We have a pretty special car in the workshop this week.
Ryan dropped off this very familiar JZX81 for some work. If you are like us, and spent your younger years trawling the net for Japanese drifting, then this car might stand out. In it's past life you would find the Mark II frequenting early D1GP events in Japan, before being shipped to our little corner of the world.
First on the agenda, we whipped up a rear bash bar to replace the factory iron which had taken a fair beating over the years.
Without a doubt, this car features the wildest paint you will ever find on a drift car. Having sprayed metal flake in the past, we have huge appreciation for the JZX's paint. It's buttery smooth even despite the crazy amount of flake.
As you could probably guess, Japan and NZ's safety laws differ greatly. The car arrived into the country with a pretty hefty 6 point cage, but to be legal and pass homologation here in NZ, Ryan had been told he needed to add some more bars. The more bars the better, so we did as we were told.
And to finish off this round of work, a custom radiator support panel with custom mounts to sit the oil cooler up front nicely and an ECU mount for the power FC.
It might look like a normal 6 cylinder sitting in the engine bay, but apart from the paint, one of the most interesting features of this car has to be the engine. The original owner in Japan removed the JZ and fitted a RB26. Controversial, but pretty dam interesting.
That's it for our 1st round of work on the '81. Can't wait to have it back in the workshop and one step closer to hitting the track once again in all it's glittery glory.