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Old 03-12-19, 09:57 AM
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So, I picked up another rescue. 1997 w/ 167k miles; Lexus shows it as a Coach model, but I can't find any branding. Needed cam seals and I'm replacing the valve cover gaskets and cleaning the throttle body while it's off. The only real issue for me is the peeling clear-coat and dent in the LH rear quarter. Mostly because I don't do body work or work with anyone who does. But hey, at least now I have a use for that UCF20 parts car I picked up accidentally!





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Old 03-12-19, 10:21 AM
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Wow very nice, those are minor cosmetic issues.
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Old 03-12-19, 11:52 AM
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maybe it's just me but i feel like i almost never see a 95-97 in silver
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Old 03-12-19, 11:55 AM
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Just hoping the cam seal fixes the major oil leak. Doing the valve covers just to be safe. It looked to be coming from the LH cam, but I just did my best visually; I didn't do any fancy dye testing or anything. I did do a block gas test and it passed that.

Otherwise, thanks! I'm really torn on keeping it! Because I have 3 runners and I don't need all of them, nor does my wife appreciate that this is where all our extra money has been going.
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Nice car. You might be able to get the damage out with PDR, and then just leave the scratch or make it a little less noticeable with a light compound and polish.

If you look closely at your seats, you'll notice the middle sections of each are perforated leather, while the outer sections are not. This is something I have only seen on Coach edition cars. The center arm rest in the front should have an embossed COACH logo on it too, if I recall correctly.
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Old 03-12-19, 09:54 PM
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Originally Posted by CELSI0R View Post
Nice car. You might be able to get the damage out with PDR, and then just leave the scratch or make it a little less noticeable with a light compound and polish.
It's pretty deep. I doubt PDR will cover it. I'd like to have it hammered out by someone really skilled and then have the whole car blocked and resprayed to stock.

But I found the logos! This car has been heavily neglected. Time to get it cleaned up and back to glory. Here's more pics! This thing is soooo dirty!



Before and after cleaning up the oil leak.
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Old 03-13-19, 05:11 AM
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Looks like you found the oil culprit. Good work. Bet that cleans up nice when you're finished with it.
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Old 03-13-19, 05:57 AM
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lmao i know the feeling. i find strays in my driveway way too much. ive had 6 different Ls400s in the last year. 3 in my driveway now
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Old 03-14-19, 10:38 AM
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Nope. Still hemorrhaging oil from the front. My new crank seal will be here in the morning. If that doesn't fix it, I guess I'm pulling the oil pump to inspect the o-ring and reseal it. There's a lot of grey gasket seal on this. A lot of evidence of recent work. Hopefully I get it sorted, because I'm in love with this Coach beauty.
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Old 03-15-19, 11:23 PM
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Crank seal is replaced and the leak is gone! Next I need to inspect and rebuild the ECU; TRAC light flashing, diagnostic tools not registering.Then I'll see about flushing out the rack and servicing the solenoid to get rid of the slip-stick in the steering. Then on to cosmetic restoration.
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