bigshark

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    corolla 98 (gone) Levin 20v BT BZ-G S.S(in)
  1. so did your plan work then by playing the dealer against each other? btw, im not jealous at all.........
  2. As above - if you could, it would be worth getting some lowering springs to go with the stiffened shocks, but I would not recommend upgrading the springs alone! uprated springs + shocks = good combo! you could also add a strut brace to reduce roll
  3. will order some this weekend! top man!!
  4. that is the sort of finish i want to achieve, it looks amazing! spraying small objects such as my wing mirror and the two spoiler pillars was not too bad. the clear coat on my wing mirror came up sweet, really pleased with the result! i must;ve wasted 3x cans trying to get the paint righ on the spoiler, and that is just on the under-side and i just cant seem to get it right! Where do you get the double enamal acrylic paint? like you, i do all my work in the garage and it is always cold in there (most probably the reason why the paint comes out blotchy!) and this paint sounds ideal!
  5. nice work dude - the car is looking the nuts!! I know exactly where you are coming from - i've resprayed my wing mirror and i am in the process of spraying my TRD spoiler using rattle cans and the prep that goes into it is just unreal! 90% prep and 10% spray i'd say... and like you im hugely enjoying doing all this and i have wondered why i didnt take this up ages ago?! a quick question, when you were spraying the TTE spoiler, did you have any issues with blotches when spraying over such a large surface area?
  6. love the headlights! i was after a set for my previous car many moons ago but i gave up in the end as they never made them for RHD-cars. i believe they are made in germany or something and thus the light is directed the other way - how have you overcome this issue?
  7. bigshark

    99 E11 Sr

    chill steve! :) I was merely throwing some options at PaulinhoT as he seems to have a budget he is willing to spend, something i wish i had! but he is being cautions about it, rightly so as it is a lot of dough. the 4age and 3sge / 3sgte route has already been done many of times, dont get me wrong i am not dissing anyone that is currently or have done the conversion in the past - i was just thinking outside the box... BUT, it is definitely cheaper, when compared to other conversions so more bang for your bucks, and it is proven with many enthusiasts, and it works!! of course all this makes sense. but with a healthy budget why not try something off beat, something different and make something special... just an idea, btw...
  8. bigshark

    99 E11 Sr

    wow, that is crazy money! i reckon you should ditch the idea of improving the style and go for power mods, keep the kit you got on as it is awesome looking anyway, plus it'll be a sleeper car!! go for something like a 2ZZ-GE transplant which would be rather special as i only know of 1 car that has done this, albeit it is on a AE92 GTZ Levin, and there is currently another lad doing this conversion to his AE111 levin! i reckon that could be achieved by using the grand total for the WRC wide bodykit alone, although it'll depend on how much you are doing yourself...
  9. did you ever get the speedo out?? the reason you cant pull it out is because it is still connected to the speedo-cable! you need to undo the cable from the engine bay if i remember correctly... look under the hood by the firewall and you should see a cable pretty much coming out at the same level the speedo is at, trace it down about 30cm is where you unscrew the cable, very easy! i had to do this when i was replaced my normal speedo with a G6 speedo, That was however on the Pre-facelift E11, might be different on the facelift????
  10. usually when one side has gone, the other side will follow shortly. you know when it is knackered when the suspension is knocking when going over bumps etc.
  11. im intrigued, how did you get hold of a Carina GT??
  12. that is interesting becasue most 4age 20v owners that is going down the forced induction route are inclined to forge their internals - be it silver-top / 4agze con-rods, pistons etc. The BT's rods are known to be quite weak, which is why most people going down the F/I route they would use ST rods. i cant comment on 7AFE or 4AFE as i do not know much about them but i would be careful when boosting a 4age BT without any internal upgrades.