[QR]GARAGE

GZ20

Big. Damn big actually…and heavy. This car is the biggest, heaviest ’sports car’ I’ve ever owned. I’ve been getting bored of cars too easily. This time I needed a change in cars instead of a change of cars. So gave up the +/-100hp and +/-2000lbs cars for a land yacht. My record for keeping a car is two years, my shortest is 2 months. We’ll see if this can hold my interest any longer…I think it will have to as I doubt I could sell it very easily.

At over 3100lbs and over 200hp, the car is definitely different. The motor is a 1G-GTE and was never available in North America…or maybe any other country outside of Japan. Two Liters, six inline cylinders, two parallel turbos and a bore and stroke of 75/75. Who thinks of a motor like this? The car is the Japanese Domestic Market predecessor of the Lexus SC300/400 and like those, shares it’s chassis and suspension with the Supra of the same generation. GA70/MA70 Supra in this case. The body design screams 80’s Toyota (which I love) with it’s wedge shape and triangular side skirts ala AW11, AE92.

There’s lots to be done to make it an exciting car to pilot and I currently have plans to do them. But if history prevails, check back in a while and it will be for sale ;^) Any offers? -R

Note: This was the era of high turn-over… and in this case, Ryan was spurred to continue that trend by the various fears and annoyance of JDM car ownership: glass, constant attention (is that a Skyline!?!?!!), no local parts support… and so on. Ryan traded this thing for 2.5 AE86’s… cars and parts which are also long gone from our garage, and weren’t even notable enough to mention on this website.

Specifications of the Machine

GZ20 FOOTWORK

  • JIC SF-1 Coilovers
  • 12kg/9kg

DRIVETRAIN

  • JZA70 Turbo LSD (3.9)

WHEELS

  • Wedsport Farmas
  • Federal SS595 215/40
  • BRS Poison
  • Wedsport RS-5

POWER UP

  • 5Zigen Fireball Dynamite Border
  • 3″ piping

INTERIOR

  • Wheel: Luigino 12.5″ wood
  • Blaze Knob
  • FET Turbo Timer
  • Autometer Boost Guage

GZ20 – Sold

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

Soarer is now gone. I had an good offer over a month ago that eventually fell through. That had got me weighing the pros and cons of keeping the car and I had come to the decision that selling made the most sense at this time. I officially put the car for sale and it’s gone to another Toyota nut who wants it for what it was meant for.

In return for the GZ20, QRGarage has obtained (among other things)…

NEW LSD… AGAIN

Monday, June 27th, 2005

Picked up a JZA Torsen diff for the GZ out of desperation after discovering the OEM Clutch LSD was useless. Not ideal for drifting but can’t be any worse then open. One day I’ll cave and pick up a Kaaz unit but Vegas vacation says it’s won’t be this month. Third time with the rear end in an out, barely a couple of hours now…still never want to do it again. On the way home, diff whines like my five…

Private Drift Practice

Monday, May 30th, 2005

Ready to RollRyan and I hosted a private drift session today at a potential venue for future drifting events. Eight of us arrived and ran, to show the Westerner Grounds in Red Deer a little bit of drifting. Circumstances limited us to a quarter section of the enormous lot the CSCC uses to hold their auto-x but we still managed a couple simple 2nd gear courses. I hope everyone had fun, and learned a lot! I am certainly hoping for the opportunity to do it again. [...]

First Timed Auto-x 2005 – GZ20 and Zenkei Coupe

Monday, May 16th, 2005

Well, first solo2 event over. AutoX is not foremost in my mind this year but I can’t seem to show up to an competition accepting that I am not going to win. Well, i certainly didn’t win this time. I’m not sure exactly who was running in my class but I did not beat any of the drivers I set as markers for myself. Skinny rear tires with over 3deg negative camber, don’t do well to put power down on

GZ20 Alignment

Saturday, May 14th, 2005

Time flies… has it really been a week since I last wrote? The CSCC opening auto-x event is tomorrow in Red Deer. Ryan and I spent a couple hours this week working on the GZ20, specifically the alignment. The car had been set up, by the shop that did the OPI initially, do factory specs. This meant about 0.5 degree negative camber, which just hasn’t worked. So as it sits now, we’ve got about 3 degrees up front, and around…

LSD IN

Monday, April 25th, 2005

LSD went in this weekend. Second time in and out, we’re getting faster at it. Counting turns, looks like we went from a 4.11 ratio to about a 3.9. Small change but noticable on the street where the first two gears don’t feel as useless as before. Donor was an 88 MA70 Turbo Supra and unit looked to be in good shape with only 117,000kms.

Jack-O-Lantern

Also bolted on an Apex-i filter from a SW20 Turbo (thx Ambrose). The adapter…

Spring Debut – GZ20 and Zenkei Coupe

Monday, April 18th, 2005

1 Tire Fire

First event of the season (a Test n’ Tune) was this past weekend. In the week before I’ve had the whole diff apart on the floor and the passenger front brakes apart to change a wheel stud. With my current lack of trust in the car, it was a white nuckled 130km road trip. No radio and the constant chirping from the speed warning chime driving me nuts the whole way.The tires I chose to mount on my new