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The Supra. In my 30 years of driving that is the one model of car I cannot get out of my system. I sold the white 89 beast to return to a more stock car. The original plan was to just revert the white 89 back to stock and sell off the performance parts. Well after seeing Emilio's ad I changed my mind. So I quickly sold the 89, bought a plane ticket to Minneapolis MN and bought it, then drove it home. This car is really no stranger to the forums. Here are a few pic... ImageUploadedByTapatalk1402249005.937885.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1402249033.506449.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1402249114.038049.jpg


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So it's an 88 Turbo automatic hardtop. Probably the most un-sought after options haha. Since I like to just cruise in my cars I'd prefer not to shift. It's got a stock 7M. The headgasket has about 20k miles on it now. The only "mods" are a Random Technology downpipe with test pipe and Tanabe Medallion catback. Eibach springs and Tokico Illumina II shocks. It has an 89 steering wheel and a black shifter handle. Also an 89+ climate control unit. It runs very nicely and is very smooth. It has a functioning A/C and cruise control. A later model cd/tape headunit from another Toyota. Oh and the power antenna works.

It's had a repaint and its not the best. There's a lot of debris that dried in the paint like maybe it was painted in a garage. Looks great from about 10 feet away and as you can tell, looks fantastic in the pictures. It's blu-ish silver with more flakes. It was originally a Texas car that's been in MN for about 6 or so years. It has a couple of rust bubbles on the passenger side A post but that's it.

Current items that need attention:

Motor mounts...bad. I have new ones here just need the time to put them on.
I've already replace the tranny mount.
I've swapped out the noisy 3.91 LSD for a 3.73 one I had sitting in my house.
Being in Texas I have got to get the windows tinted...soon!
The cloth seats have faded to purple and the drivers seat is showing some wear. I'm debating on getting that fixed and dying the seats back to it's original darkness or finishing up the leather seats I kept from the 89. I have the covers just need to take seats apart and put new leather on. It comes down to time again.

That's really about it. I will probably get a steel one piece driveshaft when I have the money but not in any hurry.
I feel pretty confident that I could go just about anywhere in it although it's not liking the Texas heat to much. It puffs a little smoke on a first morning start up. I'm not worried about it.

I really have no plans to mod this car. I've got a set of 91 5-spoke wheels I need to get repainted then they will go on the car. I might put an Apexi intake on it and maybe a boost controller to push it up to about 10 lbs but that's it. I highly emphasize the word maybe too.
 
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So let me tell you about my trip to get it. As I said before, I sold the white 89 to buy this. Well before I bought it, I bought the cat back Tanabe and had it shipped to Emilio's house. I also bought new tires online at Discount Tire. Emilio was so kind to install the Tanabe before I got there and took the car to have the new tires put on it as well. He changed the oil and had it ready to go when I flew in.

So I fly in and get to my hotel. Emilio picks me up there in his Del Sol. We take the Supra for a spin and to fill it up. I noticed it had a loud noise coming from the rear end. He calls up Steve aka Toyotanos and we drive north so he can check it out. Now the car had been put up for the winter since October of last year and he'd only driven it to the tire shop which was just down the road. Well it turned out to be a bad pinion bearing in the diff. Steve drains the fluids to check for chunks of metal but finds none thankfully, just sparkles of bearings haha. We put new fluid in it and he's not worried about it making the 900 mile trip home so I'm cool about it. I had a good diff still boxed up in my living room. He gives the rest of the car a good look over and we head back to Bloomington. I let him drive it the 45 minutes back one last time and I was fucking sleepy anyway. It'd been a long day for me.

This is how it'd been sitting since October. He wouldn't sell me those 5zigens sitting behind it...fucker. LOL


Here it is in Steve's garage getting checked out. Super cool guy by the way and has a badass 87.


I stole this from Emilio's FB. This picture rocks. Not because him and his sexy locks are in it but the nose of this car is just flat out beautiful! Ok, maybe the sexy locks too.


This all takes place in March and it's still fucking cold up there with snow everywhere. This is the next morning when I'm about to leave the hotel.


There ain't shit to see once you get into Iowa. I-35 is flat. There were some rolling hills in parts of Kansas and Missouri but nothing to write home about. Here it is at a Pizza Hut somewhere in Kansas I think. Woo hoo.



Well. When I'm pulling out of a truck stop just north of Wichita I hear the front end clunking a little bit. I just roll my eyes and since I have no tools or a jack, just plug on thinking I'll handle it when I get home since I am a little more than halfway there. Got the cruise on 70 driving down 35 and I hear and feel a loud clunk under the car like I had thrown a rock up under the car. I check gauges, look in rearview mirror to see if any smoke is coming out, move the steering wheel back and forth to check stability of the car and all is good. It must've been a rock or something. Well it was something. It's dark now and I'm driving through Oklahoma City and I have really got to pee again. As I'm driving through Norman OK, just south of OK City I begin to exit the freeway to find a gas station. Well, as soon as I hit the brakes, all hell breaks loose and I thought a wheel bearing froze or a ball joint broke off. It comes to a screeching halt right in the middle of the exit ramp and I'm like fuuuuuuuck. Everytime I try to move it and touch the brake it locks up. I'm able to limp it to a Braum's parking lot. I call a buddy and tell him to bring a trailer in the morning. So him and his girlfriend drive 3 hours to come get me with a trailer. Luckily nobody fucked with it in the parking lot all night. I had to get a cab and go to a local shithole hotel.



