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A long time ago I started this thread, and it had some pictures of my dads new (at the time) garage floor, and of a junkyard 1uz-fe I picked up which mysteriously had a hole through part of the block. There were pictures of the chevy colorado AR5 trans, and there were pictures of the body I was previously working on restoring.

Then, I decided instead to buy a rust free car and skip right to the fun part: modding!

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In 2012 I bought a nice running twin-ct26 1uz supra from viper92086 (Bryan.) I removed the engine (which was a bad ass swap) to sell to a friend. The turbo setup last I knew found its way into an SC400, and the engine got swapped into my friends ra24 celica. It already had coilovers, whiteline sway bars, and a battery relocation to the trunk.

The following has since gone into the car:
- 2005 Chevy Colorado 2WD AR5 transmission
- JZ to R154 bellhousing
- Spec twin clutch with GM 26-spline input shaft spline for my trans
- Custom 3" aluminum driveshaft from driftmotion
- JZX90 1jz-gte with sump from a soarer 2JZ-GE
- Thermostat-controlled oil cooler
- auxillary engine oil pump for priming the oil system (pressurizes before startup like an accusump)
- Lightweight pulley set
- New starter
- 2JZ (no hydro fan) water pump
- 3" DM stock twin downpipe
- Fluidampr crank pulley
- Traction control deletion
- chrome Stern ST-7 rims 18x8.5", 18x9.5"
- aeromotive FPR

Still to come:
- [IN PROGRESS] highly customized water to air intercooler setup
- Doward cobra big brake kit (bought not installed)
- Suspension overhaul with new RK subframe bushings / beech arms / etc
- Driftmotion upgraded CT-12As [on their way]
- MS3X [not purchased yet]
- built engine?

It ran and moved here: http://www.supramania.com/forums/sh...build-thread&p=2036173&viewfull=1#post2036173

Since then it is idling properly and has driven a little bit more, but still without IC piping.
 
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Re: Build thread..

Pictures or ban. And not a crummy cell phone snap either. We don't care about the garage floor.
 

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Re: Build thread..

yeah really. and if youre gonna take pictures of your garage floor, at least make sure it has a nice epoxy or some type of professional coating on it! THAT some of us might want to see.

not some disgusting wasted oil stained cement floor.
 

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It's not oil stained, that's right after it was poured and sealed..
:'(
and that's not my cell phone, that's my POS 3.2 megapixel beast of a camera, lol
 

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rims dropped off, here's one of the 9.5" rears, they're mint.

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That is a nice looking wheel.
 

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Re: Build thread..

pictures of car, engine, etc:
*dead links*

note the hole where what I believe is a factory sunroof goes.

the parts recycler and my new AR5 trans with only 30k on it:

note hydraulic release bearing.

and unrelated:
*dead links to 99 3rz tacoma pics*

my DD that I saved from a flood :) (needed lots of new electronics and a thorough cleaning of just about every mechanical part)
 
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Re: 1UZ with AR5 build thread

Will be watching this... I just droped the UZ in my 90 about 30 minutes ago and am taking a break for a few minutes and decided to find my build thread to do a short up date to it. If you have questions about anything, let me know as this is now my 3rd UZ / A70 swap......

On a different note, are you able to swap out the tailshaft housing (from an R154 I presume) to get the shifter in the right spot?
 

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Re: 1UZ with AR5 build thread

Thanks cj, I'm sure I'll have some questions. I've been following your thread and it's been helpful.

Since this transmission is out of a 2WD Colorado as opposed to the Solstice (only documented AR5 into A70 I know of,) I wasn't sure how the shifter would line up. From looking at it I think the shifter is a bit too far forward to work. I'll probably be looking for an r154 to steal the tailhousing off of soon. (The car had a w58 which I sold to a friend to use in his 7M pickup)
 

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Re: 1UZ with AR5 build thread

The thing that I would be worried about is the tail shaft being to short and end up to far inside the tail shaft housing.... Measure from the Iron bearing plate (where the tail housing bolts on to) to the back face edge of the tail housing where the DS seal is in and let me know what that dimension is. I'll get my buddy here to measure that same dimension on his R154 thats sitting in his garage. We'll be able to tell if it will work out once we have the dimensions from both tranny's. As long as they are within about 1/4" of eachother, then it will work out fine.
 

