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  1. have a little spare time this fortnight so i stepped in to say she's almost almost done. man its been quite a journey. so here's a few photos of the end products and the build summary: ENGINE - L 16 block fully rebuilt - High compression flathead pistons - 219 "peanut" competition head - twin hitachi SU side draught carbs - SSS camshaft - comp cams competition coil - comp electronic distributor - NISMO low pressure electric fuel pump - triple core aluminum radiator - crank fan delete - custom extractor and exhaust by KelumWJ projects - battery delete GEARBOX - 5 speed close ratio dogleg 180B gearbox - WRX 4 rear diff with LSD BRAKES - 510 SSS front discs - 510 SSS brake servo - rear discs from S13 silvia WHEELS & TYRES - BBS 15" mesh alloys - 195/55/15's to match the stock rolling radius SUSPENSION - gecko street spec coilvers front and rear - cusco front tower strut LIVERY - BRE DATSUN 68 homage - BRE OEM "spook" font lip LIGHTING - BMW M3 E30 headlight retrofit - 510 SSS rear sequential turn signals with custom build electronic sequencer an logic circuit by @kalinga INTERIOR - 1968 JDM SSS gauge cluster - SSS japanese oak wood gear knob with custom emblem - 610 SSS steering wheel (just fell in love with it) yes, 610 - equus volt, oil pressure and water temp gauges on enter console - AC retrofit, ducted through existing vents, and controlled by blower controls. - two point retractable seatbelts. i'm still working out a few kinks and constantly ironing out little imperfections. but man oh man has she come along way from when i started out. just thought you guys would like to see her now.
    15 points
  2. As wonderful the previous true-life story is…on the 31st of May I applied online for contract negotiations, roughly about 1 month prior to close of applications; and finally signed a contract on the 3rd of July for a GR Yaris RZ High Performance 1st Edition. Delivery day was estimated to be towards the end of March, 2021. It was going to be a grueling 8.5 month wait. I will spare you the general specs of the car as it has been posted all over the internet. However, one thing needs to be made clear...many peope (especialy in export markets..specifically Europe), have gotten the idea that the GR Yaris is a limited edition car with just 25,000 units produced. Not the case at all. Toyota has always claimed that they need to make ATLEAST 25,000 units for WRC homologation rules. The 25,000 is not a cieling limit. So Toyota would make as many as they can and makes sense for them to do so. Now..back on to the specs....The 1st Edition was offered in two trim levels. RZ and RZ High Performance. The RZ is similar to the base variant you get in other markets. Howeverm the Japanese market High Performance has a slightly different spec sheet compared to equivalent grades in export markets (Circuit Pack in Europe and Rallye in Australasia). The High Performance comes with the Torsen LSD, large brakes and stiffer suspension which also comes in the CP and Rallye variants in other markets, but it also comes with a water sprayer for the Inter-Cooler, plus the 8 speaker premium stereo setup with Active Sound Control. The RZ comes with softer suspension, minus the LSD and the premium stereo and has different seats. In other markets other markets if you want the mechanical goodies you need to order the Circuit Pack (no mechanical upgrade package was offered for the RZ) and if you want the stereo and things like seat warmers you need to go for the Comfort Pack (offered for the RZ) but you cannot order both packs. Being the First Edition, the car was offered with a slighlt different set of option selections and finishes than the RZ High Performance you can go out there and buy right now. The most significant of which is the FINISH of the carbon fiber roof. The roof was offered in either a marble finish or in the traditional weave finish. The latter being a wrap and the former being the natural finish of the carbon fiber panel (manufactured by Mitsubishi). The marble finish looked very dull and resembled a mossy black stone with white on it rather than black marble. So I opted out of the 200,000yen marble finish feature. Also for the first edition, the black trim and the 18” BBS forged (18x8J +45) wheels were in matte black (only for the RZ High Performance). The RZ high Performance 1st edition was offered with what is called the Premium Sport Seat with Emotional Package (there was some weird name for this which I cannot remember). However, this is now being offered at a premium for regular High Performance orders as well. With the feature, all the stitching in the interior is red and the perforated holes on the suede of the faux-leather + suede seats has a red effect to it. Right now the only true differing factor between the 1st Editionand the standard edition is Morizo-san’s signature. My specific car was ordered in Emotional Red with the Emotional Sport seat. Other options included visors and carpets. That was it....pretty bare-bone at the time of ordering. I got a test drive 4 months after ordering my car…at which point I decided to add Toyota Safety Sense which is an option on the GR Yaris. The car’s standard safety features include TRC/VSC, ABS and 8 airbags. Two factors changed my mind about not having TSS. First was the fact that I could not see anything out the back and with no reverse camera or sensors; parking in a narrow garage would have been an issue. With the new Toyota DisplayAudio system fixing an after market reverse camera is an absolute pain and Toyota did not offer a reverse cam only option for the Japanese market. Secondly, it has a lot of oomph, and if my wife was to drive it, I felt driver aides would be a good idea. Toyota Safety Sense adds, a reverse camera along with the usual sensors for preemptive braking, accidental acceleration mitigation, rear cross traffic alert, etc.. plus a heads up display. The test drive was a RZ High Performance variant, but not a 1st edition. As you can see the trim is all shiny. The wait went on... First came a key tag… Then came a VR kit for a special event for 1st edition customers on the official launch date for the car, 16th of September. At its official launch, Toyota released two additional grades for the GR Yaris for the Japanese market. RC, a stripped down RZ High performance, with smaller brakes and wheels and minus the intercooler sprayer. Instead of the standard Torsen LSD, it was offered with a mechanical LSD which was more suited for gravel and tarmac racing. The idea of the RC grade was to offer a high performace, low cost version for tose who wish to race the car and customize it at their own will. The second new grade was the RS, locally teased as Really Slow. It had the GR Yaris body with smaller brakes, wheels, softr suspension and the 1.5L NA engine out of the standard Yaris mated to a sport tuned CVT. This was obviously the cheapest GR Yaris starting at just 2.4mil yen. Apparently it is also the least sold grade for the GR Yaris. At thi point it is interesting to note that the RZ 1st Editions along with the RCs and RSs were being delivered around the first week of October along with a very few RZ High Perf. 1st Editions. The latter apparently takes a lot longer to make so delivery of the high spec versions was quite long. The additional grades, especially the RS seemed to be a desperate attempt to make it to the 25,000 minimum production requirement (which was now not needed) as well as to spread out the production cost of the GR Yaris by transferring it across on to a cheaper, mass market variant (Toyota has hinted that they are hardly making any money on the car and that it was done just to meet race participation rules). Then came a special mini car model of the GR Yaris made specially for those who pre-ordered the 1st Edition... Its an amazing casting and the details are extremely good. Then in late November, we received a call from our dealer stating that the car will arrive at the dealership on the 18th of December. Nearly 4 months ahead of schedule !!! Apparently order volumes were not as overwhelming as Toyota had originally aniticipated. Thus delivery dates had moved up quite substantially. As I write this, there are shortages in some markets in Europe and Australia but that mainly seems to stem out of sales quotas that each of these countries had negotiated for. 18th of December came about...coincidentally, the Corolla had some maintenance work scheduled for the 19th so was able to see the car at the dealer...and there she was...tucked away in a corner at the dealership. That is a wide..wide...grill. I definitely do like the matte finish on the trim. Now the whole registration proces had to start. As a foreigner, doing anything and everything that involves a government process in Japan completely and utterly sucks beyond words. So the registration took 2 days as opposed to the usual day (so that puts us on Sunday...this does not include the time that was taken to register and certify parking space for the car and other things which was done before the car was delivered). Now the insurance subscription can take place..that took another 3 days and finally the car was picked up on the 24th of December. The dealer had accidentally charged us for a custom number for the plates...so selected 17.37 as a homage to the very first Toyota our famiy owned, 15 Sri 1737. A metallic blue, 1985, AE80 DX which my dad picked up in Japan when he and my mom came here for some training program in 1987. The thing costed us like 300,000LKR at the time after duty. It was also the first Toyota I drove..in 1987... Some of the JDM-holics will notice the 3 (category) number as opposed to a 5 (categor) number you would expect in a hatchback. Although the car has a 1600cc engine and weighs just 1280kg (which apparently is spot on based on weigh-ins many have done on the internet), the car's width, at a whopping 1805mm, puts it in a standard passenger vehicle category. We finally took delivery of the car on the 24th of December. After dropping the Corolla off at home...it was straight to the local Autobacs store for some rubber mats as snow was expected on Boxing day weekend. So life with a yaris begins....
