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Members Paseos / Re: Presenting Blue - Lost Cause
« on: October 14, 2018, 09:00:34 am »
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You might be right there Tom, no wires and no welding. This modifying lark is easy lol itís the 10mm socket thatís the hardest thing, itís always missing!!!
Howís that lovely Lexus doing?

It's doing excellent thanks - still creating a local fuel shortage!

This is interesting stuff! I've been looking to do some more work on mine - we'll have to get together if you are available at some point!

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Members Paseos / Re: Presenting Blue - Lost Cause
« on: October 13, 2018, 08:23:23 am »
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I did wonder what it would look like with the fhe fitted so I put the cambelt upper cover on. I can report, no noticeable power gains

Easiest swap you've ever done!  ;D

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Club Days & Local Meets / Re: The Next UK Paseo Club Meet
« on: August 04, 2018, 10:16:40 am »
Hey Guys, more than happy to travel! I'm free most weekends so any time is fine with me!

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Members Paseos / Re: Rumface's Paseo
« on: July 25, 2018, 09:34:20 pm »
Not sure just yet, I want it to be road legal but as light and no thrills as possible. I might get a racing seat and half cage eventually but honestly I want it to remain somewhat retrievable to stock form!

Haha it can be yours for 1300 ONO!

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Members Paseos / Re: Rumface's Paseo
« on: July 24, 2018, 12:17:13 am »
Thanks guys!

I've been thinking of making an earthing kit for the Paseo actually. The normal earth is connected the to throttle body housing. It could do with a few more, I started it up again today after posting actually it still runs sweet as a nut.

No lady friends right now mate haha, but yeah it is lovely in the back!

The V8 drives amazingly, the power comes on super thick, by the time you've dabbed the throttle it's lugged itself past a reasonable speed. Unluckily the heads up display holds an MPG counter, so you get stung immediately for racing it around. It suits more driving very calmly - the 5 speed is very reactive, you never feel like you want it to change up or down and more often it is so smooth you loose track of which gear it is actually in.

Above 3000 RPM it makes such a wonderful noise I can't explain, it bellows and echos around you - it's quite special. As with the Camry though, there's really nothing past 4000rpm - these engines are designed to cruise and pickup speed well. Above that they don't get any quicker just seam to start glugging fuel and eventually oil.

There are elements of the Paseo in the Camry and the Camry in the LS400 - the door handles are the same between the Camry and the LS400. All 3 cars share the same bonnet contours and lower trim patterns - some slight design language carry over between the three in that way. Nice to know it's some what distantly related.





As for future plans, mainly just returning the LS to a decent condition, it requires some fairly ordinary things doing to it. Maybe a few more in-depth things too! Already got replacement tie-rods. Also looking at getting rear curtains reinstalled.

Mainly looking to solidify it's position as a really reliable daily much like the Camry is/was - then concentrating efforts on the Paseo for 2019.

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Members Paseos / Re: Rumface's Paseo
« on: July 23, 2018, 06:51:25 pm »
Alright Guys,

I feel like you all deserve a bit of a nosey to see what I've been up to....

So to start with, over the winter the Paseo saw some action. I got it out and drove it around in the snow, tonne of fun!


Being a pikey of course there was plenty of bad behaviour.

Unluckily the Paseo developed a few faults - namely still not running right, it still didn't idle and had terrible choke issues. I had installed a new TPS already with no luck. Now the handbrake was working, of course the nearside rear drum seized to high hell.

Given neither of my cars now ran almost at all, I had to do something.. So in with the radiator.




Considering the Camry was now running perfectly once again, It proved its mettle by towing a 106 in the snow and heavy traffic one night. After 2 and a half hours in the car. Not one beat was missed, not one sign of faltering. What a champ!



After winter, I discovered the Camry had pretty aggressive water ingress both into the interior and the boot. After that was fixed, it received a full interior clean, removing the seats and wet vac of the floor carpet.



Now attention to my little Paseo, a full strip down of the rear drum, clean and refit fixed the brake issue, but still woes with the ignition system meant I could only do a few miles at a time before the car cut out and died... not looking good....




So time went on - Camry munching miles and the Paseo sat unhappily on its own! Until one weekend I decided enough was enough, I'll do a coolant flush and thermostat on the Paseo to try and figure out the cutting out when warm!

After a full coolant flush and thermostat replacement I happened across a bad earth in the TPS connector. I bridge it with a bit of wire I found on the floor. The car instantly got it's performance, economy and reliability back... Looks like a previous repair (solder point) had gone bad and un-lodged!



That is all it was! Watch out for those wires behind the intake, they get extremely brittle!

Now I had two running cars, of course this just wouldn't do. So I immediately set about ruining the Paseo in order to maintain that I had at least half a good car between the two I owned.



Out comes the interior - the Paseo now becoming a weekend B-Road / TrackDay car!

I felt a little harsh doing this so I found compromise preserving the more vulnerable 22 year old sheet metal in a nice sealed garage.




The Paseo now having low mileage and only used for attacking B-Roads every other weekend has a relatively easy life and gets highly maintained in it's new home. Long term plans are to completely sort the engine and chassis and then use it as a summer car for the warm months, keeping away the miles and grit. The interior is safely stowed away too ready to return to stock should I change my mind.

