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  1. BoristheCat

    Sleeper MX83 build

    Lots of developments lately. Some good some bad. I made a pretty huge mistake, but I'm going to work with it. I was cruising the YAJ auctions and came across the set of wheels I wanted. They were the right offset, bolt pattern, and color. They even came with tires. Cool. The wheel and tire combo I want is roughly $3500. I found these for 158,000 yen, or roughly $1400 USD. I went ahead and bought them, and the importer told me that I had to have the tires unmounted or he couldn't ship them. That was my fault, since I failed to read the shipping do's and don'ts on his page. He asked the seller to unmount the tires. After shipping, the grand total came to around $2400, which is just $100 shy of brand new wheels in better widths that I could have bought here in the states. One of the wheels has some decent curbing on the outer lip, but it's not the worst I've seen. Probably a massive "no shit" to all you experienced people on here, but in case it wasn't obvious already, shipping from Japan is an arm and a leg. I learned my lesson, and don't plan on ever buying wheels from Japan again unless they're some super rare ones that I can't find in the states. Anyway, here's fitment and mockup pics. Stats are 18/9.5/+35 all the way around. The CTSV calipers fit great, with plenty of room to spare. Should be fine lol. This is after spacing the wheel 7mm forward to account for rotor thickness. Lots of poke in the front, but I'm anticipating the wider fenders that are in the mail will account for it. They're sitting a little funny in the front since I haven't hooked up the tension rods. The rears fit almost spot on. Only a little bit of poke. Hopefully a slight pull or only a minor amount of inner fender cutting and welding will get me there.
  2. BoristheCat

    New Look / Same Poor Taste

    So true about the Nissan trans. Lots of cutting for me. Adapting everything with the Collins kit and the serial nine shifter set me back an additional 1200. Only reason I did it is because it shifts nice and holds more power
  3. BoristheCat

    Gordo's X8 Ramblings

    Isn't that the whole point of having a fuel warmer plate on carbed vehicles? I've heard cold fuel atomization is actually worse in warm climates or during the summer. Everyone I know who has put a holly or Weber carb on their truck has said it runs like absolute ass in cold weather or in the morning due to no fuel warmer. I would figure if the fuel is warmer before being squirted into the motor, it would run better. I know fuck all about carbed stuff so I'm just spitballing here
  4. BoristheCat

    Sleeper MX83 build

    Yep, that's why I'm not too upset about spending 2 hours getting those stupid exhaust manifold shields off, or the dumb starter location, etc. The car is really quiet, the 12 CD changer and sound system works perfect and the motor is super smooth. It has just enough power to be interesting. I actually might keep the auto instead of manual swapping it, since it is a daily. Probably will give it a slight drop with some MKIV supra used struts and springs, and then of course some middle of the road enkeis or something.
  5. BoristheCat

    Sleeper MX83 build

    Thanks Zach, yeah it is. That was my thinking. I would build a new bumper support to mount the thing. Bumper came in yesterday, but I haven't checked to see how bad the mounting is going to be with the stock bumper yet. I'm terrified of the bad drivers up here, there's a lot of them. I'm probably going to only drive this thing in very light traffic and/or on the weekends anyway. I might not even park it at the store or whatever. I might just drive it around without stopping and getting out, who knows. I also bought this thing for $900. It has 330k on the 1UZ in it, but the interior and exterior are almost perfect, so I can't complain. It even came with the user manual, Lexus first aid kit in the trunk, and the 12 CD changer still works. I'm going to make it my daily driver. I'll be dumping a little time and money into this thing for a little while. The cress will be on the back burner for a few weeks probably, but then I'll get back to it. The 1UZ is kind of a pain in the ass, but I still like it. I've already torn the motor apart to refresh the goopy top end. The motor is super healthy for the mileage it has, take a look at the spotless cams. They look brand new.
  6. BoristheCat

    Sleeper MX83 build

    I would have... the whole bumper itself is 100 bucks. Shipping is a minimum of 1600 I think? It was astronomical. Most proxy services don't want to deal with it.
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    Sleeper MX83 build

