Well, well, well, what can I say I stumbled upon your forum when I was looking at Japanese nostalgic cars and noticed it was a predominantly northern hemisphere crowd over here. Anyway, I thought I might introudce myself, or at least my car anyway... I don't think there's been one of these posted up here so enjoy
To start off I'll give you some background information, having owned 4 of these now but with only one of them ever making it back on the road due to their poor condition, I thought I'd treat myself to car that cost a little more then $1000. This one cost quite a little more then that sum and well to be honest it's about as much as I've ever payed for one of these, but condition is everything.
The car is mint by every sense of the word, my brother went and looked at it as it was about 200kms [or 120 miles] roughly from where I live, when he did he told me that it was a 2 owner car owned by an eldery man who's had it since the day it came off the boat in Brisbane in 1991, the car with log book history serviced every 5000km's and only 150k genuine kilometers on the clock, I'd trust as much given the condition its been kept in. It really is immaculate.
This particular car is an example of an early model being made in 1985 just 3 year after production official began on Soarers and so it has the early model front grille and bump strips. Being so you can tell the difference with the early style front beaver panel and slightly different bump strips. The most notable difference is the "louver" panel vs the later "honeycomb" panel it's not quite as nice, but I do have a latter model beaver panel to go on it here as well
As this car really is as clean as it is I don't have huge plans, no I don't want to deface a pristine example of this classic 80's Toyota Coupe.. It really is a little to good to modify much from it's original condition so I have a couple of parts lying around ready to go on to it but I'm not really going to destroy an otherwise Immaculate car.
So what plans then?
My aim is really to build a super respectable show car if anything it's primary purpose will be to sit there and look pretty at meet ups and track days and such keeping with the condition of the car so basically I'll be putting a clean set of wheels on this car, dropping the ride height a little and other then that just adding a manual gearbox and a rebuilt F series LSD, some exhaust/intake mods and if I get bored with it possibly some ITB's I have sitting here taken from a black top 4A-GE the engine it self will be staying in the bay... to be honest anyway for a street car which is the primary purpose of this build an N/A 1G has more the enough power... these are a light car for such a big car weighing only 1250kg's and with 140hp behind the fly wheel that's over 100hp per tonne which is where the fun starts to kick on.
As for external mods, I may pick up a set of tasteful fender mirrors and do away with the door mirrors going back to the traditional design of the xZ1x series Soarer rather then the current modified door mounted mirrors that were put on these cars to meet the import standards. I've also been thinking of what wheels I would ideally like to run on this car.
I do have a pair of 16x9" Impul Pro Mesh, but for a car that's this clean I want to achieve that look of keeping it a clean car Mesh wheels can achieve that but I feel they're a little to common.
I've been thinking as such of wheels that I'd like to run on this thing. Crossing my mind are a few things at the moment and on the top of that list are Hyashi cherry Blossoms. My only problem is that they're quite rare making them hard to come by for a reasonable price. I've already dropped a sizeable amount of cash on acquiring this car, so I feel spending another $5000 plush shipping to acquire a set of Cherry Blossoms might be a little to much. Refining that list down a little bit I've come up with a few other ideas including SSR Stars, and a set of Techno Racing wheels, but I haven't quite made my mind up yet.
On the last car I owned I had a set of 17x9's and felt they were a bit to big, I think I'm going to go for a set of 15x9's or 14x9's input and ideas are more then welcome