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So today I finally pulled the engine/transmission. My other engine is almost done at the machine shop. I've got 18 days left that I can work on this before I take off to Vegas in it. I subtracted the days I work so yes 18 days left.
Here's what else I've got to do:
Pull the front subframe and replace the bushings for it and the rack/pinion. Also degrease the shit out of it. It's bad. Replace the upper control arms with my originals since I pressed new Toyota bushings into them. Replace the ball joints. Swap everything from old engine onto new engine. Re-install everything plus a new Shaftmasters one piece driveshaft and my new HKS Turbo exhaust that looks stock. I'll be selling my Tanabe Medallion catback. It sounds amazing but I want a dual tip stock looking muffle. Replace entire speedo cable. I bought a JDM auto tranny from a 7MGTE so will get new seals and filter for it.
Hopefully I can have all kinks and issues worked out in time before I need to leave. Supras in Vegas here I come in my Supra.....hopefully. If not I'll either fly or drive my Mercedes.
 

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I was really excited...........................................................................................then I saw the 7m.





JK Ken, good luck and have a safe trip.
 

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Good thing youll have A/C on the way there.
Yep. You'll notice I did NOT remove the ac compressor with the engine. It'll make putting the engine back in a little more difficult, especially if I have to do it alone, but didn't want to have to have the system evacuated and blah blah blah.

I did get the new speedo cable in. Today I'm trying to muster up the energy to start on the front subframe.
 

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Wait a minute............if I disconnect my AC unit, I have to get the system evacuated and blah blah blah...........no wonder the bitch blows hot air. Why do they make working on cars so difficult?
 

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Well I had to admit defeat and say fuck it. I was going to replace the front subframe bushings but will do so at some other point in time. I did get it lowered but with the heat, mosquitos and all the aches of my 47 yr old body I just threw in the towel. However, I did replace the upper control arms and lower ball joints. New brake lines, rotors and pads are on the way. Sometime after Vegas I'll take the car and put it on a lift and see about replacing the bushings that way since the subframe doesn't have to be detached from the car to do it. Until then I'll just torque the shit out of it.
My engine should be ready by the end of this week hopefully.


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Well I had to admit defeat and say fuck it. I was going to replace the front subframe bushings but will do so at some other point in time. I did get it lowered but with the heat, mosquitos and all the aches of my 47 yr old body I just threw in the towel.


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LOL!. I feel you right there. I'm 46 and hurt like hell after a day of turning wrenches. I have my supra, mr2 and starlet to complete and then I'm done building cars. Hopefully I'll be done in 2 more years then it'll just be maintenance of my babies.
 

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<------------------------This guy is 46 also but has the body of Adonis..................ok, maybe Adonis' slightly over weight cousin. I've bad back surgery and it does hurt to work on cars and that's why I've had a complete 2jz waiting to go in my car for about six months now and it's just sitting in the floor.
 

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<------------------------This guy is 46 also but has the body of Adonis..................ok, maybe Adonis' slightly over weight cousin. I've bad back surgery and it does hurt to work on cars and that's why I've had a complete 2jz waiting to go in my car for about six months now and it's just sitting in the floor.
Jay I've had back, neck x 2, and a shoulder surgery. You have no excuse not to have that 2J in your car haha. Gitter done! Well maybe wait till it cools off a little.


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I'm less than a month away from starting. I don't know how fast it will go because my daughter has travel ball every weekend and my help has a lot of stuff going on with his cd009 shifter and conversion sales
 

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It's not free help. I have to pay him and I'm sure in the great state of Texas, there are people willing to work on cars if paid..........lol
 

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What's up? No updates? I came over to this site expecting some exciting updates and all I get to do is read my posts.................I'm going to find another bottle of lotion and get back to the poRn.
 

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What's up? No updates? I came over to this site expecting some exciting updates and all I get to do is read my posts.................I'm going to find another bottle of lotion and get back to the poRn.
Oops sorry. I did get my engine back finally and have it almost ready to go back in which is good because I leave for Vegas a week from today so with my work days excluded, I have 4 days to get the engine/trans in, the one piece driveshaft and my new HKS exhaust. Then I just have to hope and pray I don't have any significant issues. I'll be taking a fair amount of tools, spare parts and all the extra nuts/bolts I'm finding leftover. Because of the time crunch I'm having to pass on the beautification process and just put it all together. I am degreasing things as I go along but the engine bay has only gotten a light going over. One issue I've run into so far is the JDM trans I bought for it only has 3 plugs and the old one has 4. If I have time, (not likely), I'll try to swap the harness's but we'll see. I may just have to put the old trans back on it. There was nothing wrong with it other than having 180k miles.
 

