Have you ever followed a build online, yet never truly realized it’s intensity until you see it in person? Joe’s IS300 did exactly that. The envy green is so misinterpreted in photos that when seen, it’s like an entirely new vehicle.
We all have that dream car, it drives you to work harder, play less, and achieve the pleasure of owning that vehicle. For Joe, the IS300 featured in the 2000 New York Autoshow became his dream; and, 12 years later, he purchased his first Lexus chassis.
The build has gone through a four year process, however the big changes (that break all the necks,) were done just in the last year. A few stock revisions, like swapping in a younger 2jz-ge engine, started the continual evolution of the car you see today.
But, it’s not only the car that makes this build so unique, it’s the initiative Joe himself, takes. One of his keen features of the build is the wild banner stating, “redneck stance.” Well, it doesn’t lie. The entire car was built in his barn, illustrated on the banner. Pretty gnarly, right? Even better, he jerry rigged a lot of tools to make things on the cheap. For instance, he and a couple buddies pulled the engine and trans with a Kabota tractor backhoe, now that’s redneck.
You may think that this glorious piece of art is just a show car, but you’d be sadly mistaken. Not only did Joe drive 6 hours to shoot, he drives his Lexus as much, if not more, than his truck. But we can’t forget to mention the mad skidz he lays down on occasion.
In fact, Joe learned to slide while he drove for Mazda a little while back. Talk about a car meant to be driven and a driver more than ready to drive!
You may think this build is already a stunner, and no doubt it is. But what Joe wants to do next, will not just up the ante, but end the game entirely. Let’s just say Joe want to go wide, really bloody wide. For now, we’ll just say, stay tuned?
Fully rebuilt and custom painted engine.
Megan catless headers and midpipe
Greddy evo2 cat back kit
Ralco short throw shifter
Altezza race front upper strut bar
TRD lower front triangle brace
Altezza race rear upper strut bar
TRD lower rear square brace
Lowered on powered my maxx adjustable coil overs
Supra TT front calipers, painted gold
Rear calipers painted gold
Lexus TTE front bumper from UK with working headlight washers.. RARE
Custom made front splitter wrapped in gloss 4d carbon fiber wrap
JP Vizage side skirts
Lexus TTE rear bumper and lip.. RARE
Altezza blue tint headlights.. RARE
Altezza rear spoiler
Vinyl wrapped, 3m envy Green, by ACI dynamixs, ACI wraps in Seymour, CT
Work Cr Kai wheels
18X8.5 +25 front 225/35 r18
18X9.5 +20 rear 235/40 r18
Alpine 7 inch flip out head unit
2-JL w2 10 inch subs