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Old 12-24-2008, 01:22 PM   #1
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Default Metalwork 101: How To Hand-Craft A Toyota 2000GT From Scratch




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No matter how carefully I spell my letters to Santa (I even used a ball-point pen this year!), the fat jolly bastard never ever gets me the one thing that always sits at the top of my wish list: a 1967 Toyota 2000GT.


Still, I can hardly blame the guy. Aside from being out of production for over 38 years, only 351 2000GTís were ever made and most of those that remain are locked away in private collections. Oh yes, they also cost around $300,000 these days.


But thereís another avenue to 2000GT ownership that doesnít involve hanging out at rare car auctions and the like: get master metalsmith Shin Yoshikawa to build you one.

Yoshikawa-san is a California-based fabricator, and one of his most recent projects was the hand-crafting of an entire aluminium body for a 2000GT hardtop.




Now, this ainít your average resto. For starters, the donor carís shell apparently had a rather bad case of rust, so Shin decided to take the bold move of fabricating a complete replica shell, floorpan and all. Furthermore, the original 2000GT chassis was made out of steel. Shinís replica is made entirely out of aluminium. Brave man.




Amazingly, Shinís insane fabrication skills were able to turn a pile of raw aluminium sheets and tubing into a faultless reproduction of a 2000GT body, and one that should also be considerably lighter than standard. Itís an amazing display of automotive craftsmanship, and although itís still unfinished I urge all of you to take the time and check out Yoshikawa-sanís website for more pics and even more ambitious restorations.


Where Santa fails, Shin Yoshikawa can provide. Yoshikawa-san, we salute you.
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Old 12-24-2008, 01:25 PM   #2
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Old 12-24-2008, 02:37 PM   #3
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wow... if you can't buy one, build one.
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Old 12-24-2008, 02:40 PM   #4
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That's amazing work on what is probably the most significant Japanese car off all time.
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Old 12-24-2008, 02:42 PM   #5
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holy ****
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Old 12-24-2008, 02:51 PM   #6
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Very cool
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Old 12-24-2008, 03:27 PM   #7
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good lord that impressive. especially with aluminum.
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Old 12-24-2008, 05:18 PM   #8
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someone give this man a TV show, awesome!
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Old 12-24-2008, 06:01 PM   #9
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One of my all time favorite classic JDM cars.
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Old 12-24-2008, 06:35 PM   #10
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he knew the founder of honda?

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Originally only 7 Elite imported to Japan on 60's.
Most cars went to car manufactures for research or test.
I knew Mr.Soichiro Honda who is founder of Honda Motor has it and try buy it from him but he like this car and enjoyed driving.
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Old 12-25-2008, 12:04 AM   #11
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wow. thats AWESOME
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Old 12-25-2008, 12:11 AM   #12
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Holy ****! Give this guy a medal!
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Old 12-25-2008, 06:30 AM   #13
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this reminds me of the guy who built a Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe in his garage. He was a retired guy with an english wheel and a lot of time. I'll try and find the link
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Old 12-25-2008, 11:09 AM   #14
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I think this guy is even more impressive. He just did it in his basement by himself, not by a shop and not for pay. Just for the love of it.


http://jalopnik.com/5065896/hand+mad...s-light-of-day
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Old 12-25-2008, 12:54 PM   #15
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Wow, just wow, no other word for this man than an honorable artist. Look at the quality of his work, its just astounding...
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Old 12-25-2008, 03:46 PM   #16
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here is the end result I'm still looking for the build

http://www.russoandsteele.com/collec..._/39-1094.html
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Old 12-26-2008, 12:30 AM   #17
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here is the end result I'm still looking for the build

http://www.russoandsteele.com/collec..._/39-1094.html
How is a 65 Shelby Daytona the end result to a 67 Toyota 2000gt replica build?
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Old 12-26-2008, 12:56 AM   #18
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dam its amazing. also i'm not hating, but is that chassis structurally sound? those first couple pics looks like some kids soapbox car.
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Old 12-26-2008, 09:18 AM   #19
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That's just super fabricating work. Plus it will be even lighter.
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Old 12-26-2008, 01:55 PM   #20
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dam its amazing. also i'm not hating, but is that chassis structurally sound? those first couple pics looks like some kids soapbox car.
look at the 4th pic (under the quoted text in the OP). that's a steel frame underlying the all-aluminum body + floorpan.
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Old 12-26-2008, 02:00 PM   #21
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wow, that's crazy! he's got some skills.
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