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I appreciate it. I'll have to get that measurement when I'm back in town for christmas.
(This project is on a super-relaxed schedule thanks to me being in school and/or working ~200 miles away most of the time.)
 

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The thing that I would be worried about is the tail shaft being to short and end up to far inside the tail shaft housing....
I got some measurements of the housing. It's almost exactly 14" from the sandwich plate out to the tip of the output shaft.
I'm also sure now that this tail housing puts the shifter too far forward.

[THUMB]http://sentience.rh.rit.edu/pics/trans1.jpg[/THUMB]
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Re: 1UZ with AR5 build thread

Just replied to your PM..... So you've got a problem using that trans... Cause like I said in the PM, the R154 is only 12" to the seal and about 12.25 to the end of the shaft... That shaft is way to long in that trans if its 14"
 

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Well, I think I'm going to get the r154 tail housing, and then see whether it's easier to move the shifter location on this housing or extend the r154 housing somehow. I'm not worried about needing a different driveshaft as I was going to either get a one-piece or a custom two-piece anyways.

Got some work done today on suspension stuff...
*dead links*

Then I have to press out the socket that I used to press the bushing out.. (what a bitch!)
*dead links*
 
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Re: 1UZ with AR5 build thread

If you are gun-ho about using the trans that you have, then relocating the shifter would most likely be an easier task then trying to extend the R's tail shaft housing...Theoreticely, it would be easier to extend the seal boss of an R trans then to relocate the shifter, but you have to find a way to move the DS bushing that is inside the housing also, and if you dont get the seal and bushing square and perpendicular with the main / tail shaft, you will constantly destroy them in pretty short order...
 

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Re: 1UZ with AR5 build thread

That's a good point about the seal.

I did a bit more work on suspension stuff.

*dead links*

My adjust bolts finally got shipped from the dealer. There's not a lot left to do suspension-wise besides painting steel stuff with por15 and putting it all back together.

I hope everyone who looks at this has figured out that the thumbs are links to bigger pictures :)
 
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Re: 1UZ with AR5 build thread

Any updates? Also, the links to your pics don't work anymore.

Greg
 

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Cool project you have going. I too have a 1UZFE on a stand waiting to go in a Supra, but a MK2 :) I was also thinking of using an AR5. It'll be great to see your MK3 come together with this combo.

You have your location as Upstate, NY. Where abouts are you? It'd be nice to see your car in person.
 

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Re: 1UZ with AR5 build thread

So, complete change in plans (not for the first time!)

since I bought a '95 540i which is practically the car I was trying to build out of the supra, and I was also in need of cash, and a close friend was willing to buy my engine stuff as spares for his sc400, I sold off the 1UZ and all it's associated bits.

(Not the AR5 though, I'm still determined to use that thing!)

I have a new plan for the supra...
It's partly inspired by this thing: http://jalopnik.com/5098871/manic-b...ered-turbocharger-18+second-0+to+60-ford-puma

I don't know what engine to use yet, something light weight but boost happy and short (v6?) for good weight distribution. 4 banger, even? I don't know yet.

My plan is... remote mount a centrifugal supercharger in the trunk (again for weight distribution,) attached to it's very own low output engine, likely from a motorcycle.

Since the "aux engine" can be controlled independently of the main engine, the SC can be run at whatever speed necessary to create whatever boost I want, right from idle. It can also just be left off for normal driving and not result in any parasitic loss to the main engine. I've put a lot of thought into this and think I can pull it off... maybe after I graduate.. and before I change my plan again. :)

white_mk_2:
I'm in Rochester going to school right now, but the car lives in Binghamton. (Reason #2 nothing gets done on my car, reason #1 being money)
 

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Re: 1JZ???? with AR5 build thread

Hey guys,
Anyone remember me?
I graduated from school, got a new job, and I have the income now to do all the silly shit I wanted to do with this car. :)
Sorry for all the broken pics, I'll see what I can scrounge up, put them on a new host and edit the posts to point to the new location.

