1986.5 Supra Restoration Project

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Wow, that is not good news.

What is the VIN?
Have you looked up the history you are able to pull on this vehicle?
What state was it originally from?

Try the VIN here:
https://www.nicb.org/vincheck

This will tell you if a vehicle has been reported as stolen, but not recovered, or has been reported as a salvage vehicle by cooperating NICB member insurance companies.
 

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You could also spend about $12 to get a history report if you don't have one already.

Here is a link you can use:
http://www.autocheck.com/consumers/ebay.do?siteID=202&vin=5NMSH73E47H051674
Just replace the VIN # at the end with yours.
The VIN # on that link is just a random vehicle I found for sale somewhere.

Or if you are lucky you can find someone who has an autocheck account or carfax account to run the VIN # for you.
 

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Thank you guys, I appreciate it! I did a few free checks and it wasn't stolen or total anywhere, but that's about it.

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So......

Looks like this car was never ever registered, or the records are lost. Originally from Louisiana though. received_362477847674327.jpg
 

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Wow, I have never seen a car come back with zero ownership records...... seen one that had an 18 year gap but never nothing
 

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Thank you guys. It's been disheartening trying to get the paperwork figured out. I even tried going to the Florida Highway Patrol office to see if they can help but they were less than willing to do anything.

Justin727, I'm in Orlando.

I'm going to try calling the Louisiana DMV but not expecting a lot of results of this point. Might have to part it out and scrap the shell. The motor is very healthy and at only 91k miles hopefully worth something.
 

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I thought about making it a track car only, but we don't have a trailer, or a truck that can tow the thing. And I had a cop friend do a search through their database, and they couldn't find anything either. The LA dmv is useless. It's impossible to get through on the phone, and they don't answer their email link. At this point, the most logical choice is to part out anything valuable and scrap the rest. I'm sorry guys, I had big hopes for the car, but there's just no point in keeping it if I'll never be able to drive it on the road.
 

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Can you not just apply for a new title?
Unfortunately not, because this VIN doesn't exist in the Florida DMV database. So even if I was the registered owner (which technically I'm not), they wouldn't have a record from which to print a new title.
 

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It's a long shot, but try calling Toyota Customer Service. Perhaps Toyota can supply a manufacturers certificate with which you can get a title. Or, maybe they have a record which dealer got the car in the first place. At least that's a starting point.

Years ago when I bought a utility trailer via Northern Tool, and it came with a manufacturer's certificate. (I forget the proper name of the document.) I took that to the DMV who turned it into a title.
 

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Thanks for the tip Asterix! I called Toyota USA Customer Service and they actually looked through their records, but they admitted that data from before the 90s is hard to find, so all they had was the car's information (year, model, trim), but coudln't actually say where it was sold or any other information.

Also, it turns out that most junk yards need the title to buy the car from you, so even that's not an option. Unless something magical happens, I'll do my best to sell it and have to scrap the rest, because the best I could get is a couple of hundred. There has to be someone who wants an engine with 91k miles, or all the other small parts that are actually still working.
 

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Soooooo....... what had happened what.......isn't that how all good stories usually start? Anyway, after a few months of sadness and not being able to get rid of the car in any way, I found another path to getting what I want. Had to do the paperwork in a different way, but the short version is that I now have title, registration, and plates!!!! My Supra is road legal!!!!!

What that means is I can make a serious plan of what I want to do with the car, and how to get there. We had a few celebratory drinks and gave it a wash.

The first thing that needs to get done is the steering. It's still leaking like crazy. I'll pull the rack and pinion to see what shape it's in, and then will make a decision about getting a new unit or getting a rebuild kit.

By the way, is this the right location for this thread? I started it in general discussion back in the day, but is there a specific section for builds?
 

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Glad to hear you figured it out.!

Don't get a rebuilt rack, get a new one.( If you can)
I went through a huge headache for a rebuilt unit.
Now that I got "something" installed I can tell it's core is a worn out unit, it has a dead spot near the middle.
I plan on swapping it out again soon, I can't stand it.
 

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Soooooo....... what had happened what.......isn't that how all good stories usually start? Anyway, after a few months of sadness and not being able to get rid of the car in any way, I found another path to getting what I want. Had to do the paperwork in a different way, but the short version is that I now have title, registration, and plates!!!! My Supra is road legal!!!!!

What that means is I can make a serious plan of what I want to do with the car, and how to get there. We had a few celebratory drinks and gave it a wash.

The first thing that needs to get done is the steering. It's still leaking like crazy. I'll pull the rack and pinion to see what shape it's in, and then will make a decision about getting a new unit or getting a rebuild kit.

By the way, is this the right location for this thread? I started it in general discussion back in the day, but is there a specific section for builds?
That is awesome you were able to straighten out that title issue. I could imagine there was probably a lot of steps involved and you probably could write a book out of trying to re-register it.

I would start a fresh build thread in the "build-up/gallery" section if you do not have one already:

http://www.supramania.com/forum/forums/supra-build-up-gallery.68/
 

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So far there's been no luck in finding a new rack. It might be re manufactured or a rebuild kit after all. I did some searching and it seems like this forum recommends carsteering.com.

While I'm doing this, what other parts should I be replacing/upgrading? The thread I read through mentioned ps hoses from driftmotion. Anything else?

To be honest I want to keep this process in one thread, so hopefully one of the mods/admins can move the thread for me.