My second Piazza – Kaizen Racing Project #2

Is it a Scirocco? Or a DeLorean? Maybe a AE86?

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A new hope...

Fast forward about 5 years. I finally became a Piazza owner again, but this time with a lot better car to start from!

I was contacted by a acquainted fellow car owner of a Piazza I had been interested in a couple of years earlier. But because of the current circumstances I never choose to proceed at the time. Now however, things had changed and he was in desperat need of the space the Piazza was upholding.

This Piazza, a black one with only 60000 km on the meter had been standing for many years, but in a warm parking garage making the conditions much better than the first project. A thick layer of dust covered the coat, and I was unsure how this was going to unfold.

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"It's alive!"

So I gave the car a proper clean up, inside and out. Changed oil, filters, brake fluid, coolant and gave the clutch a little service. Charged the battery and turned the key – It was alive after 5+ years again!

This car was in very good condition and it didn’t need much work before I could take it to inspection. Resurfaced brake rotors, new pads and off we go!
Almost passed inspection with only one fault: A leaking exhaust that requires a re-inspection. But thanks to a helpful colleague it got it fixed and was ready to rock for the summer of 2020.

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Isuzu Piazza Turbo Handling by Lotus inspection

"Let the modifications begin!"

I have never had a car that’s been kept completely stock. Even the family wagon always gets a makeover such as new grill, wheels, exhaust – Because stock is boring!

So for the Piazza I started to search the wide world web in the hunt for modifications and found – almost zero.
Since these cars are so rare the aftermarket parts for them are almost non existing. There are a few of course, but compared to my last 80s car, a 200sx S13 the supply is slim.

First up – wheels. Found a set of genuine 17″ Kosei Sniper, a wheel I always wanted for my Nissan back in the days.

Next up, new open air filter, new rear pads and custom made spacers for the new wheels.

Following months I got the wheels painted in gold plasti dip, got a new grill emblem as a gift from Jan in Norway and a set of very cool quad lights all the way from Australia. This is the look the car ended up with in summer 2020 eventually.

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How it all started…

Isuzu Piazza – 2021 An eventful year