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Old 12-22-12, 09:01 PM   #16
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what a day! im too tired to get drunk. woke up at 6am, took her to get inspected since she has high miles and i just got her.
They called me an hour later and said all is fine and didn't charge me the fee. amen.

got home, thought, what can i do that wont cost a penny. popped off the stock grille.

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sand, prime, paint black, clear coat, put her back on. much better.

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then i replaced the mesh that wasnt on one of the grey ( ugly ) speaker grills. it was in the door sill.

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then my buddy pointed out the drip rails were all weathered cracking and grey, so i basically taped off most the car, sand, prime, paint. no more whitish grey ugly look - all black.

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turned around and saw my subs that been in my garage for 4 years. hmm. dusted em off, found my old amp, saw that it accepts hi inputs direct from speakers, so i removed the factory subwoofer ( it was blown ). that was a pain in the asz gettin that thing out. thank god for this forum for removing the rear deck. ran all the wires and hooked that up so now i got subs.

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Here's both my ladies before i got started today

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total cost = zero.
Simply used what i had in my garage.

Productive day... but i am freakin' exhausted.
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Old 12-22-12, 10:10 PM   #17
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Nice pic and nice classic
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Old 12-23-12, 12:43 PM   #19
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welcome car looks clean
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welcome to the club!!! its a very helpful forum.
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Old 12-24-12, 05:11 AM   #21
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Welcome, nice rides. Yeah , Toyota brakes feel mushy, not sure why
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so i thought the classic car was a Studabaker at first by the bullet type emblem but i havent ever seen one with the emblem that low, then i remembered the 1950ish Ford Custom Coupe..... what year is yours?
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so i thought the classic car was a Studabaker at first by the bullet type emblem but i havent ever seen one with the emblem that low, then i remembered the 1950ish Ford Custom Coupe..... what year is yours?
Good eye. Yeah, it is a 1950 Ford 500 Custom Tudor Sedan otherwise known as a "Shoebox Ford".. I been workin on that one for years. It is actually fully bagged and pretty much laying down for a nap in that picture.
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Car is beautiful. I actually love the is350 wheels on it and the ride height looks perfect. I know it's too late now but you could have took the drip rails off to paint them instead of masking the car. I painted mine black, they pop right off the car.
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looking good! nice and shiny
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Car is beautiful. I actually love the is350 wheels on it and the ride height looks perfect. I know it's too late now but you could have took the drip rails off to paint them instead of masking the car. I painted mine black, they pop right off the car.
Hmm, I figured trying to pop those brittle rails off woulda cracked them. I'm not a fan of the IS350 wheels. I mean, they are better than factory but i am a fat 5 spoke type-a-dude. Staggered 19in Maya RT5's would be the thang. Not in my bank account for that though
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Hmm, I figured trying to pop those brittle rails off woulda cracked them. I'm not a fan of the IS350 wheels. I mean, they are better than factory but i am a fat 5 spoke type-a-dude. Staggered 19in Maya RT5's would be the thang. Not in my bank account for that though
I've got a set of staggered 19" maya dtm's in my garage. Gonna throw them on in the spring. The rails are actually made of some type of aluminum, not plastic, so they are actually very flexible.
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Nice Pickup. GS4 is a TON of car for the money and the last of the gritty Lexuses IMO. I'm on my second one and am enjoying it more and more each day
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