First order of business is doing a 1JZ swap/rebuild with supporting mods for high power to come later, when I get the remotely-mounted centrifugal supercharger thing figured out.
Step two is finish the suspension.
Step three is modify the AR5 tail housing to move the shifter further back, (I've got a friend who has done this type of thing and assures me we can make it happen here,) and get a one-piece or custom two-piece driveshaft made.

My goal here is to have it moving under it's power by august or so. (meaning... maybe 2015?)

My first purchases to this end are:
1) OEM 1JZ/2JZ to r154 bellhousing
2) Spec 1JZ dual disc clutch setup, specially ordered with 26spline 1-1/8" centers to mate to the AR5.

They both are on their way out to my dads where the car sits.

(approximated) Pics!

 
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Re: 1UZ with AR5 build thread

I also purchased this Clutch for my 1jz. Hopefully will be driving it in 2-3 weeks. If I can remember I will give you an idea of what its like to drive. Should be quite a bit different then the old single disc I was running before with stock steel flywheel.
 

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Cool, I'd like to hear your impression of it, especially after you've gotten used to a stiff single plate setup.
Hopefully it's a good impression, being that I already dropped the $ on it.. :)

I had read a bunch of other people's reviews, and they seemed to be good. Here's an EVO8 owner talking about them:
http://forums.evolutionm.net/vendor...rim-twin-disc-clutch-initial-impressions.html
 

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Re: 1UZ with AR5 build thread

Wow, everybody's getting Spec twins lately! I have a P-trim on its way right now- should be loads of fun!
 

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Re: 1UZ with AR5 build thread

So I might be buying a certain members car here on the forums, so that I can work from a nice clean body instead of the rusty lump that I was previously planning to restore. I'm in talks right now...

In other news, I've also ordered: new front upper control arms, front lower ball joints, tie rod ends, and new mustang cobra SVT calipers and rotors (13") to go with with the cobra BBK adapters I bought from Doward previously.

:)

-Mike
 

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I updated post #1 in this thread to be more of an overview of what's happened. Here are some pictures from this weekend:

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Some pictures of the new car.
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Prepping for removal. The turbos have been removed already.
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The AR5 has been attached to the jz-r154 housing. A tiny bit of clearancing was needed on the plate that seals the front of the trans.
[thumb]http://bloggasaur.us/build/img-7.jpg[/thumb]
The throwout bearing doesn't quite sit flat on the surface behind it, but that might be solved by installing the bellhousing with a gasket and possibly some additional shimming at the TOB mount point.
[thumb]http://bloggasaur.us/build/img-8.jpg[/thumb]
The spec clutch assembly. Each disk is 6 puck on one side and full face on the other.
[thumb]http://bloggasaur.us/build/img-9.jpg[/thumb]
This was to show the hydraulic throwout bearing that came on the trans contrasted with the finger-tightened spec unit.
 
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Good luck with the build! It's sad to see the swap come apart, but i know the car is in good hands
 

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Thanks Brandon. Updates will be somewhat infrequent. Since the car is currently a state over from where I live and work I can only make weekend trips to work on it here and there. But I still expect to make big progress in the next few months!

[lol big progress -- in retrospect my optimism is always funny]
 
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I bought this here lump of plastic-wrapped goodness.
It is a 1jz-gte, and that's my name and address written on the paper.

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todo list

I'm going to write down the things I've got to do, here, since so far this project (in it's current incarnation,) has been mostly daydreams and bar conversation.

