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Hello all! I'm Charles and am in Central Florida.

This is sort of a odd post, but here goes...

So within the next couple of months or sooner, I will be taking delivery of a 2nd gen pearl white GS400. It's all original, in great shape all around, no leaks, everything works perfectly, has brand new tires at all four corners, and has 197k miles on the clock. I will be the 3rd owner of this car, and the 2nd owner has been a long time friend of mine. She purchased this GS400 last Sept for her mother only for her mother to take ill the following month. Then a few months ago, she unfortunately passed away. However, in this past year, my friend has been driving it and maintaining it and driving it once or twice a week.

I told her that is she ever wanted to sell it, to let me know because I was thinking of selling my current car for something bigger (messed up knee and hip from bicycle stunts and such in my youth). She said she actually was thinking about selling, so that got me to decide to sell my daily, a 2016 Nissan 370Z. I'll most likely be selling it with all of the mods installed as well as the stock parts.

I prefer keeping my cars simple and clean, looking almost stock. I plan on doing the same with the GS400. Just subtle tweaks here and there as well as some performance tweaks just to liven up a 20 year old motor and transmission. I also plan on transplanting the majority of the sound system from the Z into the GS, totally geared to SQ and a total stealth install.

Anyway, I'll update in this thread when I finally do take delivery of the GS. Until then, I'll snoop around here gathering information, asking questions, probably buying up some parts and joining in on conversations.

Talk soon!
 

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Welcome aboard @Chops
Appreciate you sharing your story. Your 370Z is beautiful to say the least! You must be a Lexus enthusiast to part with it this way. Please keep us up to date with the coming GS400 through pictures, your impressions, etc. I wish you well.
 
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Welcome aboard @Chops
Appreciate you sharing your story. Your 370Z is beautiful to say the least! You must be a Lexus enthusiast to part with it this way. Please keep us up to date with the coming GS400 through pictures, your impressions, etc. I wish you well.
Thank you for the warm welcome.

I've always been a big fan of the 2nd gen GS', especially the 400/430. Funny thing though, I have never owned a Toyota or Lexus. I've had quite a few Nissan's and Mazda's though. The only 4-door "saloon" (sorry, picked that up from Top Gear - LOL) I ever owned was a 2002 Hyundai Sonata, and I bought it for a very specific reason other than price... Because from a short distance, it looked an awful lot like the Lexus GS, from the front anyway.

With this up and coming pearl white GS400, my goal is to make it look like it would have been a "Sport" edition straight from the factory, kind of like an AMG or "M" series. Just subtle tweaks here and there that I think Lexus would have made if they actually produced a sport version of the GS and that only true Lexus enthusiasts would notice. Of course, along the way, these tweaks will bring the GS into the 21st century.

Doing a clean, understated "stealth" SQ system install as well as proper LED lighting inside and out will be part of the mod list. After that, some very mild suspension and brake upgrades as well as factory looking wheels, most likely no larger than 18", and more than likely a staggered arrangement. A re-valved transmission and new torque converter, possibly a custom intake, definitely a custom cat-back exhaust, and the real biggie... Finding a stand-alone ECU solution that can actually properly tune this poor, highly locked down and de-tuned 1UZ motor, allowing that VVT-i to do its job the right way and reveal some REAL naturally aspirated power numbers.

Like I said, bring this GS into the 21st century.
 
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