We get it home and unloaded. I take the front passenger wheel off expecting to find carnage galore and see nothing. It wasn't until I put my hand on the caliper that I realized what had happened. The bottom bolt of the bracket that holds the brake caliper fell out (that what I heard clunk under the car back up in Kansas) and when I touched the brake at the exit it shifted the bracket and caliper forward pretty much locking up the wheel. I found another bolt in my bucket of spares, put it in and made sure all the rest were tight and was done. A five minute fix.
I was so pissed yet relieved. Anyway, I jumped back in it and headed to Houston for TX2K14. I missed the show n shine already but wanted to catch the races the next day...which got rained out. Me and a buddy who lives in Cypress went over to the hotel and hung out with some MKIII people for a little while. Wasn't a totally wasted trip.
 
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I'm glad you found another one. I'm glad Emilio's car went to a good owner as well. It's a really nice car, and it is in good hands once again. Looking forward to future updates!
 

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Thanks everybody. Scott, don't be jealous. You still have a nice 92! That alone make me jealous.

So here's a couple of more pics.

Nice almost stock engine bay. As Dave aka Grimjack pointed out, those t-clamps are not stock! LOL



Sitting in the bay at our fire station cause of some severe weather. Don't want no hail tearing it up.



I drove it out to my buddy's deer lease near Spanish Fort Texas. I had to close a gate behind me and walking back up to the car I saw a great photo op.



And finally sitting in my driveway next to my SC400.

 

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Thanks for the bump Emilio. I was going to update this today anyway.

I'm about to sell my house hopefully before Christmas so after the first of the year I've got major plans.

With all my previous supras I've been chasing a dream, or pipedream more like it. I've wanted a Supra that rode and drove like the one I test drove back in December of 1991. Well the only way I'm going to get it is to spend some major cash. So....
All of the suspension going to be replaced with new OEM pieces, including springs and TEMS shocks. Hopefully I can find some new springs, if not I'll source some 89+ ones. Don't give one fuck about it being higher than what it is now on Eibachs. It'll ride about the same height as my old 91 in my sig below. I'll be replacing subframe bushings as well. I have a set of 91 5 spokes that'll be going on it. The suspension alone will cost me about $3k.
After that is done I'll work on the interior. I have a set of new leather seat covers to put on an extra set of seats I have. Also I have several yards of that same leather to redo the door inserts to match.
No performance mods other than the exhaust and maybe an intake but that's it. It's going to be the luxury GT cruiser it was designed to be and my plans are to cruise in it....around the country.
 

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Thanks for the bump Emilio. I was going to update this today anyway.

I'm about to sell my house hopefully before Christmas so after the first of the year I've got major plans.

With all my previous supras I've been chasing a dream, or pipedream more like it. I've wanted a Supra that rode and drove like the one I test drove back in December of 1991. Well the only way I'm going to get it is to spend some major cash. So....
All of the suspension going to be replaced with new OEM pieces, including springs and TEMS shocks. Hopefully I can find some new springs, if not I'll source some 89+ ones. Don't give one fuck about it being higher than what it is now on Eibachs. It'll ride about the same height as my old 91 in my sig below. I'll be replacing subframe bushings as well. I have a set of 91 5 spokes that'll be going on it. The suspension alone will cost me about $3k.
After that is done I'll work on the interior. I have a set of new leather seat covers to put on an extra set of seats I have. Also I have several yards of that same leather to redo the door inserts to match.
No performance mods other than the exhaust and maybe an intake but that's it. It's going to be the luxury GT cruiser it was designed to be and my plans are to cruise in it....around the country.

This is awesome. Let me know what happens with the springs. I would like new springs as well, but I think all the aftermarket ones drop too much. I haven't been able to find any new stock springs in either pre 89 or post 89.
 

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This is awesome. Let me know what happens with the springs. I would like new springs as well, but I think all the aftermarket ones drop too much. I haven't been able to find any new stock springs in either pre 89 or post 89.
There is a set of springs that only drop a half inch in the rear and inch in the front but are noticeably more firm. I cannot recall the brand but if I have time today I'll search some threads I think they might be in and post em up.


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There is a set of springs that only drop a half inch in the rear and inch in the front but are noticeably more firm. I cannot recall the brand but if I have time today I'll search some threads I think they might be in and post em up.


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I was looking at the Tanabe springs as well. I messaged 3p141592654 a few weeks ago and asked for his fender height measurements so I could compare to mine on a stock 87. What I figured from the measurements was that it drops more like 2" in the front and .5" in the rear. I'm not sure if this is because of the weight differences between an N/A and Turbo or what but I am weary of lowering the car that much.
 

