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Old 11-13-12, 02:09 AM   #1
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Brief rundown of the build so far -

1992 UZZ31 GT-L hardtop, EMV equipped w/ 154,xxx kms on the clock. Originally 051 paint however has had a respray sometime in it's life to what resembles 057 Golden Pearl. Unfortunately I don't have much past history apart from what I have come across while maintaining & modifying it. Though it has been looked after & the kms 'appear' to be genuine.

It was not heavily optioned, however I have since made some changes to this area of the car:

* Non-EMV conversion (common black screen issue)
* JZZ30 climate control replacement w/ new LCD screen & LEDs + 'Metra' double din fascia kit
* Rear wiper window conversion including appropriate combination switches
* Rear spoiler conversion added w/ OEM reverse camera fitted + ECU installed
* Air suspension removed, all lines kept in place & converted to fully adjustable coilovers
* Leather heated/memory seats replaced w/ '96 electric JZZ30 fabric seats front & rear

The EMV had an attempted repair with new transistors & capacitors however the back-light was the issue. So I made the decision to convert as having no control over the climate control & sound quickly became unbearable. During that time I did the AUX mod to get me by. I have kept the EMV & do one day plan to pull it apart again & fix the problem, possibly even convert back despite the pig of a job it was to convert in the first place.

The rear spoiler was not optioned on this car, though a previous owner had fitted one (a non OEM copy) so I just had to add 2 new holes for the brake light wiring & camera plug for the replacement spoiler. Prior to this I went to the trouble of converting to a rear wiper window as well, having always been fond of it on my last soarer. I managed to complete both conversion cheaply so neither were a hassle.

So where I have lost some options I have gained some back. Though not yet 100% such as:

* Spray nozzle water line to be connected/routed from reservoir to boot.
* New LED strip to be fitted to the spoiler light as it has completely stopped working

Future plans are to hang onto it, selling it down the track would just be a loss considering the drop in value these days especially here in AUS. I bought this '31 for what it is, a GT so I won't be adding any forced induction anytime soon though as I'll leave performance in the hands of my other car. For now comfort, reliability & restoration are the main priorities. Things like a shift kit & an LSD I'll eventually get around to fitting for the added driveability.

Modification/Maintenance List:

Exterior:
- Past respray in golden pearl (similar to 057)
- Brightx clean lens headlights [--/--/15]
- '94 front bumper - to be picked up from being painted [--/--/15]
- '94 OEM tail lights + a cleared set awaiting a re-seal [--/--/15]
- '97 OEM side skirts & mouldings [--/04/14]
- '97 OEM rear bar + extensions due [--/09/15] from JP
- Rear wiper window conversion + '04 Forester arm retrofit [18/02/14]
- OEM reverse camera conversion [22/05/14]
- '94 glass high beams
- D.speed clear side winkers [03/06/14]
- OEM '4.0GT-L' fender emblems [21/02/13]
- 6000k HID low beam
- White SMD LED parkers
- Personalized '1UZFE' USA/JDM style plates [13/04/13]

Interior:
- '96 fabric front & rear seats [--/11/13]
- Black OEM carpet [16/05/15]
- New OEM tan handbrake cover [05/05/15]
- JZA80 SRS steering wheel w/ cruise control retrofit & S2 airbag adapter plug [26/03/13]
- Cruise control 108 km limit removed [18/03/13]
- Non-EMV conversion
- Refurbished JZZ30 climate control unit + Pioneer 2-DIN headunit
- Rear wiper combination switches [18/02/14]
- Parcel shelf speakers re-trimmed black [30/04/14]
- Black restraint hook covers fitted [12/05/14]
- JDM flare
- Black console fascia + New OEM gear shifter/handbrake + cover & flip-up cup holder due [--/08/15] from JP

Engine/Maintenance:
- Serviced every 5000km w/ Penrite semi syn 10W-40 oil
- OEM 200,000 km service @ 16xxxx [--/11/14]
- Mine's ECU [16/05/15]
- BFI intake mod [18/11/12]
- Carbon intake lid [03/02/13]
- New OEM '97 coolant tank w/ deleted sensor [11/04/14]
- New OEM air filter [21/02/13]
- NGK Iridium plugs @ 141291 km [14/04/13]
- Eagle ignition leads @ 164109 km [12/11/2014]
- New Bosch distributor caps & rotor buttons @ 141291 km [14/04/13]
- New OEM PCV valve & grommet [08/09/14]
- '97 heater tap [16/11/14]
- New OEM valve cover gaskets
- New OEM TB gasket
- New OEM spark plug seals
- New OEM oil cap & gasket
- New OEM VSV [24/12/14]
- TT P/S ECU fitted (for slightly stiffer steering) [24/12/14]
- Carbing radiator cooling plate [24/12/14]

Exhaust:
- Hurricane headers > 100CPI cats > 2 1/4" twin system into UZZ31 ZEES rear mufflers [11/06/13]
- 100CPI high flow cats added [29/07/15]

Brakes:
- LS400 4 piston calipers w/ RDA rotors & TRW pads [29/05/13]
- JZA80 2 piston calipers [13/11/14] w/ RDA rotors & EBC pads [18/12/14]

