Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 19 of 19

Thread: "Project Fluffy" 1992 Lexus SC400

  1. #11
    Steam is your friend, when removing the window tint.

    Looks like a fun project!
    Adam

  2. #12
    a bit of inspiration for you.
    this is an acquaintance's from AZ.
    yes, it's lifted and has skid plates.
    yes, he drives fast on dirt roads
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Keith '88 4runner SR5 Garage Thread

  3. #13
    Thank you for the inspiration Keith.
    I searched through Instagram and came across a guy that has a lifted green one that is a little more MadMax style.
    Either way I am still trying to convince my buddy to go this direction.
    Avdian (Avy, Avi, Av, Eddie are some nicknames)
    Tess - 97' 4Runner "Project Something Or Another"
    Natascha - 99' GTI 2.0 N/A Auto - SOLD!!
    Swordfish - 05' Camry 2.4 Auto

  4. #14
    So not to much in the way of updating progress, being a home owner has taken away from all my car projects, but I needed to clean up the garage a bit so I played around in the car a discovered a few things.



    Now I guess I had forgotten that the car had a salvage title, nor did I can because it was originally suppose to be a 24 Hour Lemons car.

    However, THIS kind of itched a nerve:




    Can anyone guess what I am hinting at besides the wiring and rust?
    Give you a hint, the car is white...
    Give up? lol

    Anyway the car has been sprayed a different color, don't get me wrong I LOVE the white, but the 6M2 Royal Jade Pearl is an awesome color as well. An before the previous owner got to it, the paint job actually was pretty decent.

    I did do some work, removing the random speaker wires run through the car to the radio and battery (because it was just to hard to get that adapter to plug into the stock harness..... -_-) and the speakers in the deck lid that had holes in them and were just layed in there not even bolted down. This car was a gem and then a hack got its hands on it -_-

    Also started to remove a radar detector that was tucked underneath the knee panel under the steering wheel that says "Made for Cadillac" on it, I will try to get a picture of that later, thought that was pretty cool.

    Also my buddy that is working with me on this had a nice toy for us to use...




    This thing is AWESOME!
    Not made for our trucks but for car work, especially if I have to drop a sub-frame for something or do exhaust work on a car this makes things MUCH easier!

    The timing kit is sitting in the passenger seat as well, I have to order a new trans pan gasket and a oil pan gasket since those are leaking significantly, when I moved the car to clean, my floor looked like the Exxon Valdez spill -_-
    Avdian (Avy, Avi, Av, Eddie are some nicknames)
    Tess - 97' 4Runner "Project Something Or Another"
    Natascha - 99' GTI 2.0 N/A Auto - SOLD!!
    Swordfish - 05' Camry 2.4 Auto

  5. #15
    Update: I actually took tools to Fluffy and this happen



    I also decided to remove the spark plugs and wires to help turn the motor over a little easier, cyl # 2 and 6 wires got stuck in the tubes:



    Lesson learns, be prepared to do double the work on the simple things when the previous owner says "well I did the work myself"

    First of all I do not believe the water pump is bad based off the visual I see while turning the engine over. I believe when the owner changed out the thermostat they did not refill and bleed the system the way they should have, which I just discovered how to myself.

    On the 4.0 there is a bolt on top of the thermostat housing that you a) fill the system with coolant through b) bleed the air out of through.

    I presumed it was a pump because the reservoir was filled with coolant and the hoses were not getting warm when running or showing signs of coolant moving through the system.

    And as for the spark plug wires a) they are cheap autolites b) they were not seated completely and were arching causing the melting of the rubber...

    I still need to do the timing belt job however because the front crank seal is the cause of my massive oil leak. Also discovered apparently Lexus recommends belt replacement every 60K. Since I am in there and have a complete kit I will be replacing the timing belt, water pump, tensioner, tensioner pulley and idler pulley. I will soon be ordering valve cover gaskets, new plugs and wires (denso).

    I am thinking I may purchase the second half of this car and go into this project solo. I like the idea of having a coupe from that era that is rear wheel drive.