    14 points
  3. I don't have pictures (I probably do,I'll dig them up) But I have a story about: My 2004/5 Mazda 3. So what>you guys may ask? Its a Mazda-f-three. No big deal, we see them all the time. Yes true, but this car taught me one of the most important life lessons: Living within your means. It all started one fine afternoon when I was zooming off to pick up my wife (then fiancee). She had called and asked if I could pick her up after work and I, eager for any chance to meet-up, had promptly agreed. I grabbed my keys, jumped in my newish Mazda3 and zoom-zoomed off. The weather was great, the car was on point and doing all the zoom-zoom things it was advertised to do. I was on my way to see my love, things were great and I was in a fantastic mood. So naturally, like for most car guys, my exuberance spilled over into my driving and I started to think I could drive better than I really could: My car was not a Mazda! It was a race car, and I was Schumacher! It was great for a little bit, but unfortunately no one had informed the general public that they were on a race-track, and driving along at full tilt, I soon had an upstart: I took a blind corner a little too fast (to the car's credit it whipped around the corner just fine) and bang! I rear ended a white Toyota, that was around the bend pottering along at a leisurely pace...I was already into the corner when I saw the car and I had no chance at any sort of evasive action for my instinct was to slam on the brakes. As soon as I got on the brakes, the car started sliding as it was already pivoting around the corner and I slid right into the back of this poor old Toyota that was just rattling along minding its business, and knocked it forward. Shit. Shit. Shit. I slid to a stop and sheepishly jumped out from behind the wheel to check on the car in front. Thankfully, things weren't as bad as I thought for it had ended up being a relatively low speed collision. The brakes (and the involuntary slide) had done their job and dulled the impact down to a fender bender situation and it was not the full on shit-show that it could have been. I assessed the damage to the car I rear ended, and made my way to front of the car fully expecting an earful of choice words from the driver as the fault was irrevocably mine. Thankfully, the driver was an easy going sort of uncle who was more bemused than angry, and even seemed to think that I had rammed him because my brakes failed or something. Little did he know my brakes were working fine and that it was only because they did such a spectacular job of slowing me down that he wasn't Schumacher-ed from the rear harder! We sorted it all out: I took pictures and quickly agreed to pay for his rear fender that had dented in and then sort of popped out from the sides. I was appropriately apologetic, and the gentleman who was modestly dressed, seemed to take it well. Thinking to reassure him I was a bit expansive, and effusively promised him that I would do what it takes to fix his car for him. Looking at his older car that had a bit of rust and general wear & tear, I promised him it would look better-than-new by the time the paint guys were done with it etc. He seemed relieved, and by the general state of his car, I assumed it was because he would finally have a rear bumper that didn't have multiple dings and scrapes in it. Well the cars got repaired, and while I paid for his repair at the garage of his choice, I also wanted to meet him again so I could apologize and thank him in person for being such a gentleman about the whole affair. So I called and made arrangements to meet him and rolled up as arranged. Pulling up, I was a bit surprised as the bugger lived in a fancy neighborhood. One that was much, nicer than the area I lived in ( I was renting at the time I think too) and I was a bit surprised. I did a double-take but no, it was the right place, for I spotted the old Toyota sitting pretty (sans a bit of rust and looking shiny around the rear-end, but still looking tired around the front). I pulled in, rang the door bell and there was the old boy himself beaming, happy to welcome me into his home etc. So I palmed him the little gift I had for him, expressed regret for my actions and did the whole: "Thank you for being such a Gentleman" bit I had rehearsed. And being the crafty bugger I was; before I left, I worked around to complimenting him on his house and told him (frankly now) how amazingly beautiful it was. And get this: The bugger looks me dead in the eye and tells me: "Yes, Thanks! I live in this house because I have been careful with my money. I've invested most of my money, and putting it into this house, was part of my investments. Look, I bought that car outside AFTER I finished building this house and see, while this house is as beautiful as ever, the car is hardly worth selling in that condition". Feeling a bit bemused, I drove away feeling I had learned a number of lessons that day: Mainly not to judge people by how they are dressed or by the car they drive, as the guy I rear ended was a solid chap - morally as well as financially! But I also reflected on how I drove a nice new car, while living in a rented house, yet this smart bugger did the complete opposite. The lesson hit hard, as I pretty much cleared out my savings account to pay for the repairs on both the cars; yet this chap driving an old Toyota, was obviously much more liquid than I was...It was an interesting day, with lots of little life-lessons for me. The moral of the story: Drive a Mazda. It's totally zoom-zoom. And even if it zoom-zoom's you into rear-ending someone, you'll still end up learning something.
    13 points
  4. Alert : This is not the awe-inspiring blog where a 60-year-old rare car gets restored. This, non-existent ladies, and gentlemen unfortunately is much much more mundane. So bear with me. Everyone needs a beater car - you could come up with many reasons why... but deep down another set of wheels is such an alluring prospect. Time to time it feels so good to keep your daily with all its techie bits aside and just rattle down the lane in a simple box on wheels with just a speedometer. Three years ago me and my father bought a 1972 Datsun (B110) and since I was broke then and had no space in my house which was being built it fell upon my father to fund it and keep it in his garage with his Beetle. I drove it on the weekends for short distance trips and let me tell you that car was fun to drive. However, cars of that vintage need a lot of TLC. It's not a beater car at all and you need to develop a bond with the car to keep it running - you have to know exactly how much gas it needs to stop it from stalling and when and when not to use the choke (yeah choke....remember?) So clearly it's not the type of car that you can throw the keys to a close friend (yeah I'm a little picky when sharing the car keys) OR even the wife (who by the way is quite a competent driver) and expect them to figure out to drive it in case of an emergency. I've always had a soft spot for the boxy little cars from the 1980's - you can read about that infatuation here. Under these circumstances I decided to save up a bit and get myself a beater car from the 80's .Given that I have little parking space under a tree in the garden(the Civic sits in the garage) my choices were limited to hatches. In a sense the 80's was a decade where hatches gained popularity so a 80's hatch was an ideal retro-relic that would double up as a reliable beater car. My budget was quite limited ~500,000 I was ok with a car with a bit of work to do and . The most tempting option was to go for the definitive hot hatch : a Golf and I entertained this idea for quite a while and did a fair bit of research. The other temptation was to go for a Fiat Uno. However, all the research I did gave me doubts. Golf's at that budget were disasters waiting to happen and the Fiat - as much as I loved it (one of my first die casts was a Bburago Fiat Uno and as a result I grew up loving Fiat Uno’s) didn't seem a very practical option unless I was really really into it : I'm talking about "Get on an illegal immigrant boat from Negombo and swim the last 100 miles to Napoli and walk to Turin and steal parts from a Mafioso's uncles Fiat" level dedication - since I can't swim anyway I gave up on that too and shelved these ideas under 'When I grow up'. By now Japanese flags were appearing in my mind and some usual suspects came up - Toyota Starlet EP71, Corolla2/Tercel, Nissan March K10 and Daihatsu Charade G11 .Yes the Honda fanboy in me screamed 'Civic' but Civic hatches are rare and unmolested ones are even rarer. One look at the Civic hatches for that budget with their garish Nilkamal plastic mods and hideous color combinations (that only a guy who smokes too much KG and listens to bus-Ajith can think of ) gives you cholera that screams 'Hondaaa' when it exits your body. So, I eventually narrowed down to basically 4 models and the hunt began. As usual the Toyota’s were overpriced and the only EP71 within my budget was mysterious car that had some work to be done but had the YOM as 1981 (the first EP71 rolled off in 1984) and the Corolla2/Tercels were well beyond budget. At the same time, I’d been floating the idea of an engine swap and having read a few threads on 4EFTE swaps on Charades and March K10’s in Pakistani and British forums I started focusing on them. After many weeks and many futile trips, (and weird encounters - including a persistent and scantily clad lady insisting I wait till her husband comes and make an offer for a car that was on the verge of collapsing into a pile of rust and a small child beating a poor Charade while I was inspecting it with a wooden stick until the flaky paint started coming off ) I realized these once-honest hard working engines were basically gasping for life. Then April 21st happened, and things were put on hold for a few weeks. I continued to do more research on engines, repairing, parts availability as well as engine swapping along with my friend and realized that the easiest 80’s Jap hatch to live with will be from Toyota AND when and if I wanted to do an engine swap it would be relatively painless putting in a Toyota Engine that was easily found. As for the budget well – it was a bit above budget ( dad came to the rescue). In September 2019 I ended up with this – a Toyota Starlet EP71 from 1985 registered in 1989 with a fake Soleil badge. There were various grades for the EP71 and judging by the equipment of this car I'd place it at either XL or DX however the DX had Fender Mounted Mirrors so unless someone installed door mounted Mirros on a DX the car was probably an XL. The A/C worked, there was some minor rust issues, and the suspension apparently needed a bit of attention, The interior while not pristine was acceptable and just like that I had my beater car which was a little bit older than me. So how was the ride? – The car is quite light and for a car without power steering it’s extremely maneuverable. The driving position is low and quite nice. There was a few rattling bits here and there expectedly, and the breaks were rather weak. The 35-year-old 2E was quite tired by now and to be honest when you must keep coaxing it to keep going like asking an asthma patient to keep breathing well it’s not that enjoyable. At the same time the car developed a very specific issue : The car would start without fail every morning – BUT once you drive somewhere and switch off the engine it would not start for an hour. Keep it for an hour then it starts again and runs well for the whole day. Basically, the second start will not happen sooner than one hour after the first start of the day. I had to arrange my timetables accordingly! By December I was running out of patience with the 2E and at the same time I’d been yearning to put in a 4EFTE as it seemed quite straightforward. However, Recon 4EFTE’s from Japan were now going for 250,000 and having spent more than intended already on the car I was already on a very tight budget. Ok that was too long for the first part – I’ll get back with another post on the mechanical mods done on the car to date. Ciao! Here's a few pics of the car from last year:
    13 points
  5. About 3 years later, the car is back on the road. Photos showing the current condition of the car will be included here. Let me first add a few close-ups.
