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    Budget Build IS300

    So I have sold the Golf, the wife has 10k put towards the house deposit and I'm left with the remainder to build a project/fun car.

    I originally wanted to build a IS300 with a LS3. I still would love to do it but things happen blah blah. I still think it's a great idea and certainly something I will revisit at a later stage.
    It was basically too costly to do it how I wanted! Eg crate motor, manual, IS300.. I would have had to spend the whole of the Golfs sale price in doing it and upset a lovely wife for few years.

    So, what to do. Next best thing I guess. Convert a IS300 to a Turbo.

    Why a IS300 and not a IS200? Wank factor, better diff, nicer interior, HIDs, snob factor, better than Clayto.

    So plan is to get a Aristo VVTI 2JZGTE engine and transplant this into the IS300. Keeping it auto for now.

    You know you have your head screwed on by Micheal J Fox when you end up buying the front cut before the car!


    One JZS161 Aristo front cut, now sitting in my garage.




    The engine has done 119XXX kms, purchased for $2910 delivered.


    Tomorrow (10th) I fly down to Canberra to pick up the car, one 2002 Lexus IS300, black on black, non smoker car, coilovers, ex lease... Note I have not personally seen this car yet LOL.
    Flight Cost: Points, business class bitch , via fucking Melbourne .

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    Love the freshy mcfreshtree.

    The car has done 220XXXkms, purchasing for $7000 baller cash.

    So far, cost is $9910.

    Will raise the car up, think I'll redo the wheels back to factory silver.

    Thinking Ebay parts, Scotty's magic Yum Cha turbo.. and then Shifty can do skids!

    #2
    Thats value.I see new daily in my future being IS300. Fuck I love em, always have.Top work.
    Originally posted by Bosshoggett
    If your planing to drive this on the road and enjoy it, id suggest a second opinion, someone with a history in Australian Rally or Fink River . If your just playing dyno comps. Then ok

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      #3
      I have been having bad thoughts about doing something similar to a gs300 lately!

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        #4
        There's an LS1 powered IS200 for sale on EBay
        Envy is Ignorance, Imitation is Suicide - Ralph Waldo Emerson

        Originally Posted by Stang:
        particularly when your body is functioning like a 1970s Alfa made by drunken chimpanzees on a Friday afternoon

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          #5
          Yeah he is asking 17k for it. While it is rad, I'm not doing this for the outcome, I like the journey and trying to stick to a budget is a good challenge.

          Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk

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            #6
            What is the trans type on the IS300 build plate?
            David Fraser - Automotive Historian!

            Originally posted by bigmuz
            You can't polish a turd but you can put 600hp in it and laugh your fucking arse off coming past someone sideways at Powercruise.

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              #7
              I was looking at this exact is300 on scamtree last night as I am also chasing a daily, good to see if went to someone on PF

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                #8
                awesome. so jelous.

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                  #9
                  where did the halfcut come from?

                  seems very reasonably priced

                  ill continue to watch this space

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                    #10
                    You didn't consider a turbo on the stock motor? Plenty have turboed the na 2jz with success.

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                      #11
                      I thought theres some serious shortcomings with them? oil squirters, better cam profile and shit on the turbo ones?

                      Someone chime in?
                      Originally posted by Bosshoggett
                      If your planing to drive this on the road and enjoy it, id suggest a second opinion, someone with a history in Australian Rally or Fink River . If your just playing dyno comps. Then ok

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by JZK25 View Post
                        What is the trans type on the IS300 build plate?
                        I'll let you know as soon as I get it. Currently on the plane now.

                        ga70tt: WCP in Archerfield.

                        richzx: I did, but then the this motor is a better base, looks nice and doesn't look like a 7M. :D

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                          #13
                          ah yeah have used them in the past... great guys.

                          supplied us with a jza70 manual halfcut... they made the mistake of showing the car they cut in half to me for the halfcut... nearly made me cry it was pretty immaculate.

                          NA-T IMO is not worth the hassles unless you are running on methanol or are Scott putting some slapper motor together to do 10s for 5000

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                            #14
                            Sell halfcut. Buy 2jge-t kit from swift racing in US. Spec one with tuneable standalone ECU.

                            Bolt in -tune - play.

                            Save yourself a truckload of hassles and cash.

                            2jge will be fine up to 500rwhp.

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                              #15
                              Welcome to the money pit - on a good day I can still see the sun when it passes over.

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