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    Hello darkness old friend

    So 27 cars (since 2006) and after my last project car; JZX100 MKII with some bolt ons ie 2j/GTX3582r/ some additional bits to make it all work then decided it was time to look into other aspects of life - *hello marriage*

    Thought I could give up the urge, figured I go cold turkey and settle with something newish, hop in not worry about anything and maybe enjoy the numerous usb ports/apple play/android auto etc malarkey that the new cars offer.

    who was I kidding.. I was not at all interested - but then got a work car, really don't need a car, but hey the wife needs a car!

    So the discussion was had, an amicable outcome was reached. Since she's new to this side of the world, lets get you into something where it's nice enough and you can get familiar with getting around then revisit the car topic in a few months. Get something larger (hint, have a bun in the oven by then).

    Searched and searched, what do we get, Facebook Market place, Carsales, Scumtree and the searches went on.

    Well an IS it is! ideally I wanted an IS300 (future proofing that engine transplant) but I just couldn't find a clean enough example. Either too clapped out, wanted too much dolleroos or just people who wouldn't respond.

    Here's a little time line of the cars I checked:

    First car - bit of a funny story here. I saw this on gumtree and seeing that it was on my way back from work. Alright let's go see it. Wasn't asking too much, but did seem a bit run down, how bad could it be? rock up there and a fellow curry (yup, just referred to a fellow brown lad) was also there. I'm thinking well ain't this great, what's it gonna be some duel ? who cooks up a better vindaloo can buy the damn thing? - Ok whatever, lets see the car.

    Look over it, hmm needs a bit of paint, but its all there, engine could use a little tidy up and interior detail - can't be all that bad. While waiting for the log books the fellow curry seemed to have had enough waiting, so he leaves. I'm thinking, well then! guess I get to make an offer. I take the car for a little test drive, hmm seems a bit tired but ok its in line to the price he's asking. Meanwhile our friend spots me driving it - signals me to pull over (outside the sellers house), 'hey mate, what are the kms showing on that?' - so I let him know what it's showing.. starts shaking his head, 'yeah, nah' .. hmm I'm curious now, what's going on here.

    So we go back to the sellers and ole mate just gets right into it ' hey, how long you had this car? where are the books? why's it showing dealer status' - seller clearly realizes something is up and now refuses to deal with this guy, asks him to go away as he doesn't wanna sell it to him. As the dude leaves, he tells me 'don't buy this car, meet me down the road' .. hmmmm okay.. - I pardon myself too, mention I gotta check with the wife. A few meters down the road, get shown a picture of the same car at auction with 150k more kms than what was showing in the dash... Alright! so that explains the run down state and perhaps the first time (in a long time) a fellow curry wasn't out to screw me over. **pleasantly surprised**

    tl;dr - almost got rekt by an IS200 which had wound back kms.. pictures below of said car.





    So the search continues, came across this example on Gumtree. I mean it was an honest ad, sellers were straight up that they used it for a daily, didn't get much care apart from fuel/service. Was owned by a panel beater prior to that and it was just in a ratty state. Pass..





    Had a nice example show up in Adelaide, was getting a mate to view it but then the car sold 24hrs later. FUCK.

    Had another clean example in Toowoomba (for which I asked around here if someone could review it), it sold a day after someone here (who was kind enough) offered to view it and tell me if it was worth it. FUCK.

    Well do I look at GS300s? - a good example showed up, S2 Silver GS300 (still on Gumtree) but at the time when I was looking, the guy mentioned it was pending payment but had a deposit on it. MEH

    I'm getting kinda annoyed by this point and thinking FFS might have to give up the idea and go with that damn newish boring car. Then on a Friday afternoon, got that alert from Gumtree, 'IS200' - hmm I miss out on some gear that would be handy for a 1j/2j/2gr? conversion but it will be a clean base to start off with!

    Mrs and I made our way down to the Coast - was in love the moment I saw it.







    Log book history from day 1, complete set of keys, CLEAN (actually clean not derro bottles scattered, receipts and maccas wrappers all over the god damn interior), long rego and the seller was a delight to deal.

    Cons? well it does have the sticky dash but its a small negative over the numerous big positives.

    Setting my Waze back into the same rabbit hole of car modding that I managed to find my way out of..

    #2
    Good stuff. I've always liked these.

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      #3
      I think the sticky dash is normal as they age? My old IS200 had that and it wasn't even left in the sun often, it was usually either garaged or in a underground carpark.

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        #4
        My nopics VW has the sticky dash. No really too much you can do about it other than get rid of the then outer layer and leave it bare - or remove the thin sticky layer and paint/recover it.