    11 points
  6. Let me summarise the two previous posts in a few sentences A group of guys went to a cheap pettah whore... just because she's cheap and they couldn't afford someone better The cheap pettah whore was pimped by a known pimp in the industry, who found an opportunity The pimp and the whore promised lot of things but didn't deliver - simply because a pettah whore is always a pettah whore, no matter who the pimp is And now the customers are taking sides and arguing with each other about her , forgetting that if they choose someone from pettah, they get what they paid for
    10 points
  7. Hi Guys, just to let you know that we have upgraded our forum software for the latest version. Along with over 260 bug fixes, this new release contains some great new functionality. More details can be found here - https://invisioncommunity.com/news/company/whats-new-in-460-r1229/ Cheers, -MADZ-
    9 points
  8. Wish all Auto Lanka Fans a Very Happy New Year 2021!! Lets hope 2021 will be 'better' year than 2020 and it will bring lots of good things! Thanks to our Top Contributors, Senior Members, Moderators and all Members for their valuable contributions and keeping the forum alive and kicking throughout the year. Also good to see some of our old members returning back!  2020 Top Ranking Contributors.. @iRage @AVANTE @matroska and @Hyaenidae 2020 Top Ranking Bloggers.. @matroska @Magnum @Gummybr and @petrolHead1
    9 points
  9. This quote really hit me in the feels. AL forums have given me lifelong friendships along with great sound advice from an amazing group of members. And I'd hate for it to be another generic thel higanna forum. So here's my bit to harken back 'the good old days' Basically I'm painting my car red. Most older members here will remember my MG 2 sri 355. The car has been with us for almost half a century. It has been in many of late Lester James Peiris movies most notably 'Delowak Athara' where its basically a main actor alongside Tony Ranasinghe.(The plot is based around a hit and run accident caused by my car). I inherited this car, So I didn't buy it...And I'm paying other people to do it up. So I sure am not building it either. If you want more hands on, DIY projects done by me, please search for my older threads posted around 2008-2012. I know it looks good in black, but I want it in original red which is the colour on reg book.
    9 points
  10. As Gummy mentioned...you need to get approval from RMV prior to changing the original design/sturcture of the car. 1. 2JZ engine....Not possible legally. You can only go up by 500ccc from your original engine. 4U engine is 2L. 2JZ is 3L...well above your 500cc limit. You will have to go for a 1JZ. Then you will barely make it. Not sure if you have done any technical look in to it..but putting a 2JZ in the GT86 is not the easiest of tasks. Requires a whole lot of mods and fabrications. Kits are there which are pricey but even without it its going ot be pricey. 2. Suspension kit : Does not need approval as long as it is a stock replacement (or be able for the car to be seen at stock stance). You mess around with camber and stance then cops can pull you over. 3. Body kits/spoilers....If it is not a stock body kit or if it is not a kit that keeps the vehicle within the vehicles original dimensions then it is a no. Again...kids get away with cosmetic mods and sometimes the cops have a party with them. Something like a Rocket Bunny kit is going to attract too much attension. 4. Neon lights...as long as its not turned on when travelling it is okay 5. Exhaust. No...there are no proper legal limits so cops catch you depending on their hearing ability. 6. Sound system, tires, etc....go to christmas with it....RMV does not care. That brings me to the transmission....I do not know you and I am sure you can be a nice guy...but some of your responses to the others sort of confirmed what my gut instinct about you was the minute I saw the neon lights and the DSG transmission. Actual drifters and drift enthusiasts would have far better laid out plans than what you have up there. You want to drift..with a 2JZ-GTE but you want an automatic transmission ? This together with the neon lights sound like you took the list out of the script of Fast and Furios (the first one). The car seems to be focussed more towards show than function. As for drifters....yes in Japan they do go drifting on public roads (touge runs still happen in many parts of Japan). But they do it with a strict code of conduct. Always a lead car ahead to warn of on coming traffic...always looking out...always giving way to normal traffic. They definitely do not say "b**ls**t" to public roads not being drift courses.
    8 points
  11. Ok so this is not a diet post. It's been a year since the EP71 went through a major modification. I've been putting off writing this - but better late than never. So here goes! In my previous blog post I mentioned that the humble 2E engine was really nothing to write home about and I did mention how it like many old carbureted engines would develop weird symptoms of it's own. Around 3 Months into ownership I was a little tired of the ailing engine and when it failed the emission test I was looking forward to get that sorted. I had initially thought of doing a 4EFTE swap but that was really stretching my budget and to be honest I was in a bit of a hurry to get the project rolling so I decided to settle for a 4EFE. Around Christmas time (2019) I managed to source a complete 4EFE Engine (off an EP91) with an Automatic gearbox (with ECU and wire harness) combo in Kandy. But a few days of Christmas revelry ensued and when I call the seller the ECU and the wire harness has been sold. Undeterred I decided to go for the engine and gearbox combo and source the ECU separately since the engine and gearbox was priced quite fairly. A trip to Kandy on a poya day in a Mahindra Bolero and we were able to haul the 4EFE home. (This also provided me my first Bolero driving experience - it was surprisingly fun. The 2.5 L engine on that's pulls really well). The choice of gearbox was something I lost a wee bit of sleep about - but eventually decided an Auto was ok as the main aim of the car was to be a beater, a nimble city runner and a lendable car that anyone could drive and whenever I had masochistic thoughts I could always borrow my dad's Datsun B110 and feel depressed about my diminishing stick driving skills. So it was eventually a very easy decision. With the engine and gearbox secured I asked my mechanic to start work on the car - while I source the ECU. And then I had to travel overseas for work for a couple of months. During this time my friend managed to source a recon steering column and shaft from an EP91 . This was 2020 now and Covid 19 happened. I barely made it home before the borders were closed. For the next 3 months the project stalled (sadly during this time a rat had managed to chew one seatbelt while the car sat at the mechanics) Around June things were getting back to normal and the project recommenced in earnest. Eventually we managed to source an ECU and wiring harness from a guy who stocked his parts in an old shed in his parents house deep deep inside the backwaters of Minuwangoda. After rummaging through a pile of car parts in the shed at 9 PM in the pitch dark, with the thrilling possibility of being bitten by 32 different species of indigenous snakes, we finally managed to find the wiring harnesses and a few more parts we needed. There was a few more things to be sorted - such as the condenser, A/C compressor, break and accelerator pedals and also the gear cable. Being a Toyota parts were quite easily found. The gear cable though was a bit tough to find and eventually we found out that a slightly modified AE110 gear cable would do the trick. Below are a few pictures of the engine swap. Transporting the Engine in a bolero The Original engine was a 2E with around 80Hp which was reasonable for a car that weighed 720 Kg. The old 2E being taken out. Out with the old - in with the new : 4e about to go in. The retro-style gear shifter that came with the Automatic versions of the EP71 would have looked a lot cooler than the EP82/91 gear shifter unfortunately which looks slightly out of place with the boxy/spartan interior of the car. Notice anything weird in the first pic? Things got tidied up a bit before I took the car for emission tests. Another change that I was not quite able to capture was the power steering conversion - which was basically swapping in an EP91 Steering column Tune in for the next post - where I will write about the overall driving experience.
