Oi oi, aaaaand I'm back again.
IS200 was cool and that, but really couldn't fall in love with it. So here we are, on my 4th 5 now, and this one has been real slog already!
Some of you may know this car, it was a Santa Pod regular for a couple of years, and looked like this in it's heyday:
Anyway, after he moved onto to a PS13 the mk1 got laid up, under a tarp for 5 months, with any parts of any real value removed. No kit, no vented bonnet, wheels gone, seats gone, harnesses gone, harness bar gone, steering wheel gone, exhaust gone, coilovers gone, rack mods gone, hard top gone. it was basically a bare shell with a flat battery and looked very very sorry for itself.
So I got it off him very cheap, no MOT, needing "some" work. It sat outside his house for around 4 weeks while we built it back up.
So we did the following:
Fitted soft top
steering wheel hub
front hubs refitted
new front pads
new front brake hoses
Fitted standard exhaust and cat
new tie rod end
new lower ball joints
new upper ball joint dust covers
new alternator belt
JB welded snapped thermostat pipe
new wheels (14" Watanabe reps)
2 new tyres
We then started it up, went to drive it to the MOT and it leaked coolant bad, so:
replacement radiator on short notice from a scrapyard mk2 (mounts are different so it's cable tied in
Also I stupidly moved it without filling the PS fluid first, so:
Replacement steering rack (blew a seal on the original)
And finally it was ready! Here it is mid way through the work:
The water pump then started leaking, amazing! I didn't have time, so just chucked some RadWeld in. I know, I know, hate the stuff as well, but it stopped leaking and could then be taken for an MOT. New water pump will be done soon, along with cambelt etc.
It passed! I had a pre-MOT done and it needed one rear tyre, and a couple more bulbs. Absolutely smashed the emissions test, would have easily even passed a cat test, CO readings were basically not even registering, and HC levels were rock bottom, very pleased!
It handles like a total bag of crap, the suspension setup consists of standard shocks (sprayed white for some reason?), and some crappy lowering springs. Bouncy, horrendous. Alignment was eyeballed, literally just did the toe by eye, no string, nothing. Coilovers and alignment coming soon. But it's on the road and it drives so there's that!
Naturally I couldn't resist buying stuff it doesn't actually need, so I got some really nice Volk Mesh off a mate for a good price. They need a refurb, and some 4x114.3 to 4x100 adapters, but will look saucy on the car I reckon once it's lowered:
That's about it for now, we fitted a Cobalt backbox the other night, it had the flange cut off already for some reason, so we just cut the backbox off and clamped it on (mildly bodged, but doesn't blow!). This was of course all done in a Sainsbury's car park, in true Roadkill fashion. I have a Malian midpipe to go on it, so will get a mate that welds to put a flange on the Cobalt and reverse my world class bodgery.
Good to be back yet again, even if this is the ropiest most cable tied 5 I've ever owned so far!