I've been a member for a while now, just always lurked. Always wanted to own a Lexus SC and it happened for me 2 years ago. I found a 1993 SC400 with over 400,000 km (250,000 mi) for $800 and went to pick it up.
The car was not in half bad shape, barely any rust (hard for an old car not to have where I am, salted roads in the winter) and was pretty straight. The motor refused to start and was having problems moving (Trans related.) Regardless of whatever problems, I bought the car and it was to be a Father/Son project for myself and my Dad.
We got the car home and ended up firing it up, but did it run badly. We ended up figuring it was the caps/rotors, the motor was dumping a ton of fuel and barely igniting any of it. Ran like it was on 6 cylinders.
Anyways, about 3 months after, I was involved in a car accident and was sidelined from work as well as working on the car at all. My dad, busy with work himself would have no time for the car and it sat in the garage for almost 2 years.
Just recently, we started talking about the SC and were debating what to do with it, in terms of fixing it up. It was at that time I was starting to have problems with my current daily car and while looking online for a possible beater to replace it came across a 1991 Toyota Soarer for $3000. I immediately called the seller and arranged a time to check out the car. Aside from a few tiny problems (half assed manual conversion in japan), the car ran great and had recently had a new paint job done, no rust what so ever! And the selling point for me was the fact it's a hardtop, I despise sunroofs.
Long story short, I am now in posession of 2 great ZZ chassis cars. The Soarer becoming my new Summer car and the SC400 staying as a project for the both of us. Seeing as my dad used to build a bunch of v8's back in the 80's and used to own quite a few muscle cars, he's very inclined to drop a 454 Big Block we have at home into the SC400. Will keep you guys up to date on that when it happens or if he changes his mind.
As of today, the SC is being stripped down to metal and all the body is being prepped to be painted sometime next year. The Soarer is getting maintence done, needs a rear main seal and valve cover gaskets replaced.
Older pic of the sc400, it's all gutted internally now and the front end along with trunk and roof have been stripped and primed to protect them prior to body work.
Here's a pic of the Soarer the day after I got it. That's my daily Celica behind it.
Cleaned up the engine bay, it was coated in dirt and grime
The interior is pretty good, the door panels have cracks. Very poor plastic, going to try to repair them from the back. Ignore the shifter, they ziptied a boot to the auto surround and just cut a hole in it. Will be fixing that once I can order the parts to put the shifter where it's supposed to be. It has a bracket fabbed up now.
I test fitted a set of 19's that were included. Not sure I like them, would trade for a set of 18's if someone was interested. They are MRR GT-1's. The back tires are toast, but the fronts are almost brand new.
Yes, I know I need to lower it, looking for some coils now.
Anyways, figured I should finally introduce myself and hopefully can contribute to the forum.