    8 points
  12. Hello all, after the struggle to find a car over 1 year, finally I bought a car which with the help of suggestions of you and some of my Mazda owner colleagues. Didn't like to show off the things, but the big guy @iRage asked me to do so, such that I can share my experience with you all. I had a few choices, where I began with AE/CE 110, then since I joined the forum, I was driven towards Primera (SR20) and Mark 2. Was looking for some over the time, but due to same day price increments , being too old, and due to the fact that the government won't remove the import ban anytime soon and even if that happens they would have to increase the taxes by a considerable amount I tried moving a step ahead with the budget. So after a few months of search, I found a car which matched my favour (But did cost me some). The ride is smooth and the feel is good. So all the doubts before buying this one got flown away by the moment I went on to touch the steering wheel. It had ridden 120K by the time I bought this. All the services done through Colonial and was in mint condition except for a few minor side scratches. Fuel economy is good on highways, did around 17kmpl within the highway in the 2 trips I went. On City not so sure, the roads are pretty empty on where I live 😅 So, to make things simple I bought a Mazda 6 2.0L 2014, skyactive (An old dashboard version), beige interior, Black and still enjoying every moment of it except for the fact that it is isolation now and can't get into the wheels due to that. Looked for a new dashboard version earlier and it did cost around 8M. So it stopped me over this while moving. But so far no regrets and do love the ride. I am a newbie to the ride but, Let me know if you are intending to buy one and need any insights on the car, would be glad to help on. But considering the options that I had earlier to select from (Axio, Allion, grace, bla bla bla). This is way better in look, muscular Much space inside Much better handling Fuel consumption is relatively good for a 2c. (Axio does around 24kmpl, but this is way better on feel) Non-Hybrid (So less maintenance costs compared to M3 ) Though I am a newbie there might be some wash marks still on the car, looking to order some grit guards and begin on with the 2 basket method. Btw thanks all within the form for the wonderful help through the journey. I might move to another in 1-2 years of time (Though I am not sure I will scale up or scale down). But for the moment, I am very much perfect with this, and enjoying the every mile of the ride.
    8 points
  13. Here are more pictures of the car before I bore you with words to read... The car has an interesting width to length to height ratio....kind of reminds me of one of those Tamiya snap-on model cars with disproportionate dimensions. The only concern I have is the front wheel splurting out debris on to the rear fender. Well..it is not a concern..it is a fear. Other users have had their rear fenders pitted with debris, but they all have taken their cars racing. No..Toyota does not offer mud flaps for this. Yaris Cross TRD flaps can be made to fit apparently and right now the options are from the likes of Rally Flaps..either way they cost about 30,000 yen per set. Thinking of getting some generic flaps and cutting them out to fit the car. The little badge that says it has something special that will take you almost anywhere... A back-end that you grow in to...from side to side the car measures in at 1805mm (for reference...a Prado is 1885mm, Allion and Hiace (std body) is ~1695; GT86 1775). That is pretty wide for a car that is only 3995mm long (Allion 4590mm/GT86 4240mm). It took a few days to get used to the stormtrooper helmet look. As you can see...no rear wipers....the glass is so small it absolutely makes no sense to have one (but hey..race car...don't need one). That is a bubbly lower rear end. For once...it is nice to see Toyota design features actually doing something. Functional air ducts to cool the brakes. These are standard on the RZ high Performance. All other grades have this covered and can be retrofitted by buying the parts seperately or bought as a dealer option. Practicality continues with the typical huge gaping grill found on all modern Toyotas. In this application it actually works to maximize air flow to the intercooler. Almost the same headlights you would find on the standard Yaris Z grade with a slightly different trim around the lamp. Again....matte black trim 18" Forged BBS rims wrapped in Michellin Pilot 4S tires....the tires are pretty good in the dry and wet...have not tried it in the snow and to be honest Summer sport tires never do well in low tempreture conditions. The combo is offered only in high Performance variants and as a 1st Edition exclusive the rims ae in matte black (although you have to be really really OCD to notice the difference with the nn-matte black variant). 4pot calipers with 356mm slotted disks (295mm and 2-pots in the back). 18 Trunk mounted battery sitting right next to the water tank for the intercooler. The intercooler so far seems to have been offered only in the Japanese market high Performance variant as standard kit. The RC can be ordered with it as a dealer option or the parts can be bought from Toyota for a self installation.
    8 points
  14. Now..moving on to the interior.... The car has frameless doors...huge frameless doors. The dashboard is straight out of the standard Yaris. Stepping in, you are greeted with a pretty old fashioned mechanical cluster. Some people do not like it and wants it to be a fancy digital one similar to what is found in the high spec standard Yaris. I like it...it is simple, straight forward...has a very functional feel to it. Took a while for me to figure out how to adjust its brightness as there is no scroll switch... A little tag that only few cars can actually claim it and stand behind it as well.. Then there is the Button of Joy with a chucky gear lever... The dashboard being straight out of the standard Yaris does not work out too well at times. The location of the USB port makes sense in the standard Yaris as there is a huge cubby hole to leave your phone and other connected devices. Obviously this isn't possible in the GR Yaris, which leads to the phone getting kept on a storage deck under the TV screen with the USB cable running in front of the AC controls and the phone sliding off at times. Alternative is toput the device behind the cup holders behind the hand brake, which leads to the cable running across the gear lever. Its nice to see a manual hand brake in cars these days. This particular one has been setup for cornering by setting up the GR Four AWD's coupling system to fully open when the hand brake has been pulled. No...I have not tried it yet Premium Sports seats which comes only with the RZ High Performance (and equivelant grades) with the red stiching and perforated dots. The rear seat is not the most practical for passengers. My wife who is about 160cm easiy fits in the back with me driving. Its hard to expect an adult anything taller than 165cm to be able to comfortably sit back there on long journies. A child seat can be fitted in the back but harnessing a baby or toddler in there would not be that easy. It works for my kids as they can buckle them up themselves I hate the fact that only the front passenger side seat has a seat pull-out leaver to pull the seat forward in one go for the rear passengers to get out. The speaker for the Active Sound Control..comes standard in the High Performance variant or with the upgraded audio system. There are two on top, one on top of each front passenger seat. It is to pipe in pseudo-fake engine noise. I say pseudo fake as the actual sound is induction noise that has been filtered and then piped in to the car. So it is not fully natural...nor is it fully fake. The exhaust tone is quite appaling so at least this keeps things interesting. The trunk is good for week's grocey or a medium sized suitcase and a backpack.
    8 points
  15. Well well well, we closed one chapter and now we hopped onto the next! What you see below is the final purchase I made since no one had the decency to sell me a good X110 Mark 2 (My birdie is raised at y'all forever) so I decided (with a chuttak lot coercion from my parents) "Hey!, I need a car fast" so I thought what was really worth it and bought this car. So what is this car really? You're looking at a 2.4 Liter XV30 Camry in Black Onyx. Imported in 2004 by the MD of a "Strawberry Company in Sri Lanka" (You know what it is) and owned by him ever since I laid my grubby hands on it. (Single Owner car, well it was registered to the company, car MFD and Reg in 2004). Car has 216k kms on the clock. This time I'm 100% sure its genuine, because the car was a Brand New Import bought from Toy#ta L#nka and was maintained ever since from them, car still carries a tag of the last service done in October, 2020 , also the plethora of old Eco Test reports also helps me sleep better at night. Additionally typing the Cars chassis code to ToyotaDIY shows me as the Market Destination of this car as Europe and a friend told me that's why the speedo goes upto 240kmph What features does the car have you say? I honestly don't know since I pivoted from Mark 2s to Camry's really fast once I saw this car. The only thing notable is Auto Wipers (Imagine my shock when it started raining today and it started to be busy at work, didn't know the car had this feature) and the light up ring next to the keyhole and that's about it me thinks yeah. I don't know the options of these cars so if you tell me what to look at I will tell you whether it is present or not. Electric Seats and the Antenna that automatically goes up and down is also a thing. How does the car drive? Exactly how it looks, pulls like a boat on the straight road with a nice roar and plenty of power but has the craziest amount of body roll you'll get sea-sick if you took it to a track. It's a nice comfy plushy ride and as a cruiser that will get you comfortably from A to B it'll do its job but in terms of road feel and fun to drive its quite rock bottom (In comparison to my experience with a EP91 Starlet). Also looks like Toyota made a 'Feedback-delete' to the damn steering cause I feel absolutely nothing.
    7 points
  16. I suddenly had the idea to start this thread so everyone could tell the stories of the cars in their lives. Basically, any and all cars that you owned or had in the family, write a post (can be about a single car or about multiple, your choice), the more descriptive the better, and of course put pictures if you have them. The point is so that we all read and appreciate the stories of the cars each of us have had over the years which have grown our passion (or is it insanity?) for the automobile. Let me know if you think this is interesting, I'll put my first one up soon if so.
