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Another little update to add. Changed the oil on Sunday so I just wanted to add it to the thread, main reason it helps me keep a log of everything. Getting to the oil filter is such a pain and causes such a mess.

Mileage: 132,215
Oil: Mobil1 5w-30 High Mileage
Filter: Mobil1 M1-102




Decided to do a test fit of the side skirts as well.




Thats all I got for now.

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I forgot to post my last little update. Ordered new coil packs to install on the car that finally cleared up the misfire issue. Ordered Denso coil packs from Rockauto for about $80 a piece over $120 from the dealer. Only difference is there is not a Toyota part number on the coils. Took pictures of the 2 side by side but not of the actual install.

Coils installed: 132,560 miles







Also replaced the PCV valve and grommet at this time. The grommet basically feel apart when I touched it.

I had hoped that was the cause of the CEL but unfortunately it wasn't. So I still have to diagnose that issue.

Belt: 132,920
Decided to go ahead and replace the serpentine belt since I didn't know the mileage on this one.
Aftermarket belt removed

New OEM belt installed


I have made a few purchases but are still across the pond at this moment. Next thing I will be digging into is the CEL for Evap. Hopefully it is just some cracked hoses somewhere and not the charcoal canister.

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My hood prop holder finally broke so I ordered a new one.



In my quest to track down the CEL I decided to delete all of this in hopes that one of these had a leak and would be an easy fix. Unfortunately that was not the cause so I ordered the tank overfill valve to replace that. I will be dropping the gas tank cause I refuse to cut a hole in the car.

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Finally happy to report that the CEL is now gone. The valve on top of the gas tank was the culprit. I did drop the gas tank and I must say that is alot of work with out a lift. I started taking some pictures but as I got into it I didn't take any. So here are the pictures that I did take.

Removal of back seat for the first time, as I usually do this when a car is purchased, to do a thorough cleaning. I found this.


So I did a quick cleaning before starting on the tank removal.


Under car shot before removing anything.


Small crack that is barely even visible. At first I did not see it and thought I did alot of work for no reason.


New valve and gasket.


Car just hit 137,000 and snapped a picture but it came out really blurry.


That's all for updates at the moment. Hopefully have some more to post up soon.
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I have been back and forth about converting the car to a manual. Still undecided at the moment but I started collecting parts for the conversion just in case.

Picked up a manual brake pedal assembly.

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Finally an IS300 showed at my local pull a part, first 1 I have ever seen here. I had hoped to find a LSD but no luck there. Maybe a manual car, didn't really plan on that too much but 1 can hope. Also no luck on that either. I did happen to get a trunk with the flush mount spoiler, a set of spare headlights to restore, and a full size spare. So although I was slightly disappointed it was still a decent pickup.



I want to take a vote or get opinions on the headlight restoration. I plan on taking them a part and painting the insides. I am torn between doing black or gunmetal since I have a set of the gunmetal housing tail lights coming to me. I think trying to do a similar color that it would flow with the tail lights better. So I would like for you that read this, if anyone does, to leave your opinion on what I should do cause I can't really decide on the color between black or gunmetal/ graphite.

I should be receiving a shipment of parts from my friend in the Netherlands pretty soon as well. He has also picked me up a set of bumpers (front and rear) as well but haven't figured out shipping costs and all that yet. So I have been purchasing things here and there but shipping them from there isn't exactly cheap so we try to send as much as possible per shipment.

Car is running like top and enjoying this car more and more everyday.

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Another small little update. The trunk lights on the car the previous owner had tinted and its bubbly and just looks bad, so I removed the ones from the trunk I picked up and did a refresh on those.

Here is how they started out.


One sanded and recleared for comparison


Both refreshed


I have been working on the headlights as well. I have seperated 1 of them and cleaning and sanding everything. I left 1 together for now so I can get a before and after shot once I complete the one I am currently working on and update then.

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good refinish on the fog lights bro
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Thanks. I'm currently working on the extra set of headlights I picked up. I have completed 1 of them and the other is in process. Once I finish the 2nd one I will be posting them up.
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So I finally finished the headlights so I figured I would post them up. I did the passenger side first then I did the driver side. The passenger headlight was in far worse condition starting out.

This is my starting point.


Baked the headlight and separated it.


Wet sanded the lens alot


I was just going to scuff the chrome to allow the paint to stick better but it was coming off.


So after alot of sanding it got to this point.


Laid some primer


And some color coats. Went with graphite


Some clear on the lens


Starting reassembly






Comparison of before and after




Was happy with the outcome so I moved on to the driver side.

Start




















Comparison of both done





I am happy with them but disappointed that the second one came out far better then the first so I will be taking the passenger side back apart to work on the lens some more. Sorry for the picture overload but I wanted to post the steps. I took way more then I actually posted. So I will be back to work on the passenger lens to try and get it closer to the driver light.
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Yeah I was gonna say, the second lens looks better. Though, I don't know if you can do anything about it now that you've clear coated it
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I think it is actually on the inside of the lens but we shall see. It will just be a little time but still in far better shape than they started.

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Oh, a belated welcome to the forums. Glad to see you doing the maintenance yourself. Looking good on the progress.

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Hey, you mind telling me where you got those JDM side skirts from?

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Definitely is. Congrats on the new ride.
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