My god do these cars handle - this little thing will out drive almost anything around a corner, now without the interior it is ready for anything. I really need to get a track-day booked in!

The Paseo enjoying a "session" in the cool summer evening air.




The pair together:


Life is good, my Paseo tucked safely, the Camry doing commuter duty well. But something just didn't add up.

No I wan't happy - the Toyota name plate just didn't satisfy me anymore. The 3 Litre V6 in the Camry whilst smooth and nippy just didn't provide me the satisfaction of other foreign brands.

Off to the "Bad Life Choices" section of eBay I went... Time for a change.... This time it wasn't to be a Toyota.

In usual fashion, I made the worse decision for a daily car possible. Rumbling past the 1.9TDI Skoda's on the motorway I present my big brown money pit:






The 1UZFE 4Litre V8 is equipped with VVTI pushing out 290BHP to the rear wheels through a 5 speed auto. Of course my questionable example has all 4 rear back boxes deleted producing the most ungodly roar down the road. My example also has the DHP "Dynamic Handling Pack" which essentially means there's some feel to the light steering and the bigger alloy wheels require more expensive rubber.

This car has many issues, all minor and completely overshot by the immense power and luxury a car of this calibre can produce. All mine for less than £1300!

With a heavy heart I am now looking to sell my companion, the Camry. I'd like to see it go to a Toyota loving owner but of course budget means I cannot choose! I'll be listing it at £1300 online but if any of you fine gentlemen are looking for an interesting older saloon - I'm open to offers!



She's been looked after with passion and deserves the best. I'll be fully cleaning and touching up the paint. The car also comes with the dashcam/reverse camera, iPhone/Android USB and Aux input with Remote as well as the original alloys, stereo and registration plate surrounds.

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Members Paseos / Re: Polly - The Paseo
« on: January 06, 2018, 11:39:42 am »
Looks like you did a good job man! :)

Were the drums hard to get off?

I always worry with these simple jobs - the radiator in my Camry was an arse because the bottom most splash guard was rusted on!

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Members Paseos / Re: Rumface's Paseo
« on: January 05, 2018, 12:19:45 am »
I'll have to give it a go and see - thanks for the tip!

I know the rear suspension can be a bit weak on these, it has already had new rear struts - lucky they're easy in and out!

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Members Paseos / Re: Paolo - The Galliano
« on: January 05, 2018, 12:16:42 am »
Man that storage place looks great - I'm quite jealous.

Good to see the fleet has some shelter over the crapper British weather at least!

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Members Paseos / Re: Polly - The Paseo
« on: January 05, 2018, 12:13:53 am »
True testament to how well these are dialled in from the factory.

Those brakes are scary - but you should be okay you're a dab hand right?

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Members Paseos / Re: Val - The Paseo
« on: January 05, 2018, 12:12:06 am »
Looking good buddy! It finally awakens!

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Members Paseos / Re: Rumface's Paseo
« on: January 03, 2018, 10:13:13 pm »
Handbrake is sorted finally!

Got an MOT now so we're looking good - need to sort the hesitation, have got myself some coolant and a new Thermostat which I need to fit at some point.

There's a horrid rattle from one of the rear struts well that I'll need to investigate - looking good so far though!

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Modifications / Re: Performance Exhausts
« on: December 11, 2017, 09:54:09 pm »
You might end up on a film like fast and the furious by the sounds of it! Probably more RoadWars or Police Camera Action though.

Get some pictures up!

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Members Paseos / Re: Rumface's Paseo
« on: November 14, 2017, 10:04:29 pm »
After many many moons, I'm back!

Almost a year to the date here's a little update.

Early in 2017 I was busy with work, life and driving to Leeds every weekend - putting lots of miles on the fleet. Not much time for car projects!

Since then my paseo had been off the road with an issue stoping it from running at all. It'd start and move but unfortunately die out on idle and acceleration. When it did run it'd just hesitate and die out eventually. To make matters worse it had also snapped a handbrake cable and developed some super noisy brakes, not looking too good!

With this I pulled my modded parts from the car and slapped on a car cover - unsure what I'd be doing next with the Green Turd.



Over the months that passed using the Camry, chewing miles down on that thing is no problem at all. As it was so comfortable I thought it'd be best to ruin it with some 17" Lexus alloys and a 2inch drop. As well as some Toyo's to match the Paseo.



Although only a few weeks after lowering, a speed bump soon made a new drain hole in my cooling system...



Enough was enough, I can't be that guy with two broken cars... Now several months in hibernation it is time for action.

Off with the cover and on with the parts!



- New TPS
- New air filter
- Oil and Filter
- New Fuel Filter
- Handbrake cable
- Another new battery



Currently the car runs and drives better than it has in years, still needs a handbrake and I need to chase down a hesitation problem on acceleration (Probably timing or TPS position). It is only minor though and I'd imagine only made worse being used to a big auto 3 litre!  :P



The Camry is still leaking...but I'll get to that soon.

More soon!

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Members Paseos / Re: The Hoard/Collection/Obsession.
« on: September 15, 2017, 02:07:32 pm »
Those Seras are interesting little things!

Sounds like you guys have been busy!

LostCause really knows how to work his magic! Are those TTE alloys? they look amazing!

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