Depends on what you require, I'd just take the headers and leave the rest of the exhaust. They're pretty strangled on LS400's. Also, you could probably look for and aftermarket suspension controller. I had one on my LS400 and had it sitting in the weeds, but could also go nearly 4WD height when you're on gravel.
interesting! this depends if I can use any of the air ride system on the scimitar? but I am taking it off regardless it may be handy for a future project?
What a mighty mighty beast. Love it. You no longer have it?
Did you find it difficult to insure? I was really interested in buying a Triumph Herald pick-up conversion with a 2.5pi straight 6 dropped in it. It's a car that (it transpires) is permanently on sale at Quiller Triumph in London. I had the cash money to buy it and made serious enquiries with Quiller who were always very vague and unhelpful (almost unfriendly about it) so it never went ahead.
The thing was though, I started trying to get insurance quotes for it and nobody would touch it. Not even modified insurance specialists because it was a car converted to a pick-up and they felt that was a mod too far. So in the end I stopped trying to pursuade Quiller to sell me the car they were advertising for sale as it was doubtful it would ever get cover.
Wondering if that was your experience with your Scimitar too?
Edit, additional: That car has been on sale at Quiller Triumph for what must be five years now. I've had a keen eye on it throughout. It is permanently listed on Car&Classic, and has been price-dropped a few times, suggesting they do really want to sell it. I had dreams of buying it and having it painted retro grey, sticking some bad ass wheels on it and removing the spare from the back. I've spoken tot hem many times over the years and always had the money to buy, but whenever I've asked about it they always say "It's out on loan, you can't see it'... 'okay, when will it be back so I can come and see it'...'we don't know'...'okay, I'm a cash buyer. I have the cash right now. I want it'... 'call back in a few weeks'. A few weeks later 'hi, car, can I come and see it?'... 'no'... is it still for sale?'...'yes'... 'okay I'd like to buy it'... 'can't help you'.
I even offered one time to just send them the money and then collect it at a time convenient to them (i'd never have done that but I was perplexed by their seemingly bad attitude and wanted to know if they would take the bait). Same thing ...'not available right now'.
They seem to be the worst car salesmen ever hahaha.
(Warning... going to the Quiller website throws up warnings about being infected with trojan horses so don't go there just in case!)
That is shocking what some people do to bodge a car!
I got the engine and gearbox out today, most of the loom and all the front air suspension. The engine does look pretty big now its sat on the drive! the air ride system looks like I can use most of it for the scimitar? not sure on the bags but the system to control it looks good with ride height sensors and 3 ride height settings. Best part its all free with the car!
a tip for removing the V6 - lift from the carb! There's no lifting points on the engine (which is odd, but mainly irritating) but many people have proven that an adaptor in place of the carb is the way to go.
Here's some pics of how I did mine:
Just make sure you bolt to the manifold itself, and don't forget to remove this silly thing:
(It was an attempt to improve fuel economy, by increasing surface area for fuel to evaporate)
There's not much space between the chassis rails for the sump, so hopefully the Lexus lump is fairly narrow, or you're going to struggle.
The "W" plate/breather is actually more important than that - it stops all the fuel going down the middle pots and the 4 corner ones running lean as a result but the lifting method is by far the best way to pull one out - it tilts the engine/box combo at virtually the ideal angle to come out of the bay.
I am thinking of having the front as a flip front? so will have loads of room to work on the engine. I always use rope and just loop it around the exhaust manifolds to lift engines out? has worked fine for me every time. The V8 engine is wide! I am pretty sure the chassis will have to be sectioned and made wider in the engine bay and gearbox tunnel.
Result Lexus gone to scrap yard, and sold the scimitar engine and box on greedbay.
The scimitar is a pain in the neck to work on! all the bolts are rusty, and most of the nuts spin when you try and undo the bolts and spanners wont fit due to no access or the nuts/bolts being so rusted they are out of shape! Working on cars is like child birth you forget the pain until the moment it happens!