    7 points
  17. 1969 Volkswagen Beetle Part 2 - How not to restore a Volkswagen When we left off the search had just ended due to lack of patience and I had pulled the trigger on a car. Despite my previously decided idea to focus on a solid running car instead of a cosmetically nice one, I ended up picking up one that had been sitting for months but looked quite pretty inside and out. So bright an early one saturday morning I went to pick the thing up from the seller's house. Collecting it went smoothly enough, and I figured the best bet would be to fuel it up first of all. So we rolled up to the nearest petrol station and I proudly said "full tank". The pump was running for barely 30 seconds when people outside the car were yelling "Petrol halenawa!". So I jumped out to see what was up and fuel was streaming to the ground! So I popped the frunk (Beetle tanks are in the front of the car) and checked, to find that the seal around the fuel floater (at the top of the tank) had given up, causing fuel to escape from there. Also, the hose from the filler cap to the tank was past its best so that was leaking too.... Not an auspicious start overall. Still we managed to fill up to a point it didn't leak and rolled on homeward. I had noticed that the brakes seemed a little bit iffy but I figured it was good enough to get home and then to the garage for a check up as long as I kept my braking gentle. Unfortunately for me, as we were approaching Rajagiriya, a gent in a Mahindra Scorpio decided to come to a sudden stop at a junction. So I hit the brakes hard, only to find the pedal sank all the way to the floor! Pumping it a bit achieved not much, and we were still doing about 20 km/h when the Beetle impacted the tow bar of the Scorpio with a solid thump. Got out to find a very large dent in the front end, and the frunk lid not closing properly. Great start! Beetle with its face punched in Anyhow managed to limp the car to the garage where I was given some unfortunate news. Firstly, the impact had acted on the spare wheel (which was right at the edge of the frunk) in such a way that it had moved back, bending the structure behind it quite badly. In addition, what I was assured was a rust free car turned out to have floor boards that were crumbling into dust, as well as rusty door bottoms and quarter panels covered with cataloy. So my plan of gradually sorting it while running suddenly turned into a full on frame off restoration. D-oh! That ended up taking several months and costing a lot more than I originally thought, but at the end of it the car came out looking rather decent and driving well. The only real issue was that the front never exactly lined up to close perfectly, but I could live with that. With it finally done I set about enjoying the freedom that my own set of wheels provided, using it as the daily driver to work and driving around with my girlfriend at the time. It didn't always provide sterling service: there were recurring issues with running smoothly and cutting out that were caused by some combination of coil and plug wires, which was eventually sorted out but was a real headache until then. I missed two Volkswagen Beetle Club drive events because the car crapped out on the day, which was really annoying. Still after it was sorted I did manage to get good use of it, even took it on a roadtrip or two. Drove it on the beach Then promptly got it stuck on the beach and various other shenanigans that you get up to when you're young and dumb. It served as the daily for about 2 years, but the lack of AC was beginning to tell during the commute and eventually I got hold of the vehicle that would become my next daily. I kept the beetle around for another year or so after that but it was being used less and less so I decided to part with it a while later. I often wondered what became of the thing and got into the habit of searching Beetles for sale over the years just to see if it survived. Had no luck for years and then lo and behold, last year all of a sudden it appeared on a classifieds site. But it didn't look anything like the car I had sold sadly. Some j***a$$ had decided it would be best without a roof and had gone and cut it off, replacing it with what looked like a 3 wheeler's top section. The side windows too seem to have gone. I consoled myself with the thought that at least the thing was still on the road, but I do wonder if it would rather be put out of its misery..... So there ends the story of the Beetle.
    7 points
  18. 1969 Volkswagen Beetle Part 1 - How NOT to buy a Volkswagen Right, well here we go then. For as long as I can remember, I've been interested in cars, apparently by age 4 or 5 I could recognize makes and models from some distance away, and I obviously had quite a collection of toy cars (Matchbox at the time, Hot Wheels hadn't made it to SL). At some point in my childhood though, I took a detour towards planes and for a while the car interest petered out. Then at about age 11 or so I started reading the good old MOTOR magazine (and occasionally was given a copy of CAR or Autocar from the UK by a family friend), which brought the interest back into focus. I was fortunate in that my parents both had vehicles of their own (will eventually make a post on them too), so you can say I grew up fairly well versed in automotive stuff. By the time my driving license rolled around, I had already been thinking for a few years what my first car would be. Obviously the budget was not big, I had about 400k with some help from my folks, so that was what I was looking to spend. Back in the early 2000s that kind of money went a lot further than it seems to do today, and there were quite a few choices available. But for reasons that to this day I'm not entirely sure of, I had my focus set on a Volkswagen Beetle. One reason could be because my grandfather owned a black 1959 example from brand new until the year 2000, and I had quite a few memories of outings in that car with the grandparents. Why didn't I just get his car you ask? Well my grandfather apparently had no idea that I would be interested in the car and when he stopped using it, he ended up giving it away for free to a work colleague! I tried to get (pay him and buy) the car back at the time but the guy didn't want to part with it. So I ended up having to search the marketplace. Online adverts were still in their infancy, so most of the hunting was in the weekend papers and the Motor Mag. I read as many VW books and articles as I could find and talked to VW mechanics where I could find them so I thought I had a pretty solid idea of what to look for. Fellow AL member @milindu had a couple of bugs as part of his collection and was nice enough to let me see what a good one looked like. He wasn't selling any of his, but he WAS selling a KE25 Toyota Corolla Coupe, in absolutely mint condition, for 200k (and he offered me a discount on that too). For reference, it was something like this, but MUCH tidier Anyway I had beetle blinkers on so I stupidly passed on the 'rolla, which ended up being bought (and lovingly maintained to this day) by one of his mechanics. So I went on hunting beetles, over a couple of months I looked at every single beetle that came up for sale, and i mean EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Overall I think I looked at around 30 cars and they all had some fault or the other. There were really nice ones quoting 400-500k but I didn't want to blow everything I had on buying the car (probably the only sensible decision I made at the time), so I wanted to spend no more than 250k on buying. Now my priority was a car that was mechanically and structurally sound, figuring cosmetics could be worked on later and I told my self I would buy a car that was a regular runner, so mimimum problems would exist. Unfortunately after 30 cars my stock of patience (always low in an 18 year old) ran out, and car number 31 happened to be an example that was cosmetically very nice, but had been sitting unused for some months. The seller was a nice old uncle and he assured me everything was working well, My mechanic gave it a look over and pronounced it acceptable, so 220k changed hands and I had a car! The plan was to drive it around for some time, figure out the quirks and then sort it out. However as they say, the best laid plans......
    7 points
  19. First of all sorry for being the least active member on the forum🙃. Now since I used my beloved teana for 4 months I'd like to share my experience + what i did with the car. 1. So when I bought the car it had some minor oil leaks so I redid all the oil seals in the car as a precautionary repair using original Nissan parts which I got from A*W (slightly rip-off price but hey atleast it's "original"). 2. Redid my brake system with refaced calipers and original pads because of a minor braking sound which was noticable at traffic situations. 3. Installed KYB "New SR special" shocks and shock mounts. The new SR special is the only shock nissan recommends for the teana (finding this was a pain in the ass because almost all shops in Sri Lanka has KYB Excel Gs and nothing else) 4.Replaced 3/5 engine mounts using the original nissan parts from A*W. (Didn't knew japanese mounts costs that much😑) 5. Did a engine tune-up + throttle body cleaning since I felt like it's doing a bit less on fuel consumption. 6. Redid all the leather parts in the car back to the factory beige material The shocks were a game changer to the ride quality and now it's actually comfy. After 4 months of usage the car feels nice and smooth, a car which you'll enjoy to be a passenger in but not so much to drive because it's a barge. (Can't do risky moves while driving). Other than that the car drives superb and people think I'm a government V*P since most these cars are used by government secretaries and such. Fuel economy is 7.5-8 kmpl on city and 10-11 on highways. I'm actually impressed by the VQ25s smoothness because I've never driven a V6 before. Still i have much more to do in this car to bring back back to it's factory glory and here's a few I'm planning of doing within the next months, so if anyone can help me in the process I'm much appreciated. 1. Need to find original 16 inch alloy wheels that came for the car since the 18 inch alloys (aftermarket) that looks great reduces the comfort by a significant margin. Current alloy wheel The original 16 inch alloy that came with the car. So if anyone can hook me up with these types of alloys it's much appreciated. 2. There's a slight noise coming from the AC compressor when the compressor clutch is applied so should investigate that before it blows up. 3.Rear passenger armrest wood trim piece is cracked so should replace or find someone to fix that up. 4. Need to do a full interior detailing but can't find a good place that'll do justice for the velvet seats. (Please let me know if y'all know any place). So that's chapter 2 of my nissan teana journey. I'll try to post more on the forum definitely. Special thanks to @MaleCortana for recommending me the mechanic that did everything in the car. p.s i installed an android infotainment system which is me going out of my way to bring the car back to factory glory, but i had to do that since it's a nightmare reversing this GIGACAR out of my driveway. The unit has all the OEM functions (A/C control, CD changer + modern functions like android auto and spotify.