Part I: Getting it [back] on the road
  • Get the 1jz to start and idle outside the car.
    • fuel pump in a bucket of gas, bare minimum wiring, coolant system filled with water and plugged, fresh oil.
  • Inspect bearings, plastigage the bottom end.
    • If the results aren't impressive, I have a 2jz-ge bottom end that might work better. I'd rather just leave things together, though, at this stage.
  • Mount transmission + Fit the 1jz.
    • I still need to order this pilot bearing from mcmaster. (< reminding myself)
    • Since the Colorado AR5 has a shifter a bit far forward and high up, I'm going to try to mount the engine/trans further back and lower than usual to compensate, with a bonus of better weight distribution. If this isn't feasible, or isn't enough, I'll have to modify the shift linkage, move the hole, make a crazy bent shifter, or some combination.
  • Fab mounts for engine and trans
    • This might involve buying myself a TIG welder --or at least employing someone elses
  • Make careful measurements and procure a driveshaft from one of the fine DS vendors.
  • Odds and ends:
    • Install Spec clutch master cylinder
    • Shorter serpentine belt to delete AC and power steering (just capped lines, no assist at first)
    • Electrical hookups, grounding
    • Mounting engine-related doodads in bay
    • Fuel lines
    • Coolant hoses
  • Install intercooler + piping, cone air filter
  • Find/fab a way to attach existing exhaust
Part II: Reliability Mods + Goodies
  • Install the 13" Cobra brake kit (already have all the parts together)
  • Install the front upper A arms and lower ball joints (that I bought for my previous MA70 shell,) depending on how solid existing ones are.
  • Finish reinforcing the rear subframe I bought and install that with the red poly bushings
  • Bigger alternator
  • Install an MR-2 electric power steering pump
  • Big oil cooler with T-stat!
  • Install an electronic oil pump, fed from the pan, run through a 1-way valve and T'd into the oil system
    • The point of this is that I can prime the oil system before cranking the engine on startup
  • Miscellaneous light-weighting
Part III: Engine Management
  • More research - leaning toward getting a decked out pre-assembled Megasquirt3
  • Install it
  • Get it running like stock (or a little better)
Part IV: Build that motor
  • Build a bottom end with forged goodies, billet main caps, ceramic coatings and etc. Here's where I think the 2jz-ge I have will come in.
  • Headwork? Depends on the kind of expendable income I have, and how bad it's needed.
Part V and beyond (some day not so soon): Auxiliary Centrifugal Supercharger ("trunkcharger")
  • Connect a big compressor (centrifugal supercharger) to a motorcycle engine or electric motor and mount it all above the rear axle.
  • Rip off all the stock turbo stuff, install exhaust header
  • [optional] custom rear/down-facing intake manifold
  • Plumb #1 to the intake manifold, complete with bypass valve for naturally aspirated operation (when aux engine is off)
  • Build electronic controls for the supercharger so it can keep a stable pressure level at the throttle body
  • Tune the main engine to progressively higher dial-a-boost settings
 
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Nothing too exciting but I felt like updating:

I ordered a 15mm ID 32mm OD double sealed bearing from mcmaster, to use as a pilot bearing.
Since the bearing is thinner compared to stock (OD-ID,) I figured it was worth it to splurge and get the "precision plus" type.

I also ordered a clutch alignment tool since Spec accidentally sent me one for the toyota input shaft, which doesn't fit the discs. (No beef with Spec for this though, they got everything else together with no problem, despite it being a 'non-standard' setup.)
 
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I made my Colorado transmission + spec clutch combo fit. I'm going to be welding together a solid spacer to replace the washers from 5mm aluminum stock with a TIG. Exactly 5mm of spacing was needed to have the input shaft spin freely in the pilot bearing and the hydraulic throwout sit flat. And since the throwout is mounted to the inside of the bellhousing, I know that its position relative to the flywheel and clutch is correct.

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The 1-piece AL driveshaft from driftmotion fits great. The drivetrain has been fitted front to back.
There will need to be some cutting where the shifter comes through the floor, though.
I made a transmission mount out of a polyurethane engine mount (made for a Jeep) seen here:

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I have some more pictures of an intercooler, piping, etc. that will get posted later, too.

For the wiring I'm thinking I will poke a hole in the firewall on the drivers side and save myself extending the whole harness.
 
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Here are some more pictures, since I know you guys love them:

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In other news: the twin ct26 1uz-fe turbo kit that Bryan had fabricated for the car has now been installed on a friend-of-a-friends' SC400 :)