88 Blue Turbo restoration/upgrade story

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Thanks guys haha

That down pipe was formerly a BIC DDP. I bought it awhile back only to find out the previous owner cut the dividing tab out!! It was in horrible condition, had a poorly done welding job on the wideband bung. I then purchased another BIC DDP, this time from BIC directly with ceramic coat etc etc. I decide to make the old one an open downpipe, so I cut it. And since noise is not an issue here in Austin (drove around on an open turbo elbow for 4 months, and open cat on my SC400 for a month), I figured I'll run the open DDP until I get sick of it lol.

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Emailed CCW to see how my wheels are coming along. Should be a month at the most to my door. Can't wait! Next on my list is the 14.25in 6pot Wilwood front BBK and 12.9in 4pot Wilwood rear BBK.

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Mounts for my PS cooler


Made the mounts I made way back look sharper and more professional






Cleaned my ISCV valve




I now have the comfort of knowing my ISCV valve is completely smooth. It would unwind itself (extend the piston) by itself if I wound it up.


Lots of new bolts and stuff


Neoprene washers just so it's not up against bare metal


Polished my oil thermostat (not really, just rubbed the billet material with some compound)

More to come. Been working overtime on this car. Deadline is July 6th for first start.
 

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Looking great as usual. I recently sold my MKIII, but still have this hood project. Any chance you want to finish it? I have all the materials to finish it, you'll just need someone to tack weld it, then bondo it all to smooth it. The bottom is a photoshop of what the finished hood will look like. Might not be your style, that's cool too.

-Lance

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Looking good, Andrew!

You do know you have problems...... right? Lol how long till she's on the road?
 

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Thanks again guys! That hood looks nice! but! I don't think it will fit what I have in mind for my Supra :/

Deadline for first start is July 7th. My buddies will be coming down on the 6th, so that gives us a day to go through and double check everything is ready. Anyone wanting to join in on this momentous occasion is more than welcome to come out! Just LMK so I can plan accordingly as far as food/drink are concerned.
 

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No problem! Here's more!



My transmission filter setup


Pretty busy behind the crash bar


Big gap between frame and radiator


MK4 radiator brackets


Only difference between the two brackets is that metal polish. Also you can see the weatherstripping I put in to help close the gap


New AC drier




Before. Not really polishing, just compounding it


Much better


The stock gold screws bugged me, so I replaced them with stainless steel ones.
 

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Fabricating mounts for my oil cooler








Checking clearance for my intercooler block off plate


Shined up and sealed








Cool shot when I saw the gold tape in the sunlight


The tabs on the block off plate are really not needed, so off they come!






Bare metal polished to 1000 grit (I could've gone higher, but I wanted the end result to still show the lines I had painstakingly kept when sanding the pipe, same way IC pipes come with machining lines when new)


End result after polish compound and sealer.
 

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Two and a half years, 18 pages of posts... You, sir, are an inspiration here! Thanks!

I have owned my Supra for almost ten years now... and driven it twice with a blown head gasket. It has been garage stored all of that time and is finally getting the attention it deserves. I will be back to visit your pictures frequently.

Thanks again for sharing.
 

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Major props! Definitely a lot of patience and attention to detail going into this car. It's gonna be a stand out for sure!
 

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Thanks very much guys. Good luck with your build Debrucer! and you must have your settings to A LOT of posts per page lol. I'm at 90 pages >_<
 

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Car is running. I let Sergio do the actual break in drive since he built the motor and has his way of breaking it in. Only issue we couldn't fix was what he described as the engine not knowing what to do during half ass accel or decel. We think it's related to my BOV being uncirculated and the ECU trying to learn the new setup. I'll give it a couple days and if the ECU still doesn't pick it up, I'll figure out a way to recirculate the BOV, which by the way is a Synapse synchronic. He said the UEGO was saying the car was jumping from lean to rich and vise versa. I'll take a note of AFR readings today. What's left for break in is filter change today, another day of driving, making the engine see a lot of vacuum, lots of engine braking, and the day after will be the head retorque, at which point I will change the plugs as well. Once I get to 100 miles including today's driving, I will change the oil and filter again as well as my transmission filter.
 

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Ok, this build is stupid awesome. Very clean, nice to see people that pay attention to the small details. Well done man.
 

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Thanks man!! I just hope I can fix this hesitation/stuttering issue...

Older pics from before the first start:


Gold taped the underside of my intercooler block off plate (and yes, we have confirmed that the gold tape works. After my 60 mile drive today I was able to touch the plate with bare hands without waiting. My IC piping that was taped was cool enough that I could leave my fingers touching it for a good while, where as pipes that weren't taped were too hot to touch)




Newer untorn shift boot for auto shift lever








I love a clean workspace




Me and my buddies had a long discussion on how the oil lines should be off the block with the filter relocation kit. We agreed that the center port was return to the engine and the outside port was the feed from the engine.



 

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Not the final setup. I'll tweak things a little once the engine is broken in.








Glad I kept my spare o-rings... afm needed it lol


First light up




I was very proud of this particular bracket. Takes quite a bit of elbow grease to bend that aluminum.




Lucky Lady bug

 

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and now, here is a good video of the current issue:

[video=youtube;FPjfaW6G_lg]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPjfaW6G_lg[/video]

When Sergio give it gas at the beginning and you hear him hit boost, you can hear the fuel cut like hesitation/stutter. As he pulls past on partial throttle in O/D and then 3rd, you can hear the engine coughing.
 

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Awesome!
Glad to see that you're near completion on the drivetrain work!
I've been watching your build, noting all the parallels between yours and mine, as well as taking notes on how i could steal some of your methodology.
 

