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Well, the bug bit again. I guess you could also call this thread "I lost my marbles and imported another shitty old car from Japan! Ask me (almost) anything!" Originally I wasn't planning on buying another AW11 for a couple of years... if at all. After owning five of them over the course of the last ten years and getting sick of repairing botch jobs on hacked-up local examples I firmly told myself not to bother anymore unless it was a truly tidy one, which meant most likely having to import one from Japan. Then a series of fortunate events including a career change, the sale of my Mazdaspeed Axela to a family member earlier this year (which freed up garage space and capital), and a strong dollar to yen ratio at the time all led me to engage Ewan from Stacked to check out a few nice looking AW11s on my behalf. Yeah, I'll admit that six months after selling my last AW11 the itch inevitably came back, so I'd been keeping a surreptitious eye on the car sites over in Japan for the last year to see what the market was like! After a few hits and misses I settled on a midnight blue hardtop from a yard near Tokyo called Marumi Auto which had low kms, very little rust, one careful owner, and had been quite well looked after. It wasn't cheap, and blue was never my first choice of colour (I was angling for either a Sherwood tone, white/grey, or white/gold example this time), but for the price nothing in NZ came close in terms of quality and condition, and after owning my last one the colour eventually grew on me. By some stroke of luck, this particular one had been specced with the much more aesthetically pleasing black interior instead of the default eye-watering blue that 99% of the midnight blue cars had! It arrived at Stacked's yard in Osaka around mid-May, having made its way across the country from Tokyo on a transporter, and Ewan made arrangements to load it on a RORO carrier departing in late May. Around the end of June the export certificate and some other documentation arrived, followed by a notification from Stacked's NZ based customs brokers in Tauranga that the car would be arriving on 11th July. The AW11 then spent the next week and a half on the wharf while Customs, MPI, MAF, and Land Transport NZ all poked around and carried out their various inspections in the name of bureaucracy. I was heartened by the fact that during the border check the car wasn't flagged for rust issues nor underbody damage! Then, finally, once all the Is were dotted, Ts crossed, and palms greased in the form of invoices paid, the car left the wharf on a transporter headed to North Shore Compliance and spent a few days there before I drove it a short distance up the road to the panelbeater where it now currently sits, and will undergo further inspection to pass a Repair Cert. Compliance revealed that the left rear quarter had been subject to a minor impact in the past (20 years ago or thereabouts), and because you could still buy replacement TGP panels at the time the entire section had simply been replaced. There are no marks to indicate the chassis had to undergo straightening, there isn't any cancer creeping in around the seams, and all the spot welds look good - but there are a couple of areas where surface rust has started bubbling (the join around the left hand tail light, for example) that will need to be cleaned up once the repair certifier completes his check. I've had very limited time to spend foaming over the car because of other commitments, so it was a nice surprise today to discover that it already sports a set of incredibly rare TRD lowering springs. I'd bid on some in Japan as the car was making its way over here and just barely lost the auction, so had been feeling a bit despondent about ever finding another set. So where to from here? I'm not all that interested in making the AW11 stupidly fast, but will eventually perform a few judicious tasks such as sprucing up the suspension further, now that I know it has TRD springs (some good Bilstein struts and a rear swaybar would be nice), adding a LSD, fitting a set of extractors I did manage to win ex-Japan, transplanting a few bolt-on bits I'd hung onto after selling the first '80S KID, and tidying up all of the little interior and exterior blemishes I come across. May even pull my Buddyclub P-1s out of storage, paint them a nice shade of bronze, and fit them to the car, and also hit up Yahoo Japan for any oddball accessories such as driving lights and roofracks that might pop up. Still undecided whether I want to go for a full period-1980s look similar to what I'm planning to do with squid (my Skyline sedan) but overall I'm hoping for a nice "clean-slate" build - not concourse spec but tastefully tidy and done up without a hundred things wrong or fucked with! Stay tuned for more. Discuss: //oldschool.co.nz/index.php?/topic/49412-80s-kid-part-ii-eds-aw11-sc-chit-chat/