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I loved the drop on my Eibach's. 1" rear, 1.5" front. Only slightly stiffer than stock, and the perfect stance, in my opinion.
A great balance of sport and comfort for a daily.
 

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So I sold my house and moved in with my dad out in the country. Didn't want to be rushed to find another house and my elderly dad is in pretty poor health so need to tend to him a little bit. Anyway, I made a little money on the house so I spent about $700 of it on the supra today. Bought some stuff online so waiting for it to be delivered. I'll share more when I get those parts. That amount was just the tip of the iceberg too. I'm about to drop the insurance on it since it'll be in pieces most of this winter.
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Looking good Ken. I'm going to get rid of my Tein coilovers and buy some Eibachs per the recommendation from supraguy. I want my car to ride like a sports car and not a tractor.........lol
 

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Looking good Ken. I'm going to get rid of my Tein coilovers and buy some Eibachs per the recommendation from supraguy. I want my car to ride like a sports car and not a tractor.........lol
I've got some Eibachs, and am looking for some Tein coilovers...interested in a partial trade? :)
 

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Well yesterday I finally had some time to get productive with the Supra. I'm still waiting on all my bushings to arrive before I drop the rear subframe and replace them all. I bought a shop press to push out all the old shit. Anyway yesterday I changed the plugs and wires. Also changed out the idler pulley with a new OEM one. My Lamp Failure Sensor has crapped out on me so I did the delete option till I can get the box fixed. I then installed a new head unit with bluetooth for some better sounding audio. Last but definetly not least, I put the MKIV TT wheels that I bought a while back on.



Here the Pioneer head unit. Nothing fancy but it does sound better than the later model oem toyota radio that was in it.



And if you haven't looked in the "other cars" forum in a while, I bought this a couple of weeks ago.

 

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She is very clean bro! Very well preserved through the years. One day I would like to own an '88 and try to replicate a TOM's C5 Supra :) One day.... But not today... My Soup sucks all my money as it is.
 

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Got the windows tinted today.


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I love the wheels! Do you mind if I ask how much you paid and if it was a local deal?

Also, window tinting is one of my favorite things to have done to a car. It was one of the first things I did to my Supra when I got it. It improves the looks so much, as well as adds privacy and helps keep the damaging sun rays off the interior. How dark did you go?
 

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I don't mind and yes it was a local deal from someone i knew. Let me tell you about them first. The wheels have been professionally refinished and painted, not powder coated. They are just as good as factory new. The tires are brand new, only 500 miles on them when I bought them. So for the wheels/tires, two 15mm spacers for the front, and a downpipe thrown in I paid $1000. For anyone else reading this balking about that saying they can get them for such and such $$...bullshit. Find some mkiv TT wheels cheap. Sure but they'll have curb rash and you'll be lucky if center caps come with them. If they do they'll be discolored. Then price a set of tires for them. Then price a set of hubcentric spacers. See if that is less than $1k.
 

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I don't mind and yes it was a local deal from someone i knew. Let me tell you about them first. The wheels have been professionally refinished and painted, not powder coated. They are just as good as factory new. The tires are brand new, only 500 miles on them when I bought them. So for the wheels/tires, two 15mm spacers for the front, and a downpipe thrown in I paid $1000. For anyone else reading this balking about that saying they can get them for such and such $$...bullshit. Find some mkiv TT wheels cheap. Sure but they'll have curb rash and you'll be lucky if center caps come with them. If they do they'll be discolored. Then price a set of tires for them. Then price a set of hubcentric spacers. See if that is less than $1k.
Damn! I definitely wasn't reading this thinking you over paid. I read this thinking you basically stole those wheels and tires at that price. I've seen one set for sale in my area recently and they were without tires and not it the best shape and they wanted $500 I believe. To get them refinished and put tires on them I'd have been well over $1k into them. And then you'd still have to get the spaces plus the cost to have the tires mounted and balances. The cost of doing wheels and tires is what has mostly kept me from doing anything to mine, and still riding on my clean non-rashed sawblades. I'd have to find a set in perfect condition, or the imperfections would drive me nuts.
 

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Thanks. I wrote that to preempt the asswipes who are always so quick to be critical on what people pay for things. You want nice things you better be willing to pay. [emoji6]


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Thanks. I wrote that to preempt the asswipes who are always so quick to be critical on what people pay for things. You want nice things you better be willing to pay. [emoji6]


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Yeah I know what you mean. I'm hoping one day I'll come across a deal like that. If the guy has another set like that for sale let me know haha. It might be worth the gas to Texas to pick them up.
 

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Paid to have the motor mounts replaced with genuine Toyota mounts and all I have to say is DAMN! It feels like a new car being so damn smooth and you can't feel it running when stopped at a light or stop sign.
 

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It is nice to put nice things on nice cars and enjoy the outcome.

The MKIV wheels with spacers are some the best for the MKIII. IMO