JZA70 return to the road and onwards to reliable performance

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Open to all options at the moment. First preference is to find a dash in the right colour. If that doesn't happen I'll price an OEM vinyl recover vs leather skin.

I've also got a spare centre console in grey which I may get painted to see how well the colour and wear characteristics stack up to OEM. I'll test on that first to avoid pulling dash any more times than necessary.
 

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One thing with the interior of these cars is that all the interior plastics are not an exact match anyway so gives you some leeway with a re-vamp
The beauty of a re-cover is you can repair all the cracks in your existing dash rather than change it, trimming the A-pillars at the same time would make it look like that is how the car is meant to be
I'm not sure you could get someone to re-cover the dash to look identical to OEM seeing as how its a thick and slightly pliable surface but you never know
Painting a different color dash would probably be the better way to go

What did you use to fill the recess on the body mouldings after you remove the thin strip?
 

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Sorry, very slow reply. I will post the process as I progress with body mouldings. Last time they were filled with polyester filler.

I haven't had much time to work on the car, but have been making some progress on 'very' difficult to find items.

I lost an auction for silly money on new OEM ventilation louvres, and gave up finding a new set.



So I resigned myself to painting, or wrap in vinyl. I decided to try gloss black vinyl wrap first, and was very happy with the result. The item at the back is a brand new OEM unit for reference.



 

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That vinyl wrap is pretty good stuff. If I ever need to replace those louver pieces I plan to use the exact same type of wrap.
 

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This solves my issue with window trim and panels. Thank you for showing us the outcome of the vinyl wrap.
 

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No problem, I hope it works well. If you can, please post photos of the finished window trims.

In spite of a lack of posts, there has been some progress. I got a dash along with some other parts redone in red. More to follow.



 

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How did you have them redone? What process was used? Those look amazing! Good Job!

Fernando
 

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Thanks, was tough to find a clean dash. Impossible to find a clean red one.

How did you have them redone? What process was used? Those look amazing! Good Job!

Fernando
The parts were professionally sprayed with plastic / vinyl dye.
 

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The assembly has some flaws and smell of cigarette smoke. I bought them for the leather part which is in great shape.

I have some new toys which are helping with access, so there has been some progress on the car.

Rolling tyre jacks



And a low profile aluminium jack



Still hunting for some good condition interior parts to replace items damaged or missing.

I've created a WTB, if you or someone you know can help me out - it would be greatly appreciated! Link Here
 
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I thinking getting paint made up (rattle can) to match is the best way to go!
Trying to keep the plastics as original as possible, especially in wear areas.

So I got the dash out, which uncovered the remains of at least 3 alarm system 'installs'. I'm surprised this vehicle hasn't caught fire it was that bad.



Some of what came out..



Better :)

 

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Been a while since an update. I have been making slow but steady progress on the car.

I spent the weekend going right over the restored dash fixing damage, re-glueing areas of the vinyl skin, and swapping over the ventilation ducts and wiring harness. Very time consuming, but trying to get everything back as it once was.



Had to mess around with this for a while



I also pulled out the dash support bar and painted it. Totally unnecessary but it looks so much better.

 

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I remember someone filling in the aerial hole and using some sort of amplified aerial sitting under the spoiler side pod, was that you?
From memory it was a silver car, so I'm guessing you did this to your old car?
 

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Hey Dan - yeah that was me with silver MA70. I'll try to find some pictures and email them to you.

For my JZA70, the JDM hatch glass has an antenna in it. Purportedly the antenna on the glass is enough for a radio signal on its own.. but we will see :)

P.S the side pod is FRP and the area I shaved cracked on me... twice. This time I will be handing it over to a pro.
 

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HKS_TRD said:
I remember someone filling in the aerial hole and using some sort of amplified aerial sitting under the spoiler side pod, was that you?
Hey Dan - yeah that was me with silver MA70. I'll try to find some pictures and email them to you.

For my JZA70, the JDM hatch glass has an antenna in it. Purportedly the antenna on the glass is enough for a radio signal on its own.. but we will see :)
I've done the same Dan, and used this as an antenna replacement. Mounted to inside of windscreen.
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/BOSCH-Universal-car-windscreen-aerial-antenna-FM-AM-/150653041240

Works quite well in the city, but loses reception quality pretty easily once you get out a bit...
 

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I've done the same Dan, and used this as an antenna replacement. Mounted to inside of windscreen.
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/BOSCH-Universal-car-windscreen-aerial-antenna-FM-AM-/150653041240

Works quite well in the city, but loses reception quality pretty easily once you get out a bit...
Just checked the link, is that price a mistake lol.
The aerial in the rear hatch has some sort of amplifier associated with it, also there are two aerial connectors in the dash which only the original head unit has provision for IIRC.

Quentin your car will probably be the same, one plug is smaller than the other, not sure which corresponds to the aerial in the rear glass
 

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Yes I have an original radio which makes things easier. I think I have seen adapters from the small to big plug.
 

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It depends on. Some people can use those adapters, some can't. My 87 is some obscure plug that no one has seen before... Also, functioning stock radio? That's rare, everyone I've seen was blown in some way. My stock one wouldn't play to the left channel I believe it was.
 

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Well.. it's an original JDM Toyota radio/tape/CD correct for the period.... I'm not certain it was originally from a Supra. But it does work, listened to a few CD's while taking the car apart :)

Dan I'm pretty sure the small plug is the rear glass antenna.
 

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Making progress on the car one step at a time. Thanks to Hybrid, got some good used wheels.



 

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My accelerator pedal had a lot of sideways play, so I pressed a brass bush into the bracket which made an improvement.



Got a power steering pump and rack rebuilt locally.



 

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Cleaned and external painted a fuel tank. This was a horrible job I wish not to repeat.

 

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Thanks guys. I cleaned the tank inside and out, and external coated with a local system reportedly similar to POR15.
 

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Hinges to be rebuilt since they are discontinued



Got rash on wheels fixed. Just need to get the high polish finish back again :)

 

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Sorry but I don't like the 'Rodney Jane Racing' wheels currently on my car anymore than you do.

You wouldn't run the AME's on the red car anyway :)
 

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So ever since I have had the car, it has had an oddly fitting RHS front quarter panel.





Initially I figured it was a pre and post 89 thing, but nope.. all guards same. After a bit of head scratching, I figured out that it was s replacement guard that had come from a car with this panel modified to suit a bodykit or... something.

When I stripped the filler away, someone had attacked the panel with an angle grinder. So I bought another one - and it fits. Nothing bolted up in the photos, but nosecone matches up perfectly.



 

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Building pace on the car, so parts are starting to roll in. It is a real goal to keep the car reliable, so don't want any ignition gremlins.



 

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And last but not least.. it is the sum of the little things that get a car to look clean - new pedals :)

 

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Nice work.
What's the part number on the accelerator pedal rubber, is it available locally?
I accidentally ordered two sets of the brake and clutch pedal rubbers instead of getting one for the accelerator pedal too
 

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78111-12100 got me all three pedals.
I got them on ebay so not sure if Toyota has them locally.
 

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Updates as parts arrive. Ordered ignition and fuel at the same time, and the fuel stuff was delivered today.

New regulator



Fuel Pump. Wait.. is that a...



yes... from a 2JZ-GTE. I wasn't sure how it would go on the hanger, but is a direct fit with part numbers for JZA70 rubber base, filter/strainer and in-tank hose section :)