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Old 05-16-17, 10:36 PM   #1
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= = = = = = = = = = JOURNAL= = = = == = = = =
May 17, 2017
At the time of this post, it has been three months since I purchased this vehicle in February. I've always wanted to have an SC to play with, but finding one in the Northeast that isn't beat to hell or rotted out is nearly impossible. I got rid of my third generation IS in April in hopes of finding a fun project car and this happened to pop up on eBay with ~70k miles. I called up the seller, made sure everything checked out alright, scheduled a PPI with a reputable speed shop down in North Carolina, booked a ticket, and drove the vehicle thirteen hours back up to Massachusetts. I've had no issues with this car thus far, it's been a real head turner, and makes a decent amount of power stock. All the panels on this car are original, the car has never been in a collision, and aside from the fading/mismatched paint it is in great shape. Every shop that has touched this vehicle says everything comes off like butter, no need to heat up or soak any fasteners. This vehicle has had the cleanest undercarriage they've seen, and that's even in comparison to newer vehicles that roll through their shops.

So far the vehicle only has suspension and exhaust done, but is currently under the knife for a new paint job and new aero. I will have updates later this week or the week after with final results. Stay tuned!

May 19, 2017
Just went on a shopping spree. Picked up materials for the paint job. Will be using Chromabase with Standox Clear, car should be ready to roll within a week or two!

September 25, 2017
Ran into some trouble with the original shop that was supposed to paint my car, they held onto the car for 3.5 months and the car still wasn't finished. They also used all my Chromabase & Standox, so to finish the job it was essentially redone with Glasurit. I had to call in a favor to have the car finished by someone else and they knocked it out in under a week. Unfortunately, I pulled the trunk with the lip on it from an SC400 and forgot to tell the shop to weld the holes on the Lexus emblem. I'll figure something out later. So, now she's all painted and has some new shoes.
= = = = = = = = = = CURRENT SET-UP = = = = = = = = = =
Mercedes-Benz Obsidian Black (197)
Fortune Auto 500 Series Coilovers with Swift Springs (12k/8k)
Shine Auto Project Spec-A Full Aero
19" BBS RG-R in Diamond Black
3" Stainless Downpipe Back
3" Vibrant Bottle Resonator
3" HKS Hi-Power Muffler

= = = = = = = = = = UPCOMING PLANS = = = = == = = = =
Silly, but I still haven't had time to tint the car, I'll be going 35% all around with a windshield strip.
Reupholster the entire interior, throw in some Recaros or Brides.
Transition to air suspension, will likely be using D2 air struts paired with Airlift 3P.
Reconfigure the exhaust, currently a single exit, will buy another HKS Hi-Power and redo the pipes for dual.
SRT8 Brembo brakes are on the way.
Single Turbo build with AEM/ProEFI with R154/CD009 swap.

= = = = = = = = = = PICTURES = = = = == = = = =
Out with the new, in with the old?
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The seller's JZZ30 and my newly purchased JZZ30, can't tell which one is which right?
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Stopping near Fort Meade for some gas, powering through the journey back up north.
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Finally made it back home, luckily the snow hit a few days prior to this.
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Fortune Auto knee transplants!
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On the lift ready for surgery.
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The original 3" straight pipe coming off the DP (Immediately got pulled over just half an hour after installation)
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Heading to the shop to weld on HKS muffler and Vibrant resonator.
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Resonator welded into the midsection.
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Muffler welded in at the stereotypical angle.
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All tied up and ready to roll.
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Waiting in the OR, getting ready to strip off everything and prep for paint!
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Half a day into removal.
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Half a day into removal.
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Half a day into removal.
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Shine Auto Project AC kit ready to go.
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Doors off the car, getting ready to move into the bay and shoot jambs.
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Standox Clear & Chromabase
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Pulling the car out of the failure shop and moving it to my family friend's shop.
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Freshly painted with the Shine AC kit.
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New wheels
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Old 05-17-17, 08:01 AM   #2
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Nice find and great progress! Great to see another clean SC in MA.
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Old 05-18-17, 08:56 AM   #3
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I like your IS a lot. Too bad you couldn't keep it and have the Soarer too.

Good luck with the new project. Definitely off to a great start!
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Old 05-19-17, 02:23 PM   #4
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Nice find and great progress! Great to see another clean SC in MA.
Thank you, hopefully will be seeing you around once the car is ready. I don't plan on bringing it around until it's fully finished at least cosmetically.

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I like your IS a lot. Too bad you couldn't keep it and have the Soarer too.

Good luck with the new project. Definitely off to a great start!
I loved my IS as well haha, it just didn't make any sense to keep it. I still miss driving it, but I have an LS460L for daily comfort. Thanks though, just trying to do everything right the first time with this project.
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Four month update! Finally got my car back, painted, kitted, and wheels will be mounted tomorrow. More pictures in the original edited post.


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Awesome build, can't wait to see updates on this. Seems like finding a good body shop that does timely work is a black art. What are your plans for the interior?
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beautiful paint job!
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Dude. Glad the car is treating you well, and it looks amazing! You have really come a long way with it in a very short time frame. Now, if I could sell this other one...
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Awesome paint job on your car!!! Nice progress so far.
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Paint is beautiful!
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