Hola amigos, It's been a while since I've been a part of the forum. Anyway I didn't seriously start learning how to drive til I had saved up enough and could afford my own car. Usually older than most. And my grandma used to taunt me about younger cousins getting their restricted and cars before me... Well now my Grandma's at her final resting place and I got a faster car than my cousins I got a few choice words for ya grandma!! jk I love my grandma but it's a shame I can't drive her round cos that'd be fun. Anyway first car was an 04 Suzuki Swift, while that was allgood for being normal and safe and economical it was an automatic cos back then I thought who wants to be effing round with gears at give way signs.. I used to get paid lessons as a teenager 4-5 years before getting money for my own car yeah parents didnt trust me/yelled too much.. got rid of that car after owning for a year. I bided my time between jobs and giving self employment a go I got a chance to rekindle my love for cars and eventually when I got the money I decided first priority would be a car. It had to be rear wheel driven manual and decently quick. With a modest budget of 3k I thought an MX-5 would be legit but I only really liked the British racing green NA that comes with tan leather interior nardi wood steering wheel and gear knob. I didn't want to pay 3 grand for any other mx-5. And my other favourite, the 190E (because the Evo Cossies just look the business and are mean as) only came in auto. I was thinking of going FWD and getting an Integra til I stumbled on the MR2 and decided that I'd check it out. At first I was intimidated being in the drivers seat and couldn't even drive manual so got it towed cross Auckland home. Til I got my first paid lesson from a guy who also was a car enthusiast, I was scared but his technical approach to driving was notches above any other instructor I got lessons from so I stuck with him, practiced driving at night, got restricted on black friday and the rest is history. Also been thinking if it's old school or not... I think it is, but seeing as this car was made from like 1990 - 2000(?) with minor cosmetic changes i.e. wings/wheels/tail lights and better engines/suspension design over time, then it isn't. And IMO It was a design ahead of its time looks wise, whereas cars from the same year from like France or Australia were still stuck in the 80s looks wise. And also when you take into account the oldness of oldschool cars on here I think this section is more appropriate. Since my ownership I've done: - clean air filter - change wipers and battery and gear knob shit - oil and filter change - coolant change - cleaned general gunk and slime - learnt how to detail, club member friend who details professionally taught me a few things - bought a set of wheels that had tyres too big so learnt lesson - painted front and rear bumper; had a crash with front, rear was peeling, albeit in the wrong shade, also learnt from mistakes with this What needs to be done? - tiny bits of rust** - new rubber, rear tyres getting bald and will most likely be Potenzas on the wheels I'm getting from Japan through Alex / ML Racing** - clutch is worn, not slipping (yet)** - pro respray, paintwork all over to red but a shade I like, car has been keyed by some fuckboy** - body kit, pro fitted** - engine swap, blacktop from Altezza, 1uz-fe, 2gr-fe, 2zz-gze** - headlight alignment and new bulbs** - need missing indicators for safety** Now for some pics.
Aloha guys just trying to figure out ways I can change the PCD of my car from 5x114.3 to 5x108? Why? Because I drive a car that shares the "poor man's Ferrari" moniker with the Fiat Coupe, and it shares "hairdresser" with many other cars too... I have an '91 Toyota MR2 (SW20) and after a long time of gazing at other cars and articles and such I've decided I want a "period correct" look which kind of goes after the poor man's Ferrari theme but without going too 90s JDM or 70s-80s i.e. Watanabes and Yayois. I think the car really doesn't do the JDM tuner look well and poor mans Ferrari is what I want to do, however I won't be fitting any crazy bodykits. Looks wise I just plan on colour matching my black rubber trim and fitting some sweet 5 spoke wheels with sticky rubber.. Note - perfect fitment has been suggested to me as: Front: 17x8 +35 offset and 215/40R17 Rear: 17x9 +35 offset and 245/35R17 - Wider tyres needed at rear because more weight is at rear and it maintains better traction. Staggered is the way to go for this particular car but some run normal 17x8 all over but personally due to my novice skill level I'd go with staggered. I originally wanted some HRE 505M's, but can't justify buying a set that will cost over 4x what I paid for my car - especially when said car is an NA daily driver and may see occasional track use. PICS: http://www.hrewheels.com/wheels/vintage-series/505m Would buy some of these: http://www.superformance.co.uk/348/wheels.html http://www.superformance.co.uk/308/wheels.html https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=volvo+940+70168&rlz=1C1CHJW_enNZ479NZ479&espv=2&biw=1570&bih=851&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAWoVChMIqZCJlc7oxgIVQeSmCh12QwAa Then there's the issue of getting offset and wheels in the right widths (9-10" rear is a problem) Do I go with spacers, possibly get the fenders flared or "pumped" professionally, wheel adapters, or just put up and go with some 5x114.3s? (I personally would go three spoke ADVAN as I like those more than the thin 5 spokes of today, chunkier ferrari-like 5 spokers have gone out of fashion IMO).