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Thanks!! You're too kind lol, I still have a lot of issues to resolve, not to mention your build is beyond mine on so many levels

Been awhile, here is everything that has happened since the first start and drive.






Took these during the head stud retorque. Everything was pretty clean, retorque went seamlessly.






Running a litle rich


Idling is perfect, running, not so much.


Driving around trying to diagnose.


New plugs, upped gap from .25 to .30. A little better


Sitting in her home.
 

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Well, a purchase I made a month ago has come through, I am 100% positive mine is the only MK3 in the world running these rims. If someone thinks otherwise, LMK.

















These are CCW K57s. Since I wasn't sure what offsets CCW would have made for me, I decided to dictate the exact offsets I wanted. I also had them tweak the design to fit ARZ Wilwood BBKs (6pot 14.24in front, 4pot 12.9in rears).
Sizing:

Front 18x9 +38
Rear 18x10 +48

I test fitted them of course




Front seems to be good, may have some swaybar running




Rears are a little tight, will need to install my coilovers and of course, when the car sits down everything will move outboard.

















 

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I just got my new(er) TPS from another 7M-GTE, and also the correct metric feeler gauges to adjust the TPS as per TSRM, I will be doing that tomorrow. In the meantime, some suggested that my problem was fuel related. As such (and according to plan anyways) I installed my new AEM 320lph pump and new OEM fuel filter.
















Had a bit of tweaking to do to fit it to my desires. Needed to trim the bottom rubber support/spacer and actually lift the pump up just a hair because the pickup sock filter on the AEM pump sits a tad lower than the box filter on the stock filter.


Cleaned it all up and put it back


The old filter was pretty dirty, fluid came out of it brown and nasty. It was obvious the filter was replaced at some point and not by Toyota because the filter was some cheap chinese model.

However, after all this, I still have the same running issue. The last two things to test are the TPS and possibly AFM. It seems my car has been running AFMs ending in 11 for the whole time, I want to see if an AFM ending in 10 will be better for me. I'll report back later after I finish adjusting my new(er) TPS.
 

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OK so I installed my aeromotive fpr. The car runs so mu ch better, however there is still a slight stutter and when it does the afrs are spiked at 10 still. I'm thinking it may be injector related. that's just a hunch though. I need to figure out what is causing fuel to be dumped when its not supposed to.
 

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installed FIC 550cc injectors that are high impedance. Forgot to bypass the injector resistor before trying to start the car. Car didn't start. Bypassed the resistor, car still won't start. Fucking retarded. I'm out of ideas. no blown fuses, no CEL. Resistor plug gets 12v, plug is jumped after the connector. Injectors aren't getting any voltage. no idea why.
 

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I imagine you've already checked on this, but the Tsrm says to check:

Fusible links
Fuses
EFI fuse
Wiring connections
ECU itself

It mentions a few other things related to the afm and coolant temp sensor, but i would doubt those in this case.
Have you checked for codes?
 

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Hi there!! I don't have the same wheels as you, but they look kind of similar...


Panasport G7s.
Funny we had the same idea there.

Just stumbled upon your build thread - its been a great read so far! (though I am only about 1/3 of the way through....) Nice to see another Ice Blue Pearl Supra being taken care of!!! (and not painted another color haha)
Keep up the good work!!

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Thanks man!! Those wheel do look good!!

I plan on using 295s in the back and 255s in the front. This may or may not change depending on how much clearance I have after installing the coilovers.

As soon as I have funding, I'm going to purchase a set of LOW impedance 550cc injectors and go from there. Still trying to figure out which ones will be best. I did message suprasport on facebook to see if the RC injectors they sell are low impedance.
 

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I have a set of RC 550 PL8's that I bought off Rodel for sale. They are indeed low impedance, and I had th flow tested about 2000 km ago. I may also have the pigtails. Went with ID1000's on my car. Pm me if interested.

RCTS installed, tested, uninstalled for me, so they are in like new condition.

(Just tossed this in, my build isn't quite done but the LIPP Lexus AFM and injectors are now off the car. Hopefully not poor form to inject this here... Lol)
 

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Hey, I am certainly interested in your RC 550s! PM me on how much you envision you'd want for the injectors and pigtails, I may have to ask you to wait a month or so for me to get my finances stable again, hopefully that's cool. I won't need the AFM though lol, already have one on the car =D
 

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Im selling for 350.00 USD + shipping (what I paid for them). If I have the clips I will throw them in free. These are like new, just cheaper and Im firm on that price. I have everything except the turbo for a BPU on a 7M.. lol. I am not actively selling them (as with almost all my parts). I usually just offer them up for sale when I see someone needing what I have. I doubt they will sell before spring anyway unless someone comes by my garage and says they need them :)
 

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That seems reasonable, I'll let you know as soon as I have to funds to buy them off you =D thanks so much!!
 

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Help!!!

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Sorry I didn't include any details.

Here's the low down. Timing is stock set to 10 degrees IIRC. I had two codes last night (51,41), I fixed those today, so now codes. However the CEL does flash/blink when it's running, but no code is stored.

Fuel system is AEM 320lph at 43.5psi (Aeromotive AFPR) and fuel pump resistor bypassed
Injectors are HIGH impedance FIC 550cc with injector resistor bypassed (I verified 12v at each injector last night)
Spark plugs are NGK 4744 gapped to .30
Modified the ground on the ignitor
Air intake is Lexus AFM with adjustment screw all the way in and 57trim CT26. Full 2.5in IC hard pipes and 2.75 HKS 3K pipe

I went through the harness and verified everything is in order, all wires are fine. Grounds are all fine.