    Looking at a brake upgrade since it came with single piston front floating calipers when I believe the Supra came with 4 piston fixed calipers like our 4Runners, which I don't get since the Lexus is one heavy car.

    I still want to lift it but I just want to get it driving down the road first.
    Avdian (Avy, Avi, Av, Eddie are some nicknames)
    Tess - 97' 4Runner "Project Something Or Another"
    Natascha - 99' GTI 2.0 N/A Auto - SOLD!!
    Swordfish - 05' Camry 2.4 Auto

  6. #16
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Mf...2VkRz099DIr6oc

    Couldn't think of a better way to share the start up video from today, that is the link to the vid in my google drive.

    What it got:
    -Timing Belt
    -Water pump (with correct gasket and not clear silicone...)
    -Spark plugs (Denso not autolite -_-)
    -Spark plug wires (again Denso, and not melted autolite...)
    -Valve Cover Gaskets
    -Radiator (Denso, the original brass tank one finally corroded through...)
    -Serpentine Belt
    -Oil pan reseal
    -Oil Pan fluid level delete
    -Transmission pan reseal (with just the felt gasket, not felt and silicone...)
    -Exhaust hung correctly (not with coat hangers attached to rear lower control arms...)
    -17" after market wheels with slightly larger tires (left over from the Camry)

    Took it down the road and around the block a few times, no more overheating or massive oil leaks, this whole process was fixing up a hack mechanics work...

    Now its onto the electrical and figure out why the brake lights and shift light will not work, and the brake light switch was replaced...
    I also have to figure out the power tilt steering, I can;t even figure out if it has the normal grinding culprit due to the motor not working at all....
    I have a feeling I am about to get into a wiring mess, this thing was really hacked into, but after the test drive, its staying with me and my partner in crime.

    The plan has changed and my partner in crime on the project and myself have come to the agreement, we are going to autocross it.
    So after we get it so we can actually drive it down the road (also needs some lower ball joints and maybe upper arms...) we will start with some slight modifications (LS400 brake upgrade, some coilovers, some stiffer sway bars, and some seats that don't have us on the gangsta lean all the time...)

    Like I needed another project in my life, but this thing is so cool!!
    Avdian (Avy, Avi, Av, Eddie are some nicknames)
    Tess - 97' 4Runner "Project Something Or Another"
    Natascha - 99' GTI 2.0 N/A Auto - SOLD!!
    Swordfish - 05' Camry 2.4 Auto

  7. #17
    It must feel great to get things fixed and the engine running correctly. Great job.

  8. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by 4x4mike View Post
    It must feel great to get things fixed and the engine running correctly. Great job.
    It is! Still a few more items to tackle but it has reignited my drive to start working on my projects again.
    Avdian (Avy, Avi, Av, Eddie are some nicknames)
    Tess - 97' 4Runner "Project Something Or Another"
    Natascha - 99' GTI 2.0 N/A Auto - SOLD!!
    Swordfish - 05' Camry 2.4 Auto

  9. #19
    Worked on the project a little more the other day, trying to get some electrical things figured out.
    Started Here (google drive links so everyone can see them hopefully):
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1id...6eNpBOd_SIjcwq

    Previous owner decided to do there own stereo install and botched it up really good...
    Decided to get a little creative since finding someone willing to get a fuse block out of a part out was not worth any more of my time:
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=165...k5ddNksQ98knco
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1jY...AdguL3NahSfmRU
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-l...p6qYWXPFffGqQC
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1KT...9_g9jzhUXoh60E
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ch...Lnr4lbzziTTrAe
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=176...E_uVMsC29uh_7c
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1dP...xYjWp967NOir8D

    Finally Brake Lights!
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1rN...RlDycD5k0nXlyM
    Avdian (Avy, Avi, Av, Eddie are some nicknames)
    Tess - 97' 4Runner "Project Something Or Another"
    Natascha - 99' GTI 2.0 N/A Auto - SOLD!!
    Swordfish - 05' Camry 2.4 Auto

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •