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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? 

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needs “my lab is smarter than your honor student” sticker and kleenex box on speaker shelf in rear window

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5 hours ago, ChriSOL said:

needs “my cat is smarter than your honor student” sticker and Golfer bobble head on speaker shelf in rear window

There, fixed....

See, I have an advantage over suckering mustangs into a race, I have gray hair.
(and I also have a Camry badge for the trunk)

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35 minutes ago, Gordo said:

 

See, I have an advantage over suckering mustangs into a race, I have gray hair.
(and I also have a Camry badge for the trunk)

Biggest factor right there

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Also came across this about a month ago on ebay.

 

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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.

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A lot of cutting & welding.......

I said fuck that shit, and just grabbed one out of Japan.

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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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Not through RHD Japan's auction service, BidJDM.

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Nice score on the bumper! $300 is cheeeeap. Just build a rear "bash bar" that fits the contours to support the bumper. That's the main reason a lot of us build custom bash bars. To support the bumper, not necessarily to bash into things lol. Calling them bash bars just sounds more edgy.

 

On the topic of bashing and drifting, FWIW, in the 40k miles I have driven my swapped Cressida, more damage to my car has happened while daily driving than drifting.

I think a lady in a Kia Optima pulling out in front of you last second is almost just as prevalent as having a concrete barrier at a drift event claim your ride.

 

Either way I understand your concern and commend your decision to keep your car in good condition. Excited to see what you do.
 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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UZs get a bunch of crap, and they aren't JZ fast, but they consistently hold up better than any other gas powered engine I have ever seen. Yours looks perfect inside! Nice find!

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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. 

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