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 Post subject: My 1986 MZ20 Soarer/ Now 1987 GZ20.
PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:33 pm 

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Location: Bribie Island. Australia
G,day....I have been searching the different threads here but have not been able to find any Soarers :( ( perhaps they are too new to be nostalgic ). But they are rear wheel drive so that has to be in their favour.
Untill late 2011 I have to admit to having never heard of them. At the time I was looking for a project for my retirement. I was keeping an eye out for the usual MG-Austin Healey type thing but for someone on the pension the price of these were just in dreamland. Then by chance I spotted this coupe on eBay and done some quick research with Google where I found the Z20 Soarer Forum. Anyway long story short I found myself bidding on and winning the car :D
As was stated by advertiser the motor was seized but in its favour was that the body was rust free. Interior was a bit rough, car had been left under a tree with door open so dogs could use it as a kennel.
Any way here are a couple of shots of how it was when I got it home in January 2012.

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Interior is after bags of leaves and dog hair was removed.
My original plan was to get the car set up and do a few sprint type events, but in the meantime although the mind is still willing the body has told me otherwise. I will get back with more details of the happenings over the last 12 months.

In the meantime-
Have a good one....John B.

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 Post subject: Re: My MZ20 & GZ20 Soarers.
PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 2:03 pm 

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Very cool car 8)


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 Post subject: Re: My 1986 MZ20 Soarer.
PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 11:40 pm 

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Location: Bribie Island. Australia
G,day....Most of the plastic fittings inside the car were broken. With these vehicles only ever being sold new in Japan it wasn't a matter of getting fittings locally. So I thought that maybe alloy would be a good substitute. Shift console and centre panel were first made.

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Then covers for the door speakers, both looked like someone had put their foot through them.

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For those who have not had much to do with the Soarer they ran the same underpinnings as the Supra of that period. They just had a 2 inch longer wheelbase. This car runs the 7M-GTE.
I stuffed around making small bits last year while I was saving to work on the engine this year, also stripped the body pretty much down in preparation for refurbishment. I had planned it to be 4/5 year project.

Got to go and wash the dishes :wink:
Have a good one....John B.

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 Post subject: Re: My 1986 MZ20 Soarer.
PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:40 am 
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This thread is so full of win! Love the soarer, very disappointed we did not get it till the bloat years. One day, I will import one! Good luck with yours, looks like she is in capable hands

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 Post subject: Re: My 1986 MZ20 Soarer.
PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:07 am 
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much want and an irrational amount of hate and jealousy combined.

definitely high on the "must import" list.

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 Post subject: Re: My 1986 MZ20 Soarer.
PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:24 pm 
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Hey John, great to see a post up on MZ/GZ Soarer here. It's a valid "Nostalgic." The soften edges of the second gen always looked better to me than early Z10 cars. Hardly any of these in the U.S., but they are some here.

If there is anyone in the U.S. that is serious of owning one, there is one for sale :o


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 Post subject: Re: My 1986 MZ20 Soarer.
PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:34 pm 

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Location: Bribie Island. Australia
G,day....Like I said, I had not heard of, less alone seen a Z20 untill I got mine. Then in the 12 months after despite keeping a watch for one I still had not sighted any. It wasn't untill the second one ( a GZ20 ) had been purchased and friend persuaded me to take it to a All Japanese Classic Day in February that I got to see some others :D
My GZ is the one on the right hand end.

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Keep the shiny side up.
Have a good one....John B.

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 Post subject: Re: My 1986 MZ20 Soarer.
PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 1:17 am 

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G,day....I know it has been a while since I posted here, but apart from a bit of polishing there has not been a lot of work done on the Soarer :) My wife and I went out to a Track Attack meet at Lakeside yesterday and when it was a bit quiet on the track I took some photo's of the car. You will notice different side mirrors, these are repro's of Radyot mirrors as used by F1 and sports cars of the 50's and 60's.

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Just noticed that the steering wheel is in the full up tilt position in the pictures, makes it a bit easier for an old bloke when he is getting in and out of the car :D

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 Post subject: Re: My 1986 MZ20 Soarer.
PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:47 am 

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Beautiful car mate! I'm curious - what steering wheel model is that?

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 Post subject: Re: My 1986 MZ20 Soarer.
PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 4:00 pm 

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G,day mate....The steering wheel is an Australian SaaS, Custom Classic. It is 15inch diameter, same as standard Soarer.

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 Post subject: Re: My 1986 MZ20 Soarer/ Now 1987 GZ20.
PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 3:33 pm 

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Went to a show and shine at Caboolture (Urban Country) on Saturday, came home with a big smile. My first car related win since my rally days 45 years ago :D

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 Post subject: Re: My 1986 MZ20 Soarer/ Now 1987 GZ20.
PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:36 pm 

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Well it has been some time since I threw up some photo's of my baby.
Late September my wife and I did a road trip around north/east New South Wales. Over the week we covered just on 2000 kilometres. There are some great drivers roads in this area if you stay away from the highways. We had no itinerary and just looped back and forth between places of interest.

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Point Danger, still on the Queensland side.

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Just after crossing over to the dark side ( New South Wales).

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On a wing and a prayer.

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Something fishy, Iluka.

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No I wasn't allowed to do laps :(

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 Post subject: Re: My 1986 MZ20 Soarer/ Now 1987 GZ20.
PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:13 am 

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Very nice car mate and a true classic indeed!!


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 Post subject: Re: My 1986 MZ20 Soarer/ Now 1987 GZ20.
PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 11:37 pm 

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Because the electric mirrors had been replaced the switch's are now redundant. The switch has been cut back and a bit of bling added. The vent in drivers door had a crack so I have also replaced it with alloy. These parts are so brittle it would be nearly impossible to get replacements. Maybe if good ones did turn I could go back to plastic but don't like my chances.

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