「There was a JZX100 Tourer V COUPE?!」A Two-Door Machine Complete With Perfect Bodywork
Published : 2019/12/28 12:51 Modified : 2019/12/28 12:51
An Unexpected JZX100 Chaser Coupe Realized Through Extensive Bodywork
The front door was extended and B-pillar moved back!
With execution done so well, people who comes across this car must think, “Wait?! Toyota made a Tourer Coupe model?!”
The work was done by a sheet metal shop in Shizuoka prefecture. It began from the idea, “If you make a Tourer V into a couple like a BMW or Mercedes, its gotta come out looking cool!” Note that the body size and wheelbase have been converted to two-door without changing the overall dimensions.
Upon close examintion, you’ll find that the front door was extended by 27cm using iron plate processing. B-pillar was moved back and the rear door cut was smoothed entirely. For now, molded acrylic has been used as door glass.
The biggest hurdle to overcome was positioning the pillars. By simply extending the door and relocating the pillar, the overall form has a tendency to become unbalanced. Through trial and error, the arch of the front door was curved and the pillar was laid slightly at an angle. Finally a natural coupe style was achieved.
The amazing thing about this car is that it doesn’t end with just being a mere showpiece. The B-pillar has been tightly secured by rewelding and the number of reinforcements at the door ensure sufficient rigidity even during circuit use. Weatherstripping and sealing has been produced and installed specially.
If you thought it was just the exterior, you’ll be surprised to find that the interior has not been overlooked. For the door lining, an extended piece was molded from urethane foam. FRP was applied over it and a flexible rubber based paint was sprayed on. Finishing appears natural and geniune.
Because the body size and wheelbase have not been changed, the rear seats can be used as they are. Because the door is lengthend, getting in and out is quite comfortable. The side molding on the interior has been cut at the pillar and the remainder is intact.
Aero parts are T&E and Vertex. Fenders are widened by 20mm at the front and 30mm at the rear to accomodate NENERDi 20-inch wheels. Luxury grade wheels give a modern feeling to the car.
At the drift event the owner recently participated in, most people didn’t even notice because the conversion is done so well. “My aim was to create a custom car that looks factory but stands out in a certain way to car lovers”, says the owner. It seems he is getting such a reaction. It is a custom Tourer V that shows its full appeal to only those who truly understand.
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