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03-05-2018 02:18 PM
TobiasSing
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Originally Posted by blkaltezza View Post
LOL I only have the sedan and sportcross, that Camry in the garage is actually my friend's. He was kind enough to let me keep the sportcross in his garage as I restore it. The funny part is that he has a 2017 IS350 F-Sport as a daily because he doesn't want to daily the Camry
haha, yeah now that makes a lot more sense! Nice friend you've got there for that
03-04-2018 10:01 PM
blkaltezza
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Originally Posted by lessthanjakejohn View Post
how long do the headlights last after you buff them up?

seems kind of like a sisyphean task or I would have done it already to mine.
With the clearcoat and regular car washes, it'll stay like new. However if you restore it and leave it bare, it will get hazy again. I've gotten really nice results with the Meguiar's headlight coating spray. I restored and coated my friend's headlights about a year ago and his headlights are still clear even though he doesn't wash his car at all.

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How many cars do you have? I see a Camry in the garage. Is that what friends told you was too nice to daily? So you got a Lexus lol
LOL I only have the sedan and sportcross, that Camry in the garage is actually my friend's. He was kind enough to let me keep the sportcross in his garage as I restore it. The funny part is that he has a 2017 IS350 F-Sport as a daily because he doesn't want to daily the Camry
03-04-2018 01:50 PM
TobiasSing
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Originally Posted by blkaltezza View Post
Over the years, my friends have been telling me that my car was way too nice to daily and I need to get something else to serve my daily commute.


How many cars do you have? I see a Camry in the garage. Is that what friends told you was too nice to daily? So you got a Lexus lol
03-03-2018 11:27 PM
lessthanjakejohn how long do the headlights last after you buff them up?

seems kind of like a sisyphean task or I would have done it already to mine.
03-03-2018 11:21 PM
lessthanjakejohn
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Originally Posted by blkaltezza View Post
I think I know exactly which one you're talking about. It was a white one with tan leather interior that had 255k miles for $1900 in the dfw area. I was going to pick it up, but it literally sold in less than 12 hours. The guy who brought it is currently trying to flip it for $6900 right now
haha yeah it sold QUICK.!! I don't have a place to park it so was a no go really. I didn't expect it to go quite that fast but I knew I needed to buy it that second if I actually wanted it.

$6900.. lol
03-03-2018 11:08 PM
blkaltezza
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Originally Posted by lessthanjakejohn View Post
Nice sportcross. Lucky on the engine too.. good work.

I saw a sportcross come up on craigslist with 220k miles for $1500, clean body. Wanted to buy it so bad..
I think I know exactly which one you're talking about. It was a white one with tan leather interior that had 255k miles for $1900 in the dfw area. I was going to pick it up, but it literally sold in less than 12 hours. The guy who brought it is currently trying to flip it for $6900 right now
03-03-2018 10:58 PM
lessthanjakejohn Nice sportcross. Lucky on the engine too.. good work.

I saw a sportcross come up on craigslist with 220k miles for $1500, clean body. Wanted to buy it so bad..
03-02-2018 02:39 PM
blkaltezza Over the years, my friends have been telling me that my car was way too nice to daily and I need to get something else to serve my daily commute. Well a few weeks ago this popped up for sale.





I've wanted a sportcross for a while, but I was waiting for a somewhat clean one so I could restore it to it's former glory. The previous owner is actually a member here on my.is, but I can't remember his username.

Initially my friend with the drift IS300 brought this car, but he needed money to buy a trailer so I brought it from him. I went with him to pick up the car and I told him if he ever wanted to sell it to let me know. He literally had the car in his possession for 2 weeks and it just sat before he sold it to me

According to the previous owner, the car was tracked and it overheated on one of the sessions. It blew the radiator and it was replaced, but the previous owner said he thinks the head might be warped.

I brought the car with the intention of replacing the motor, since there was a possibility that it had a warped head. So when I got it, I just addressed the parts that needed some serious TLC such as the headlights.



The headlights needed some serious love... right headlight is how it looked before, the left is after I wetsanded, polished and clear coated it.









I'm still finishing up my last semester of college so I have limited time to work on the car. I just did things one step at a time. I finished up the headlights one day, but didn't get to finish the foglights until the day after since I had to go to class.



Once I cleaned up the exterior and vacuumed up all of the pet hair in the interior, I decided to tear into the motor. I've messed with a good number of cars over the years and when I moved the the car on and off the trailer, it didn't feel like it had a blown HG which would be the result from a warped head.

There was no coolant in the oil and no oil in the coolant so I didn't think it had a blown HG. I would let the car idle and the temperature would raise very quickly. I assumed it was a stuck thermostat so that was the first thing I checked.





I drained the coolant and it was alot less coolant in the system than I expected. Once I took off the water neck and looked at the thermostat, it was definitely stuck. There was some residue from the coolant which scared me at first because it looked like metal shavings. I think the coolant just overheated to the point it crystallized.

As a temporary fix, I jammed the thermostat open with a screwdriver so at least it was functional again and put everything back together. I idled the car and let it get to operating temperature and it never went past that. So I took it for a drive and luckily for me, the car no longer overheats. Now I don't have to buy a new motor



Now that the car was running, I spent a day addressing the melting dashboard issue. I've done about 4-5 dashboards already, so this wasn't too difficult for me.





The worst part, stripping the dashboard of all the nasty goo







Cleaned up all of the panels while the dashboard was drying and now the interior looks like my sedan, minus the ripped driver's seat. I'll slowly restore some other parts such as spoiler and side mirrors that have clearcoat peeling. Overall the car is in good condition and I'm sure I can get it back to 100%
03-02-2018 01:49 PM
blkaltezza
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Originally Posted by Piggity View Post
Nice pics man! Those brakes look great with the rims. How do you like the brakes compared to stock? Any bias issues?
They work great, and I had no problems with brake bias. IS250 owners upgrade their brakes to the IS350 all the time on the stock master cylinder so I figured there would be no problems.