Suspension:
- New BC V1 Coilovers [--/07/15]
- Speed Works floor tunnel brace [14/05/13]
- Front UCA & LCA replaced w/ OEM spec rubber bushes [01/12/14]
- SuperPro front swaybar bushes [06/02/14]
- SuperPro power steering rack bushes [06/02/14]

Wheels/Tyres:
- Guards rolled [10/04/13]
- R34 GTR wheels 18 x 9" +30 / 235/40/18 tyres all around
- Wiring harness relocation

Other Misc:
- Toyota Premium horns fitted [24/12/14]
- A/C re-gassed & converted to R134 [13/11/2014]
- Full transmission flush with genuine fluids [06/02/14]
- Temp sensors unplugged & removed [23/01/14]
- New OEM fuel pump ECU + relocated to the boot (OEM location kills them from heat) [27/06/13]
- New AcDelco 600CCA battery [27/06/13]
- New non-OEM standard fuel pump [03/07/13]
- New Windscreen [27/11/12]
- New Radiator - performed by previous owner
- Timing belt change - performed by previoius owner

As of a few days ago:

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See attached photos below from when I picked it up [--/11/12]:
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Old 11-13-12, 02:12 AM   #2
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that is really clean, you got yourself a good deal for a keeper here.
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Old 11-13-12, 02:24 AM   #3
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So the plan this time around (if I stay on path) is basically a clean cruiser with a few subtle & basic performance upgrades, sitting nice on a set of wheels, either keep the air suspension or just save any issues & go with some coilovers.

I'm not looking for power, so an aggressive sounding V8 with matching aesthetics is the direction I'm heading in.

At the moment or at least for another 2 weeks, modifications will be minimal until I get it ready for the roadworthy inspection. However this won't stop me from accumulating parts.
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Old 11-13-12, 02:31 AM   #4
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that is really clean, you got yourself a good deal for a keeper here.
Thanks, absolutely, I couldn't look past it for that price & condition even if I wasn't planning on another Soarer!

Definitely a keeper.
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Old 11-13-12, 07:31 AM   #5
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Its definetly looks clean man. How is the interior? Any other pictures?
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Old 11-13-12, 06:05 PM   #6
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Nice pick up...more pics please!!!
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Some more 'before the modding begins' photos, coming at you from my cramped carport!

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As you can see in the photos I'm in need of replacing the drivers side indicator & also the rear spoiler, which someone has thrown on a fiberglass copy in poor condition. SC400 fender badges still have to go as well.

The interior is in great condition apart from the usual bolster wear on the drivers seat & steering wheel, but really not phased about that at present!
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Some minor mods that I'm planning for this week will include:

- Pull headlights apart, clean lens, rub back flaking housing & spray Black
- Replace low beam & high beam globes
- Frameless wiper blades
- Clean up & spray front wiper arms
- Clean up & spray hubs & calipers
- Modify front bar lower turning signals into driving lights
- BFI intake w/ new filter
- A basic service
- Rectify & repair front passenger side suspension issue (wheel moving whilst braking?)

Some future modifications/upgrades happening in the next month:

- 94/95 tail lights
- Glass high beams
- Rear window visor
- Replacement rear spoiler w/ brake light
- Factory front lip
- Clear side bar indicators

Updates coming soon
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Navigation and shaved emblems, looks great.

Curious about the radio/nav unit. Are the characters in Japanese?
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Change out the steel wheels and you have a keeper!
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Nice car!

I just experienced having a 1uz sc400, and for a daily driver, it was perfect.

Good power, beautiful 32 valve noise, and decent Miles per gallon at 20-21.

Enjoy it!
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Ur sc is begging for headers and full exhaust! Let that 1uz roar!
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Looks great, congrats
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Navigation and shaved emblems, looks great.

Curious about the radio/nav unit. Are the characters in Japanese?
Thanks a lot, I originally intended to replace the badges but now I'm thinking I'll keep it shaved

And yes the buttons surrounding the nav unit are in Japanese, though unfortunately the screen isn't functional (which I'm guessing the fluorescent tube has seen better days) I do have a print out of what each button reads though

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Change out the steel wheels and you have a keeper!
Haha, the good 'ol steel wheels are only on at the moment as the tryes are close to new & believe me, a hell of a lot nicer than what the previous had fitted on so once the car passes the roadworthy inspection a new set will be first on the list, can't wait

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Nice car!

I just experienced having a 1uz sc400, and for a daily driver, it was perfect.

Good power, beautiful 32 valve noise, and decent Miles per gallon at 20-21.

Enjoy it!
Certainly will!

If I didn't let go of my JZZ30, I would of most definitely kept this one as a nicely kept daily

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Ur sc is begging for headers and full exhaust! Let that 1uz roar!
Trust me the thought of a fully system & headers is keeping me awake at night!! Hopefully in the next coming months!

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Looks great, congrats
Thanks! I knew it wouldn't of been long before I owned another, well worth the wait.
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I have a set of IMF headers in my garage waiting to get installed can't wait to hear the 1uz rip combined with my supercharger setup
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