    7 points
  20. This is quite true - all this is circumstantial and based on that individual. For some it works out, few people I know returned cos it never worked out for them. For some life really sucked here - and things got better once abroad. For some it's a chance to carve out their own path than being overburdened by very demanding families/relatives. For some it's the promise of pursuing their dream career. For many people I know it's a fresh start. There was one guy who moved to avoid clashes with the in laws And for many people I know the sole reason is providing their kids a good environment to grow in and avoid the messed up education system here. My dad tried to do this by planning for me to study abroad at least post A/L and when I was a teenager he took me on a tour of the UK where we have friends and family for me to get a feel of things. For some reason while I enjoyed it never really resonated with me - and no I did not miss the spicy food and the whole "hela" vibe. In fact I loved it there but something was missing. Years later, working for a European company I frequently visit Europe on work but despite staying for months in some really safe and excellent cities (and maybe opportunities of actually moving there) It never really felt like home. I totally admire the people, their culture and their open mindedness but I just don't feel comfortable there. Every time I return I take a couple of hours to stand in the hot steamy air, smell the flora, and hear the fauna and start sweating, and that's when I feel comfortable. Maybe I'll regret staying someday and yes the queues suck, the traffic sucks, and infrastructure is terrible and let's face it most of our fellow citizens are a bunch of herd-driven cattle. But still this is not really that bad. (maybe it will be in the future) So again it's up to the individual - people who live here aren't losers and not everyone is 'stuck' here some stay by choice. People who live abroad aren't refugees or illegal migrants or homeless people - they preferred to live elsewhere and they're pursuing their own goals and dreams. What's irritating is people who tried really hard to migrate and kept failing IELTS then preach the virtues of staying in their motherland and their other counterparts - the guys who managed to go abroad and brag about - telling us all the wonders of wherever they live in - like the guy who recently started telling me about a wonderful thing called Electronic Toll Collection, something i've been using for the last 7 years and folks who try to explain to us what a waffle is
    7 points
  21. So that's it! You are all up to date! From start to finish the process took about four and a half months. Lockdowns didn't help. There are some minor things like upholstery, engine detailing and chrome work to be done. I will see to them depending on Covid curfew and state of import restrictions. I will post an update once car is fully completed. I'll need to see Sylvi sir regarding the windscreen as well! I will run the car now until that time. So untill then, consider this project as complete. Hope you enjoyed this little journey with me. PM me, if you have any questions or need any advice and I'll answer them the best I can(hopefully I'll get an email notification if I get a PM). I don't pretend to be an expert, just a very well informed and experienced enthusiast. It was great to be back at AL posting regularly, felt just like old times. Bye from me and 2 sri 355!
    7 points
  22. The feeling when your car featured at Toyota page..
    7 points
  23. Hey guys so this is my first post in the forum and I'm thinking of logging everything I'm doing for the car in this thread. So this is my first car, it's a 2008 Nissan Teana j32 with a VQ25DE engine. The car has 111k km on the clock and still runs smoothly. The previous owner had everything documented (services,part invoices) so I'm a bit lucky there. I'm about to do my first service and I'm thinking of doing a full fluid flush including the CVT oil as well. So my aim is to make this car as luxurious as possible that includes suspension change and anything that makes the ride comfort pristine. Throw me any questions or tips regarding my mission and I hope to update everything happens to the car regularly. Cheers✌️
    7 points
  24. Ok Gentlemen. Here's my restored Bluebird ARX Only thing left is now to find a star shaped alloy and il be done.
    6 points
  25. Actually, your reseponses show that my instincts were spot on. Well...if you are mature...the first thing you would realise, especially if you are collecting and planning your finances accordingly like you say you have been, is that there needs to be a proper plan...your list does not show a plan at all. It is just random stuff (which makes you come off as a whiny teenager who plans on making a show car for all flash wih daddy's money). You say you are collecting money to get it done...well...if so this is exactly why you need a plan ! If you wait till you collect all the funds to get it done..it will never happen because it costs so much. So you need a proper roadmap. Also, you say you muscle cars are expensive and JDM builds are cheap. Its cheap only if you use Chinese crap to make a plastic bucket like the ricer boys do. You say you have been looking at sourcing a 2JZ engine...if you have any idea of the prices of a 2JZ you would not have made such a childish statement. A good mid mileage 2JZ-GTE from a running, recently deregistered car can cost anything from 600,000 to 800,000yen (or more) to just BUY. Yes...you get ones for 200,000yen as well but those are usually very high mileage engines or ones that have been beated then hell out of and requires rebuilds. Yes...there are ways to get the engine cheaper (like some people here already do and have); but if you had properly researched on building your dream car beyond looking at pictures and fantasizing about what you want to stick on there you would know what the cheaper alternatives are. Then there is also what you said about the gearbox. Andrew ? As in Grey ? Anyway...Formular Drift cars usually have sequential shift gear boxes (just like 99% of race cars out there. You should know that SS gearboxes usually run in to like 1.5mil yen to buy new. You can get used ones but used ones are typically either broken and worthless (repairing costs as much as a new one) or have been upgraded and dialed in so much that it costs a lot more than a new one. So yeah....stop thinking that your buildis going to be cheap and the JDM builds are cheap. Also, you say a Lamborghini, etc...is out of your budget...but you do realise that your GT86 project is going to cost you nealry as much right ? Based on your own statements, I am sure everyone here like me am imagining you have VERY deep pockets...a GT86 is NOT cheap..and you cannot lease or buy it off a car loan if you plan to modify it (because through these options you do not own the car, your bank does and you cannot change it..) so you have to outright buy it...thne the parts you want are going to cost almost as much as another car. Then there is he matter of fabrication and labor....there are only a very few garages who can do a good job with bringing out the JZ engines. They are not cheap. Albeit, they are all car loving nice guys that they will offer you a lot of advice and thrown in freebies as well. Then there are the engine and gearbox costs plus the auxiliary stuff all this will need. Secondly, I don't think you actually know what true "JDM" car culture and tuning is. It is not a matter of sticking parts bought from a shop (although I do admit with most of these home garage shops going big time that is what it has resulted to for most people). There are plenty of people in SL who have built amazing cars and drift ! They did not whine about policies and stuff, instead they found a way to get the job done. This is exactly how JDM tuning started during a time modification of cars was socially and legally looked down upon. Exactly what enthusiasts in SL are going through. The beauty of 99% of the JDM tuning parts out there is that it come right up to crossing the line but it doesn't. Extreme cases are aggressive kits like some RB kits but those are meant for track use (the documetation itself says so). You should know that all those cars you see in Japan with crazy body kits, exhausts, stances, etc....when it is time for their road inspection all the parts get taken off and the car is put in stock form for the inspection.Yes..it is cheating the system, but police only stop them very rarely or at occasional meets when things get rowdy. The belief is that even with these things on, the owners will behave responsibly and not be a burden on others. There is nothing wrong with being an amateur. We all are..and some have progressed to be professionals...but we were all newbies once. The difference between a mature newbie with true intent at heart is they know the how big the task is of a conversion and listen to others to solve problems and make a plan. The immature ones are opposit of that, no plan. Their plan is to have a ton of money and then just drop a whole bunch of parts in and hope it world. When it doesn't or those with experience offer insight...they yell and scream about what they want and throw tantrums. To answer your question.... Make a plan ! You do not have one ! Yu mention engines, random transmissions and wheels and utter fluff like neoen lights and sound systems. I say random stuff because things do not make sense...you want a high power engine..but nothing about brakes or a drive train that can handle it. You mention an extra wide RB body kit, but then you do not look at what adjustments are needed for the axle and wheel widths to actually fill out those arches (and that has a bearing on power..if you hade done your reasearch on power and putting it downn you would know why these cars got body kits to make them wide...it is not just to look cool). Then you need to answer some questions for your self....why do you want an I6 or V6 engine ? After all, if what you really want is to drift: you can even make a box lancer drift (again..strange because the two engines have completely different characteristics to how it feels and delivers power). Why do you want a 2JZ ? Why will a 1JZ not work for you ? Why can't you fix the boxer engine to put out more power ?<drifting is not just about having a billion HP at the wheels> As long as you keep putting out random thoughts and desires out there..no one can tell you what is possible. Not all dreams are practical in reality. To start with the choice of car...ifyou want to stick to a 2JZ...then you can go with what most of the drift boys in SL have done....get a Chaser/Mark II/Cresta/Crown and build that up. Other off base alternatives are BMW 5 or 3 serie. Albit more difficult than swapping a Toyota. Then there is also the Nissan route...Glorias, Cedrics, Laurels with RB engines dropped in. A GT86 is a high costing car in SL and you are embarking on a risky project that the car literally cannot be brought back from. Affects resale..affects daily usability, etc...(yes..I said daily usability....drift favoring suspension can be very harsh on normal roads unless they are readjustd to stock form (I have TRD sport springs on the back of my AE85...period correct, hugs the rear like a lizard on the wall and breaks off just when you want it to...but literally the most uncomfortable rear of all the Trueno/Levins in the country..then there is the sound, etc...) If you want smaller cars...sadly you are out of luck. There simply are not that many RWD cars around other than things like B2 and 3 hundred series Sunnies and a few E70 coupes/sedans/liftbacks. Another option would be to go with a KE74 van build with a 4A-GE or even a 2ZZ conversion. As for body kits...you can have a body kit and keep it subtle enough to have it pass under the radar of the cops. Just modest wheel arches, etc...better if it is somehting that the manufacturer themselves had offered (and keep a copy of the brochure in the car). Exhaust...again...modest ones are okay and good ones really do not make that much noise unless you are at full throttle. Not the loud beet cans that the ricers put. THose are annoying anyway and becomes a pain after sometime (especilly when inside the car). Suspension: Proper kit with proper coilovers that you can adjust camber etc, as needed. That way you can set aggressive camber and height adjustments when you are on track but leave it normal when driving daily.
