Saturday, October 28, 2006

More progress

Plenty of things have happened since the last update and plenty of new pictures to show.

First of all we received the TRD oil filter that we ordered and it looks very nice (and official!).

Next up, Jim fixed the lethal fuel tank that seemed as though it was going to fall off by re-bolting it through the boot floor. He's also painted the exhaust silver so it doesn't look so old :)

We got the alternator back from our friend too, but unfortunately it is only half fixed because we can't find a bearing big enough - seems like they dont do them anymore :( If anyone out there has one please let us know :)
We did get the onboard TV to switch on for a bit though, its a shame I didnt get a photo before it cut out.

Jim has painted the badges back to their original glory and has also sprayed the windscreen wipers so they look virtually brand new. Once we get the alternator working it'll almost be like a regular working car!

Monday, October 16, 2006


A bit of a break in the updates there due to illness but back now with a bit more to report on the Soarer.

We now have a brand new double din stereo off ebay to put in the Soarer - it originally had a state-of-the-art (for the time) Technics tape(!) player and radio but since we don't use tapes and it was Japanese radio only we had no choice but to replace it.

In the photo below the speakers and stereo on the left are the old one and the stereo on the right is the new one - it doesn't look like much at the moment because it is off but I will get a photo of the full screen display when it is fitted. It has got the lot - Mini disc, MP3, Ipod link, CD, DVD and SD card compatibility!

Our electrician friend is still working on the alternator by cannibalising bits from the one we bought so we still haven't got the Soarer up and running but we will soon Im sure.

Also, we are trying to get adapters for the wheels to fit Jims awesome BBS wheels that he already has and some black paint to paint the old ones in case we can't get the new ones to fit.

We are having some trouble getting hold of the right colour paint so that we can take out the two-tone effect and have the car totally white though.

Hope to have the car running by the next update.

Friday, October 06, 2006


Okay we are making a little progress in making the soarer road worthy now. We have just got it insured for just £277 even though its group 18! The import car Gods must be smiling down on us :)

We got a new alternator down from Ebay and our old atlernator back from the electrician (as seen below) - unfortunately, neither option panned out as the new one doesn't fit and we still need more parts to fix the old one.

On the site, I have added a couple of new links which I highly recommend you check out - especially the official Japanese TV spot for the car!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

First weekend

Not a lot has happened in the reconstruction project for the last couple of days. We have found the major two problems which need to be sorted immediately before we can even drive the car:

The dead alternator which we have sent to an electrician to sort out and the fuel tank which is very nearly falling out of the underneath of the car! Just a slight danger there :)

During this time, the car has been garaged and we are just researching how to get the TV / speedometer working. It turns out that a place in the UK can refurbish them (even upgrade them to receive sky!) but were not keen to send it away and pay loads so Jim has been systematically checking all the electrical connections throughout the car.

Hopefully we'll have some real progress for the next post.