    Also came across this about a month ago on ebay. The seller originally wanted $500 for it, $650 with shipping. I called and offered $450 shipped, but he denied. Checked again a few days ago, and it dropped all the way down to $150. Bought it for $300 shipped. It doesn't come with the JDM metal bumper support. I know it will fit with some hacking. On the SerialNine website, they say that their JZX rear bumpers will fit with "heavily modifying the rear USDM bumper". Time to get out the cutting wheel again.
  8. BoristheCat

    Sleeper MX83 build

    Biggest factor right there
  9. BoristheCat

    Sleeper MX83 build

    Yep. I get too attached to cars. Don't like beating them up after all the time I took to build them, hence "sleeper mx83 build". It's not gonna be much of a sleeper with the lowering done to it and the giant six pistons though. It should fool most people... it's an old four door and it looks like a Camry, it must be slow, right?
  10. BoristheCat

    Sleeper MX83 build

    Not drifting this car, so I'm not worried about it lol
  11. BoristheCat

    Sleeper MX83 build

    It's real pretty. Got it brand "new" and unused in the box. They don't come up very often, and when they do, they're like $600+ dollars. I lucked out and got mine for like $500 shipped, which is still ridiculous, but whatever.
  12. BoristheCat

    Sleeper MX83 build

    Yep. No going back now, no ragrets
  13. BoristheCat

    Sleeper MX83 build

    Finished the tunnel, on the inside of the car at least. Put some dynamat and some thick sound-deadening vinyl on the tunnel and called it good. Did a quick mock-up of all the front end stuff. I'm really thrilled that the Woodbell grill I bought last year fits. Not everything is lined up perfectly in the pic since the corners of the headlights aren't supported by the fenders that I don't have yet.
  14. BoristheCat

    Sleeper MX83 build

    Yes and no. You're going to find very few old Toyotas and Datsuns in any local yards. They're mostly being held onto by private owners. Parts availability is pretty bad here too. I feel like most people aren't heading to Canada to buy parts though. A lot of kids with their parent's money are getting cars from Canada, no doubt about that. Totally agree about the artificial bubble though. Seems to be true everywhere.
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    Sleeper MX83 build

    I am aware, and I feel bad for my brothers up north But hey, at least you have the 15 year rule. We're waiting forever to import stuff when we see an entire choo choo train of canadians drive down to the US in imported jdm rides. It hurts man. You win some, you lose some
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    It's an old Toyota at least so fuck off.

    Lol rekt. In all seriousness, is he doing ok though? Kinda worried about the dude. He hasn't posted in a while and was going through some ex wife struggles or something last I saw him post
  17. BoristheCat

    Sleeper MX83 build

    Why am I not surprised lol. If it all bolts together properly and just needs some panel gap adjustment, I can deal with that. It's pretty much expected when you're getting parts that aren't manufactured with a perfect OEM mold.
  18. BoristheCat

    Sleeper MX83 build

    Yeah, I hope so. He has been making fenders for pretty much all x8 chassis, so in theory you could swap to any front end headlight/cornerlight/grill combo you want, as long as you have the corresponding hood. I'm really hoping this guy's stuff is good. All the lights from Japan are ready to ship to me, but jesus I got destroyed by shipping this time around. It was over 300 bucks. Last time I bought this much stuff, shipping was 180 I think? And it was a big ass box with a little bit more stuff than what I have in this box. I did notice that the exchange rate is different than a year or two ago. The yen is stronger or our dollar is weaker, not sure which.
  19. BoristheCat

    Sleeper MX83 build

    Leaving a review here isn't for his benefit, it's for the benefit of other JZXP users. If he's good, now we have a source for more parts. If he sucks, we'll know to stay away from him.
  20. BoristheCat