    6 points
  26. For starters...I do not see what a first class country is. No country is first class...they all have their own issues. It is a very colonial way of looking at the world and down right discriminitory and ultra nationalistic (you know..the Tr**p supporter type..not the good kind). In one's heart and mind the first and foremost best country should be your motherland. As such..respect the other person's mother land as well.As for kids going abroad and resettling...the world is a different place from what it was 4 decades ago. I remember my grand father being pissed off at my father and aunt for leaving Galle and setting up home in Colombo (the evil big city)....I know people who still feel that way when their kids decide to leave their home estates in Kandy and Nuwareliya and move to COlombo or worst yet...Galle. At the end of the day..what matters is what is best for your kids. Will your kids have better and safer opportunities in another city or country...then you should wish them the best. If you raise your kids right....with GOOD and PROPER Sri Lankan values...then that will forever stay with them and will pass on for generations. What makes tradition and culture is not the buildings of a country but what is instilled within you. (Note I said SRI LANKAN..no references to race or religion). This is beautiful. and ABSOLUTELY ! Do we not realise that we are being treated as third class people by our very own people ? It is a daily occurence....heck..my wife gets treated differently (in a better way) just because she is foreign whilst I get treated like garbage just for being Sri Lankan (I suppose it is a case of we all have to struggle therefore I will make you struggle as well). Also, lets not forget the low grading stereo typing that we ourselves do to our own people...again...90% of the time when my family and I go somewhere..I get mistaken for the driver. My wife sits in the back because that is where the little one sits...and at super markets I push the cart behind my wife...thus I am the driver. Funny thing is..the drivers of other Japanese expats think I am a driver too (not because they are excepting me in to their clan of brotherhood). They should have realised that can never be the case based on how I am dressed ! (For the record...these drivers are nicely dressed in a shirt, dress pants and shoes...here I am unshaven with a scruffy beard walking around a Japanese lady in torn jeans and a faded t-shirt ) Then, lets not forget the fact that we have been servants to a priviledged few who are utter morons since the dawn of independance.
    6 points
  27. මේ තියෙන්නෙ මට උන සිද්දිය. 2019 දෙසැම්බර් 28 Taas Agencies (Pvt) Ltd. එකෙන් වාහනේට shock absorbers 4 දැම්මා (KYB shock absorbers ලංකාවට ගෙන්වන්නේ මේ සමාගමෙන්). වාහනේ මොඩ්ල් එකයි අවුරුද්දයි කිව්වම මට බඩු දුන්න, invoice එකේ වෙන model එකක් තියෙන්නෙ මොකද ඇහුවම, ඒකම තමයි insight එකට එන්නෙ කිව්වා, එතනම තැනකින් දාලම දෙන්නම් කියල මට shocks මාරු කරල දුන්න. මම ගොඩක් වෙලාවට තනියම වාහනේ යන්නෙ, ඉතාමත් හදිස්සියෙන් පිටිපස්සෙ දෙන්නෙක් යන්නෙ. ලඟදි පිටිපස්සෙ දෙන්නෙක් එක්ක යද්දි පොඩි බම්ප් එකක් උනත් ටයර් එක ඇතුල් පැත්තෙ ගෑවෙන සද්දයක් එන්න ගත්ත. නිකමට සැක හිතිල invoice එකේ තියෙන KYB part numbers, KYB online catalogue එකෙන් check කලාම වෙන model එකකට එන parts මට දීල තියෙන්නෙ, ඒවයි දිග වෙනස්. පහත තියෙනවා සම්පූර්ණ විස්තරේ, මම මේක ඉහත company එකට Email කරා, දවස් 05ක් යනකල් සද්දයක් නැහැ, අද call කරල කිව්වම mail එක ආවේ නෑ කිව්වා, පස්සෙ මම ආයෙත් පරණ mail එක forward කරා call එකේ ඉන්න ගමන්, ඒ පාර ලැබුන කිව්වා, උන් ඒක බලල විනාඩි 10කින් call කරල කිව්ව අපි insight එකට ගෙන්නන්නෙ මේක තමයි, හරි එක ගෙන්නන්න ගියොත් සෑහෙන්න ගානක් යනවා, සර්ගෙ ටයර් සයිස් ලොකු ඇති ඇතුලේ වදින්නෙ කිව්ව. මම කිව්වා KYB catalogue එකේ පැහැදිලිව තියෙනවා, එතකොට ඒක බොරුද කියල.. ඒකෙ එහෙම තිබුනට අපේ බොස් ගෙන්නන්නෙ මේක කිව්වා. ඔතනින් බඩු ගන්නවානම් shock absorber එකේ කොටලා තියෙන part numbers බලල online catalogue එකේ check කරල ගන්න. මලාට වැරැද්ද පිලිගන්නේවත්, නැවත හරි එක දෙන්නේවත් නැහැ.
    5 points
  28. Update Here are some full size photos of her.
    5 points
  29. Update : (I am sorry it's around a year from last update) Realized that wiper motor cannot govern the load successfully. So decided to rewind it myself. Here are some images of the process.
    5 points
  30. Took one of my colleagues to check out the car which was in yakkala. The guy we bought from insisted that we get the car towed to wherever we were heading.He made me sign a piece of paper which says I'm solely responsible for whatever happens to me/occupants or to the car(this was my first red flag😂). The car had bold tyres on all four corners,Brakes only to the front wheels,no handbrake(not even the leaver), No horn, non of the gauges work,but a new battery. YAY!!!! 😂(Only thing which was made in this millennium) Everything made sense as soon as I got the car out of his property. I had to stand on the brake pedal to make the car slow down, not to stop, you cant literally stop the car but only to slow it. And there was a terrible wheel wobble above 40km/h. There were few times we thought we'd lost a tyre, it was that bad. The gear leaver was so sloppy even the CIA won't find the right gears. 2nd gear had a mind of its own, we could hear the gear teeth been chewed off when we try to change to 2nd. we drove from yakkala to Colombo and it took only 2 hours🤗. Rained cats and dogs mid way guess what?? Yeah the wiper motor was rooted too 😂. And to top it off windows wouldn't wind down because hand crank was missing. All in all it was a fun ride. Managed to get ourselves and the car safely to Colombo.
    5 points
  31. Had the car sat in the office parking for a few weeks. 1 because i was cought up with work and 2 i have to take the car home(kandy) to start working on it. Driving this death trap was out of the question. Got it towed from Colombo to kandy( boy it wasn't cheap).Got it home. My parents thought i bought a decommissioned hearse 🤦‍♂️🙆🏽‍♂️ Like i said before this is my take on restomod lets see how many of you can spot where this is heading towards 😉.🥺 The more i look at the car the more i find rust😅. Someone has tried to repair the chassis rails and had done a pretty bad job. It'd been welded with an arc welder 🤦‍♂️ අයියෝ සාන්ත !!!(check the photos). I get a feeling that this car had gone hand in had and nobody tried to repair it properly  I'll be taking the engine and transmission out next week to give it a once over.And also to check where my 2nd gear has gone.Btw i found the culprit behind the sloppy gear leaver.Also I've got a surprise for the build. Will post it if everything goes smoothly as planned. This is how i plan to break the build out. Rust repair tinkering and paint will be done by someone other than myself. Dont worry im definitely getting rid of that horrendous orange colour 😅 Drivetrain, wiring suspension will be done by me.I dont claim that i know everything and im not a "car guru". I know I'll make a heap of errors along the way. So please feel free to give your thoughts too. Im not hear to judge anyone but simply to build my perfect car.😊 I get to work on the car only on weekends because I work in Colombo and car is in Do please bare with me 🙏 At the moment car is sitting at home while I try to find a brave enough soul to start the rust work.I'd appreciate If anyone can recommend a tinker around kandy area that could take this job on without breaking the bank. ciao.
