1986.5 Supra Restoration Project

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Sorry no updates for a bit, but we've made some progress. Got some new tires for the car finally and an alignment! They were just some basic ones called Ohtsu but we actually have four matching wheels on the car now!! They're just the original supra wheels so I didn't want to spend too much money. Eventually there will be new wheels and actual performance tires, but not today. When I asked the tire shop guy how bad the alignment was, he just laughed. Driving back was so much different! Even though the rest of the suspension is still shot, but it drives so much better! It's crazy how much difference new tires and wheels pointing in the same direction do. I'm excited to fix the rest of it.

Oh and also, it looks like we got new tires just in time. I think this was recent because of the new steering, but damn.
 

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Ok I didn't want to ruin the mood on my last post, but when we got back from the tire/alignment shop last time, there was a giant puddle of coolant in the driveway and it was gushing like crazy. At that point it's been a long day and we had to get other things done, so we left it alone for a while.

Today we finally had some time to investigate. Turns out, this was the culprit:


This tiny piece of hose was behind and under the thermostat housing, making it a GIANT pain to replace. But we finally got it and drove the car. Everything is dry and looking good....besides all the other things completely broken of course.
 

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Yep.
I fought with that one not too long ago.
Also replaced the thermostat and thermostat housing to cylinder head gasket, and water pump and a pile of other things coolant related.
Not a drop since!

Once you have a couple coolant leaks from crappy hoses and old stuff you start to go overboard and replace everything.
 

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Yep.
I fought with that one not too long ago.
Also replaced the thermostat and thermostat housing to cylinder head gasket, and water pump and a pile of other things coolant related.
Not a drop since!

Once you have a couple coolant leaks from crappy hoses and old stuff you start to go overboard and replace everything.
We had done most of the other things you just mentioned, but didn't even know this hose existed until it burst.

We've all had to deal with Bypass Hose #6. It's annoying.
Don't tell me there are 5 more of these!!! lol

This year I decided to take advantage of black Friday and upgrade the head unit in my daily to something newer. The current unit is a Pioneer double DIN, very nice, but I got it in 2012 before Android Auto was a thing. As a result of that, the Supra got some nice handmedowns! The stereo in the car was not working at all, wouldn't even turn on. It was getting power, but the unit itself was dead.

Well it turns out all I needed was the wire harness for a late 80s Toyota, and everything else was simple! The head unit even reused the original mounting brackets. It's kind of annoying, but it fit into this car even more perfectly than my daily. Anyway, the only thing left to figure out was where to put my bypass switch. There is a black spot to the left of the hazard switch that fit the bill perfectly. It was actually very easy to wire up, but now I have full functionality with DVD play and everything!





Turns out both of the front door speakers were completely dead, one rear speaker was ok, and one was blown but still making some noise. The problem is that in this model all the speakers were 4" size, so you can't go crazy. We just got a set of Pioneer speakers to match the head unit. Nothing crazy, just something relatively good. As of this writing, the back speakers are in and they sound great! The doors will have to wait for another day.
 

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No big updates for you guys lately, but a couple of months ago I took the Supra to a nice part of town next to a golf course to take some nice pictures. The kind of places where people drive Porsches and Bentleys, and I was getting a lot of looks in the Supra lol. Here are some of my favorites from the shoot:















Happy New Year everyone!!!
 
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LoL!

That is pretty funny.
Also 1 sawblade :D and that sun damage is intense!

I say leave the exterior mad max style.
Never have to worry about door dings or shopping cart hits.
 

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lol thanks everyone!! The whole point is to start with something so bad I won't have to worry about messing it up. We had talked about leaving the exterior like that, but I want to learn how to do body work and paint, so eventually it'll happen.

As for the dash, it's completely toast. Touching any part of it makes things crumble. I think the current plan is to make a new one out of fiberglass.