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Originally Posted by lessthanjakejohn View Post
How did you lay down that paint?
I have a Snap-On spray gun that I borrowed from my uncle.
02-15-2018 03:52 PM
lessthanjakejohn How did you lay down that paint?
02-15-2018 08:23 AM
Piggity Nice pics man! Those brakes look great with the rims. How do you like the brakes compared to stock? Any bias issues?
02-14-2018 11:28 PM
toneekay
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I haven't posted any updates in a while since since photobucket messed up everything. Probably won't get around to rehosting the old pictures since there's so many but I'll host my new pictures on flickr from this point forward.

My last update I left off with the version select bumper graft. I finally finished it over Thanksgiving break in 2017 and here's some progress pictures.




That's pretty much all that's happened since the last update. I'm on my last semester of college so my priority has shifted and I'm more focused on finishing up my degree before I do any more major projects on the car.

I'm not as active on here as I used to be, but after my friends added me to a few IS300 groups on FB I can say I definitely prefer posting on here than dealing with the idiots in those groups
Superrr clean ride! Not sure if you've mentioned it, or if I missed it, but what's the specs on your rims?
02-14-2018 09:11 PM
blkaltezza I haven't posted any updates in a while since since photobucket messed up everything. Probably won't get around to rehosting the old pictures since there's so many but I'll host my new pictures on flickr from this point forward.

My last update I left off with the version select bumper graft. I finally finished it over Thanksgiving break in 2017 and here's some progress pictures.
















Before I molded the bumpers together I trimmed part of the bumper for my intercooler. After molding it to the oem bumper, it looked like I cut off too much so I had to refiberglass that area.




One thing that bothered me about aftermarket bumpers was the fitment of the lights and how it lined up with the fender. Using a oem bumper eliminates all of those problems



All primered and ready for paint


Laying down the 202 black



All painted and back on the car


It looked incomplete with the FMIC out in the open so I taped up the edges and made a mesh for the opening



I also got around to finishing up my IS350 brakes, I painted them 202 black and got some decals made for them



Installed the brakes using the C&C adapters from rimwhore here on the forums



The IS350 brakes fill up the area nicely behind the RG-D2s


A couple of pictures taken by Danh Phan of Mayday Garage at the Wekfest Texas premeet



My friend Hai Le of JH Films wanted to do a photoshoot so we took our cars to the cement factory down the street from his house











That's pretty much all that's happened since the last update. I'm on my last semester of college so my priority has shifted and I'm more focused on finishing up my degree before I do any more major projects on the car.

I'm not as active on here as I used to be, but after my friends added me to a few IS300 groups on FB I can say I definitely prefer posting on here than dealing with the idiots in those groups
04-07-2017 12:29 AM
blkaltezza I'm long overdue for a update, so here it goes

I ended up selling the NT03s because they were too aggressive for my taste and I hated the stretch. In the meantime I borrowed my friend's Work CR2P while I was selling the Enkeis.



Here's a few pictures me and my friend took for a impromtu iphone photoshoot at the park









While we were at the park we found a huge open lot. I decided to take the car sideways and made a huge cloud of smoke



Well after tossing around the car and spinning out, it became apparent I needed a LSD so I picked up a M85 torsen. I've been lazy so I haven't installed it yet, but I'll get around to it eventually.



After I sold the NT03s, I placed an order for some new wheels





They're the new Advan RG-D2s and this time around I got some conservative specs so I could fit bigger tires in the rear. I managed to squeeze some 245/40/18s in the rear and now the car is able to hook alot better.





I took my car to TX2K17, but didn't run it since I know it's slow. I just went to check out the races and support my friends that were there racing. I also came out to help support Bernard's AAA booth, so we both had our IS300s out there



The week after I attended the TXSL drift series and participated in the Non Stop Tuning car show. My car took home Best Lexus, but honestly there was only 30 cars in the show and I think I was the only Lexus





I wasn't planning on taking my car to the show, but in the weeks coming up to the event I was helping my friend get his IS300 ready for the drift event. Long story short, my friends convinced me to go last minute



In the 3 weeks we had before the event we did a R154 manual swap, welded in cage, BC Racing coilovers, Figs LCA, Figs toe arms, Figs trac arms, Minty Fresh moose knuckles, 4.1 Cusco LSD, and much more.

Here's a picture of my buddy sliding his IS300 on the shakedown run



However our weekend was cut short because of a broken axle stub. Finds out that the Altezza axle stubs are thinner than the IS300 ones so they're significantly weaker.



The left one is the Altezza stub and the right is the IS300



We found some replacement stubs on Yahoo Auctions Japan, but he's probably going to sell the Cusco and get a FR-S/BR-Z differential once he replaces the broken stub. Both the Cusco 2 way and the 86 diff has a 4.1 ratio and since the 86 diff will accept the is300 stubs it'll be perfect. We're also swapping in a vvt-i 1JZ-GTE from a JZS171 in a few weeks so the extra power will help him be more competitive at round 3 of TXSL.

Finally I found a cheap OEM bumper to mold my Version:Select bumper to so that'll be another project to complete as well



That's pretty much it for now, there's not really much going on with my car. I'm only a few more classes away from finishing my bachelor's degree, so I'm not trying to do too much to my car in the meantime. Helping my friend with his car is keeping me from spending money on mines which is a good thing

Once I graduate and get a real job, things will probably move alot quicker and my IS300 will have some more progress
10-18-2016 05:13 AM
TLT Strategies FUCKING CLEAN RIDE MAN!!, can't wait to read all these pages! thanks for sharing
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