I really enjoy reading this build, I thought about going this route until I seen how much it's costed you.. and I think I'd buy myself a maserati gran sport before this =p but I agree the intercooler's off DM should come with an instruction manual. I bought mine for a jdm 1jz and for some reason i don't think its compatible for rhd's. I already scuffed the shit out of the piping tryign to make it fit and having an aftermarket rad and electric fans made it a tight squeeze but the stock IC piping fit so Idk. But from what I seen it's not bolt-on kit looks like I have to grind the hole under my headlight bigger and cut up my shiny aluminum hard pipes I already half scuffed to shit to make it fit whatsoever. I knew it was gunna be difficult but I've spent more time trying to plumb it in then it took me to replace my stock twins with "Albert's steel upgrades" and put on tein coilovers. Which is quite ridiculous bc that was easily 15 hours.
oh almost forgot wheres a good place to get your a/c recharged? and you wouldn't wanna sell a 89+ front lip spoiler to a hurting albertan in need would ya =)
The money is a bit excessive, mainly because I have done none of the work myself.
But when sppread out over 5-10 years it won't be bad plus I would rather have my beast than a newer one. Plus the insurance is under 10 bucks a month...which helps ease the blow. I just remind myself that people are dumping up to 700 a month in a new car payment with insurance and I feel better.., lol
Bought a T4 HKS Longrunner manifold yesterday (from leftynridge) with Tial 44mm wastegate, custom DP and a precision 6265 billet BB turbo. Will post when it arrives and gets setup (currently it is setup to dump to atmosphere.. because I am not going for extreme boost/HP I will be reintegrating it to save my ears... lol)
Yeah, Im about 8 blocks up from the end of Southland drive where its basically a lake now where the river was. Amazing amount of water in this city... never would have imagined this happening actually. Overall, other than the lives lost in High River because I think they were caught with about 15 minutes evacuation time, people got out unscathed and my family members that were evacuated were done so more for the fact they would have no services to their house and the potential of flood more than their houses being affected. All is good, but the heart of the city is pretty well stopped now as we await the water to recede and the clean up which will be massive. I can't even imagine the cost this will be... guessing its going to be close to a billion if not more province-wide.
One of those things you don't expect and I will probably not see this again in my lifetime. It was the "perfect storm" situation... with all the worst possible case scenarios unfolding. All the family is well though, thank you!
Hey man- I was wondering, do you have any other pics of your intercooler mounting?
I was wondering where you placed your brackets. I see the one on top in the center, but was wanting to know where else it's being supported.
ps- Any pics of your manifold or turbo install yet?
Car is in... Almost 2 months now in shop.
Because the T4 turbo is bigger we had little issues and decisions to make. Decided to go with a turbo blanket. Not sure if this is a wise move but I'm guessing the heat factor will be worse than a ct26... Also building a heat sheild for the AC lines and switches I have near that area... Just to be safe.
Charcoal canister is temp deleted until I find a tiny solution.
Decided to bite the bullet and go with 1000 cc injector dynamic injectors to compliment the FCON VPRO.
Can't think of any more improvements other than going with a FFIM and I don't think I will walk that path.
Actually not much. The totalled 87 will be providing most initial parts for the touch ups. The rest is figuring out what the hell is under the hood.., lol. This car is going to my son once it passes my checklists. He's fairly responsible so I'm not too worried about him going nuts with it. I think he's happy because this one is a targa whereas the 87 was the hardtop. 19 years old with a convertible... Living the dream... Lol
Car still sitting at RCTS with tranny pulled and sent out for a rebuild at Jack Transmission. stage 2 build so I will have nice shifts finally...
Sent valve covers and intake manifold and plenum out for powder coat. Matching the exterior paint. Magnetic metallic grey.
Another summer gone without being able to drive the beast. Planning on SILV next summer.
Yeah, Reg wants to do the tune, so he is off doing fun stuff until March
Trans has to be installed, turbo is up, exhaust should just be simple, test pipe and mock up done. I bought a 88 engine harness to 90 ECU patch cable for the HKS Fcon Vpro harness and swapping in a 90 ECU to do idle timing and A/C function (really the only reason I am keeping the ECU in it). Taking the 88 ECU out and sell or hold in my collection of parts. Injectors are installed, may have to do some work on the fuel system depending on its flow with the current fuel line/fuel pump setup. IAT sensor, exhaust temp sensor, not sure if I will be doing a cylinder temp sensor on cyl 6.. that's up in the air.
Its very close to done, however, I don't know what parts under my hood are not new.. lol.
Considering putting in a catch can and I want to still find and install a smaller charcoal canister (will be running a filter on the hose until I find one suitable that looks okay in the engine bay.
The 4" intake > filter pipe is built already I believe and will be using the stock air intake box.
I gotta pop my driver side wheel off and get it straightened. Noticed a slight "wobble" on the dyno last time. I picked up another grey interior, so I can do the leather prior to installing everything, but I want to do a paint respray on the front half of the car and 3M tape the bumper in certain areas. Im guessing if all goes well the car will be "show quality" in about 2 years. Im still planning on heading up to SILV this year though.. even if the interior isn't in it.
And the definite plus is that it sits in a heated shop the entire winter.. lol. RCTS just take their time on the work because I am in absolutely no rush and it gives me time to consider everything and question optional improvements vs cost. They take care of it well for me.
looks really good man. That turbo is going to be fun :naughty: Good luck with everything over the winter. Hope it all goes smoothly for ya. Should be very worth the wait after your tune and taking it for the first drive.
Im actually a little bit scared.. lol. My wheels are not currently setup for an over 300 rwhp build (just Yokohama 10" on the rears). 300 would kick the bottom out in 3rd if I wasn't careful with the 57 trim, so I can imagine that they wont hold well at 400+. I do have a second set of wheels to pick up that will be stickier for that though. 275's in the rear as opposed to the current 255's. Will all depend on how well they fit really, because I don't want to roll/pull my quarters.
You cant tell by the photos above, but the powder coating is more metallic and slightly darker than the car itself. The intake and valve covers look pretty awesome in real life.
Just got word.. Jack Transmission has shipped my R154 home (along with 2 V160's accompanying it). Because it took a bit long, they ended up doing a Stage 3 build on it for the price of the Stage 2. Gotta love that.
I asked them to note condition of the transmission to see if the money was worth it (and it was... ). They said that the gears themselves were solid, but the synchro's were all shot. Not just 1-2-3, but all gears. I knew the previous owner was fairly hard on it, but I didn't think all the synchros were going to be shot like that.
Its on its way home, so they are now wiring in the Vpro and will finish the exhaust once the trans is back in the car. Color me excited to see the R154 when it arrives... I want to see how good of a job they did.
Im guessing that this R154 will outlive the car.. lol. Its the original transmission and this is the first time its been opened up. 200,000 km since 1988.
I don't think I will put that type of mileage on it seeing as I am lucky to do 5000 km in a year.