    Sleeper MX83 build

    WARNING WARNING WARNING Trying to fit a CDxxx transmission is utter bullshit and should not be attempted by anyone. That being said, I made it work. The stock tunnel has multiple layers of thin 18 or 20 gauge steel with a ton of rubber coating in between it. Example: I had to remove multiple layers until I was down to the base layer so I could weld everything. I got down to the base metal and cleaned everything properly. Welded up the tunnel, and was able to get the center console to fit properly. All the carpeting tucks under as it should. Unfortunately, I had to cut back some of the seat/b-pillar-on-the-floor/whateveryoucallit to clear the transmission. I boxed the hollow part, put some square stock back in to reinforce it, and added layers of metal back in to provide more structure. I just need to etch prime the exposed metal and then button up the interior. The shifter was still slightly too far back from being centered. I was just about to contact a local machinist when I was browsing the SerialNine website. They just came out with a slightly longer shifter extension for their CD999 short shift kit. Cool beans. I also ordered a JZX81 Mark II fiberglass hood and front fenders from DApexWorks. This will enable me to use the Kouki Mark II headlights which are my favorite out of all the headlight conversion options for the X8 chassis. I can also use my Woodbell grill. I bought the JZX81 Mark II kouki headlights and corner lights, which should be here within the next couple weeks. Buying fiberglass parts from Russia is a gamble, but I'm used to hacking up stuff if it doesn't fit. So far, the guy has a good reputation. I'll leave a review on his thread in the for sale section once I receive the goods.
  21. BoristheCat

    Sleeper MX83 build

    Very interesting, it makes me wonder if the higher temp paint that you used would dry from the atmosphere before it even hit the surface you were painting if you didn't have it. Yeah, tools are cool man, I agree
  22. BoristheCat

    Sleeper MX83 build

    Thanks Zach, the real name for the gun I have is "Air Gunsa HZ3", but it's made by Iwata. Just thought I'd clarify that in case someone wants to buy it, but can't find it online. Yeah, a few car guys at work do the same thing. They all have $25 primer guns that they just throw away or clean half-assedly when they're done with them. I thought about doing that, but it pains me to throw away or neglect a tool. But yeah, cleaning that high build out of my gun sucked. It's a pain to get off. I've never heard of a compressor air refrigerator until you mentioned it lol. My air and oil separator that I have for my compressor works really well. I did buy the disposable moisture separator for just behind the gun, but my autobody buddy told me to get that shit out of here. He thinks the separator at the compressor works plenty well enough. I wasn't going to argue with him, since he does it for a living. Went through and fixed the few things on the strut towers I didn't like, and cleaned up the area on the firewall where the starter wire and engine harness come through. There's a few parts on the firewall that are a bit chunky, but it works. The engine along with other things will block most of the slightly boogery stuff, so it shouldn't be visible.
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    Sleeper MX83 build

    I also was able to make the bracket from suspicious garage work. He was good about communicating with me and fixing the problem. The second piece he sent me was much closer than the first, but still needed the slightest bit of hacking to make work. Hit it with a little etch primer and then black trim paint.
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    Sleeper MX83 build

    Shocking news everyone. If you want a good weld, you have to clean both sides of the metal. After I started doing that, I went through and redid every single crappy weld that I did a few years ago. I paid dearly for not welding properly the first time. Having a nice speedglas helmet is so much better than a piece of $30 harbor freight trash. I can actually see the bead that I'm welding. Incredible. Bought a few more tools for the whole operation. I don't know how I survived without an air compressor for so long, it's amazing to finally have one. I also bought this paint gun. It was a pretty good value at around $250 off amazon. Came with a 1.3, 1.5 and 1.8 tip. There was so much damn bondo dust in my garage... Used some guidecoat to see where my high and low spots were. Once I was happy, I got everything prepped for high build primer. My autobody buddy sprayed the high build for me. It's much easier to look at it when it's all one color. I'm particularly happy with the cleaner looking frame rails. He was pretty impressed at how little overspray there was and how efficient it was. The primer really made any imperfections more evident though. There's a few things I need to touch up with bondo and finish putty. There were a couple places on the strut towers that I forgot to bondo, which I'll deal with momentarily. The bay won't be bathtub smooth, but it'll be damn close. The plan is to paint within the next few weekends. I'm already really happy with how much further the bay has come. Eeeeewww. Much better already
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