Hello is300 world
My name is Andres I'm a Los Angeles native I'm not a certified mechanic but I've been working on cars since I was 17. I always like working on cars, and try to squeeze in some wrench time between getting yelled at by my wife and listening to my child cry. LOL those are minor things in daily life, and brings me to my next major topic.
So I just bought a 2001 is300 that needs some love. I've owned the car for 3 weeks and it needs a smog to finish registration. I bought it because I know about the cast iron block, forged crank, and reliability. The 2jz is a tank! It's a salvage car and it's bound to have some surprises. During the test drive the car drove straight with a slight rattle coming from the front, oil leak, and the rear passenger window has trouble rolling up and down, the key is busted and was crazy glued back together. Lmao the frame is straight, I checked the frame rails engine mounts and rear diff mounts and looked good. So I pulled the trigger and got the car for a reasonable price.
I drove it for a day and it hurt me. How some people mistreat and abandon cars. These machines are built beautifully and with good care they can last a lifetime or more.
So I was able to jack up the car after the first week. The wheel bearing was busted passenger side, a control arm was busted in driver side, I now see the crank and cam seals are the origin of the engine oil leak. The guy I got the car from said he fixed the rack and pinion so that looked good. So I started on the wheel bearing took off the spindle and took it to pepboys to have the bearing pressed out and new pressed in. the next week the control arm came in from Amazon it was a mission to get the new arm back on. I watched some froggy guy on YouTube and that helped me after a hour of looking stuff up.
I originally bought some figs bushings for the lower control arms but I didn't swap them because I don't have a press and I was only able to have a flat space to wrench for 4 hours and pepboys could only press them two days later. A giant failure but I just changed the arm and the OEM bushing and called it a day. I feel like the suspension is all sorted now and contemplating if I should do the seals. I'm in Los Angeles and mechanics charge more that a visit to a specialist doctor at UCLA lol. Should I let the is300 go and get a more solid platform? I have a figs bushings and a water pump kit sitting around that came in yesterday. I'm just thinking.... If I can get a turbo on this..