda half way there, Needs small touches to be perfect!

Rear pillars needed some love too. Mainly just on the corners between the chrome Surounds at the top.

Pillar complete and smooth ready for paint! Same with the roof sections too!

I was thinking about using my welder on the pillar as the rust had eaten through a large portion of the lower section. But after grinding a LOT of the rust away, it was obvious there was still some good metal there.
I hit it up with a special bog that consisted of stainless steal fragments, fibreglass AND bog all in one tin. Stuff was expensive, but being the A-Pillar, it was kinda important not to just use basic bog.
I hope it holds out.

This arvo: Cleaning the yard front and back and painting the repairs the correct colour.



Iron Oxide



So yesterday i managed to remove my windscreen from the Cresta.

DEFINITELY not a fun job, i have done it before a few times. The arvo temp was hovering around 34 degrees with clear skys in direct sunlight. So of course i needed some Budweiser refreshments to keep me going.

I managed to remove the majority of the screen using a special tool with a hook and a chain piece handle that i borrowed of a neighbour about 2 years ago and never returned (Sorry EldarO!)

Got it out within 30 mins, with some assistance from Clay to kick out the lower section of the screen as i couldnt reach it with the hook (think pineapple express!! HAHA)

Windscreen out Cupholder in plain sight, inc. refreshments ! 😀

As you can see, Lots of lovely rust holes just WAITING to be grinded away and filled with Rust converter + Primer!

This is the A Pillar, very destroyed. I may need to get the welder out for this guy 😦

Grinding begins this arvo 4pm!