The King’s Steed

NZ Performance Car - - Under Construction -

Although look­ing to buy a car out of Ja­pan on his last trip there, Ben Sinclair — known as the un­of­fi­cial ‘King of Ti­maru’ — ended up buy­ing one on our own soil af­ter dis­cov­er­ing an im­ported ver­sion wouldn’t be road le­gal for a few more years. This JZX100 popped up for sale, but be­fore it could be pur­chased, a guy from Christchurch snapped it up and pro­ceeded to beat on it, which is what caused the dam­age pic­tured. That has all been taken care of via a tube-frame rear end and quar­ter panel swap, with flared guards to suit a much beefier set of wheels. The boot is home to a GT wing with cus­tom end caps de­signed by Ben him­self, and the body fea­tures a few Ori­gin Labo pieces for ex­tra width. As of yet, there is no engine or gear­box fit­ted, as the fac­tory 1JZ was pil­laged and now lives on in the CL Auto Dream Wrap comp–win­ning Toy­ota Supra of Matthew Brown. Ben tells us the plan is to run a late-model VVT-i 1UZ, or a 3UZ, in con­junc­tion with an R-se­ries box, due to the cur­rent price hike that all the JZ com­po­nents are cur­rently ex­pe­ri­enc­ing. Plus, it never hurts to be dif­fer­ent.

That said, a few peo­ple are not as im­pressed by the idea as Ben is, de­scrib­ing the 1U mak­ing “a good boat an­chor”, while oth­ers ad­vised just purchasing a JZ in­stead. If all else fails, Ben as­sures us the only way a JZ will be found in­side the car is if it’s a nat­u­rally as­pi­rated unit with ITBs for that sweet in­take sound. What­ever he lands on, it will be great to see the big girl be­ing thrown around Lev­els Race­way.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.