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Good luck Ken, sounds like you've got your work cut out for you. Maybe that's what I need to get motivate..........a dead line. I don't have any cool meets near me to get ready for though. Nobody around here ever wants to have any get togethers. I'm only getting it running again so I an do a little racing. I've heard these new mustang guys thing their shit is the shit...........but in reality, it can't hold a candle to my shit.........lol
 

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George, I've tried to call you a few times from the last number you gave me but for some reason, I never get you or a recording. This saddens me greatly and it's about time you called or came by for some barbque, and Arnold Palmer, and some golf.
 

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Well last year I was not able to drive the Supra to Vegas due to multiple issues, which all of those that existed then have been taken care of. This year I swore I would have it ready for this years Supras in Vegas but since I leave tomorrow and there's still a problem, it looks like I'll be having to drive my SC300, which isn't all bad because there will be other SC300's there. Last year I drove my Mercedes ( which has since been totaled ) and it was the only one there.

Ever since I bought the car, the differential has been my nemesis. My fault really for not just getting it rebuilt from the get go. So it's got a 47k mile diff in it now with near bearings and seals. I had a new fuel pump and filter installed because I wasn't sure how old that pump was. Filter was original. Had the output shaft seal replaced on the trans.
After I picked it up and drove off it was nice to not hear the diff whining and chattering. Highway speeds were super smooth and then all of a sudden some kind of harmonic noise and vibration starts to creep in and then you can feel it throughout the car pretty bad. I let off the gas and coasted then it stopped all of a sudden and I gave it the gas and it was gone. So yesterday I crawled up under there and was prying on things and discovered my transmission seems to move up and down a little too freely so I ordered a transmission mount that should be here today. If that doesn't alleviate the problem then I'll pack up the Lexus. It would be really nice to go to a big Supra event in my Supra.
I really want to do the trip so I can say I drove the farthest and with a stock 7M.

I've had no time to work on the cosmetics of the car. It's still a 15 footer. Back in April I had another shoulder surgery, this time on the left side, and that saddled me for almost four months. It's always something.
 

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A little update. I just said fuck it and bought a rebuilt diff from Piratetip. It should be here tomorrow. I also put a new center bearing on my two piece driveshaft and had it professionally balanced and I will be re-installing that with the new diff and removing the one piece drive shaft. I won't that factory smoothness back. Will update with pictures as soon as I can.
 

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Based on the tracking it should be to you by the end of the day :D

Just make sure to follow the maintenance procedure I included with the diff!

Jay, you are also following this procedure correct? :)
 

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Well I got the new diff in and wow what a difference. The driveline feels very tight now....but...with new things, old worn out things become very noticeable. Both wheel bearing are shot so I ordered new ones and the shop called today and its ready but I won't be able to pick it up until Tuesday due to work. From there it's going straight to the transmission shop to have them replace the rear extension housing because of the bushing is worn on the one that's on it now causing it to leak pretty bad. Always something.... Once that is fixed, there will be nothing mechanical on the "to fix list", for now anyways. I've already got everything booked for Supras in Vegas again this year and by God this Succubus will be making it.
 

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Hopefully they did the rear bearings right!

Let me know how the whole drivetrain is doing after you pick it up.
Interested to hear how things have improved.
 

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Got the wheel bearings replaced and that did not make one bit of difference other than knowing my wheels won't be wobbling around and falling off now. That horrible buzzing/bearing roar was still there. I had already had it scheduled for the transmission shop to fix a leak which turned out to be a bad bushing in the extension housing. I had another extension housing laying around so they put that one since supposedly you can't get that bushing from Toyota anymore. Well.... That was the biggest problem all along. It drives very smooth now except for the fact the transmission has a loud whine and is generally noisy and will need an overhaul before I attempt to take it to Las Vegas in September.
I drove it to Houston this weekend for TX2K but ended up not even going out to the raceway. The car did great and it was nice to be able to cruise in it without my ass being buzzed in the seat. Now I just need to save up for a transmission overhaul and no I have no desire to 5-speed swap it. I'll post a thread about the extension housing either tomorrow or next day. I need to get some pictures so illustrate what the issue was. Other people may be chasing the same problems.
 

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The output bushings aren't available?

I would think you can still get that part in the aftermarket.
Just need to know if its a 35mm, 38mm, 40mm or 44mm size.

35MM - 97066A
38MM - 57066A
40MM - 97066
44MM - 97003AA

http://www.makcotransmissionparts.com/97066.html
http://www.makcotransmissionparts.com/97066A.html

https://transpartsonline.com/TRANS_PARTS_FILE/tpcat.php?TransPartsOnline=A340&TransPartsType=A340
http://www.transmax.co.nz/files/4113/6366/4431/mitsubishi_me.pdf

RockAuto even lists a extension housing bushing for the Supra:
TRANSMAXX 97066A - $3.40
https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=8068660&cc=1278547&jsn=10491
They list it as a 35mm - Though I can't verify this, I don't have an automatic.

There should also be quite a lot of overhaul kits available still for the A340e as well.
 
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