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#1 OFFLINE   dollywobbler

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 10:21 PM

As you may have seen elsewhere, thanks to JohnK, I've managed to upgrade from Bluebird to Lexus LS400 in one fell swoop. John even kindly brought it all the way from Middlesborough to the Electric Train Museum. Here's the first sighting, complete with Autoshiters. John arrived just as we were leaving.

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This is 'Mason' the Lexus, which has been owned by half of Scotland. It is the second vehicle I've owned this year that has passed through the hands of 320Touring, but much nicer than the last one...

 

The danger element comes from the timing belt, which we know was changed at around 55,000 miles, but have no way of knowing it has been done again since. Now I'm home, total mileage is 156,000 miles...

 

But that's getting ahead of myself. After a hasty handover, JohnK loaded the Bluebird with kids and associated gubbins and he was away back up north. Hero!

 

Meanwhile, I dashed to the Wythall Transport Museum to catch up with the Autoshiters. On arrival, I had to have a pantograph moment...

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Next to Asimo's Insight.

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Then we headed to the pub for dinner. A twisted sign caught me out as I lead a convoy of shite, but only Asimo fell for my wrong turn. Everyone else seemed to know where they were going. Embarrassing, as this used to be my home turf. Food was eaten, geekery was indulged in and then it was back to Wales.

 

Via a petrol station, obviously.

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50 litres went in, and I reckon 20 of that has now gone again, on the 110-mile cross-country drive home. 

 

Findings so far. The sunroof is very noisy, there are two interior rattles which stand out amongst the silence (roof noise aside), it's quite big, it's very easy to make decent progress yet remain no higher than 2000rpm. That's what the engine is doing at 60mph. Pantograph wipers are ace. It feels a touch under damped. There are exhaust heat shield rattles. I slide between the seat bolsters (reminds me of the XM). Pantograph wipers are ace. It's quite big. More tomorrow!


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Posted 08 October 2017 - 10:27 PM

I take it you're a fan of the pantograph wipers

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 10:30 PM

I would be!

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 11:20 PM

There's a weird handling characteristic on these, at least on the one of my Dad's I drove.  The suspension feels like it's going to be all rolypoly so you back off coming into corners when you really don't need to.  The whole thing will, and does, hunker down and get on with the business of handling surprisingly well.  Push too hard in the wet and it will go all RWD on you and look surprisingly graceful in the process, like a chimney meeting Fred Dibnah for the last time.


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Posted 08 October 2017 - 11:39 PM

Will the engine fit into the Nippa, and have you measured it up yet? 

 

 

All joking aside, looking forward to the vlogs on this fine steed. 


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Posted 08 October 2017 - 11:52 PM

Might fit if you took all the seats out of the Nippa first.
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Posted 09 October 2017 - 06:02 AM

When Mason was driven from Leicester to Northampton two and a half years ago he had no idea how extensive his tour of the United Kingdom would be!

Have you pressed 'the button' yet? The one that leaves creases in the tarmac? Allegedly, I should add. I would never drive him like that. No sir.

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 06:48 AM

I would love an LS400.  There are two reasons, and only two reasons, that I've not bought one yet.

 

1) I'm stuck doing a 100 mile commute for another couple of years - and not sure that I could stomach the fuel bill.

2) After one of these, everything else is going to be a disappointment.  I don't want to peak too soon.

 

I have very specific 'Hendryesque' requirements.  MK4, Purple, DHP.  It'd stay forever.


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 06:55 AM

That looks a delightful bit of kit !



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Posted 09 October 2017 - 06:59 AM

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 07:20 AM

Aw, the last drive of the Bluebird. It had a problem-free weekend thankfully.

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 07:35 AM

So are you going to do the cambelt? I'm expecting that's a tad complicated.
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Posted 09 October 2017 - 07:46 AM

Er, having priced it up, I'm not sure I fancy it. £250 for parts alone, and probably six hours for someone who knows what they're doing. That means about six weeks if I have a go...

But if the belt fails, apparently this is just the right age for carnage. Ugh.