        We have done none of those.
        Previously known as Lobster, Chuss's brother's anus, Chuss's brother, Lobsook, Lobstersock, Socks, Sockz, MissAmericaImportGirl, ClutchCLobster

        CJM 4 Life yo!

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          #5
          Yeah the dash issue isn't eating away at me too much just yet. Have looked up videos on dash removal/refit - doesn't seem too difficult. Something to tackle later down the track.

          Ideally first thing I want to do is a torsen diff. Anyone around here who's fitted an 86/BRZ diff to their IS200?

          A good mate pointed out this video below, which seems to suggest a Y38 diff from the 86/BRZ will work fine? but I'm curious, do I need to change the drive shafts too?

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            #6
            Renaults always suffered from the sticky dash stuff.

            Very small amount of citrus cleaner in some warm soapy water and a lint free cloth and some gentle rubbing (of the dash, not yourself) does the trick. Did my Clio that way when I got it and it survived fine for 7yrs after until I sold it - even out in the sun at train station etc. It is removing the clear layer or whatever was there but it doesn't leave it unprotected as such.
            Hide yo' wife!!!

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              #7
              Originally posted by piss98 View Post
              Renaults always suffered from the sticky dash stuff.

              Very small amount of citrus cleaner in some warm soapy water and a lint free cloth and some gentle rubbing (of the dash, not yourself) does the trick. Did my Clio that way when I got it and it survived fine for 7yrs after until I sold it - even out in the sun at train station etc. It is removing the clear layer or whatever was there but it doesn't leave it unprotected as such.
              :(:( - thanks man! will give that a go.

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                #8
                I seem to recall that IS200s have the same diff centre as some 80's IRS stuff (MA61/MX73/RA65/RT142 and probably others), which means you can chuck a TrueTrac torsen in there. I've had one in my MA61 for about 15 years and it's ace.

                Don't know if that's better or worse than swapping in a 86/BRZ diff though.
                Norbie!

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                  #9
                  Or just do what Nick did with his IS, flock it.
                  Rust is lighter than carbon fibre.

                  My Italian 510

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Norbie View Post
                    I seem to recall that IS200s have the same diff centre as some 80's IRS stuff (MA61/MX73/RA65/RT142 and probably others), which means you can chuck a TrueTrac torsen in there. I've had one in my MA61 for about 15 years and it's ace.

                    Don't know if that's better or worse than swapping in a 86/BRZ diff though.
                    F-series, same as the last of the forward control Taragos before they went to the wombat shape with the engine layed over on it's side.
                    Originally posted by brewdles
                    In short, some cunt at test and tune had a 250cc honda turning to 11ty and it sounded porn. Do that.

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                      #11
                      Also the same as the front diff on IFS Hilux 4WDs, the early ones at least.
                      Norbie!

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                        #12
                        86 uses the 8" diff same as the IS300, JZX100, 110 etc

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                          #13
                          Even in its oem nugget form, seems fun enough to get around in. I'm forever reminded how much more larger cars have become now when I switch between the work car (Jazz) and this.

                          Went to meet some friends, had a deja vu moment:





                          First ever bits purchased:



                          Sticky dash gains were real, so one by one will sort the trim out.



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                            #14
                            Checks wreckers, looks all over FB marketplace (saw a couple of places / people selling it but dreaming $$) - check Gumtree (does anyone actually speak ENGLISH and can answer your question right the first time?)

                            so in the end, something I've never done before 'hi Lexus, yes can a brother get a price for an IS200 dash to rid myself of the sticky shit I need to see each time I get in the car, not the kind of sticky I want either.. oh you can? how much ?'

                            prepares to be taken to the cleaners but hang on, 'what, $280? legit? - well lets get this shit sorted then!'





                            the couple of IS200/300 sellers I came across FB, well it'd be nice if they could perhaps relax? - too many 'I know better than you because I've had my IS for blah many years' - or having to deal with 'built not bought dipshittery' - it's a dashboard ... yes great you have oodles of time to rip it out, paint it --

                            Anyways, will remove seats as I wanted to shampoo the carpet too. I see a few guides out there on taking the dashboard out, but if you have a link or did yourself, wouldn't mind pointers please xox.

                            Coilovers + torsen and maybe an HU next.

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                              #15
                              Taking the dash out is piss easy. Just make sure that the light sensor gets plugged back in.

                              Also the original dash/firewall has some foam on it. Likely will be well fucked. You can get double sided 15mm thick foam tape from Bunnings and works a treat.

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