    5 points
  32. We have a U13 Bluebird diesel, mechanical parts are available around Kandy and Kurunegala but body and interior parts are rare. We ripped off a 2.0L SSS in Japan and brought down the parts. The 2.0L SSS has different bigger brakes, slightly lower suspension, different interior with more body hugging seats, wood trim on the dash, more seat driver seat adjustments, rear seat console and brown tinted glasses. There are 1.8L SSS variants in SL but highly down any of the 2.0L made it to SL.
    5 points
  33. LooooL... I'm going to steal this for my FB.. May be I will post after few days because my wife is still angry with yesterday's suspension parts;
    5 points
  34. Hope everyone’s doing well. I have posted few times about my dream of converting an Audi A4 B5 to a S4 B5. As per my knowledge. We have ZERO “AUDI S AND RS” vehicles. No conversions either. Only a few RS badged regular A3’s and what not. S4 variants are RARE and expensive in the European countries. US has a few, mostly auto and all of them riced. My plan is/was to buy one from the US and ship parts over. Obviously not all. Just the vitals and parts that can be used on a Right hand drive. Since I currently live in the US, I will be taking apart the car on my own and shipped personally. Then those parts will be restored because I’m mad. I already have a A4 B5 in the country. Stripped and shy. Them restored S4 parts will go into the A4. It will be 100% stock minus the front bumper(which will get refitted with the RS4 bumper because its 1. Plug and play almost. 2 It looks way better). Enough explanation noh? 😁 Behold the beauty. My 2001 Audi S4 B5. Not in the best of nicks(But cost close to a new iPhone, so I’m not complaining). Plus I will be redoing the parts anyway. This will only be uploaded on Autolanka.No social media jargon and maxxa machan for me please. So you guys are the onlyfans(pun intended). So kind of an exclusive build to fellow petrol-heads. Ok ok here’s the pictures. Ok one more sentence I promise! This will be a slow thread. Also painful to some as I’ll be slaving away a bunch of cash and time/effort for a car thats a “POS old petrol wada nathi Olympic car”
    5 points
  35. Sugar daddy for Preseas it seems Pick up bruised and battered Preseas, patch them up, enjoy them for a bit and find them husbands afterward
    5 points
  36. Hi guys, so sorry for the slight down time...AL forum is back online with loads of new updates..enjoy!
    5 points
  37. Hey Matroska. It’s nice to see another EP71 user in the forum. I’ve been using one since 2007. Though I have used one EP82 and couple of EP91s the Boxy was the one fascinated me most so I was eyeing for a one for some time. Since my preference was a two door car with reasonable body shape finally settled for an EP76 van for 475000. Sadly cars of those kinds are now in the hands of people who couldn’t afford for the required maintenance. So mine was of the same. Bringing in it to a standard of my choice was actually a painful and time and consuming job but I enjoyed every step of that. So I hope we can share the experiences in restoration. Happy motoring in a nippy starlet Cheers
    5 points
  38. As soon as one panel was done, it was primer coated.
    5 points
  39. Members, HOW MOTOR VEHICLE COSTS WENT UP FROM YEAR 1962. There was a similar situation like today, in year 1962 (59 Years ago) then Government banned all imports of Motor Vehicles and spares. Few people who went out of the country employed for resonable time that they can prove their $ earned enough to buy a car then they get a permit. There one more permit system that was importer has to prove his relationship to get a gift permit then he or she had to pay the gift tax. Like today permits were sold to any body who pays. Spares was allowed on a quota system according to importers who had imported spares early. They have to prove that with past import papers. Also banks have to certify that money was transferred. To import anything have to go behind import control department for number of days, bribe the lover rankers (Then Biggest Note for to palm oil them) in the import comntrol department to get an approval. Then came the CRA. Many items with Motor Vehicles was also allowed for convertible Rupee Account holders. Gems had the highest rate of 25% for their exports and many other exporters also got from 10% of the income from they get, can be utilized for imports. All export Company directors got car permits to import cars. I too got two motor vehicles for my CRA. I got a Gem dealer to export in the name of my partnership which I registered and gave all documents to the Gem dealer to export on my behalf. I only have to sign export documents, give him 125% of the export Rupee value. Within 20 days I get in to my Bank Account Rupee Value. 25% of that I can import 1 Car, my other partner can import 1 car. No restrictions no tax. Only when you sell the cars if you make profit above the cost, then you pay your normal tax. I did number of gem exports like that way. All other earned CRA was used to import for my business requarements. Then I was in the Electrical Maintanance industry. Simple explanation is if any spare part cost is (CIF) 1 Rupee then you have to pay Rupees 1/25. Vehicle selling prices sky rocketed and continued till the Green party allowed all imports after 17 dark years of past regime, All 5-year-old Vehicles and other necessary new items freely. By that dark 17 years Panchikawatthe spare parts importers made big profits also most of the spare parts shops were tenements. Converted to shops by the people who were living on those tenements. Rented To Spare part delears, big time spare part dealer’s bought the tenement lands and build large buildings with number of flows. I do not want to name them, today their 2nd generation are owners of those buildings. Also some of their 2nd generation in motor spares business. I remember my late father used to tell me tahat M/s, Sangaralimgam Pillai was the first to open a sparepart shop in Panchi....., when the Colombo tram ways had the transport service in panchi.... Road. All Motor vehicle importers of today are born after 1978. Before that all motor vehicles were imported to this country was from UK, USA, Germany and Italy. By very old Companies most of them were british owend later sold to Ceylonese. At present ony to my knowledge Carmart, D*MO, Colonial, Richerd Peris, Unit#d Mot#rs A*W and Tuckers are the companies existed in that era, they are still active. BMW Motor cycles was imported by M/s, Wallyes Garage at Kotahena. Cargiles BSA MOTOR CYCLES. Philip bros imported Simcars they had many models. There was few importers one of them was Mr Victor Demel who imported Invicta (2) cars, one and ony car in Sri Lanka Railton still with his family. Railton cars were made to order not many was made in the world. Waker Sons Ltd, M/s, Rowlends, Collets, Continental motors (Skoda) General Trading company later Stuarts, Singer and Bogwards, CFT Motor Engeneering, Renaults Cargiles BSA MOTOR CYCLES. There are more things I can write about Panchi..... Battery manufactories are developing new Batteries with low cost, do not know when they will come to the Market. If any member wants to know more about past please post me a Email to <[email protected]> Sylvester Wijesinghe Sylvi.
    4 points
  40. Update: 6 years after the fact So its coming up for 6 years since I asked this question on the thread and the 6 is still very much around. It truly turned out to be a great idea and has provided superb service to date. Had done 14k when we got it and now is approaching 90k. In terms of expenditure, other than the usual servicing and brake pads etc, the only major expense was engine mounts, which were needed at around the 75k mark. Oh and also shocks were replaced at 80k. At the same time the steering rack had a bush kit that was replaced. Total cost of the repairs was around 275,000 at the time. It returns 8ish to the liter in town/12-13 outside and 15 plus on the highway and still drives well. As it approaches 100k I'm guessing there will be some suspension work that will be needed. The paint finish seems to have deteriorated a bit over the years, but that could be because the driver washes it every day and it isn't waxed much. Interior has held up motsly well, but the steering leather has faded and will need re-doing. Recently it has started giving an issue where the switch that detects that the transmission is in Park doesn't always do the job, so the car won't fully switch off. Shifting out and back solves it, but I assume that will need replacing soon. All in all, it turned out to be a pretty solid choice and will likely be sticking around for a while yet. Made me so much of a Mazda convert that I got myself a 2016 2 Sedan as the daily, and ended up replacing the Jaaaag with a 2015 MX5 Miata as well!
    4 points
  41. December has been a weird month, first I saw the man behind the daily dosage of Presea's on this web on a FB group, then I saw the Suzuki Jimny build with the red interior parked at my friends apartment car park XD
    4 points
  42. Managed to get the muffler work done. I'm starting to like that sweet beat ❤️ 😘 I no longer need the radio i just wanna keep driving it #thatAss ❤️
    4 points
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