It's also bloody enormous. Had a right game trying to turn it on my driveway last night. May end up reversing it in. A bit annoying, as I've managed to turn a Peugeot Boxer on this driveway without issue...
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Posted 09 October 2017 - 07:46 AM

Nippa / Mason photo please. Little & Large  :mrgreen:


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 08:26 AM

top barging!

 

A lot of the lexus chat online is suggesting 90k miles, maybe that is for later enguns?!? One forum I read said 55k for UK 100k for RoW. maybe we are bigger idiots with deeper pockets?

 

Also suggestions that the 1UZ-FE is non interference?!?

 

can you see the belt, I seem to recall that it bends back on itself in two places, you should be able to see if there is any cracking between the teeth, which is obviously a bad thing

 

If you fancy a cambelt change weekend maybe autoshite could do a crowd help! looks achievable but a big old job


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 08:46 AM

I had the Celsior 400 Jap import version...... heated massage rear seats, courtesy of Wuvvum of this parish.. By far the best car I ever owned. Sadly gone in the middle of the night during one of my trips away - never to be seen again. Took me all over Europe and I loved every minute of it.

Other peoples parking was the main bugbear - I had it walloped on every single corner and a front wing within 2mths of getting it - I gave up trying to repair the paint in the end as custom mixes to match the complicated layers was costing me more than I paid for the entire car!

 

You'll love it - I can guarantee it. Hopefully you'll have a lighter right foot than I did though - eye watering if you want to have fun in them!

 

I also recall being informed it was none-interference...... but of course best to check.

 

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 08:47 AM

excellent top barge'ing Ian!

 

Havent really had any experience of these - Looking forward to footage.


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 08:52 AM

All we know is Mason had a belt change in the year 2000. If he'd been made six months earlier he'd have had the non-interference 240hp engine, from what I've read.

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 08:53 AM

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 09:01 AM

Not too horrifically priced:
http://www.ebay.com/...t-/360477319609

Current exchange rate brings it at £75. Import Duty will be eligible - so throw 20% (VAT) on that and handling fee (£10). All in, about £100 for belt, tensioners and water pump. Once done, it'll probably* go another 150k
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Posted 09 October 2017 - 09:07 AM

Not too horrifically priced:
http://www.ebay.com/...t-/360477319609

Current exchange rate brings it at £75. Import Duty will be eligible - so throw 20% (VAT) on that and handling fee (£10). All in, about £100 for belt, tensioners and water pump. Once done, it'll probably* go another 150k

 

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 09:11 AM

Good old Mason!

 

I remember when my non-AS mate Dan bought Mason from RantingYoof. We drove it overnight from Northampton to Aberdeen. Somewhere around Preston, we found the POWER button and left creases in the tarmac.

 

I got cold sweats on the come-down from the energy drinks somewhere around Stonehaven. At one point I was so tired I mistook a sliproad for another lane and clipped a kerb at 50mph. The only damage was a small bulge in the front left tyre.

 

 

 

Dan owned Mason for about a year, until November 2016 when he emigrated to Oregon. I bought Mason from him for a piss-take price about 12 hours before his flight left. In the brief 3 weeks I owned Mason for, I thrashed him up and down Scotland, and even took him round Knockhill! I can also vouch for the sideways handling characteristics. I exited a few roundabouts sideways in the wet.

 

Anyway, I decided to get rid of Mason the very day I did the trackday at Knockhill, due to total electrical failure and a horrible judder from the brakes, and my total lack of arsed when it came to maintaining such a ropey cheap old boat. The total electrical failure was fixed by dome when he collected Mason after winning the raffle. The fix involved kicking the living daylights out of the fusebox in the driver's footwell.

 

When I say total electrical failure, I mean it. The electric windows, the central locking, the interior boot release, the steering column adjustment all stopped working somewhere between Dundee and Knockhill, as Tickman will confirm.

 

 

 

 

I must ask. Does it still idle at 2k rpm when cold, and did anybody ever figure that one out? It's been doing that since RantingYoof's ownership in 2015. It's quite fun being able to do 20mph without touching the throttle though! I even replaced a couple of exhaust sensors when I had it, in an effort to cure it. I didn't buy the sensors, mind. Dan did but never got round to fitting them.


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 09:13 AM

...If you fancy a cambelt change weekend maybe autoshite could do a crowd help! looks achievable but a big old job...

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... Aye, well, not a Lexus ;)


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 09:24 AM

I must ask. Does it still idle at 2k rpm when cold, and did anybody ever figure that one out? It's been doing that since RantingYoof's ownership in 2015. It's quite fun being able to do 20mph without touching the throttle though! I even replaced a couple of exhaust sensors when I had it, in an effort to cure it. I didn't buy the sensors, mind. Dan did but never got round to fitting them.

 

It does. I suspect a duff idle control valve. Managed 30mph without touching the throttle this morning. Stopping it requires some efforts in such circumstances...

 

Not sure this gives a sense of scale...

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I see someone has fitted a nice set of Avons to it at some point, but do we know when it last actually had a service?


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 09:33 AM

 

do we know when it last actually had a service?

 

Well, neither RantingYoof, nor Dan, nor myself serviced it. Dome and 320T? Did you chaps do much with it? :D



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Posted 09 October 2017 - 09:33 AM

Good old Mason!

I remember when my non-AS mate Dan bought Mason from RantingYoof. We drove it overnight from Northampton to Aberdeen. Somewhere around Preston, we found the POWER button and left creases in the tarmac.

I got cold sweats on the come-down from the energy drinks somewhere around Stonehaven. At one point I was so tired I mistook a sliproad for another lane and clipped a kerb at 50mph. The only damage was a small bulge in the front left tyre.



Dan owned Mason for about a year, until November 2016 when he emigrated to Oregon. I bought Mason from him for a piss-take price about 12 hours before his flight left. In the brief 3 weeks I owned Mason for, I thrashed him up and down Scotland, and even took him round Knockhill! I can also vouch for the sideways handling characteristics. I exited a few roundabouts sideways in the wet.

Anyway, I decided to get rid of Mason the very day I did the trackday at Knockhill, due to total electrical failure and a horrible judder from the brakes, and my total lack of arsed when it came to maintaining such a ropey cheap old boat. The total electrical failure was fixed by dome when he collected Mason after winning the raffle. The fix involved kicking the living daylights out of the fusebox in the driver's footwell.

When I say total electrical failure, I mean it. The electric windows, the central locking, the interior boot release, the steering column adjustment all stopped working somewhere between Dundee and Knockhill, as Tickman will confirm.




I must ask. Does it still idle at 2k rpm when cold, and did anybody ever figure that one out? It's been doing that since RantingYoof's ownership in 2015. It's quite fun being able to do 20mph without touching the throttle though! I even replaced a couple of exhaust sensors when I had it, in an effort to cure it. I didn't buy the sensors, mind. Dan did but never got round to fitting them.

About the idling issue,my avensis hits 1800 first start then drops to 1500 then 1200. When warmed up it settle around 850

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 09:35 AM

About the idling issue,my avensis hits 1800 first start then drops to 1500 then 1200. When warmed up it settle around 850

 

Yeah, I know most cars idle high-ish when cold, but there's certainly something not right with Mason.

Imagine a 4.0 V8 trying its hardest to be at 2,000rpm for a good few minutes after starting from cold, no matter what you do. As I mentioned, you can literally drive it at 20mph+ without even touching the throttle. You just select drive when it's doing its thing and it accelerates off.


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 09:35 AM

 

That's incorrect. Up to 1994, the LS400 V8 is non-interference. Mine was built in December 1994 at a guess. When the changeover took place is a nightmare to try and pin down (lots of angry internet posts out there!).


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 09:52 AM

Awesome purchase, definitely the most interesting vehicle in your fleet for me right now! I'm contemplating myself whether I should pull the trigger on one eventually, it would need to be a 1st gen for me though. Cannot wait to see a few vids on your channel about it!


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 09:57 AM

Cor the ICV's aren't cheap either are they!


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